Wednesday, November 15, 2017

How Maine hurt education by trying to reform it

There’s a characteristic that stands out about state education policy in the minds of many Maine teachers and school administrators: an inability to stick with major initiatives.

The inconsistency makes it more difficult for schools to focus on improving student achievement, teachers and administrators say. And it sows doubt in the minds of educators that any major state education initiative has staying power.

Take standardized tests.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Seven weeks after breach, state tells 2,100 foster parents that personal data went online

The names, addresses and Social Security numbers of roughly 2,100 Mainers who receive foster care benefits were accidentally posted to a public website in September, the Maine Office of Information Technology said Monday.

 The office “has begun notifying approximately 2,100 individuals of a recent incident that may have resulted in a temporary exposure of their personal information,” the agency said in a written statement.

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I am really surprised that DHHS figured this out.  My experience has been that they're not very bright. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

I-Team: Less than half of schools use free kit to test water for lead



Nearly one year after the state started offering free lead testing kits to schools, the CBS 13 I-Team discovers less than half have actually requested them.

School is supposed to be a safe place for kids to learn and grow, but Maine's aging infrastructure can sometimes expose them to a danger they can't see, smell or taste.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

DHHS misspent $13.4M in federal welfare funds but likely won’t face a penalty



The Maine Department of Health and Human Services spent more than $13 million in federal welfare funds unlawfully in 2015 and 2016, but the state is unlikely to face a financial penalty for the misuse.

Maine DHHS spent $13.4 million in federal welfare funds over the course of those two years on services for elderly and disabled Mainers, including in-home care and Meals on Wheels. Federal law, however, requires that states use the money on programs or services for low-income families with children.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Kill the men - treat the women fairly

I am going to state an observation about sexism that I picked up on this morning.

I open my facebook to see what's going on with my friends and family.  I do follow a few of the local news media feeds as well and today I come across two stories about potential child molesters here in Maine.

The first is regarding a 29-year-old female teacher in Kennebunk who may have had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a male student.

 

The second story is about a man who possibly molested a young girl.


Now I want to direct your attention to the Facebook comments under each of these articles.  Let's take a look at the second one first which I will provide via screenshots. Re: Maine man charged with sex crimes against young girl


Here are the rest, I couldn't resist.


Now we know how everybody feels about sex offenders, especially the ones who commit crimes against children.  As the above comments demonstrate, they are often the most hated and feared members of any community.  The good and self-righteous people are calling for his death or for castration.  

Of course, it's different if you're a woman.  "Community shocked by teacher accused of sex crimes" Let's take a look at some of the comments under the article about the female teacher who may have had sex with the male student.


and it continues...


Notice any difference in tone?


As you can see, regarding the male they want to castrate him or put a bullet in his head.  It's pretty straightforward.

The comments on the article regarding the female are either much more supportive or jokes.  One guy can't understand why the kid told because they would love every minute of it.  The women are saying that we shouldn't jump to conclusions and that this possibly innocent victim of a false accusation should be treated innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  

Even a few more comments are pointing out what I am demonstrating here.  If the teacher was a male the bullet, hanging or castration would be recommended but since she is not male, she should be treated differently.

So there you have the Facebook Court of Public Opinion.  Both of these people are accused of serious crimes.  The man should die, the woman should be treated fairly.  How's that for equality?













Thursday, September 21, 2017

Final disposition of Ayla Reynolds death probate case expected Thursday


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Five years after Ayla Reynolds disappeared, a request from her mother to have her declared legally dead is expected to be finalized.

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