At least two Chicago Public Schools have gone on record to report they are boycotting the ISAT, Illinois Standards Achievement Tests that were to start being administered this week. The schools have support of many parents who believe the incessant testing happening in schools is taking away from valuable instructional time. Over 40% of students have gotten ‘opt out’ letters from parents who do not wish their child to take the tests. With more pouring in daily.
Teachers are saying “enough is enough” and are willing to undergo disciplinary action. As one educator, Sarah Chambers puts it, “There are too many tests. It’s not just the ISAT. The students are over tested, they get anxiety.”
In Wednesday's hearing regarding the IRS and its targeting of conservative groups, Representative Darrell Issa of California asked former IRS Director of Exempt Organizations Division Lois Lerner several questions regarding her involvement in the IRS scandal. Lois Lerner declined to answer each question, instead pleading the Fifth Amendment and reciting the same statement each time, "On the advice of my counsel I respectively exercise my 5th amendment right and decline to answer that question."
Rep. Darrell Issa was visibly upset by her refusal to answer questions and finally stopped his questions and said, "seeking the truth is the obligation of this committee" and obviously we are not going to get it.
Never underestimate the instincts of a loving mother. It might end you up in front of the United States Supreme Court as it did with the case, Harris v. Quinn.
The whole thing ignited when Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed an executive order labeling in-home caretakers, like Pam Harris, public employees subject to unionization – in their own households.
Who is Pam Harris? I can tell you a little about this remarkable woman after visiting her and her family at their home. Friendly and gracious, she explained the ordeal they’ve been through since the executive order was enacted in 2009. With laser-like focus she recalled her experience for probably the hundredth time. She’s already done a host of media interviews with those who have more prominence and reach than I. But Pam has learned, you must tell your truth to whomever will listen.
Pam Harris is a mom on a mission.
In my previous article, A Mom's Adventure During Prom Season, I began sharing my experience with my daughter as we shop through prom season. We started with the dress because, well…it’s everything. Now that we have the perfect dress, it’s time to buy the perfect shoes. But since we’re still searching for those, let’s discuss the prom date instead.
Yes, it’s the dreaded moment that strikes fear into the heart of every dad with a daughter. The “Who will be taking my little girl to the prom?” moment. Let’s be honest, moms generally handle this a lot better than dads. But I’m a divorced single mom and as a result, it is all on me to make sure her prom date understands the rules. And I definitely had a plan, so let’s meet the prom date.
Two days ago, at my request, my daughter brought her prom date home to meet me. Naturally, I would prefer her to bring home a young man who is respectful, has no body piercings, has a nice haircut and of course, pants hanging somewhere near his waist and not around his ankles. As I waited for them to come in I said a little prayer:
Please let this young man have his pants up around his waist where they belong. Let him be respectful and have no body piercings. And, please Lord, do not let him be wearing goth makeup or have huge holes in his ear lobes.”