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Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 10:00 pm

Lodi Unified School District met only 34 of its 46 goals set by the government, compared to 39 of 46 the year before. That's what figures released Tuesday in the state's annual Accountability Progress Report show.

The so-called Growth API rate reflects fewer goals being met in a district that had met all but one of the requirements in 2007.

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65 comments:

  • posted at 6:15 am on Tue, Sep 22, 2009.

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    Cogito: Did you have a chance to, or want to, check out Jane Woznick's article (link below) in the Lodi News Sentinel?

     
  • posted at 10:38 am on Mon, Sep 21, 2009.

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    Because they're the "smart" ones...

     
  • posted at 2:49 am on Mon, Sep 21, 2009.

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    Why is it every time the bureaucrats in Washington know best, the people back home get thrown under the bus?

     
  • posted at 1:52 am on Mon, Sep 21, 2009.

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    edumacation @Sep 19, 2009 3:21 PMAs I told you sometime ago, national board certification is only meaningful to those who attain it. So you know your subject matter. How are you on personal interactions with students, staff, parents, and administrators? What baggage are you bringing with you?I've known several who have achieved this "lofty" goal, but everyone of them formed poor personal relationships with the groups listed above. Many had parent complaints made against them regarding the treatment of their children. One was a time bomb just waiting for the fuse to burn all the way down except we couldn't see the fuse.Likewise, I've know teachers who have moved from public to private schools, most were quite good. A lot of them had similar issues.Does national board certification equate to a good teaching-learning relationship? Not that often. Are they all bad? No, most are very good.Why the caution? After doing this for many years, I've learned that what you buy (no matter what's on the sticker) is not always what you get. And it's very hard to return these items.

     
  • posted at 1:23 pm on Sun, Sep 20, 2009.

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    Cogito: You may want to read Jane Woznick's article in the Lodi News Sentinel...http://www.lodinews.com/articles/2008/03/15/opinion/columnists/woznick_jane_080311.txt.

     
  • posted at 12:56 pm on Sun, Sep 20, 2009.

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    Cogito: NCLB is not doing anything positive for our students, period. This means today, in school, at this very moment, NCLB is a failure as applied/implemented up to this point, September 20, 2009 @ 5:56pm. Not sure how much clearer I can make that statement for you.

     
  • posted at 10:21 am on Sat, Sep 19, 2009.

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    Pat Maple- Good points, as usual.I have heard from Galt teachers that there is an unidentified weirdness in hiring. I know award winning teachers in other districts (Teacher of the year, Nationbal Board Certification etc). These teachers live in the Galt area and didn't mind the lower pay because of increased commute expenses. Guess what? These teachers could not break the "buddy-buddy" barrier set up by the personnel department. It is amazing to see teachers living in Galt and working for other districts with teaching awards. But they weren't good enough to work for Galt schools at less pay. Of course you know who was hired? A buddy of a friend of a family member. It sounds like LODI Unified? LOL. The teachers who were hired are strill trying to learn how to manage a classroom. But to them it does not matter. They have "pull" with their buddies in personnel or management.It seems like a non-producrive use of taxpayer money. These higer paid Elk Grove Unified teachers would have been satisfied with lower pay at Galt.

     
  • posted at 6:35 am on Sat, Sep 19, 2009.

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    Edu: We had the same problems at Galt High when I arrived there...we in fact had one teacher that had been a long term sub for 13 years...with no credential. One of the main problems Galt had in attracting and keeping good qualified teachers was the low starting pay...(under the poverty level)...while districts around us were paying nearly 50% more at that level. Why? Because the Board chose to spend their money on their favorite subjects and deny all the others. Like they are doing now. How's morale now? Like it was then. How are test scroes now? Like they were then. Assinine. I know its spelled wrong...There are nine people involved.

     
  • posted at 6:01 am on Sat, Sep 19, 2009.

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    Pat Maple--Vsit the LUSD website to view the SARC reports. These numbers are as accurate as the LUSD administrator who enters the data. It is painfully obvious that some of the numbers were generated out of thin air! They don't add up.The NCLB prohibits districts from using unqualfied or non-fully credentialed teachers ESPECIALLY in schools under Program Improvement. The NCLB has been around for a LONG time and teachers, adminsitrators and Personnel admin KNOW the state credentialing requirements.How did the district HIRE and mis- assign 100 teachers?Lets blame the NCLB for hiring unqualified teachers!As you said, its the personnel department and administrators who hire these unqualified teachers.These teachers didn't sneak in and hire themselves, instead it was a conscious effort by the Superintendent to subvert the process. ALL teachers are really hired by the school board.In the LUSD, Personnel Administration is only controlled by the Superintendent. In theory, they are supposed to be regulated by the Education Code.Look at the Manteca USD. The same thing happened, only worse. Illegal promotions resulted in lawsuits.

     
  • posted at 5:35 am on Sat, Sep 19, 2009.

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    Pat Maple- You may ask why these temporary/emergency credentialed teachers don't have CLEAR teaching credentials. The two main reasons is that either they CAN'T PASS (ie failed) a state credentialing exam, even after dozens of attempts, or they have not completed all coursework. It only takes 12 months, sometimes less to get a teaching credential. What is the problem? It's usually based on a lack of motivation or lack of ability, as with students.The district wins several times: The emergency/temporary credsential holder gets paid less, has virtually no employment rights (union etc) and serves essentially as a second class employee (like a personal servant to staff and administrators). This increases the effective "power base" of staff and administrators. If they need a stooge to vote a certain way---they have the votes. From the administrator point of view "why give up the control" you lose when hiring professionally certified teachers?NCLB tried to stop this, but if you look at individual school SARC reports, you will see that MANY LUSD teachers are NOT QUALIFIED yet teach even in "Program Improvement" schools. Its about power and control, not educating students.

     
  • posted at 5:03 am on Sat, Sep 19, 2009.

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    Pat Maple- I think you summed it up exactly! I was thinking about a solution for this predicament and think I have a partial solution.A few years ago when emergency teaching credentials were commonplace, the CCTC conducted a study and found that there were teachers who actually retired after a career of many years under emergency credentials. The CCTC study found that all that was legally required was the local district and county Dept of Education would fill out a form stating that no qualified credentialed teacher could be located within the area. Of course this was not true. They would typically not attempt to recruit suitable candidates. Like you say, there are many ways that administrators and staff cheat the intent of the state regulations.My idea is to require that the administrator sign under penalties of perjury, that every CREDENTIALED teacher in the area has been offered the position, and that they rejected the offer. That would put an immediate end to the "emergency" and "temporary" credentials. Often the person with this emergency credential is a friend, relative or is extremely compliant with management.

     
  • posted at 1:45 am on Sat, Sep 19, 2009.

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    Edu: Have to agree with a caveate...its not just some teachers, it is administrators, staff and Boards who look for, find and utilize the loopholes and their positions to make themselves look good. I found too often that the reasoning behind their decisions often involved a re-defining of a term to fit their needs.

     
  • posted at 7:24 pm on Fri, Sep 18, 2009.

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    Lodian, "where did that come from?". You're kidding right? You just implied that one of dead Teds greatest achievements, NCLB, something he worked so hard to pass, was all W's fault. Nothing he worked upon his entire career had more of his input. Yet, because you view it as a failure, you try to wash his hands of it because he was not President? That's beyond weak.

     
  • posted at 3:35 pm on Fri, Sep 18, 2009.

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    Pat Maple- Good comments. One issue of the NCLB, is that about 1/2 the emphasis is on the low minimum teaching standards that are required to teach most any subject. We have PE teachers teaching physics who NEVER took the course in college. How do teachers learn physics from courses like "The Chicana in the Barrio?---Many go out to pretend to "teach" science?---and get paid for it! Multiple subject teachers have built in loopholes---which are many,and the single subject teachers have a maze of games they can play to "prove" they are "highly qualified".The NCLB failed in this regard. If we want EXCELLENT teachers we must demand it without a myriad of lame excuses.Require, at the minimum, that a REAL MAJOR in a subject be required to teach ANY single subject class in the subject.You get excellence in education by starting with teacher qualifications!Let the PE teachers teach PE, not courses requiring specialized knowledge. Would you want a licensed vocational nurse to do cancer surgery? We are paying for the best, and should have the best teachers, not pretenders and fakes with "credentials".

     
  • posted at 12:54 pm on Fri, Sep 18, 2009.

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    Prior to NCLB there were no comprehensive standards by which to judge a school's progress. STAR testing was an individual standard (and it is still used as such). NCLB put both the schools as well as the Districts under scrutiny and was/is supposed to hold them accountable for educating our children. Where the failure began was at the State levels (nation wide) when the local politicians and lobbyists began tweeking their needs with those of the students. Add to that the local school Boards who only fund the programs they deem worthy and the Unions who find loopholes in the system... which goes back to the original legislative morons who designed NCLB program (you know...the SMART guys, not the ones like us)and you will find the problem. Watch the school pennies like you do your own (or better) and things will change.

     
  • posted at 9:31 am on Fri, Sep 18, 2009.

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    Cogito: If you disagree then how about telling us what NCLB has done for our children?

     
  • posted at 9:29 am on Fri, Sep 18, 2009.

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    Cogito: Uh, wow! Where did that come from?

     
  • posted at 9:23 am on Fri, Sep 18, 2009.

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    Lodian, then by your standard, Ted Kennedy achieved absolutely nothing in his lifetime? Other than the killing of a coed?

     
  • posted at 5:23 am on Fri, Sep 18, 2009.

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    Bob Hussein Loblaw wrote on Sep 18, 2009 8:35 AM:" oh really? invited bryan: "I encourage you to stop in at ANY LUSD elementary school and observe randomly a k-6 class"He/she will never do this. He/she has stated previously how math makes him/her break out in hives and get the heebie jeebies. Bryan is allergic to learning. "Bob: You're right. He/she does not value education and stated that math is a waste of time. So, why is this person even joining in on the conversation about education?

     
  • posted at 4:39 am on Fri, Sep 18, 2009.

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    Let's face it, guys. The h.s. dropout rate has remained consistent for decades: 1 out of 3. In some places, 1 out of 2. Sure, some districts tried to "spin" these numbers in the eighties, but got caught with their pants down. This is not necessarily a bad thing as it suggests some standards.But as long as educator bureaucrats insist that "all kids can learn" and that there is no difference in IQ, the results will always be failure in the end, as it has been for decades.

     
  • posted at 3:35 am on Fri, Sep 18, 2009.

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    oh really? invited bryan: "I encourage you to stop in at ANY LUSD elementary school and observe randomly a k-6 class"He/she will never do this. He/she has stated previously how math makes him/her break out in hives and get the heebie jeebies. Bryan is allergic to learning.

     
  • posted at 6:57 pm on Thu, Sep 17, 2009.

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    Cogito wrote on Sep 16, 2009 12:55 PM:" Why is it always "Bush's" education reform policy? FYI, Bush was the president.

     
  • posted at 6:55 pm on Thu, Sep 17, 2009.

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    Lou wrote on Sep 16, 2009 10:15 AM:" Wow! What a surprise. "Lou: We're all still waiting for that BIG LUSD SURPRISE you promised us a couple of weeks ago now. Have you failed?

     
  • posted at 6:54 pm on Thu, Sep 17, 2009.

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    Bob Hussein Loblaw wrote on Sep 16, 2009 4:04 PM:" edumacation lived up to her handle by saying: "Liberals say that intelligence is classist and "holds kids down"What a ridiculous statement. What "liberals" said this? "I think she makes most of this stuff up as she goes along. lol

     
  • posted at 5:51 pm on Thu, Sep 17, 2009.

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    To Dyan - based on your comments, you must be from the 'old school.' You only referred to 1957. Thank goodness that Edumacation (an apparent home schooling powerhouse from previous blogs) more clearly referred to your comment as Sputnik. Have you been to an elementary school lately? It is not like the good old days. FYI... K is now the old 1st/2nd grade, 1st is the old 2nd/3rd grade minimally. Have you checked out the California State Standards lately? Are we feeling edumacated yet? Do you realize that even down to the Kindergarten level, state standards are and must be addressed daily? This is not an option, it is a requirement. I encourage you to stop in at ANY LUSD elementary school and observe randomly a k-6 class - this is very enlightening! It may bring some real-life, current information and understanding to your blogs; maybe you will even feel 'edumacated' as a result.

     
  • posted at 4:05 pm on Thu, Sep 17, 2009.

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    dyan- You brought up a very perceptive point! Public schools in the US were very unproductive until the first Sputnik went into orbit in 1957. The high school drop out rate was higher than it is today! But our Public Educators changed tunes to "NO more Mr. Nice Guy". Within days, new approaches to teaching and learning as well as strict adherence to outcomes based instruction became the norm.Thje ETS SAT scores were the highest from the late 1950's to the late 1960's. At that time, educators gave up the will to achieve. The SAT has been dumb downed so many times that some universities no longer rely on it. It was not unusual to have public school students with extremely high scores. The students parents and teachers worked for a common goal. NO MORE EXCUSES.Then came the whiners for concensus and team learning for all subjects. Add PC groud think and no more intelligence testing and voikls here we are in a GULAG of edumacational stupidity."I done gradumacated at the head of my class and I am still trying to pass the CAHSEE."

     
  • posted at 3:11 pm on Thu, Sep 17, 2009.

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    oh really 705 PM - * Lets quantify this! From LUSD statistics, please tell what percentage of ELL's achieve the ninetieth percentile ranking in ANY category at any grade (non-GATE).* Within the LUSD, Asians as a group, typically outperform ALL other groups at the highest percentile rankings!* Progressive liberals can't answer that question and still keep within boundaries of PC "teacher talk".* Ask any LUSD Asian-American parent and they will agree more than disagree with my statements. Liberals are not "politically correct enough" on the rainbow gradient from the Reverend Jackson on one end to Objectivists on the other end.If you think I have no experience teaching in public schools you are mistaken.* It must be EXCITING to have high achieving and well behaved students. You must have enjoyable parent teacher conferences when you teach your parents how to coach their children to learn algebra content standards!From your description perhaps you are either a Cougar or a Seahawk! How exciting!

     
  • posted at 2:33 pm on Thu, Sep 17, 2009.

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    Right: They've been working on "progress" since the Russians launched the first satellite in 1957!

     
  • posted at 2:05 pm on Thu, Sep 17, 2009.

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    While many people that are not in the public classroom can easily comment on what they feel the problem really is; whether it be politics (NCLB) parental motivation or ELL status, I propose that we look at this situation leaving out absolutist ideas and comments. While one size may generally fit all - it does not ALWAYS fit all. My school has students from many different ethnicities, yet Hispanic is prevalent. It is not fair to 'assume' that all Hispanic or Mexican-Americans are lazy and just sitting around. My class is comprised of about 75% Hispanic students. Most of my students come to class prepared and eager to learn. Their appearance is clean and they are very respectful of teachers as are most parents. Many of my parents work multiple jobs and take a great interest in their children's education. Most students complete their homework in a quality manner, complete with a signature from a parent indicating that they reviewed the work.I agree that there are many items in public education that need work, but please allow our minds to realize this is a work in progress and progress is being made.

     
  • posted at 11:38 am on Thu, Sep 17, 2009.

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    Pat Maple: "...ELL programs are mostly a failure because the student goes home to a family that does not speak English."I agree and I submit that lack of parental motivation and LAZINESS are the PRIME reasons they refuse to learn. The people just don't get it!Instead we have parents and second generation Mexican-Americans sitting at home watching Novellas on TV and waiting for life to "happen" to them.They will wait a long time. We have recent immigrants from Asia (parents and children) who excel in our schools. You don't hear them whining and complaining. The irony is that Mexicans and Americans share the same alphabet and the two languages have many cognates and use phonemes in constructing the vocabulary. Other English language learners are not so lucky (especially immigrants from asia).The Chinese have thousands of characters and they learn English and are in the highest percentile ratings on our standardized tests. Why is this?Or should I ask "Why don't other non-asian immigrants do as well?"Many believe that immigrants from Asia are serious about learning and COMPETING in their new homeland.

     
  • posted at 9:04 am on Thu, Sep 17, 2009.

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    So...Cog...Edu...and El Passo...much do we agree upon. The remainder could be worked out in a compromise. NCLB...ahhh...some good some bad. If it were actually adhered to and the sanctions were actually applied...but they are often NOT. There is nothing wrong with challenging everyone...but don't teach to the test. I believe also in the GATE programs and the track system at the HS level. However, where I think we mostly fail is at the parent level. The parents need to be more involved and vocal for the needs of their children. What I found after 14 years on school boards is that ESL and ELL programs are mostly a failure because the student goes home to a family that does not speak English and the student becomes the family interpreter/spokesperson.Instead of teaching English to only the student...I believe the parents should also be required to take classes to learn English (free as an incentive) or pay a fee for their child to take courses in English, much like they are charging students fees for Art, Band, Sports and other classes.

     
  • posted at 8:53 am on Thu, Sep 17, 2009.

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    Dump NCLB??? Why Ted Kennedy helped write that piece of...... It would "dishonor" his memory.

     
  • posted at 8:45 am on Thu, Sep 17, 2009.

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    see

     
  • posted at 8:45 am on Thu, Sep 17, 2009.

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    I se in the world of liberal logic, someones opinion trumps actual data.

     
  • posted at 7:57 am on Thu, Sep 17, 2009.

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    Contrapasso---good points. I agree."...many students and parents don't give a crap.." I would add that these same individuals demand to have high grades regardless of how poorly these students score.

     
  • posted at 7:11 am on Thu, Sep 17, 2009.

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    Many believe that putting students in class means that they will learn. Wrong! Many students and their parents just don't give a crap.NCLB is a failure. When I started teaching 12 years ago, most of the students could write sentences and even read at grade level (gasp!) That's because they were in classes with other students of their skill and ability. Now, because of NCLB, the "ONE SIZE FITS ALL" educrats have deemed the tracking system discriminatory. Therefore, we are stuck with 40 kids in high school English classes with skill levels ranging from 3rd grade readers to genius level. The result? EVERY CHILD LEFT BEHIND!

     
  • posted at 6:26 am on Thu, Sep 17, 2009.

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    Lee: I agree. No Child Left Behind is definitely a failure. And I HAVE asked plenty of teachers. They all agree. Dump NCLB.

     
  • posted at 2:46 am on Thu, Sep 17, 2009.

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    Bob, who said I was singling out California? With the way the Democrats run this state, it's no wonder it's dysfunctional. And Jeff, as the comparable status of our education system diminishes in the world, those of your mindset choose doing nothing as the solution. Don't want to rock that union vote and put any expectations on anyone.

     
  • posted at 1:43 am on Thu, Sep 17, 2009.

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    Lodi High is basically stuck in score neutral. What's the solution? Promote the principal!

     
  • posted at 6:55 pm on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    Ask a teacher. NCLB is a failure.

     
  • posted at 5:38 pm on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    I know liberals always point to Prop 13 but many new homes are not under Prop 13. The real reason is the state government was taken over by liberals a long time ago, and they made California an impossible state for businesses and, now, the middle class. So the businesses continued to leave the state along with people that would work. So we keep getting a higher percentage of the population on goverment programs, including prison. It is getting to be there won't be anyone left to tax accept the politicians, prisoners, and illegal aliens.

     
  • posted at 4:41 pm on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    NCLB was, is, and always be, at best, a "band aid" for education that Congress passed, at Bush's behest, so that everyone thought they were paying attention and doing something meaningful for education.

     
  • posted at 4:39 pm on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    If you believe that the NCLB scores from a single set of tests can fully reflect student learning than go for it. I do not. Also, did you know over the first 4 years of NCLB that not only did they tests, answers, and "averages" change from year to year, but the algorythm used to compute API scores also changed. That's right the equation changed from year to year. How can you compare results, i.e. the answers, from different equations?Yes I do know that Ted was intimately involved with sponsoring Bush's proposal. I was, and am, disappointed that he was so involved, and that it did get so much support in general. But the basis for the whole plan was modeled after Bush's first Education Secretary, Rod Paige's, work in Houston. It turned out later that a lot of the data from houston had been cooked up. But in a "bi-partisan" world, that didn't matter I guess.

     
  • posted at 4:33 pm on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    Cogito, your research is flawed (shocking). The NAEP is not even administered statewide in California. The assessment tool of choice in this state is the California Standards Test (CST).NCLB sets broad, unrealistic benchmarks for states. To add insult to injury, the Bush administration funded NCLB at a fraction of what the law called for, thus ensuring its failure.According to NCLB, ALL students must be proficient in reading and math by 2014. So, according to this law, all students will be passing for the first time in recorded history. Uh huh, that's realistic.... Bad law.

     
  • posted at 4:19 pm on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    If you check the NAEP results, NCLB produced unprecedented high scores, and unprecedented lessening of achievement gaps between races. Calling NCLB a failure is nothing but a leftist lie.

     
  • posted at 4:13 pm on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    To quote Wiki: "The bill, shepherded through the Senate by Ted Kennedy, one of the bills sponsors, received overwhelming bipartisan support in Congress". Maybe you need to give the facts a little liberal edit.

     
  • posted at 4:09 pm on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    Jeff, Dead Ted had his hands all over NCLB. There's no way he'd ever stand hand in hand with Bush for it's implementation if he hadn't. But you can live in denial if you want.

     
  • posted at 3:52 pm on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    Lets see here are American Boys becoming sissified ?? You bet your sweetA??…No Dodge Ball, Tag isn’t fair, Lets play soccer but don’t keep score.Learn how to loose if you don’t you will never know how it is to be a winner. Go back to using A,B,C,D,and F on report cards and use the Evilred pencil…Are liberals to blame, beyond a doubt.. Every thing has to befair. Got to protect their little self esteem , Horse ????…Life is toughas a lot of people have found out and being a cream puff all through schoolwill do you little good later on in life. If what I have written isn’t the casethen why was the “ Dangerous Book for Boys” brought out and it turns out to Be a runaway best seller…The biggest joke in LUSD is the desire to close Elkhorn the school with the highest test scores !!! Jealousy just plain out And out Jealousy.. Remember “the Only Easy Day was yesterday” and“It pays to be a winner”…

     
  • posted at 2:24 pm on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    Edumacation I am sure you are in awesome shape, better than any liberal. I guess you and Richard Simmons have a hot and sweaty workout every day. You love that close male competition.

     
  • posted at 2:19 pm on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    You also directly attributed you diatribe to liberals. and you're wildly offbase. get off it already.

     
  • posted at 1:57 pm on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    Jeff-My references were appended to each objective. Most were directly related to legal requirements of the CDE in teacher preparation programs. Look them up.Try an experiment?1) Administer an IQ test to a person in one of the protected groups (ask your site administrator first---so you won't get in trouble). The phrase "IQ test" is a pejorative among California public school teachers.2) Ask ANY elementary school physical education teacher about competitive sports. Now ask them to explain their "cooperative games" for this age group. Lastly, ask them about the results of their annual physical fitness assessments from the state of California. Are our children physically healthy according to the state standards? Why not? They will give you the answers you don't want to hear. They can blame it on poor diet, overweight, etc. A good percentage of elementary kids are in TERRIBLE physical shape. One reason is that COMPETITION is discouraged.The LUSD has poor scores in academics AND physical health. Leading LUSD elementary PE teachers hand out buttons that say~ "NO COMPETITION" WHY?

     
  • posted at 12:31 pm on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    Jeff, Edum's logic-rope swings with the wind from his kiester.

     
  • posted at 12:22 pm on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    Edumacation I bet you are the smartest one on the little bus- if you know what I mean.

     
  • posted at 12:18 pm on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    Edumacation, I think many here can vouch for the fact that I am one of the resident "liberals" around here. I have a lot of liberal friends; most of my many friends are liberals, or left leaning. Oh, and many are teachers, like me. But none, NONE, of the liberals I know believe any of the crap you you attributed to the liberal alter or whatever. So you can post all those ideas and ideals, just don't attribute them to liberals. We don't believe them anymore than a list of vile crap I could write claiming to lay on the alter of conservatives.

     
  • posted at 11:50 am on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    BHL, I got hammered yesterday for my post, however today only enforcers what I said and leaves the door wide open for high tec jobs being filled by people from foreign countries. And I agree with you and have always said, "You get what you pay for". I would be living in a tent city were it not for Prop. 13, when that passed it was the beginning of the end for the state of Kalifornia. The state was flush with money then, now it`s just a state with a red face.

     
  • posted at 11:46 am on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    The liberal creed includes worshipping at the altar of the following:There is NO inherent difference between huamns, we are ALL the SAME. CDE Competition is the cause of failure in our society. CDESelf-esteem is more important than academics. CDE The reason we have so many prople in prison is BECAUSE most have not graduated from high school. No evidence.If we give EVERYONE a HS diploma whether they earned it or not, that will decrease the inmate population. CDE and other edumacrats.White people ALWAYS have an advantage over others without realizing it. This is due to the "invisible knapsack" they carry that gives them benefits for being white. SEED from "fearless leader" number two at the LUSD.GATE programs are unfair to students from poor families (there is no evidence---but that is the dogma) LUSDIntelligence tests are inherently unfair to several classes of people including African-Americans. These people are usually one SD below most other ethnic groups. So lets don't make them feel bad by testing them. - California and Federal court decisions.

     
  • posted at 11:04 am on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    edumacation lived up to her handle by saying: "Liberals say that intelligence is classist and "holds kids down"What a ridiculous statement. What "liberals" said this?

     
  • posted at 9:08 am on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    These are predictable results. How are students and parents evaluated about THEIR responsibilities? We can't ask that question beacause it is not politically correct.Many students and parents have the mistaken belief that children are educated via osmosis. You place kids in a building for so many hours per day, and when they return home they are educated merely because they were educated.When kids can't speak without using slang, its tellng that many of their parents sound the same. examples: "He/She goes" instead of "He/she said". It's time to hold students and parents accountable.Is it helpful to evaluate a teacher mainly because of the inate brain limits of their students? Oh I forgot, there is NO such thing as intelligence. Liberals say that intelligence is classist and "holds kids down". Yeah right!Teachers should not have to suffer the consequences of slow or lazy students or parents.We need to stop wasting money trying to channel every student into college, when many seniors can't read or write---in any language.

     
  • posted at 8:13 am on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    You are correct, Cog, Kennedy was a part of the legislation, but Bush came to DC with his plan. It's outline was part of his agenda.

     
  • posted at 7:55 am on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    Why is it always "Bush's" education reform policy? Why is now dead Ted never recognized for his contribution to NCLB?

     
  • posted at 7:51 am on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    Giovanina said: "nanny state education isn't working, and never has. California used to be in the top 5."If California used to be in the top 5, then state education was working at some point.What was the point when things changed? Many point to Prop 13, when the education funding stream was destroyed.You get what you pay for....

     
  • posted at 6:58 am on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    'At this point, nanny state education isn't working, and never has. California used to be in the top 5. Now in the bottom 3. The proof hurts.'I agree, Gio, Bush's education reform is not working.Remember, experts have been saying for years now, the by 2014, nearly, if not all, 100% of the nation's schools will "fail".

     
  • posted at 5:55 am on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    This article is very misleading. The reporter does a poor job of distinguishing between state (API), and federal (AYP) results. The API measures overall growth. The feds are the ones interested in AYP proficiency rates, as outlined in NCLB.Remember, Bush's NCLB legislation dictates that ALL students (100%) MUST be proficient in reading and math by 2014, a pipe dream at best since the law was never adequately funded.

     
  • posted at 5:15 am on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    Wow! What a surprise.

     
  • posted at 1:55 am on Wed, Sep 16, 2009.

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    1st Get rid of the Brown Huyett Douglas clique2nd Stop passing on students that can't read.3rd Enforce all the Ed codes4th Mandatory uniform policyIt is about time these kids understand why they are at school. Still, too many think they are there to hang out with friends, and have a fashion show.Immediately the libs will whine about the freedoms of the students, but those students are there on taxpayer money, and we taxpayers expect then to follow all the rules and get a proper education. Many kids are really still fighting all that. Maybe referrals should come with a monetary penalty for wasted state time. Then it will sink in. At this point, nanny state education isn't working, and never has. California used to be in the top 5. Now in the bottom 3. The proof hurts.

     
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