California Middle School Budget Cuts Due to High White Student Percentage Sparks Outrage

Outrage has grown at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, as the school faces layoffs and increased class sizes due to a law limiting funds for schools with a higher white student body. The Los Angeles Unified School District provides more funding for schools where the white population is below 30 percent. In a letter to parents, the district noted the highly regarded middle school had been above the percentage for the past couple years. The racial formula was a condition imposed by court decisions dealing with desegregation in the 1970s. Parents, however, remain frustrated with what the cuts might mean for their children. “When your class sizes are getting larger and you’re taking resources away from students, I mean ss parents, you do want your kid to go out to college,” one parent, Rosemary Estrada, said. In an attempt to lessen the budget cuts, the district changed the school’s spending formula to one based on the number of students. “Thankfully we’re going to keep our librarian. We’re going to keep our nurse, but we may lose a few teachers, but not as many as we once thought,” said Sheila Edmiston, one student’s parent. Several jobs will still be lost and class sizes could grow. For many parents, the race-based reason of “too many white students” has made the cuts more difficult to swallow.

Indeed!!  It’s breathtakingly racist on its face.  Just fathom if that same southern California school district had said they were cutting funding because the percentage of black, or Hispanic students was too high..  All hell would break loose and we ALL know it.  This is brazenly racist and shameful…and should NOT be tolerated.

Trump Rolls Back Two Obama-Era Education Regulations

President Donald Trump signed legislation Monday that rolls back two Obama-era education regulations — one regarding teacher training programs and another regarding requirements for states in meeting directives of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Trump signed H.J.Res. 58, which overturns the U.S. Education Department’s (USED) rule that relates to how teacher training programs are assessed. Additionally, the president signed H.J.Res. 57, which nullifies USED’s rule relating to state accountability requirements under ESSA. The teacher training program requirement, part of the Higher Education Act, mandated states to rate training programs for teachers each year based, in part, on student outcome measures. The Washington Post describes the Obama rule as “broadly unpopular”: Teachers unions said the regulations wrongly tied ratings of teacher-training programs to the performance of teachers’ students on standardized tests; colleges and states argued that the rules were onerous and expensive, and many Republicans argued that Obama’s Education Department had overstepped the bounds of executive authority. The ESSA rule concerned states’ accountability in identifying failing schools and reporting their plans for improving them to the federal government.. In his remarks about these two House joint resolutions, Trump said they “eliminate harmful burdens on state and local taxes on school systems that could have cost states hundreds of millions of dollars.” “So it’s the states and local-tax school systems, and that was very important,” the president added. “Parents, teachers, communities, and state leaders know the needs of their students better than anyone in Washington by far. So we’re removing these additional layers of bureaucracy to encourage more freedom and innovation in our schools.” The Republican-led Congress and Trump are overturning some Obama-era rules and regulations via the Congressional Review Act.

Hannity: Ted Koppel and CBS are bad for America – not me

It all started three weeks ago, when I agreed to do an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning” and their special contributor, Ted Koppel. The interview lasted well over 45 minutes, and we discussed in great detail why there’s such a great divide in America in politics and in media. In my honest opinion, the exchange was a substantive give-and-take, worthwhile for any audience to see. But what the audience saw was a distorted fraction of that discussion. “Honestly, I think liberalism has to be defeated,” I told the veteran newsman. “Socialism must be defeated in a political sense. This is not a — we don’t want a revolution in this country.” “Well, what more do you want?” he replied. “You’ve got the White House, you’ve got the House … you’ve got the Senate.” “And then we have angry snowflakes and then we’ve got a Democratic establishment,” I answered. “I say the press in this country is out to destroy this president. “We have to give some credit to the American people that they’re somewhat intelligent and that they know the difference between an opinion show and a news show,” I added. I noticed Koppel was looking skeptical, and I said so. “I am cynical because,” he said, “you know…” I knew where this was going. “You think we’re bad for America?” I asked. “You think I’m bad for America?” “Yes,” he said, before proceeding to insult me and my TV, radio and Web audiences with this fine piece of objective reporting: “You have people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts.” Wow. One minute and 10 seconds from a 45-minute interview, and he basically called me a liar. He doesn’t like opinion shows, but he’s certainly free with his opinion. I guess people like Ted Koppel feel the American people can’t distinguish between opinion and news. That’s kind of like Obama, remember? He said people clinging to their God, guns and religion. Or Hillary Clinton who said we were ignorant, irredeemable deplorables. Now, beyond this interview being a total waste of my time, it is a flagrant example of what I call “edited fake news.” Remember, CBS News is the former home of Dan Rather. Remember him? He was forced to resign after reporting an inflammatory fake news story about President George W. Bush. Rather used fake documents to bolster his story. CBS News is also the former home of Sharyl Attkisson. She was marginalized and stonewalled, and they wouldn’t show a lot of her investigative journalism into President Obama and his administration. Is that agenda-driven? And now CBS has produced a package taking shots at me all while prominently displaying their dishonesty, their bias and total hypocrisy here for every viewer to see. Koppel’s interview with me wasn’t about substance. It wasn’t about getting my real opinion. The story was written long before he walked into our studio at Fox. I was just used as a prop to advance his narrative, which is why so little of the interview was actually used. That is “edited fake news.” Other networks — they play the same game and they have for many years. It is time to expose this for what it really is: Cheap shot attacks in the name of, quote, “journalism,” all to advance their biased agenda. What Ted was really asking is this: Are our opinion shows bad for America? He thinks they are. We know, because he gave his own opinion. He did exactly what he said is bad for America. I express my opinion because I am a talk show host and commentator. I claim to be no more, no less. But Ted Koppel? He thinks he’s down-the-middle, fair and balanced. A real journalist. That’s the difference between me and Ted Koppel. I’m honest with my audience. He is not. But if CBS and Ted Koppel want to prove they have at least a shred of honesty, there is one thing they could do. They could post on the Internet the entire, unedited footage of the interview. Let Americans see the footage they didn’t want to air, and the public can decide. Until they do, it is Ted Koppel and his “edited fake news” cronies who are bad for America.

This is a follow up to the story posted earlier (scroll down 4 articles)..and is Sean’s assessment of what happened.  To be sure, Ted Koppel, the former ABC “Nightline” host is clearly a self-righteous, elitist, entrenched member of the dominantly liberal mainstream media who has no use for alternative news.  He was from the era of the three big networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC)..  And now, there are cable news outlets, talk radio, and God-forbid…the internet.   In other words, there is competition.  So, those three no longer have total control of the information that is available to we-the-consumer.  And, to Ted, that’s “bad for America.”  On the flip side..  Sean was a sucker for having allowed himself to be a “useful idiot” for Ted.  Rush Limbaugh was offered the same opportunity to be interviewed for Ted’s hit piece, but was smart enough to turn Ted down as he saw what Ted, and CBS, were up to.

Crayola to retire color from iconic 24-count crayon box

Crayola is about to ditch one of the iconic colors in its classic 24-count box. The crayon company will make the big announcement Friday on National Crayon Day in Times Square in New York, PIX 11 reported. The company has not yet revealed which color is getting the boot or what will replace it, only teasing in an announcement it will “retire one of its beloved colors from its iconic Crayon portfolio.” Crayola will be livestreaming the Friday event on its Facebook page. Once the color is retired, the company said it will not produce any additional crayons in that shade. This would be the first time the company has dropped a color from its 24-count box. The current 24-count Crayola box contains red, yellow, blue, brown, orange, green, violet, black, carnation pink, yellow orange, blue green, red violet, red orange, yellow green, blue violet, white, violet red, dandelion, cerulean, apricot, scarlet, green yellow, indigo and gray.

‘The War on Coal Is Over’: Donald Trump Signs Energy Executive Order

President Donald Trump made a dramatic display of executive power at the Environmental Protection Agency, as he signed an executive order to begin ratcheting back the Obama-era EPA regulations. “My administration is putting an end to the war on coal,” Trump said in a speech prior to signing the executive order. Trump was joined by Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “Our nation can’t run on pixie dust and hope,” Zinke said during his speech. “The last eight years showed that.” Vice President Mike Pence was also present for the event. “President Trump digs coal,” Pence said as he introduced Trump. “The war on coal is over.” Several coal miners were also present at the event, and at one point Trump left the podium in the middle of his speech to shake all of their hands. “We’re with you 100%,” he said, recalling his campaign promise to put them back to work. Trump said that his executive order was focused on giving power back to the states and back to the people to restore American energy jobs. “We’re going to have safety, we’re going to have clean water, we’re going to have clean air, but so many are unnecessary and so many are job killing, we’re getting rid of the bad ones,” he said. Despite his focus on coal miners, Trump also praised EPA employees. “You’re doing important work to protect our health and public resources, so important,” he said. Trump also recognized Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (D-VA), who joined the event. After signing the executive order, Trump reached back with one of the signature pens and gave it to the miners.

Excellent news!!!    🙂

Homeowner’s son shoots, kills three would-be burglars

Three would-be robbers were shot and killed Monday when an Oklahoma homeowner’s son opened fire on them with an AR-15, authorities said. Wagoner County sheriff’s deputies were called to the home in Broken Arrow, southeast of Tulsa at around 12:30 p.m. local time. When they arrived, they found the three dead suspects and two uninjured residents. Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Nick Mahoney said the suspects enetered the home through a glass back door with the intent to burglarize it. It was not immediately clear why they picked that home. Mahoney said the suspects encountered the homeowner’s 19-year-old son, who opened fire after an exchange of words. Two of the suspects died in the home’s kitchen while a third was found in the driveway. It was not immediately clear whether the suspects were armed, but Mahoney said the preliminary investigation indicated the shootings were in self-defense. The homeowner’s son volunteered to give a statement at the sheriff’s office. This is very, very unusual for us [in Wagoner County],” Mahoney told the Tulsa World. “It’s not something we’re used to.”

And the 21 year old female getaway driver just turned herself in…  Wow..  THIS is why you should have a firearm for self-defense.

Ted Koppel to Sean Hannity: You Are ‘Bad for America’

On this weekend’s broadcast of CBS’s “Sunday Morning” during a segment about the polarized media landscape in America, an exchange by CBS contributor Ted Koppel and Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity was featured that Koppel said Hannity was “bad for America.” Koppel suggested he was skeptical that the American public and more specifically Hannity’s viewers could differentiate an opinion show and a news show. He added that it was bad over the “long haul” because the audiences Hannity and others are reaching are more concerned with ideology than facts. Partial transcript as follows: HANNITY: We have to give some credit to the American people that they’re somewhat intelligent and that they know the difference between an opinion show and a news show. You’re cynical. KOPPEL: I am cynical. HANNITY: Do you think we’re bad for America? You think I’m bad for America? KOPPEL: Yeah. HANNITY: You do? Really? KOPPEL: In the long haul I think you and all these opinion shows — HANNITY: That’s sad, Ted. That’s sad. KOPPEL: No, you know why? Because you’re very good at what you do, and because you have attracted a significantly more influential — HANNITY: You are selling the American people short. KOPPEL: No, let me finish the sentence before you do that. HANNITY: I’m listening. With all due respect. Take the floor. KOPPEL: You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts. Later after the segment aired, Hannity challenged CBS News in a tweet to release the entire interview.

Wow..  At least Ted is honest about where he stands..and has exposed himself for what he believes..  To see a video of this exchange, click on the text above.