Saturday, March 14, 2009
Here is his response to the 28th CPS student killed :
“You’re going to see more of that unfortunately,” Mayor Daley, speaking at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, said of the latest student death, holding it up as further evidence of the need for more gun control.
“There are too many guns out there. There are too many younger people killing younger people at all times, day and night,” the mayor said. “It’s an epidemic in this country. People are outraged when you smoke in front of them. When are they going to be outraged with gun violence? People have to be outraged... "
Earlier Saturday at a press conference, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and other community leaders also spoke out on the need for stricter gun control and more police intervention.
“People are afraid to have funerals. Children are afraid to go to school, which contributes to high drop-out, absentee rates. They’re even afraid to go to the community store,” Jackson said. “And so fewer people are paying more taxes, living on less with more fear.”
Jackson suggested that funding from the federal stimulus package should go to the “zones of pain,” where gun violence is most prevalent
Ok we get guns off the street and guess what they get more. The gangs will always have guns and thats who's out there killing. Mr. Jackson wants more police. How about keeeping these kids out of gangs in the first place that starts in the home.
Neighborhood Scout used their patent-pending school rating algorithm to uncover and identify the 100 worst public schools in America. The calculations used to create this ranking involve the students' proficiency in reading and math as determined by the 'No Child Left Behind' state testing for each school, and the National Assessment for Educational Progress. The worst performing schools are found in 20 different states, some in inner city urban areas, and some in rural America.
Here's the list of the worst Chicago Public schools
# 86 Austin H.S - 580 students
# 81 Chicago Vocational H.S - 2,030 students
# 84 Carver Military Academy -624 students
# 78 Vine Prep. Academy H.S - 473 students
# 74 Global Visions H.S. -306 students
# 56 Calumet Career Prep. H.S- 499 students
# 52 Crane Tech. Prep. H.S - 1,038 students
# 47 Dunbar Vocational Academy H.S.- 1.627 students
# 42 School of The Arts H.S.- 498 students
# 40 Dyett H.S -563 students
# 39 Collins H.S -852 students
# 37 Manley Career Academy H.S -962 students
# 33 School Of leadership H.S - 398 students
# 24 Fenger Academy H.S. - 1,126 students
# 21 Englewood Tech Prep. H.S. -637 students
# 18 Harper H.S - 1,261 students
# 6 Robenson H.S -1,258 students
I'm surprised some other schools didn't make this list. Our schools are only as good as the students who attend them. It cost the state 22.6 Billion dollars to run schools in 2007 . We need to start holding these parents culpable for their children's performance. Education starts in the home and if you have ever been in a Chicago Public High School it like walking into a Zoo.
There's Robberies, fights , drug possession you name it !
They send these gang bangers into the high schools to get an education ( Ive seen gang members as young as 11) First they don't want to be there second they cause a lot of the problems. If you get caught with narcotics or commit a violent crime in the school they shouldn't be allowed back and the parents should have to find another way than the Chicago public School System . Home school or private school stop wasting the taxpayers money !
Where does Lottery money go ?
Profits from the lottery are small compared to the total
needs of the state’s 871 public school districts. Although
the lottery produced $622 million for schools last year, it
cost $22.6 billion in state and federal and local revenues
to run the state’s 3,888 elementary, junior high and secondary
schools in 2007.
The state’s share represented 33 percent – or $7.5 billion
– of that total cost. Lottery money, however, comprised
only 8.5 percent of the state’s commitment to public
So where did the rest of the support come from? Most of
it, $12.9 billion – or 57 percent, came from local property
taxes. The remaining 9 percent – or $2.2 billion – were
Oh and then they want to pay these kids for getting average or good grades
Why should we have to pay someone to go to fucking school !
September 11, 2008
Up to 5,000 freshmen at 20 Chicago public high schools will get cash for good—and even average—grades as part of a new, Harvard-designed test program that city education leaders are rolling out Thursday.
Students will be measured every five weeks in math, English, social sciences, science and physical education. An A nets $50, a B equals $35 and a C still brings in $20. Students will get half the money upfront, with the remainder paid upon graduation. A straight-A student could earn up to $4,000 by the end of his or her sophomore year.
Parents have been rewarding children for stellar report cards for decades. Chicago Public Schools officials are nodding to that tradition and saying the idea is to get students to stay in school and do well while they’re there.
“The majority of our students don’t come from families with a lot of economic wealth. I’m always trying to level the playing field,” said schools chief executive Arne Duncan. “This is the kind of incentive that middle-class families have had for decades.”
Chicago is following the lead of similar programs in their infancy in New York and Washington. The district’s plan, part of the “Green for Grade$” program, involves no taxpayer money—the $2 million over two years comes from private sources.
Critics suggest that what amounts to bribing students to get good grades isn’t the right lesson to teach.
“It’s a terrible idea, because you’re getting people to do things for the wrong reasons,” said Barry Schwartz, a Swarthmore College psychology professor who has written on the issue. “They’ll do well in school, maybe, but they won’t take any of it out with them. Instead of trying to cultivate an interest in learning, curiosity … you are just turning this into another job.”
This is a non-political movement. The 9-12 Project is designed to bring us all back to the place we were on September 12, 2001. The day after America was attacked we were not obsessed with Red States, Blue States or political parties. We were united as Americans, standing together to protect the greatest nation ever created.
That same feeling – that commitment to country is what we are hoping to foster with this idea. We want to get everyone thinking like it is September 12th, 2001 again.
Do you watch the direction that America is being taken in and feel powerless to stop it?
Do you believe that your voice isn’t loud enough to be heard above the noise anymore?
Do you read the headlines everyday and feel an empty pit in your stomach…as if you’re completely alone?
If so, then you’ve fallen for the Wizard of Oz lie. While the voices you hear in the distance may sound intimidating, as if they surround us from all sides—the reality is very different. Once you pull the curtain away you realize that there are only a few people pressing the buttons, and their voices are weak. The truth is that they don’t surround us at all.
We surround them.
So, how do we show America what’s really behind the curtain? Below are nine simple principles. If you believe in at least seven of them, then we have something in common. I urge you to read the instructions at the end for how to help make your voice heard.
The Nine Principles
1. America is good.
2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.
You Are Not Alone
If you agree with at least seven of those principles, then you are not alone. Please send a digital version of your picture to: firstname.lastname@example.org and then stay tuned to the radio and television shows over the coming weeks to see how we intend to pull back the curtain.
Check out the website : http://the912project.com/
A new movement is swelling in the USA as a response to the economic crisis and is headed by Glenn Beck. Called Project 912 Beck stressed the importance of 9 Principle and 12 values that he has lost in the U.S. Friday. Glenn Beck thinks Americans have lost their way, and at 12 values must be restored before things can be improved.
I happened to be watching the Glenn beck program yesterday and he was talking about this new movement on his show. This was very moving because we need to get back to
9/12 the day after the September 11Th attacks when our nation united.
We need as a country to get back to 9/12. I arrived at ground zero at 0130 hrs on 9/12. Our team was one of the first out of state teams to arrive........ I will tell you this, for the months of working there, I learned what America was all about. The people in the streets waving at us first responders, clapping their hands and saying through tears, THANK YOU!!!! Not fuck the police, not spitting on us... America woke up that day and remembered what is embedded in their brains since they were very small, we love this country, we love our freedom, and we will not be tread on...... DON"T TREAD ON ME...........
I cannot even put into words my feelings on 9/11 and the graciousness of the New Yorkers, there pulling together like no other people I have ever seen. People bringing home cooked meals to all of us as we worked on the pile, kids holding signs on the westside highway, saying GOD BLESS AMERICA......Not what Rev Write said, god damn amerika.....
I believe in the 8 years since the attacks the liberals have ruined our country. Not the war, the liberals, and their hate mongering. The pussy who would rather stand with communists then stand with true hero's of this country. They have slowly through the past 4 years have unwound what we have fought so hard to keep our liberty.
Glenn Beck hit the nail on the head. No one should ever forget what the terrorist did to those at the WTC. Pentagon, and Shanksville. America is weak now, and the terrorit know that, they are going to hit here again soon, and what is freaking Obama going to do???? NOTHING........... It is us Americans that will do. Support glenn beck and send off those emails............
Great post by Bitch2
New police recruits went through less-than-rigorous fitness tests last week while Supt. Jody Weis -- the department's No. 1 exercise advocate -- looked on.
Four of the 50 recruits flunked.
"It is essential that recruits begin the academy with a minimum level of physical fitness to ensure safe and successful participation in training," said a statement the department released Friday.
Under the state's POWER test, short for Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report, a man in his 20s must do 37 sit-ups in a minute and run 1.5 miles in 13:46 while a woman in her 20s must do 31 sit-ups and run the same distance in 16:21. The test also includes bench pressing and a sit-and-reach evaluation.
Sources said Thursday's failures were not unusual: several recruits typically fail in each class. What's different is that unlike previous classes, those who flunked Thursday were given the option of resigning or getting in shape for the next class. In the past, recruits were simply fired.
Also for the first time, the POWER test was videotaped for legal reasons.
Last May, Weis' spokeswoman said the city was pushing for mandatory fitness tests for officers. Failing officers would get paired with trainers and have special diets. The proposal was part of ongoing contract negotiations with the police union.
The problem with any kind of testing on this job is the clout factor. I talked to a person who worked at the academy for a few years he talked about a Marine that missed a sit up and they fired him from the academy. What if a recruit accidentally fired his gun in the academy but has clout and nothing happens. Is that Fair ?
There are double standards if you have clout on this job.