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Re: “Obstructionism Now, Obstructionism Forever: McCain Vows To Stop the Future Clinton Administration From Accomplishing Anything

McCain has the right idea when he describes the "checks and balances" role of the U.S. Congress. That's exactly why we should be sure to elect a Democrat to the Senate. If McCain gets his wish Trump will be President and he surely will need to be checked and balanced!

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Posted by wastle on 09/09/2016 at 8:21 AM

Re: “National Education Policy Center: Class Size and Money Both Matter in Education

You say, "The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study was completed many years ago." I'm not having any luck tracking down any such study. Can you give me some clues for finding the original study you refer too?

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Posted by wastle on 06/24/2016 at 8:20 AM

Re: “National Education Policy Center: Class Size and Money Both Matter in Education

jhupp.... above is right to refer us to the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study for some better understanding of the issues discussed here but he seems to be reading more into the study's conclusions than are justified. Perhaps his biggest error is to extrapolate well beyond the study's scope. The oldest children in the study are barely out of eighth grade.
I suggest that anyone who wants to really understand what's going on spend the time to read at least some of the summaries of the study.

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Posted by wastle on 06/23/2016 at 2:32 PM

Re: “National Education Policy Center: Class Size and Money Both Matter in Education

Why in the world would you not want "children of illegal aliens" to be well educated? Yes, it will cost something but they are going to be your neighbors, your employees (and maybe your employers), the taxpayers who support your Social Security, your first-responders, your national guardians, the people who vote, etc.
I also don't understand why you would imply "schools as social engineering" is a negative concept. Of course schools are part of creating a better society.

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Posted by wastle on 06/23/2016 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Buyer Beware When It Comes to Educational Studies, Statistics and Conclusions

I'm going to take Safier's original warning seriously and be a skeptic about the results reported by John Huppenthal. John, could you please give us the sources of your data?

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Posted by wastle on 04/25/2016 at 8:09 AM

Re: “The AZ Legislature Has the Court System By the Short Hairs

Whatever happened to a finding of Contempt of Court? Is this not a possibility? Someone please explain this.

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Posted by wastle on 04/19/2016 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Courting Out-of-State Students at the University of California

"Run it like a business." That seems to be part of the Republican political mantra. OK, let's imagine a business with some customers who are willing to pay 4 or 5 times as much for the product you offer as some other customers. If we "Run it like a business" then wouldn't we do our damnedest to get more of those willing to pay more and fewer of the others?
The problem is that government, in this case a public university, isn't a business and shouldn't be run like one!

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Posted by wastle on 03/31/2016 at 7:44 AM

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