TA MUG iconThis LEDE is a new feature on THE Ave.  The lede in a newspaper is the paragraph that initially draws readers into a story. On THE-Ave.US, stories can be spread across  many posts so we will use ledes to draw your attention to stories about specific topics or to authors who write here on TA.

    For example, you can click here for stories about the UW or here for timely stories about the presidency under Mitt Romney.


    ST PAUL ICONEvery Sunday, THE Ave begins with a story about religion. Sometimes these are quotes from one of the bibles, other times they stories about how religious and anti religious people behave. Hopefully there is enough balance to please, offend, or stimulate folks who care about what is done in the name or names of deities. READMORE HERE.


    Some months BBQ SC ago I started writing about South Carolina.  In part I started because of the fight between that state and Washington state about jobs for Boeing.  What I have found is almost unbelievable.  The cradle of the confederacy, remains almost incredibly foreign to any place I have lived.  Teen births, gun abuse, anti union laws, racism, … I have relatives who chose to live there but I doubt I would ever want to visit their home. CLICK the BBQ guy to readmore.

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    mR sMITH GOES TO THE uwThe UW was and is the soil from which THE Ave developed.  This lede will take you to stories about the UW … the athletic department’s budget, the lack of free speech on campus, the achievements of the UW that do not get heralded, relations with the city and state, and more. Recent stories have dealt wit a very strange fight over the UW logo.



    Roger RabbitRoger is our resident Chief Justice of the cabbage patch.  A former judge and a former journalist, this furry creature is cynical about most things, legalistic about law, and even .. at times … good at making fun.


    legal thuggeryLegal thugs …. they are a pestilence.  I found the lady here watching at the edge of a labor meeting in Seattle.  Who was she?  From her clothing, manicured nails and skeptical posture I took her for some corporate type, perhaps a corporate lawyer looking for an edge.   Lawyers working for corporations seem to be pretty good at that and pretty bad at any sense of ethics.  Indeed, I believe Law 101 teaches them that the first principle of the law is that “it is OK if you can get away with it.” This may be a caricature but I have been collecting stories about lawyers who use perjury as a device, extort money from targets afraid of the costs of law suits, hold forth while hiding under fictions that they are not acting as lawyers, and much more.   Read about this under the tag for legal thuggery.

Posts Tagged ‘Charter Schools’

October 8th, 2014 - 4:13 am § in Academic Standards, America, Hypocrisy, political correctness, Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene

Seattle NEEDS to Create a Public School

I have a lot more respect for the RN than I d for the BS in nursing.  Programs like WGU illustrate the anomaly, possibly a sexist animaly from the past, where the most difficult part of nurse training is recognized with a certificate.Seattle lacks an elite high school because such a school would require hiring an elite cadre of teachers .. something the unions oppose and the white liberal community disdains because they see the very concept of “elite” as tainted unless it refers to the public school serving the cause[...]

November 22nd, 2013 - 10:42 am § in America, Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene

BREAKING NEWS:The Democrats and Teachers Union Push Court to Rule For Class Based Schools

The AP reports that a King County Superior Court judge is scheduled to hear oral arguments today over the constitutionality of Washington’s new charter school law. The case is being brought by the teachers unions acting with  “coalition of parents, educators and community groups.”  W[...]

November 5th, 2013 - 11:56 am § in Academic Standards, Schools & Colleges

Can JEWISH Charter Schools Fail?

Is it a bad thing if an ethnic group wants a school of its own? Opponents of charter schools argue that there is something that is wrong when an thenic group sponsors a charter even though the law requires such schools to be open to all kids.  I think the liberals’ concerns is patronizing [...]

September 23rd, 2013 - 10:49 pm § in Schools & Colleges, The Ave Scene, Washington State

Murray Moves Toward Being Mayor Ed

Publicola reports that Ed Murray picked up impressive endorsements from state Rep. Eric Pettigrew (D-37, SE Seattle) and former Southeast Seattle state rep Dawn Mason. While both Pettigre and Mason are African American leaders, I was especially impressed by the endorsement by Pettigrew, a moderate[...]

November 12th, 2012 - 12:40 pm § in Misc.

Charter Schools Winning by 50.8% to 49.2%

Over at Horses ASS, my friend Neil predicts hairs’ breath win for Charter Schools, I 1240. After Saturday’s vote-count updates (only 6 counties, only 93,955 additional ballots), little has changed but much has changed. As on Friday, Yes on I-1240 is in the lead by a 50.8% to 49.2% margin. As[...]

November 4th, 2012 - 10:06 am § in Misc., Ongoing Presidential Campaign, Politics, Schools & Colleges, Washington State

SMS Comment: McKenna takes the lead. What a McKenna victory might mean for the schools

Poll Analysis: McKenna takes the lead  Darry at Horses Ass A new Elway poll has Washington state AG Rob McKenna leading former WA-1 Congressman Jay Inslee, 47% to 45%. The poll comes on the heelsof a Strategies 360 poll showing the race tied up. The Elway poll surveyed 451 likely voters (4.5 MOE) f[...]

October 23rd, 2012 - 11:50 pm § in Misc.

What is a Washington “Charter School”

Charter Schools  Initiative 1240 would authorize the creation of 40 charter schools, independently managed by non-profits, over a 5-year period. A newly-created charter school commission would oversee the new system. Charter schools would use the same funding from the existing public school system [...]

October 15th, 2012 - 12:02 pm § in Schools & Colleges

Support Your Local (Charter School)

FUSE, a local progressive organization, has refused to take a stand on Initiative 1240 .. the intiative to allow a small number of charter schools in our state. I think FUSE made a wise decision.  Unfortunately one of my liberal correspondents in upset: David Spring writes: “For FUSE to fail [...]

September 15th, 2012 - 10:05 am § in Academic Standards, Schools & Colleges

BREAKING NEWS: Chicago, is the strike over?

End to Chicago teachers’ strike is not assured Read more: Despite the somewhat dubious source at Fox news, I recommend this article. The article suggests that the strike may not end on Monday. Whi[...]