What's going on, Albuquerque?
Tags: MorningFix, NobHill, PED, wifi
Too bad the deal between Ocean Spray and El Pinto didn't come to fruition (pun intended). Cranberry salsa sounds pretty damn tasty to me.
I like the sign the kid is holding in that story on the PED protests. "Those Who Can't Teach Make Tests." Har. Here's looking at you Hanna Skandera.
Actually, I can't blame evil Comcast from being upset about the free internet along Central. Now they can't throttle the data usage of students who download tons of music, movies and games - oh wait, why do homeowners across ABQ get to pay for this one area? Maybe the city could charge by the gigabyte and pay for the service with user fees (and then increase the serviced area using that money....) (Suggestion - Signing on as a guest would get someone maybe 50 Meg/day.)
Hey, red chile orange cranberry salsa would make turkey day okay in my book.... (and the next day, and the next day...)
Gotta luv Stuart Dyson's tongue-in-cheek style... Maybe it has to do with the 75th anniversary of "The War of the Worlds" broadcast (which I guess didn't really cause a panic after all: see http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/history/2013/10/orson_welles_war... )
I haven't kept up. For those that are against the PED's what is their solution/alternate proposal for teacher evaluations?
All of the various articles regarding the city's "free wifi" seem to make pretty clear that the proposed network along Central would be a first step towards an eventual city-wide system...gotta start somewhere. It's sort of ambiguous, but most articles also suggest that the so-called "free" system would actually be managed by a private company that would charge for access: "A private operator of the system would connect homes and businesses to the fiber lines along Central, Ambs said. The city’s work would act as a subsidy of sorts, allowing the private company to offer Internet service cheaper than it would be otherwise, he said."
So "free" wi-fi is probably not in the cards...the city-owned and installed system would just be cheaper and faster than Qwest or Comcast, and not controlled by either...hence their objections. In any case, it's hard to see what homeowners would object to if the city actually delivers on what's being suggested. If this works, one would imagine its progress across the rest of the city would probably be pretty rapid.
Teacher evaluations have always been part of the process. What people are protesting are the systems for school and teacher evaluations developed by Secretary-designate Skandera.
"The letter AFT sent Friday is demanding that the state replace the A-F grading system for public schools with a system that is “transparent, understandable and fair to schools and students, and is developed with teachers, parents and the community.”
It also wants assurance that educators will get the support they need to meet Common Core standards – including curriculum materials, appropriate technology and adequate professional development days – and parents and the community have the opportunity to sign off on them once they are in place.
Third, the union is insisting that PED apply for the flexibility waiver from the U.S. Department of Education that would allow the state to delay for one year the new teacher evaluation system." http://www.abqjournal.com/288936/news/two-teacher-unions-step-up-ac...
shotsie, the same day the "free" internet story appeared the Journal also had a piece about how parents needed to exercise more control over their children's internet access. Guess the City has other ideas. Will the City be in charge of a firewall or simply become a taxpayer paid porn provider?
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