We have all heard about money being spent to implement Common Core in our Mississippi schools. Money has been going to training teachers, buying more computers and other materials. What many did NOT realize is that the amount of Bandwidth required to follow the Common Core Curriculum. Internet access is in most homes in this generation. With the popularity of streaming videos, people have to watch their bandwidth, because you are only allowed so many gigabytes without having to pay outrageous overage prices. Below is an article written by the Sunherald.
Mississippi Will Struggle with Common Core
All U.S. students in second through 12th grades, under the newly adopted Common Core State Standards, will take the same standardized tests online rather than on paper at school. The deadline for schools to implement this requirement is the 2014-15 school year.
Many school districts, however, may find themselves struggling with a lack in technology and hardware, outdated electrical infrastructure, a shortage of bandwidth and a need for more staff to manage it all.
“This is going to be a problem in Mississippi if it’s not addressed now in the budget,” Pascagoula School District Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich said.
National standards will require 100 megabytes of bandwidth per 1,000 students. The Pascagoula district has 200MB total. With 7,000 students in the district, Rodolfich said the district plans to increase its bandwidth to 700MB by the 2014-15 school year to meet the standard.
Pascagoula has the third-highest bandwidth capacity in Mississippi, after the DeSoto County School District with 350MB and Jackson Public School District with 250MB. However, DeSoto has 35,000 students, and Jackson district has 30,000, so by comparison, Pascagoula is in “very good shape,” Rodolfich said.
Last night, October 14, 20013, the Jackson County LP hosted a book signing event with author Radley Balko! Supporters for the event came from all over the state. Radley Balko is a senior writer and investigative reporter for the Huffington Post, where he covers civil liberties and the criminal justice system. Balko’s work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court (Hudson v. Michigan), and cited and excerpted by the Mississippi State Supreme Court (Mississippi v. Edmonds). (source: Huffington Post)
Mr. Balko promoted his book Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of the America’s Police Forces and also gave a great speech using examples of cases from all over the country of police being over zealous and other anecdotes. He gave a history of S.W.A.T and provided statistics leading up to present day activity. He pointed out how bad legislation, bad policy and drug laws has made regular families unsafe. Radley also gave examples of good Sheriffs and the tactics that they use. In closing, he discussed talked about police departments that do not have high tension encounters with activists or demonstrators. These precincts don’t send uniformed swat teams out there loaded down with weapons. They send standard outfitted officers to walk around and stand near the crowds and let the protestors say what they want to say. If the police go out there looking for a fight, that’s usually what invokes the crowd. You can purchase a copy of his book off of Amazon.com.
The turn out was awesome and a great time was had by all. Please view the pictures below from the event.
Harrison County LP hosted “Cruisin the Coast” Fundraising Event
The Harrison County LP hosted a successful fundraising event during Cruisin the Coast weekend. Help came from members of several different MS Libertarian County Affiliates. The group assembled next to highway 90 along the beach in Biloxi, MS. They held signs and engaged the public by handing out bumper stickers and other literature. They sold t-shirts and bottled water to the cruisers, and accepted donations for the Libertarian Party. All in all, it was a great day and they received plenty of positive feedback from the public. It’s always great to see our active members at work!
By: Elizabeth Barnes
Fundraising in South Mississippi
The Harrison County Libertarian Party is hosting a fundraiser/recruiting event Saturday October 12, 2013 at the Edgewater Mall in Biloxi to “Convert the Cruisers”. They will be selling bottles of water for fundraising while also handing out Constitutional and LP promotional materials . They plan on going in teams of two and hitting as many areas as possible, so they are looking for VOLUNTEERS! For all that are able, please come out and help spread the message of liberty!
They will also set up a Liberty Tent along the beach for those that want to hang out after their shift and enjoy the cars. Signs will be posted around the tent, but feel free to bring your own!
Visit their event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/154656001411560/
Edgewater Mall Parking Lot
Saturday October 12, 2013
9:00am – 6:00pm
Points of Contact:
Melissa Shackelford – Harrison County Chair
Megan Broadway – Harrison County LP Events Committee
South Mississippians protest proposed Syria military action
By MARY MARGARET HALFORD — email@example.com
BILOXI – A group of South Mississippians took to the streets Saturday afternoon to protest the United States’ proposed military action in Syria.
“People have forgotten their responsibility to keep politicians accountable,” said protester Mario Barnes. “You have to participate — you can’t just complain and not do anything about it.”
Barnes said he was expecting about 20 people at the protest, which was on the south side of U.S. 90 across from the Biloxi Visitors Center. The protest started about noon and was planned to last until about 3 p.m.
“It’s not a war we can win, it’s not a battle we should be fighting,” said Jeff Mortenson, a member of the Jackson County Libertarians group, who came out for the protest. “This is a call for peace.”
Mortenson said he hoped to bring awareness to how the conflict could affect South Mississippi.
“We’re a military community here,” he said. “We’ve got friends who might get called to go. If one’s affected, we’re all affected.”
The group held signs and encouraged drivers passing by to honk if they supported the anti-war movement.
Colin Landis is not a member of the Jackson County Libertarians, but came out to show his support.
“Our country is so divided, if you can find issues like this where you agree, it’s important,” he said. “There are people from all different sides, but we found a common cause.”
“We’re anti-war, but pro-soldiers,” said Barnes, who is an Air Force veteran. “I appreciate the support I had while I was in, and we support the soldiers.”
Below are pictures from the event!!!!
Julie Borowski (aka the “Token Libertarian Girl”)
Julie Borowski is a libertarian, writer and YouTube video creator. She believes in capitalism, individual liberty and peace. Below is one video from her YouTube Channel.
Wednesday started with the promise of declaring a winner in Hattiesburg’s special mayoral election.
It soon turned into a comedy of errors, however, as the election commission ran into roadblock after roadblock in its attempt to count more than 1,000 absentee ballots.
“The nightmare continues,” said a beleaguered commission chairman Joe Kinnan at one point — after three consecutive precinct boxes had to be immediately resealed because of failures to follow absentee ballot procedures.
The pervasive problem prevented the commission from coming to an absentee ballot count that would have proved key in deciding the tight mayoral race.
At Tuesday’s end, independent challenger Dave Ware held a slim 32-vote lead over incumbent Democrat Johnny DuPree based on electronic votes from 14 precincts.
Kinnan explained that poll managers at five separate precincts did not follow their absentee ballot checklist of marking and separating ballots into accepted and rejected envelopes.
After consulting with the attorney general’s office about what to do concerning these votes, Kinnan said he was told to bring the responsible poll managers to City Hall to approve the ballots.
“We want to do everything we can to preserve the innocent voter,” Kinnan said. “It’s going to be up to these poll workers who failed their duty basically to come back to look into those very important votes.”
As for the other nine precincts, there were scattered examples of unmarked ballots there as well. However, the commissioners were able to submit 647 absentee votes for a machine count, including 219 from the Rowan Precinct — a DuPree stronghold.
Those votes will be calculated with the remaining precinct votes once they are approved. The five precincts needing to be approved today are East Sixth Street, Wesley Manor, the Train Depot, North Heights and Dixie Pine.
The election commissioners opened the precincts’ boxes in the presence of observers for both Ware and DuPree.
“Having these delays causes people to lack confidence in the process,” said Malcolm Jones, a Ware observer and attorney. “That’s unfortunate.”
But Jones also said he believed that Hattiesburg did a better job conducting the special election than the June 4 general election, which Ware challenged in a high-profile trial in July.
The controversy surrounding that election forced City Clerk Eddie Myers to resign and brought about the appointment of all new election commissioners.
“All in all, though, I thought they did a much better job in this election than in the last election,” Jones added. “The poll workers tried hard to follow procedures and be fair and impartial.”
Once the absentee ballots are tallied, commissioners will next tabulate an estimated 400 affidavit votes. The painstaking process of counting 115 affidavits in June took three days.
Ware election consultant Pete Perry said he hoped the election commission would shorten the time by bypassing examining the poll books and go straight to using the comprehensive Statewide Election Management System to track down voters.
“We’re going to recommend speeding up the process,” he said.
SOURCE: CLARION LEDGER,
Health insurance sold on the exchanges is categorized by metal levels from bronze to silver to gold to platinum, denoting how generous their coverage is. Lower-end plans generally will have lower monthly premiums, but higher out-of-pocket costs, while higher end plans will have higher premiums and less out-of-pocket spending. People younger than 30 or who can’t afford insurance even with subsidies can opt for high-deductible catastrophic plans that aren’t eligible for tax credits. Nearly all legal U.S. residents are required to obtain health coverage or face a tax penalty under the law’s individual mandate.
The CHEAPEST Health Insurance plan (basic Bronze plan high out of pocked costs) in MS ranges from $225 a month per person for low income single household. For a family of 4 on a $50,000 income, on the second lowest silver plan is $1,069 a month. The out of pocket costs for Bronze and Silver plans are in the thousands. This may not be as cheap as you were expecting. It was announced that many would receive FREE health care or health care at extremely low rates based on your income. If you live on a limited income you get a discount, but you have to wait til the end of the year when you file your taxes to receive the money back that you spent. Here comes the not-so-affordable, Affordable Care Act ladies and gentlemen
NOTE: After the tax credits it does come out to virtually nothing, but you DO have to pay these premiums monthly and just receive a bigger refund at the end of the year. They presented this health reform as something that would benefit the lower income households, but realistically it is adding more strain to those families and making them wait it out until tax season. How is this beneficial?
Source: U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Full Link: aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/MarketplacePremiums/ib_marketplace_premiums.cfm
For Full Spread sheet where you pick your age and zip code: Full MS Data or copy and past the link below
Written By: Elizabeth Barnes, MS Libertarian Party
Want to know MORE about Common Core?
What is the Common Core? Supporters assert that it is a high-quality, voluntarily adopted set of national mathematics and language arts standards that will help transform American education by aiming all students at uniform, lofty goals. Opponents argue that adoption of the Core was federally coerced, the standards are of dubious quality, and one size simply cannot fit all. Meanwhile, polling shows that the large majority of Americans know nothing about the standards, despite the fact that they are being implemented in 46 states. We hope you’ll join us for a freewheeling debate that promises to be not only highly engaging, but highly informative.
-Opposing the Common Core: Neal McCluskey, Associate Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute; and Emmett McGroarty, Executive Director, Preserve Innocence Project, American Principles Project;
-Supporting the Common Core: Chester Finn, President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute; and Michael Petrilli, Executive Vice President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute; moderated by Fawn Johnson, Correspondent, National Journal
If you can’t make it to the Cato Institute, watch this event live online at www.cato.org/live and follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute.
Set your calendars for October 3, 2013 at 11:00AM(Central). Watch Live: www.cato.org/live
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The Jackson County Affiliate was formed in January 2013. The elected Jackson County Officers are as follows:
Chair: Aaron Barksdale
Vice Chair: Ron Williams
Sec/Treas: Shea Dunn
Please visit their Facebook Page for more information regarding meetings and events at: Jackson County FB