Posts Tagged ‘Proposition 13’

In his comment to my blog the other day, Alessandro raised several points; it does seem counterintuitive to essentially ask for higher property taxes, by eliminating the effects of Proposition 13 in California. Why would anyone want to do that? Especially now? (more…)

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Property taxes are used to pay for all the public services we get citizens. They include, but are not limited to:

Universities and other public schools, roads, bridges, state parks, city parks, regional planning, flood abatement, street lights, sewer maintenance, libraries,  busses, mass transit, public swimming pools, the state and local governments,  police, firefighters, social services, hospitals, state and local fairs, etc. The list is endless. The list also represents a wide variety of jobs, paid through state funds, with equal opportunity and health benefits. (more…)

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Fool’s Gold

I bought my first home at the end of 1995. It was a 1950’s starter home, built in the big growth period that identified so much of the California Baby Boom generation.  It was a familiar sort of home and neighborhood, since my early days were spent in such homes when they were new.  It was a fixer, and I paid a little less then $90,000. Even then that was a steal. My neighbor, in back of me had paid $115,000, for his; a couple of years prior. (more…)

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We trained hard–but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form into teams, we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing. And what a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization.–Gaius Petronius Arbiter

The above quote pretty much sums up how I felt about implementation of the “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) Act. If you haven’t read this article yet from a past teacher on the Confluence, be sure and do so:

No Child Left Undamaged

Posted on September 13, 2008 by garychapelhill

[I spent several years working as a high school teacher.  I had always wanted to be a teacher and enjoyed it very much.  I was going to make it my lifelong career.  NCLB ended all that.  After George W Bush was appointed president by the SCOTUS in 2001, he was under some pressure to extend an olive branch to the Democrats.  Instead, with the help of Ted Kennedy, he offered them a Trojan horse called The No Child Left Behind Act:]


Trojan horse is a perfect metaphor! (more…)

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