Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California
There is a right to a quality education In CA's constitution. Also there must not be disparities between rich and poor, black and white, etc.
The lawsuit claimed that poor, minority students were disproportionately damaged by last-in first-out layoffs and early teacher tenure because newer teachers will take jobs in low income schools. So when they have to cut heads district-wide, poor schools get hit hardest. They can't lay off the worst teacher in the district, only the newest one.
The plaintiffs pounded home the message that ineffective teachers harm students, and ineffective teachers are prohibitively hard to dismiss due to 5 specific job-protections enshrined in CA law, and poor students are much more likely to be stuck with an ineffective teacher.
America 'Has Become a War Zone'
Violent crime is less than half what it was 20 years ago. And even less compared to 30 years ago.
I wouldn't argue with your points - or even your conclusion, but it should be noted that that same time period also coincides with the wide adoption of 3-strikes sentencing laws
California's murders peaked at 4096 in 1993. 3-strikes passed in 1994 and the murder rate has dropped almost every year since. It's now less than half what it was before 1884 in 2012.
The Light Might Make You Heavy
The causes of obesity are a multitude of factors. This article makes an overly simplistic suggestion that sleeping in a darker room will magically help one shed weight
claim of correlation != claim of causation. The article and the researcher were pretty careful on that point.
"But there is not sufficient evidence to know if making your room darker would make any difference to your weight.
"There might be other explanations for the association, but the findings are intriguing enough to warrant further scientific investigation."
HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs
So joke all you want, those that do make it to US are rather smart and hard working.
sorry, not my experience at all (20+ years in the bay area and I have tons of experience with indians). they THINK they are good, but the code quality, design quality and attention to detail is far below par.
As an American working in a company with a half Indian workforce, both onshore and off, my experience is exactly what the gp says. The workers who made it to the US were much more capable than the offshore team. I chalked it up to the fact that the obstacles to emigrating went a long way towards selecting for the more intelligent/motivated/organized. At the very least they needed to convince someone to sponsor their H1b. The sponsor takes a sizable risk so they tend to choose carefully.
One of the things I experienced when I first started working with them was an uneasy sense of "If they're all this good and there are tens of millions of them waiting in the wings, we're all doomed in this profession". I'm a reasonably good programmer, but this level of competition is going to burn me out.
Fortunately, working with the offshore team put my fears to rest. Nobody in the company had a lot of faith in the offshore team.
Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps
Tell them it's got all your child porn on it and they'll sure as hell go find it.
Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?
Manning your post in a ship under fire is not heroic. You get trained to do it, failing to stay at your post would be the thing worthy of a title, not merely 'doing your job'.
What are you, Sergeant Slaughter? Being trained to do a job doesn't take away your fear. When doing your job involves facing enemy fire in defense of your country then simply not running away is a heroic act.
DOE Announces Philips As L Prize Winner
I've friends like that too.
They're getting light bulbs for Christmas.
DOE Announces Philips As L Prize Winner
You can buy 60W equivalents for about $40 right now through Lowes online. I'm using the 40 Watt version, which are only $15 and they're... adequate. I bought 8 and 1 of them wasn't up to snuff (low output).
After 4 months none of them have failed (even though I cracked one of them - it continues to work) and the difference in my electric bill vs last year is noticeable. I estimate I'll recoup my investment in about 6 months. They also put out very little heat, which counts for a lot in the summer.
Of course, now I'm anxious to see what the award-winning 60s are like. I'd really like a brighter living room.
Congress Voting To Repeal Incandescent Bulb Ban
They are ridiculously expensive, but It might not pay to wait.
If you replace 25W candelabra bulbs with 3 watt leds, each bulb could save you around 60 cents per month (@4 hours per day, $0.25 per kWh), so even if you pay $15 each for them, they're returning about 50% annually. Where else can you make that kind of tax-free, risk-free return?
California Assembly Approves Internet Tax
Sorry, I think a deepwater port is sorta critical to their operation.
None in Montana, But lots in California (and Texas).
Wal-Mart To Launch Unlimited Wireless Family Plan
Around here Metro PCS advertises $40/month, unlimited everything. Their billboards say "Not $40-ish. $40". Taxes included.
Liberal Watchdog Questions White House Gmail Use
Sign me up.
SCO Zombie McBride's New Plan For World Litigation
Should have known better.
SCO Zombie McBride's New Plan For World Litigation
It's only $35k!
I'll personally commit $100 to create a fund to outbid him.
Who's with me?
How Norway Fought Staph Infections
I have to disagree with much of your post. I don't think your in-laws' experience is that close to typical.
Norway's system may be superior, I'll take your word for it. But honestly speaking, it SHOULD be. Norway's problem is much more manageable because Norway is quite a bit wealthier than the US (53k per capita GDP vs 45k) and has a population the size of Kentucky.
Kaiser Permanente, which is a single insurance provider in the US, has twice as many members as Norway has people (and rates extremely highly for quality of care, by the way).
Have you ever asked your in-laws why they go to a doc-in-a-box and don't pick a primary physician? Every insurance plan I've ever had has let me pick a primary doc and see them any time - I've had the same doctor for 15 years.
Most people I know have "their" doctor and stick with them until they decide to switch or a change of insurance takes them out of their list of approved providers. The only people I know that don't have a primary physician are younger people who haven't had a reason to see a doctor since they left their parents insurance.
Also, maybe I haven't been paying attention, but I've never seen an employer require a doctor's note for sick leave of any length. Maybe companies put language to that effect in their employee handbook in case they need it to deal with abuse of the system, but in 20 years working I've never known of anyone being asked for a note.
Cell Phone Searches Require Warrant
I think you're missing the operative words: incident to arrest.
They can't just stop people going about their business and demand to see the contents of their backpacks in the hopes of finding something incriminating.
Ten Things Mobile Phones Will Make Obsolete
[X] wristwatch battery doesn't go dead every 3 days
Low-Power Home Linux Server?
I've been running a Dell Studio Hybrid for 6 months. They're assembled from laptop parts so they're very low power. It's completely silent. It has a fan but I've never heard it. It's about the size of a mac mini and starts about $100 less. Looks very inconspicuous in the living room - more like stereo equipment than a computer.
I couldn't compare speed between it and the mac mini, but mine is running windows 7 (because I couldn't get Ubuntu to send sound through the HDMI to the TV) and 2 instances of Ubuntu simultaneously under Sun's Virtualbox and I've never had a speed problem except some sketchiness when running the blu-ray dvd player (regular dvd is fine, Hulu is fine).
It comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse that has a pretty good range - I use it from across the living room.
Student Loan Interest Rankles College Grads
Charging a higher interest rate for "credit-unworthy" people makes it more likely that they'll default, making it a self-fulfilling prophecy. This holds true for all borrowers.
That may be true at the level of the individual borrower, but the system of higher rates for lower quality credit evolved over time because it makes money for the lenders. The higher resultant default rates are part of the calculation when they determine the interest rates.
Dogs As Intelligent As Average Two-Year-Old Children
The problem with preferring birds to mammals is that you have to kill a bird just about every day to feed a family of four, whereas the death of a single cow will suffice for most of a year.
Agreed on the crustaceans, though - they're practically insects.
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