“We know that all groups of children can learn and all groups can achieve at high levels,” he told an audience of about 200 school district administrators, lobbyists and Department of Education officials. “So now we need to consider whether, institutionally, low expectations or other factors are holding specific groups of children back.” The superintendent, who was elected to a second term in June, said he “refuses to accept the assumption” that students from poor neighborhoods, those with learning disabilities or those with parents who don’t speak English can’t meet the same academic targets as others. Blacks, Hispanics and students learning English in California typically lag their white and Asian counterparts by as much as 30 percentage points on standardized math and English tests. The biggest obstacle for poor and minority students is a lack of quality teachers, said John Affeldt, managing attorney for Public Advocates, a nonprofit San Francisco law firm that has sued the state over several education equality issues. State Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, said she appreciated the blunt discussion of race and class in schools but noted that the overall tone of O’Connell’s annual address was celebratory. She said such optimism is not warranted for many of the school districts in her area. SACRAMENTO – Raising questions about racial bias in California’s public schools, state schools superintendent Jack O’Connell on Tuesday said low expectations for black and Hispanic students contribute to their persistent achievement gap with whites and Asians. O’Connell said teachers and administrators need “a renewed sense of urgency” to close that gap and must evaluate whether they hold all students to the same standards. “Let’s approach the job as if our own child were attending a low-performing school,” O’Connell said in his annual state of education address. “We wouldn’t be patient with our own children lagging behind. We must not be patient when any child does.” It was unusually frank language for the typically congenial state superintendent of public instruction. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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Cisco warns that change won’t happen overnight, however, with only some of the 300-plus contenders being in a position to manage their own networks, due to their ability to raise the necessary capital. “But the market has been anticipating this change, and numerous small, semi-legal networks have sprung up around the country in the past year,” Goldstuck said. “Many of these should emerge above the radar with their new licences, along with new entrants into the market.” “We believe these changes will lead to sufficient levels of competition, increase access to internet usage and, in turn, increase global competitiveness and economic diversity,” Cisco Internet Business Solutions senior manager Reshaad Ahmed said, adding that the evolution and changes in the local telecoms industry could not have come at a better time. Seacom cable Restrictive regulator environment ‘Death of dial-up’ At the same time, the market as a whole has seen a continued dramatic shift from dial-up connections to broadband, with growth in both ADSL and 3G at more than 50%. “South Africa could, potentially, go from five major service providers to more than 300 overnight,” said Ahmed. “The combination of new licensees, policy directions, and municipality networks has set the stage for a highly competitive telecommunications marketplace, with consumers and businesses leading the charge toward choice, competition, and fair market value.” Goldstuck describes the minister’s decision as a pivotal moment, but one that should have occurred four years ago: “In that time we saw growth slow to a near standstill, and the possibility of bringing access to underserviced area becoming ever more remote. Goldstuck said that one could see the emergence of a broadband culture in South Africa, held back only by the restrictions still placed on data capacity – which should start becoming a non-issue by the middle of 2009, when a new undersea fibre-optic cable enters operation. South Africa’s internet user base has seen its highest rate of growth since 2001, increasing by 12.5% to 4.5-million over the past year, according to the Internet Access in South Africa 2008 study by local internet research firm World Wide Worx. But it is only one of a series of new cables in the works, which will make the connectivity landscape completely unrecognisable for both South Africa and the rest of the continent by 2013. “At that point, dial-up will effectively be dead as a connectivity option – it is more expensive, and utterly inappropriate to the changing nature of the internet,” he said. “Once everyone who is connected is on broadband or high-speed networks, the internet will come into its own as an environment for business collaboration and personal interaction.” 8 December 2008 Encouraging new services SAinfo reporter “We are therefore pleased with the findings, as they indicate a positive trend for economic growth – we belive that pervasive broadband at the right price is a key enabler for economic prosperity,” Ahmed said. The Internet Access in SA 2008 report shows that growth has come largely on the back of dramatic take-up of broadband offerings by small businesses, which alone accounted for half of the growth in the market, mainly through connecting office staff to their ADSL links. The Seacom undersea cable, commissioned mainly by new market entrant Neotel, will increase South Africa’s international bandwidth 40-fold, and will mark the beginning of what World Wide Worx describes as a seismic shift in the internet landscape in Africa. Those that do take up the challenge will need to spend a significant amount of time building a business model that will be sustainable, innovative, and takes advantage of the strategic position with which a contender is faced, while employing the capabilities of existing service providers. “It spells the birth of an entirely new industry, and we are already seeing the market champing at the bit to become part of that industry,” Goldstuck said. The study was backed by US-based Cisco Systems, and the findings were released during the Networkers at Cisco Live! conference in Johannesburg last week. Delegates at the conference heard that one of the obstacles was a highly restrictive regulatory environment, with the Minister of Communications only deciding late in the year not to oppose a court ruling allowing all network operators to supply their own telecommunication infrastructure. “The increase comes on the eve of the biggest shake-up in South African internet access we’ve seen since the dawn of the commercial internet in 1994,” World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said in a statement last week. SMEs go broadband “It is imperative for all relevant stakeholders to drive broadband to encourage new services: skills, education, business interaction, and lowering the cost of doing business.” “It is only the beginning of a dramatic turnaround, and is occurring despite numerous obstacles in the way of growth.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts dana oshiro Rather than forcing users to blindly navigate through the seemingly endless supply of CC-licensed tracks, clueless music seekers like myself can look to musicians for inspiration and track discovery. Creative Commons invited developer and ccMixter contributorVictor Stone to curate the community’s first guest playlist. Stone’s mix is entitled, “Above Ground Collection” as opposed to the underground and experimental tracks we so often see in music file sharing communities. Stone describes this as a playlist of pop and R&B “by producers who have an ear for the popular without sacrificing artistry.” For those of us looking for decent demo music, this may be a good place to start. Users can stream and download the curated playlist from the Free Music Archive or they can visit the ccMixter Editor picks for new podcasts, downloads and popular tracks. If you’re a startup company in need of a video demo, consider spending the extra hour on ccMixter and choose a song that gets people pumped to register. If I see another screencast using the iMovie default songs, I’m going to go nuts. Music sets the tone for how you want others to perceive your company and choosing a generic soundtrack is like branding yourself boring. In the past, videographers were forced to work with lawyers to gain appropriate licenses for samples. Thanks to the Free Music Archive and a number of other services, we’re free to use original songs while still maintaining the rights to attribution. This morning’s launch of the Free Music Archive’s guest curation series further expands on this environment of collaboration. Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
I once had a great mentor tell me that I invested too much of my time and my emotional energy in politics. It was during law school, and everything then was political. At least it was for me. Politics was all-consuming.My mentor told me to stop focusing on politics and start focusing on the difference that I wanted to make in the world. And he told me to focus on taking care of my family and giving them the life that I wanted for them. He said that I would have a bigger impact if I detached from politics.I took his advice. I like to observe politics, but I am not emotionally invested.Your Government Won’t Make You HappyThere are a lot of politicians competing for your attention—and your money—right now. They want you to support them and help them become President of the United States. All of these politicians talk a lot about how they are going to help you, and it all sounds pretty good.You might even believe you will be happier if the candidate you support is elected. But you won’t be any happier or any more successful after this interminable election cycle.Your Physiological NeedsThe government isn’t going to make sure that your physiological needs are met. The government, try as it may, isn’t going to give you shelter, with food, or with health care. It may provide a social safety net in each of these areas, but if you are counting on government to take care of you, you will always have to fear not having your very basic physiological needs met.Do you know anyone who is receiving the government’s help in these areas of whom you are jealous? Is there anyone you know who receives help with whom you would trade places?Your Safety NeedsYour government isn’t going to keep you safe either. It can’t protect you from violence, even though it does its very best to keep the most violent people from harming others by locking them up. It also does a poor job protecting you from people who are violent because they are mentally ill.The police aren’t normally around when a crime is being committed, even though they’d love to be there to prevent you from being harmed.Your government does the best it can with big threats, but can’t help with most of the personal threats to your physical safety.Your Need for LoveNo government is going to meet your need for love, friendship, or companionship. The need for love is just as important as the physiological needs. As far as I know, no government has ever even been designed to address these very fundamental human needs.Do you know anyone who has had their need for love and companionship as a result of government action? The best the government can do is prevent your rights here from being infringed.Your Desire for SuccessYour government isn’t going to provide you with happiness. It isn’t going to make sure you reach your full potential, and it isn’t going to ensure that your dreams come true or that you reach your goals. Your government isn’t going to participate in your success. This is true no matter who is elected.Do you know anyone who owes their success to their government alone? There are people who are successful in politics, and they go on to make a lot of money when they leave, but no government action creates individual success outside of politics.At its very best, your government is going to create an environment in which you can “pursue happiness.” But you are going to have to hustle, and you are going to have to do the pursuing. This is where you should focus. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea drop Cesc asking price further in last 24 hoursby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have dropped their asking price for Cesc Fabregas in the last 24 hours.Chelsea and AC Milan are locked in negotiations over a January fee for the Spain international, who is off contract in June.Tuttosport says Chelsea have cut their valuation from €10m to €8m, but it’s still too rich for the Rossonero.Milan are willing to cough up – but only to €4m.The big problem for all three parties is the threat of financial fair play penalties that are hanging over Milan – and as such restricting their spending plans for next month.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent of Rugani says Juventus never considered saleby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Daniele Rugani says Juventus have never considered selling him.The centre-back was linked with a massive transfer to Chelsea last summer.”Rugani has never been placed on the market by Juventus and that means he has done something right,” agent Davide Torchia told RMC Radio.“Without doubt he will stay at Juve in January. Rugani is an old-fashioned player, committed to his profession and with above all else the desire to improve himself.“Rugani is a reliable player, someone worthy of Juventus, who ensures he is always ready. A player doesn’t stay at Juventus for four years without deserving it.”
Man Utd keeper De Gea defends inconsistent form: The odd mistake?by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has defended his inconsistent form.De Gea came in for some criticism last season, but the goalkeeper – who’s just signed a new contract – says he was happy with his performances.He told Sky Sports: “I think people, when they look back on last season, they are thinking about the last few months.“If you focus on the season as a whole and, in particular, the first seven months of that season I was quite happy with my form.”“You can say the contract is there in the background – it’s not even in the back of your mind – that’s put to one side. The day-to-day training, going out on the pitch, that’s what you’re focusing on – and helping the team, of course.“Talking about the odd mistake, form can come and go with any player, but you are more under the microscope when you’re a goalkeeper. It’s not easy to keep up very high standards.“I’ve been here for a number of years now and to be on top form all the time it’s tough. There are moments when you feel better in yourself form-wise and moments where you’re not quite so good. Mistakes happen, goalkeeper’s live with them and I’m no different.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Really? Man Utd yet to approach anyone over technical director jobby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are still to hold talks with any potential new technical director.Indeed, they’re yet to approach a candidate over the vacant technical director job.The Telegraph says United’s search is continuing but there is an expectation it will be one of the club’s former players.It is believed the club want someone who can quickly understand the club.Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar has been heavily linked with a return. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool defender Matip declares himself fit for Man Utd clashby Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Joel Matip insists he’ll be fit to face Manchester United on Sunday.The defender has missed the Reds’ last two matches against Leicester City and RB Salzburg.”I’m back in training and hopefully I will stay fit,” he said on Thursday. “I’m back in training and I feel good. Of course, if I’m needed, I will be there.”Injuries [happen] to a player. Now I’m back, I hope I stay fit and I can focus on the positives.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say