Saturday, October 25, 2014

C. J. Huff spreads Bright Futures message to Poplar Bluff on taxpayers' time

 Just one week after he delivered the keynote address at a professional development meeting for the Elk Island Public School District in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada on a weekday, Superintendent C. J. Huff was attending another speaking engagement.

The accompanying photo and video show the Joplin R-8 superintendent, as a representative of the Bright Futures USA non-profit organization, which is allegedly an entirely separate entity that has nothing to do with the Joplin School District, delivering an address to the newly-created Poplar Bluff Bright Futures during its Friday, October 17, kickoff breakfast.

The Poplar Bluff appearance marked at least 13 days, counting his upcoming speech in November at Saskatchewan that Huff has been absent from his duties as superintendent during the work week while delivering speeches that either talk about his role in making sure there would be school in Joplin in August 2011 or about the positive impact of Bright Futures.

C. J. Huff's 2014 weekday speeches:

Thursday, Jan. 23- Wisconsin Association of School Boards

Thursday, Feb. 20- Columbia- An Evening With C. J. Huff- Council of PTAs

Tuesday, June 3- Bright Futures USA training session for Hazelwood Bright Futures

Monday,July 14, -Wednesday, July 16- National School Public Relations Association, Baltimore, Maryland. (panel discussion)

Thursday, July 17- Bright Futures USA presentation in Beaufort County, North Carolina

Tuesday, July 22 Tenth Annual Arkansas Safe Schools Conference, North Little Rock

Monday, August 11- Bright Futures USA morning speech in Pea Ridge, Arkansas

Friday, September 5- Mid-morning speech at Kansas City Rotary Convention

Thursday, September 25, Friday, September 26- Speeches in Chicago, Illinois

Friday, October 10- Keynote speaker at professional development for Elk Island Public School District, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada.

Friday, October 17- speaker at Poplar Bluff Bright Futures kickoff breakfast

Tuesday,November 18- Saskatchewan School Boards Association

This year is not the first year that Huff has chosen to take his show on the road during times when he should have been on the clock for Joplin R-8 taxpayers.

As noted in the October 16 Turner Report, Huff was paid through the Washington Speakers Bureau for a speech he made Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at the New Mexico Mines and Safety Conference.

The arrangement of the speech through the Washington Speakers Bureau was confirmed by Randy Logsdon, senior safety advisor for Intrepid Potash-New Mexico.

"He was selected as a keynote speaker (Leadership in Action: Build Better Teams by Creating Common Ground) because of his experience and insight following the tragic tornado in Joplin," Logdson told The Turner Report, in an e-mail.

"The theme for the 2013 NMMHSC was “Everyday Heroes” and his remarks helped to set the stage for the remaining 1 ½ days. He followed up the keynote with a break-out session(A Conversation with C.J. Huff) immediately following the keynote session."

The New Mexico appearance was not the only one Huff made on a weekday during 2013.

C. J. Huff's 2013 weekday speeches:

Tuesday, January 8- Panel discussion in Washington, D. C.

Tuesday, February 12- Midwest Education Technology Conference, St Charles

Tuesday, May 7- New Mexico Mine and Safety Conference

Friday, July 26- Building Emergency Coordinator Annual Training, Virginia Tech

Thursday, October 17- California Emergency Management Training and Conference, Santa Rosa

Thursday, October 31- Community Prayer Breakfast, Blue Springs (keynote speaker)

The list does not include some that were within a short distance of Joplin, including weekday speeches in Pittsburg, Grove, Springfield, and in Joplin.

Student pulls gun in Lathrop school

Nevada, Sheldon, Hume districts oppose Amendment 3

Add Nevada, Sheldon, and Hume to the more than 120 school boards that have passed resolutions opposing Amendment 3.

Amendment 3 would strip teachers of their tenure protection, require that teachers be evaluated by how well their students do on standardized tests, and greatly increase the number of tests that students have to take.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Reception held for Joplin city manager candidates

A report from KODE News

Amazon message lists Let Teachers Teach among books for educators

I enjoyed receiving this message from Amazon this morning listing some books on education for teachers:

Are you looking for something in our Education & Teaching Books department? If so, you might be interested in these items.
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Big crowd expected for Jackson Days West

(From Southwest Missouri Democrats)

Southwest Missouri Democrats have received  120 RSVPs for Jackson Days West, the biggest and most spectacular annual event for Southwest Missouri Democrats, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Briarbrook.  There will be a buffet-style dinner and live and silent auctions with the hilarious auctioneer, Pat Kelly.
We have have eight Table Sponsors for this year's event: Jim Evans for Congress, Laborers Local 319, Teamsters Local 245, Teamsters Local 823, Plumbers/Pipefitters  Local 178, CWA 6313, IBEW Local 53 and LEPCI.

Our keynote speaker is Crystal Brinkley, Executive Director of the Missouri State Democratic Party.

Our other speakers include:

-Jim Kabell, President of the Missouri-Kansas-Nebraska Conference of Teamsters
-State Senator Scott Sifton (D), Missouri 1st Senatorial District
-Jim Evans (D), Candidate for the 7th Congressional District

We will have two-minute stump speeches from:

- Charles (Hugh) Shields (D), candidate for the Missouri House 161st District
- Michael Jarrett (D), candidate for the Missouri House 163rdDistrict
- Bob Glenn (D), candidate for Dade County Presiding Commissioner

Executive Director for the Southwest Missouri Democrats and recently elected Chair of the 7th Congressional District Democratic Committee, Krista Stark will provide the welcome speech. Stark says proudly, “This event is the one night of the year we try to bring together all of our members-- candidates, county committee precinct captains, club leaders and members, volunteers and donors, longstanding members and Young Democrats. The event continues to grow each year.”

Jackson Days West
October 25, 2014

Briarbrook Country Club
502 Briarbrook Dr.
Carl Junction, MO 64834

Cocktail Hour --5:30
Buffet -- at 6 p.m.
Speaking program-- 7p.m.
Silent and Live Auction

66th birthday sale at Always Buying Books Saturday

Saturday, October 23, is the last of Always Buying Books' three-day 66th Birthday Sale, celebrating the 66th birthday of store owner Bob Wolfe.

Readers can buy one book and get one of similar price for 66 cents. The first 66 customers will also receive free copies of the Joplin Globe Angling in the Archives book, which features a great deal of the history of this area.

Of course, you can also pick up a copy of one of my books while you are out there. Bob has copies of Let Teachers Teach, No Child Left Alive, 5:41: Stories from the Joplin Tornado, Spirit of Hope, Scars from the Tornado, Small Town News, The Turner Report, and Newspaper Days available.

Billy Long: We need to ditch proposed EPA rule

(From Seventh District Congressman Billy Long)

Government regulations have been trending upwards at an alarming rate over the past few decades. These new regulations flowing from unelected bureaucrats hinder job growth and are hitting hard working taxpayers with increased costs.

In September, the House passed bipartisan legislation to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the agency seeks to redefine "waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act (CWA). I voted to ditch this rule.

The EPA is leading the way when it comes to threatening our freedom and job creation with the department's regulations. The EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have been attempting to expand the federal government's regulatory powers under the CWA by redefining "waters of the United States." Under this proposed rule, almost any low spot where rainwater collects could be regulated by the federal government. The protection of our natural environment, including air and water sources, is very important for all Americans. America has one of the very best environmental records in the world and enjoys an immense bounty of naturally beautiful ecosystems. However, the EPA has increasingly attempted to impose harsh rules with dubious or non-existent environmental benefits. Instead of allowing this to continue, I suggest we focus on passing legislation that will protect landowners from burdensome regulatory overreach and irrational rules.

Recently I voted alongside a number of my colleagues to pass the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (H.R. 5078). This legislation specifically exempts from federal jurisdiction streams which may only form when rain falls, prohibits the EPA and Corps from regulating or reinterpreting the definition of navigable waters without Congressional authorization, and returns the authority of waterways not under the jurisdiction of the CWA to states and local authorities.

We need to ditch this EPA proposed rule, and it is my hope that passing this bipartisan legislation will serve as an attempt to begin the very necessary rollback of federal regulations. I will continue to work to reduce regulatory burdens and protect the freedom of all Americans.

Hartzler: We must do more to stop spread of Ebola

(From Fourth District Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler)

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), today made the following statement in response to the unfortunate news of an American doctor in New York being diagnosed with Ebola.

“In light of the new case of Ebola in New York, it is becoming clear that even more protective measures to mitigate the spread of this deadly disease here in the United States must be taken. In addition to the suspension of visas that I have called for, health care workers who have been in direct contact with Ebola patients in the affected West African countries should undergo mandatory monitoring in a controlled environment for 21 days upon returning to the United States. Further, safe non-commercial travel options must be considered in order to protect American lives and deliver aid resources to Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa.”

Sinquefield's Teach Great group gives $225,000 to Grow Missouri

Teach Great, the Rex Sinquefield backed group that put Amendment 3 on the ballot, then suddenly abandoned it, has given $225,000 to another Sinquefield group, Grow Missouri, according to a 48-hour report filed Thursday with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

Grow Missouri, which has pushed Sinquefield's goal of eliminating the income tax and placing our bets on an increased sales tax, reported contributing $5,500 to Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, the number two man in the Missouri Senate, and $30,500 to Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles.