Saturday, July 31, 2010

or is it?

YOU BET YOUR LIFE IT IS... YOU BET YOUR LIFE! apathy... it never really happened until it happens to you! #apathy #WEareNASHVILLE #dealwithit #BlackSheep #family #ONE #KnewWords #KnowWords

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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"A black sheep stands out from the herd"  <---- THIS TRIGGERED SPAM ALGORITHM?  @tagdef #google #FAIL I don't think so... you decide!  @tagdef @newtagdef #censored


add your name to the list.... they can't kill us all (or can they)  

There are no winners here. Wake Up America!
Stop blaming everybody else for your own damn mistakes.

This is far from over... "I will not be ignored and I will not be forgotten" The Powers That Beat

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

No Teacher Left Behind.

Date: Tue, 22 May 2007 11:49:47 -0400
From: Elyssa Durant

To the Editor:

The City Paper featured a front-page story (“Metro School district
begins revamp of failing elementary, middle school,” May 21, 2007)
that completely sugar-coated the situation in two metro middle
schools that have fired (via involuntary transfer) the entire staff
and faculty as a result of their failure to meet NCLB benchmarks.

For the last 5 weeks, I have been working as a substitute teacher at
Jere Baxter Middle School and the experience has shaken me to the
core. Everything I used to believe about school finance reform has
been turned upside down. Jere Baxter is a Title I school with
access to numerous resources including a math specialist on site
full time, district mentors to advise and assist new teachers.
They have mental health specialists come into several classrooms on
a weekly basis, and it is not uncommon to see caseworkers and
prevention specialists from a variety of community agencies on

However, despite the plethora of enhancement activities and access
to resource materials, the majority of the 7th and 8th graders do
not know simple math such as long division, subtraction (if they
have to carry the one) or their times tables. You could throw a
million dollars into this school, and it would not make a bit of

For the first two weeks, I was assigned to a self-contained
classroom At one point, the Assistant Principal walked in,
observed the children, and even acknowledged the small black and
white television hidden in the teachers aide desk tuned in to the
Young and the Restless. She smiled and walked out. Apparently,
she did not have a problem with the children watching Tom & Jerry,
Sponge Bob and BET music videos from 10 a.m. through dismissal. A
few days later, I gave a make-up assignment during the students
“free time,” (lunch-time through dismissal) and I was told that my
expectations were simply too high. That class in particular lost
15 teachers this year alone—16 including myself.

The children are running the show at Baxter and they know it. The
faculty receives little, if any, support from the administration.
As a result, the majority of the teachers have simply given up.
Dealing with disciplinary problems has become the primary focus in
the classroom displacing teaching, learning, and cooperation.

The numerous behavioral disruptions that occur each and every day
prompted the administrators to pull the most effective teachers out
of the classroom to enforce (or re-enforce) school policy while
their classrooms remained empty or were covered by floating
substitute teachers.

The children are completely out of control and simply refuse to do
any work. I was told not to give any student a grade below 75--
even the one who threw his crumpled up science assignment in my
face and walked out of class shouting profanities. What the
students have learned is that there will be no consequences for
inappropriate behavior or actions. The administration treats
teachers with complete disrespect: in front of students, teachers,
and guests, completely undermining any sense of autonomy, authority
or cohesiveness. Even I was embarrassed for them, and I was only
there for a few weeks!

This is a classic example of a top-down policy failure. As a policy
analyst, I always advocated for equity in education, and believed on
some level that throwing money into poor schools (poor performance &
achievement records to disadvantaged students) might help level the
playing field for disadvantaged schools, translating into better
outcomes for students and the community.

The City Paper glossed over the magnitude of this desperate
situation by calling it a “fresh start.” These teachers have been
treated poorly enough by students and administrators, and now we
have a number of young professionals who are underpaid, uncertain,
and unemployed. We all know that teacher pay is ridiculous to
begin with, but coupled with the added stress of the re-application
process, Metro may lose a large number of educated, motivated,
displaced educators to surrounding districts, counties, and states.
This is simply ridiculous. By cleaning house, Baxter will lose the
few experienced, dedicated teachers they have, prompt the younger
set to leave the profession all together, and discourage future
teachers from applying for jobs in Metro.

Everything we know about the positive outcomes in neighborhood
schools is their strong reliance upon community buy-in and parental
involvement. One thing that makes magnet, lottery, charter schools,
parochial, and private schools so good is the fact that parents,
teachers, students, and administrators fight to get in, and fight
to stay there. The act of choosing, in effect, leads to an
enhanced sense of community and builds a supportive, consistent,
and structured environment. Calling this decision a fresh start is
ridiculous-- it would be more accurate to call it a very bad ending!

In this case, No Child Left Behind is, in effect, leaving No Teachers Left Behind.

Elyssa Durant, Ed.M.

Elyssa Durant, Ed.M.
Nashville, Tennessee

"The paradox of education is precisely this-- that as one begins to
become educated, one begins to examine the society in which he [or
she] is being educated." - Baldwin

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

WACKENHUT!! Personal Data File Submission Error by State of TN AGAIN! Disclosed ...

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From: Elyssa D'Educrat <>
Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2010 15:13:45 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [The Powers That Beat] File Submission Error by State of TN
AGAIN! Disclosed ...

TennCare Officials Move Quickly to Correct Problem Created by Mailing

Released on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 - 5:00 pm under TennCare
File Submission Error Affects a Limited Number of Enrollees

NASHVILLE – An incorrect electronic file submission sent to TennCare's
system caused information for some enrollees to be sent to incorrect
addresses statewide. Approximately 3,900 enrollees were affected when
letters and cards that contained one or more pieces of personal
information were sent to incorrect addresses. The error was the result
of a modification to the system that pulls addresses into an electronic
file for TennCare. An error caused by the system modification corrupted
the file.

"Fortunately, we noticed the problem early and stopped additional
mailings. We worked closely with other state agencies to correct the
information in the system, investigate how the error occurred and
determine how many enrollees were affected," said TennCare Director
Darin Gordon. "We also have put in place protocols to help ensure such
an error doesn't occur again."

Although there is no evidence that this information has been improperly
accessed or misused in any way, TennCare is providing all affected
enrollees one year of free comprehensive identity theft safeguards
provided by Kroll Inc. that includes continuous credit monitoring, as
well as enhanced identity theft consultation and restoration services.
Enrollees whose personal information was affected will be notified by
mail the week of February 22. Included in the mailing to affected
enrollees, will be the type of information that was disclosed – such as
name, date of birth, and Social Security number – and detailed
information on how to sign up for Kroll's identity theft safeguards
that are being offered. The identity theft services are offered to
affected enrollees free of charge. Enrollees need to review the mailing
to understand the type of services offered, sign up for the free
services, and check their credit report on a frequent basis.

A dedicated call center will be available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. CST, starting Monday, February 22, for enrollees who have
questions about the mailing. The call center, operated by Kroll Fraud
Solution Customer Service Specialists, will be able to answer further
questions about the incident, and provide additional details about the
identity theft safeguards being offered. The number for the call center
is 1-877-309-0010. Basic information about the mailing is available on
TennCare's Web site

"On a daily basis, we receive more than a million electronic records
from entities with which we do business," said Gordon. "We have systems
in place to ensure that data is correct. Unfortunately, in this case,
the files were corrupt. The quick action taken by staff who detected
the issue, however, prevented the situation from escalating further."
Personal information of the affected enrollees was immediately
corrected in the system, and the information was re-mailed to the
correct addresses. Enrollees who received an incorrect mailing are
urged to simply leave the letter or card in its original envelope and
write "return to sender" on the outside of the envelope. No postage is

TennCare and the Department of Human Services, which helps provide
eligibility determination services, have reviewed and strengthened the
protocol to help safeguard against this type of system error. In the
future, these file transfers will undergo more intense analysis and
testing to ensure that accurate data is sent..


Posted By Elyssa D'Educrat to The Powers That Beat at 4/02/2010
05:13:00 PM
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Nashville, Tennessee
(615) 424-8810

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I hope this works!

I'm CyberSquatting. T-Mobile sucks! My TwackBerry does not get
e-mail; and I have to do ANOTHER master reset before I can switch to
the droid.

Anyhoo get email in html or links, I am hoping this will post and find
it's way to online live (in real time) so I can some feedback from my
awesome team of #indigenous tweeps @RayBeckerman @brokepimpstyles
@thereisawayjose @emergentorder @blackfellas @anarchists Take it away
boys! #GeoEye #Zeus #indigenous #Sweden #NZ #Australia #DoD #defense
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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Why Mobile Offers a Good Chance to Connect with Hispanics

Why Mobile Offers a Good Chance to Connect with Hispanics

JUNE 25, 2010

Young mobile population eager to communicate and connect

Like many Americans, Hispanics love their mobile phones and take them everywhere, more than non-Hispanic whites and, in many cases, more than blacks.

"Hispanics cannot imagine daily life without their mobile phones and credit the technology with strengthening relationships and keeping them connected to their social world, not just friends and family," said Lisa E. Phillips, eMarketer senior analyst and author of the new report "Hispanic Mobile Users and Usage." "Marketers who are just turning to mobile will find a market well ahead of them."

Hispanic mobile phone users are younger than the Hispanic Internet population, according to eMarketer estimates and comScore: 50.7% of mobile phone users are between 18 and 34 years of age compared with 35.6% in the same age group among Hispanic Internet users. The Hispanic mobile phone population skews even more male than the general population: 55.6% of mobile phone users are male, compared with 51% of males in the Hispanic population.

Hispanics lead all other groups in wireless-only households. And while Hispanics lag behind other ethnicities in having broadband Internet access at home, a full 78% of Hispanic mobile Internet users have some form of Internet access at home.

"In-store mobile marketing is the next big thing," said Ms. Phillips. "Hispanics are not big online buyers, but they are using their mobile phones to check out products and deals while standing in the store aisles."

Like most other consumers, Hispanic shoppers are looking for good deals. They use mobile devices to check on prices, product information and inventory while shopping in a store, according to a Sterling Commerce survey.

Retailers take note: Hispanics who are shopping in-store want to buy the product then and there. If they do not find it, 29% said they would use their mobile phone to locate an out-of-stock item at a competing retailer.

The full report, "Hispanic Mobile Users and Usage," also answers these key questions:

What does the Hispanic mobile market look like?

Which mobile devices do Hispanics use to go online?

Are Hispanics amenable to viewing mobile advertising?

How can marketers reach this mobile audience?

Elyssa Durant, Ed.M.
Nashville, Tennessee
Cell (615) 497-5154

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