RankStranger

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K-12 education research and policy wonk, number cruncher, and faculty member.

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June 14th, 1836

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Are we supposed to draw a line from Mr. Hoffman's comments above that the drugs being sold, alcohol being consumed on his sidewalk, overdoses, and vomit requiring clean up was all the result of homeless individuals in the area? I love Frederick, but the scapegoating of "others" - particul…

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"According to a policy statement from the media psychology division of the American Psychological Association, 'Scant evidence has emerged that makes any causal or correlational connection between playing violent video games and actually committing violent activities.'



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The Frederick City Budget is in excess of $162,000,000 (this is the 2018 budget - and it has more impact when you write all those zeroes). This $45,000 is 0.04% of the budget. Less than ONE HALF OF ONE percent.



I mean, die mad about the city wasting money and all, but may…

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RE: if you cannot afford to live here why not move?

:::When is the last time anyone here moved? It's pretty expensive. So if you *already* have difficulty covering the basics, moving is not an option for low income folks,

RE: This needed a study?

:::Even the most "duh&…

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I really wish we could get away from this idea that 11,000 students in FCPS "failed" the PARCC Literacy exam. This is NOT a Pass/Fail test. There is nuance to the FIVE levels of performance students can meet. Only ONE involves the student completely "not meeting" the expe…

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I am stoked for this venue, and I think it will be a nice space for performances by those in a number of sectors of the arts community in Frederick.

I am also still hopeful that Frederick will some day open an actual *music* venue in town...not another performing arts center, and not a…

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I'll add that I think Lois will do a fine job. As would several other candidates whose names were bandied about...I was just hoping for more of a balance on the Board (i.e., we have folks with classroom experience in Yoho and Bunitsky). I was hoping for someone with direct ed policy experien…

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But how much of that is policy experience? By my count, only one of the Board of Ed members has actual policy experience, and it's not in education. Last I checked, the BOE was a policy arm...

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RankStranger commented on Thoughts on dead space

Hi Sheryl,

I agree with much of what you're saying here, but could you quantify "a boatload" of money? I am not sure we actually hive a figure that says Artists in Frederick bring in X dollars in revenue. Get that number and your argument will either be strengthened or moot.

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I am curious, gary4books - what do you think will be the outcome of spending more money to improve public schools? Improved academics? Isn't that what once made our schools the "wonder of the world"?

The reality is, we have been spending *exponentially* more money on public s…

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