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Re: “Where Have All The Teachers Gone? (Long Time Passing)

Most people do not go into teaching with retirement in mind - at all. I would challenge anyone who resents a teacher's retirement plan to consider the decades and decades required to get by someday far, far in the future. The challenges (not to mention all the credentials and time required) for this public service have grown dramatically. And despite the demands, the overwhelming majority of working class teachers are really good people who show up every day motivated to do a good job working with other people's kids.

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Posted by Constant Voter on 12/05/2019 at 5:04 AM
Posted by LYnn Waldrop on 12/04/2019 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Where Have All The Teachers Gone? (Long Time Passing)

redlands? Nobody in CA can survive today if they don't earn 100K. And never own a home.

But in today's dollars the health insurance and retirement benefits are the key to why teachers do what they do. Retirement benefits are fantastic. That's where a large portion of TUSD budget ends up going, rather than the classroom. So in effect you are deriding the income of the newest generation of teachers.

403 and SS benefits make it pretty comfy.

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Posted by Appla Day on 12/04/2019 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Moo Trouble For Devin

Now this is funny!

Rep. Devin Nunes filed a defamation lawsuit Tuesday against CNN for its Nov. 22 “demonstrably false hit piece” that said the California Republican traveled to Vienna in 2018 to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joseph R. Biden.

“Devin Nunes did not go to Vienna or anywhere else in Austria in 2018,” declares the lawsuit seeking $435 million in damages. He said he visited two countries: Libya and Malta on a congressional delegation, or “codel.”-Washington Times

CNN again.

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Posted by Lophat Darey on 12/04/2019 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Moo Trouble For Devin

The Democrats destroyed their future today, as America got a chance to see just who they are.

Power hungry deceivers, caught at every turn. When they can't win elections, they change the rules. It looks like they are pushing for a civil war.

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Posted by Candi Kane on 12/04/2019 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Putin's Minions

c. mcdonald brilliant comment and analysis from you as usual.

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Posted by captain arizona on 12/04/2019 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Moo Trouble For Devin

speaking of corruption the dnc has set the rules to get on the debate so all the candidates of color are now excluded. so we get six whites (two of them billionaires) for black and brown democrats (nearly half the party) to vote for. kamela harris ALOHA!

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Posted by captain arizona on 12/04/2019 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Putin's Minions

It is not a conspiracy theory that certain individuals in Ukraine were attempting to help HRC in the 2016 election. (Inconvenient facts=conspiracy theories).

1) Ukraine gives ledger to NYT incriminating Manafort:…
(August 15th, 2016)…
(August 19th, 2016)

2) Manafort, Trump's campaign manager, resigns (August 19th, 2016)

3) Ukraine admits they did this to hurt the Trump campaign:…
(August 2016)

"The prospect of Mr Trump, who has praised Ukraines arch-enemy Vladimir Putin, becoming leader of the countrys biggest ally has spurred not just Mr Leshchenko but Kievs wider political leadership to do something they would never have attempted before: intervene, however indirectly, in a US election."

"Mr Leshchenko and other political actors in Kiev say they will continue their efforts to prevent a candidatefrom reaching the summit of American political power,

See also:…
(January 2017)

"Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clintons allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found."…

So the New York Times, Financial Times, Politico, and The Nation are all in on the conspiracy?

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Posted by Fact Checker 13 on 12/04/2019 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Weather The Stupid

Mr Small, why don't YOU actually do something about climate change rather than bitching about it? How about staying in either Oregon or Arizona full time and stop burning fossil fuels traveling back and forth? How about being the change rather than relying on government?

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Posted by Chen on 12/04/2019 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Putin's Minions

I'd like John Kennedy and the 7 other republican congressmen to explain under oath what was discussed at that secret meeting in the Kremlin on the 4th of July.

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Posted by Kenneth Groves on 12/04/2019 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Putin's Minions

Talk to yourself, Craptain--

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Posted by Charlie McDonald on 12/04/2019 at 7:19 AM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Weather The Stupid

Thanks for all the kind words and mature adult conversation. For a minute there I was afraid it was going to revert to insults and name calling. By the way, are there any other books you would ban, or just the Bible? I understand you not liking the USC, as it gets in the way of so much dictatorial action.

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Posted by Larry3477 on 12/04/2019 at 5:48 AM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Putin's Minions

kamela harris quits race for lack of interest. ALOHA! The cnn debate will now have 6 whites on it. so much for diversity!

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Posted by captain arizona on 12/04/2019 at 1:29 AM

Re: “We Won't Have Ally Miller To Kick Around Anymore

No way Larry.

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Posted by Donna H on 12/03/2019 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Ex-Education Superintendent John Huppenthal And I Have a Rare Moment Of Agreement, About State Grades


Tomorrow morning, I am flying out to a school district over 1,500 miles away, perhaps the worst school district in the U.S. In Sean Reardon's national ranking, based on academic gains, not test scores, this school district ranked at the very bottom, as low as you can go, the first percentile. What's worse, they are a school district of significant size. Given the normal curve in statistics, that means that some of these schools have to be so bad, that the students go downhill instead of uphill.

That may seem impossible, but in 2013, we had 2,000 students from over 80,000 who scored lower in math in 8th grade than they scored in 3rd grade, 5 years earlier.

I don't know what to expect. I am going to spend five days going from school to school talking to principals making presentations and observing. I've had a lot of luck with this approach, just walk in and ask to see the principal.

Wish me luck. As the Blues Brothers would say, on a mission from God. Don't know if I can do any good or not.

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Posted by on 12/03/2019 at 4:03 PM

Re: “They've Improved The State's School Grading System. Now It Tells Us Even Less Than It Used To.


I came back to look at this again. The typical school, meaning the median school in that list, in TUSD ranks at the 30th percentile in statewide gains. You can excuse test scores based on poverty, you can't excuse gain scores. That's your systems. Do they measure teacher job satisfaction? If they do, do they read the suggestions for changes carefully and make the changes? Are administrators out visiting classrooms every day? Are principals frequently in the parking lot in the morning talking to parents?

Are teachers coming to class with prepared lesson plans, ready to teach?

For a district with such resources, that raises major questions.

The danger is that the feedback loop just creates more pressure which most often results in lower quality, not an improvement.

But, if I were on that board, I would be reexamining every system.

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Posted by on 12/03/2019 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Putin's Minions

Why did manafort have to quit if ukrainians were not helping clinton campaign?

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Posted by captain arizona on 12/03/2019 at 1:17 PM

Re: “We Won't Have Ally Miller To Kick Around Anymore

This is excellent news. It clears the way for Democrat Rex Scott in his run for County Supervisor -

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Posted by Larry Bodine 1 on 12/03/2019 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Ex-Education Superintendent John Huppenthal And I Have a Rare Moment Of Agreement, About State Grades


Strange to see my name in a headline again, uncomfortable.

But, doesn't matter that we agree, our current education culture grew around annual testing over the last 100 years or so. That culture is in the minds of hundreds of millions of parents and students. Took me 18 years on the education committee and reading every study to fully grasp the impact of annual testing on education culture.

I advocate focusing on parent, student and teacher surveys to reduce the toxicity of annual testing. If you focus on improving quality from each vantage point, you can dilute the toxic effects of standardize testing.

Letter grading amps up the toxic effect of annual standardized testing. Here's a job for you David. Track down all the letter grade states. Find out if there has been a differential shift in NAEP scores between letter grade and non-letter grade states.

I recently looked at Tempe Elementary School District, analyzing their gains the same way I looked at TUSD. Why Tempe? They not only do the annual testing, they test three times a year internally. I like the test they use: Northwest Evaluation Association (computer adaptive). They make almost a perfect case study because they have been doing it for so long. So, has all this testing raised their gains above the statewide average? No. Their average school ranking is 100 slots below the statewide average.

This is a well run district.

Small sample size but interesting.

Three scientists in the 60s revolutionized companies. One of these, Deming, built a revolution around sampling to improve quality instead of inspecting. All these tests are inspections with all the damage done by inspections. NAEP, by comparison, is a sample. A large school district like TUSD could sample instead of inspect.

Its hard to imagine a school district being able to make that cultural leap.

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Posted by on 12/03/2019 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Movie Review: The Irishman

Casino was a misstep? Goodfellas a comedy?

What are you smoking?

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Posted by Danehick Sux on 12/03/2019 at 8:40 AM

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