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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 09:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 03:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 03:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
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William Braudis August 26, 2013 at 02:56 pm
What will happen when the extra low test scores are added in due to the lack of knowledge of theRead More inner city intruders ?
CJ LeBlanc September 4, 2013 at 10:07 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_cjLfR-T1s Yes, this is terrific! Please look at Finland SchoolsRead More in this YouTube link above to perhaps see what we can and cannot learn from the planet's TOP schools.
Fred Oompahloompah July 11, 2013 at 02:28 pm
The Supreme Court makes a ruling and says you people deal with it. Never mind the overwhelmingRead More problems and conflicting policies that must be dealt with in a matter of a few weeks. Catch 22! Melville knows how to block this, why not FHD!
Tina July 17, 2013 at 01:54 am
I believe that the residents that reside in the Francis Howell School District have (2) major fears:Read More "Don't hurt my kid (s)" and "Don't drop district test scores. " While both concerns are very legitimate we should truly lend our minds to a solution because the Normandy Students are coming. Perhaps we can develop and implement a program designed to help the Normandy Students with their transition and to help FH Students appropriately embrace their new classmates. It is very inappropriate to view the Normandy Students as undeserving sub-humans that do not deserve a chance at a better education, while we know that our own children are capable of some of the same nuances, which makes some of us hypocrites. These are children and not all of them are "trouble. " For example, there are Normandy Students that are joining sports and many of them that are participating in the summer practices are Honor Roll Students that have no disciplinary record and they are determined to win. Are you going to be selective about who you are cheering for when we are winning and it becomes obvious that there are good apples that are mixed in the basket with a few rotten ones... We need the help of non-biased, culturally sensitive volunteers and elite educators/staff to assist with this fast approaching merge. The solution is wherever over reaction is not. It is an over reaction to take flight and move, you'll be likely to move into debt or tight finances (diving into unnecessary risks) because more likely than not you are house locked (upsude down in your home/no equity) and you'll nearly have to give youe house away to get out of it or bring funds to the closing table to buy your way out of your own home. Absolute statements tend to be false and with that being said I am sure that Normandy School District will introduce us to a few exceptions to your overstatements about them being thugs and underachievers. Where is your confidence in your great school district (FH)? While some say FH is not prepared, name for us a school that is prepared for such a merge??? Albert Einstein said it best ~ "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with the problem longer..."
Freedom for all July 18, 2013 at 07:56 am
Your quoting Albert Einstein?? Oh boy. Unless you have lived this which I have. You have no ideaRead More what your talking about. So all of the idiots that say anyone that opposed this is a racist, you are just that an idiot. If this school was all white with these problems I would say the same thing. Take a ride over to Normandy, it is a nice building, large enough to hold capacity. The teachers are good teachers. How do you think by moving to another "building" in a different area is going to change the student. Well imbecile it's not. What will it do then? The magic question. It will destroy another school district just like it had EVERY SINGLE OTHER TIME. It has never worked. If you are smart get your high school kids out of Francis Howell as soon as is possible. It is a hard thing to do when you have established yourselves in a good community with great schools I know. Biting have moved from the Normandy area because of the same type of students. The teachers will not be able to stop their behavior. It will take years and years to maybe cycle these students out of that mindset. By then the grief and misery it caused will have already destroyed the school and this community. I have seen it with my own eyes more than once and unfortunately it just got worse.
Ann Learner July 12, 2013 at 12:15 pm
@Freedom for all and the others, I am white and lived in Normandy from '71-92 and my childrenRead More attended Jefferson Elementary through 6th grade. I also worked at Normandy SH in 1971, where the white kids (the overwhelming majority) beat up the Blacks (a very small minority) and the "long hairs". I would not have sent my kids to the JR or SH in 1970, but the problem was not the Blacks. I watched Northwoods empty in a year, yet Pasadena Hills is still mixed some 40 years later. Black don't cause a drop in property values, the stampede of frightened whites does. Normandy students are not moving to FH; they will just be bused to school there similar to the 30 yr old deseg program. The guess is that there will be about 600 spaces available to Normandy students in FH, where there are 17,000 students. That is 3.5 students per 100 or about 1 student to a classroom. Can you find a neighborhood in St Louis Co that now has lower property values, or a school district that is struggling to maintain its scores because Blacks are being bused in? There were rough starts for some district in the deseg program, but some 15 district are still choosing to be in the program years after being released from the court order. In fact, in 2004, when Clayton was considering if they should stay, 600 HS students signed a petition demanding to continue with the program And Mark, I was at the FH Town Hall meeting last night. There is a mix of opinions in the district and not all FH residents are fear mongers or racists, just like not all Normandy kids are behind or dangerous. There are large numbers who plan to work to see that ALL the students get a good education at FH in a welcoming environment. Most of the coverage showed the spectrum, but what I saw on Ch 4 only featured the alarm. @William Braudis, you are right about the wisdom of stopping the running, and if all the whites stopped running you wouldn't be stuck in fox holes. You would have livable neighborhoods and quality, diverse schools.
mark July 12, 2013 at 02:59 pm
Ann it must be nice to live in a fantasy world maybe it was the drugs you were taking back then.Read More Take a poll of all the people out here from n.c. blackjack, spanish lake, ferguson, dellwood ,st ann woodson terrence, berkeley ,and I could continue with other names but I think I proved my point. I came from florissant take a poll of the people that are still stuck there that they cant get enough for their homes so they could buy one out here. I worked for the florissant post office for 37 years . I watched housing hit rock bottom because of government mandated changes . This was at the expense of the majority for a small segment of people that have ruined a very beautiful part of st. louis county. I watched river roads, northland,northwest plaza,and now jamestown mall ruined by the large influx of the population that ruins almost all areas where they become the majority .You might think I am a racist I am not .I am a realist this country is afraid to speak up against the anything that the blacks do. Go on the internet and see the unbelievable increase since the first of the year of black on white crime and the lack of media coverage and their excuses for their behavior. We are all americans let us all be treated the same. The most important way to achieve equality for all of us is to give the most qualified individual what ever they are seeking because they deserve it. Not because they are black, female,gay or any specific segment but because they are the most qualified, most experienced,most deserving, and have earned what they seek. Stop free stuff earn what you want. Dont destroy other peoples advancement because you think everybody owes you free stuff or what they have worked hard to achieve because you have not. A good motto to live by is moochers elect looters to steal from producers. What I have I worked for nobody gave me I earned it with the help of my wife. We dont believe in free stuff . So why do some people believe they deserve what I have earned by a life time of hard work while they expect my hard earned achievements to help pay their way. God says help the needy he dose not say take care of the lazy non achievers
William Braudis July 12, 2013 at 11:31 pm
Ann Learner, you are showing that you have absolutely no idea about what you are saying to thisRead More subject I challenge you to drive down to West Florissant and Floy Ave. Park your vehicle and take a slow leisurely stroll throughout this neighborhood. Oh, I forgot, this must happen between the hours of 11:00 PM.,and 4:00 AM and on a clear, warm evening. If you are, or, your body is ever found you will be remembered
The Missouri State Highway Patrol recently announced the results of its 2013 school bus inspection. Photo by Wentzville School District.
Jim Frain June 17, 2013 at 08:20 am
168 Ft. Zumwalt School Buses were inspected...All 168 passed the inspection. Good Job Ft. ZumwaltRead More School District...keep our children safe!
Dee Hoock March 25, 2013 at 07:18 pm
Carole I beg to differ. That is exactly what Violet said & I quote straight from her letter:Read More “My opponent has 3 very young children and for their sake, I hope I receive your vote. There is no way a parent with toddlers and a full time job can serve effectively in the role as alderman!” As a working mother & a single parent as well, I take extreme offense to that statement. Furthermore I really don't understand why there have been so many attacks on Mrs. Walker on this post & none to Violet. I can only guess that these are moles that the Violet campaign has planted to stir up all this crap in an effort to try & I repeat "try" to keep her hands clean. Talk about running scared that is exactly what she is doing. Lets stick to what the candidates can do for the good citizens of St. Peters instead of signs, misguided statements about the PAC etc. If Violet loses is she going to blame it on the signs that I have no doubt were all installed with permission? Lets stick to the issues instead of all of the mud slinging.
Fred Oompahloompah March 25, 2013 at 07:34 pm
The mothers of the third ward will rise up and vote against Violet and that will be her undoing onRead More April 2. Strike 3 and she is out!
Carole Paul March 25, 2013 at 08:49 pm
What "misguided statements about the PACs" would that be? It's true, check it out forRead More yourself if you don't believe it. You are a "single parent as well, I take extreme offense to that statement". Take all the offense you want. She's married. Haven't you met/seen pics of her family? "these are moles that the Violet campaign has planted to stir up all this crap" That's funny. I'm not using an Oompa fake name, and I've been going to St. Peters BOA meetings since they built the new Justice Center. Never saw you there. Most times its just me and the Patch reporter. "Lets stick to what the candidates can do for the good citizens of St. Peters instead of signs". You're kidding, right? What a candidate does in their campaign, who she uses, where she puts her signs, who does her talking for her, whether or not she's honest, all these things make up the character of a candidate. They are important! Check stuff out before you post nonsense.
Joe Barker February 22, 2013 at 02:35 am
It's on the list.
Nancy Phillips February 22, 2013 at 02:36 am
Sorry, I thought that was St. Joseph in Cottleville :)
Joe Barker February 22, 2013 at 02:39 am
It's been cleared up. Thanks!
Heidi L. February 21, 2013 at 02:16 am
Zumwalt just called: Closed
PaulRevere's Mom February 21, 2013 at 04:02 pm
Oh dear! Thank goodness we were stocked up since Obama's reelection!
Jaycen Rigger February 20, 2013 at 01:15 pm
If this is true, it's a sad indictment of the parents of these children. Dark's efforts areRead More commendable, but her comments are dumb: "If you can't read, you can't dream and you don't know what's out there," she said. Plent of people who can't read can dream, and many do actually know "what's out there." They're illiterate, not vegetative. Still, I suppose since she's teaching phonics I shouldn't be too hard on her. I didn't expect to find that part in the story. Harvest Ridge Elementary is in a solidly middle class area, but it's also part of the Francis Howell School District, so I'm really not surprised by anything I hear about it. This is the district that bought a $2M recreational and sports center last year, and complained the their budget was over by $2M. Huh. Go figure. My daughters went to school in that district for 1 year and then we moved. That was the year the district "miscounted the number of kindergarteners" and was over budget by $7M. Back then, I assumed there was some shady stuff going on, but considering they can't teach their own children to read, maybe the adults in that district can also make a collossal mistake when counting?
Jon Travis February 20, 2013 at 06:48 pm
Jacyen, I don't disagree with your dream comments, although I think she was talking more about usingRead More books as a way to discover the world around you. A little info on Harvest Ridge though. It is not solidly middle class. If you look at the demographic data on the DESE website, the free and reduced lunch recipients make up 41.5% of HR's population. This elementary school is fed by the district's highest concentration of apartments and the districts only mobile home parks. A large number of the homes are single parent homes. Studies have shown that more affluent families expose their children to more educational experiences, duh. Without the money, you end up needing programs like Great by 8. BTW, Ann says "Hi!" (That goes back to the days of working on the line).
Kalen Ponche February 20, 2013 at 10:59 pm
Hey Jaycen- I spent a long time interviewing LaDonna Darks- I think her point, and the point thatRead More maybe isn't clear just in that quote-- is that reading opens up a new world of information to kids. When they learn to read they can ask questions and learn about things that are far away. She talked a little bit about how reading about California prompted her to move there when she joined the Navy.
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