To Dale Shortlidge & friends, Dale’s nieces loves him.

Kilroy's Slower Delaware

GOLD Alert: Please Help Find Dale Shortlidge! By Elizabeth Scheinberg

We see them often enough – Gold Alerts – issued for a special class of the missing: the elderly, the disabled, and those at risk for suicide.  Gold Alerts work like Amber Alerts – they cause us to be more aware of the people around us as we go about our day. If the alert works, someone thinks they may have seen the missing person and calls the police.  That tip may be the tip that brings a family member home.

We hope it’s never you or yours – because this Gold Alert hits especially close to home – the uncle of our son’s friend.  If you’ve seen Dale or think you might have seen Dale sometime since December 19th, please call it in to the police.  Please help us bring Dale back to his family.

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Poverty doesn’t matter! Really?

Seattle Education

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“Homelessness and poverty up close is hard. It smells, actually in my room this year, it takes from the very fiber of a being, it is destructive to those that stand in uselessness looking as well as those suffering it. I’m dealing with a woman and her child suffering terribly now — she should never be alone in this, her faculties are not good enough to deal. She can’t go grow food on some family place, she’s like a forgotten being. And so are the supports that should exist, dysfunctional. But my concern is a child, one not washing, that can’t get into a shelter til after 9 at night that’s out by 5AM, that hasn’t had a real bath in a month. No costume for him. And I need to go buy him a pair of pants or two really, couple shirts and get his clothes and wash them. Among the…

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Some Stunning (and Shocking) Facts to Reflect upon This Christmas Day

Diane Ravitch's blog

This is a mind-blowing video about wealth inequality in America today.

These are facts to reflect upon this Christmas Day.

Inequality is huge and growing in our beloved nation.

A tiny proportion of our population owns a vast amount of our nation’s wealth.

Wealth inequality, like income inequality, has grown dramatically in the past generation.

There really is a 1% that owns an unbelievable amount of the nation’s assets.

Those who live in poverty have next to nothing, a statistical blip, and the share owned by the middle class is small.

Sometimes, I am inclined to think that all the ink spilled on “school reform” is misdirected.

Maybe our attention is being purposely diverted from far more important issues, like inequality and poverty.

Why are we indifferent to the fact that nearly a quarter of our children live in poverty?

Why do “reformers” insist that poverty doesn’t matter, that “great…

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An Interview with “District Administration” on the Privatization Movement

Diane Ravitch's blog

I do my best to explain the assault on public education. It is unprecedented in American history. Public schools have always had critics, but never has there been a calculated effort to replace public schools with privately managed schools. And let’s be frank: that movement has succeeded because of bipartisan support and the availability of hundreds of millions–or billions, if you include Race to the Top–in government and private funding to undermine public education.

Here is a new interview, this one with “District Administration.”

Make no mistake. We can stop this movement if we recognize what is happening and unite.

Join your local or state group to support public education.

Contact the Network for Public Education, and we will help you find a state or local pro-public school group.

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Teacher: Child Abuse in My Classroom

Diane Ravitch's blog

Mark Naison, co-founder of the BATs, sent me this story by a teacher:

The Child Abuse Imposed by Testing:

By Bronx Teacher Chris Whitney

I had a student leave my classroom in an ambulance last year during the middle of a practice test. He was having an asthma attack brought on by panic. He kept saying, “I can’t do this.”

As his teacher, I knew him. I knew that “school” was hard for him and he was trying his best. We all were trying our best to support him: his mom, brother, teachers old and new, staff at school, and the class… his community. Yet, it was not enough that day. I encouraged him to take the test, to keep going, but to what end? To engage with something I knew that he, and many other students were and are not ready to do?

Except, the “expectation” is that all…

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