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Posts on ‘February 17th, 2012’

Friday random ten: Unexpected genius

I was just going to do another normal random ten listing – I had the iPod in shuffle mode and was just waiting for a time to collect the songs I’d heard and put them in a post, when I noticed that instead of being in “all songs” mode, the iPod was now in a […]

Calling for a special session

It started with the Texas State Teachers Association. The Texas State Teachers Association today urged Gov. Rick Perry to call the Legislature into special session now to appropriate $2.5 billion from the Rainy Day Fund and head off another round of harmful cuts in local public school budgets for the 2012-2013 school year. “It is […]

Shapiro backs STAAR delay

This was unexpected. Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, said Monday in a letter to [TEA Commissioner Robert] Scott that ninth-graders taking the exams this year should be given a reprieve from the 15 percent requirement during the phase-in of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness. “We strongly support the transition to […]

Why do we make it so hard to vote?

News item: Many voter registrations around the country are outdated or incorrect. Some 24 million voter registrations in the United States contain significant errors, including about 1.8 million dead people still on the rolls and many more approved to vote in multiple states, according to a report released Tuesday. Even though the inaccuracies impact one […]

Harry Potter and the Truly Awful Presidential Candidates

You tell ‘em, Daniel Radcliffe. [Daniel Radcliffe, star of the "Harry Potter" movies, says] that he has been “disgusted, amazed, stunned” by candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination, such as Rick Santorum or Michele Bachmann, who have been openly hostile to gay rights. “But they disgusted me less than candidates like Rick Perry, who madethat ridiculous […]