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Louisiana public school system is failing. In central Louisiana where I reside;there is a policy now to rate schools and assign grades- there are more than a dozen "failing" F-schools where students have a poor record for passing standarized tests called "iLEAP" and "LEAP' - acronym for "Louisiana Educational Assessment Program" given to students in grades 4 and 8 testing math, english language arts, science and social studies.The Lousiana LEAP exam is based on Louisiana state standards which define what students should be learning each year.
May 20, 2013, I attended a middle school ceremony where 78 eighth grade students were being recognized for "achievements" during the academic year. I learned that only seven (7) students had passed the LEAP test and that 71 students would have to attend summer school and retest to determine IF they would move on to the 9th grade. I listened and watched students coming forward to receive medallions and awards for most "improved" and GPA above 3.5 and I was baffled.
How could a student maintain a grade point average in the B+ range and not be able to pass a state standarized test designed for that grade level? No one has been able to explain that to me. I was further confused about why 71 students who had not met the criteria for "graduating" from the 8th grade were being "recognized".
Has America slumped so low that we reward students for just showing up? There seemed to be no requirement for students to walk across a stage and receive a piece of paper and hear parents and loved ones yell out approval.
I asked openly, "how many times can a Non-graduating 8th grader participate in a recognition ceremony at the end of an academic year. No one knew the answer, but one person volunteered a response saying, "You have to leave public school when you turn 21".
CEC'S KIM HYMES, SENIOR DIRECTOR FOR POLICY AND ADVOCACY IS OUR GUEST. IN LIGHT OF THE SHUTDOWN AND UPCOMING BUDGET THOUGHTS, THIS SHOULD BE A VERY INTERESTING SHOW
This week's "Gift from the Elders to the Next Generation" series, is hosted by NCEBC Queen Mother, Dr. Adelaide Sanford and will feature a lively and parent-empowering conversation with Dr. Sharon Washington.
All NCEBC Stakeholders should please plan to join us for this live discussion.
Dr. Sharon Washington is an education anthropologist and the founder of Anthropologi Educational Research and Development, an international firm created to bring “education” back to schools. She is also the author of The Educational Contract, which tackles the difficult job of explaining why so many African American students do so poorly in school by peeling back the layers of why their parents let them, and explaining how the 1954 US Supreme Court case Brown, which was intended to bring equality to education, actually has contributed to the phenomenon. The Educational Contract calls for a deep spiritual work in our public educational system and calls for parents to lead that movement—a movement in the practice of freedom and participation in the transformation of our world.
I will be doing my show, live from Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Drive SE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 I will broadcasting starting at 8am
Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist is expected to announce Monday that he wants his old job back.
“I work for you, the people, always have, always will,” said Charlie Crist in a recent commercial.
Monday morning,at 10am in St. Petersburg Crist is expected to make it official. But unlike before when he was a Republican, this time Crist will run on the Democratic ticket.
The former, next Governor Charlie Crist will declare his intentions Monday morning in downtown Straub Park. That's near where he announced in 2010 that he was leaving the GOP to run for U.S. Senate as an independent.
"When you allowed me to be a governor, I worked to be the people's governor every day. You the people were in charge," Crist says, with a beach in the background. "I'm an optimist, but let's face it, the past few years have been tough: government on the fringes, donors and politics above you, the people. You've seen the attacks — against full-time working people and their health care, against women and their doctors, against teachers, public schools and college affordability. And even against the simple act of casting your vote. It's not working. Only you the people can end this nonsense and get us back to common sense. That's the way forward. Tell me how I can help. Share your comments with me here. I'll read every last one. I work for you, the people. Always have and always will."
Tonight, Steve and Alex welcome back Jeremy Crow!
Jeremy is a Left Hand Path occultist and community organizer. He has been initiated into several esoteric mystery schools and is currently the head of the "Ordo Luciferi" (aka Luciferian Order.) He is also the founder of the non-hierarchical "Luciferian Research Society" occult artist's community. He has organized and produced the first ever international Left Hand Path convention, which was held in Toronto, Canada in 2012. The next one is in the planning stages and will be held in Indiana, USA sometime in 2014. Jeremy is also a member of the Toronto based electronic music project Pleasure The Priestess. Jeremy's latest project is "Occupy The Temple," a protest movement intended to educate the international occult community on the abuses and excesses that have gone unchallenged for over 100 years and to provide empowering alternatives to those craving reform.
11.3.13: Tim and I are joined by the NJ teacher who was the recent subject of yet another tirade against "you people" by none other than Governor Christie himself. Is this being straightforward, or just being a bully for no good reason? Find out, straight from the recipient's perspective, 6PM EST.
We're here every Sunday, 6PM EST for progressive education chat, with guests ranging from parent activists to national leaders and scholars.
Educated educators talking education. Follow the show in Twitter @thechalkface, and the blog At the Chalk Face. Also chat with us during the show.
When will you be overidingly honest and true to our country. When will you identify with what is best for us and you. its time, unless you don't sense, think, share, know and feel it that way. and its still time to do it. unless you personally have timed out with both the past & present and refusing our better future.
listen to what may be the very best out there, it is an overwhelming task to honestly address the sorest of matters. until i falter, it still the best out there. will you bring it in... harvest and share...
you see, politics, both democratic & republic, over- ride our day. We vote empty skiled pormises into the White House and Congress. We elect skilled fabrica-tions into our government. We suffer the electoral college and the meida that advocates it. We suffer from imperfect media. We suffer from money and influence. We suffer from carelessness.
Twice i have vied for a very high public office. Twice, we could have had better and gotten better.
since i am one of you, completely human. i, too, may have failing, but can i bring out the best in you and the best for you...... listen in, take to heart and doing... i will give you accuracy of perspective and honest actions.. humbly yours
We will discuss the ins and outs of Division 1 schools if for the next 15-20 years couldn't recruit African American Players. What would happen to these schools? Join the show 5:30pm. Call (818)301-5834.
Creative Energy: The Heroic Mythos of a New Humanity Host: Davin Infinity Skonberg First Sunday of Each Month
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Starting July 7, 2013Sunday, Nov.3: Creative Brilliance in Career/Business/EntrepreneurshipSunday, Dec.1: Creating An Epic FutureWho is Davin Infinity? Davin has two degrees - Communication Design and Creative Arts. He has trained in several lineages of shamanic practice, martial arts and Mystery Schools. He is an experienced metaphysical guide into the Quest of human potential and transformation through applied creativity. Davin guides life mastery workshops - http://www.ShamanEyes.net and creates visionary art, films, books through his company www.Creative-Energy.biz Davin is the founder of the Awakening Freedom Foundation: A visionary culture design movement that weaves networks of unified solutions for a healthier humanity. AFF is home to one of the largest collections of free downloadable visionary content for healthy communities and planetary thriving on the internet. www.AwakenFreedom.weebly.com
Kaden is away this week due to flu, Pamela will be doing an update on Common Core Standards Our Mission: The New Heights Educational Group, Inc. promotes literacy for children and adults by offering a range of educational support services. Such services include: assisting families in the selection of schools; organization of educational activities; and acquisition of materials. We promote a healthy learning environment and enrichment programs for families of preschool and school-age children, including children with special needs.