Tuesday, September 30, 2014

American Red Cross certificates for Mark Rauterkus for Lifeguarding and WSI

Just so I don't have these misplaced.



My latest rant in the comments at PureReform

The education blog, PureReform, has a focus on Pittsburgh Public Schools and a thread developed. I put in my two cents.

I think that the board does hold the keys to hiring and firing the superintendent. That was the question and the first reply at the top is accurate.

I also think that board presidents have more power than other board members. Squeaky wheels, no big deal.

Sure, parents have power. Most deploy that and move out of PPS, to the burbs, to private / Catholic schools or to charter schools. Some may stay and rely upon tutors and enrichment in other avenues.

Year-after-year the city's population churns and those with kids flee. That's the year-after-year story. PPS shrinks greatly every year because many parents who have the power opt to put their kids elsewhere.

Those without kids care far less than those who do raise their children here. Fact of life. Bill Peduto and Michael Lamb and Jim Ferlo and a host of yuppies living in apartments in South Side Works care a tiny bit....

Meanwhile, those who do have kids are often so close to the action that the selfish streak is going to come out first. There is forest, trees and momma bear in the woods, if you know what I mean.

IMNSHO, the next revolution -- or more to the point -- the next revolution that will gain some system-wide changes and be noted in history as a game-changer is NOT about taking down or taking out people with power, captains on a sinking ship.

Be careful for what you wish for in terms of changing principals and such. Once upon a time the people of Poland could turn to their hopes to the east and see Stalin and then to the west and see Hitler. Today's (and for generations I guess) the middle east is a quagmire with ISIS, Syria, Iraq, Iran, etc., etc. Friends are not generally found with the enemy of an enemy. We're learning that lesson, right?

The next revolution that is going to work is going to be one that HELPS THE KIDS. This is something that we can all get behind, even those YUPPIES that use the bike lanes that Peduto is happy to build and boast about. A new venture that greatly helps the educational options and outcomes with a lot of kids is going to get many people excited and make a serious impact.

That's the ticket.

I'm not inclined to pitch a protest and rail against any figure-head and repeat the mistakes of the past.

I have serious doubts that Dr. Lane's replacement would be any better than what we've already got and that is not saying much.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fwd: Colorado Gubernatorial Candidates Stand United for Open Debates on Sept. 30

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A press conference will be held on September 30th, 2014 at 10AM MT in Infinity Park Plaza in Glendale, CO, with Colorado Gubernatorial candidates Mike Dunafon (independent), Marcus Giavanni (independent write-in), Harry Hempy (Green), and Matthew Hess (Libertarian). The candidates will be coming together in unity to discuss the need for inclusive and open political debates, with all ballot qualified candidates, for all elections.

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Free & Equal Elections is hosting an Open Gubernatorial Debate at Infinity Park International Ballroom on October 8th at 7PM MT and has invited all ballot-qualified candidates, leading by example so that all debates nationwide will include all voices and choices to restore power back to the individual voter.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Top flight science teacher needed in Pittsburgh to fix a big weakness


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fwd: The Black Political Empowerment Project(B-PEP) Supports The August Wilson Center

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The Black Political Empowerment Project(B-PEP) Supports the August Wilson Center

Dear Friends of AWC:


There are a few things that you can do to help assure the recovery of the AWC, back to the community:

A.      Attend the "Artists For The New AWC" event tomorrow, on the sidewalk, in front of the AWC, 980 Liberty Ave (see below).

B.      Be sure to get the petition signed this weekend and return it to me, via email, or snail mail, or "By Whatever Means Necessary." We're going to hand deliver the petitions to the judge on the morning of the trial re the URA covenants.

C.      Attend the trial on September 29, which starts at 9:30 AM. So get there at 9:00 AM, on the 17 floor of the Frick Bldg. (Forbes and Grant).

D.      Send letters to Judge O'Toole, Mayor Peduto, County Executive Fitzgerald, Rep. Jake Wheatley, Rep. Ed Gainey, Councilman Daniel Lavelle, Rep. Bill Robinson (and any public official in Western Pennsylvania). Tell them we want the WHOLE AWC returned back to the community; not turned into a hotel. Also, contact your pastors, and ask them where they stand on the issue!


We are in the final stretch. If you were ever going to do anything to help save the AWC, we need it NOW!!!


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Fwd: Why I'm walking 13 miles

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On October 18th I will join impassioned teachers, parents, alumni, students, educational leaders and community members to raise the bar and walk 13 miles through our great city for The Pittsburgh Promise and Pittsburgh's kids! I will walk to put out a call to our community. Because many of our children are suffering serious educational inequality, together we must link elbows around all of our kids to ensure that their lives, which are full of promise, receive the needed nurture from all of us who are charged with their care. I will also walk for an exciting challenge! Oxford Development has issued a $10,000 Matching Grant challenge to the walk. If we can raise $10,000 by October 18th, we will unlock this incredibly generous gift. I know we can do it! You can join us by walking, attending our cookout and party at the finish line, or giving to help us reach our $10,000 challenge. Your support will add your impassioned voice to this call and will strengthen our mission.

Saleem tied his laces up for a recent training walk. Watch and hear more about the event.


The Pittsburgh Quarterly recently published a great article about The Promise.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Can't wait to see this movie: The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin

City Paper covering PPS education


People are not going to move to this school from outside the city. However, people in the city might stay longer if it was in the mix. Of course some kids are going to move from school to school. So what. That's fine. That isn't the problem. Moving out of the city is the big problem and Dr. Lane might not see that.