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Sep 18th

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Ratings pay for teachers

After years of fighting proposals that would tie teacher salaries directly to student performance, the American Federation of Teachers, the nation’s second largest teacher’s union, is showing signs of coming around. While the union does not directly support the idea of merit pay, it does now favor ratings pay for teachers, moving closer toward the Obama administration’s desire to hold teacher’s accountable – rewarding or punishing them financially – for student success.
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Harry Reid is not a racist

Harry Reid is not racist and Republican calls for his resignation are misguided.  There I said it.  
The senate majority leader has recently come under fire for remarks attributed to him in the new book “Game Change.” Authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann say that in 2008 Reid described then candidate Obama as a " 'light-skinned' African American 'with no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one.'”  The comments have been seen by some as being racially insensitive.
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Jobs in Clean Energy offer opportunities for African-Americans

Jobs in Clean Energy offer opportunities for African-Americans(NNPA) - Is there anything more important than reducing the federal deficit? Yes, it’s creating well-paying jobs in major industries to lift the United States out of the greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression.
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On Harry Reid's "Light Skinned' comment: W.E.B. Du Bois was right

(NNPA) - The problem of the twentieth century, wrote scholar-activist WEB DuBois in 1903, is the problem of the color line, “the relation of the darker to the lighter races in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea.” 
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The Indians get paid: Well, sort of

The issue of racial recompense remains wanting in America.  Note should be taken of what is happening to the people at the bottom of the nation’s economic barrel, Native Americans.
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Failing schools...swelling jails

I recently visited two high schools and two correctional facilities.  At the high schools, I observed that students are, despite what many believe about today’s young people, eager to learn and want to succeed.  I wonder why this desire our children have to do well oftentimes turns into complacency, leading them down a path of self-destruction.  After all, a child is born with a clean mind, clean hands and a pure heart.  What happens to make these once innocent, open young people turn toward a life of violence and crime?
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New Years pessimism

To the common definition of pessimist – one who anticipates the worst -- I plead guilty.  Yes, I know that it is the start of a New Year and I ought to be looking forward to the new decade with -dare I say it- “hope” and anticipation, but I can’t.  Recent events have gathered the clouds of funk, casting long shadows on all that I see. 
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