Delaware Testing Opt-out bill H.B#50 advances! Moves out of committee

HB 50

Sponsor:

Kowalko


Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO EDUCATION ASSESSMENT.


Committee:

EDUCATION


Number of Committee Members:

14


Date of Report:

04/22/2015


Committee Vote:

Favorable:

On Its Merits:

Unfavorable:

1

7

1

Purpose of the Bill : This bill allows a parent or guardian of a Delaware public school student to opt that student out of the annual assessment (Smarter Balanced Assessment System).

Committee Findings: The committee found that while the legislation brings about certain questions surrounding educational quality, it warranted debate by the full House of Representatives. The committee found the bill acceptable for release.

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60 responses to “Delaware Testing Opt-out bill H.B#50 advances! Moves out of committee

  1. Publius e decere

    Why are kowalko and his kreepy kuz so afraid of testing?

    Denial
    Anger (the current stage)
    Bargaining
    Depression
    Acceptance

    Schwartzkopf was right about kowalko. Too argumentative and polarizing to legislate toward compromise.

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  2. Trust me Publius, Jaques was more argumentative and combative than Kowalko could ever hope to be. He was widely seen by the majority of the audience to be dismissive, disrespectful, biased, and trying to goad Kowalko into a fight. He was intentionally misleading and interruptive, and would try to clarify intentions. He gave additional comment time to the anti-House Bill 50 crowd, but would cut off speakers immediately if they were for it and were at their end of the time. One of the House rules is no contact with the committee members and the public. When someone went to give something to Kowalko, this individual was told “one more time and you will be thrown out.” But when the Governor’s Education Policy Advisor approached a representative RIGHT BEFORE THE VOTE, she was given a low-toned “You can’t do that.” This is not a man fit for the Chair of ANY committee, let alone fit for a State Representative.

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    • lastDEconservative

      “This is not a man fit for the Chair of ANY committee, let alone fit for a State Representative.”

      Now let me see, did I lose track of to whom you are referring?

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    • lastDEconservative

      Frere Jacques and JoKo Ono.

      Who needs Biden back home?

      How many idiots can one village sustain? Or contain? Or disdain?

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    • I almost want my son to take the stupid test just to spite Kowalko, 😀
      But we have opted out.

      “Jaques was more argumentative and combative than Kowalko could ever hope to be. ” ‘more’? so that means they both were?
      Oh, and now we have a country singer for a governor?
      Politics in this state are downright embarrassing.

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    • Pencadermom, I have to ask. How did the school handle it?
      Jaques was off the hook yesterday, and MANY saw AND heard it since it was broadcast live over the web. Let’s just say he isn’t helping the anti-opt-out crowd these days!
      Alan Jackson is the Governor, yes!

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    • last, being that Jaques is the chair of the committee, if you lost track, that’s on you.

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    • “Pencadermom, I have to ask. How did the school handle it?” –
      They said “and we would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for that pesky Kevin O.”
      Just kidding. Don’t get a big head. You’ve have zero influence on me so far.

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    • If I may ask, what prompted you to opt your child out? Because honestly, I have not heard from too many charter parents doing it and NCS is rated one of the best schools in the state.

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    • lastDEconservative

      “Don’t get a big head. You’ve have zero influence on me so far.”

      ROTFLMAO !!!

      Having demonstrated a remarkable ability to discern what’s really going on, Pmom, I doubt that Angos will -ever- influence you!

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    • Really don’t care if I do or don’t. I’m not out to influence, just to inform. Trust me, you and Pencadermom are definitely the rarity…

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    • Publius e decere

      “I’m not out to influence, just to inform. Trust me…”

      This wins the “Gem Of The Week” award.

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    • Thanks Publius. And as usual, you get the asshole of the week award.

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    • Publius e decere

      Another classy comment from (as LDC has tagged him) Angos.

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    • If I thought you had an iota of class, I would treat you with respect. But you are just you, hiding behind your fake name with your big empty words like the “liten skit” you are…

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    • Publius e decere

      Oh my. Tsk tsk. Fer shame. Well, enjoy your flight off the wagon and we can pick this up when you are recovered.

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    • Whatever. When you stop being a world-class hypocrite, I’ll care. Someone puts you in their place and they become that recovering alcoholic every single time, but when the high and mighty Publius gets his nuts twisted up in a clamp, it’s alright. I’m done with you.

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    • Publius e decere

      🙂 Have a Nice Day

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    • Thanks Forrest…

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    • Publius e decere

      Having a limited grasp of what LDC actually meant, beyond the surface humor, I Googled the “angos” and got this:

      http://angoslanguage.wikispaces.com

      I see that it is a “posteriori” language. How (in)appropriate. Now I understand. Angos’ cheek is understood at last — in context.

      Here’s to the “101” in all of us.

      Publius

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    • “If I may ask, what prompted you to opt your child out? Because honestly, I have not heard from too many charter parents doing it and NCS is rated one of the best schools in the state.” –
      First question, how many “charter parents” have you heard from opting in or out? Why would they be contacting you either way?
      Second question. What made you think I was talking about Newark Charter? I’m not.
      Kevin, you’re a bandwagon jumper. That’s it. Your kid had problems in a charter school. Charter schools became the enemy to you. You started reading blogs like this and others, Newark Charter and Wilmington Charter stood out to you because they are always targeted on here, so you displaced your anger on them. Because it was easy. You take every opportunity to do so and it’s getting old. If you’re going to bash them, at least back it up. And don’t use Kilroys info. or Steves or Hookah Kavips or Kwackos or anyone elses.

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    • First off, you are very two-faced on here, a lot, unless you are sucking up to Publius and lastDelawarewhatever, so take the lumps when you can. Second of all, sorry I assumed your kid went to NCS. You talk about them all the time. Third, not sure if you actually look at my blog, nor do I care, but I can’t really recall the last time I wrote about either school. I don’t think I’ve ever written anything specifically against NCS (don’t quote me on that) to the best of my knowledge. I don’t see charters as the enemy. I see some of the idiots who run them and their ideology as problematic, but I don’t hate them. In terms of where I get info from, that’s really none of your business. I think I’m capable of rendering my own decisions of matters, thank you very much. In regards to parents contacting me, more than you know. And many charter parents. If you have to ask why, then you are as clueless as you are anonymous. So why don’t you put in some big girl panties, come out of your fake name, along with the other rebel rousers on here, and actually have conversations with people instead of attacking them. As for your boy Publius, I can’t even comment. Kilroy and I sometimes piggy back off each other. It’s what bloggers do. I think we are all willing to help each other out at different times or get information. But you wouldn’t know that because of your very narrow tunnel vision if anyone ever questions a friggin’ charter school. It’s people like you that give charters a bad name. So put that in your peace pipe and smoke it!

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    • “Really don’t care if I do or don’t. I’m not out to influence, just to inform. Trust me, you and Pencadermom are definitely the rarity…”
      LOL Kevin I had a hard week. Thank you for this laugh out loud moment, I needed it. Really, thanks 😀

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    • Publius e decere

      The Pencadermom Word Of The Week:

      “What made you think I was talking about Newark Charter? I’m not. Kevin, you’re a bandwagon jumper. That’s it. Your kid had problems in a charter school. Charter schools became the enemy to you. You started reading blogs like this and others, Newark Charter and Wilmington Charter stood out to you because they are always targeted on here, so you displaced your anger on them. Because it was easy. You take every opportunity to do so and it’s getting old. If you’re going to bash them, at least back it up. And don’t use Kilroys info. or Steves or Hookah Kavips or Kwackos or anyone elses.”

      Maybe the best post yet! Well done! Kudos !!

      My only suggestion: Replace bandwagon with honeywagon.

      Publius

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    • lastDEconservative

      “Angos’ Rogets equates low-maintenance students with low-deserving students.”

      Egg – zackley !!!

      M has put us on a path here to developing a terminology tool with which we might even be able to make a low information citizen recognize a horrid truth of the bloated, incapable, destructive government their sleepwalking years have enabled. Well, maybe not, since the destroyers have a hundred year head start. But we the discerning can certainly have fun using the terms to bat around today’s progressives!

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  3. Maybe it’s time to challenge jaques. The question is – are there enough FOIA-loving freedom fighters in jaques district to put a Scheinberg back in office?

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  4. Is this an official announcement?

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    • Kevin, it is a strong consideration. Jaques is well supported among his friends in the district – and the party.

      It’s a gauge. Is there support for a rival candidate? Me? What do you think?

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    • lastDEconservative

      Go for it, he shouted above the din of the crickets. 😉

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    • Ldc, you have such a way with words… Would you campaign in support of a candidate that doesn’t care for any particular party? Just trying to do the right thing for real people?

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    • Publius e decere

      “the right thing”

      Huh. If only we could agree on what that is.

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    • Oh publius, the differentiation is that Jaques is doing for Jaques and his future. We don’t have to agree on what is right, but we need to be fair, measured, and unselfish. Jaques makes me miss Lofink…

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    • Publius e decere

      Well, if you do run don’t underestimate Jacques. And don’t overvalue pantywaist sycophants like KO. Public legislative office is a tough business, and to be effective you’ll have to compromise with people rather than fight them on ideologic principle. A reality which Kowalko continues to ignore, which make him a circus curiosity rather than a leader. Every now and then, even your friends will have to be subordinated to your long term goals. Not everyone is made for this role. If you are, then go for it.

      After having had a bite from the apple, I’m wondering why you consider coming back for a triple dose? It is a fishbowl without dividends. Well, if you do decide good luck to ya.

      Pubius

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    • “Ldc, you have such a way with words… Would you campaign in support of a candidate that doesn’t care for any particular party? Just trying to do the right thing for real people?”
      Never met LDC but my guess would be that he would say yes. But I’m guessing you knew that. And my guess is that you would do the same. So is there really a politician as you describe out there somewhere?

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    • Publius, that is the nicest thing you have ever said to me!

      Pmom, I think that there are a lot of politicians who will fit the bill – they just don’t know that they are politicians yet.

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    • Elizabeth , we need honesty and above everything else rationality. We have had too many years of dysfunctional irrationality that begs the question would we know good legislative representation or governorship if it jumped up and bit us in the arse. We have Educational tests that don’t assess and a DOE run by a gym teacher followed by a governor concerned more about a dumbocrat federal appt than his own state. Meanwhile the kool aide drinkers like Eve, KO and Kwacko are fighting the functional while advocating for dysfunctional TPS’s struggling to identify where the gravy train went.

      Please run and please bring some sanity.

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    • And then we have the M Ryder who hides behind a name while publicly naming those who disagree with him/her. So who are these functional ones you speak of that I’ve been fighting against? What gravy train did we have before that disappeared? Oh yeah, equity. That’s what it was called. Until folks like you wanted to make things not so equal. You reap what you sow, and this is the result.

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    • Kevin, Mryder, the truth is usually the compromise that comes of the in between. Our greatest problem right now is all of the infighting. We need to get on the same page and honestly discuss the state of all of our education systems charter, traditional, votech, and private. There are merits and systemic problems in each. The disparate treatment under doe only feeds the deficits. So, the question is : where do we begin? Some of the most recent legislation takes aim at reforming doe. It’s a good place to start.

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    • Oh Kevin, I am a nobody who doesn’t claim to have all the answers so my name is inconsequential, but I sure as heck know when someone is irrational or who’s logic is flawed. Just like a Baltimore MD mayor who won’t stop the violence in her own town because she doesn’t want to incite more violence. ???

      I don’t call out people whose name should be clouded, I reference the identifiers here at kilroy’s that are fairly plain. If you don’t like the identifiers or don’t like the use of names that have been offered, what should be used, emoticons?

      Functional schools: School where students and staff are focused on education and pushing for high behavioral & academic standards.

      Non-functional schools: Schools where; pink hair is reasonable, crisis counselors are more important than teachers, outrageous 504’s and IEP’s are the norm, laundry services are provided, homework is optional, teachers aren’t allowed to enforce school discipline, juvenile delinquency is tolerated even when it is criminal, and actual education for the larger majority of students is considered to be special treatment.

      I have repeatedly expressed to you that you have no conception of the situation in NCC schools because you don’t really know. Yet you attack the the population of (charters) which are a result of those conditions. You label them as being unfair or unequal. The the TPS conditions are unequal because individuals like yourself have put the special interests ahead of the greater majority of students. We fight for your child; you, me, Pmom. But you want to have the right to fight for child while denying others, like myself, to fight for what my children need. It is quite hypocritical and naive.

      The “gravy train” as defined by the CSD justification for a referendum is that there are a large percentage of students now attending Charters which redirects student education monies to the school the student actually attends. That means the local TPS is not educating nor receiving the money for said students. These would have been monies the district could use to attend to all the special interests, but the departure of students leaves districts now with less to work with and fewer low maintenance students to subsidize. CSD is combating a loss of students (and monies) which they have ignored or have been forced to ignore by the special interests I mentioned before. The TPS’s love kids going to “private” schools because they don’t have to educate them yet they receive the monies associated with them. Meanwhile parents doled out taxes to TPS’s AND had to pay tuition to avoid the conditions they deemed unacceptable (bahavioral and academic). The TPS’s have consistently ignored these conditions and now are wondering where the parents and students have gone.
      Kevin, Equity for all students means ALLLLLL students. It has been missing for a large percentage of students for decades and you blame charters for that??? No, they didn’t cause or create that problem. TPS’s, DOE and Special Interests more concerned with social issues and demographic redistribution DID.
      Equity?? I don’t think you really know what that means.

      You do what you think is best for your child. God bless you. Don’t you dare claim to know what is best for mine(OR OTHERS) or take from mine (OR OTHERS)- for yours. Deal? That isn’t a selfish deal. That’s an equitable deal but I bet the mere mention of me wanting a good eduction for my children will be deemed “selfish and stupid” so whatever.

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    • Publius e decere

      MRyder:

      Angos can’t see past his black helicopters, his vexing billionaires, and his whiney insistence on everyone taking a back seat to “his” priorities. He thinks he is “connected” with low-value pols like The Wild Johns. He is — an exceptionally dull tool.

      Carry on!

      Publius

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    • lastDEconservative

      ” … fewer low maintenance students to subsidize.”

      Once again, in the flurry of words herein found, a phrase that names the beast pops out with great clarity. It is fitting that it comes in one of M’s reasoned pushbacks against the unreasonable.

      Low maintenance students. I shall look forward to parroting this characterization in future treatises myself.

      Huzzah, M.

      -last

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    • Publius e decere

      The Angos’ Rogets equates low-maintenance students with low-deserving students. Which perfectly explains Angos’ loud cussing threats — those who make the most noise should get the most toys. His RFR are many things, but they are not a teachable moment.

      Publius

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    • Good think I’m not a teacher BM Publius! And every parent in the state should be very grateful you don’t actually go into classrooms.

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    • lastDEconservative

      “Angos’ Rogets equates low-maintenance students with low-deserving students.”

      Egg – zackley !!!

      M has put us on a path here to developing a terminology tool with which we might even be able to make a low information citizen recognize a horrid truth of the bloated, incapable, destructive government their sleepwalking years have enabled. Well, maybe not, since the destroyers have a hundred year head start. But we the discerning can certainly have fun using the terms to bat around today’s progressives!

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  5. I didnt read the full bill but from looking at the encapsulated version above i have two concerns:

    A) “This bill allows a parent or guardian of a Delaware public school student to opt that student out of the annual assessment (Smarter Balanced Assessment System).” – it seems an easy end around. just pass this bill and then rename the test something else.

    B) On the same front does the full bill allow parents to opt out of possibly ANY test or schedule that may end up having a D or lower grade for the student? EX: my kid doesnt do well in math so i’ll opt him/her out of the mid term, final and a few other tests?

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    • lastDEconservative

      Pmom, I’m hurt that one of my many amazing “ways with words” escaped you when I coined it, and since. 😉

      Angos, with all due respect to the over-thought Publius generously put into it, which happened to be on course — how weird is that …. Angos is a familiar (as is friendly) diminution of Angostura Bitters, the nectar of an ingredient found in numerous cocktails, and whose name describes its taste, alone. I believe the germ of the idea for the name came from Pub using “bitter” as an apt adjective for our large craniumed friend. Maintaining a respectable bar for self and visitors obliges me to keep a bottle on hand. It may be noted that the rationale continues, now that I think about it. As with our human friend Angos, the eponymous bitters are only taken in extremely small doses, lest one’s enjoyment of the whole is ruined. An occasional small drop adds a curious spice. Taken alone, well, no right thinking soul would even consider such a thing.

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  6. Arthur, it is for the state assessment, which is currently the Smarter Balanced Assessment. It could be called Murphy’s Soup next year, but this bill would still codify the parent’s right to opt their child out whatever it’s called. I really don’t think this opens up the ability for students to not have to take whatever test they don’t feel like taking. These are for the high-stakes test and punish assessments given by the state once a year.

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  7. Kevin, what is your problem with people being anonymous on here? Kilroy is anonymous. I don’t hear you bashing him for it. How about Kavips. You’re not dying to know who he is? I know I am. 😀 No issue with anon people who agree with you eh?
    Oh my gawdd you are so freaking annoying. If this blog wasn’t so entertaining, you’d be enough to turn me off from reading it altogether. And no, I don’t read your blog. ever. But hey, I’m trying to lose ten pounds.. If I struggle in that quest, I’ll read your blog as a last attempt. I’m sure to lose my appetite.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Pmom, I’m hurt that one of my many amazing “ways with words” escaped you when I coined it, and since. 😉

      Angos, with all due respect to the over-thought Publius generously put into it, which happened to be on course — how weird is that …. Angos is a familiar (as is friendly) diminution of Angostura Bitters, the nectar of an ingredient found in numerous cocktails, and whose name describes its taste, alone. I believe the germ of the idea for the name came from Pub using “bitter” as an apt adjective for our large craniumed friend. Maintaining a respectable bar for self and visitors obliges me to keep a bottle on hand. It may be noted that the rationale continues, now that I think about it. As with our human friend Angos, the eponymous bitters are only taken in extremely small doses, lest one’s enjoyment of the whole is ruined. An occasional small drop adds a curious spice. Taken alone, well, no right thinking soul would even consider such a thing.

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    • I don’t have a problem with people being anonymous, including Kilroy and Kavips. But I would prefer to say “Put your big girl panties on Laura, or Susan, or Gretchen”, or whatever the heck your real name is. Pencadermom sounds so tacky. Naming yourself after a school that closed due to a fake head of school, financial issues up the ying-yang and special ed issues that would make your head spin… I could name myself Eboladad and it would probably have the same effect on people. I’m sure your a nice person and all, but like BM Publius and thinkshesthelastDEconservativecauseheknowsodonnell, you try to be witty with your sarcasm and nicknames and get real nasty when anyone brings up charters. All you have to do is check out the DOE website or the News Journal to see what is going on out there. It’s not like God opened up the Heavens and created charters on the seventh day. Trust me, I have issues with public school districts as well. But I have very specific reasons why I tolerate them more than charters. You can “read all about it…”
      I’m glad I serve an annoying purpose for you. Hey did you know the word for cheese grater and mother-in-law are the same word in Swedish? But what irks me even more than you at times is the cocky and condescending way Publius trots around here like he’s the bloody Pope with his all-knowing attitude and test, assess, test, assess persona. Knowing his real identity makes all the difference in the world and it’s painfully obvious he has a vested interest in all this. And the lastotherguy must have had something hit his head or he got amnesia at some point the past few years, cause he sure does like to forget his own writing!

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    • Publius e decere

      Aren’t Popes infallible? Its nice to see rational arguments get through to Angostura on occasion. Denial, Anger, Blame, Depression and Accceptance. Speed up Angos and get to the finish line. Strut strutt, tut tutt.

      Since you are so bing on identifying vested interests, here’s a stock tip for you Angos. Sell Pearson short. Put everything you have into it., tap that margin account all the way to the brim Please.

      Publius

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    • Yeah, they are trading at a high right now. It’s all working out for them. I’ll bet Jack is thinking the same thing right now…

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    • lastDEconservative

      “Pencadermom sounds so tacky.”

      What a putz. This is one of the best nom de plumes on the whole wide web.

      Of course, Angos is trending upward as we speak … as the voices in his head continue to misidentify those who dare not take his tack. Ha! Even the voices are trying to dissuade him by, I don’t know, embarrassment?

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    • Publius e decere

      “Yeah, they are trading at a high right now. It’s all working out for them. I’ll bet Jack is thinking the same thing right now…”

      Only in the funny papers. PSO trading at 60% of Y-2000 high per share. Declining cash flow past five years. Only near term strength driving from the strong dollar (SBAC Question: How does standardized testing strengthen the US Dollar? Please show your work — in your case, KO, in the margins). Oh, pesky bit of news, the CEO just announced he is leaving at the end of the year. Executive search committee has been formed. Too early for Jack, I guess we get to keep him.

      Publius

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  8. last del, what does angos mean?

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    • lastDEconservative

      Pmom, I’m hurt that one of my many amazing “ways with words” escaped you when I coined it, and since. 😉

      Angos, with all due respect to the over-thought Publius generously put into it, which happened to be on course — how weird is that …. Angos is a familiar (as is friendly) diminution of Angostura Bitters, the nectar of an ingredient found in numerous cocktails, and whose name describes its taste, alone. I believe the germ of the idea for the name came from Pub using “bitter” as an apt adjective for our large craniumed friend. Maintaining a respectable bar for self and visitors obliges me to keep a bottle on hand. It may be noted that the rationale continues, now that I think about it. As with our human friend Angos, the eponymous bitters are only taken in extremely small doses, lest one’s enjoyment of the whole is ruined. An occasional small drop adds a curious spice. Taken alone, well, no right thinking soul would even consider such a thing.

      Okay, third time. Maybe this time I’ll have figured out the new formatting and put the reply in the right place.

      PS to Elizabeth: Pmom was right, my answer is “yes.” Alas, I have searched for such a candidate, not just waited for one to come along. No luck whatsoever, nor is one expected. You wanna try out? Where are you on putting God back in the classroom?

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  9. LDC, as long as he can pass a background check, he’s welcome to visit anytime. Public schools belong to the public.

    I am familiar with a Charter thAt has a student run club guided by an academic moderator that is based upon Christian ideals. The club operates within the confines of the school day without violating church and state. If we can find the principled middle ground, I have no objections to the observance of faith by students who wish to do so of their own will and initiation.

    I am a product of catholic schools through twelfth grade. My all time favorite college course was “the bible as literature.” Shout to prof. Flynn! I am of the mind that by high school, students should have diverse electives including world religions.

    However, LCD, if you are looking for required prayer in the classrooms, I strongly believe In the great separation and that no child should ever be compelled to be prayerful absent his own free will.

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    • lastDEconservative

      “I strongly believe In the great separation … ”

      You tried out. You failed. You believe in something that is not. Let me repeat, there is no “separation,” except in the minds and mouths of the destroyers, who, to their creative credit, realized that the only way they could have their way was to undermine the very foundation of the nation, that being the Judeo Christian principles on which America’s raison d’etre rests.

      So, rest easy among the brainwashed masses. They’ll elect you, but I will be out there rallying against you and yours. Bon chance.

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