Even if John Stewart is Gone, We all Need to Keep taking on FOX and all the Media

I am going to put a lot of John Stewart videos in the comment section, like this one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO_om3iK9kE

You probably heard the great news – after a few years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show–but the Boycott Must Go On!!

Ten years ago, Media Matters launched with a revolutionary mission: to systematically monitor the U.S. media for conservative misinformation every day, in real time. We’ve been calling out right-wing lies for a decade — and we’re not done yet. Will you contribute now to help us raise $10,000 for our 10th anniversary?

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Dear Kevin,
You probably heard the great news – after two years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show.
Beck was targeted after he slandered President Obama by saying, “This president has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture, I don’t know what it is… This guy, I believe, is a racist.”
Activists at ColorOfChange, Media Matters, StopBeck, FoxNewsBoycott, and of course Democrats.com responded with a boycott of advertisers on Glenn Beck’s show. Ultimately over 300 advertisers pulled their ads from Beck, costing FOX over $40 million.
Advertiser boycotts work! And it’s time to boycott all FOX News advertisers:
We’re starting our boycott of all FOX News with Proactiv, which sells acne medicine to teenagers and young adults. Why?
First, there are lots of other acne treatments. Second, young adults above all are hurt by FOX News, which promotes right-wing policies on race, education, healthcare, the environment, and war. Let’s get our future leaders to lead the fight against FOX News!
Sign the petition to Proactiv and enter the email address of every young adult over 18 you know:
Beyond President Obama, FOX regularly slanders nearly everyone: Democrats, unionized workers, the unemployed (including veterans and 99ers), environmentalists, feminists, blacks, Hiics, Jews, Muslims, progressives, scientists, and any other group it disagrees with.
FOX News broadcasts rightwing extremist slander, incitement to violence, political propaganda, and outright lies to promote its rightwing political agenda. This is not “news,” but rather a never-ending “war on news” – and it’s all documented in our petition.
Why would any decent company want to fund it? Tell Proactiv to stop advertising on FOX News:
Thanks for all you do!
Bob Fertik

GLEN BECK ADMITTED in 2007, “I Am RACIST and Barack Obama is very White” THIS MAKES Boycotting FOX NEWS needed NOW

By Kevin Stoda

Dear, American supporters of the Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) news networks.

AMERICANS are getting less tolerant of your racism and stronghold on our major media.

For example, we have noted that in his 2007 TV program from FOX (See on You-Tube), Glen Beck admitted he himself was racist. Further, Beck then, in contrast to 2009, called Barrack Obama much more white than black. (Apparently, Beck now he has other nonsense to mush men’s minds.)


Using a major news platform to promote racism and to tell people to disrespect a whole presidential administration through mixed truths, outright lies, and xenophobia, is not to be tolerated any more.

On Democracy Now today, Amy Goodman asked Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP what he thought of Wal-Mart’s pull-out from advertising on the Glen Beck program on FOX.

NOTE: Goodman had simply asked , “The whole attack by Glenn Beck that drove this (resignation)? In your response from the NAACP to Van Jones, it says, ´The only thing more outrageous than Mr. Beck’s attack on Van Jones is the fact that there are sponsors that continue to pay him to provide this type of offensive commentary.` Do you support the continued boycott of companies like Wal-Mart of Beck’s show on Fox?”


This is a particularly important point because Glen Beck´s HATE CAMPAIGN ON THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION led recently to a great American policy maker, Van Jones, quitting the government this week.


Mr. Jealous said, “We certainly support them (Walmart) choosing with their dollars who they’re going to support. I mean, it’s—Glenn Beck is somebody who’s told a seven-year-old girl, a seven-year-old black girl, that he would buy her a ticket back to Africa, that she needed to go back to Africa. And then he comes out, and he says that healthcare is the beginning of reparations. I mean, this guy plays the race card on a weekly basis. He does it very aggressive—you know, in a very hateful way.”

Recall, first, that Van Jones is one of the most important and thoughtful men in America—however, the FOX (Fascist Oddball Xenophobic) news network chose to support a man, like Glen Beck, rather than seeing that tens of millions of Americans need to get health care from promoters like Jones and that our America economy needs to move starting today to the kind of economy that its competitors worldwide are already doing.


Let’s quote the wisdom and influential words of Van Jones on the absolute necessity to green the American economy NOW!

“I think it’s really important to point out that we’re sort of at the end of an era of American capitalism, where we thought we could run the economy based on consumption rather than production, credit rather than creativity, borrowing rather than building, and also, most importantly, environmental destruction rather than environmental restoration.”

Jones continued, “We’re trying to make the case in this book that that era is over. We now have to move in a very different direction. And key to that will be basing the US economy not on credit cards, but based on clean energy and the clean energy revolution that would put literally millions of people to work, putting up solar panels all across the United States, weatherizing buildings so they don’t leak so much energy and put up so much carbon, building wind farms and wave farms, manufacturing wind turbines. We argue you could put Detroit back to work not making SUVs to destroy the world, but making wind turbines, 8,000 finely machine parts in each one, twenty tons of steel in each wind tower, making wind turbines to help save the world.”

Finally, Van Jones wisely noted, “So we think that you can fight pollution and poverty at the same time. We think that you can actually power our way through this recession by putting people to work, but we’re going to have to start building things here and re-powering, retrofitting, retooling America, and that that’s the way forward both for the economy, for the earth and for everyday people.”

Note: These statements came from a program on DN from October of last year:


Van Beck has written a book of the same title, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems.


America needs such voices as Van Jones in government leadership in America—not Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) types.

Clean up the American airwaves of all its fascism and racism, today.


NOTE: One way to change the noise of Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) media moguls is to support alternative media organizations


and alternative monitoring websites.


Another way, is to demand that local radio and TV channels put better programming on, such as Democracy Now or news sources promoted by serious progressive journalists:


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What to do for free in KC Area for Families and Friends


For sightseers on a shoestring budget, Kansas City offers many free adventures. The following list provides 33 free activities that offer something for everyone. Donations are accepted at some locations.



Travel along the totally free 2.2-mile KC Streetcar line to discover some of Downtown KC’s most vibrant districts. The route includes 16 stops throughout the Crossroads Arts District, Power & Light District and River Market, each as interesting and diverse as the last.



This 40-minute tour, free on Wednesdays, explores the unique history, brewing process and business approach to Kansas City’s favorite beer. The tour ends in the brewery’s tasting room, where visitors can sample a select variety of Boulevard brews.



Named in honor of local political and social activist Bruce R. Watkins, the center recognizes the vast contributions African-Americans made to the cultural development of Kansas City. Exhibits, displays, classes and stage performances provide an entertaining and educational experience for visitors.



Located in Independence, MO., this hands-on museum is an interactive way to teach children the concepts of peace. More than 25 child-centered learning activities encourage children to implement conflict resolution, communication and stewardship skills into their everyday lives.



Located in Kansas City’s historic River Market, this farmers’ market is the largest in the region with an annual attendance of nearly 600,000 people.The River Market also boasts a wide variety of unique gift shops and restaurants.



A Midtown favorite, this entertainment district offers something for everyone. Experience great dining, restaurants and attractions, or simply relax outside while watching the beautiful fountains. For a budget-friendly option, check out the free outdoor movies and live music during the summer or the Mayor’s Christmas Tree in December.



This family-friendly attraction is a great place to see and feed an array of barnyard and local animals. The farmstead, designed to model a traditional Kansas family farm, features nearly 200 animals, a fishing pond and pony rides. Note: admission free 2 p.m. – close Mon. to Thurs. and every day to children under 2 years.



The Money Museum’s interactive exhibits teach visitors about the Federal Reserve’s role within the economy. Visitors can also see the region’s largest cash vault, lift a 27-pound gold bar and view President Harry S. Truman’s extensive coin collection. Bonus: all visitors leave with a bag of shredded currency.



The Crossroads Art District comes alive the first Friday of each month as thousands gather for the 40-gallery art crawl that has quickly become a local and regional favorite. Live entertainment and a wide variety of sidewalk vendors and food trucks make First Fridays a vibrant display of Kansas City culture.



Kansas City takes pride in being nicknamed the City of Fountains—and for good reason. More than 200 majestic fountains adorn the city, from quaint neighborhoods to major town landmarks. Be sure the visit the newly renovated J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain located at the Country Club Plaza for a look at one of the most popular fountains in the area.



This collection of historical artifacts pays tribute to the Frontier Army’s role in the exploration and expansion of the nation from 1804 to 1916. The museum also celebrates Fort Leavenworth’s history from 1827 to the present. The collection includes unique artifacts such as a 1790 prairie schooner and a JN4D aircraft, the type used by General Pershing in a 1917 conflict.



Located in Crown Center, the Hallmark Visitors Center honors the story of one of the world’s largest greeting card companies and one of Kansas City’s most celebrated businesses. The interactive exhibit allows visitors to follow Hallmark’s 100 year journey as well as observe different greeting card trends throughout the years. Visitors can even create their own star-shaped bow as a keepsake.



This museum champions the achievements of Haskell Indian Nations University, which first opened in 1884 as a boarding school in Lawrence, KS. The collection not only celebrates the history of Native education but the vast tribal history of the land as well.



Bring your hiking gear or biking equipment out to Olathe for outdoor adventures at Ernie Miller Park and Nature Center, the perfect way to spend a day in Kansas City’s beautiful, natural environment. Explore educational exhibits, bird-watch with friends, trailblaze through the enivornment and so much more.



This free art studio combines the creative genius of Hallmark with the magic of imagination to create a space for kids to express themselves. Independent art sessions allow children ages 5-12 to create with bows, cardboard, melted crayons and more. At Kaleidoscope, children can discover the joy of creating.



A two-acre garden in the heart of the Kansas City, this garden is a part of the Kauffman Legacy Park. The garden boasts more than 7,000 plants and several beautiful water features. Be sure to check out the secluded Secret Garden behind the conservatory.



The historic Central Library branch is a beloved treasure in Kansas City. Visitors can enjoy movies in the old bank’s vault, see a variety of exhibits, attend special events or simply settle in with a good read in the city’s largest collection of books. Be sure to snap a picture at the famous Community Bookshelf feature that runs along the south wall of the parking garage.



A leader among modern art museums in the nation, the Kemper Museum has grown to nearly 1,000 works of art since its opening in 1994. The museum offers a growing permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, as well as free public programs. For a contemporary take on dining, be sure to check out Café Sabastienne.



Lakeside Nature Center, located in Swope Park, allows visitors to explore local wildlife and contribute to community conservation projects. The Nature Center is also one of Missouri’s largest wildlife rehabilitation facilities. Special events include nature story time, guided hikes and educational programs.



A site on the National Register of Historic Places, visitors to the Lanesfield School can travel back to 1904 to explore the day in a life of a rural one-room schoolhouse student. The school, built in 1869, is the only remaining building of the once town of Lanesfield, KS. The Visitor’s Center also features an exhibit on the rural educational system of the settlers of Kansas.



Take a break from shopping and discover where this popular entertainment district received its name. Visitors can take a self-guided audio tour of the tribute to more than 80 legendary Kansans from athletes such as Maurice Green and Tom Watson to pioneers such as Amelia Earhart and Russell Stover.



Originally built in 1864 along the Santa Fe Trail at the corner of 95th and Quivira in Lenexa, this stone barn now resides in Sar-Ko-Par Trail Park as a testament to Lenexa’s history. The exhibit features many artifacts from the early prairie days to the expansion of Lenexa in the 20th century.



Sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the jail is a reconstruction of the original Clay County Jail on the same site of its initial location. The exhibit focuses on the LDS Church’s role in the social and religious history of the area.



Located in Liberty, this nature center includes educational programs, live animal exhibits as well as multiple hiking trails. Try geocaching for an adventurous game during the hike.



This educational center depicts the experiences of early Mormon pioneers in Independence, MO. The tour also presents the basic beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through paintings and A/V presentations.



Visitors to the National Archives can explore exhibit galleries with records from nearly 90 Federal agencies from around the region. Among the records displayed is the file of the 1951 landmark case, Brown v. Board of Education. Step back in time to research family trees or replicate famous signatures or view the short film, Democracy Starts Here.



Home to more than 34,500 pieces of art, from ancient Chinese ceramics to modern art in the Bloch Building, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is a world-class treasure located right in the heart of Kansas City. The ever-expanding collection makes The Nelson unique each time visitors explore. Be sure to enjoy the shuttlecocks at the Sculpture Park on the south lawn.



A beautiful complement to the Johnson County Community College campus, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art is the largest contemporary art museum in the four-state region. The Nerman collection includes a combination of international, national and regional artwork.



Stroll through this 300-acre nature sanctuary for a wilderness retreat featuring eight natural ecosystems. Paved or woodchip pathway, the Arboretum is a picturesque example of Kansas City’s beauty. Free on Tuesdays and every day for visitors 5 years old and younger.



This Northland favorite is the perfect place to let children explore their wild side. The parkfeatures both a 26-foot kangaroo slide and 23-foot playable penguin that are perfect for an afternoon adventure in the park.



Free public cuppings (coffee tastings) are held every Thursday at The Roasterie’s Plant Cafefrom 5 to 6 p.m. Sample a wide variety of coffees from all across the world while dedicated staff guide you through your experience. RSVPs are required (maximum of eight people per cupping).



Nestled in Hodge Park, this 80-acre museum reflects life in a typical 19th century village. The village includes 17 authentic log cabins and homes. Be sure to visit during special events, as the village comes to life with re-enactors.



Families can enjoy the Kansas City Power & Light District in a whole new way at this event, held on the second Saturday of each month from May to October. Each Fun Day has a theme that is sure to delight children both young and old.

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Who is Robert Levinson and how can we help get him out of jail in Iran?

Call this guy Joe Oberon 212-859-3526 about this topic and get it in your local media.

Joe Oberon is familiar with issue.

Robert Levinson – Presentation to UN Panel by Joe O’Brien.

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Interesting but good news from the recently released FACEBOOK PROFILE DATA in the USD #500 School District (Kansas City, Kansas) this 2018

This is a follow-up to FACEBOOK PROFILE DATA USD #500 KANSAS, CITY KANSAS–which is one of the most diverse communities in the USA   


What good news is there to celebrate concerning the district’s many ELL students? 

-Good attendance overall.

-ELL students are passing most of their classes.

-ELL students are willing to participate in class.

-Many schools offer extended supports for family’s too.

-Many have siblings in the district.

-ELL students are often on or about on the current MAP targets.

-ELL students are showing good social skills or social intelligence acquisition.

-They are good in math and reading according to MAP results.

-Students are beginning to advocate for themselves & asking for ESL assistance.

-Teachers in the district, especially in the lower grades, have shown that they are recognition the needs and issues related to ELLs in the district and their schools.

-Overall, ELL students have very few discipline issues.


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USA Now: “We’re losing talented kids from immigrant families who don’t know their way around the American system.”

About 1 out of every 10 public school students in the United States right now is learning to speak English. They’re called ELLs, for “English Language Learners.”

There are nearly 5 million of them, and educating them — in English and all the other subjects and skills they’ll need — is one of the biggest challenges in U.S. public education today.

As part of our reporting project, 5 Million Voices, we set out to gather up all the data and information we could find about who these students are and how they’re being taught. Here’s our snapshot:

The vast majority — some 3.8 million ELL students — speak Spanish. But there are lots of other languages too, including Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Arabic and Vietnamese.
Most ELLs were born in the United States, and are U.S. citizens.

The state with the most ELL students is California — which has 29 percent of all ELLs nationwide. Texas has 18 percent, followed by Florida with 5 percent and New York with 4 percent.

From 2000 to 2014, the growth of the ELL population was greatest in Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Based on the most recent data available, NPR found that no matter where they go to school, most ELLs are struggling because they have little or no access to quality instruction tailored to their needs. Although 90 percent of these kids are enrolled in designated ELL programs, at least one recent study argues that the quality of these programs is suspect.

Funding for ELL programs comes almost entirely from local and state sources. That’s because federal education funding on average represents about 11 percent of what local school districts spend overall.
Still, the U.S. Education Department does focus on how ELLs are treated. The department’s Office of Civil Rights has singled out 121 school districts in which not a single student is even enrolled in an ELL program. Overall, as many as half a million do not receive any special instruction to learn English.

Identifying ELL students

Identifying and screening ELLs is tricky. In most states, school districts use the simplest and lowest-cost method: a take-home survey. An overview of how the screening differs state-to-state can be found here.

In districts with large ELL populations, schools typically test students to determine how much English they speak, read and write. This allows teachers to pinpoint their needs.

Take, for example, a 12-year-old who still can’t read in English. Rather than placing that student into a first- or second-grade class with much younger kids who are learning to read, that 12-year old is placed with her peers in sixth or seventh grade, but is pulled out for intense English instruction.

Another option is transitional bilingual instruction. In this model, a teacher who is fluent in both English and the student’s native language builds on that child’s language for at least 2-3 years. The goal is having the student become fluent in both English while retaining a native language.

A third option is “dual-language immersion,” which requires that a classroom be made up of both ELLs and native English speakers. In this approach, all subjects are taught in two languages during the school day. English speakers learn a second language and ELLs learn English. The demand for dual language immersion has grown significantly in recent years.


As a whole, English language learners still lag behind in terms of academic achievement.

Most are not making the transition to English quickly enough. Many ELLs remain stuck in academically segregated programs where they fall behind in basic subjects.

Only 63 percent of ELLs graduate from high school, compared with the overall national rate of 82 percent.

In New York State, for example, the overall high school graduation rate is about 78 percent. But for ELLs, it’s 37 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Of those who do graduate, only 1.4 percent take college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT.

Teacher shortages

ELLs are often concentrated in low-performing schools with untrained or poorly trained teachers. The shortage of teachers who can work with this population is a big problem in a growing number of states.

Gifted ELLs

Only 2 percent of ELLs are enrolled in gifted programs, compared with 7.3 percent of gifted non-ELL students.

According to the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), a gifted ELL student is likely to know much of the curriculum content on the very first day of school. But NAGC researchers have found that most gifted ELLs are not on anybody’s radar.

Researchers say that, even when ELL students are identified as gifted, the impulse is often to keep them out of accelerated programs despite evidence that they would benefit from more challenging work while they’re learning English.

In his book, Failing Our Brightest Kids: The Global Challenge of Educating High-Ability Students, Chester E. Finn Jr. argues that school policies for identifying gifted ELLs are inadequate. Finn, a former assistant secretary of education, says schools need to train teachers to be more like talent scouts, so that they can spot gifted ELLs.

Otherwise, says Finn, “We’re losing talented kids from immigrant families who don’t know their way around the American system.”

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(Part 2.4) What is Disturbing about USD #500’s FACEBOOK PROFILE related to English Language Learning Student Population and their needs this coming 2018 through 2022 at local high schools in Kansas City

What we have learnt which is disturbing and calling for district-wide and school-wide responses

Schools Often Fail to Educate, Support English-Language Learners …blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning-the…/02/schools_provides_substandard_s.htmlFeb 28, 2017 – 30SR-Graduation-Cover-blog.jpg Schools across the United States often provide substandard instruction and social-emotional support to the nation’s English- language learners—and fail to properly train the educators who teach them, a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, …

NOTE: This is a follow-up to FACEBOOK PROFILE DATA USD #500 KANSAS, CITY KANSAS–which is one of the most diverse communities in the USA   

(1) Grades of ELL students do not seem to match ability.

(2) Often there are education gaps and the are too often.

(3) There are especially discrepancies between language class marks with others (passing language class while failing all others–or the revers.)

(4) Student is passing all his classes when the data suggests that the student is illiterate.

(5) Some students have had an excessive number of transfers in a short time–such as 5 moves in five school years.

(6) Low reading scores.

(7) Excessive unexcused absences for some.  A portion of these, though, are the only ones in the student’s household or family with apparent absentee rate issues.

(8) Student is frequently sent out of class for one reason or another.

(9) Some students have been suspended a multiple number of times.

(10) Some students are still in ESL classes after 8 years in the school system.

(11) It is not clear that some of these students will ever likely graduate.

(12) Some students are skipping class but teachers or schools are not recording lengthy absences outside of the room–, i.e. half hour drink breaks etc. of a students.

(13) Student refuses to speak or participate in class yet is still passing classes.

(14) Student was born in the USA but is still in ESL1 at high school.

(15) In contrast, some IDed ELL students are quite successful at all their College level courses.

(16) There is too often a discrepancy between the KELPA/MAP and college course marks.

(17) Too often students seem to be “passed along”with low passing grades without the appropriate skills needed.

(18) District seems to be pushing for graduation of students on a timeline or within a predetermined time, i.e. without the student necessarily having the appropriate credits–even if home country credits are included for the ELLs.

(19) Constantly, esp. in the secondary schools, schedules are created for the ELL learner without academic courses of significant relevant weight towards graduation being included, with the exception being ELL or Language courses.

(20). Some ELL students are, in turn, obviously misplaced in forensics and debate classes.











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KCK TODAY: Director of ESOL/Migrant Programs Kristen Scott provided an update regarding the tremendous growth of the program during the last 10 years.


Here are highlights of the 2017-18 meeting:

Director of ESOL/Migrant Programs Kristen Scott provided an update regarding the tremendous growth of the program during the last 10 years.

  • The school district is now made up of 44% or 9,896 students considered English as a Second Language (ESL), 10% of these individuals are newcomers to the district.

To understand how much our district has gained in diversity over the years, check out the following comparison of the years 2007/2008 to 2017/2018.

  2007/2008 2017/2018
Percent ESL 24% (4,985 students) 44% (9,896 students)
Percent Migrant

(Any student not older than 21 who is (or whose parent/child/spouse) is a migratory agricultural worker/fisher, and has moved within the proceeding 36 months in order to obtain qualifying work.)

.2% (38 students) 2.2% (492 students)
Ethnicity Indian/Alaskan – .5%

Asian – 3.2%

Hispanic – 36.1%

Black – 42%

White – 18%

Hawaiian/Pacific – .1%

Indian/Alaskan – .2%

Asian – 6.9%

Hispanic -50.2%

Black – 27% (2%speak a language other than English)

White – 10.3%

Hawaiian/Pacific – .4%

Multi-Racial – 3.5%

Number of Languages

(The most spoken languages within the district are named.)

8 languages

English, Spanish, Hmong

77 languages

English    Chin          Swahili

Spanish   Burmese  Karen

Hmong    Nepali       Somali

In September, the school district received a five-year, $2.5 million Step-Up Grant, with four components:

  • early literacy language development; Imagine Learning for Earl Watson
  • professional learning for English as a Second Language (ESL) instructional aides; once a semester by Kansas State University (K-State) staff
  • coursework towards ESL endorsement; 3 cohorts of 20 teachers earning their ESL endorsement through K-State for free
  • Saturday Family Language Academy: seven Saturdays starting in March; classes for the entire family; transportation provided; meal/snack available; community resources

In March, after Spring Break, the school district will launch the Welcome Center for all new families to Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. The concept is a one stop shop featuring:

  • enrollment capabilities
  • Diploma+ program information
  • links to community resources
  • screenings and identification for ESL services, and possible placement in an Intensive Learning Center (ILC) from the moment they enroll into our system, as well as many other features.The Welcome Center will not replace online re-enrollment, Kindergarten Round-up or preschool enrollment procedures. All students admitted to Sumner Academy must enroll at Sumner Academy.


This is a follow-up to FACEBOOK PROFILE DATA USD #500 KANSAS, CITY KANSAS–which is one of the most diverse communities in the USA 

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WHAT CAN the SCHOOL DISTRICT and all LOCAL USD 500 SCHOOLS DO in LIGHT of the recently released “FACEBOOK PROFILE DATA” on ELL STUDENTS in the DISTRICT this 2018?


This is a follow-up to FACEBOOK PROFILE DATA USD #500 KANSAS, CITY KANSAS–which is one of the most diverse communities in the USA 


-Emphasize amongst all teachers–and other stake holders –why a particular grade is what it is? i.e. clear justification needed.

-Find a way to support the student’s family.

-Refer (when in need of advice on how to help ELLs) to ILC or young adult center.

-Enroll in literacy classes and how to pass on these talents and educational skills and targets.

-Educate selves around education in different countries.

-Tutoring support after school.

-More support from mainstream teachers needs to be practiced, demonstrated and shared on a daily and regular basis.

-Share videos which educate and teach skills which can be passed on to students even outside of class.

-When possible, ask family advocates to do a home visit to gain more information.

-Be intentional with placement of students in classes.

-Find someone who can make a connection with the student.

-When necessary, refer the student for SIT meeting and potential SPED support.

-Find mentoring programs and opportunities for students to mentor ELLs.

-Referral to PACES.

-Help counselors and administration to understand the ESL program and the need to schedule for appropriate placements in grades, classes and programs as soon as possible.



Paces parent, adolescent & child empowerment services   PACES http://paceswc.org/Home.aspx

TREMENDOUS GROWTH IN ESOL NEEDS IN DISTRICT http://kckps.org/index.php/archived-board-meeting-highlights/899-board-of-education-highlights-february-13-2018

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FACEBOOK PROFILE DATA USD #500 KANSAS, CITY KANSAS–which is one of the most diverse communities in the USA

This blog post is a call to community and stakeholder discussion at USD 500 this 2018.  Here are the recently released FACEBOOK PROFILE DATA (USD #500) KANSAS, CITY KANSAS, i.e.  with  a clear call to such a discussion, especially important in the middle schools and high schools of the city.

English Language Learners: How Your State Is Doing : NPR Ed : NPR

Feb 23, 2017 – About 1 out of every 10 public school students in the United States right now is learning to speak English. … Based on the most recent data available, NPR found that no matter where they go to school, most ELLs are struggling because they have little or no access to quality instruction tailored to their needs.

The focus here is from the perspective of ELL (English Language Learning Students)  [1]


-Population Grew.

-High percentages of (often) newly identified (ELL) students.

-No other services (in the district) involve more than this 16.2% of the entire district.

-ELLs have a low suspension rate

-Often ELLs have been less absent than other students this year.

-ELLs represent half of the 9th grade population.



-(As noted above) Attendance rate is extremely high for ELL students in this district.

-Infractions going down- low suspension rate– for ELLs quickly.

-Passing rate is increasing (esp. as they move through the levels).


-Low exiting numbers.

-Beginners have low “all classes passing” number.

-It is unclear where exactly all of the intermediate students are located in the district and what services are being offered them in 2018.

NOTE: Peculiarly large  differences in students apparently stuck at high intermediate and beginning stage.

-The number of Cs or better are going down.

-Beginner absences grew (peculiar, esp. as compared to overall improvement).

-Not-receiving-services kids are not doing well.

-Some kids still have chronic absences.



[1] PDF]How Educators Can Advocate for English Language Learners





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As Students & Teachers Strike for Safety in Schools against Abusive Usage and Misusage of Guns, let’s not forget too….

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Dear Kevin,

Appropriations decisions are being made this week; contact Congress today!

Women State Legislators from across the country have sent a letter to Congress expressing their concern about the budget agreement reached in early February, which provides $700 billion in total defense spending for FY18 and $719 billion in defense spending for FY19.

This massive increase comes as the Pentagon struggles to complete its first-ever audit, which is likely to confirm previously reported waste and abuse. Well before the audit even began, the Pentagon identified and subsequently hid $125 billion in administrative waste. It is unacceptable that Congress continues to increase the Pentagon budget before it has managed to successfully complete and rectify issues exposed by the audit.

Additionally, the Trump Administration has requested $15 billion to modernize and expand our nuclear arsenal, making nuclear war more likely. Nuclear weapons cost taxpayers over $20 billion dollars. Here’s what those tax dollars could have paid for instead:

  • 247,469 Elementary school teachers salaries for 1 year, or
  • 1,940,000 Military Veterans Receiving VA Medical Care for 1 Year, or
  • 602,174 Scholarships for students for 4 years.

Take action now to make sure your Members of Congress read the letter and insist that they invest in our communities instead of the military industrial complex.

In Solidarity,

Samantha Blake

WiLL Program Manager

Women Legislators’ Lobby (WiLL)
A Program of Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND)
810 7th Street NE | Washington, DC 20002
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Volunteers needed to Keep Missouri Clean!

Clean Missouri

Dear Kevin,

An open and transparent government is the hallmark of a free society. Missouri lawmakers would prefer to keep their secret deals and closed door meetings away from public scrutiny and far from the people they were elected to represent. They think they’re above the rules.

But we don’t.

The Clean Missouri initiative will make all legislative records open to the public. So there will be nowhere to hide when emails are requested, hearings need to be recorded or public information is sought.

No matter what party you support, transparency is something we can all agree on in 2018.

The Clean Missouri iniative will:

  • eliminate almost all lobbyist gifts
  • lower campaign contribution limits for state legislative candidates
  • require politicians wait 2 years before becoming lobbyists
  • require legislative records be open to the public
  • ensure that neither political party is given an unfair advantage when legislative maps are drawn

You can help make a more open and transparent state government a reality.

Become a volunteer with the Clean Missouri initiative to help us gather signatures to get on the November ballot — you’ll meet great people and, best of all, you’ll know you’re contributing to an important cause.


Clean Missouri Team

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