Archive for October, 2009

Time to hold Michelle Rhee accountable

The Georgetown Voice

With such a large incoming pool, it’s hard to understand why Rhee fired 226 teachers suddenly in October, instead of simply hiring fewer new teachers over the summer. Days after the 2008-2009 school year ended, approximately 250 teachers were fired for failing to improve after being given a six month probation period, or for not obtaining their necessary licensing. Rhee should have waited for the school year to end before making cuts, as she did in the past.

There is no excuse for waiting until midway through the semester to enact these cuts, even if they were necessary. A job loss may be a rough setback for a professional, but having a teacher and role model yanked out of the classroom unexpectedly can be devastating. The ensuing class mergings and schedule changes have also disrupted teaching and learning.

Congratulations Jessica!

Long life and prosperity for you and your love.

No Booman, you are not a supporter of single payer

Booman, you are an Obama apologist. You have allowed your psychological investment in Obama to overwhelm everything else. So now your blogging consists of ever more contorted explanations of 17 dimensional chess.

Meanwhile support fo single payer continues to grow. All the while you are explaining that single payer is a lost cause, the Pennsylvania legislature is getting closer and closer to passing a single payer bill.

Single payer supporters continue to mobilize and a whole new group of blogs have sprung up to support single payer health care:

Hillbilly Report

Blue Lyon

The Pittsburg Women’s Blogging Society

Prosperity Agenda

Single Payer Health Care

Montana Maven

Guaranteed Healthcare Blog

Physicians for a National Health Program

ConnecticutMan1 ConneticutMan1 on Twitter Also posts on Booman and TPM Cafe, but I can’t find the links to his user page.


Ian Welsh

Health Justice

Single Payer Action (check out the resources page)

Single Payer Now

Suburban Guerrilla

Avedon Carol

Anglachel’s Journal

Progressive Democrats of America


Donna Darko

Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan

over the cliff, onto the rocks

Universal Healthcare Action Nework (not a blog, but a good resource)

Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy


Women’s stake

Alegre’s Corner

The Confluence (depends upon poster)


WELCOME readers of The Sideshow. I am only $100 away from replacing my stolen laptop, and would profoundly appreciate any assistance you can send

Tell City Council to ensure quality, affordable housing in DC

From Empower DC:

Come testify at a public oversight roundtable about the
Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA)
And tell the Council to pass the Omnibus Rental Housing
Amendment Act and Tenant Protection Act of 2009, which:

• Permit tenants to bring housing conditions cases in Landlord-Tenant Court

• Require notice to tenants if the city brings an enforcement action against landlords

• Establish a mandatory system to ensure that all apartments are inspected regularly

• Set criteria for the Nuisance Abatement fund to fix deficient housing conditions

• Require DCRA and the Board of Condemnation to use the repair fund, where possible,
to repair dangerous conditions without displacing tenants

• Protect tenants who are temporarily displaced due to code violations

Public Oversight Roundtable
Wednesday, November 4th at 1:00 PM
at the Wilson Building: 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW – Room 412 – sign-up at 724-8052

Need Help with Testimony, or for more information? Contact Linda Leaks from Empower DC:

(202) 234-9119

Fenty’s unitary executive

Fenty construction contracts called illegal by D.C. council

The Fenty administration has handed out construction management contracts worth tens of millions of dollars without obtaining legislative approval, and D.C. Council members are crying foul.

Please support single payer blogging

Do you appreciate my work to keep single payer alive while so many told us that single payer was off the table? I have a short term emergency, I need $500. Any help my readers could give me would be profoundly appreciated.

Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias

The Steny Hoyers of the “progressive” blogs.