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Re: “Local Heroes

Hats off to you & your spirit. Loved the way the article was written, warts, farts & all!

Posted by tiredofpc on 12/14/2017 at 3:15 AM

Re: “Student Housing Shakedown

Is the Honors College Dorm going to pay property taxes?
Is the City going to sue them to pay property taxes?
Does Kozachik have a conflict of interest regarding the Honors Collage Dorm?

Did the lawsuit against the mini dorms address the issue of unrelated people living in the 8-bedroom residential houses?

Posted by Raquel Baranow on 12/13/2017 at 7:36 PM

Re: “A ‘Dreadful’ Tax Plan

That isnt evidence that it caused the state's deficit. The deficit started before 2015 and ballotpedia also says:

"Governor Brownback signed the fiscal year 2016 budget into law on June 16, 2015. The governor made a few line-item vetoes and noted that he will continue to find ways to limit the size and spending habits of the state government while protecting the state's core services. Total spending under this budget equaled about $15.33 billion, a decrease of about 0.7 percent from fiscal year 2015"

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Posted by Palisades on 12/13/2017 at 12:15 PM

Re: “A ‘Dreadful’ Tax Plan

Thank you Mr Chong(?) very interesting.

Google is your friend Palisades-
"Between fiscal years 2015 and 2016, total government spending in Kansas increased by approximately $439.0 million"-Ballotpedia

In 2015-2016 Education was over 50% of the state budget. In that same year AZ outspent 23 states on Education. I don't believe we have ever been exposed to that fact.

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 12/13/2017 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Donation Dilemmas

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Posted by chrisbrown on 12/13/2017 at 5:28 AM

Re: “A ‘Dreadful’ Tax Plan

Bartlett showing his newfound liberal credentials, once again. Republicans aren't driven by anything that smacks of Ayn Rand, idiot. They're big-government statists like yourself. Their tax bill is indeed a sham and Ayn Rand wouldn't approve.

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Posted by Rick Vinson on 12/12/2017 at 11:36 PM

Re: “A ‘Dreadful’ Tax Plan

According to what. I couldnt find evidence that they increased spending. And that still means a republican controlled state is incapable of handling their finances if they were able to cut taxes but didnt cut spending to meet it

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Posted by Palisades on 12/12/2017 at 3:49 PM

Re: “A ‘Dreadful’ Tax Plan

Kansas's problem? They increased spending. That still doesn't work. No matter how many times you try it. Cut taxes cut spending. That works.

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Posted by Tommy Chong on 12/12/2017 at 12:09 PM

Re: “The Latest U.S. International Reading Scores Are Flat

You have your story but it only partially matches the data. Go back to Figure 3 on page 23.

Average scores aren't flat from 2001 to now, they are up slightly, but all of that improvement comes from the 2006 to 2010 period, when we had no large central programs in place.

All of the analysis of No Child Left Behind came to the conclusion that not only was it worthless, it did some damage, average scores down. All that phonics helped kids at the lower end (up ten points), but the interference hurt the upper end of the spectrum (down 9 points).

Then from 2006 to 2011, we had a gilded age of no new fads and interference from the center. Reading scores up across the spectrum, the upper end and lower end both up 17 points.

Then from 2011 to 2016 we had the devastation of "Race to the Top." Scores down across the spectrum but particularly for low-end kids, down 12 points.

Lesson to be learned? Washington D.C., leave us alone.

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Posted by on 12/12/2017 at 12:08 PM

Re: “A ‘Dreadful’ Tax Plan

To CW13, The Affordable Care Act was crippled by the Republicans because they demanded that the Individual Payer Mandate be eliminated before they would allow it to move forward. REPUBLICANS NEVER, and I repeat NEVER offered to help the American people do anything unless you consider the top 1%. Occasionally a few scraps are left over to throw to the wailing masses. I would love to see the Democrats just walk away and allow the Republicans to destroy this country the way that governor Brownback has destroyed Kansas. Republicans are the most intransigent, ignorant, arrogant, deluded, ungrateful control freaks on earth. They have been trying to destroy this country from the beginning and have finally found their champion, Trump, to help them do it

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Posted by Beneal Good on 12/12/2017 at 10:34 AM

Re: “The Latest U.S. International Reading Scores Are Flat

Ms. Putnam-Hidalgo writes, "tying scores to teacher and administrative pay and advancement possibilities and other toxic intrusions on a teachers' ability to actually teach have always been ineffective, and now we have a decade and a half of proof that that is the case. Teaching to the test has become the mantra, and the kids' education be damned."

Some thoughts on this, in increasing order of importance.

First, if teachers are "teaching to the test", why aren't the test scores better?

Second, whenever I see this particular complaint by teachers, my reaction is always, "gosh, wouldn't it be nice to have a job where I could claim that it was impossible to objectively measure my performance or effectiveness? That must be nice."

But third, maybe Ms. Putnam-Hidalgo has a point, although it's one she would never articulate in these terms. As Bslap above points out, we have the highest percentage of foreign born people in our country (or nearly so) in U.S. history. 10% of everyone alive today who was born in Mexico and 20% of everyone alive today who was born in El Salvador lives in the United States. But the United States is not built on magic dirt. So, why would we expect that we can educate those people better here than they can be educated at home? Maybe it's unfair to punish teachers when they cannot do that.

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Posted by Nathan K on 12/12/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “The Latest U.S. International Reading Scores Are Flat

Who does the evaluations in PIRLS? What do the tests look like? When I saw that RUSSIA, and CHINA are in the top TWO I immediately became suspicious that there is money under the table or some kind of mismanagement of the test scores because neither of those countries ever goes into a contest without knowing they are going to be First or Second. It's going to take more than the PIRLS judges to convince me that American kids are not at a reading level comparable to Russians and Chinese. Stop blaming the teachers or the students and take another approach .

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Posted by Beneal Good on 12/12/2017 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Danehy

"Lifelong Democrat" sucker punched you progressives and you fell for it. Read it again and you will find that you are sexist and only care about your own gains. So you are really the 1%ers. LOL

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 12/12/2017 at 9:38 AM

Re: “The Latest U.S. International Reading Scores Are Flat

These are all good reasons why US teachers have become ineffective. Why is it that we have people in leadership positions that are causing this to happen? Affirmative action hires?

Talk amongst yourselves...

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Posted by Wayne Olson on 12/12/2017 at 9:35 AM

Re: “Cinema Clips: Lady Bird

Agree. This film is a winner on many levels.

Posted by Kathleen DeBoer on 12/12/2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “The Latest U.S. International Reading Scores Are Flat

Looking at the data, American white and Asian students are doing just fine. Indeed, the white PIRLs and ePIRLs averages are higher than the averages for all the countries listed above except Singapore and Russia, blowing all their other European peers out of the water. Stagnant educational performance data is just measuring changing U.S. ethnic demographics. And that means it's just going to get worse.

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Posted by Nathan K on 12/12/2017 at 9:21 AM

Re: “The Latest U.S. International Reading Scores Are Flat

No coincidence that the percentage of foreign born is the highest in American history. It's tough to make progress when you can barely tread water getting 41 million immigrants and their children up to speed.

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Posted by bslap on 12/12/2017 at 7:11 AM

Re: “The Latest U.S. International Reading Scores Are Flat

Obvious question...what are Singapore, Russia, Ireland, Finland, and Poland doing that we're not ? These are the countries cited as out scoring the US. Do they do less/more testing than the US ? Are their teachers better trained or motivated ? Do the students come from more stable 2 parent households ? Do they go to school more days per year than the US ? It would seem to be a good idea to start with the facts before venting prejudices.

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Posted by bsinn on 12/12/2017 at 6:32 AM

Re: “The Latest U.S. International Reading Scores Are Flat

US teachers have NOT become ineffective, Wayne Olson. Using up vast quantities of instructional time on test prep and testing itself, tying scores to teacher and administrative pay and advancement possibilities and other toxic intrusions on a teachers' ability to actually teach have always been ineffective, and now we have a decade and a half of proof that that is the case. Teaching to the test has become the mantra, and the kids' education be damned. And of course we are so "data driven" that we just ignore the data that has been showing us that for all these years.

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Posted by Betts Putnam-Hidalgo on 12/12/2017 at 5:52 AM

Re: “New VICE Documentary Revisits Murder of Raul Flores and 9-year-old Daughter by Border Vigilantes

Almost 10 yrs after this horrific murder a handful of Arivaca residents choose to hold a memorial gathering for Raul and Brisenia because a group of concerned citizens who patrol the border have bought property in Arivaca? While these are the same people who insist that all illegal aliens should not be lumped into a heinous criminal category, they have no problem whatsoever lumping the Arizona Border Recon folks into a category akin to Shawna Fordes self proclaimed militia. The double standard and faux tolerance from these assuming hippies is nauseating at best. *How does one condone the actions of a drug and human trafficker by saying "Other than those felonious activities Raul was a good guy?" He was a cartel affiliate who put himself and his family at risk and the entire town refuses to speak ill of the drug cartel(s) at every turn and in every interview. Its as if the influx of drugs through our southern borders doesnt exist and only poor Mexican immigrants are using the brutal and unforgiving mountainous terrain to cross. The sooner these border residents call out the "real evil" that penetrates their town 24/7 the better off they and every resident will be. *(Please note: The above statement in no way is meant to trivialize the murders that took place nor give credence to Shawna Forde or the savages involved, I hope they all suffer greatly for their actions.)

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Posted by OneMansTrash on 12/12/2017 at 12:23 AM

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