Monthly Archives: July 2014

How Migrant Education program works

Posted by Thomas on July 30, 2014
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Migrant Education is a federally funded program designed to respond to the educational and health needs of migrant children. It is an addition to the supplemental services students already receive and is provided for all children through their school districts.

The program is authorized under Part C of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended.

The program is in addition to the supplemental services the students already receive through school districts, many of them serving rural areas, like Dixon Unified, which has about 3,500 students on seven campuses. Dixons program serves more than 100 7th through 12th graders plus another nearly 100 students at a Dixon migrant development center. (See full story above)

The federal dollars pay for education programs for migratory children and help ensure that, while moving among the states or to another country, such as Mexico, they are not penalized in any manner by differences among different curriculums, graduation requirements and student achievement standards. The money also pays for children who need supportive services to meet special needs, to make sure they have the same opportunities and are able to reach the same achievement standards that all children are expected to meet.

The federal money is given to state departments of education, based on each states per-pupil expenditure for students ages 3 to 21 who live within the state. The money pays for teaching, including remedial instruction, bilingual and multicultural instruction, vocational training, career education services, special guidance, preschool services, and counseling and testing services.

The programs goal is to make sure that all migrant students reach the same standards as traditional students, graduate with a high school diploma (or meet General Educational Development, or GED, requirements), preparing them for responsible citizenship, additional learning and gainful employment.

Source: US Department of Education (


What if Obama Defended American Business?

Posted by Thomas on July 30, 2014
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Just for once, wouldn’t it be great if President Obama actually defended American business, instead of attacking it?

Just once?

Wouldn’t it be great if Obama acknowledged that US firms are overburdened by the highest corporate tax rate among developed countries, and as a result are becoming less and less competitive?

Wouldn’t it be great if he said he wants to fix this tax imbalance in order to grow the economy faster and give US businesses a leg up on the global scene?

Couldn’t he just say that?

He could say it like this: “Look, I don’t want to drive businesses away. I want to keep businesses here. I understand the importance of business. I understand that you can’t have a good job without a thriving business. And I get that businesses require capital investment. And I understand that the investment and the business must have a high rate of return, after-tax. When that’s the case, the company expands, jobs grow, and families have more income to pay for health care, education, and the good life.”


OSU hires director for School of Arts and Communication

Posted by Thomas on July 29, 2014
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Lee Ann Garrison, an administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has been named the director of the School of Arts and Communication in the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University. She will begin her job Aug. 11.

Garrison was the executive director of the Design Research Institute at the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin. An art and design professor, Garrison also is the interim associate dean for curricular design and innovation in the Lubar School of Business and interim associate dean of academic and student affairs at the Zilber School of Public Health.

Garrison had a background in curriculum development and creating collaborative teaching and research opportunities at UW-Milwaukee.

At OSU, Garrison will work to elevate the arts on campus and in the community, and also to create opportunities for students and faculty to work with others in the arts and beyond.


Roush Fenway Racing announces ’15 lineup, confirms Carl Edwards out (VIDEO)

Posted by Thomas on July 28, 2014
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I dont have the words for what Jack Roush has meant to my career, Greg Biffle told the Associated Press. During our 16 years together, we have won multiple championships and numerous races on every level. I am as excited about what the future holds for me here as I am about what we have been able to accomplish in the past.

Our goal remains to run up front, win races and become the sports first triple crown winner by having a championship in all three series.

The team also confirmed that Fastenal will serve as the primary sponsor on Stenhouses No. 17 Ford as part of a multi-year agreement.


Music program helps expose kids to the arts

Posted by Thomas on July 27, 2014
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Ulysses Owens and his mother, Gwen, started the nonprofit organization with the objective to help suspended students stay in school so they wouldnt miss a beat.

Since then, the program, which caters to children between 5 and 15 years old, has evolved to include the performing arts, academic enrichment and civic engagement, as well as job skills training for parents.

I felt places like Los Angeles and New York were already saturated by programs like these, and I felt like it was really needed here, said Owens, who decided to come back to Jacksonville after graduating from The Julliard School in New York City.

Kids who qualify for free or reduced lunch are eligible to participate in Dont Miss A Beat.

Not that they have some special need, but really those are the ones who maybe cant afford a program like this, Gwen Owens said. There are a lot of programs in Jacksonville that are a lot more expensive. So we provide the best talent, we provide the best training, the best education at a minimum cost.

Dont Miss A Beat has a six-week summer program and also offers homework assistance to children 5-18 years old during the school year from 3-6 pm It meets at the JS Johnson Community Center in Brooklyn, west of downtown Jacksonville.

The group has an opportunity to send 12 local children to Paris this summer, but needs help funding the trip.

There will also be a performance featuring local children as well as children from Paris and Africa later this month at the Karpeles Museum in Springfield on July 26. It begins at 1 pm and is free to the public.

To learn more about getting your child involved in Dont Miss a Beat or to donate to the groups Paris trip, click here.


Inside Texas Politics: Border, Chemicals and Workers’ Comp

Posted by Thomas on July 27, 2014
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On this weeks edition of WFAA-TVsInside Texas Politics, I talked with host Jason Whitely and theFort Worth Star-Telegrams Bud Kennedy about Gov. Rick Perry vs. President Obama on the surge of Central Americans many of them children to the US border. Politically, it may raise Perrys visibility, but it remains to be seen how his call for the swift deportation of children will resonate with the public.

We also talked about state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio his remarks to the state Democratic convention last week were deemed insulting and racist by some and maybe not the best strategy for a party thats been on the ropes for 20 years; the Tribunes four-part Hurting for Work project, which details considerable gaps in the states workers compensation system; Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial nomineeGreg Abbotts statement last week that Texans could drive around their neighborhoods asking businesses what hazardous chemicals they house it might have been a political gaffe, but we may not hear too much about it till after Labor Day; Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, who may have pulled a clinker of his own, sending out a fundraising letter hard on the heels of his call for Dallas to care for some of those Central American immigrants; and, finally, whether calls for a protest to greet those immigrants when they arrive in Dallas, similar to one California experienced last week, may hurt the GOPs attempts to reach more Hispanic voters.

Also: Jason interviews Jenkins about his call to offer shelter and comfort to some from the recent border surge; Jason interviews US Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, who just paid a second visit to the border; the notion that closely held for-profit corporations can have religious beliefs is debated; and the mayor of Toronto is surprisingly buff if you can believe your eyes.


Students Who Push Tech Boundaries Should Be Encouraged, Not Punished

Posted by Thomas on July 26, 2014
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Universities are not always the most welcoming places for student innovation, yet so many of the biggest tech success stories got their start on college campuses. As institutions that are home to cutting-edge developers of technology, universities have a responsibility to be more responsive to the needs of student innovators and researchers. It is time to get reform underway, fast.

Close calls and potential run-ins with the law were part of the patchwork of experimentation in university communities that led to the creation of some of the worlds largest technology companies. Harvard reprimanded Mark Zuckerberg for breaching security and hacking into dorm websites to obtain photos of students for an early version of Facebook. Luckily, the university did not involve law enforcement, but they certainly could have.


Group seeks law change to implement cigarette tax to fund Valley arts

Posted by Thomas on July 25, 2014
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Staff report


Power of the Arts, a community arts and culture organization, will host a town hall at 3 pm Friday in Bliss Recital Hall on the first floor of Bliss Hall at Youngstown State University.

The event is free and open to the public.

Power of the Arts is actively pursuing changing the Ohio Revised Code to allow counties with populations under 1.2 million to fund arts and cultural districts with a cigarette tax. Now, only Cuyahoga County is eligible. The group’s goal would be to create a sustainable funding source for arts and culture in the Mahoning Valley.

Also at the session, attendees will hear the findings of a survey of arts and culture organizations and artists and will get an update about the Power of the Arts efforts in Columbus.

The meeting will also give attendees an opportunity to meet other representatives from arts and culture organizations who are committed to the power of the arts in the Mahoning Valley.

Planning for future arts initiatives will also begin where those in attendance can voice their opinions regarding the direction of the Power of the Arts and how it can help propel the arts and culture in the Mahoning Valley.