Archive: Aug 2007 (page 9)

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    Orange County parents want evidence

    Orange County school board members, including board chairman Dennis Whitling, were put on the spot last night by parents who would be affected by a proposed merger of the district’s lowest-performing elementary school and highest-performing elementary school. According to this story, parents asked for research to back up claims…
    donnamartinez, August 29, 2007
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    Got Mayor Pat's Glossy in the Mail

    Nice mailing, Pat. Seriously. Very tasteful and direct. All about leadership. Achievement. Values. Vision. All that stuff. Doesn’t explicitly mention light rail, just transportation. And talks a lot about fiscal responsibility. So let’s cut to the chase on that one. Assuming the half-cent for CATS survives in November, will you…
    Jeff Taylor, August 29, 2007
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    More Breaking Academic News

    When teachers are absent, students learn less. Nerd Alert fact of the day: According to the study, each 10 days of teacher absences reduce students’ mathematics achievement by 3.3 percent of a standard deviation.
    Locker Room contributor, August 29, 2007
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    Frank Perry! C'mon Down!

    Your the next contestant on The Price is Wrong! Perry is the former FBI agent hired by State Auditor Les Merritt. He will head up the investigative division. Say, Frank. Know anything about trains? Would you like to learn? Boy, do we have a job for you. You see,…
    Jeff Taylor, August 29, 2007
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    CMPD: Stupid PR Tricks

    I did a double-take at the video of CMPD using an earthmover to crush cars. Were they really doing that? Yup. To — uh oh — “send a message” to street racers that CMPD will not tolerate street racers. Thanks, but no thanks. Your basic street racer does not…
    Jeff Taylor, August 29, 2007
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    Breaking Academic News

    Groundbreaking new studies suggest two surprising factors in collegiate student success: Studying helps. Video games don’t. HT: Phi Beta Cons…
    Locker Room contributor, August 28, 2007
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    Cone-BCBS: Lots of unanswered questions

    Here’s an interesting article in the (Springfield) State Journal-Register that might provide some insight into the Moses Cone -BCBS standoff. The article’s not real clear, but the bottom line is the state of Illinois is borrowing money to make Medicaid payments to hospitals. Wait for the punchline:…
    Sam Hieb, August 28, 2007
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    The “other America”

    “Progressive” San Francisco has gentrified itself so much that blacks are fleeing in droves. Just like in Chapel Hill, home to that 28,000-square-foot “progressive” gentrifier John Edwards. Funny how the most “progressive” towns an cities end up housing the more affluent of the “two Americas.” Jeff Goldstein has…
    Locker Room contributor, August 28, 2007