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Aug 23 westello commented on John Oliver Shows How Charter Schools Fail Kids.
Well, KIPP requires their teachers to be available (almost) 24/7. It burns this out but to this KIPP has said that they don't think teaching, as a career, is the right way to go. We should have many people be teachers for part of a career and then move on. Problem is, it takes between 5-7 years for someone to become a master teacher.

Aug 23 westello commented on John Oliver Shows How Charter Schools Fail Kids.
@2, to note, we have a state Board of Education and locally we have school boards. I think because the needs in Seattle are so different from say, Yakima, that's why we have local control. Now could there be more standardization in curriculum or other costs, sure.

@8 good catch but I suspect Oliver could have gone on for an hour on all the issues that charter schools have. The other "why I like charter schools" is that it gives "choice." We Americans love our choices even when they don't end up being much.

Yes, we need a lot more of what we used to call vocational ed but now is called CTE (Career and Technical Education.) Partnering with community colleges to get the education and training for the new kinds of high-end technical jobs would give kids more options.

Lastly, that the NAACP and Black Lives Matter have both recently come out against corporate/chain charters is HUGE. The issue seems to be what charters open where as well as a growing suspicion that charters are targeting families of color. For example, KIPP, which is the largest charter chain in the country is known for its strict discipline, long hours, and high graduation rates (but that's after a lot of attrition from who they start with to who graduates.) They also offer a lot fewer options for arts. KIPP has mostly kids of color and their parents wonder why the charters near them have such strict discipline and fewer offering than what white kids in suburban charters get.

We are starting to see that this lack of oversight from state on charters and a growing awareness of the segregation of charters plus lack of good outcomes that scale are making many people understand that shoring up real public school systems may be the way to go.
Aug 13 westello commented on Seattle Will Not Get the Chance to Vote on Whether It Wants a $149 Million Police Station.
"If they got the price down some more that would help with public support. I was honestly shocked by the $160 million. "

What I never like is when there is no real explanation about why the costs have soared. Add-ons? Construction costs? Enlargement of the project? It does seem like a lot of money even shaved down to $149M. And, if it's true to form, many government projects go over and then it's more excuses.
Aug 9 westello commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: Worst Breakup Story Ever.
Sarah 91, you obviously don't know the law. Just putting her name on the baby will not terminate his rights. There are many more hoops to jump thru than that.

@6 and 7 for good advice. I think this guy wanting to bolt at the first sign that he would get what he "wants" (a marriage and a baby) means he will resent this child forever. But there are some options and she should consider them all carefully. I also give @9 credit; also a good way to think about it.
Aug 9 westello commented on Morning News: Seattle Takes on Secure Scheduling for Hourly Workers, Trump's Seattle "Co-Hosts" Reject Event.
1) sports unites all kinds of people
2) "He also isn't letting people touch this bronze penis." Well, now he's just tempting us to do something.
Aug 2 westello commented on The Morning News: Voting Happens Today. Do It..
@7 - "People mock "nice guys" because women won't give them the time of day, but then act shocked when men don't want to act nice."

Wow, doesn't that sound like a justification. Women don't have to give ANYONE "the time of day."

As for my generalization, well, it's men who act out in violent ways. There's no disputing that data. It doesn't mean ALL men but something's there because women have access to guns and you don't see them shooting up theaters, churches, clubs, etc.
Aug 2 westello commented on The Morning News: Voting Happens Today. Do It..
"Why Are Most Rampage Shooters Men?" Laugh of the day. Why? Because men have very, very fragile egos and when they feel shot down (pardon the pun), they turn on others.

On the other hand, what's interesting is that there are those who think a woman couldn't be president because women don't have the ability to order the military into action. I have absolutely no doubt that Hillary Clinton could do it.
Aug 1 westello commented on Trump Says You Have to Vote for him Even if you Don't Like Him.
I think Matt makes a bigger point in his writing (but doesn't actually say it.) He points outthat Trump's SC list came from someone else.

I don't think Trump cares about the SC (maybe for things like Citizens United.) He doesn't really care about abortion or gay rights or public education or mostly anything. What is more true is that I believe he doesn't even THINK about these issues.

He's like a business George W. Bush. He's an intellectual vacuum, not curious about anything (because he knows everything he thinks he needs to know) and, if it's not on his radar, then someone else can tell him what to do. That's probably his version of "asking the experts" because he doesn't want to be bothered.

I think Bernie Sanders has done incredible, great things for the political landscape in this country. But he wasn't able to go all the way and now we are stuck. But Hillary is well-qualified and Trump is an unmitigated disaster. He would be an embarrassment to me personally but for other people in our country, an absolute danger. I can't vote this time just for me or my conscience when other people will suffer under his rule. (I say rule because he seems to think he is running for king.)
Jul 26 westello commented on The First Night of the DNC: Crying Bernie Fans and Michelle Obama is Queen.
@2 - Or DWS is a long-time friend and she's helping a friend. That's a stupid reason, of course, but it just may be that simple (in Clinton's mind.) Or, Debbie knows where the bodies are buried so Clinton had to do something.

As for when Clinton is elected, yes, the right in Congress will do everything they can try to sabotage her. I lived thru the years with her husband and you would have thought they were Satan and Lady Satan. I could never understand the venom the right had for them.

But Clinton is one tough person and I think she learned a lot from those years and from the years in the Obama administration.
Jul 25 westello commented on Nate Silver Predicts If the Election Were Held Today, Donald Trump Would Win 57 Percent to 42 Percent.
Well, as an older person here, I've seen many elections.

However, this one does give me pause at this precise point in time. See Michael Moore's five reasons Trump will win.

I like to believe that while there are people who have to hold their nose as they vote for some candidates, I'd hope that there are far, far fewer who vote out of spite. (See Brexit as three million people asked for a do-over and there was no shortage of people willing to say they voted wrongly.)

As for this report I disagree - I think either someone will win by a landslide or it will be very, very close.