AdventHealth Offering 500 Coronavirus Tests a Day Starting Friday, April 10, 2020 at Daytona International Speedway

Overall, the news that AdventHealth will begin offering 500 tests per day at Daytona International Speedway tomorrow is good compared to 250 at Orange County’s testing site (they’ve added a 2nd site at UCF Parking Garage A with 250 a day recently).

Register and learn more here (do it now if you want a test—time slots are filling up quickly). You must have symptoms:

https://www.adventhealth.com/coronavirus-resource-hub/coronavirus-covid-19-screening-and-testing

However, so far in Volusia County only 1,980 people have been tested. There are 553,000 people in Volusia County. That’s only 0.36% of the population.

To get tested you need to have symptoms, which means you’ve already been spreading the virus for 2–14 days.

This is why social distancing and staying home whenever possible is so important. We have fewer than 200 cases in Volusia County now. Once this Daytona test site starts tomorrow, you can expect that number to increase drastically.

Introduction to Volusia County Concerns Facebook Group

Here is my introductory post in the Volusia County Concerns Facebook group. Please join the group if you live in Volusia County. It has over 700 members.

April 9, 2020

Hi everyone. My name is Richard Thripp from Orange City. I was born and raised near Daytona Beach. I’m running for Congress (Democratic party) here in the 6th district (Volusia, Flagler, part of St. Johns and Lake). Feel free to contact me or comment with questions, or follow me online. I just joined the Volusia County Concerns page and will be keeping up with it regularly.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/ThrippforCongress
https://twitter.com/richardxthripp
http://thripp.com


Here’s a biographical statement about myself:

RICHARD THRIPP FOR CONGRESS

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I am a 28-year-old Florida native, husband to Kristy, and father to a 1-year-old baby boy. I was born in Daytona Beach and now live in Orange City. I am running to be your Congressman for Florida’s 6th Congressional district. I want to make a difference for disadvantaged and working-class Central Floridians.

In December 2019, I completed my PhD in Education at the University of Central Florida (UCF) where I researched future teachers’ knowledge of personal finance, investing, and retirement planning. I advocate for financial education coupled with progressive laws and regulations that treat typical Floridians and Americans fairly.

I completed an associate degree at Daytona State College in 2011, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at UCF Daytona Beach in 2014, and a master’s degree in Applied Learning & Instruction at UCF in 2016. I am also a former Port Orange Toastmasters club president and treasurer.

At UCF, I’ve taught educational technology to over 250 future teachers. Public education, including affordable, quality higher education, is essential to developing our citizenry and facilitating their success. As your Congressman, I will always prioritize education.

Some back story: I am the child of conspiracy theorist Trump-supporters. I, too, bought into right-wing propaganda until my mid-20s, which I regret and must reckon with. What follows are several key catalysts in my journey to becoming a progressive Democrat:

  1. My research into financial literacy, not unlike Senator Elizabeth Warren (a former Republican), began with me blaming individuals, but led me to realize Americans are being systematically oppressed by oligarchical institutions and special interests.
  2. Learning that our atmosphere has increased from 280 to 415 parts-per-million of carbon dioxide from human action led me to reject climate denialism propaganda and realize the depth of our planetwide climate crisis.
  3. A deep dive into vaccines, in advance of our son’s birth on February 27, 2019, led me to reject anti-vaccination rhetoric and to receive 6 vaccinations myself.

Wealth stratification in the United States is off the charts. I’m supporting healthcare for all, a universal basic income, a Green New Deal, strengthening Social Security, and fair taxes instead of giveaways for wealthy individuals and large corporations.

In Congress, I will fight tenaciously for you, both on the House floor and in constituent casework. We must make a massive investment in the American people and our children’s future. We can do this! The time for change is now!


I accept donations online and have received $573 from over 20 grassroots donors thus far.

I just paid the ridiculous $10,440 fee to be on the ballot and there is only one other Democrat running (this is his 4th time running for Congress). The primary is 8/18/2020 and after winning, I’ll be up against Rep. Michael Waltz on 11/03/2020.

Please register to vote-by-mail. Anyone can vote by mail without an excuse or witness. You can do it online here:

http://www.volusiaelections.org

Before registering to vote-by-mail, double-check your voter registration on this website and update your address, party, et cetera if needed:

https://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus

On Gun Violence and the Need for Gun Regulations: Seeking the Endorsement of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

I am seeking an endorsement from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Here, I answer several questions, discussing the need for sensible gun regulations to end the madness of American homicides and suicides, and explaining why strong gun regulations are actually in the interests of both the NRA and lawful gun owners.

Why are you interested in seeking the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction?

I am a progressive Democratic Congressional candidate for Florida’s 6th district. I believe everything you have proposed makes sense, and that the status quo, pushed by the NRA and 2nd amendment alarmists, is ridiculous and deadly for far too many Americans. In Congress, I will fight to enforce the “well regulated” component of the 2nd amendment, which is exactly what Moms Demand Action Gun Sense seeks to do. (Although our modern definition of “regulated” has changed, such change is appropriate for modern times.) Your endorsement will help voters see that I take gun violence seriously.

Around Thanksgiving, 2019, we had a rash of gun violence in Daytona Beach—9 deaths in 3 weeks, including the mayor’s nephew. These deaths and many others could be prevented with sensible gun laws.

Have you been personally affected by gun violence?

My wife used to work at the Starbucks in Target in Orange City and I would work there on my laptop during her shift. Many times, I sat across from Scott Paul Beierle, the 2018 Tallahassee yoga studio murderer. In fact, I have several photos of my wife on her break with him in the background. As a husband and father to a 1-year-old, I hate that we have to be afraid going out, or that my son might be traumatized in school by active mass-murder drills, let alone an actual mass murder. If you look at other advanced nations, we are an aberration when it comes to gun violence. I feel strongly that the founding fathers never intended it this way. In fact, a “well regulated Militia” is mentioned quite clearly in the 2nd amendment. Although the Supreme Court has ruled the militia is not necessary, we don’t even follow the “well regulated” stipulation in this country.

Is there any additional background you would like to provide on any of your answers?

I’m a 28-year-old husband, father, and teacher of future teachers. I have a PhD in Education including an advanced statistical certificate. I like to look at facts and data. I am very data-driven. Gun violence is off-the-charts in the USA, and a big part of it is suicides. People who decide to commit suicide often do it with a gun and make the decision quite quickly, sometimes in 5 minutes or less. It’s a public health tragedy that could be ameliorated with better regulation of firearms, and many homicides are preventable as well.

I would also like to say something about the NRA and gun-rights activists. Ironically, you guys are collectively shooting yourself in the foot. There is no scenario in which it makes sense to support unfettered access to guns by criminals and the mentally ill. Many Americans, along with the entire world, are continually surprised that endless mass murders in the USA do not result in meaningful gun regulations, but the tide of public sentiment can turn, and when it does, it may be quite swift.

I am not a gun-grabber—in fact, I own a shotgun for home defense. The NRA’s support of gun ownership and gun rights for lawful Americans is undermined by their support of an anti-regulation Wild West free-for-all where innocent American adults and children are continually mowed down by preventable mass murders. If you support gun rights, you should support closing gun loopholes and preventing guns from falling into the hands of people who abuse them. Do not forget that we are a nation that, just 100 years ago, prohibited alcohol, and then repealed that constitutional amendment 14 years later.

Lastly, it is a common refrain to criticize gun regulations by saying they will not stop criminals from acquiring guns. This is a bogus argument. Many criminal acts will be prevented by stronger regulations. A burglar alarm does not prevent all burglaries, but it dissuades a majority of would-be burglars. Applying this sort of logic to other situations reveals its lunacy—should we not regulate opioids because people will steal them? Should we get rid of driver licenses and driving tests?

Details and particulars matter. You or a friend or loved one will eventually be touched by gun violence. Let’s take it seriously.

I recommend reducing Florida ballot access fees from $10,440 to $3,480 for Congressional candidates and $1,782 to $594 for state legislature candidates, costing $1.52 million—FAR less than 0.3% of Florida’s recent $543 million giveaway to big businesses

I wrote this email on April 8, 2020 to other Congressional candidates as well as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of State’s Division of Elections.

Hello fellow candidates,

I am in complete agreement with you.

This is a completely nonpartisan issue.

Florida’s fee of $10,440 for major party candidates to run for Congress is insane.

The petition requirements are also very steep, ranging from 3,749 to 5,772 petitions depending on the district. There are 171 part-affiliated Congressional candidates listed on the Division of Elections website (as well as one write-in candidate who does not have to collect petitions or pay a fee). As of April 8, 2020, only NINE of them qualified by acquiring voter petitions: Donna Deegan (Democrat, CD4), Bill Posey (Republican, CD8), Dana Cottrell (Democrat, CD11), Daniel Webster (Republican, CD11), Gus Michael Bilirakis (Republican, CD12), Margaret Good (Democrat, CD16), Brian Mast (Republican, CD18), Ted Deutch (Democrat, CD22), and Mario Diaz-Balart (Republican, CD25).

The steepness of either method ($10,440 fee or petitions) is true even when there isn’t a highly contagious, dangerous pandemic impacting Florida. Now, I believe it truly is unlawful and the requirements should immediately be reduced quite drastically. I would recommend a 70% reduction in petition requirements for all candidates (federal and state/local) and an elimination of state assessment fees. Keep the party assessment fees if you’d like, which would be $3,480 for Congressional candidates, but waive the $6,960 of state fees.

Although I was able to pony up the $10,440 fee to get on the ballot, this just isn’t fair to most candidates. To be quite honest, it’s most advantageous to wealthy, well-connected candidates, including incumbents, who get multiple $2,800 campaign contributions from wealth individuals and $5,000 or $10,000 per PAC.

Recently, Governor Ron DeSantis proceeded with issuing $543.2 million of unnecessary tax giveaways to large Florida corporations. These giveaways are going to big businesses, not small businesses. For the 162 Congressional candidates who did not qualify by petition method, waiving $6,960 of fees would be a loss of $1,127,520 of state revenue. That’s only 0.2% of the amount of the recent taxpayer-funded corporate tax giveaway bonanza. In fact, it would be even less, because not all candidates who have filed will qualify.

If we add on approximately 330 candidates for the state legislature, waiving $1,187.88 of state fees for all of these candidates would cost no more than $392,000, and in fact less because a bigger percentage of these candidates will qualify by petition.

I think the State of Florida, which recently gave away $543.2 million to big businesses, can easily afford to forgo $1.52 million of revenue on ballot access fees.

Sincerely,
Dr. Richard Thripp
Progressive Democrat for U.S. Congress (#FL6)

Updated 4/09/2020: I corrected the fact that there are 9 federal candidates who qualified by petition, not 3 as I had previously heard from a fellow candidate in an email.

Congratulations to Dr. Vaughn M. Bradley for Publication of Book on Parents Helping Their Kids With Middle School Math

Bradley book cover

Congrats, Dr. Vaughn M. Bradley!

I co-edited his new book, Middle School Parents’ Beliefs Regarding Learning Management System Use in Mathematics, published by International Society for Technology, Education & Science, ISBN 9781952092060.

His book researched how nine middle school parents helped their kids with their math homework in their school’s learning management system, EdLine (now Blackboard).

I co-edited his book with Dr. Ismail Sahin. I edited Chapters 1 and 3, and most of the references.

This book is based on his 2018 Education PhD dissertation at Walden University, and will help his work reach a wider audience.


Dr. Bradley's Book Information Page


Reference in APA 7th edition style:

Bradley, V. M. (2020). Middle school parents’ beliefs regarding learning management system use in mathematics. The International Society for Technology, Education and Science.

Book description, written by Dr. Bradley:

Middle school is a critical time in students’ learning of mathematics, something a Learning Management System (LMS) is designed to help parents support. What remains unknown is how parents use an LMS to monitor their children’s progress in mathematics. This qualitative case study explored how parents from one midAtlantic middle school with 543 students used an LMS, EdLine, to support their children’s autonomous achievement in mathematics. Expectancy-value theory and social cognitive theory made up the conceptual framework used to evaluate study findings. A criterion-based process was used to select nine middle school parents from grades 6, 7, and 8 as participants. Data sources included structured interviews and follow-up questions, EdLine spreadsheets, and parent reflective journals. Data were analyzed through a priori codes based on the literature review. Themes that emerged from the analysis included reoccurring learner autonomy and parents benefiting from their ability to use EdLine to monitor grades, check progress, and provide strategies to support mathematical achievement. Parents indicated they could encourage their children, teach them, and expect them to use EdLine to monitor and manage their grades and achievement in mathematics. This research contributes to positive social change by explaining how administrators can help middle school parents use an LMS to become engaged with their children’s mathematics studies and set expectations for their mathematics task completion and achievement.


Dr. Bradley's Walden University Announcement


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Dr. Bradley's Book on ISTES Website