No Child Left Behind, has left all children behind. Children are failing scores due to language barriers, as Gail Mendes, a teacher for the Bay Area, stated her class represents more than 9 different languages of children new to the California educational system. Also, more money was spent on California jails than on schools.
I lived in Hawaii from 2008-2010 and I learned firsthand the tactics Republicans use to get elected in Democratic areas. Posing as moderates to get votes, Republicans become a different beast when they get elected. Here’s a story I found at Calbuzz that shows how California Republicans are learning from Hawaii. All too often, once a bill gets passed it is used on everything. Once they get their foot in the door, they try and break it down! Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle has become known for these devious methods which Republicans have mastered. She has laid off over 1100 in the past year and just issued more RIF notices. Her goal is simply to try and break the unions and privatize government. Can anyone say Meg Whitman?
They will sell your home or buy it? I found this sign in the Bay Area, an area where most homes go for over 1 million dollars, that’s a lot of cash on hand! I guess they have to do their part to keep home sales from plumetting. I wonder if all these cash buys affect the homes sales rate? I think this should go into a time capsule so we can remember what kept us in this recession for so many years.
An interesting article by Robert Reich I found at the Huffington Post, The Future of American Jobs. According to the Berkeley professor, we will work for less. Very depressing, I know, but I still think he’s painting too pretty a picture. At least here in California, he is. The biggest worry for many people is not the falling stocks, but where will they get the money to put food on the table when their unemployment runs out. America is in big, big trouble in my opinion. I just don’t think anyone still gets it, we are sinking. I know two kinds of people right now everywhere I go, those without jobs, and those who are living in constant fear and anxiety of losing the one they’ve got. I also know […]
Equal Social Security for Same-Sex Couples It is such a form a discrimination when two people pay into a system and cannot reap the benefits of their hard work and committment to each other. Now, two people enter into a legal and binding partnership, but they still can’t receive the benefit? That just doesn’t make any sense. I just think of all the widows, and how would they survive without their spouses social security ?
Schwarzeneggar’s School Cuts In Orange County, a strike may be imminent. I wonder what will happen to a child I know with Autism, when his teacher isn’t there ? What decision will his mother make, keep him home, or send him to school, either way he is injured by these proposed cuts. His world of routine and safety is ripped apart.
Barbara Boxer I am very pleased that Congress has passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its accompanying Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. These bills were signed into law by President Obama on March 23 and March 30, 2010 respectively. Because you had written to me some time ago in support of the health needs of women in health care reform, I wanted to follow up and share some good news with you about this important legislation. I am very pleased that Congress has passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its accompanying Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. These bills were signed into law by President Obama on March 23 and March 30, 2010 respectively. This legislation has a […]
A newbie at blogging and at politics. I think I get sucked in by it all. The Republicans voice their spiel on Fox news. Sometimes opinions do not say they are a certain party, and I feel the heavy suction of persuasion to a certain point of view. A lot of Democrats are sick of the football like atmosphere of the Republican commentary. I tend to agree, and I also agree that the right is getting more right, and where do the moderates, the true moderates go. And why is the right getting more right, I say, extremist where death threats are involved. Does this all stem from the prejudice that comes from a Black man being voted in as President of the United States? I […]
Spring Break. A very funny phenomenon. From college kids letting go to family time with the kids. I don’t know as much about the college scene anymore, but it’s been nice this week to see dads and moms spending their hard earned time off with their kids. I know it may be silly, but these times are what kids remember most.
I know a few teachers and they say being a public school teacher has changed. Many have lost their job, and many have been threatened that their jobs may be gone by the fall. The leftovers are moved around to different grades and different schools. It’s like a family considering divorce, do you really think the kids aren’t affected or that they don’t know. Give me a break, it makes perfect sense, that stressed out children score lower. Build the teacher’s capacity($$$) and build the scores, and ease our children’s stress.
An interesting article by Dan Walters in the Sacremento Bee. California’s Schools Funding Woes hit home It’s all the unions fault for treating our teachers so well. All I know is that I am so sick of the bad economy being used as an excuse to weaken unions. Do we remember what our forefathers fought for, the terrible working conditions, the incredible discrimination.
An interesting report on Silicon Valley’s Slump Shows Shift of US Technology I found on the PBS News Hour. Basically, jobs and companies are going overseas. Where has all the creative and genius talent gone in the United States? American Companies go over seas to recruit, hire, train and to get more for less. More for who I ask ? It seems to me there is something wrong with our system in America, our system of paying for college education, developing the skills we need by our college graduates and job placement. Does it take us all looking outside the United States, or is their a way to re-build America. I wonder how many of the unemployed have Bachelor’s, Masters, and a Phd. ?
Keep California Green Oil companies seem always threatened by the movement of a greener California. How many more times are companies going to use this economy to try to change laws that have made so much progress. I think it is high time we stop using the economy as a reason for powerful companies to exert their authority. Instead, green is much better during bad economic times to save us all money by using less energy, and being less dependent on oil. Because of this economy we keep finding ways that are cheaper for us all. I think Californians are all about cutting back on consumption of oil and saving us money at the same time.
Hop, hop, hop into politics. Today, in a family gathering I got a bit more taste in my mouth than simply the chocolate easter egg. A gathering of family, but always intertwined with politics. Republicans, and democrats together. It seems to go back to the same issue, it’s hard to talk politics crossing those lines. The kids played in the pool and non-political folks talked about family and work, and the political minded were left to their own accord. It gave me an uneasing feeling. There is freedom of speech, but it seems to be a thing of the past, where it is not socially acceptable conversation to speak about politics. I think what I learned this Easter along with needing to not eat so […]
California Jails I am all for rehabilitation but when California sets criminals free to save money?? ‘I don’t think our lawmakers are looking too hard at the problem. The crime list includes assault with a deadly weapon, battery, domestic violence, and attacks on children and the elderly. And this helps California… I’m sure it will help the tourism and the real estate. Doesn’t everyone want to move to a state where 1800 criminals have been released, not for good behavior, but due to budget cuts. I am just wondering what goes on in the mind of the criminal. Are they thinking I won’t commit another crime, or are they thinking California is the place to get away with crimes.
California Sea Otter Sea Otters are on the threatened endangered species list. The culprit, the runoff from our lawns. Over-fertilizing lawns send chemicals to our oceans. The sea otter population is on the decline for the third year in a row. I think it’s high time we americans realize that there is more to life than a kept lawn. We need to rethink what we put on our lawns. Whatever is put on landscaping eventually end up in the ocean. This is the same ocean we all want to visit, live by and go surf and swim in. California is all about the ocean and we must not let useless chemicals ruin it for us or the sea otters.