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Foes explore ways to block anti-bias law August 22, 2014 at 5:46 a.m.

Gotta make the world safe for bigots.

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It's taken long enough July 17, 2014 at 7:28 a.m.

This editorial uses a restaurant analogy which can also apply to a category of schools: alternative learning schools. This is where at-risk, disruptive students are sent when they become too difficult to handle in the traditional school setting. In other words, they are serious behavior problems.
So, imagine that restaurant scenario again which the editorial writer dreamed up. But, this time the customers are unruly, rude, and don't particularly want to be there anyway. Should you blame the restaurant under these circumstances??
Unfortunately, this is the mindset of those who wish people to omit facts from educational reform discussions and would rather pontificate from their ivory thrones away from reality.
Fort Smith Superintendent Benny Gooden, who gave a 25-minute speech to the board in defense of Belle Point Alternative Center in Fort Smith, said Belle Point is “a place of last resort” for high school students who are not succeeding in a traditional learning environment. Behavioral issues, troubles with the law, substance-abuse problems, pregnancy, poverty and homelessness are common among the students the center serves, he said.

The goal is to return each student to a traditional school if he or she begins achieving, so by its very nature Belle Point cannot maintain the level of academic success expected of traditional schools, Gooden said.

“The assumptions and rubric you’re using may be appropriate for some schools, but it’s not appropriate for our school,” he said.

Several board members said they agreed that alternative schools should be evaluated differently, as did newly appointed state Education Commissioner Tony Wood.

“I think success for these kids has a different definition,” Wood said.

But according to the editorial writer: One size fits all.

Must be true because the editorial writer who has not been out there to see what's really going on in these places has decided it must be so.

Accountability without sensibility is not accountability.

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Miss misquoted July 16, 2014 at 5:33 p.m.

Must point out that Greenberg has been guilty on several occasions of using strawmen arguments which is definitely a case of putting words into the mouths of their opponents. Sometimes he has folks talk like gangsters to make sure we understand that they're really bad guys who disagree with him.
And who can forget how much he fell over himself trying to backtrack about supporting civil unions and I recall that the quotes credited to him were verbatim.
No...Greenberg is far from innocent when it comes to how he portrays those he's writing against.

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Senate GOP blocks bill on contraception coverage July 16, 2014 at 2:38 p.m.

The lying liars are first to get a word in.

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Miss misquoted July 16, 2014 at 7:32 a.m.

"A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice."

Bill Cosby

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Letters July 15, 2014 at 7:11 a.m.

Joe W. - to the untrained eye and mind, many things are boring.
Actually dry paint can be very interesting -- go to Crystal Bridges or the Arkansas Art Center and see what I mean. It's amazing what you can see when you know some things to look for and have a little knowledge of art history.

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Democrats do dumb July 14, 2014 at 5:23 p.m.

New headline: Gitz Goes Gaga

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What goes up ... July 13, 2014 at 10:36 a.m.

You hit the nail on the head about our obsession with national politics and hot button issues rather than dealing with issues that affect the income, health, and welfare of the citizens of this state.
When one thinks back on the issues that gained such prominence and actually had almost no effect or importance on our daily lives and economics -- this had to be the sorriest legislature in our state's history. Far too much grandstanding and chest-thumping.
Especially Jason Rapert and his sorry ilk. Double down arrows for this slaggard.

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Terrific World Cup ends with marquee final July 13, 2014 at 10:06 a.m.

Deutschland! Deutschland!

Im seben Stunden, hoffentlich, wir sind Weltmeister!!

Zicke Zacke Zicke Zacke HEU HEU HEU!!!

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26 schools given 'distressed' label July 11, 2014 at 5:06 p.m.

Lots of accusations with almost no proof to back them up does not make a good argument. And one must be very leery of this "throw the baby and bath water out" approach being advocated by some folks. Have you accounted for attendance issues, the social promotion phenomenon which pushes a student further and further into trouble, lack of parental involvement, the testing psyche that has taken over our education system and now controls how one views success in school, the lack of community involvement in some areas, and how to properly determine teacher competence.
The fire them all approach is terribly flawed and many folks commenting here recognize it as such. Thanks to them for being levelheaded.
I've taught in a high-achieving school and a low-achieving school and used almost the same method in both with a greater degree of success in the former than the latter. Many of the issues which were mentioned -- student absenteeism, lack of parental control & involvement, lack of school discipline by admin, and almost no community involvement were prevalent in the latter school.
You cannot imagine how tough a life some of these kids have to live nor can you even remotely understand what teachers must face in the roughest inner-city schools. And, yet I saw them striving to find solutions to help them learn and make better life decisions. I saw teachers showing a lot of love for these kids despite the troubles those children carried on their shoulders.
Am in agreement that incompetence needs to be addressed but don't naively tell me that everyone is guilty. That is an incompetent solution in itself.

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