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Re: “BASIS Connives to Maintain Its Elite Charter School Status in Baton Rouge

If you look at a continuous cohort of students, meaning looking at all the kids who were in Arizona schools at the end of 3rd grade and still in our schools at the end of 8th grade, the BASIS cohort gains 20% more annually than the statewide average. Put in terms of SAT points, that's about 3 extra SAT points per year. However, when you look at those same students when they attend other schools, their gains are only slightly less - about 2.5 SAT points per year.

You keep beating up on them because their sky high test scores make them the poster boys and girls for school choice. That's what education culture values, falsely associating these high test scores with the school that collects them and ignoring those schools that actually create them. The measure of academic gains, in scale score points, is where we should be looking to find uniquely valuable schools.

There are over 50 schools with higher academic gains than the average of BASIS system.

Many of them are producing those gains year after year. Sooner or later, they will begin to propagate the way BASIS has propagated. Then, the game will be on.

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Posted by on 07/26/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “McCain Returns to Senate To Push Mystery GOP Healthcare Bill Forward

Hahahaha Have either of you even read the constitution? You do realize that Senators serve 6 year terms... Either you suck at civics or you suck at math, neither 4 nor 8 year term limits would work. Both of you made me smile today, thank!

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Posted by HumanBean on 07/26/2017 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Flake Loves Him Some Cruzcare


HA HA! I'm such a clever REPUBLISHIT.

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Posted by AZPaul on 07/26/2017 at 7:47 AM

Re: “McCain Returns to Senate To Push Mystery GOP Healthcare Bill Forward

Grandma Suzy,

Four years -- no more, no less.

If you cannot get it done in four years, you probably cannot get it done.

In addition, no "entitlements" after service. I had to put more than 20 years in the Army to retire with benefits that are far less than these people get for one term now.

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/26/2017 at 7:37 AM

Re: “McCain Returns to Senate To Push Mystery GOP Healthcare Bill Forward

M. McCain is prime example to have mandatory 8 year term limits for all elected personnel.

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Posted by Grandma Suzy on 07/26/2017 at 7:22 AM

Re: “BASIS Connives to Maintain Its Elite Charter School Status in Baton Rouge

Another fascinating story by David Safier. Sure, there are other viewpoints (the comments above), but David's tells something which has been ignored by much of the press. Good to hear both sides of the story by commenters and by David, but where else do you get a report like David's? Much appreciated.

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Posted by Nancy Fahringer on 07/26/2017 at 6:50 AM

Re: “BASIS Connives to Maintain Its Elite Charter School Status in Baton Rouge

David, your premise that Basis makes a living catering to advantaged students twists a fundamental part of the American Dream. You can start in America with nothing and through hard work give a better life to your children and they do better than you. That is the basis of Basis. When you look at the students at Basis in OV many if not most are from second generation Asian or Indian families. They want their kids to have opportunities so they put their kids in the best school possible. Perhaps we should encourage good parenting where kids have advantages because of that? That doesn't mean we ignore kids who don't have that advantage, but you shouldn't punish good behavior.

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Posted by Doug Martin on 07/26/2017 at 6:08 AM

Re: “McCain Returns to Senate To Push Mystery GOP Healthcare Bill Forward

I think I have solved the cause of the large ice break off in Antarctica -- the GOP is preparing for its next healthcare plan transmogrification to take care of all those that become uninsured by placing them on the large ice flow where they can sail off into oblivion using a "natural" and cost effective method.

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/26/2017 at 3:05 AM

Re: “BASIS Connives to Maintain Its Elite Charter School Status in Baton Rouge

And BTW, did I miss your post on this...

"Basis school network is planning to open a primary campus on Tucsons south side as part of an initiative to bring its challenging curriculum to underserved areas."
"An analysis included in Basis proposal to the charter schools board says the population in the area of the new school has about 69 percent of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch an indicator of poverty and nearly 64 percent are Hispanic."

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Posted by Cynthia Weiss on 07/25/2017 at 10:58 PM

Re: “BASIS Connives to Maintain Its Elite Charter School Status in Baton Rouge


Wasn't BASIS recruited to come to Baton Rouge, not the other way around. As far as the corporate partnership, that is state law, not something that BASIS 'came up with'.

As reported here...

"The 2011 corporate partnership law exempts children of Womans Hospital employees from the at risk requirement. The remaining 50 percent-plus children at the school, however, still have to meet the "at risk" threshold."
"The draft version of the contract the board looked at Thursday allows the school system to require BASIS to complete a corrective action plan if it falls short in this area, as well as in its enrollment of special education students."

Now you know the rest of the story.


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Posted by Cynthia Weiss on 07/25/2017 at 10:53 PM

Re: “McCain Returns to Senate To Push Mystery GOP Healthcare Bill Forward

What they will debate are all ideas. And to do it right they need to hear directly from those that the ACA harmed, so they don't screw up again.

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Posted by Healthnut on 07/25/2017 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Tour Diaries: XIXA Day 8: 'Gabe Heard and Saw Me Reset My Knee From Across the Room.'

"We keep it smokey." Great photo!!!

Posted by joanmc53 on 07/25/2017 at 12:53 PM

Re: “A Few Thoughts on the New AzMERIT Scores

So, where exactly are you getting these figures from Postimpressionist?

I see that you have posted a link, but I get the feeling that link is phony.

Seems to me that you're getting these figures from out of your ass. What you have posted proves that you're surely thinking from there.

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Posted by Hey Hey My My, Postimpressionist Commentary Needs to Die on 07/25/2017 at 8:39 AM

Re: “A Few Thoughts on the New AzMERIT Scores

"Hard wire" would mean mental capacity.

The entire history of Affirmative Action has only succeeded in raising college graduation for minorities by LESS than 1%! It seems that if you didn't have AA they might have done better.

Can you teach a child with an IQ of 79 Trigonometry ? This is the question you must ask yourself. Mental Capacity due to national/cultural isolation may not be something that can be changed easily.
Average IQ of Mexico is 89
Average IQ of Mexican/Americans is 89
Average IQ of Guatemala 79

IQ 80-89 Below average
Most violent crime is committed by males from this range. When the modal I.Q. of a group is in this range, one may expect trouble with many male members of that group. When the modal I.Q. of a society is below this range, raising it may increase violence (more police in schools). The causal mechanism behind the (statistical) relation between crime and below-average I.Q. is likely that lower I.Q. levels inherently tend to go with having
1. less impulse control,
2. being less able to delay gratification,
3. being less able to comprehend moral principles like the Golden Rule, and
4. being overstrained by the cognitive demands of society.

How fast and how high can you rise an IQ?

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Posted by Postimpressionist on 07/25/2017 at 6:26 AM

Re: “A Few Thoughts on the New AzMERIT Scores

They are not getting smarter, they are getting dumber:

Report by the Migration Policy Institute, 57% of limited English proficient adolescents nationwide are U.S. born. Up to 27 % of all LEP adolescents are members of the 2nd generation, and 30% are 3rd generation, meaning that many students educated exclusively in U.S. still cant speak English fluently.

54.9% of Special Ed students are Hispanic .

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Posted by Postimpressionist on 07/25/2017 at 5:52 AM

Re: “Tucson Streetcar Facebook Parody “CLITT” Page Has City Fuming

The waste of Tucson taxpayer's money on this silly streetcar is entirely more problematic. How about an investigation of that?

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Posted by Don2 on 07/24/2017 at 8:06 PM

Re: “There's Election Integrity, and Then There's Election Integrity

Hillary was terrible candidate and that is true. She was not liked for a long time. The media and SNL and RW radio and blog-monsters have been mocking her since the 1990s without letting up, and I am so glad she is off the stage and makes very little or no news at all these days. She is a dead letter politically, with no chances at running again. Now it's Trump's turn. He makes news every day all day. And he lies. He lies about small matters and he lies about important issues and he lies about people and he stifles the truth with more lies. I guess what bothers me the most these days is that when someone informs some Trump supporters that the man tells lies, they take it personally, as if they are being attacked. Well, that's a shame because Trump is still a liar. The Democrats know it. The Republicans know it. His pants are on fire all the time and, without the Constitution's balance of powers, he will burn our house down.

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Posted by D & D D on 07/24/2017 at 7:14 PM

Re: “There's Election Integrity, and Then There's Election Integrity

It is apparent (to me, at least) that the biggest problem facing the Democrats is not Trump and his "agenda" (it changes hourly). It is not the Republican congress. The biggest problem facing the Democrats is the Democratic Party and its leadership. I read Schumer's nonsense this morning and came away convinced the Dems are poised, once again, to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. When your team is in last place with the longest losing streak in history, it is time to shake things up beginning with management and begin building a farm team with solid recruits.

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Posted by Rick Spanier on 07/24/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “There's Election Integrity, and Then There's Election Integrity

...and that is a lot like OJ saying he just bought a big knife and he wants to date your daughter. No mas por favor! Mucho el floppo.

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Posted by Wond Enero on 07/24/2017 at 12:08 PM

Re: “There's Election Integrity, and Then There's Election Integrity

...and here's a 7/24/2017 update on the Democratic agenda from none other than Chuck Schumer, in an Op Ed in the NYTimes:

"Americans are clamoring for bold changes to our politics and our economy. They feel, rightfully, that both systems are rigged against them, and they made that clear in last years election. American families deserve a better deal so that this country works for everyone again, not just the elites and special interests. Today, Democrats will start presenting that better deal to the American people."

He goes on to list the lame band-aid policy solutions his party proposes to put on the gaping wounds in this country, policy solutions which do NOT happen to include developing a single payer health care system, putting reasonable limits on the costs of higher education, or properly regulating the banking system. His approach insults the intelligence of the American public and cheapens the value of words in our public discourse ever further, if that is even possible anymore.

Here are excerpts from some of the top "readers' pick" comments on the article:

"And how about health care? Will the Dems fight for Single Payer, which virtually all analysts agree is the only way to provide reasonably priced health care for all Americans?"

"There's an easy solution: follow the Bernie Sanders plan. The Democrats are too close to Wall Street, K Street lobbyists, the ultra rich, and the very forces responsible for the current predicament. It's a contradiction and frankly, corruption - you can't be a people's party with close ties to Wall Street. I would go to say that it is an outright betrayal of the New Deal."

"Sounds like more of the same Rube Goldberg-like ideas which brought us the AcA."

"It is hard to believe that this program will be able to gain traction in a Congress whose members depend on contributions from the wealthy to gain office. To reorient the government to work on behalf of the people, we need election finance reform."

"Chuck Schumer, this is a very thin broth you are offering to hardworking Americans starving for a better future for their children and grandchildren:
- The only mention of affordable healthcare are controls on the pharmaceutical industry?
- We need to continue to respect and protect the environment
- The inordinate roll of special interest Big Money needs to end
- The US needs to regain supremacy in energy and transportation technology and the jobs to support it.
- We need to create meaningful, challenging jobs to fill the massive void left by productivity improvements
The loss of farming and manufacturing jobs, primarily due to technological changes which drastically reduced the workforce, compounded by the, outosurcing of employment and stagnant wages has left the bulk of employment in rural areas in the low paying, low benefit and SHRINKING retail sector. This is not a viable future for our people. Democratics need a sharper vision than this lame "Better Deal"."

"Today's three big ideas to help American workers are: (1) asking venture capitalists why they want higher drug prices, (2) making corporate mergers more complicated, and (3) giving tax breaks to businesses? Senator, with plans like these, the leadership of the Democratic Party must be trying to ensure that Republicans retain control of Congress after 2018. This plan does nothing that will convince workaday Americans that you've learned anything from your time in the political wilderness."

In short, the majority of "Readers Pick" comments give a good indication that the majority of NYTimes readers know the difference between what the Democratic Party found itself able to stand for in the past (e.g. the "New Deal") and this so-called "Better Deal." (What is that, "Better Deal"? A shortening of the full-length title, "An incredibly lame policy agenda that is still a Better Deal than what Trump and the plutocrats will offer you"? Not buying it. Have had enough of bad and worse, in a context where the only legitimate selling point of of "bad" is it's "better than worse.")

The Democratic Party, if it cannot do BETTER than this, will find itself about where the "Know Nothings" are today: nowhere, with no base, no credibility, no Presidency, no majority in Congress or the House, the NOTHING party they have chosen to make themselves with their corporate donations and their special-interest-pandering agenda. Complain about Trump all you like: a lot of people realize that THE DEMOCRATS are the ones who, by selling out and abandoning their natural role in the American dialogue and their natural constituency, left labor at the mercy of the false promises made by and scraps tossed from the table of Trump and his ilk.

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Posted by More dismay: Schumer's lame & insulting policy agenda on 07/24/2017 at 10:56 AM

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