Doug Martin 
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Re: “Why Teachers Are Leaving (And New Teachers Aren't Replacing Them)

It is fascinating that public charter schools pay less to teachers and yet teachers are going to them in droves. Perhaps they like the culture and trade that for pay?

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Posted by Doug Martin on 09/25/2017 at 6:14 AM

Re: “Looking at Tucson Unified's AzMERIT Scores: Another Approach

One of the things that is missed in this discussion is how the affluent, better educated parents got there. For example first generation Asians and Africans come here with nothing, yet their kids are among the highest scoring according to data I have seen at Cradle to Career. Then the second generation becomes affluent and better educated and legacy begins. My family was farmers and we had no one in my family that had a college degree until me. I served in the military and got the GI Bill. That's what makes America great is opportunity not some egalitarian myth or utopian socialism. It is freedom and opportunity to climb the ladder and give your kids a better life than you have. That is what needs to be emphasized.

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Posted by Doug Martin on 09/20/2017 at 6:18 AM

Re: “Trump Ends DACA Program, Leaves DREAMers Facing Deportation

The key is what you finally said in the article; congress needs to provide a permanent solution. The memo President Obama did now termed DACA wasn't sustainable. Encourage congress to do their job.

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Posted by Doug Martin on 09/06/2017 at 6:14 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: “Farewell, Franzi

This was a great tribute to Emil. Many of the stories that were shared resonated with me. Thanks for doing this!

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Posted by Doug Martin on 06/15/2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Dare to Say, 'Tax the Rich'

I heard the former democratic treasurer from California say that unless their party figures out that it isn't about increasing taxes but running things responsibly that they will lose. He said California is on the brink of bankruptcy and "the rich" are leaving the state. He said the majority of the programs are bloated and should be trimmed to save the state from disaster.

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Posted by Doug Martin on 04/19/2017 at 6:19 AM

Re: “Danehy

Tom, I don't know why you have so much antipathy for the Christian right, but your conclusion that we didn't want to vote for a woman is wrong. I don't hate Secretary Clinton, nor do I believe all the ridiculous conspiracy driven tripe that is said about her and Bill. She made her position clear on abortion and wouldn't even give an inch on late term abortions. As the scientific evidence continues to prove that it isn't a blob of flesh in the womb it is a baby.

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Posted by Doug Martin on 01/19/2017 at 11:03 AM

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