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Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

I don't have kids. I am fine with my tax dollars going to public education. I am not fine with my tax dollars going to private education, especially when that includes schools that teach children that a book of mythology trumps science.

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Posted by B on 03/16/2017 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Against Vouchers for Shelby County

A pilot program involves maybe a class of 20 students, not a whole school district. Who buys that this is just an experiment when it is run in the largest school district in TN? And why is it sponsored by legislators who are NOT in the district?

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Posted by Máté Wierdl on 03/16/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “The Death of Suburbia

At the risk of causing my conservative friends to smile, sounds like a place of considerable opportunities to me. But tendencies to go for the fast buck and easy carrion will probably just lay further waste.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 03/16/2017 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Suits Target Tips, Horse Massage

What next, will I need a permit to spank my monkey?

Posted by CL Mullins on 03/16/2017 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Sleazy Peasy: Blackbird is an Intense Encounter at Theatre South

It's not the Second Coming, but it's a strong arrival, and done on a shoestring.

Posted by Chris Davis on 03/16/2017 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Another Tale of Two Cities: How to Deal With Donald Trump: PART ONE

Did you wear your vagina hat?

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Posted by Clyde on 03/16/2017 at 7:06 AM

Re: “More Money, More Attorneys

A person who has learned the law as a solicitor, attorney or counsel or a person who is practicing law is called a lawyer. The lawyers are very expect in their work. A survey shows about Bechara Tarabay as one of the expert lawyers. I came to know more about him from http://www.facebook.com/public/Bechara-Tarabay

Posted by JohnDurham on 03/16/2017 at 6:42 AM

Re: “Sleazy Peasy: Blackbird is an Intense Encounter at Theatre South

Ok. I must see this, but I don't want to. I'm expecting the Second Coming.

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Posted by mayfield on 03/15/2017 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Does Anyone Remember This TV Show?

Has anyone heard of a show called "Young America Sings" hosted by Dick Hawley in the '50s?

Posted by Jessica Dorris on 03/15/2017 at 6:07 PM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

APop,
"corruption is not in itself political power" It is a mighty component, especially when you can't simply liquidate opposition.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 03/15/2017 at 5:35 PM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

@Grove,

We may have to disagree on the power of school boards. The power to issue contracts is economic power, but not political. Political power at its heart is the ability to use force to require people to do what you want them to do. School boards govern school systems but do not administer them. That is, they are not supposed to be involved in the day-to-day activities of the school system. Their role is not to run the system but to insure the system is run correctly. Meaning in a business like manner and in compliance with applicable laws of the state and the policies of the State Department of Education, from which laws and policies they must insure the systems administration does not deviate.

I certainly agree that having any economic power can lead to corruption. However, corruption is not in itself political power but rather a violation of public trust, which policy making boards can do as well as any other type of elected body.

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 03/15/2017 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Violent Crimes Are Down, Property Crimes Are Up

LBC,
Forget the stick, let'em try to sneak off with a 3 on a tree.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 03/15/2017 at 5:02 PM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

Funk,
Good rant.

Posted by CL Mullins on 03/15/2017 at 5:00 PM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

@FUNK

You seem to be confusing education and economics a lot.

They may be interrelated, but are hardly the same thing.

But for the sake of discussion, how would you propose to change the funding system for public education in Tennessee?

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Posted by ArlingtonPop on 03/15/2017 at 4:37 PM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

@FUNK

Thanks for the link

I was looking for objective educational standards, not opinions.

Do those exist?

Posted by ArlingtonPop on 03/15/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “City Plans Road Projects, Bike Lanes

Hooray on Cooper.

That street is a nightmare to bike on currently.

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Posted by datGuy on 03/15/2017 at 4:28 PM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

@grove

Ain't nuthin' communist about caring about the children in your community.

Ya'll keep saying there ain't no world standards, but if that's true why is tech support that used to be local through Stream now run out of Mumbai? Why are the cars that used to be made in Detroit now made in Japan? The standards I'm referring to are recognized by world class industries, not set by any government or regulating body.

You keep talking about your precious little communities and their special needs, but "special needs" is a new euphemism for good ol' fashioned retardation. Your communities have literally become educationally retarded.

That's how America stopped being great; settling for mediocrity.

The people have spoken. Make America Great Again. Drain the Swamp. No more small town bureaucracy. Time to go big league. We need a new educational funding system. A yuge one.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 03/15/2017 at 4:16 PM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

@Apop

http://www.businessinsider.com/wef-ranking…

According to these guys (business interests) the USA doesn't even make the list of places to look for world class education. Ouch. They say Japan currently sets the standard of excellence, so we should probably start there. The state level is definitely too small of a pond to have real big fish education.

You don't get big fish in small ponds, axiomatically. We do agree that our children deserve the best, yes? By definition that means not letting Japan one-up us, let alone leave us in their dust.

Today's students are the voters of tomorrow. Nobody has more grass-roots political power than a teacher. It might be power with a fuse attached to it, but teacher's aren't just firecrackers. When an educational system blows up, there's very real damage. Just look at Frayser in the fall-out from Frayser Academy as an example.

It is true that the majority of education funds come from the state level.

"Federal contribution to elementary and secondary education is about 8 percent"
https://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/fed/rol…

And if this traditional system of education were producing world class results, America would have made list of countries with the best educational system as ranked by business.

Except it didn't.

Tradition has failed us.

Seems to be happening a lot lately.

However, as Americans, when tradition fails, we innovate. We change with the times.

Maybe it's time we change how we fund education, before the times change us from being the America we remember to an America the world has forgotten.

Posted by FUNKbrs on 03/15/2017 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Another Tale of Two Cities: How to Deal With Donald Trump: PART ONE

I remember the good ole days back in 2008 when two Ole Miss students lit an Obama sign on fire the night of his election, and it was called a riot by the media.

It's amazing to see all the "rioting" that's still going on over Trump's election.

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Posted by GroveReb84 on 03/15/2017 at 3:01 PM

Re: “City Plans Road Projects, Bike Lanes

I understand that it is Open House style from 530 to 730PM on the 27th.

Agree with the idea of adding adding mileage along Airways. I proposed starting from Cooper Young area to the airport and then south to stateline.

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Posted by slevine on 03/15/2017 at 2:59 PM

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