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  • just a conservative girl 6:24 PM on 09/14/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    How “Pro-Choice” Are Democrats? – Video 

    Well, if you go by this, not very.

    I really enjoyed the lady from New York.  She believes in choices as long as they are “good results” – the government has a role in making those choices.  Another words, you are too dumb to make them for yourselves.   But hey, killing your baby obviously is a good result!!!

    Same type of thing with school choice – We hear from a lady from Louisiana who says she had very difficult time navigating her children.  Apparently she is really smart.  So if it was hard for her, just imagine how hard it for those of us that are lets just say, dumb.

    Unions?  Well that got one lady a little stuck.  She wanted to be for choice, that is until she really thought about it.  Oops.

    Contradictions?  Well they acknowledge it, but oh well.  We all have them.  (Which most of us do, I will admit)

    But, they seem to like intervention.  Except of course unless someone is trying to intervene for the safety and life of a baby.

     

     

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    • SignPainterGuy 6:40 PM on 09/14/2012 Permalink | Reply

      Yep, dims are all about freedoms to choose …. as long as you choose THEIR approved choices. The same can be said for tolerance. The dims and the muslims are in agreement there; tolerance abounds … as long as the Christians and Jews are doing all the tolerating and the muslims and dims are being tolerated by them ! Throw in the atheists too ! They require we tolerate them as well !

  • just a conservative girl 12:48 PM on 08/06/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the Day – Kevin Chavous Edition 

    Jeff Bryant’s July 18 piece on Valerie Strauss’ “The Answer Sheet” blog lets blind partisanship get in the way of an accurate characterization of school choice programs across the country.  As a Democrat, I full-heartedly support school choice in every form—from strong traditional public schools to charter schools to voucher programs—because these options shift our focus from an antiquated, overly-bureaucratized one-size-fits-all system that is sadly failing millions of disadvantaged children to those who know their children best—parents. Your failure to think critically is apparent in your change-averse ideology that prizes the status quo over proven measures that will help kids.
    In a political climate where bipartisanship is growing increasingly rare, school choice breaks the mold, having earned the backing of Republicans and Democrats in places like Louisiana, Florida, Wisconsin, Georgia, Ohio, and right here in the nation’s capital. The reason, which Mr. Bryant fails to acknowledge, is simple: for many lawmakers, the future of our country’s next generation is far more important that scoring political points.
    The assumption that poor families are misinformed is simply untrue, and it is that notion—one emphasizing system-wide decision-making over the best judgment of parents—that accounts for a great deal of the achievement gap that plagues our country’s educational performance.  It’s why when we put power pack into the hands of parents, as was done here in D.C., voucher students graduate at a rate of 91 percent—more than 30 percentage points higher than students in D.C. Public Schools.  And an evaluation of the Milwaukee voucher program also found a higher graduation rates and a trend that participating students were more likely to enroll and continue in four-year universities than their public school counterparts.
    It’s why when the opportunity for choice arises, parents respond in droves. More than 17,000 students are on waiting lists for public charter schools here in D.C. and more than 10,000 low-income families have applied for the voucher program since it was created in 2004.
    So yes, Mr. Bryant, I am a Democrat who proudly favors school choice, and there is nothing meek about my support. After all, I’m on the side of the parents, and it’s they—not you—who really know what’s best for their kids.
    He is 100% correct, it is insulting to low income Americans when the democrats behave that they don’t know what is the best choice for their own children.  They may be uneducated, but that doesn’t mean that they are stupid.
     
    • SignPainterGuy 11:32 AM on 08/07/2012 Permalink | Reply

      Whoa, the “bigfoot” of democrats; the mysterious and elusive dem who looks at kids and parents first and gov. way later. I see a trip to the proverbial woodshed in his future !

    • accurran 2:07 PM on 08/07/2012 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent post. May school choice become the standard for years to come with our next generation.

  • just a conservative girl 8:29 AM on 05/13/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The March Towards School Choice Continues 

    Since this is Mother’s Day and there is nothing in the world more important to any mother than the well-being of her child, I wanted to share with you Juan Williams’ keynote speech about school choice to the American Federation for Children in New Jersey.

    Choice is becoming more and more mainstream.  We are seeing people on both sides of the political spectrum come together because our desire for our children to receive a quality education is not partisan.

    School Choice is a battle we must not only fight, but we must win.  The sad state of affairs that has become our public school system is quickly becoming an issue of national security and our economic well-being depends on preparing the next generation to lead our country.

    Williams also has produced a documentary on the topic as well; Two Missions.  They are long, but well worth the watch.

    We must find a way to put partisanship aside and deal with the very real issue that we are failing our children when it comes to getting them an education and give power back to the parents to make the best decision for their children.

    Here is a shorter version of his documentary:

    If you are not interesting in spending the time to watch that, here he is discussing the documentary:

     

     

     

     
  • just a conservative girl 5:41 PM on 05/11/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The Tide is Turning on School Choice 

    During my career, I met with thousands of parents. I have never met a parent who did not want for his or her child what I wanted for my own sons and now my grandchildren, a quality public school education. In fact, I have met far too many parents in neighborhoods with failing schools who lacked the financial resources for private school, the political connections for magnet schools, or the luck of winning the lottery for a charter school. (Philadelphia has more than 30,000 children on charter-school waiting lists.) Providing these captive parents with broad school-choice options is the only chance to improve public schools as a whole. Expanding charter schools and passing school-voucher legislation, as being voted on right now in Harrisburg, will end the public school monopoly that has failed low-income neighborhoods. Allowing parents to vote with their feet and letting some education funding to follow children to new schools is the drastic measure necessary for improving the public-education system. The more choices parents have, the better education their children will receive

    This is part of an OP-ED written by Arlene Ackerman, former teacher, administrator, and chancellor of the public school system in Philadelphia.

     
    • SignPainterGuy 8:51 PM on 05/11/2012 Permalink | Reply

      It`s so nice to have a credentialed professional echo our sentiments !

      • just a conservative girl 10:09 PM on 05/11/2012 Permalink | Reply

        yeah, she took a great deal of crap for it to. She was called a traitor among other choice things. But she knows of what she speaks. She has been there. She knows the system won’t change until they are forced to. The system is no longer child centered. Until that changes the schools will continue to fail. She said that even if they made major improvements immediately, they won’t trickle down to the kids until 2023. That is an outrage. How many kids will be lost to gangs, jail, and poverty between now and then?

        • SignPainterGuy 12:06 AM on 05/12/2012 Permalink | Reply

          2013 ? Unions are exceedingly sssllloooooowww ! Get the unions out, implement a child-centered plan, return prayer and maybe even some judicious spanking (for certain real discipline), involve the parents, place control to local districts and get the gooberment out, test the teachers and make them prove their worth …… you`ll see significant positive change the first year. I`m sure I left out some things that need to change or return to the old days, but you get my points !?

          • just a conservative girl 8:03 PM on 05/12/2012 Permalink | Reply

            Not 2013, 2023. 11 years away. That is yet another entire generation of our kids lost to a failing school system. Not acceptable.

            • SignPainterGuy 11:29 PM on 05/12/2012 Permalink | Reply

              Sorry, typo, it was late. I was thinking right, my jabber fingers weren`t cooperating.

    • A.Men 4:37 AM on 05/12/2012 Permalink | Reply

      School choice. Freedom. President-In-Name-Only had school choice. And he had the choice to go to Ivy League school after being in a “daze the last two years of high school” from using “weed’ and “blow”.

      • SignPainterGuy 11:52 AM on 05/12/2012 Permalink | Reply

        Don`t forget, “Beer” !

  • backyardconservative 4:34 PM on 09/14/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Is the Atlanta Public School for Scandal Typical? 

    USA Today has a piece noting few states check for suspicious erasures on standardized tests, in the wake of systematic cheating by Atlanta teachers:

    A survey by USA TODAY of state education agencies found that 20 states and Washington, D.C., did erasure analysis on all pencil-and-paper tests required during the 2010-11 school year under the federal No Child Left Behind education law.

    That means nearly 45% of the annual reading and math exams this year were scored without analyzing erasures.

    A D.C. check found problems with over half.

    A better approach would of course be to let the tax dollars go to the parents and follow the child. Parents know how well their children are learning, and even if some parents don’t care there are enough who do to force improvement through school competition.

     
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