Friday, December 20, 2013

Daily Kos: Charles M. Blow on Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson

Daily Kos: Charles M. Blow on Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson:



is a column well worth reading, in part because Blow, a black man, grew up about 50 miles from where Robertson is based.  He knows the Louisiana white culture, the history of the state with respect to segregation and discrimination (remember, Plessy v Ferguson is a case from Louisiana).
The column is titled "Duck Dynasty" and Quackery, and I highly recommend it.
Blow notes that Robertson's GQ interview read in a matter-of-fact fashion, one could consider it to be absent of malice, a kind of Southern folksiness.  
To me, that is part of the problem. You don’t have to operate with a malicious spirit to do tremendous harm. Insensitivity and ignorance are sufficient. In fact, intolerance that is disarming is the most dangerous kind. It can masquerade as morality.
I want to stop on that idea of masquerading as morality.  We have already seen that in the response of the likes of Bobby Jindal, who also demonstrated either an abysmal lack of understanding that the First Amendment protects only against government actions, not those of private parties or organizations, or things subject to contractual provisions, or else is of the crassest kind of pandering.  
Too often when those who are bigots are called on their bigotry they hide behind a presumed 

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CASU Fall Newsletter ‏ 2013

Hello all! I hope you’re having a great start to your fall semester! Below are some updates from CASU campuses on upcoming and ongoing events. Enjoy! You can stay updated on the battle to save City College of San Francisco’s accreditation by following their blog, Save CCSF. Updates from UC Santa Cruz: Resist Janet Napolitano 


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Put Organizing Before Organization
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OSPI says KUOW data agreement story inaccurate | Education Lab Blog | Seattle Times

OSPI says KUOW data agreement story inaccurate | Education Lab Blog | Seattle Times:

OSPI says KUOW data agreement story inaccurate

The state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) said Friday that a recent story aired by KUOW inaccurately asserted that a data agreement between OSPI and The Seattle Times authorized The Times to receive personally identifiable information about students.
The radio station has since clarified the report, which first aired Thursday, to underscore that The Times never requested and has not received any such information, including student names, and student and staff social security numbers.
In a statement posted Friday afternoon at the top of the story, KUOW acknowledged that the original version “left some of our readers mistakenly believing that their children’s names and Social Security numbers had been released to the Times.”
In its Friday statement, OSPI said:
 The recent KUOW story about student data being provided to The Seattle Times is inaccurate. OSPI takes student privacy laws very seriously. No identifiable information will be given to The Times.  All student records have been ‘de-identified,’ meaning that we will remove student names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers. Furthermore, the data sharing agreement prevents Times’ staff from trying to identify individual students, as well as from reporting anything that would allow others to identify individual students.
The Times has requested data from OSPI that would help reporters and editors spot trends that 

Two-week delay in posting spending regulations for new K-12 funding formula | EdSource Today


Two-week delay in posting spending regulations for new K-12 funding formula | EdSource Today:


There’ll be no pre-holiday look at the much-anticipated spending regulations for the Local Control Funding Formula. Instead, the draft rules for California’s new school finance system will make a post-Rose Bowl appearance on the State Board of Education website on Friday, Jan. 3, state officials said Friday.
The State Board of Education had set a self-imposed deadline for Dec. 20, but staff are still working on it, taking in written ideas and suggestions from 50 meetings in the last six weeks with groups with various positions, State Board Executive Director Karen Stapf Walters said.
“We think we’re getting to a better place, but we are not there yet,” she said.
Samantha Tran, senior director of education policy for Children Now, one of the groups providing recommendations, said she saw the delay as a good sign.
“The staff of the State Board heard the concerns and comments from the field,” she said. “They’re really listening.”
The half-dozen page regulations will instruct districts on how much latitude they will have in spending extra dollars that the funding formula, called LCFF, allocates for low-income students, children learning English and foster youth, the three groups that are earmarked for additional dollars. The law creating the LCFF said that a district must increase services and programs for high-needs students in proportion to the additional dollars they bring to a district.
But that leaves a lot open to interpretation, and groups advocating for minority kids, like The Education Trust-West and Public Advocates, and groups representing school districts and 

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Nite Cap 12-19-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
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