Filed under: Elections
Jeff Garfield, the Executive Director of the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission (aka, where I work at my internship) is testifying today in Congress about public financing of campaigns
Event Title: “A look at HR 1826 and the Public Financing of Congressional Campaigns” Event Description:
Committee on House Administration Hearing on “A look at HR 1826 and the Public Financing of Congressional Campaigns”
Start Date: 7/30/2009 End Date: 7/30/2009 Start Time: 11:00 AM End Time: 1:00 AM
Filed under: Life
If I’m Rachel, you’re Phoebe. And he’s Ross.
A: I don’t get him sometimes.
J: He totally fucked us up in high school.
A: He’s a walking psych case!
J: Yeah, he’s crazy. Did you see how close he was sitting next to me on the couch.
A: I didn’t, but it was close?
J: Yeah, and I was like, “[friend] you have a girlfriend. Back off.”
A: Yeah about that, you know he asked me for permission first.
J: For what?
A: When he first started going out with her. Last winter, when we were both home on break. He asked me if it was okay. If I approved.
J: Weird. Obviously you approved? I mean she’s what, 15? God!
A: She’s only a year younger. And she seems nice. And he likes her. In the end, I have to trust his judgment.
J: Yeah, I guess. But he and [another girl] totally hooked up all the time way back in high school and I know you don’t like her.
A: It’s not that I don’t like her. It’s the fact that I was annoyed that she tried to be my friend so she could get in his pants.
J: She did that?
A: Yeah, and boy, he knew I did not approve of her. I made that very clear, many times.
J: God, I don’t get him.
A: He’s a very long saga – especially for us. But he’s a good friend and I think he means well. He is nice
J: He’s nice, but sometimes it’s just intense.
A: Yeah, like when he and [one of our guy friends] found out about [something that happened to me], they were pissed. And I was like, “Chill guys, you don’t even know [this other kid].
J: What? How did that even come up? What did they say?
A: Oh, they were going to go like kick his ass or something. It was hilarious. And no, they weren’t joking.
A: Well that’s [the boy we've been talking about this whole conversation]; he’s really protective.
J: Of you? Yeah, everyone knows that!
A: Yeah, but not kids at school! I guess I’m lucky that Worcester is an hour away – gives me some time to prepare!
J: He’s come to visit you?
A: Haha no. He wanted to, but I told him no.
A: Well the reason he gave. I mean, I don’t think he would ever fight someone, but he wanted to come up to Boston and talk to some people.
J: Oh god!
A: Yeah, and that’s why he couldn’t come. I’m a big girl, I can take care of myself.
J: Yeah. He is way overprotective of you!
A: Yeah he is.
J: At least you’ve totally reached the friend stage at this point.
A: Only took 6 years!
J: And you will always love him.
A: And so will you.
J: And he will always love both of us.
Filed under: Media
Can’t go wrong with Savage Garden!
Filed under: Education
But black students have made important gains in several Southern states over two decades, while in some Northern states, black achievement has improved more slowly than white achievement, or has even declined, according to a study of the black-white achievement gap released by the Department of Education this morning.
As a result, the nation’s most dramatic black-white gaps are no longer seen in Southern states like Alabama orMississippi, but rather in Northern and Midwestern states like Wisconsin, Nebraska, Connecticut and Illinois, according to the federal data.
By 2007, the widest black-white gap in the nation on the fourth-grade math test, (not counting the District of Columbia, which is not a state) showed up not in the deep South but in Wisconsin.
Connecticut is another Northern state where achievement gaps are larger than in states across the South, the federal study shows. That is partly because white students in Connecticut score above the national average, but also because blacks there, on average, score lower than blacks elsewhere. [Italics mine]
This goes back to a discussion my mom and I were having on Sunday – Conard vs. Hall. Hall ranks nationally higher on achievement – higher SAT scores, higher grad rates, more 3+ on AP tests, better statewide scores than Conard. Conard ranks higher nationally when it’s scores are stabilized for the percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunch. See unlike the other high-performing Connecticut Valley (and Fairfield County schools for that matter) like Greenwich, Simsbury, Farmington, Hall, and Avon, Conard has the lowest family income per student (i.e. more free and reduced lunches). Conard is performing as well as it does across the board, across the racial and socioeconomic bounds of the school, albiet lower than the scores of neighboring school districts with less diverse student population.
And this all boils down to – my name is Amy, I was born and raised in Connecticut. I had the opportunity to attend Catholic school and then graduate from the #1 public high school in the state, and no, I am not a spoiled rich kid. And yes, I had the most diverse and rewarding experience at Conard High School that I have ever experienced in my educational career, including while attending Boston University. In the end, you learn best when the people around you are different from yourself.
Filed under: Life
At Borders today, I picked up a book entitled “What Does Your Birthday Say About You.” I read the entry for both my birthday and my mom’s and they fit so well, I went on a little google search. Here’s what the internet says about my birthday, September 27th. See how much is really me and what really isn’t!
27 – SELFLESSNESS HUMANITARIANISM – You have a deep yearning for knowledge. You use your logical mind and strong intuition to guide you. You get psychic haunches and dreams. Your emotional side; however, is not that predictable. You are rooted in your spirituality and may love nature, yoga, meditation, or living in the country. You are well mannered, the perfect guest or perfect host. You have a loving, generous, sensitive nature and work well with others. You are broad-minded and tolerant showing much sympathy and compassion. Your sensitivity could cause some mood swings. Your empathic nature may lead you into sympathy pains. For this reason you may want to withdraw because you feel so vulnerable. Perfectionism may cause you to be hard on yourself. The sense of perfection may also lead you to not feeling good enough. In relationships you are affectionate and seek a partner to nurture. You have the ability to make your partner feel special. The physical influence of a 27/9 may be red hair and freckles, high cheekbones and a high voice. You often have long legs. You might be prone to skin allergies or headaches or blood sugar imbalances. You may work as a diplomat, peacemaker, humanitarian or leader in any field. Other careers may be in philosophy, psychology, spirituality, history, therapy, medicine, or art.
For you, love is a feeling that lingers for really long time – even after a relationship is totally over. In fact, you still make have strong feelings for the first person you fell in love with. You usually are reluctant to end relationships. And sometimes you’re the last to know that things are ending! Number of Times You’ll Have Your Heart Broken: 5. You are most compatible with people born on the 9th, 18th, and 27th of the month.
You are a spiritual soul – a person who tries to find meaning in everything. You spend a good amount of time meditating, trying to figure out life. Helping others is also important to you. You enjoy social activities with that goal. You are very generous and giving. Yet you expect very little in return. Your strength: Getting along with anyone and everyone. Your weakness: Needing a good amount of downtime to recharge. Your power color: Cobalt blue. Your power symbol: Dove. Your power month: September.