Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog).
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Regarding the teachers carrying guns, I encourage everyone to review this (frequently updated) list.
Every Incident of Mishandled Guns in Schools
@Jen: As comprehensive as that report may be, there is no way they actually have every incident. People get embarrassed when they fuck up and embarrassed people bury their mistakes.
@Jen: Oh my F’n gawd, this category here is a snapshot of America:
Don’t worry. They’ll try to hide the evidence.
School shooting tracking database loses federal funding
@Scott: Same as it ever was.
@Jen: Is anyone else as disturbed at the NEED for a “Guns Mishandled While at School” index as I am, or is this just another new normal? Sheesh!
@OzarkHillbilly: “A school resource officer threatened to shoot a student trying to leave campus because the officer mistakenly believed the student was being truant. No shots fired.”
In fairness, I’ve seen the resource officer at both high schools I teach at. I’m not sure either of them could chase ME down if I decided to flee. The warning may well be necessary.
(I won’t go into the “what’s wrong with this picture” aspect of the need for an armed police officer as a full-time school employee. 🙁 )
@Scott: “An effort to update one of the most comprehensive databases tracking school shootings nationwide is no longer receiving federal funding…”
witnessesChild Left Behind?
Scott Lemieux at LGM had that book banning thing covered yesterday,
The hospital story hits close to home. In fact it is home, the Sarasota Memorial system is my local hospital. Was it Tip O’Neil who said all politics is local? Not any more. The GOPs are making premeditated efforts to nationalize local politics. Besides trying to elect Big Lie people as election officials the FL lege is making local school board elections partisan.
My hospital CEO is a Trump supporter as are many other admin people, but pt care has always come first. They supported masking, vaccinations and once we knew HCQ and Ivermectin didnt work they supported out not using them. If the new board there acts as expected I would resign. The labor market is tight and I could go almost anywhere I want.
Trust people saw this story. We can do abortions once the woman is mostly dead and hopefully before they all dead. Maybe states like Texas will come to their senses, but it will take a miracle.