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Friday, September 25, 2009

Andrew Coulson on how to cause great education models to proliferate like ipods and FB & Eric Singer of Congressional Effect Funds: Sat. Sept. 26, 09

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On the program, Andrew Coulson was an advisor on Flunked and appeared on camera along with Ben Chavis of American Indian Public Charter School of Oakland. We’ll talk about the stories and evidence that it was based on and what they can tell us about American education.

Specifically, we will talk about excellence in k-12 schooling (for example, Ben’s success, but also other examples like KIPP), and why they don’t catch on like wildfire and spread throughout the whole country the way that Starbucks, iPods, Facebook, etc. all did. In every other field, excellence routinely scales up massively, but not in education. Why?
Mr. Coulson will touch on the story of Jaime Escalante, too, the teacher whose success teaching poor Hispanic kids in East L.A. was dramatized in the movie Stand and Deliver. It shows what happens to excellence in the public school system. In the end, it usually gets crushed.

So if we want every kid to have access to the best teaching methods and materials, how do we structure schooling like other fields where excellence is more contagious than H1N1?

Eric Singer, founder and Principal of Congressional Effect Fund, joins us once again with more of his brilliant analysis between what Congress does and the impact it has on our economy, prosperity and opportunity. He’ll talk about his op-ed, Filibuster-Proof Government Bad For America.
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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