Radiologist Who Treated Victims of Parkland Shooting Explains Why the AR-15 Is More Deadly than a Handgun

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This article in The Atlantic was written by a radiologist who treated victims of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

In a typical handgun injury that I diagnose almost daily, a bullet leaves a laceration through an organ like the liver. To a radiologist, it appears as a linear, thin, grey bullet track through the organ. There may be bleeding and some bullet fragments.I was looking at a CT scan of one of the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who had been brought to the trauma center during my call shift. The organ looked like an overripe melon smashed by a sledgehammer, with extensive bleeding. How could a gunshot wound have caused this much damage?
The reaction in the emergency room was the same. One of the trauma surgeons opened a young victim in the operating room, and found only…

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Educators Required to Report but CPS not Required to Investigate

During the first week of February two, yes two different elementary school principals with Wichita Fallas ISD were arrested for failing to report suspected child abuse. The first principal was Kory Fancher Dorman and the second was Cindy Sue Underwood.

I find both of these situations a little disturbing not because they didn’t report but because of what usually happens when they do report, absolutely NOTHING.

In the spring of 2011, I was a 6-12 principal in a school in a smaller school in the Northeast corner of Texas. I went to the diagnostician’s office to discuss some upcoming ARD meetings. After we finished that business, then we began to discuss some other students and their situations. Our conversation worked its way around to a middle school student that typically looked messy and not well-taken care. We had both noticed earlier that day that she had lots of flea bites on her legs. There had been reports that there were several cats and dogs living at the home of this child. After several incidents that had occurred earlier in the school year we both thought it was prudent to at least make the report, even if there was not any action on the report.


I would like to ask Scott Milder to add this to his list of legislation to work on. There is law,  [Family Code 261.001] that requires professionals, including educator to report any suspected child abuse. The only problem with this law is that it does require CPS to investigate. Please pass the legislation that requires to CPS to conduct a thorough investigation any time an educator or others that are required to report have filed a report. 

This is not an unreasonable request; if I a required to report then they must be required to investigate thoroughly.

David R. Taylor 30-year Teacher, Coach, and Principal

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Arthur Goldstein: I’m a Teacher and I Don’t Want a Gun

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Arthur Goldstein dissects Trump’s idotic plan to arm teachers and explains why he doesn’t want to be armed. He has his hands full being a teacher. Trump is pandering to the NRA and wants to sell more guns, and they don’t care who buys them.

Trump doesn’t hear you. He doesn’t hear the students. He hears the NRA. He had to bring a crib sheet to his meeting with parents and students. The last written point was “I hear you.” What kind of a person brings a written reminder to say that at a “listening session?” Someone who isn’t listening.

The NYPD stat for hitting the target in a gun fight, he says, is 18%. What would it be for a teacher with a handgun facing a homicidal killer with an AR 15?

“If you’re Donald Trump, you think the classroom will be a safer place with a gun in…

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Destroy Public Education (DPE) for Dummies


America’s public education system is being deliberately destroyed. If you graduated from high school in the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s or 80’s, it is such an unthinkable concept that it is difficult to even imagine. Not only is it possible, it is happening and a lot of damage has already occurred.

Just this morning, I learned that a Republican legislator has proposed privatizing all the schools in Muncie, Indiana. Almost all the schools in New Orleans were privatized after hurricane Katrina. Half the schools in Washington DC and a quarter of the schools in Los Angeles are privatized. However, ninety percent of America’s K-12 students attend public schools. (Note: Charter schools are not public schools, they are schools run by private businesses that have government contracts.)

DPE Movement False Taking Points

  • Public schools are failing.
  • Teachers’ unions fight for the status quo and against education reform.
  • Standardized testing is a tool…

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La. Teacher Thrown to Ground and Cuffed at School Board Meeting: Follow-Up

In January 2018, Vermillion Parish (Louisiana) teacher Deyshia Hargrave was forcefully thrown to the ground and cuffed at a school board meeting. The officer, Reggie Hilts, was sued in 2012 for using excessive force. A few days later, district superintendent Jerome Puyhau publicly admitted that he “should have stood up” for Hargrave– but he didn’t. […]

via La. Teacher Thrown to Ground and Cuffed at School Board Meeting: Follow-Up — deutsch29

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I Exercised My Right to Vote Today

Today was an early voting day in Texas. Usually, I don’t vote in the primaries, I reserve my vote for the general election. I usually do not vote for a particular party, but today I voted in the Republican Primary in Texas.

Honestly, the last several years I have not been a fan of the choices that the Republican party has made. To be more specific, I can no longer sit by and allow certain members of the Republican party to continue their mission to destroy the State of Texas and to a lesser degree the United States.

The number one enemy of public school educators is little dan partick. His constant crusade to pass a bill for school voucher, pass an unnecessary “bathroom” bill, created and forced an A-F school grading system on schools, and continue to underfund public education.

A few weeks ago as a last-ditch effort to garner the vote of public school educators, little dan announced a plan to give teachers a $10,000 pay raise. Wow, that sounds great, except he downplayed the how he planned to pay for this pay raise. Instead of passing the proper legislation little dan plans to push the cost onto the local districts. Yet another of the laundry list of unfunded mandates from Austin.

In the Lt. Governor’s race, I voted for Scott Milder. Scott has outlined a legitimate plan for when he becomes the next Lt. Governor. This was an easy decision for me. Vote against little dan and vote for Scott Milder.

Below are the two candidates response to 12 questions about education in Texas.

little dan’s responses

Scott Milder’s responses

One man gives great responses and the other is basically unresponsive. You decide for yourself.

I encourage every person that is eligible to vote to do so. If you fail to exercise your right to vote, then you also forfeit your right to complain about the decisions that are made.

Good luck to Scott Milder as he goes forward. Lord willing he will following through with the plans he has laid out.

David R. Taylor 30 Year Teacher, Coach, and Principal


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Texas: Twelve Reasons You Should Not Vote for Dan Patrick for Lt. Governor

The Texas PTA invited Lt. Governor Dan Patrick to answer twelve questions about education in Texas. Please read his responses. His answers exemplify his contempt for students, teachers, parents, and public schools. He cares about only one thing: destroying public schools. Vote him OUT!

via Texas: Twelve Reasons You Should Not Vote for Dan Patrick for Lt. Governor — Diane Ravitch’s blog

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Texas: Defeat Dan Patrick, the Loudest Opponent of Public Schools, in the Republican Primary

While we are at it, removed Ted Cruz from office also.

via Texas: Defeat Dan Patrick, the Loudest Opponent of Public Schools, in the Republican Primary — Diane Ravitch’s blog

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Economists Don’t Know Crap About Education

Education isn’t a transaction – it’s a transformation.

via Economists Don’t Know Crap About Education — gadflyonthewallblog

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Best Tweets for February 20, 2018 Regarding Texas Education


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