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Superintendent gives peculiar TAKS spin In a letter on the EPISD Web site, Superintendent Lorenzo Garcia said, "We excelled on TAKS, soaring to new heights with EVERY school in EPISD rating 'Academically ...
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kennedy

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Jun 25, 2008
 
please dont compare ted kennedey with laura bush.that is a disgrace. kennendy walked around for a couple of days and didnt tell anyone and big brother got him out of trouble. thats like a hit and run and turning yourself in later once you know you have been caught. what about the autopsies. could it be she was pregnant ? could it be possible he was drunk and walked around a couple of days until the alcohol wore off. kennedy went to spring break in fort lauderdale with his nephew to party when he was over 60 years old. if you remember his nephew was charged with rape while he was there. so please dont compare laura bush to that piece of shit.
EP Cynic

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Jun 25, 2008
 
I suppose Ms. Morgan sees no difference between a traffic accident (no alcohol involved) and manslaughter. Kennedy was drunk, drove off a peer with another drunk woman in his car, and then didn't try to help or report the accident because he didn't want voters or his wife to know that he was drunk and parked on a peer with a 29 year old campaign aid. He then ran to his lawyer cousin to try to get help hiding what he had done and used his wealthy connections to make sure there were no serious charges.
If Laura Bush had been drunk, and then left the seen of her accident with the victim slowly dying, then there might be a comparison. As is, Ms. Morgan is just an apologist shill for a truly evil man and I suspect it is because she likes his politics.
to ep cynic

El Paso, TX

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Jun 25, 2008
 
yes i agree, he was a piece of "cheet"
Mil

El Paso, TX

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Jun 25, 2008
 

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TAKS testing has produced a system of endless TAKS practice tests and benchmarks and low expectations. Schools and administrators are mostly concerned about TAKS performance which is tied to AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) and state accountability. The concepts on the TAKS test do very little to prepare students for post-secondary education. And now, we have administrators bragging about medicore scores on a mediocre test. There may be no quick way out of this mess, but we can start by getting rid of TAKS testing and allowing the professionals(teachers) to get back to teaching students and preparing them for the next level.
Farah site

Waltham, MA

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Jun 25, 2008
 
One thing I have not heard anyone mention in any of the great plans for that site. What are going to do about the ttraffic? That rea is already so congested that you can barely get through there and now we want to add another shopping area? The traffic will be abcked up for miles. I guess that will give the city another excuse to soak us home owners more on our property taxes. While they give tax breaks to the owners of the mall.
I AGREE

El Paso, TX

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#6
Jun 25, 2008
 
with the article that said maybe an ice skating rink mixed with indoor gun club or indoor driving ranges or something for recreational purposes instead of a shopping mall. of course the developers have to make money so it has to pay for itself and some profit for them. im not sure how the recreational type facility would do in the financial aspec of things but i believe just another mall sucks. how about a smaller sea world or gulfarium type place or maybe an indoor wet and wild or even outdoor. think of the money schlitterban makes in new braunfels. maybe ed could supply some salt water from the salt water aquifer we are supposed to have available.
Patriot

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Jun 25, 2008
 
First, it's not clear whether Laura Bush was drunk or not in that accident. I'm leaning towards yes, because she was coming from a party, and 16 or not, we all know what happens at parties. But no, she's nothing like Ted Kennedy.

Last, I don't mind paying for better stormwater protection. I mind paying outrageous fees for people to sit around and plan for three years prior to doing nothing with their plans.
I don't mind paying for better schools. I mind paying for schools where my children are ONLY being babysat, and the teachers don't have time to teach because half the kids are from Juarez and are taking advantage of OUR "free" education to not learn English.
I don't even mind paying for more police on our streets. I mind paying for more police who sit at stop signs and red lights and watch people run them and do... NOTHING about it, yet take an hour and a half to respond to reports of street racing on the far east side.
Basically, I don't mind paying higher taxes. I just want those taxes to go to programs that we actually need, providing services that will actually work... and not to line a bunch of crooked politicians pockets so that they can pay off drug cartels to leave their families alone and help them get re-elected. Until federal authorities clean this city up and the border is closed, I have a problem with higher taxes in El Paso.
FEDUP

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Jun 25, 2008
 
Mr. Richard Gutierrez, your question, "what happened to the public good", should be answered by those in the government that have turned the government into their own den of thieves, fleecing and gouging an unsuspecting taxpayer!
Helping to enrich their crony big business supporters, and family members along the way.
Ask them why, they have for decades, neglected repairs of our city streets, water infrastructure, etc.?
Hold them accountable for their malfeasance, and corruption!
Don't blame the, "whiners", as you call us, look in the mirror and tell yourself, "I'm part of the problem for having too much faith in my elected officials that they are doing the right thing"!
Well, do believe these mendacious panderers have your best interest at heart, every time they raise your property taxes or raise fees? I happen think they don't!
These venal politicians, depend on gullible people such as you, that don't find fault nor malice, with their every decision!
Binh Phuoc Bill

El Paso, TX

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Jun 25, 2008
 
FEDUP wrote:
Mr. Richard Gutierrez, your question, "what happened to the public good", should be answered by those in the government that have turned the government into their own den of thieves, fleecing and gouging an unsuspecting taxpayer!
Helping to enrich their crony big business supporters, and family members along the way.
Ask them why, they have for decades, neglected repairs of our city streets, water infrastructure, etc.?
Hold them accountable for their malfeasance, and corruption!
Don't blame the, "whiners", as you call us, look in the mirror and tell yourself, "I'm part of the problem for having too much faith in my elected officials that they are doing the right thing"!
Well, do believe these mendacious panderers have your best interest at heart, every time they raise your property taxes or raise fees? I happen think they don't!
These venal politicians, depend on gullible people such as you, that don't find fault nor malice, with their every decision!
FEDUP - you are preaching to the challenged and a believer, in fact he may have his hand in your pocket too! I am sure that his vocabulary extends to monosyllable words only so most of what you said was about give or take a mile or two over his head. But a fine post anyway - you got an extra dictionary?
Binh Phuoc Bill

El Paso, TX

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Jun 25, 2008
 
Patriot wrote:
First, it's not clear whether Laura Bush was drunk or not in that accident. I'm leaning towards yes, because she was coming from a party, and 16 or not, we all know what happens at parties. But no, she's nothing like Ted Kennedy.
Last, I don't mind paying for better stormwater protection. I mind paying outrageous fees for people to sit around and plan for three years prior to doing nothing with their plans.
I don't mind paying for better schools. I mind paying for schools where my children are ONLY being babysat, and the teachers don't have time to teach because half the kids are from Juarez and are taking advantage of OUR "free" education to not learn English.
I don't even mind paying for more police on our streets. I mind paying for more police who sit at stop signs and red lights and watch people run them and do... NOTHING about it, yet take an hour and a half to respond to reports of street racing on the far east side.
Basically, I don't mind paying higher taxes. I just want those taxes to go to programs that we actually need, providing services that will actually work... and not to line a bunch of crooked politicians pockets so that they can pay off drug cartels to leave their families alone and help them get re-elected. Until federal authorities clean this city up and the border is closed, I have a problem with higher taxes in El Paso.
Hear!Hear! well spoke, but before that happens you will have to put your "ruby" shoes on and click your heels three times-- it ain't happening in this town- not until the citizens both those that habla and those that don't habla understand entirely just how they are being raped. Each and everyday, each and every way; but, most are so entangled in their own little miseries of trying to survive that they are no longer capable of distinguishing one pain from another.It is at the point and it is just where the Politicos want, that if you throw them a crumb they think that you have given them an entire loaf of bread.So, what's another tax or fee? Its for the good right? I mean the Mayor or Councilman O'Rouke said so afterall. Look where the money is spent in the schools? Administration - vs- educators?
How many different Superintendents have rotated through the various school districts at what salaries in the last 5 years? How many Assistants?

Welcome to misery.
justme

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Jun 25, 2008
 
Mil wrote:
TAKS testing has produced a system of endless TAKS practice tests and benchmarks and low expectations. Schools and administrators are mostly concerned about TAKS performance which is tied to AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) and state accountability. The concepts on the TAKS test do very little to prepare students for post-secondary education. And now, we have administrators bragging about medicore scores on a mediocre test. There may be no quick way out of this mess, but we can start by getting rid of TAKS testing and allowing the professionals(teachers) to get back to teaching students and preparing them for the next level.
Along with a system of endless practice tests...... it has spawned a generation of "administrators" who barely set foot in the classroom and are now in charge of making sure their respective schools are "academically acceptable, recognized, or exemplary" -- although this may be attained with mediocre percentages. These campus administrators have come in with their "clean-house" mentality and have ostracsized competent, experienced (albeit older) educators in their zeal for "looking good". Meanwhile, the students are "passing" even though they are not ready for anything beyond bubbling in an answer sheet!
Very sad.
onevoice

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Jun 25, 2008
 
For the TAKS spin.... how does the 'union' fit into this spin? Administrators cannot be the only ones at fault for celebrating mediore "excellence". They can do so because the union sits on the sidelines. Our kids need far more than lip-service and the great "nothing less..." motto.
Speaking of lip-service -- the super also touts the fine arts. Tippin & Jefferson are rightfully touted in his letter. However, let's not forget the other lesser-known teachers and schools that have promoted the fine arts through music & dance. Many of these teachers are truly unsung heroes, as they have pushed the arts without a single red cent from their campus budget (much less from the district monies!) and have provided all these mentioned positive experiences for their students.
So, yes, it's quite a spin.
Dan Wever

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#13
Jun 26, 2008
 
onevoice,

You ask "how does the 'union' fit into this spin?"

I don't remember saying anything about the Union in this letter. Do you think anything I write has the Union Label on it? In fact the Union has been fighting using the TAKS test the way it is used and my wife has made presentations about how the test is hurting our students and dummying down education.
The great news is that my wife is retiring today and everything I say will not have anything to do with the Union.

I don't know if you know it or not but Teachers Unions in Texas have no power. They cannot strike and in fact only provide for their members protection of their right to due process. You would not think that would be a problem but my wife has worked full time for 15 years doing just that protecting teachers and support personnal due process rights.
You are right about our children needing more than lip service and that is why I wrote the Letter to the Editor. All teachers are unsung heros in my opinion.
Dan Wever

El Paso, TX

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#14
Oct 2, 2012
 
Problem has been going on a long time.
JWRussell

El Paso, TX

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Oct 2, 2012
 
Dan Wever wrote:
Problem has been going on a long time.
There needs to be a better screening system for these letter writers. They let every low-life numbnuts have their say in the print edition while hard-working, patriotic Americans like me are given the shaft. I smell a rat.

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