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Real public servants are free enterprising individuals who, inspired, embrace challenge, take risks, and create, sometimes big, and often, they create jobs in the process, all out of their ideas, and self initiative...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Terry Moe on His New Book “Special Interest” | Choice Media TV | education reform homepage

To understand the hopelessness of public education as it exists today, controlled and dominated by the teacher's unions and their very effective marketing and political tactics and maneuvers you want to read Terry Moe's book, "Special Interest."

Steven Brills book, "Class Warfare" was superb at outlining the problem, and at chronicling it's upward spiral and ascent to domination, and also at chronicling the evolution of the reform movement from within the two party political system, but predominantly from the within the ranks of Democrats who want reform and recognized the elephant in their living room--and I don't mean the GOP's elephant--I mean the Teacher's Unions.

Moe, unlike Brill, doesn't give in to the unions at the end of his book. He ends with hope and optimism, and a vision of one facet of viable solutions as a powerful anecdote: hybrid schools that utilize technology to solve the shortage of quality teachers, and to reverse our dismal rank, world wide--barley 40th...

Terry Moe on His New Book “Special Interest” | Choice Media TV | education reform homepage

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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

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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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