FROM Victor Carrion
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in L.A. Schools With hugs all around, Mayor Villaraigosa , LA’s elected School Board and Superintendent Brewer announced today that the Mayor will try to improve student performance in two high schools and their feeder schools. The specific schools have not been named and the Teachers’ Union is worried about what it calls “hostile takeovers”. Meantime, here’s some insight into why children in troubled neighborhoods don’t do well in school. An astonishing number have PTSD —post traumatic stress disorder—at nearly twice the rate of the troops coming back from Iraq. LA Unified is one of the few urban districts that acknowledge the problem. A special thank you to Jill Tucker of the San Francisco Chronicle for today's topic.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.