Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Robbinsdale Armstrong Principal Dahl Update

It seems that the District 281 Administration has decided to ignore all the supports of Principal Dahl.  Not that this surprises me after so many years in the district. Apparently it did not even make a talking point at the board meeting.

Here is a related piece. CS Did Race Play A Role?

Well here is the Job Posting...  This sticks out like a sore thumb...  Thoughts?

"Works to implement the Unified District Vision, including:
  • Serving as the leader of the elementary-middle-high school feeder pattern;
  • Attending special events, activities and functions sponsored by the school, parent organizations and the district;
  • Serving as a liaison between the school and stakeholders, including communicating with students, staff, parents and community members on a regular basis via social media, newsletters, parent meetings, phone calls and informal contacts;
  • Recognizing the achievements and accomplishments of students and staff;
  • Representing the School and District at meetings, workshops and conferences;
  • Designing and implementing opportunities for working collaboratively with Achievement & Integration to develop high-yielding strategies for  underrepresented students’ participation in advanced academic and co-curricular programs;
  • Assuming responsibility for the safety of students and staff;
  • Performing other duties as assigned."
I assume it means...  Get kids into those classes whether they are capable or not... Just make sure the equity stats look good. I think this does not bode well for AHS... :-(

Trump Yemen Death and Suffering

VOX Trump vetoes Congress’s directive to end US involvement in bloody Saudi-led war in Yemen
Congress reasserted its constitutional power over declaring wars. Trump called it an attempt to “weaken my constitutional authorities.”

My thought is that Trump should either commit US troops to help fix this terrible situation or get our country out of it. Enabling this humanitarian disaster is wrong.  Too bad those wimps in Congress will probably not over ride it.  The sad irony of course is that this unwavering support for Trump comes from people who says children's lives are important.  Thoughts?

BBC Yemen History and Status
PBS Yemen Starvation and Disease

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Trump Misleads about Ilhan Omar Statements

Trump continues to stoke hate, this time by taking words out of context and misusing them.

VOX Democrats unite to condemn Trump tweet linking Ilhan Omar and 9/11
The president’s tweet takes a clip of an Omar speech and combines it with footage from 9/11

FOX News Dems defend Omar after Trump retweets video against her
“Far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen, and frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it,” Omar said. “CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
I mean her statement seems pretty correct to me, though she maybe should have said "some people committed a horrific act of terror".  The reality though is that she is simply saying that a whole population should not be judged guilty by the acts of a few.  And that is SO TRUE, or us gun owners would all be guilty of thousands of deaths through our gun loving belief system.

Tax Bill Winners and Losers

CNN Here's who's winning under Trump's tax law

I think I lost some this year, but I am more worried about our kids.  A whole society based on:
  • spending more
  • paying less
  • running up the debt
  • passing the burden forward
is definitely not good for their futures.

Friday, April 12, 2019

ACA Revisited... Again...

You know how I like to keep our posts and comments somewhat aligned. :-)
And Molly, you have some reading to do to catch up with our 10+ years of arguing this...
See the links below...
Sean, My guess is that she thinks the "activist judges" should have ruled against it... SCOTUS now rules against ACA, Not supported it. G2A 
Molly, Now I need to find a reason to post about ACA to see what you disliked about it and if you have a better solution. :-)  G2A 
All, It was a very complicated ruling. In the end the court claimed that forcing people to buy something was a tax and Obama had told the public that is was not a tax. He told the public if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor and said that it would save people money all untrue.Molly 
Molly, I lost my highly desirable plan also. No love here for the Unaffordable Care Act. Jerry 
John, I thought the original point of the ACA was to to get insurance for the uninsured. I would have rather had a tax to all to pay for those folks to have insurance rather than completely change our healthcare system.  Molly 
All, The real problem with the ACA is that it didn't change our healthcare system enough. Sean 
Sean, Nonsense. The ACA was supposed to solve all health care problems, for everybody, for all time. Maybe the actual legislation did not match the promises made for it?  Jerry 
Sean, what did you want the ACA to do that it didn’t?  Molly 
All, "X was supposed to solve all problems" is a classic straw man argument. There is no health care policy that will solve all problems. Making that the goal of policy is a de facto decision to have no health care policy at all.  ==Hiram  
All, I did not suggest that the ACA /could/ solve all problems. I merely suggest that is what was promised and not delivered. And how did we get off on this old topic? Jerry
 G2A ACA Search
G2A Health Search
G2A Healthcare Cost Control
G2A Sean Healthcare Improvement Plan

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Trump the Endless Victim

WAPO Trump says he was the target of ‘an attempted coup’ with Mueller investigation

It is interesting that Trump has such "victim mentality", I am happy I don't see the world like he does. :-)

And I am very puzzled why the IRS would not honor the request to see tax returns...  It seems to me they are government documents and Congress committees should have access...

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Should MN Grade Schools?

Minnpost Should Minnesota grade its schools?

I think this was an interesting article, however unfortunately it seems that one should just avoid the purple areas whenever possible. :-(

It looks like Jie Ming Mandarin Immersion is an outlier... But then again it is 60+% Asian and White.. And 25% poverty, so I am pretty sure its demographics vary greatly from the community.
And Great Schools does offer some detail.
But I like the MN DOE Report Card better.
Great Schools Map

Friday, April 5, 2019

The Drug Profit Paradox

VOX Trump is blaming Mexico for the US’s drug problem. He should blame a failed war on drugs.
Trump threatened to close the border “if the drugs don’t stop.” But the problem isn’t Mexico.
Some interesting concepts...

"First is a concept known as the “profit paradox.” One of the primary goals of the drug war is to make drugs more expensive by limiting their supply; the idea is that a drug habit is much more difficult to sustain if drugs are more expensive."

"There’s also the “hydra effect”: When one source of drugs shuts down, another takes its place. The name comes from the mythological hydra, a beast that, in some versions of the story, grew another head when its previous one was cut off."

Thursday, April 4, 2019

IRS Audits and Racism?

My Reticular Activating System must be set to notice these types of stories right now.  Or it is a very popular topic at this time...
VOX America’s anti-poor tax audits, in one infuriating map: A map from ProPublica shows who the taxman really inspects.
Here are the questions:
  • Do people like me not get audited because I hire someone to do my taxes and don't take any chances?  Am I sheltered by my wealth somehow?
  • Are poor less educated people simply more prone to making mistakes and triggering computer flags?
  • Are agents looking to audit minorities?
  • Are they just looking for poor people who don't have the knowledge or resources to fight the audits? 
  • Why would the GOP states have the most audits? A Liberal conspiracy?
  • Other?
Now the first 3 maps are from the article which tries to steer you to believing that this is a race issue.  I added the poverty by county map to open the discussion further.
Also, Sean posted this interesting test link elsewhere. It is worth trying.  I failed... Not sure what that means...
Pick on the map to expand it.  Thoughts?

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

NY School Racism?

74M Race-Blind or Discriminatory? NYC’s Plan to Diversify Elite High Schools Becomes Latest Fodder for Advocates Seeking Supreme Court Rollback on Affirmative Action

NPR Freshman Class For NYC's Top Public High School Includes 7 Black Students Out Of 895

I heard about this on "The Daily" the other day. It seems aligned with our recent discussions.

Are the Asian families and students really harder working, more education focused, etc than the White and Black students of NY? Or is this just one of those unearned racial stereotypes that the Left complains about? 

Should these schools allow less capable kids in to fulfill a racial quota of some sort? Thoughts?

Sunday, March 31, 2019

RDale Board Mtg 2Apr19

I decided to see if the Board had named who they hired a detective to investigate...  No luck there, but they do have a meeting Tuesday evening with some interesting things on the docket.

From my reading of the proposals, it looks like they are going implement some kind of "variable punishment policy". I assume to align with this deal. Thoughts?

Proposal to Change Handbook
2018/19 Handbook
Proposed Student Discipline Policy Change
  • Every school shall establish a Schoolwide and Classroom Behavior Plan identifying and teaching behavior expectations and identified responses within the requirements of this policy and directives from the Superintendent.
  • Every classroom will establish and teach behavior expectations within the district’s policy, the Superintendent’s directives and the school’s behavior plan with participation from the students in the classroom.
  • Every school employee will demonstrate high standards of behavior, modeling appropriate actions and response to student behaviors.
  • Every school will examine its discipline data to ensure that responses to student behavior do not show evidence of bias or discriminatory behavior. Statistical data alone will not establish bias or discrimination. Schools shall also use behavior data to identify and provide additional training to staff and students; and to provide effective interventions for students to improve student outcomes.
  • Individual needs shall be considered in determining the appropriate response to behavior that does not meet school standards.