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by Walter E. Williams

    Nationally, black junior high and high school students are suspended at a rate more than three times as often as their white peers, twice as often as their Latino peers and more than 10 times as often as their Asian peers. According to former Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the "huge disparity is not caused by differences in children; it's caused by differences in training, professional development, and discipline policies. It is adult behavior that needs to change." In other words, the Education Department sees no difference between the behavior of black students and white, Latino and Asian students. It's just that black students are singled out for discriminatory discipline. Driven by Obama administration pressures, school districts revised their discipline procedures by cutting the number of black student suspensions.
        Max Eden, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, has written a report, "School Discipline Reform and Disorder: Evidence from New York City Public Schools, 2012-16." The new discipline imposed on public schools is called restorative justice. Rather than punish a student through exclusion (suspension), restorative justice encourages the student who has misbehaved to reflect on his behavior, take responsibility and resolve to behave better in the future. The results of this new policy are: increased violence, drug use and gang activity. Max Eden examines the NYC School Survey of teachers and students and finds that violence increased in 50 percent of schools and decreased in 14 percent. Gang activity increased in 39 percent of schools and decreased in 11 percent. For drug and alcohol use, there was a 37 percent increase while only 7 percent of schools improved.
        It's not just New York City where discipline is worse under the Obama administration's policy. Max Eden reports: "One Chicago teacher told the Chicago Tribune that her district's new discipline policy led to 'a totally lawless few months' at her school. One Denver teacher told Chalkbeat that, under the new discipline policy, students had threatened to harm or kill teachers, 'with no meaningful consequences.' ... After Oklahoma City Public Schools revised its discipline policies in response to federal pressure, one teacher told the Oklahoman that '[w]e were told that referrals would not require suspension unless there was blood.'"
        Max Eden reports that in Oklahoma City a teacher said that: "Students are yelling, cursing, hitting and screaming at teachers and nothing is being done but teachers are being told to teach and ignore the behaviors. These students know there is nothing a teacher can do. Good students are now suffering because of the abuse and issues plaguing these classrooms." In Buffalo, a teacher who was kicked in the head by a student said: "We have fights here almost every day. The kids walk around and say, 'We can't get suspended -- we don't care what you say.'" Ramsey County attorney John Choi of St. Paul, Minnesota, described how the number of assaults against teachers doubled from 2014 to 2015 and called the situation a "public health crisis." Testifying before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a former Philadelphia teacher said that a student told him, "I'm going to torture you. I'm doing this because I can't be removed." Eden's report cites similar school horror stories in other!
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        Since most of the school violence and discipline problems rest with black students, there are a few questions that black parents, politicians, academics and civil rights advocates should ponder. Is academic achievement among blacks so high that black people can afford to allow miscreants and thugs to sabotage the education process? For those pushing the Obama administration's harebrained restorative justice policy, can blacks afford for anything to interfere with the acquisition of academic excellence? Finally, how does the Obama restorative justice policy differ from a Ku Klux Klan policy that would seek to sabotage black education by making it impossible for schools to rid themselves of students who make education impossible for everyone else?
        Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.
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President Trump and Paul Ryan tried to improve Obamacare. They failed.

by John Stossel

Trump then tweeted, "ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!"

But I do worry.

Trump is right when he says that Obamacare will explode.

The law mandates benefits and offers subsidies to more people. Insurers must cover things like:
    --Birth control.
    --Alcohol counseling.
    --Depression screening.
    --Diet counseling.
    --Tobacco use screening.
    --Breastfeeding counseling.

Some people want those things, but mandating them for everyone drives up costs. It was folly to pretend it wouldn't.

Insisting that lots of things be paid for by someone else is a recipe for financial explosion.

Medicare works that way, too.

When I first qualified for it, I was amazed to find that no one even mentioned cost. It was just, "Have this test!" "See this doctor!"

I liked it. It's great not to think about costs. But that's why Medicare will explode, too. There's no way that, in its current form, it will be around to fund younger people's care.

Someone else paying changes our behavior. We don't shop around. We don't ask, "Do I really need that test?" "Is there a place where it's cheaper?"

Hospitals and doctors don't try very hard to do things cheaply.

Imagine if you had "grocery insurance." You'd buy expensive foods; supermarkets would never have sales. Everyone would spend more.

Insurance coverage -- third-party payment -- is revered by the media and socialists (redundant?) but is a terrible way to pay for things.

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Press Release (Griffis/Blessing)

Patty Jones

Griffis/Blessing is excited to announce that Patty Jones has been promoted from Assistant Portfolio Manager to Portfolio Manager in the Commercial Services Group. Ms. Jones will head a seven building, 358,788 square foot portfolio of medical, office, and industrial property types.
 
“Over the past eight years, Patty has worked her way up through the hierarchy at Griffis/Blessing. Her experience in the industry and with a variety of property types, along with her drive to learn and succeed make her the ideal person for this promotion,“ says Doris Wall, Vice President, Commercial Property Services.
 
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with additional offices in Denver, Griffis/Blessing, Inc. currently manages over 4 million square feet of commercial space, and more than 9,300 apartment units. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services since 1985. For more information, visit www.griffisblessing.com.
 

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  LuisJoe Ybarra Jr, from Widefield High School won the western Regional open championships in the 125-lb Open Junior Division in Albuquerque, New Mexico Saturday night.

The event was held from the 19th through the 25th of March 2017. LuisJoe who is seated #2 by USA Boxing point system chose to participate in this tournament instead of the State Golden Gloves this year, due to both tournaments being on the same week.



The Western Regional Open Championships is protocall to be seated for the USA Junior National Championships in December 2017. LuisJoe defeated Ram Gandara from Houston, Texas in the Finals. Precious Ybarra from Sproul Jr High attended but didn't compete.  Also Victor Rodriguez won in the 9-10yrs old 75 lb open division as the unopposed champion.

Xavier Montoya from Sierra High School came up short in his 106lbs Open division. Congratulations to all of them representing Colorado. For more information contact: ybarrasboxingclub.com, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Phone# 719-237-6982

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Press Release (El Paso County Clerk)

March 24, 2017

Severe weather in the Denver area has caused a disruption to the Driver’s License services statewide.  The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder is notifying customers in the county that driver’s license services currently are unavailable at any of its five motor vehicle offices.
 
“The State Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Department is experiencing problems with the driver’s license functions due to severe weather,” said Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman.  “We will keep our county customers apprised when service is restored.  This is a difficult day throughout the state due to weather conditions and we thank our customers for their consideration.”
 
All other motor vehicle services such as registration renewals and titling are available at the Clerk’s five offices.  Only driver’s license service is affected.  All of the Clerk’s Offices will be open today from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
 
Main Office at the Citizens Service Center
1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
 
Downtown Branch Office at Centennial Hall
200 S. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
 
Southeast Branch Office at Powers & Airport
5650 Industrial Pl.
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
 
North Branch Office at Union Town Center
8830 N. Union Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
 
Fort Carson Branch Office
6351 Wetzel Avenue – Bldg 1525
Fort Carson