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Re: “Gabby Giffords: My Pledge

Dear Soul Searching: RE: So gun laws prevented passengers from protecting each other. There are always unintended consequences of most legislation. And nobody wants that to happen.

The flaw in your thinking is that armed citizens could safely make a difference -- even police would hesitate to fire where there is a crowd. And they have the training to manage this.

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Posted by MaryE2 on 01/09/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “TUSD Magnet Schools, Desegregation, and the Next Step

The history of magnets in TUSD has shown several things. In 1980 when we began the magnet process at Holladay Intermediate Magnet School, we, the teaching faculty who designed the actual instructional program that delivered the magnet focus, planned how to provide every child in the school with fine arts, performing arts, and physical education. The district didn't. What they provided was a 2 week paid inservice time to create the program. We did the work and created a working schedule for daily instruction. We expected a lot of high performing kids with interested parents would enroll. We got a few of that category. On the whole, what we enrolled from the magnet population was the lowest reader or behavioral problem from a lot of east side and central schools. We received students who were performing poorly in their home schools, or whose parents had conflicts with teachers/principals at the home school, or parents who were seeking free before and after school free child care programs and free transportation. We asked the district how they would evaluate the success of the program; there was no response. All they were interested in was student movement between schools. So we, the teaching faculty, designed a three part evaluation program in which we investigated parent, and student, attitudes and test scores, which we disaggregated by ethnic group, magnet status, and grade. We learned as a result that the majority of magnet parents came for child care, small class size, teacher aides, and finally the magnet focus. That trend remained true for the 10 years I worked there. We worked very hard to develop the academic learning of ALL students and had great success, as indicated by 2 stanine upward movement on standardized testing in the course of a single year. When you move from 2 to a 4, it's real progress. We also had movement from a 6 to an 8. This is major growth also. Now Holladay is no longer a magnet and no longer provides those opportunities, thanks to central administration neglect over years. The same is most likely true of the current soon to be lost magnets. What a pity!

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Posted by gcb1 on 01/09/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Danehy

Tommy's legion of losers is out in force.

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Posted by CW13 on 01/09/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “TUSD Magnet Schools, Desegregation, and the Next Step

POSTIMPRESSIONIST: IMHO, the IQs and GPAs we should be concerned with are those of TUSD Board members, TUSD administrators, office staff and teachers. We have no data on these. Glib and smug are not indicators of intelligence.

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Posted by Mike N on 01/09/2017 at 9:00 AM

Re: “TUSD Magnet Schools, Desegregation, and the Next Step

What is the academic standing of the 6 schools that were defunded?
1st purpose of Magnet Schools:
"Magnet schools have a focused theme and aligned curricula in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Fine and Performing Arts, International Baccalaureate, International Studies, MicroSociety, Career and Technical Education (CTE), World Languages (immersion and non-immersion) and many others."…

You can not teach someone with an IQ in the 80s Trigonometry! You can not put a student with an IQ below 80 in a technical class with a student who has an IQ of 110 and expect them to respond the same to the lesson plan. "Interest" is not enough to craft an academic path!

Affirmative Action has only narrowed minority graduation gap by less than 1% in 10 years.…

If college professors can't do it what makes you think KP-12 teachers can do it?
This article says eventually you will have to choose between Academics or Integration.

"Achievement was lower for BOTH black and white students in schools where black students accounted for more than 40% of the student body, compared to schools where black students accounted for less than 20 percent of the student body."…

This is what Diversity has done to the US:
13 years ago the US IQ was 103 NOW it's 98. When we sink to 97 we will slip into the 3rd world category:

The IQ Breaking Point How Civilized Society is Maintained or Lost.
It seems like there is a point, somewhere around 97, above which a modern civilization can be maintained and below which things abruptly begin to fall apart.

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Posted by Postimpressionist on 01/09/2017 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: My Pledge

Thank You For Your Courage
Put The Guns To

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Posted by The Earthday Kids on 01/09/2017 at 6:43 AM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: My Pledge

Ah yes, the conservative white male Christian - the rarest of breeds. You poor, poor unicorn. I hope the last of your kind gets put into an exhibit at the Smithsonian so we can never forget.

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Posted by stalecloud on 01/09/2017 at 5:32 AM

Re: “Gabby Giffords: My Pledge

Gabby's a remarkable woman of strength, wisdom and insight. I'm proud to have been able to count her as a friend. She has every right to advocate for ways to reduce and prevent gun violence.

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Posted by Steve M on 01/09/2017 at 5:06 AM

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