CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS' NEW DISCONNECTED DASHBOARD

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California School Dashboard.jpegIf you know Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, the Ides of March- or March 15th- is the date in 44 BC when Julius Caesar was assassinated. The Ides of March in 2017 California might in the future just be looked back on with the new California School Dashboard (CSD) student performance evaluation system as the date that marked the purposeful assassination of anything even remotely resembling any kind of real accountability for the public education system.

PBS DOCUMENTARY "THE BAD KIDS"- A PUBLIC EDUCATION FANTASY

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"Those who control the education of the children control the future of the race." Phillip Jackson, The Black Star Project The most pernicious aspect of our present purposefully failed and exclusively corporate-profit-driven public education system- when it comes to students of color and the poor- is that it gets these student victims of this system to think something is wrong with them. This as opposed to the easily verifiable truth, which is that this public education system has let them down from the moment they entered kindergarten.

VENICE'S OPEN TEMPLE

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But the dilemma that has always faced the Jews and other ethnicities that value their cultural identities of origin- be it religious or secular- is how can we maintain these religions and cultures and yet integrate ourselves into the dominant amalgamated American culture that up until recently has continued to make America great- again and again- by incorporating that which is best in its component peoples?

L.A.'s PAN AFRICAN FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL

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Pan African Film Festival.jpegSorry if I'm a little late on reporting this February 9th-20th film and art festival at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, but there is still enough time left for you to enjoy some of the close to 200 films that will continue to have multiple screenings before the festival comes to a close on February 20th. You can go on line to get more information about any of these films and book tickets for any of this rich and diverse variety of films and art exhibits that will thrill you to your core.

CARL PETERSEN FOR LAUSD BOARD DISTRICT 2

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) It is with a great deal of all too rare enthusiasm that I whole-heartedly endorse the candidacy of Carl Petersen in the race for the Los Angeles Unified School District Board District 2 position...

DOCUMENTARY FILM MAKER AVA DU VERNAY'S OSCAR NOMINATED "13TH" IS A TOUR DE FORCE

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"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" George Santayana The film 13th derives its title from the one exception to the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery in 1865: "except as a punishment for crime." As 13th...

DR. WILLIAM BARBER AT OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE- SOMETHING TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT

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If you have found yourself profoundly depressed since the election and assumption of the presidency by Donald Trump, you should have been at Occidental College on Wednesday night- it would have given you hope. The Reverend Dr. William Barber II not only laid out in painful detail what put Trump in the White House, but also took the time in the clearest of possible terms to lay out what we the people could do about it now by coming together and asserting our majority status in what still remains for the present a putative democracy.

LAUSD BOARD CANDIDATES: PLATITUDES WITHOUT A PLAN

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) On March 7, 2017 we will have a primary election for 3 of the 7 seats on the LAUSD Board that will be followed up on May 16th by a run-off in the general election, if no one candidate has gotten a majority in the primary. In going over the candidates statements- be they incumbents or new candidates- one cannot help but be struck by the fact that none of these candidates have put forth any detailed and substantive platforms to address the endemic problems of an LAUSD that has been failing for a long time and is clearly on the verge of both financial and academic bankruptcy.

HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?

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If you go up to the average person and ask them if they would like a million dollars, the not surprising and almost universal response would be, "But of course!" In proceeding further, by doubling the amount offered, you would still be hard pressed to find anybody who would ever say at any point, "You know...no... that's enough. In all honesty, I really don't think I will ever need more than what I already have." But it occurs to me that people in just fulfilling their human predisposition of taking too much will clearly not leave enough for everybody else. Might this just explain why the world is in such neverending chaos?

DOES A FREE PRESS STILL EXIST FOR TRUMP TO ATTACK?

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While I more than share the concerns of Professor Robert Reich and others that find an impending Donald Trump presidency to be a scary prospect, I do not find it productive for Reich to fabricate a fantasy ideal of a supposed free press in the United States, that if the truth were to be told, has not existed long before Trump came on the scene to attack.

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