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Ray Schoch

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Minneapolis, MN
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3 years 36 weeks

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Posted on 11/14/14 at 03:51 pm in response to Going deep on Minneapolis schools' suspension crisis

…with Ms. Kohls. What we're talking about is suspension. It's my understanding – and was the practice in my Missouri school district – that teachers don't have the requisite authority to suspend a student. Those decisions are made by administrators, typically building principals, who recommend (or not) suspension to the school board. The board, at least in my district, had the final authority, though in practice, the principal could send someone home for a couple days – I think 3 was the...

…a no-brainer. Republicans and others who call themselves "conservative" aren't the least bit shy about touting their values, beliefs and opinions. Meanwhile, Democrats have – far, far too often – remained silent so as not to offend, I suppose, some mythical group of voters who might support them if only they hadn't said they thought policy 'x' was actually a good idea. If you're going to govern effectively – something you can only do if you actually win the election and take office – you...

I can’t agree with Mr. DeFor this time.

While I saw and read lots of *discussion* among Republicans after the 2012 election, the conclusions reached basically amounted to “It wasn’t our fault,” and I've seen no substantial change in the Republican approach to governance or finance at either the national or state level

Soul-searching in a political context, at least in my book, might involve some serious consideration of the notion that perhaps the party’s candidates left much...

Posted on 11/12/14 at 06:59 pm in response to The 2016 (!) presidential field, per the PBS NewsHour

…"I don't care. I don't care. I don't care."

Of course, he's a Brit, so he doesn't have any skin in the game directly, though his wife is American (and served a tour in Iraq as a medic). He did seem convinced that, whoever the nominees turned out to be, they'd be ripe targets for ridicule. Based on the past couple of decades, I think he's probably correct, regardless of the candidate's party affiliation or gender.

And, for a change, I agree with Mr. Tester, sort of. I might be...

…to RB Holbrook.

My own experience was that many – not all, by any means, but many – of those doing the disruption in class are coming from homes where “decorum” barely exists, if it exists at all, and that are largely defined by poverty. Demanding that the parents of those disruptive children pay a fine is a losing strategy from the get-go – if they had the money to pay the fine, the electric bill would have been paid last month, or there’d be better food on the table.

As a letter-writer to the ‘...

Posted on 11/11/14 at 10:34 am in response to How the House GOP conquered rural Minnesota

Hmmm. Rural areas are almost always more conservative than urban areas, so I can’t say I’m surprised Republicans picked up some seats in rural areas of Minnesota in an off-year election.

Good candidates – “good” meaning people with some name recognition in the district and at least the appearance of thoughtfulness, rather than firebrand zealots – also helps a great deal. Having lived for some time in a rural area, there’s much truth to the notion that a good candidate will often trump...

Posted on 11/10/14 at 08:09 pm in response to Tom Daschle on Obamacare and Washington dysfunction

I'm with Rachel on Tom Daschle. Good man, good politician, who made a serious mistake and paid a high price for it. I tend to say the same thing about Gary Hart in Colorado, who occasionally has a blog post on HuffPost. Both men understand policy on the big stage, both are smart and articulate, and both can safely be ignored by a fact-free right wing.

The ACA is amazingly complicated because, first, it's a Republican plan, which Republicans then had to disavow when it was adopted by "...

…Mr. Rademacher. It took me 5 years to figure out how to do what I wanted – and needed – to do to be effective in a classroom. I had that same fear he talks about, though I never hid under my desk at lunch, and the fear was justified. Rademacher is, I think, right on target in flipping the question and the solutions to it.

I've referred often to a line that continues to resonate with me from “The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life” by Parker J. Palmer...

Posted on 11/10/14 at 07:53 pm in response to The Minnesota Republican Party is back. Maybe. Or Not.

…to Tim Walker.