Musings of an educator from Lawrence, KS. Obsessions include: Kansas Jayhawks, politics, women's rights, TV/movies, music, and books.

 

He’s definitely part of the problem. The entirety of our state government is fairly well FUBAR.

He’s definitely part of the problem. The entirety of our state government is fairly well FUBAR.

I know I’ve yet to mention this, but I can’t tell you how incredibly excited I am about this news. THAT’S MY SCHOOL DISTRICTS HOME PAGE!!!
Michelle Obama, our nation’s First Lady, is speaking at the Topeka Public Schools’ commencement ceremony, May 17, 2014, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of historic Brown vs. Board decision. 

I know I’ve yet to mention this, but I can’t tell you how incredibly excited I am about this news. THAT’S MY SCHOOL DISTRICTS HOME PAGE!!!

Michelle Obama, our nation’s First Lady, is speaking at the Topeka Public Schools’ commencement ceremony, May 17, 2014, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of historic Brown vs. Board decision. 

demnewswire:

Three public polls have come out in Kansas and all three polls show Paul Davis beating Sam Brownback. Today, a new PPP poll shows Davis beating Brownback 45-41. And this poll was conducted BEFORE Brownback’s far-right legislators attacked Kansas teachers and showed their true colors on public education.

Please let it happen. Please. Please. Please.

demnewswire:

Three public polls have come out in Kansas and all three polls show Paul Davis beating Sam Brownback. Today, a new PPP poll shows Davis beating Brownback 45-41. And this poll was conducted BEFORE Brownback’s far-right legislators attacked Kansas teachers and showed their true colors on public education.

Please let it happen. Please. Please. Please.

tauycreek:

The above are what the Kansans for Liberty want to do during the 2014 Legislative session. It all sounds terrible. For fun, let’s read between the lines.
Taxation: Lower taxes even more causing the state to be unable to collect money and pay for stuff. Make up for it by raising taxes on poor to middle income people.
Education: Destroy the public education system. Don’t fund it and make it so that the school districts can’t fund it either. Dump standards that force the state to at least be somewhat adequate and create our own so that we can impose what we want to teach on kids.
Abortion: Effectively outlaw abortion. Oh, it’s not illegal but good luck getting one in Kansas.
Environment: More coal. More oil. More gas. More fracking. Stop Kansas from becoming a leader in renewable energy despite being perfect for wind and solar energy.
Workplace: Have private companies take over KPERs and make sure unions have no bargaining powers because 8 hour workdays five days a week is so 1937.
Judicial: We want to make sure that if there is a judge who doesn’t uphold our way of life and our way of thinking that we can quickly remove them from office and replace them with someone who will.
Fluoride: Lie to the people of Kansas about fluoride because why not? THEY ARE PUTTING STUFF IN OUR WATER!! (I love that they included the word “dictate” in there.)
Elections: Your normally bipartisan school board and city council elections will now become cutthroat partisan elections where Republicans running for the state House will buddy up to a local businessman running for a pointless and barely part-time position in Anytown, Kansas.
These are all terrible ideas and I’m hoping these people aren’t as powerful as the CJOnline article makes them out to be. Also, the best quote from the article: "In my opinion, the worst family in the world is better for a child than the best foster home.”

It’s terrifying that my state is run by these people.

tauycreek:

The above are what the Kansans for Liberty want to do during the 2014 Legislative session. It all sounds terrible. For fun, let’s read between the lines.

Taxation: Lower taxes even more causing the state to be unable to collect money and pay for stuff. Make up for it by raising taxes on poor to middle income people.

Education: Destroy the public education system. Don’t fund it and make it so that the school districts can’t fund it either. Dump standards that force the state to at least be somewhat adequate and create our own so that we can impose what we want to teach on kids.

Abortion: Effectively outlaw abortion. Oh, it’s not illegal but good luck getting one in Kansas.

Environment: More coal. More oil. More gas. More fracking. Stop Kansas from becoming a leader in renewable energy despite being perfect for wind and solar energy.

Workplace: Have private companies take over KPERs and make sure unions have no bargaining powers because 8 hour workdays five days a week is so 1937.

Judicial: We want to make sure that if there is a judge who doesn’t uphold our way of life and our way of thinking that we can quickly remove them from office and replace them with someone who will.

Fluoride: Lie to the people of Kansas about fluoride because why not? THEY ARE PUTTING STUFF IN OUR WATER!! (I love that they included the word “dictate” in there.)

Elections: Your normally bipartisan school board and city council elections will now become cutthroat partisan elections where Republicans running for the state House will buddy up to a local businessman running for a pointless and barely part-time position in Anytown, Kansas.

These are all terrible ideas and I’m hoping these people aren’t as powerful as the CJOnline article makes them out to be. Also, the best quote from the article: "In my opinion, the worst family in the world is better for a child than the best foster home.”

It’s terrifying that my state is run by these people.

demnewswire:

Things in Kansas are going in the wrong direction.

We can do better.

Join the team at www.davisforkansas.com

Chris Christie and Why Teaching Intersects With Women's Rights - The Jose Vilson

msleahhbicoftheartroom:

As Christie wags a finger at this woman, the crowd cheers, signaling a societal acknowledgment that politicians can lay waste to any courtesy towards anyone, and that democracy is overrated. Surely, dissenters get jeers at any rally, but this particular type of jeer further solidified the idea that teachers’ rights are aligned withwomen’s rights.

For those unaware, teaching has had the perception of “woman’s work” for the better part of the last century. Without workers’ rights and collective bargaining, some of the rights teachers have these days wouldn’t exist. Yet, it seems clear that teaching as a woman-dominated profession would get accosted by a patriarchal government. The facts are clear: 85% of K-12 teachers are women and 80% of our government officials are men. Even with a margin of error of 5% (give or take), Christie’s finger-waging of this teacher is not just symbolic of the attitudes against teachers, but women as a whole

An interesting take on the incident with Chris Christie this week. I think it could have been developed a little further, but very thought-provoking.

Is anybody else completely bothered by the way his wife is just grinning ear to ear as Gov. Christie berates that teacher?! 

Suicide Rate Climbs by 30 Percent in Kansas as Government Slashes Mental Health Budgets | The Nation

gyrrakavian:

Nationwide, the number of deaths by suicide surpassed the number of deaths by motor vehicle accidents in 2009, the most recent year for which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided data.

Care to guess who’s spear-heading the budget slashes? I’ll give you a hint, they’re Democrats.

Wait, you’re going to reblog a post about how suicide rates in Kansas have risen 30% because of cuts to the mental health budget and then blame it on Democrats?! You do realize that the entire state of Kansas is controlled by the Republican party, right? Governor Brownback and his minions are the ones cutting the mental health budget. Doesn’t have anything to do with President Obama and the Democrats.

blackhistoryeveryday:

odinsblog:

And then there were nine

I found it unbelievable that there had only been 8 Black Senators, but it is true! Congrats Senator Booker!

I’m so happy Cory Booker is being added to this list! At the same time it’s infuriating to see there have only been 8, now 9 black senators. This is part of the problem with not having term limits on senators and representatives. Those old white guys can serve for decades. People will almost always vote for the incumbent. 

demnewswire:

Kansas Certified

I can’t wait for next year’s election season! Yay, Paul Davis for governor!

Hmm, how are those “tax cuts” working for you, Governor Brownback?

Hmm, how are those “tax cuts” working for you, Governor Brownback?