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Budget provision would block state funding for Common Core standards

I'm tellin alla yall, it's sabotage.

conservatives want privatized education, but they can't just shut down the public school system, so for the past however many years, they just keep effing with it, trying to dismantle the system, bit by bit, until the schools are so bad that parents give up and go the private route, and eventually they will achieve their goal: no more public education.

May 17, 2013 at 11:46 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Truancy policies can catch parents by surprise

Exactly this. Perfect analogy.

May 3, 2013 at 9:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Truancy policies can catch parents by surprise

I think the point that is being missed here is that, HOLY CRAP: if you screw up and your kid is late to school more than 7 times over the course of 10 months, DCF is going to be knocking on your door. You will be going to court(?!) and people who don't know you are going to be prying into your private life and causing you AND your child stress and misery. Because your child was late to school less than once a month over the course of a school year. SERIOUSLY. Am I the only one who is floored by this?
SO, the details of this statewide policy are left to the discretion of each individual school, as evidenced by the varied policies referenced in the article. YET, if you ask the school district, they blame the state and say that they have no choice in the matter. If the state is going to mandate this draconian policy, then it should be enforced EQUALLY district-wide. What's good for Deerfield should be good enough for Langston Hughes, amiright?
I've heard unrelated negative stories about the Principal at Deerfield, and I tend to believe that where there's smoke, there's fire. Principals (i.e. middle management, pretty much?), in my opinion, should NOT have the unmitigated power to unleash a powerful and far-reaching governmental agency like DCF/SRS/whatever it is nowadays on families unless there is an actual, good reason to do so! How is it even possible that there isn't a requirement to give notice and offer a chance to remedy the situation prior to contacting authorities? I'm freaking appalled right now. I was appalled two years ago when I happened to catch a glimpse of the truancy policy in a friend's handbook.
I am a product of USD497. Deerfield, as a matter of fact. I'm thankful that I had the presence of mind to choose to NOT live in the Deerfield neighborhood, beautiful as it is - I don't want my kid to have the same kind of experience I had all those years ago. Talk about bullies. Sounds like this Principal is a bully, too.
Oh, and PS - aren't most of you people anti when it comes to the idea of the government knocking on your door and telling you what to do? Isn't that the kind of rhetoric I usually see being vomited forth by most of you? Yet - WOW - way to be incredibly harsh and judgmental toward a parent (I'm guessing single parent?) you've never met, who is obviously struggling. Mom - I'm with you. This is BS. Not looking forward to dealing with it when my kid starts KG in August. I'll probably oversleep one too many times and end up running into you at the courthouse at some point. Good luck and I hope things work out for you. Thank you for speaking out.

May 3, 2013 at 8:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Popular breakfast restaurant Milton's returning to downtown in space currently occupied by Loopy's

does the liquor license mean mimosas with my breakfast?

April 24, 2013 at 11:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Winter storm forces cancellation of classes, events

Thank you. This. Keep your kids home. Problem solved.

February 20, 2013 at 6:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Statehouse Live: Opponents of anti-union bill say it could shut down nearly all union political speech

a few thousand? no, try a few dollars from each paycheck. this bill would create a barrier to contributing to political causes and would hamper the unions' voices in the political process.

February 5, 2013 at 11:48 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

PAC formed to support Lawrence school district bond issue

As I understand it, from the meeting I attended, Sunset Hills is one of the 3 (I think) schools designated to accommodate for future growth. Sunset for the west, New York (I think) for the central part of town, and Prairie Park for the east.

February 5, 2013 at 11:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Another bill opposed by unions introduced as House gears up for debate on paycheck measure

Well, um....they can, first of all. I'm not entirely sure what you're getting at here, but employees who are members of unions, but don't want their dues to be used for political causes, have every right and the ability to decline full membership and pay for only the cost of representation. I'm not saying all unions make it particularly easy to do so, but no one is being forced to participate in the political process against their will.

January 30, 2013 at 9:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Another bill opposed by unions introduced as House gears up for debate on paycheck measure

"merely outlaws employees being forced to participate" Please explain how the current laws force employees to participate in unions.

January 30, 2013 at 9:40 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Another bill opposed by unions introduced as House gears up for debate on paycheck measure

and these bills are small steps in that direction. take away dues-checkoff and people have to make an extra effort to pay dues manually instead of having them taken automatically from their pay. that's what is going on here, and it means a little less $ for unions. legislators are leaving out the part where union members have the right to say that they don't want their dues used for political activities - they say members are being coerced, which is not entirely true.

January 30, 2013 at 7:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

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