Kansas: Schools, Funding, Taxes, and Lies from the Koch Brothers’ Spokesman

Why does the MSM let these folks get away with this? It’s beyond time to bring real subject experts on these programs.

Diane Ravitch's blog

While driving yesterday, I listened to a panel discussion on taxes led by correspondent Stephanie Ruhle on MSNBC.

With the usual left-right line-up of guests, they debated whether the Trump tax plan would benefit the rich or everyone.

The man from the right was part of the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity. He insisted that massive tax cuts would be very beneficial for middle-income and poor Americans. The man from the left (center, really) disagreed and insisted that the big winners were the rich.

Then the center-left man said that the governor of Kentucky tried massive tax cuts and it backfired. He quickly was corrected (or corrected himself) and said it was Kansas, not Kentucky.

That’s where Governor Sam Brownback cut taxes, predicting an economic boom–that never happened. Instead, the state is facing a budget hole of nearly $900 million, and even Republicans recognize they must raise taxes.

But Mr…

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George Will: Trump Has a Dangerous Disability

Ms. Ravitch has forgotten more about education and current events than I will ever know. I make a point to listen to these scholars.

Diane Ravitch's blog

George Will is a conservative columnist with a deep reverence for history and tradition. He is probably the most serious and respected conservative intellectual in the nation. On Thursday, he wrote a column called “Trump Has a Serious Disability” that was widely read. It was trending on Twitter. “Trump does not know what it is to know something.”

He writes:

“It is urgent for Americans to think and speak clearly about President Trump’s inability to do either. This seems to be not a mere disinclination but a disability. It is not merely the result of intellectual sloth but of an untrained mind bereft of information and married to stratospheric self-confidence.

“In February, acknowledging Black History Month, Trump said that “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.” Because Trump is syntactically challenged, it was possible and tempting…

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The EFF calls out Google for privacy issues in the EDU sector but the school districts need educated, too – Android Central

The EFF calls out Google for privacy issues in the EDU sector but the school districts need educated, too – Android Central

The author, who I make a point to read whenever he writes, is pointing fingers at Google for privacy issues (where have we heard this before?) in the education market, which they have Windows PC-like control of. Google’s business model and privacy needs can co-exist if done properly. Unlike Apple or Microsoft, Google’s approach is essentially

here is the hardware and software in our cloud, now go run with it.

There is nothing inherently wrong with that approach and could be tied to cost savings compared to traditional school vendors. Handholding and administration outside of internal staff must be made available, and Google does not have a history of having an inside sales support force or some of the assets in place, thus the rub.

Microsoft is rumored to have a direct answer to this market by introducing a version of Windows 10 that is locked down, modern RT if you will. This time it is for Universal Windows Programs only. The selling point is that you can get a locked down device, but should the end user or administrator desire and pay a fee, it can be upgraded to full Windows 10 Home or Pro edition. This way you can have the best of both productivity worlds and can be executed today, unlike other devices announced. This will put a dent into Google’s dominance of the 3-12 education market, and make inroads in undergraduate studies with the upgrade options. The upgrade fee for educational buyers needs to include Office 365, OneDrive, and Skype automatically for up to 4 years. Pricing somewhere along the lines of $100 home and $150 pro. Currently $120 for home, $200 for pro, and $80 for Office University. Should Microsoft hit a home run with this in 2017, you better believe that the Electronic Freedom Foundation will have them in the crosshairs.

via The EFF calls out Google for privacy issues in the EDU sector but the school districts need educated, too | Android Central

As Charlotte faces poverty and violence, CMS seeks more counselors and social workers | Charlotte Observer

It will be interesting if they are able to pull this off in the anti-tax sentiment that has invaded the city, despite current Democratic control of local government.

Superintendent Ann Clark’s budget plan calls for $27 million more from Mecklenburg County, part of it to hire more school counselors, social workers and psychologists. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is making the request as the community grapples with poverty and violence.

Source: As Charlotte faces poverty and violence, CMS seeks more counselors and social workers | Charlotte Observer

I love this idea

As some of you know, I have had a keen interest in technology and have for my over 20 years in the Web world, and years of BBS (Bulletin Board Systems) such as Wildcat, CompuServe, and others. This project that comes out of Kenya, is different and more applicable to its intended users than those that some multinationals brag about and tote to help NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations). A ruggedized tablet with built-in connectivity and local encyclopedic storage from Wikipedia (a personal fave) is just what the doctor ordered for the rest of us.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/what-brck-did-next-super-tough-android-tablets-for-african-schools/

Organizational Management revisited

For my first post of the new year, this lengthy article came in my RSS feed. As my formal educational portion of my learning career comes to a close, and my MA in Organizational Management has been earned, this essay is about changing to Pervasive Leadership, a term I frankly is not familiar with and wasn’t discussed in any of my major classes @ Ashford University. Not a knock on the school, but an interesting concept that if it were available then may provide an stimulating discussion from the instructor side.

Technology and Education

Those two words at times do not seem to be living in the same area code, much less be present in a classroom (I have teachers in my family and this is what is being told to me, the local school system frowns on outsiders observing their classrooms). Here is a technology based article that attempts and most succeeds on documenting the gulf between the two words in the title.