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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    What Really Happened

    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Fri Feb 17, 2012 at 02:16:40 PM EST
    Tags: Debbie Squires, Parents Don't Know Better, Michigan, School Choice, MAPSA, MEMSPA (all tags)

    We posted it first.

    The video that MAPSA (Michigan Association of Public School Academies) put up on Youtube.  The video demonstrating what the left truly believes when it comes to parenting.  The video showing Debbie Squires testifying for the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principles Association, and explaining that parents might "want the best, but don't know whats best for their children." (only modestly paraphrased)

    If ever the Genie was out of the bottle, a bell was rung, that which cannot be undone was done.

    It went viral. On the morning it was released, RightMichigan.com readers were the first (other than those in the house education hearing February 1st) to see how openly the left is willing to disregard the ability of parents to make choices. At least those with regard to the education of their children according to Debbie Squires who represents the MEMSPA organization.  In the afternoon, the national blogs, news sources and pundits picked up the story, and only a couple of days ago, Rush Limbaugh played it on air.

    The video was getting 1000's of hits daily.

    Then the screens went black.  (Below the fold)

    MAPSA, and specifically Buddy Moorehouse, the director of communications on Tuesday was contacted by MGTV, (Michigan Government Television) the 501C contracted video service which archives the meetings.  said "they had a complaint about the video", according to Moorehouse.  Someone had contacted them, and said  "did you know someone put part of this education committee video on line?"  Moorehouse said that they then followed up with MAPSA and requested the video be removed.

    The folks from MGTV, said it was established policy that " you have to run entire hearing gavel to gavel".

    Which is strange, and conflicts with a general understanding of 'fair use' with regard to items used for commentary.  Typically, whole segments are frowned upon.  The clips and snippets are generally seen as less infringing.  Then there is the whole question of taxpayer dollars being used in a way that limits access to particular information to our taxpayers. Something that Tom McMillin (who was the one speaking with Ms. Squires in the Video) is looking into according to an entry in his facebook page.

    Beyond that however, is the policy of MGTV.  The one that was quoted to MAPSA's Moorehouse.  There is no such policy that we have been able to locate on the MGTV website. And unless it magically appears in after this article hits, the only policy stated is:

    "MGTV Programming Policies

    Michigan Government Television (MGTV) will use its best efforts:

    To provide programming that is fair, accurate, balanced and without regard to partisanship or ideology. MGTV's coverage is intended to offer viewers access to government deliberations. MGTV's segments will be unedited;

    To provide programming which will be scheduled by the Executive Director in a manner which recognizes the role of timeliness in the value of information. Programming with content which does not lose value through immediacy may be delayed and replayed on a tape delayed basis;

    To provide programming and scheduling of telecasts which will reflect a variety of possible subject matter and deliberating bodies. Balance shall also reflect the importance of covering issues of interest to particular geographic areas;

    To keep statistics which insure a reasonable representation of the three branches of Michigan government;

    To provide programming and scheduling consistent with MGTV's mission with the understanding that MGTV's resources are limited. The MGTV Board delegates full authority to the Executive Director in making decisions."

    Oh..  nothing.

    But MAPSA, being a responsible organization did pull the video.

    Not entirely because they bought the song and dance provided by MGTV staff, but as a result of a combination of that request and the growing number of disturbing comments targeting Ms Squires. "And some of the comments toward Debbie Squires had gotten really nasty and that was not the intention.." was the biggest decision maker according to Moorehouse, who still feels the video was in context and appropriate.  Also her organization (MEMSPA) contacted and asked for removal.

    "We felt it made the point"  and  "we feel anybody is accountable for what they say"  "It was not taken out of context".  He noted that the national attention really drove home how serious her comments were: "nationally there are a lot of people who really cant believe what she said".


    Mr Moorehouse notes the media contacts began calling immediately on Tuesday afternoon when the video was pulled.  Like our own embed, the links elsewhere wen black, and even with the other minor cuts like Kyle Olson's appearance on Fox, a bad taste was spread all around.  Not only from the exposure of what the left thinks of common parenting skills with regard to education, but from the attempt of those in power to cover up that exposure.

    And for those of you who have missed it, here it is again (Thanks to MRC) for the record.

    Hey Debbie, you're famous.

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    I sent it (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by grannynanny on Fri Feb 17, 2012 at 02:45:57 PM EST
    to several of my favorite blog sites!!!  I guess the whole "transparency" thingy is not something Ms. Squires wants surrounding her Marxist/Socialist teachings.  Ahhaahhahaahhahahahhahahhahhahaha!!!!

    Let the sun shine!!!

    What I find really scary here? (none / 0) (#2)
    by KG One on Fri Feb 17, 2012 at 03:11:42 PM EST
    Isn't this loon trying to pass herself off as an experienced educator.

    Or, these whack-jobs delegating themselves as the "Food Police".

    Or, the guv willing to <strike>flush more of our hard-earned money down the toilet</strike> "invest" more of our money into education.

    No, what really scares me is what public schools are doing to the kids they are entrusted to teach.

    When you cannot get a majority of students prepared just so that they may enter college, what they are getting away with, with literally billions in taxpayer dollars, is downright criminal. No one seems to either care or want to hold those responsible for this liable.

    An example of the worst of the worst:

    Still, not all the news was good. Two Metro Detroit school districts had no students proficient in science in fifth grade -- Highland Park and River Rouge -- and two other districts had no students proficient in eighth-grade science -- Ecorse and Madison.

    With that level of gross malfeasance, I'm at a loss as to why there isn't a swath of indictments for what these "educators" have been doing to these kids!

    • Go ask Newt by Corinthian Scales, 02/18/2012 12:01:38 PM EST (none / 0)
    How about a little closer to home? (none / 0) (#6)
    by KG One on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 01:10:51 PM EST
    We have a guv who is big on statistics, performance measurements and "dashboards", but nothing whatsoever on accountability.

    We have an AG who is big on "protecting" us from the MM-crowd and those evil indian casinos while stumping for Willard, but won't lift a finger to investigate why state spending on education is up yet test scores are crashing.

    I don't know about you, but if I were in political office and really wanted to make a difference here in Michigan, protecting the next generation should be near the top of one very short list.

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