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Aug 5 Charlie Mas commented on A Florida State Attorney on Stand Your Ground: You Can Shoot an Unarmed Person.
The law only says that you need "a reasonable belief" that your life is in danger.

That sounds like a license to shoot anyone practicing open carry.

Does the reasonable belief need to have any factual basis? That guy who shot a kid in a convenience store parking lot feared for his life, but was it a reasonable fear?

Couldn't anyone say, after the fact, that the dead person threatened them? Who could dispute it?
Jul 29 Charlie Mas commented on The Morning News: More Bertha Delays, More Questions About Seattle Schools, and More Debt.
It is not the school board that drives away superintendents, it is the incompetent, arrogant central staff and their dysfunctional political culture. No one wants to take the blame for all of their failures.
Jul 28 Charlie Mas commented on Now That Nerds Run Everything, San Diego Comic-Con Has Become Irrelevant.
The convention is for the attendees, not the industry people.

Is that so hard to understand?
Jul 28 Charlie Mas commented on Seattle Public Schools Under Federal Investigation After Garfield Parents Allege the District Botched a Sexual Assault Investigation.
Wow, duhh_hhh, you sure have a lot of information that isn't available in any public records.

Or you're making stuff up.
Jul 28 Charlie Mas commented on Morning News: Rockets in Ukraine, Bloodbath in Gaza, Guns on the Streets of DC.
@16, so you're saying that Hamas must be eliminated.

Now, how is that going to happen?
Jul 27 Charlie Mas commented on Morning News: Rockets in Ukraine, Bloodbath in Gaza, Guns on the Streets of DC.
All rational people want an end to the war in Gaza. All rational people realize that means reaching a political solution. Take a moment and envision an end to the war in Gaza in the manner that you think is best and most fair.

What did you envision? What was the political solution? Two states? Three states?

No matter what you envisioned, if it included Israel, Hamas is violently opposed to that solution and will never accept it. They are committed to perpetual violent opposition to it and will never, ever lay down arms.

So how is the war in Gaza going to end if it doesn't end with either the elimination of Israel or the elimination of Hamas? Help me to understand.
Jul 25 Charlie Mas commented on Four Questions About the Garfield High School Rape Case.
@11. No one is looking to the district for redress. Where did you get that idea? All anyone ever wanted the district to do is follow their own policies and procedures and comply with federal law. Is that too much to expect?

They didn't have to reach any specific determination, but they had to follow an honest process. That's what the district should be responsible for.
Jul 25 Charlie Mas commented on Four Questions About the Garfield High School Rape Case.
I can answer some of Dominic's questions.

1) The students were essentially unsupervised. The young chaperones in the cabins acknowledged after the first night that they had absolutely no control and no idea what the kids were up to. Girls were in the boys cabin, a boy was found under a girl's bed in the morning, the kids staged chairs at the windows as stairs for easy entry and exit, and there were kids out of the cabins without the chaperones' knowledge. That was the first night, and no steps were taken to improve security on the second night, the night of the rape. It was just as chaotic that night as well. The only chaperone in the boys cabin was asleep with earplugs.

2) I am told that, at least at Garfield, overnight field trips are more stringently chaperoned now. However, the District has changed neither their policy nor their procedure when it comes to sexual harassment (which is how they characterized this incident). The OSPI, in an audit, required the District to review and revise their policy. The District, in response to the OSPI committed to doing so by July 1, but they have not. In addition, the policy requires an annual report to the Board but, despite the fact the policy is three years old, there has never been an annual report. It doesn't really matter anyway since the District staff didn't follow the policy or the procedure. As everyone familiar with Seattle Public Schools knows, the staff rarely bother to even read the policies and procedures, let alone follow them.

3) Federal law requires the District to investigate. But they didn't until the family demanded that they do so and reminded them that the law requires it. That's one of the primary elements of the Title IX complaint. There are others. The District's policy and procedure also require an investigation with a report within 30 days of the complaint. But, as noted, the District has a culture of lawlessness and the staff simply don't care what the policies and procedures require. They don't bother with the policies because there are never any consequences for violating them.

4) Yes. We can stop blaming the victim. I must say that I have seen less of that in this case than I have seen in others, but none of it is right and we should work to bring it to zero.
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Jul 25 Charlie Mas commented on Seattle Public Schools Under Federal Investigation After Garfield Parents Allege the District Botched a Sexual Assault Investigation.
@18, can you read? The victim reported the abuse. She was taken to a hospital where she submitted to a rape kit exam. She was interviewed by the FBI. By the time the District "investigator" got around to his prompt and unbiased interview it was seven months after the fact and the victim was living out of the state. No one in the family refused to talk - it was the District officials who refused to respond to them. I think maybe YOU are the one who needs to get the facts. Asshole.
Jul 24 Charlie Mas commented on Seattle Public Schools Under Federal Investigation After Garfield Parents Allege the District Botched a Sexual Assault Investigation.
Here's the story on Special Education:

SPS and OSPI agreed that four root causes have contributed to SPS’s current determination level of needing substantial intervention to meet special education compliance. These root causes include (a) de-centralization of SPS’s Special Education Department, (b) lack of consistency in SPS’s Special Education Department leadership personnel, (c) problems in successful transition to a new IEP system, and (d) an increasing student population with stagnant personnel resources. The Special Education Comprehensive Corrective Action Plan for the Seattle School District (C-CAP), approved in October, 2013, was designed to correct noncompliance with the individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and move SPS’s status determination toward meeting the requirements and purposes of IDEA. Previous reports noted in the C-CAP have documented special education noncompliance in 2011 through 2013 and the need to create a culture of system-wide accountability.

While recommendations have been consistently provided in these reports, no plan for strategic execution, no commitment to execution, no acknowledgement of the need to incorporate implementation science in corrective actions, no actionable strategies for implementation, and no action plan for leadership capacity building were included in prior reports.

This statement comes directly from a recent report on Seattle's Special Education program by an outside expert hired by the District. In other words, nice talk but no real action that will create change.
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