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Re: “Results-Based Funding: The Transition From Test Scores To School Grades

So long as most of the poor schools are composed of immigrants (legal and illegal) and their children there will be little or no appetite for funding them on par with children of American citizens.

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Posted by bslap on 10/18/2017 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Board of Supes Set To Discuss Christy Proposal for Countywide Sales Tax for Roads

As long as it also supports other modes of transportation. Car-scaled infrastructure is too expensive to maintain in the long run.

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Posted by bslap on 10/17/2017 at 7:13 AM

Re: “Rugrat Referendum

Cradle to womb government care is the goal. Someday...

4 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by bslap on 10/12/2017 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Kirkpatrick Wins EMILY's List Nod in Race Against U.S. Rep. McSally

Both candidates favor a continued high immigration / low wage regime. Not much to choose from here.

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Posted by bslap on 10/10/2017 at 9:41 AM

Re: “The Best Way To Get Results-Based Funding Is To Be Well-Off and White

Actually simply being well off (i.e., being able to afford to live in a good school district) is sufficient. Looks like a life of working hard, taking risks, saving your pennies, and making good choices pays off for your kids. That's a good thing!

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Posted by bslap on 10/05/2017 at 6:54 AM

Re: “Procession Migration

Please don't go if you're not Mexican-Hispanic because that would be cultural appropriation.

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Posted by bslap on 10/05/2017 at 6:51 AM

Re: “Why I Keep Writing About Those Damn AzMERIT Scores

There are a couple of logical questions I have for you.

1. How is the incentive to cheat any different than with grades? If a test with stakes attached teaches administrators and teachers to cheat, doesn't issuing kids grades teach kids to cheat?
After all grades have high stakes attached in terms of parental judgments, grade advancement, privileges like athletics, and eventually college acceptance, scholarships and lifelong higher income. Should we eliminate grading?
2. If having a test causes teachers to teach to the test, isn't that a good thing? Provided the test is testing the right skills that we've agreed students should have and the test measures those skills effectively, then don't we want teachers "teaching to the test"? And if it's not testing the right skills or is unable to measure them, would you support testing if those problems were fixed?

2 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by bslap on 10/04/2017 at 6:18 AM

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