Christopher Records
Christopher Records

I'm a Special Education teacher at a high school in Southeast Los Angeles. Also going for a Master's in Public Policy at USC, part time. Rest of the time, I nosh with the fiance, construct sentences, read, run around the block, and drink interesting India Pale Ales. Left of center, gay, atheist, vegetarian, and unionized. I try to do everything in a happy, sunshiney, apple sauce kinda way.

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July 17, 2013

Why Just 44% Of Teachers Are Satisfied With Their Jobs

If teacher leadership is a key to educational excellence, why don't districts and schools offer teachers meaningful and impactful leadership opportunities in return for excellence?

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July 16, 2013

Proposition 8: In California, the Haters Are Still Hatin'

Prop 8 supporters continue to push for enforcement in court, but issues with legal standing and jurisdiction make it unlikely they'll succeed.
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May 23, 2013

Did 'Will and Grace' Win the Gay Rights Wars?

One view that Joe Biden and Rick Santorum share: the belief that a rich, white, gay fictional character was more important to gay rights than Stonewall, Harvey Milk, and actual gay marriages.
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May 22, 2013

Eric Garcetti is No Michael Bloomberg, Thankfully

As mayor, Eric Garcetti should avoid the temptations of power. The good news is, Los Angeles doesn't have a strong mayor system.
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May 16, 2013

4 Reasons Evangelical Christians Should Go Ahead and Support Gay Marriage

The only time you'll ever hear anyone deploy the word "sanctity" is in the empty evangelical arguments against gay marriage.
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May 10, 2013

Employment Non-Discrimination Act: Religious Hate Towards Gays is Still Hate

No matter what the Supreme Court says, religious people shouldn't have a special right to exclude gay people or anyone else. Discrimination is still discrimination, not "religious freedom."

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May 8, 2013

DOMA 2013: 17 Years Later, Some Things Still Haven't Changed

17 years since the passage of the Defense of Marriage Act. A lot has changed. A lot hasn't.
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May 5, 2013

Education Reform: Universities Have Been Forgotten in Reform Wars

If our ultimate goal is "life-readiness" rather than "college-readiness," we need to stop treating educational reform as just a K-12 issue.
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May 2, 2013

Gun Control Debate: "Keep the Door Locked In Case There's a Shooting" Is the Newest School Rule

Education in America: blast-proof white boards, simulated slaughter drills, and "lock the door or we die."
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May 1, 2013

Unlucky, Screwed Generation Denies Its Unlucky Screwedness

Millennials are all doomed. So what's with the happy?
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April 30, 2013

Gay Rights: Why Are Los Angeles' Gay Resources Aimed at the White and Wealthy?

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer folks don't just live on the Westside of Los Angeles. So why are LGBTQ spaces only located north of the 10 and west of Downtown?

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April 30, 2013

Education Reform: Both Good Teaching and Civil Rights Matter

Too often, education-reform advocates act as if education reform is separable from poverty, prisons, immigration, and other issues. It isn't.
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April 25, 2013

Gay Marriage: At This Point, Conservatives Oppose Equality Just Out Of Habit

Pressing "the pause button" may stall change, but when change comes, it tends to leave you behind in its wake.
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April 24, 2013

Do Not Stop Hating George W. Bush

The comeback tour has begun. Don't join it.
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April 24, 2013

Pamela Geller and the Jihad Fearwagon Go Into Overdrive

Day seven of the Festival of the right wing's Muslim Bashing and Fear-Mongering Fesitval after the Boston Marathon bombings.
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April 18, 2013

Mark Sanford 2013: Congressional Campaign Implodes, Ex-Wives Everywhere Applaud

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford violates the terms of his divorce agreement, just as he repeatedly violated the sanctity of his marriage.

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April 17, 2013

Education Reform is Desperately Needed, But Teachers Need to Take Control

Unless we want necessary reforms to fail, teachers (not Arne Duncan, Michelle Rhee, politicians, or private educational consulting forms) must be in the driver's seat.
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April 17, 2013

West Hollywood Meningitis: It's Not An Epidemic, So Why the Media Panic?

In the aftermath of a West Hollywood gay man's death from meningitis, news reports and politicians are manufacturing a crisis.
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April 16, 2013

North Korea Nuclear Strike Less Dangerous Than Democrats? Texas Attorney General Thinks So

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott thinks Democratic gains in Texas are more dangerous than a North Korean nuclear strike on Austin, because that's how Texas attorney generals think.
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April 12, 2013

Immigration Reform 2013: 3 Enduring Myths That Could Kill the Bill

In 2007, the Senate was close to an immigration bill, only to be spooked away from comprehensive reform by three central arguments. Today these same old arguments are flying about.