This is not new but from June.
And Ukraine changed its morphine policy.
See more at The Pain Project.
This is not new but from June.
And Ukraine changed its morphine policy.
See more at The Pain Project.
Some parents can afford the $900+ for a SAT or ACT “prep” course.
Our students have an average score increase of 250 points on the SAT and an average increase of 20 percentile points on the ACT….The course fee is $895 with a $45 materials fee. We look forward to possibly working with your sons and daughters. Please let us know if you have any questions or want to sign up.
And the other parents? The other students? Tough shit I guess? LA’s average ACT scores have barely moved since privatization. Average composite scores in 2008 were 20.3. 2009-10: 21.1. 2011: 20.2. And in 2012, average scores finally crept back up to 20.3. National average: 21.1.
Source: ACT Profile Report – State: Graduating Class 2012: Louisiana [PDF]
Just a big, new jail.
Not 1 word in Election 2013: Voters asked to rededicate library funding toward jail addresses the sad irony in taking money from the parish library system to create more jail space. Access to reading materials and computers can help create and maintain a literate and functional population in the parish that is likely to be [not guaranteed because nothing is guaranteed in LA except young black men go to jail/prison to prop up multiple parish economies] less criminal, better employed, and maybe, a very slim “maybe,” less ignorant about the world and their places in it.
Another thing I waited for and never saw—dismay or surprise or even a word-based cringe over the council president’s “concerns” about all those books and computers and programs and shit in the libraries:
Council Chairman Lindel Toups, the most outspoken proponents [sic] of the revenue shift, said library officials are collecting more money than they need.
…Toups served as the chair of the “New Jail Committee,” established in 2011 to help secure funding for a new facility. He said the library’s revenue is a logical choice.
“They’ve got too much money,” Toups said. “We’re giving the public the chance to raise the jail money without raising taxes. Any blind man can see that.”
Aside from his point that the system collects too much money, Toups does not philosophically agree with the library’s evolving role in the community.
“They’re teaching Mexicans how to speak English,” the council chairman said in reference to Biblioteca Hispana, a Hispanic-language segment of the Golden Meadow library branch. “Let that son of a bitch go back to Mexico. There’s just so many things they’re doing that I don’t agree with. … Them junkies and hippies and food stamps (recipients) and all, they use the library to look at drugs and food stamps (on the Internet). I see them do it.” [emphasis added]
So he is sure he’s seen “hippies,” and I really have to wonder what he means by that, and “junkies” and “food stamps” recipients looking at drugs and food stamps on the Internet. So everyone who goes in there and looks not-quite-like-him or how he thinks they should look or act must be using library computers for illegal or immoral or “Mexican” concerns? WTMF? I know Silk Road offers illegal drugs but food stamps? Could he possibly mean he thinks he has seen people look for benefits they may be eligible for? Why is that “wrong”? Does he stand behind people to see what they do? Has he been in a library? And does this man realize than not all Spanish speakers are “Mexicans”? I don’t think he’d care or acknowledge the difference. I guess he objects to libraries spending money on Those People he thinks are not as good or smart or deserving as he is and who probably need to go to jail anyway since the current jail population, according to Sheriff Craig Webre, is “artificially low.” The sheriff’s office could put a lot more “suspected misdemeanor offenders” in jail. Plus,
Overcrowding also suppresses bail amounts, which allows certain offenders to bond out more easily than otherwise possible. The detention center also truncates sentences due to “good time” bonuses, the sheriff added.
“We realize that half of the people could serve all of their time, or all of the people could serve half of their time,” Webre said. “We’re very, very liberal in the use of ‘good time.’”
Which sounds more like a profit-making plan than an improvement in public safety.
So the library doesn’t need the money it has for materials, “platforms” for e-books that have to be bought again each year, computers, maintenance and salaries and benefits because they have “too much money” that would be better used to build a brand-new jail and pay Michael LeBlanc
whom the parish council hired as the project’s consultant this summer, [and who] has posited cost and size estimates for nearly a year. His figures, though not official, have been used in most jail discussions ahead of Saturday’s vote.
His latest recommendation was that the parish should build a 540-bed, $25-million jail. Capacity needs are based on LeBlanc’s own formula, to the chagrin of the ACLU Foundation of Louisiana, which has called for the parish to commission an expert to study Lafourche’s needs.
LeBlanc admits that his primary goal is landing the job’s lucrative design contract, and the state Board of Ethics opined in June that the architectural and consulting contracts are not mutually exclusive. [emphasis added]
So the man most likely to get a lucrative contract connected to this new jail is also providing the parish with the formula to calculate that future jail’s space needs. Just like with Kira Orange Jones and the obvious conflict between her position on BESE and her “expanded” job with Teach for America which has million-dollar contracts with LDOE to provide “teachers,” the state Board of Ethics doesn’t see a problem anywhere here, even though it is clear even from the mild reporting by the Tri-Parish Times that LeBlanc deciding what the parish’s jail needs are and vying for the design contract for that jail is ethically problematic. He can get a great deal here, lucrative business, since he’s providing the numbers and estimates the parish needs to plan and gain support for building the jail.
It’s not just Cancer Alley that stinks in this fucking state. But as long as imprisoning black men for profit is more important than education or jobs or social spending, everything will continue to suck.
Dr. Joyce E. King, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA
“Staying Human: Critical Literacy Interventions for the New Millennium”
November 3, 2013
7:00 p.m. Eastern time zone/New York/USA
Dr. Joyce E. King is the Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair in the College of Education, and is the President-Elect of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Dr. King has published widely including four books: Preparing Teachers for Cultural Diversity; Teaching Diverse Populations; Black Mothers to Sons: Juxtaposing African-American Literature with Social Practice; and edited Black Education: A Transformative Research and Action Agenda for the New Century (2005). Her research areas include the role of cultural knowledge, Diaspora literacy and heritage knowledge in global teaching and teacher preparation, Black teachers’ emancipatory pedagogy, and Black studies theorizing in education/Black education. Dr. King was born in Fresno, California, USA and grew up in Stockton, CA. She has international teaching, lecturing, and providing professional development in Brazil (using Portuguese translations of her publications), Canada, England, Jamaica, New Zealand, and Senegal….
Dr. King’s web seminar will address her contributions to transformative research in education through personal vignettes. Dr. King will explore the power of language to interrupt practices of subjugation and alienating curriculum. This talk will illustrate critical literacy interventions using constructs she has introduced into the scholarship on teacher learning, parent engagement and liberating education: “dysconscious racism,” “critical studyin’””Diaspora literacy,” and “culturally authentic assessment.”
Global Conversations in Literacy Research (GCLR) has 4 more seminars scheduled: DR. Kenneth Goodman and Dr. Yetta Goodman, University of AZ: “Making Sense of Making Sense,” January 12, 2014, 7pm EST; Dr. Ryuko Kubota, University of British Columbia, Canada: “Race and Language,” February 23, 2014. 7pm EST; Dr. Catherine Beavis, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia: “Living in a digital world: Literacy, learning and videogames,” March 16, 2014, 7pm EST; and Dr. Brian Street, King’s College, London, UK: “The LETTER Project: Learning for Empowerment Through Training in Ethnographic Research,” April 27, 2013 11:00 a.m. EST.
At Fund Dat:
This fundraiser is short, only 17 days, so Lawrence can get back to work and reclaim his French Quarter presence. $5, $10, $20—anything helps toward the goal.
Do you know where your SI/sacroiliac joints are? Did you know that they are, like other joints, meant to move, just a bit?
In physical therapy, I learned that some of my pain was probably SI pain. Then I talked with my pain management doctor and she suggested a SI block, which is diagnostic and therapeutic—if the block reduces your pain, then you are diagnosed with SI joint dysfunction [or something---SI joint problems can be seen by some doctors as more zebra than horse and difficult to parse into sacroilitis, ankylosing spondilitis (especially in women) or other spondyloarthropathies, or osteoarthritis of the spine] and the steroid injected after the anesthetic is therapeutic. The SI block is the only way to diagnose or distinguish lower back problems from SI dysfunctions.
In September, I had one. For about 2 hours after the shots, one injection on each side, I had no lower back pain, minimal hip pain, and less pelvic pain and burning. My lower back has hurt daily, at one degree or other, since 2008. I felt like the world had shifted.
Am I “cured”? Back to my old self? Stomping the streets like I used to? I wish. My pain is reduced so I feel less suicidal but I am not “back” to much of anything. Hard chairs and long [30+ minute] sitting sessions are still no-no’s, just like stomping or landing hard on my heels, twisting, bending; I cannot run, jog, skip, jump or trip too hard. Lunges create imbalance in the SI joints and can aggravate whatever SI dysfunction you might have ["Common Remedies and Solutions," Sacro-Iliac (SI) Joint Pain]. I was disappointed when the reduction in pain didn’t restore me to my old self which I have trouble remembering but still pine for. I am still exhausted. Sometimes listless. Irritated. Disappointed. Trying to shrug it all off. It all hurts less but it still all hurts.
Classic book’s ban reinforced by school board. WDSU, 10/11/13.
A 2001 ban on a classic book in Plaquemines Parish Schools was reinforced after it was discovered some teachers were reading “To Kill A Mockingbird” to students, unaware the ban was in place.
The school board received some complaints recently and was forced to address the ban more than a decade after the book was banned.
For now, the book, read by millions of students across the country, has been pulled from school shelves on all campuses, including Belle Chasse High School.
Students there told WDSU they were in the middle of reading the book this school year when their teacher had to stop.
Some parents in Plaquemines believe To Kill a Mockingbird is…dangerous? blasphemous? unfair? or “a hard read“?
Update: School board lifts book ban, reinstates ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ 10/22/13.
You can now get a limited-edition t-shirt, a red beret just like Jude’s, a limited-edition Jamie Hayes-designed t-shirt for a $25 pledge or Jude in your town for an exhibition at the $1000 level.
Halfway there! Tell your everybodys to check it out!