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by hetal
Monday - February 1, 2016 at 7:37 pm
So what is the deal with Charter schools?

I was having a conversation with a "mom friend" this weekend who mention she was looking to place her son in a charter school once he starts kindergarten. Another friend who is a teacher said you have to do some research as not all charter schools are well funded.

This mom friend was under the impression that charter schools were better. Are they really better than an "A" school? (Assuming its a well funded charter school.)

If you had a child which would you send him/her to? Just curious to see what the deal is with charter vs. local "A" schools we have around here.
by chunks
Monday - February 1, 2016 at 9:16 pm
ok so not really helpful but...there are good and bad charter schools.

charter schools are just ones that operate with public funding but privately run. so no it’s not necessarily better than an A school.

For example, innovations middle school is where we send our kids that stab people. thats a charter. and its close to ghettobrook (Meadowbrook middle school) which is a regular public.

just make sure that the school isn’t pulling students from poor places and you’ll be fine. but yes school grades are a halfway good indicator of how good a school is. My school went from a D to a C and it seems about right (not the worst, but don’t expect greatness)
by chunks
Monday - February 1, 2016 at 9:21 pm
so sorry. I’d want my kid in an A public school before a B charter.

but once you find the A schools then choose based on program offerings. arts, engineering, etc.
by hetal
Tuesday - February 2, 2016 at 8:31 am
Thanks, this is helpful. I just want to better understand how the system works and which would be better for us in the long run. Not something we have to worry about for a few years, but just something to keep in mind.
by Doug
Tuesday - February 2, 2016 at 1:22 am
Find a good Montessori-Steiner/Waldorf private school. Then you can avoid all the headaches of federal bureaucracy and neighboring poverty.
by hetal
Tuesday - February 2, 2016 at 8:30 am
That would be nice if I was a millionaire.
by d
Tuesday - February 2, 2016 at 6:42 pm
by B
Thursday - February 4, 2016 at 2:25 pm
I went to a private Montessori school for grade school. Ask Neumann, my parents were not millionaires.
by Doug
Thursday - February 4, 2016 at 3:24 pm
So you’re telling us that even if you send your child to a private Montessori school, they can still end up a curmudgeon?
by Wampious
Tuesday - February 2, 2016 at 9:01 am
Damn, I just looked into tuition for Orlando Montessori out of curiosity and to send your kid there from kindergarten to 8th grade you’re lookin’ at 65,000 or about 7,200/yr!

Maybe you could just send your kid straight to college since that’ll be cheaper, Hetal.
by Doug
Tuesday - February 2, 2016 at 11:20 am
> 7,200/yr

This doesn’t sound too crazy too me.

Some of the things those schools do are amazing. For example, to get students interested in music they’ll go to the symphony, watch a piece played, then afterward go on stage and interact with the musicians and learn about the instruments, and then sit next to them as they play more.

As one who does not have any children or any real responsibility, I can boldly claim/ask: when living in a society where "you get what you pay for" in terms of education, shouldn’t it be one of the biggest expenses?

I know folks out west who moved out of the city so they could afford the right school for their kid, putting more money toward education than mortgage.
by bank
Tuesday - February 2, 2016 at 11:57 am
but what if the kid is a dipshit? huge waste of money. could have been learning a vocation like drug dealing instead.
by d
Tuesday - February 2, 2016 at 6:43 pm
where the real rupee is..
by Wamppointed
Tuesday - February 2, 2016 at 1:14 pm
What sucks are the lengths you have to go to make sure your kid is educated well. Spending more on primary and secondary school education than a mortgage or college tuition just seems shitty. Why can’t school just be better damnit?
by Hetal
Tuesday - February 2, 2016 at 2:11 pm

That is one of the reasons why we bought our house where we did. This area had all "A" schools. So in theory it should provide a good education for our daughter.

I think it all depends on the child and parent. You get our of it whatever effort you put in. I went to a "D" school but I turned out OK.
by neumann
Thursday - February 4, 2016 at 6:49 am
yeah you’re alright I guess.
by bank
Thursday - February 4, 2016 at 11:49 am
just start training her for combat. it’ll all be mad max by then.
by Hetal
Thursday - February 4, 2016 at 12:32 pm
She did tell me the other day that she was a bad guy princess and she was going to destroy me (haayeah action and all).

The Minions movie is apparently a bad influence on her.
by Hetal
Thursday - February 4, 2016 at 12:29 pm
That’s just my theory. I couldn’t be wrong. Maybe the school matters more than you think. Hence my original question.
by Hetal
Thursday - February 4, 2016 at 12:36 pm
by Doug
Thursday - February 4, 2016 at 12:56 pm
Maybe it is all cumulative?

You are an amazing person (+110 awesome points, whereas average folk only get a dozen or so) and went to a D school (+12 points) and and are a girl (+0) and you ended up well educated, comfortably sitting in upper-middle class.

Imagine if your school gave you an additional 100-200 points? You could have been bumped one or two classes / castes (usually resulting in an extra zero or two on the family income).

But is that a definitively better life? Depends. Who the fuck knows.
by d
Monday - February 1, 2016 at 6:53 pm

looks nice. Don’t know what it’s about
by doug
Monday - February 1, 2016 at 12:36 am
Just looked up my voter registration info, can do so here:

Discovered I’m unaffilliated.

Note, FL has a closed primary, and I believe the deadline to update your registration is in two weeks.
by WampToo
Monday - February 1, 2016 at 12:11 pm
Shiiiiiiit me too - thanks for this
by WampYouToo?
Monday - February 1, 2016 at 12:14 pm
If anyone else needs to get affiliated:

Do It Here
by xfiles
Saturday - January 30, 2016 at 10:39 am
by doug
Saturday - January 30, 2016 at 1:57 pm
I can’t understand what Scully says?

> If this think looks like it was drawn [mumble mumble] I’m emptying my clip in it, even if it is wearing nice underwear

by bank
Saturday - January 30, 2016 at 2:35 pm
i’m guessing context matters here. i’m also guessing there are witness depictions of the monster that involve underwear for some reason.

"this thing looks like those drawings i’m emptying my clip into it even if it is in its underwear."

also, this is pretty dumb. they got that close without noticing? i am glad to see xfiles decided to start posting here though.
by neumann
Saturday - January 30, 2016 at 11:07 pm
new marketing campaign...going directly to the fan source.
by d
Monday - February 1, 2016 at 6:52 pm
by d
Wednesday - January 27, 2016 at 5:27 pm
by Hetal
Thursday - January 21, 2016 at 8:22 pm
Hey gang, let’s do a farewell dinner tomorrow night for Chintan.

Place: Thai? (Recommendations for a good Thai place needed)
by neumann
Thursday - January 21, 2016 at 8:58 pm
hey if folks are willing to make a drive to our side of town, there is a new place called shabu shabu that is supposed to be pretty good.

shabu shabu
by doug
Tuesday - January 19, 2016 at 10:36 am
> because we did not receive a request to renew it, the registration for your domain name "" just expired. Therefore, it
will no longer work on the web or with email until it is renewed

Lets all take a moment of silence.
by neumann
Tuesday - January 19, 2016 at 4:04 pm
by neumann
Monday - January 18, 2016 at 12:10 am
hey gang. here are some suggestions for the new book club book. i the first three are trilogy starters. the rest are all solos i believe. all are acclaimed.

Ancillary Justice
The only novel ever to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards and the first book in Ann Leckie’s New York Times bestselling trilogy.

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.

Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy.

Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance.

NEUMANN’s NOTES: I have heard many good things about this book. It took the sci-fi world by storm when it debuted and pretty much won everything that year.

The Magicians
Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A high school math genius, he’s secretly fascinated with a series of children’s fantasy novels set in a magical land called Fillory, and real life is disappointing by comparison. When Quentin is unexpectedly admitted to an elite, secret college of magic, it looks like his wildest dreams have come true. But his newfound powers lead him down a rabbit hole of hedonism and disillusionment, and ultimately to the dark secret behind the story of Fillory. The land of his childhood fantasies turns out to be much darker and more dangerous than he ever could have imagined. . . .

The prequel to the New York Times bestselling book The Magician King and the #1 bestseller The Magician’s Land, The Magicians is one of the most daring and inventive works of literary fantasy in years. No one who has escaped into the worlds of Narnia and Harry Potter should miss this breathtaking return to the landscape of the imagination.

NEUMANN’s NOTES: a popular fantasy book that a lot of people like. It starts as a SyFy channel series soon.

The Cinder Spires: the Aeronaut’s Windlass
Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files and the Codex Alera novels, conjures up a new series set in a fantastic world of noble families, steam-powered technology, and magic-wielding warriors…

Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.

And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake…

NEUMANN’s NOTES: I really enjoy Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files books. And this book features talking cats, so...


A Canticle for Leibowitz
Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller, Jr.’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of twentieth-century literature -- a chilling and still-provocative look at a post-apocalyptic future.

In a nightmarish ruined world slowly awakening to the light after sleeping in darkness, the infant rediscoveries of science are secretly nourished by cloistered monks dedicated to the study and preservation of the relics and writings of the blessed Saint Isaac Leibowitz. From here the story spans centuries of ignorance, violence, and barbarism, viewing through a sharp, satirical eye the relentless progression of a human race damned by its inherent humanness to recelebrate its grand foibles and repeat its grievous mistakes. Seriously funny, stunning, and tragic, eternally fresh, imaginative, and altogether remarkable, A Canticle for Leibowitz retains its ability to enthrall and amaze. It is now, as it always has been, a masterpiece.

NEUMANN’s NOTES: I have always heard that this is THE post-apocalyptic novel of 20th century literature.

Station Eleven
A National Book Award Finalist
A PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist

Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end.

Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed.

NEUMANN’s NOTES: I heard a co-worker speak very highly of this book.

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits
Nightmarish villains with superhuman enhancements.

An all-seeing social network that tracks your every move.

Mysterious, smooth-talking power players who lurk behind the scenes.

A young woman from the trailer park.

And her very smelly cat.

Together, they will decide the future of mankind.

Get ready for a world in which anyone can have the powers of a god or the fame of a pop star, in which human achievement soars to new heights while its depravity plunges to the blackest depths. A world in which at least one cat smells like a seafood shop’s dumpster on a hot summer day.

This is the world in which Zoey Ashe finds herself, navigating a futuristic city in which one can find elements of the fantastic, nightmarish and ridiculous on any street corner. Her only trusted advisor is the aforementioned cat, but even in the future, cats cannot give advice. At least not any that you’d want to follow.

Will Zoey figure it all out in time? Or maybe the better question is, will you? After all, the future is coming sooner than you think.

NEUMANN’s NOTES: By the same author of John Dies At The End. Haven’t heard too much about this title, but the author is an important one in the current landscape of speculative fiction.
by hetal
Monday - January 18, 2016 at 12:30 pm
I like:
Ancillary Justice
A Canticle for Leibowitz
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits
by bank
Monday - January 18, 2016 at 7:16 pm
wow, neumann. that’s for taking the time to put this together. i like:

ancillary justice
station eleven
fancy suits
by bank
Monday - January 18, 2016 at 7:55 pm

my brain is no good.
by neumann
Tuesday - January 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Doug says he will read whichever we choose. So, going by that, looks like the commonalities are Ancillary Justice and Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits. I am good with reading either of these. Someone wanna be the tie-breaker? Any takers? Beth? Chunks?
by Hetal
Tuesday - January 19, 2016 at 3:22 pm
Ditto on the thanks for putting this together!
by neumann
Tuesday - January 19, 2016 at 3:26 pm
no problem. i love researching books so it was easy/fun to do.
by chunks
Tuesday - January 19, 2016 at 4:31 pm
Ancillary Justice
by Doug
Tuesday - January 19, 2016 at 10:24 pm
Fancy Suits
by Malay
Thursday - January 21, 2016 at 7:42 pm
Ancillary Justice sounds cool, I’d be interested in reading that.
by david
Thursday - January 21, 2016 at 7:43 pm
I vote for Ancillary Justice.

But I’m not going to read it.
by d
Saturday - January 16, 2016 at 11:40 pm
by d
Sunday - January 17, 2016 at 3:15 pm
by Hetal
Monday - January 11, 2016 at 8:55 pm
Chintan is planning to visit for a week starting this Saturday.

I was wondering if you guys would like to meet up on Sunday to hang out. Neumann I’m not sure what time you were planning to watch movies but we were thinking:

4:00pm meetup at Lazy Moon on University followed by hanging out at our place or we could go to your house.
by Chintan
Monday - January 11, 2016 at 9:54 pm
Woo! Stoked to see you guys!
by neumann
Tuesday - January 12, 2016 at 7:25 am
cool! we’ll be there at 4. and we’ll probably just reschedule our movie night. whatever works.
by dizzle wizzle
Friday - January 15, 2016 at 4:05 pm
Is this for anybody or is it exclusive?

I may or may not be at another table eating a slice of pizza.
by hetal
Saturday - January 16, 2016 at 7:55 am
everyone is welcome!