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The Living Planet Fund Management Company was set up by WWF International, one of the largest environmental organisations in the world. It has been created in 2003 to manage the Living Planet Fund, a socially responsible investment (SRI) fund. The Living Planet Fund is a Luxembourg, UCIT’s III Fund managing EUR$27.2 million and showing a performance in euro of 25.6% since inception for its Class B (data as at end June 2008).

We also have ‘leaders’ and ‘innovators’ company as follows:

Following a global equity strategy, the Living Planet Fund takes a socially responsible approach as well. Can you elaborate on how these two (ie the analytical and ethical aspects) are combined into the management process?

By combining the two, we have the best of both worlds the financial/analytical aspect plus the ethical aspect on top. The criteria used for analysis and selection consist of three major steps.

Step 1: Companies considered for inclusion in the fund are measured on a traditional financial basis in terms of their economic potential.

Step 2: Then, the selection is refined based on four indicators which are:Certification and codes

Taking into account these indicators, the best performers by sector over time (best in class) are considered for inclusion in the fund.

Step 3: Exclusion criteria are applied. Companies involved in the following business activities are excluded from the fund1:

production of armaments and other military products

production and processing of tobacco

production of alcoholproduction of nuclear power

genetic engineering in the external environment

The last decade has seen SRI funds evolve from a first generation of exclusionary screens, a second generation of positive screens, towards a third generation of all encompassing criteria (ESG, CSR, etc). Where does your fund fit into this evolution?

We believe that all SRI funds generations had their strengths. The Living Planet Fund combines the different approaches to build its portfolio. Our approach specifically includes four major categories of screening as follows:Screening based on four sets of indicators which are:certifications and codes

Application of the best in class approach.

Exclusions such as: production of military products, tobacco, alcohol and nuclear power, and genetic engineering within the external environment.

With regards to the Living Planet Fund portfolio, what is the average holding period of your investments and how liquid is the portfolio? How often do you turnover the portfolio?
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Here is an update to my post concerning Event ID 51 “An error was detected on device DeviceHarddisk0D during a paging operation” . back on Feburary 12, 2009 on this topic.

The original post was in reference to an external USB WD MyBook (02/12/2009). After cracking open the case and installing the hard drive internally, these errors stopped. In the past few weeks I experienced the exact same behavior with a Samsung G3 Station 1TB USB external storage enclosure tested on two different computers running Windows XP SP3 and generating the exact same error. I once again cracked open the case and installed the hard drive internally, and again stopped these errors. In addition, I have purchased multiple hard drive enclosures where you provide and install the hard drive into the enclosure (enclosure + hard drive purchased separately) without experiencing any of these errors.

My conclusion, based on my experiences, is that these all in one hard drive USB external enclosures come with proprietary circuit control boards. These mini boards seem to be equipped with automatic sleep mode built in for your convienence (or inconvienence,
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if you follow me), and at some predetermined time (very short) put the drive in sleep mode when the drive is not being accessed. I believe that while in this vendor provided sleep mode, when the system needs to access this device either for the processing of data or to check on the device, that this process generates these errors. Though I do not think the errors indicated any problems, but rather are false negatives, thus possibly confusing the indication at some point that a real issue might exist.

So for me. in the future I will stay away from such external storage devices and either go with internal storage or purhcase separately the hard drive and enclosure and use this configuration only. In these types of confgurations, I have yet to see any of these isolated Event ID 51 errors.
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One of those popular family oriented meals is hotdish.

“We didn’t know what a hotdish was until we got here,” Joey Castiglione, of Denver, said. “It was always green bean casserole.”

The sophomore aviation student at UND added that as far as he’s concerned, Midwesterners made it up. And, it’s true. According to the documentary, “Minnesota Hotdish: A Love Story,” the term was first written down in the 1930s in a Mankato, Minn., church cookbook. And according to the Dictionary of American Regional English, the term is still only regularly used in the Upper Midwestern states of North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Castiglione and his girlfriend, Courtney Davidson, also from Denver, also made note of all the traditional foods they noticed in the area such as lefse, lutefisk and krumkake, which Munski said can be traced back to the Norwegians who settled in the area many years ago. 1 on a lot of Upper Midwesterners’ minds. Old hockey jerseys can be seen nearly everywhere one goes, but it isn’t just the game that people associate with the area. Castiglione said everyone seems to know how to ice skate.

He said he bought his first pair of ice skates when he moved here from Denver.

“I figured if I’m going to live up here, might as well fit in,” he said.

“We were barely able to make a circle,” Castiglione said. “Then, a bunch of guys came from UND, and they were playing hockey and hitting each other and doing spins.”
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As a result of his experiments, Phillips was able to prove his hypothesis that in a curved wing, where the curvature is greater on the top surface than the bottom surface, the lift is generated primarily by the upper surface. This proof had eluded Sir George Cayley, although he suspected it to be true.

Phillips was a pioneer of aerial engineering who took up where Cayley left off, and began the systematic evaluation of curved surfaces meant for aerial machines.

Horatio F. PhillipsAn Englishman, Horatio F. Phillips demonstrated Cayley’s theories of lift. In 1884, he patented eight wing like sections of various widths and curvatures. He used a “wind box” to determine how fast an oncoming stream of air should be to sustain each different form carrying the same weight. His experiments proved that a curved surface creates more lift than a flat surface.

In 1891, Phillips devised and patented an improved wing section designed to create even more lift. He explained that low pressure is produced on the blade’s upper surface, while high pressure is produced on the underside. Since high pressure always moves toward low pressure, the high pressure below pushes the blade upward to the low pressure and creates lift.

In 1893, he created a 350 pound (158.8 kilogram) model aircraft that ran around a 628 foot (181.4 meter) circular track attached to a central pole. The model rose about three feet (91 centimeters) off the ground when it reached a speed of 40 miles per hour (64 kilometers per hour). This model had fifty rows of superimposed small winglets arranged in a slat like fashion on wheels. Each slat was twenty two feet (6.7 meters) long and 1.5 inches (3.8 centimeters) wide and was mounted two inches from the next slat. A coal fired engine turned a twin bladed propeller 400 revolutions per minute.

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Horatio Phillips was born in 1845 in Streatham, a suburb of London, England. He was the son of a gunsmith. Little has been written about his education, but he demonstrated interest in aeronautics at an early age and he closely followed the wind tunnel and whirling arm research conducted under the auspices of the Aeronautical Society. His main contribution was in airfoil design. In 1884 and again in 1891, he tested a variety of airfoil sections in an early wind tunnel that used a steam injector to suck air in through the entrance of the tunnel. The steam produced an airflow through the test section that was of better quality than earlier wind tunnels had produced. Phillips’ experiments demonstrated that on a thick cambered wing or airfoil section that was curved more on the top surface than on the bottom, the difference in pressure above and below the airfoil (pressure was less above the wing) produced lift. In 1884, Phillips received a patent for his two surface wing sections. He received a second patent in 1891.

His later experiments were less noteworthy although certainly dramatic. In 1893, he designed a flying machine with 50 wings to demonstrate his theories in actual use. His “multiplane” resembled a giant venetian blind. The frame measured 22 feet long and only 1.5 inches wide. A coal fired engine powered the machine and turned the propeller. He tested his craft on a circular track and managed to rise some two to three feet off the ground when the engine ran at 40 miles per hour. He built another similar machine that ran on a larger track. In 1904 and again in 1907, he built conducted additional tests. His 1904 model had 20 wings and managed a shop “hop” of about 50 feet. D. Fullerton on the Phillips flying machine show that in 1893 the first machine was built with a length of 25 feet, breadth of 22 feet, and height of 11 feet, the total weight, including a 72 lb. load, being 420 lbs.

The machine was fitted with some fifty wood slats, in place of the single supporting surface of the monoplane or two superposed surfaces of the biplane, these slats being fixed in a steel frame so that the whole machine rather resembled a Venetian blind.

A steam engine giving about 9 horse power provided the motive power for the six foot diameter propeller which drove the machine. As it was not possible to put a passenger in control as pilot, the machine was attached to a central post by wire guys and run round a circle 100 feet in diameter, the track consisting of wooden planking 4 feet wide.

Pressure of air under the slats caused the machine to rise some two or three feet above the track when sufficient velocity had been attained, and the best trials were made on June 19th 1893, when at a speed of 40 miles an hour, with a total load of 385 lbs., all the wheels were off the ground for a distance of 2,000 feet.

In 1904 a full sized machine was constructed by Mr Phillips, with a total weight, including that of the pilot, of 600 lbs. The machine was designed to lift when it had attained a velocity of 50 feet per second, the motor fitted giving 22 horse power. On trial, however, the longitudinal equilibrium was found to be defective, and a further design was got out, the third machine being completed in 1907.

In this the wood slats were held in four parallel container frames,
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the weight of the machine, excluding the pilot, being 500 lbs. A motor similar to that used in the 1904 machine was fitted, and the machine was designed to lift at a velocity of about 30 miles an hour, a seven foot propeller doing the driving. Mr Phillips tried out this machine in a field about 400 yards across.

‘The machine was started close to the hedge, and rose from the ground when about 200 yards had been covered. When the machine touched the ground again, about which there could be no doubt, owing to the terrific jolting, it did not run many yards. When it came to rest I was about ten yards from the boundary. Of course, I stopped the engine before I commenced to descend.’

By Octave Chanute.

I am asked to set forth the development of the “two surface” type of flying machine which is now used with modifications by Wright Brothers, Farman, Delagrange, Herring and others.

This type originated with Mr. F. H. Wenham, who patented it in England in 1866 (No. 1571), taking out provisional papers only. In the abridgment of British patent Aeronautical Specifications (1893) it is described as follows:

Two or more aeroplanes are arranged one above the other, and support a framework or car containing the motive power. The aeroplanes are made of silk or canvas stretched on a frame by wooden rods or steel ribs. When manual power is employed the body is placed horizontally, and oars or propellers are actuated by the arms or legs. A start may be obtained by lowering the legs and running down hill or the machine may be started from a moving carriage. One or more screw propellers may be applied for propelling when steam power is employed.

On June 27, 1866, Mr. Wenham read before the “Aeronautical Society of Great Britain,” then recently organized, the ablest paper ever presented to that society, and thereby breathed into it a spirit which has continued to this day. In this paper he described his observations of birds, discussed the laws governing flight as to the surfaces and power required both with wings and screws, and he then gave an account of his own experiments with models and with aeroplanes of sufficient size to carry the weight of a man.

Phillips Fails on Stability Problem

In 1893 Mr. Horatio Phillips, of England, after some very interesting experiments with various wing sections, from which he deduced conclusions as to the shape of maximum lift, tested an apparatus resembling a Venetian blind which consisted of fifty wooden slats of peculiar shape, 22 feet long, one and a half inches wide, and two inches apart, set in ten vertical upright boards. All this was carried upon a body provided with three wheels. It weighed 420 pounds and was driven at 40 miles an hour on a wooden sidewalk by a steam engine of nine horsepower which actuated a two bladed screw. The lift was satisfactory, being perhaps 70 pounds per horsepower, but the equilibrium was quite bad and the experiments were discontinued. They were taken up again in 1904 with a similar apparatus large enough to carry a passenger, but the longitudinal equilibrium was found to be defective. Then in 1907 a new machine was tested, in which four sets of frames, carrying similar sets of slat “sustainers” were inserted, and with this arrangement the longitudinal stability was found to be very satisfactory. The whole apparatus, with the operator, weighed 650 pounds.

The World’s First Lifting BodyIn 1884 and again in 1891, British inventor Horatio Phillips tested a variety of wing sections in an early wind tunnel, in which he used steam to study the movement of air along various surfaces. He wrote:
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Roche begins his essay by describing the Constitutional Convention as a democratic reform caucus. This is central to Roche’s argument regarding the intentions of the founding fathers. The key word in understanding this characterization of the creators of the constitution is the word reform. Roche starts by explicitly stating the founding fathers intended to reform the government, not manipulate it according to their personal needs. The Articles of Confederation were weak and unenforceable as a governing body, and lacked the true legislative power necessary to support a functional democracy. The United States hadn’t the power to compete in the global economic climate because it lacked the power to enforce its own laws and decrees. This was an important factor in the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Though the founding fathers plainly understood that a national government would no doubt limit the power of total democracy in the country, the also understood that without a strong central government, no democracy was possible at all and the country was doomed to failure. States were at the verge of breaking off into factions and developing their own standing armies to protect their own interests. Roche strongly favors the argument that the founding fathers intended to preserve as much democracy as humanly possible in the government under the sole pretext that it produced a functional governing body. Only as a functional governing body could the United States effectively protect the freedoms that it so dearly fought for in the Revolution of 1776. Roche’s notion of a democratic reform caucus accurately sums up his entire argument regarding the founding fathers. They intended to protect democracy and reform the Articles in a way that worked efficiently and smoothly, not in their own interests, but in the interests of a greater good.

Roche acknowledges that the political constraints of the day greatly limited the efforts of the reforming founding fathers in their quest to amend and create a functional Constitution. He uses the example of New York, a known advocate of states’ rights as an example of this great problem that was confronted. Roche comments that the absence of New York from the convention would be disastrous and thus doom the project to failure, and severely tedious steps were taken in order to ensure their presence at the convention. He lists these steps, briefly, but in detail in order to further his argument. First, New York had to agree to even send delegates to the Constitutional Convention. Second, New York had to provide maintenance for the delegates as they traveled to Philadelphia, a step that was also taken by many others states such as New Hampshire, which did not provide maintenance for its delegates until long after they initially decided to attend the convention. Third, New York had to create a convention of their own within their state with the purpose of ratification of the document which would be created at the Constitutional Convention. Finally, New York had to concede to and accept the decision of their convention that their state should participate in the Constitutional Convention at all. Roche attempts to expose the great political blockage that prevented the founding fathers from swiftly reforming the constitution. As well as describing the tedium of eighteenth century politics, Roche also succeeds in exposing the reasons why the Constitutional Convention could not have been solely convened on the pretext of retooling the Constitution to their personal needs. In consideration of the politics of the time, such an effort would have been impossible had it been made for completely selfish notions, and undoubtedly many states would not have gone through the trouble of sending delegates to a convention that intended to not reform the Constitution, but to mold it in order to maintain the status quo. Roche’s argument is supported by the simple fact that politics of the time would not have permitted such a whimsical change to the law of the land, no matter how influential the core members of the Constitutional Convention were.

John Roche attempts to debunk Charles Beard’s historical idea that the founding fathers were only rich, white, influential, landowning men who intended to change the Constitution only to maintain the status quo and keep the rights to their lucrative property investments and their land. Roche instead characterizes the framers of the Constitution, not as scheming rich men, but as men genuinely dedicated to the creation of a functional democratic government. Roche acknowledges that the founding fathers may have had many motives that factored into their creation of a Constitution, but that though some of these motives may have been entirely impure, they did not dictate the atmosphere of the convention, nor did these impure motives drive the intentions of all of the founding fathers. Roche also claims that there are no immaculate conceptions in history, and that the founding fathers obviously had their own agenda when it came to the topic of national government, however, these agendas were not the impetus of the convention, and that the sole and pure intention of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 was to create a functional democratic government. He characterizes the framers of the Constitution as men who were obviously bias toward their own personal needs, but entirely willing to compromise if it appeared to be for the greater good of the United States of America. He argues that the Constitution could never be created by purely selfish motives because it was much greater than the men who created it. There is no possible way for men with entirely divergent interests on the economy,
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global affairs, and domestic issues to have created a document that suited them and only them. Compromise was the only way to create a government that was support any of their interests, and thus their personal biases, while influential, were put aside in the hope that the Constitution they created would serve all the states as a whole, and govern the country in an effective and efficient way, the likes of which the world had never seen before. The framers of the Constitution were far too wise to conform to the strict Beard interpretation of their motives, and thus, nothing would have ever been accomplished.

Political theory also played a great role in determining the purpose and effectiveness of the Constitution and ultimately asserted itself as deliberation occurred between the states. John Roche comments that the political intentions of the founding fathers were not as starkly different from each other as previous interpretations of the motives of the framers had implied. He dispels the notion that there were strict states’ rights advocates at the convention and strict national government advocates. Roche claims that had the men’s political philosophies been so different as to divide them into two opposing factions, the Constitutional Convention would have floundered from the start. Many interpretations of the Constitutional Convention cite the absence of influential members of the United States such as Thomas Jefferson from the convention as proof of this dissent within the country. However, Roche paints a distinctly different portrait of the founding fathers, claiming that the political ideals that they held did not do as much to divide them as they did unite them, and that the Constitutional Convention could not have survived if the men did not agree on a common goal. The states that advocated their rights heavily could have easily left the convention and doomed it to failure. Roche argues that the fact that even the most disagreeable states stayed at the convention illustrates that the men truly intended to reform the Constitution. Most striking yet is the notion that the states that strongly disagreed could have easily voted down any measure that threatened their rights, but they did not. The states, large and small, with populations great and little, though they hotly debated the issue of representation, stayed at the convention and eventually compromised on a government that could serve all of them effectively. This presence at the convention distinctly shows that all the representatives knew that the Articles of Confederation were weak and did nothing to protect their rights, and had they not compromised at all, their states would soon be reduced to nothing.

Finally, Roche confronts the common interpretation of the Federalist Papers as the great interpreter and explainer of the purpose of the Constitution. Throughout history, The Federalist has been used without hesitation in blatant examination of the United States Constitution. Roche concedes that the main components of the Federalist Papers, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, had a distinct talent for retrospective symmetry, and did accurately portray the events of the Constitutional Convention. However, Roche argues, that a strict interpretation of the Constitution in the context of the Federalist Papers would be unwise because the Federalist was undoubtedly, for lack of a better word, complete propaganda. It is impossible to deduce the motives of the Constitutional Convention from the Federalist Papers because they did not reflect the political ideals of the convention, but merely reflected the political ideals that the convention created. Roche comments that the Federalist was merely an improvisational piece of propaganda that detailed how the government was to work under the new Constitution rather than why the Constitution was created in the first place. This completely debunks the idea that The Federalist ideas were the driving force behind the Constitutional Convention, and rather portrays the document as a piece of reactionary literature, detailing the ideas that came from the convention, rather than the ideas that went into it. This supports Roche’s argument that the founding fathers did not have their own personal interests in mind when drafting the Constitution of the United States. Charles Beard relies heavily on the Federalist in his essays regarding the motivations of the framers. Had the document been strictly a reactionary piece of literature full of new ideas, it would not have accurately reflected the political climate before the ratification of the Constitution, and thus becomes useless in an argument regarding motivation.

The United States Constitution has served the country well since its inception in 1787. It has been scrutinized, interpreted, reinterpreted, and analyzed since the very moment it was ratified in that hot summer in Philadelphia. Charles Beard attempted to characterize the framers of the Constitution as men who were purely self interested, and thought only of amending the government of the United States to serve their own personal goals of wealth and land. John Roche argues a completely contrary perspective. He begins this argument by describing the Constitutional Convention of 1787 as a democratic reform caucus. This is important in understanding Roche’s argument as whole. He uses the key word of reform to illustrate that the founding fathers did not intend to alter the Constitution on a whim, but on a carefully thought out plan to make the government efficient, effective, and to preserve democracy. Roche argues that the political constraints of the time were not conducive to such a wild and selfish alteration of American government, and the steps that were necessary to send delegates to the Constitutional Convention were far too tedious and numerous to serve this purpose. Roche characterizes the framers of the constitution as undoubtedly biased, but points to their incredible desire to compromise as credence to the idea that they were not at the convention simply to obtain their own goals. The political theory of the time was also instrumental in dictating the actions of the founding fathers. Had their ideas been so different and divergent, many of the delegates could have easily left the convention to flounder. Roche claims that the presence of all the states at the convention proves that they had much more in common than they did to divide them, and that they had only the country’s fate in mind as they drafted the Constitution. Finally, Roche completely debunks Charles Beard’s argument for a selfish Constitution by attacking his main resource for information on the motivations of the framers. He claims that the Federalist, while possessing a knack for retrospective symmetry, was not a document that reflected the ideas that went into the Constitution, but the ideas that ultimately resulted from it. The United States Constitution will continue to be analyzed for flaws and motivations for as long as it remains the basic governing document of American Government. However,
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In 2000, Mrs. Root donated the Joan Root Collection to the Art Museum. According to an inventory, the gift included her correspondence starting in 1969 with Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, a businessman who amassed an extensive private collection of medieval arms and armor the first half of the 20th century.

Prior to his death in 1976, the New York collector agreed to bequeath the objects to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. At that time, Mrs. Root was vice chair of the museum guide program, and the ongoing friendship between the two contributed to his making the gift. The arms and armor were installed in 1977.

Donald J. La Rocca, curator of armor and arms at the Philadelphia Art Museum before leaving in 1988 for Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, was in Philadelphia when the museum hoped to acquire the von Kienbusch collection.

was courted by many institutions, La Rocca said. of the major things was that the Philadelphia museum could guarantee a suite of galleries instead of the arms being included in another collection. The museum built the galleries, and that sealed the deal.

Timothy Rub, the George D. Widener director and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, said: Root enjoyed a friendship with Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, and she was tremendously helpful in strengthening the ties between the donor and our museum. Today, the Kienbusch collection of arms and armor is considered to be one of the greatest in the country.

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An aerial view of the site of an early morning train crash Feb. 4, 2018 between an Amtrak train, bottom right, and a CSX freight train, top left, in Cayce, SC.

The Amtrak engineer killed when his train slammed into a parked freight train in South Carolina had told his brother he was worried about dying on the rails.

Rich Kempf told the New York Daily News his brother, Michael Kempf, had expressed safety concerns after several recent train crashes and Amtrak budget cuts.

“Me and him always talked about this,” Rich Kempf, who lives in Mesa, Ariz, told the paper. Also killed was the Amtrak train’s conductor, Michael Cella, 36, of Orange Park, Fla.

More than 100 people were injured, and eight of them remained hospitalized Monday.

The wreck came just days after a chartered train for Republican members of Congress heading to a retreat collided with a garbage truck in rural Virginia, killing the truck driver. In December, three people died and dozens were injured outside Seattle when 13 Amtrak train cars derailed and dangled off a bridge.

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Michael Kempf, a married father of three, was an Army veteran who had worked for more than a decade in the rail industry, first at CSX and then Amtrak.

Rich Kempf told the Daily News his brother had been looking after their mother since their father died 12 years ago.

“He’s been taking care of my mom, his kids and his wife,” Rich Kempf said. Callanan described Cella as a family man and said Cella had recently bought a house.

“When I heard it was Mike it was very emotional because he a very nice guy,” Callanan said.

Callanan said he fears CSX and Amtrak will begin playing the “blame game” and said Cella deserves a better legacy.

point their fingers at each other because there no accountability, Callanan said. want his legacy to be that they improve safety on the railroad because of what happened Sunday. The signal system, operated by CSX, was not functioning and the train’s movements were being managed by a CSX dispatcher, Anderson said.

Investigators have focused on the switch that sent the southbound Amtrak train onto a siding where the CSX train was parked. Robert Sumwalt, the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said the probe will seek to answer why the switch was locked to send trains onto the siding.

whatever reason, that switch was, as they say in the railroad industry, lined and locked, Sumwalt said. were able to see that it was literally locked, with a padlock, to make it go into the siding. crash has also brought braking technology called Positive Train Control back into the spotlight. The control coordinates signals between trains, tracks and dispatchers about track speeds and blockages, and can slow down a train when the engineer isn responding.
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In that joint NPR/WAMU November 2017 report, journalists had revealed a culture of grade changing to increase graduation rates at Frank W.

The report also revealed more than half of Ballou’s 2017 graduates were passed despite extensive absences they should not have graduated. law firm, Alvarez and Marsal found that of the 177 students who graduated from Ballou last school year, 113 of them or 63.8 percent had ‘graduated with the assistance of these policy violations.’ The law firm states the 113 students benefited from a total of 222 policy violations.

In this report, ‘policy violations’ were identified as actions like giving a student a grade of 50 percent on assignments they may have missed or did not complete. Another portion of the report says the school’s Principal and Assistant Principals were involved.

“Ballou administrators communicated high passing percentage expectations to teachers. These expectations were communicated directly to teachers from the Principal to the Assistant Principals in person, via staff meetings, and via email, and were formalized in the Ballou IMPACT rubric,” the report reads.

DC’s Mayor, Muriel Bowser, DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson and Hanseul Kang, the DC State Superintendent of Education, discussed the findings at a Tuesday City Hall news conference. At one point in the questioning portion of the news conference, Mayor Bowser became defensive.

Her reaction was over repeated questions circling around accountability.

If whistleblowers made their complaints to higher ups in July and August, why did it take nearly 6th months and a damaging joint NPR WAMU Radio report to get a response from the DCPS Chancellor?

The Mayor answered with a frustration over current policy in place to report labor issues and check student records.

“Let’s be clear about what I said,” said Mayor Bowser, “it didn’t work. It didn’t get to the decision maker and that’s what we had to fix, and that’s what we have to focus on fixing”

Chancellor Wilson was tasked by the Mayor to address this district wide.

In another portion of the news conference, Mayor Bowser told reporters, “We rolled out a policy in the 2015 2016 school year intended to raise the bar in our school district (academically) and ensure students were set up for success.” However, the Mayor went on to say, “but we’ve never really put in place the training controls or accountability to support it.”

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A WUSA9 reported referenced this and asked, “Are you saying then, that this is your fault?”

“I’m saying that we could’ve we should’ve done a better job,” replied Mayor Bowser.

Chancellor Wilson, answering questions on when he first learned of complaints, told Reporters he does not recall a conversation regarding Ballou accusations with DC Councilmember Robert White.

“It’s alarming to know some of the findings in this report,” said Ward 8 Councilman, Trayon White.

White is a graduate of Ballou and expressed deep concerns for the students of Ballou.

“I think if people are talking about your school across the nation through media, sometimes it’s a negative perception. So if you’re trying to go to college, or you’re trying to get a job and that’s on your transcript, uh, you think that, ‘Maybe I won’t get in because of negative stereotypes related my school.’ So we must continue to show that there are great students coming out of Ballou Senior High School,” White said.

“He’s not going back to Ballou to graduate,” said a woman named Camilla Richburg who had just missed the news conference at City Hall.

Richburg said she had wanted to be there to show support for Ballou’s Principal and believes there’s even more to this issue that’s being told.

Angry, Richburg said, “They treating it like it’s politics. These are people’s this is real life. People’s livelihoods. People, kids, teachers (are) upset and they want us to go in there and want them kid to go in there and work and do tests? No, that doesn’t work.”

DC School leaders were also asked about teacher bonuses attained at Ballou based on performance and whether that would be reviewed. The report says this metric makes just one of the five metrics that contributes to CSC evacuations and that CSC accounts for a small portion of the teacher evaluation. Administrators do not believe bonuses will be impacted.

Ballou’s Principal, Dr. Yetunde Reeves was removed from her school leadership position after Mayor Bowser ordered the independent audit. School administrators would not say whether she will be fired. They did tell reporters HR is in communication with her and that they are seeking a new Principal for Ballou.

School administrators said Ballou’s Assistant Principal will remain in place.

Alvarez and Marsal said the next portion of the audit will include it’s District wide findings. We’re told schools under investigation will have been visited by the week of January 15th.
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