Friday, March 24, 2006

Medical marijuana, death with "dignity", live sex acts and now the carousels

Illegal Immigration: Fool Me Once, Shame on You ...
The old saying goes: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me“. The U.S. Senate is poised to fool the American people the second time with the euphemistically named “guest worker” scheme. It did so the first time in 1986, led by Senator Kennedy, who is also in the forefront of the current push for amnesty for illegal aliens.

As a case in point, a small city in Oregon, McMinnville, is experiencing the same draining of its taxpayer dollars.

Over the past two years, there has been an increase in the number of English Language Learners (ELL) in the McMinnville School District from 772 to 1,138, a 32 percent increase. The district has had to put a $96 million bond levy on the May ballot. Last year, the Salem School District spent over $7 million on ELL programs, but only $668,000 on the Talented and Gifted Program (TAG). That meant that an extra $2,500 was spent on an ELL student, but a mere extra $131 per TAG student.

In Oregon last month it was announced that the Oregon Department of Human Services is $172 million over budget just five months into the biennium. DHS administers the health plan. While swimming in this $172 million sea of red ink, DHS nonetheless sends out employees on Saturdays and pays them overtime, to attend events that, by agreement with the Mexican consul general, are only open to Mexican nationals, (read illegal aliens). At these events, the DHS employees show Mexican nationals how to access Oregon state benefits.

The things we are famous for in Oregon. Our little carousel program is the model of what not to do around the country.

But hey all you republicans who want the amnety, sorry "guest workers", you are in good company with Teddy Kennedy.

And after you finish voting with Kennedy you can come back to your district and explain to the TAG students why the kids of criminal aliens deserve a better funded education that them.


BEAR said...

Many thousands of illegals and their supporters came out from under their rocks, today, in several U.S. cities. Their intent was to complain about impending legislation that would grant them more "rights" than legal immigrants or actual citizens, and to intimidate our politicians. I am reminded of the film "the magnificent seven," where a town is terrorized by bad guys, and is taught by a brave few that they can stand up to bullies and continue to live in freedom. Hmmmm.

Daniel said...

I actually heard a news quote of someone saying that "we need to pass laws that protect illegal aliens."

Matt said...

What country are we living in???? I just received a forward of the info at this site:

Supreme Court

Lau v. Nichols (1974)

In what began as a class action suit filed on behalf of Chinese-speaking children in San Francisco Schools, the case of Lau v. Nichols produced very important judicial decisions, among which the following deserve special notice:

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court declared that equality of educational opportunity for students who do not understand English requires that they not only have access to "the same facilities, textbooks, teachers and curriculum. . ." but also requires that they have access to learning the English language. Regardless of other factors, the Court found that ". . . students who do not understand English are effectively foreclosed from any meaningful education" when their opportunities to learn are limited to exposure to instruction in a language they do not understand.

The Supreme Court recognized the authority of the Office for Civil Rights (U.S. Department of Education) to establish regulations for compliance with the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Plyler v. Doe (1982)

The Supreme Court ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits states from denying a free public education to immigrant children even if they or their parents are undocumented. In other words, the Court decreed that all children residing in the United States have the right to a free public education without regard to their own or their parents' legal status as immigrants. Further, the Court emphatically declared that school systems are not agents for enforcing immigration law and therefore are forbidden to make public any information about the legal status of their students, or to inform other agencies about such status.

Federal Courts

The following cases highlight victories won on behalf of language minority students in various federal courts. It should be noted that these cases were brought in different states and federal circuits by a variety of plaintiffs that included parents, community representatives and education authorities.

Serna v. Portales (New Mexico, 1974)

In Serna, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier district court decision which found that Portales Municipal Schools discriminated against Spanish-surnamed students. The Court not only found "undisputed evidence that Spanish surnamed students do not reach the achievement levels attained by their Anglo counterparts," but found also that Spanish surnamed students had higher truancy and dropout rates than the Anglo students. As a remedy, the Court ordered Portales Municipal Schools to design and implement programs of bilingual and bicultural instruction; to revise testing procedures to assess language minority students' achievement; and to recruit and hire bilingual school personnel.

Cintron v. Brentwood (New York, 1978)

In the Cintron case, suit was brought on behalf of 3,700 students (most of whom were Puerto Rican) to prevent the Brentwood School District from restructuring its bilingual program, Avelino. The Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York rejected Brentwood's planned alteration of its bilingual program on the grounds that the proposed revision would not meet the educational and cultural needs of the students. In the Court's words, ". . . the underlying theory of [the proposed revision] is an immersion into English language and culture and a subordination of Spanish and Hispanic culture with a view towards accelerating the acquisition of English. . .. " However, the Court also rejected the continuation of the Avelino program as it was currently implemented, since ". . . the bilingual program [Avelino] segregates the Spanish-speaking students from the rest of the student body. The children remain in the same classroom except for physical education and lunch. . ." After rejecting both programs, the Court made various recommendations for restructuring the Brentwood School District's education plan.

R¡os v. Reed (New York, 1978)

Ten months after the verdict in Cintron v. Brentwood, a suit was brought in the same court (Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York) against the Patchogue-Medford School District. On behalf of 800 Puerto Rican students, plaintiffs charged that the District's transitional bilingual program did not meet the students' educational needs. The Court agreed for a number of reasons, notably the following: the lack of Spanish language ability among school administrators and teachers; the lack of knowledge about bilingual instruction methodology and evaluation among teaching personnel; the lack of educational materials in Spanish; and the improper use of procedures to identify and place students in instructional programs. The Court wrote:

"While the District's goal of teaching Hispanic children the English language is certainly proper, it cannot be allowed to compromise a student's right to meaningful education before proficiency in English is obtained."

Castaneda v. Pickard (Texas, 1981)

While the cases discussed above are of great importance in the development of legal bases to defend the rights of language minority students, Castaneda has a special relevance, since it provided -- and still provides -- important criteria for determining a school's degree of compliance with the Equal Educational Opportunity Act of 1974.

In the Castaneda suit, parents of Mexican-American children charged the Raymondville Independent School District, Texas, with instructional practices that violated their children's rights. Those practices included "ability tracking" of students on the basis of discriminatory criteria that caused the segregation of Hispanic students; discriminating against Mexican-Americans in the recruitment and hiring of school personnel; and failing to develop bilingual programs that facilitated learning by language minority students.

Reversing an initial District Court finding, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the Mexican-American plaintiffs. It then went on to formulate a test to determine school district compliance with the Equal Educational Opportunities Act (1974). Compliance requires the satisfaction of three criteria:

1) Theory: The school must pursue a program based on an educational theory recognized as sound or, at least, as a legitimate experimental strategy;

2) Practice: The school must actually implement the program with instructional practices, resources, and personnel necessary to transfer theory into reality.

3) Results: The school must not persist in a program that fails to produce results.

It is significant to note that, while the Castaneda ruling was handed down in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals -- whose jurisdiction includes Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi -- the Castaneda Test has been applied in a number of different states and other judicial Circuits, including the following:

Keyes v. School District #1(Colorado, 1983)

An U. S. District Court found that Denver's public school district failed to satisfy the second of the Castaneda Test's three criteria when it failed to put into practice the plan it had adopted to meet its national origin minority students' needs.

Gomez v. Illinois (1987)

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana, ruled on the obligations of the states under the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 (EEOA). The Court applied the tripartite test established in Castaneda and extended to state education agencies, as well as to local education agencies, the obligation to ensure that the needs of students of limited English proficiency be met.

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education is charged with monitoring school districts' compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The OCR does not prescribe a specific educational program that will provide adequate learning opportunity for language minority students. Rather, each school district is at liberty to choose any proven approach, or any approach that promises to be successful, that it considers most appropriate to its own needs, conditions, and resources. The OCR, however, requires that all programs carry out certain basic functions by which schools will:

- properly identify students who need language services;
- develop programs that are effective in promoting learning;
- provide adequate teachers, educational materials and physical space;
- adequately evaluate students' progress;
- evaluate the whole program on an ongoing basis and implement changes when and where they are found to be needed.

The Office for Civil Rights investigates complaints that allege a District's failure to comply with these requirements or with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. According to the May 25, 1970, Memorandum of the Office for Civil Rights, school districts must meet four fundamental responsibilities, which are:

1) To take affirmative steps and employ adequate resources to ensure that students acquire proficiency in the language of instruction;

2) To refrain from placing students in classes for the mentally retarded on the basis of criteria which essentially measure English language skills, or to deny access to college preparatory courses as a result of the school's failure to impart necessary English language skills;

3) To employ no grouping or tracking systems which impede national origin students' educational development, or that operate as dead-end or permanent tracks, but to stimulate learning and the mastery of English as quickly as possible;

4) To ensure that parents with limited English proficiency receive information about school activities in a language that they understand.

Makes me want to invade something!!!!!!

Matt, Oregon Republican League

Anonymous said...

Daniel darling, you look what about 22?

Has anybody ever reminded you that you are the ancestor of an illegal alien? Or at least the ancestor of an immigrant. We all came from somewhere else. So deal and make room, we are here to stay.

Rah, Rah, for America!!!

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