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Incoming KU student faces deportation after arrest

Yeah - they obviously failed in not stripping Martin Luther King of his citizenship after all of his crazy illegal antics. Ship him back to Africa! He can work to make some country there better.
Great logic.

July 30, 2010 at 8:05 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The ring's the thing

Go see Ernie at Kizer-Cummings. He's a very honest guy - they size rings all the time. Find yourself a new habit!

July 26, 2010 at 8:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

$0.30 Milk, Free Toothbrushes Produce Coupons and More

What the heck is a catalina, anyway!? Did I miss something??

June 13, 2010 at 9:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fragile students

Your comments, mdsigler are really not that off the mark. The only thing I would be concerned about is this...Because there are so many in the same boat at Hillcrest, the kids from other cultures feel much more comfortable. The NORM is to be a little 'weird' in some way there. And those kids who speak other languages, practice other religions, etc are not seen as different, really. Because of this, the 'American' kids accept them and are willing to let their own guards down. Because of this, the ESL kids are easier to teach and pick up new concepts quicker. It's just that the balance works extremely well. It's pretty cool to see the class dynamics there - different than most other schools, VERY interested in science fairs, knowledge competitions, learning about ancient history, not afraid to have a big interest in sciences or in academic success in general. So - yes, to some extent other kids would benefit from this environment, the problem is that once you break this apart, the environment is no more.

February 25, 2010 at 10:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Fragile students

I can't believe how unbelievably biased some of you are. It is absolutely disgusting!! To assume that these kids are Mexicans for one, is WRONG. Your average Hillcrest classroom would contain something along these lines:
3 Mexican kids, all from legal families, with documentation, and working HARD to make it.
2 Laotian kids, equally as hardworking families
a Kenyan student, strict family, education stressed!
2 Korean kids, usually here because their parents are teaching or studying
possibly a Russian student, Czech, or Ukrainian.
Maybe a student from Haiti, here pursuing a better life
Possibly someone from India, Bangladesh.
Maybe someone from Saudi or Jordan.
Could be a Mongolian student or a kid from Nepal.
a South American student - sometimes Bolivian, sometimes Uraguay, Colombia, you never know.
1 Vietnamese
1 Ethiopian
1 Chinese
the rest, American for generations.
And the things teachers do to support those kids in the classroom benefit ALL the children.
It's just awful how some of you think you know so much about education and just JUMP at the chance to deny other people the chances that we would have allowed for YOU when you were in school. But God forbid you should have to help fund students that you won't even get to know.
These are WONDERFUL, GIFTED students. You know, just because you come from a different country doesn't mean you aren't brilliant. It doesn't mean you can't read - just that it doesn't come naturally in English! It doesn't mean that you don't have high morals. Many of those students have better work ethics and bigger hearts and more respect than many naturally born American students. If anything, they are a huge factor in showing 'our' kids what it means to appreciate a better life and to appreciate the chance at an education. They often come from places where they've seen loved ones assassinated, killed by natural disaster, oppressed by a controlling regime, and they come to America, the land of the free, and prove to our children that there is HOPE if you work hard. How is that not worth paying a little extra for? Grow up, people. I'm not saying we shouldn't close Hillcrest or that it is above any other school - just that people ought to quit saying such ridiculous things about the ESL population in Lawrence.
And by the way, THEY pay the same taxes YOU do.

February 24, 2010 at 9:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence school board president suggests possibility of closing schools

It's hard to believe that some childless people still complain about their taxes paying for the education of other people's children. They may be other people's children, but they are YOUR future leaders, scientists, engineers, lawyers, and health care workers. I'd rather MINE be educated, but maybe that's just me.
And while I don't exactly love No Child Left Behind, I can assure you that teachers are NOT forced to hold back until every child gets it. We are professionals and most of us are quite capable of teaching to the child, when the child is ready. We know how to adapt each lesson - same content, different methods, different approaches, different tools. We don't leave ANYONE behind. Instead, our focus is to know where EVERY student is at and push them to grow as much as possible - whether they come from another country, have any disability or are 'gifted'. And to that end, many of us work WAY more than 8 hours a day or 10 months a year. We aren't glorified babysitters, and some of us don't complain about the pay, because we knew what we were in for when we chose this profession.

November 17, 2009 at 10:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Adopting support: Couple pushing through international system for Ethiopian orphan

Some of you clearly have no experience in the adoption area. After a long time investigating adoption possibilities here in the U.S. and also trying to adopt a baby that someone ASKED us to take in, we found many, many snags and finally abandoned our hopes of having a child. One state doesn't work with another, many states' legal processes preclude each other, quite a few agencies want to make a killing off of their clients, and there doesn't seem to be a trustworthy clearinghouse of information. The system is a mess, and I don't blame people for going outside the states. As for adopting older children or children with special needs, it takes a strong person with knowledge and commitment to do so - why blame everyone in this world for not feeling that they are up to the challenge? I agree it is sad that people in the United States don't reach out more, but maybe if we would all be a little more caring and support other programs, we could avoid leaving so many of our children without parents in the first place.

July 20, 2009 at 7:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Beekeeper keeps generating buzz

YEA, Anthony and family!! Kudos to a deserving family who has long shown Lawrence what it means to stick together. Great work and a superb example of what one young man can accomplish with a little help from his friends.

July 13, 2009 at 7:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Spelling bee champ repeats

If you knew Isaac, you would realize he not only has STAGE presence, but presence everywhere he goes. He truly is one awe inspiring kid. Congrats, buddy!

February 8, 2009 at 1:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )