Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Except the question was "Where do babies come from?"
I think I owe our librarian a huge apology if he follows through with his research...
Monday, February 22, 2010
Legislator: Disabled kids are God's punishment
Capital News Service
RICHMOND — State Delegate Bob Marshall of Manassas says disabled children are God's punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy.
He made that statement Thursday at a press conference to oppose state funding for Planned Parenthood.
"The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children," said Marshall, a Republican.
"In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There's a special punishment Christians would suggest."
Marshall was among more than 20 people, mostly Christian pastors and clergy, who gathered for the press conference in the General Assembly Building.
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I mean, where does one start?
Actually, I'm starting to think that this doesn't deserve to be acknowledged.
But what makes me sick is the idea that anyone says children with disabilities are a punishment on their parents. That someone would say that to people- that someone would utter that out loud. How can those words even cross someone's lips?
Let me tell you about the beautiful and amazing the children I teach. How hard they work. How much they learn. How smart they are. How creative they are. The gifts they give to the world, each in their own way.
How can anyone say they are a punishment?
Where is it written in the Bible that God uses children as a punishment?
I can't even put together a coherent thought this makes me so angry.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
- Eliminate Lottery support for certain education programs ($91.9 million) Decrease support for Direct Aid programs by moving programs that are currently supported by the general fund to Lottery support. To implement this action, selected programs from Lottery will be eliminated. Programs suggested for elimination are discretionary and are not considered basic instructional programs: Enrollment Loss ($17.5 million), Mentor Teacher ($2.0 million), School Breakfast ($5.3 million), and Additional Support for School Construction and Operating Costs ($67.0 million). Savings are estimated at $47.1 million for FY 2011 and $44.8 million for FY 2012.
- Eliminate general fund support for Healthy Families of Virginia ($6.3 million) Healthy Families of Virginia is a voluntary program that offers home visiting services for up to five years to high risk families who need individualized and comprehensive support. Services include in-home parenting education, child development, preventive health care and support services. The Healthy Families model is designed to promote positive parenting, improve child health and development, and reduce child abuse and neglect. Hampton Healthy Start pilot project was funded in FY 1994 and state funding has since been provided to expand programs across the state. The Healthy Families program in Virginia has grown to 38 local sites serving at-risk families in 88 communities. One state level organization, Prevent Child Abuse Virginia (PCAV), also funded with the state dollars, provides training, technical assistance, quality assurance, and evaluation to the local sites. Health Families currently (Chapter 781) receives $5.5 million in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) support. The introduced budget supplants the TANF with general fund and reduces the overall state support by 10 percent. This strategy will eliminate funding added in the introduced budget to offset the reduction of TANF for Healthy Families of Virginia ($1.4 million FY 2011 and $4.9 million FY 2012).
- Eliminate funding for child advocacy centers ($2.0 million) Child advocacy centers provide services to children and families who experience abuse and neglect through a multidisciplinary team approach. Per budget language (Chapter 781), the Department of Social Services (DSS) provides $290,000 to various child advocacy centers each year. $200,000 ($100,000 general fund and $100,000 TANF) for the centers in general and $45,000 TANF for each of the centers in Bristol-Washington County and Lenowisco Planning Districts. In addition, the 2005 General Assembly appropriated $1.0 million general fund in the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources (OSHHR) for the development and enhancement of children's advocacy centers in Virginia. The introduced budget cuts funding for these organizations by $305,000 ($190,000 TANF and $115,000 general fund). This strategy eliminates the remaining funds set-out in both the Department of Social Services ($85,000 general fund) and the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources ($900,000 general fund).
- Reduce funding for homeless programs ($6.0 million) General fund support included in the introduced budget bill to supplant the loss of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds for homeless programs is reduced by one-half in FY 2011 and eliminated in FY 2012. Funding for Child Services Coordinators is reduced beginning in FY 2012.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
So my awesome co-teacher and I are frantically trying to make sure every child has a typed, story that is worthy of being read aloud to a room full of parents/administrators/other students. We've spent the last few weeks teaching editing skills, and saying things like:
"What would Mo Willems do if he realized he had capital letters in the middle of his words?"
"Do you think Eric Carle would write a story without periods?"
"Would Kevin Hankes waste his writing time by playing with the stapler? I think not!"
The other day my fantastic co-teacher sat down to prepare The Story Teller's writing for publishing. She was just about to wrap up the conference when she noticed what he'd added to the back of his writing:
"Just like a real book!" he explained, as though that was obvious.
Mo Willems uses periods, capital letters, makes sure his stories make sense, AND has his own website. We did tell the story teller to be like Mo...
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