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Head of First 5 LA resigns following critical audit | California Watch

Head of First 5 LA resigns following critical audit | California Watch:

Head of First 5 LA resigns following critical audit

first5la.orgEvelyn Martinez

Evelyn Martinez, chief executive officer of First 5 LA, resigned late yesterday, less than three weeks after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors started the legal process to take over the independent agency that uses tobacco taxes to fund early childhood development programs.

The Board of Supervisors' 4-1 vote Oct. 25 asking the county counsel to initiate the process followed an independent audit of First 5 LA that found the agency lacked oversight of its expenditures, was overstaffed and failed to adequately monitor its contracts.

The agency's board of commissioners, which is chaired by county Supervisor Michael Antonovich and includes five members appointed by the Board of Supervisors, met in a closed session yesterday and "decided that it was

Occupy teachers/profs: end 1%’s criminal wars by teaching war laws, war facts | Dailycensored.com #ows

Occupy teachers/profs: end 1%’s criminal wars by teaching war laws, war facts | Dailycensored.com:

Occupy teachers/profs: end 1%’s criminal wars by teaching war laws, war facts

Of all the laws to know, when war is lawful or criminal is arguably the most important.

Of all the lessons of history, the sacrifices of all our families through two world wars for the legal victory that strictly limits nations’ use of war is arguably the most important.

Teachers and professors could end criminal US wars by teaching the 99% this one law and this one history lesson.

War law only allows for self-defense; similar to the law for you and me on the street. This article and podcast walks you through this one simple law, and the facts of current US wars that prove they are not even close to lawful. It also shows that we now know all “reasons” for war were known to be lies as they were told. The law embodies the history that legally ended war, a victory the 99% can reclaim through enforcement of existing law.

This article provides expert testimony that current US wars are not close to

Jersey Jazzman: Guyland's Got It

Jersey Jazzman: Guyland's Got It:

Guyland's Got It

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Across Long Island, there is growing concern about the direction being taken by the New York State Education Department. In breathtaking speed, State Education officials have made sweeping changes to how our schools operate, how our teachers and principals are evaluated and how our students are assessed.

As building principals, we applaud efforts aimed towards excellence for all of our students. We cannot, however, stand by while untested practices are put in place without any meaningful discussion or proven research. This is why we have prepared an Open Letter of

Dear Gwinnett County Schools: While you thumb your noses, we’ll take the high road.

Dear Gwinnett County Schools: While you thumb your noses, we’ll take the high road.:

Dear Gwinnett County Schools: While you thumb your noses, we’ll take the high road.

NOVEMBER 11, 2011 in PARENTING,PUBLIC EDUCATION

I have been working very hard at getting our nonprofit ready for the launch of its Saturday Arts program. Our board is meeting Sunday to review the budget so that we can start planning programming, renting space, and booking artists to share their talents with our kids, in fun and creative ways. One day, I got to thinking: ‘How are we going to reach the the largest number of kids within the district?’ As always, I went into brainstorming mode and

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State's new list of troubled schools paints bleak picture

nydailynews.com - Over a third of the city’s public schools are failing their students, according to new state standards that paint a much bleaker picture than the one offered by the city. The New York State Educati...

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No Testing Week: Part Deux - Finding Common Ground

blogs.edweek.org - Although, we have always been a close staff we have had open and honest discussions about testing, NCLB and how we can move forward in a time with so many mandates.As adults, we can all remember th...

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Veterans Day: By the Numbers

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Colin Powell: Listen to Occupy Wall Street - MJ Lee

politico.com - Colin Powell says the Occupy Wall Street protests are “as American as apple pie,” and political leaders need to do more than just “scream” at the demonstrators.“Demonstrating like this is is as Ame...

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Israel Will Not Attack Iran. Period.

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Oakland police plead with protesters to leave

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