How The NR Teachers Union Decided To Endorse Candidates Lieffort and Cook-Shannon For School Board

Note: The information published below was forwarded to me by a member of the New Richmond community. The source of this post believes it is important to get the facts out to the public explaining why the New Richmond teachers union decided to endorse two specific candidates in the April school board election. The source of this information pointed out the need to counter the anonymous misinformation and falsehoods being posted at the ontheborderline.net (OTBL) blog site out of Hudson.

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Submitted: 3/1/2006:

At the regular January NR teacher's union meeting, it was suggested that the group consider endorsing candidates in the upcoming primary for the school board. The discussion focused on being apprehensive about offering full-blown public support for candidates because it had "backfired on us" in the past. Interestingly enough- the two most recently supported candidates were Bill Brennan and Judy Remington. While both of those board members do have some residual support from a minority of teachers who voiced that they feel angry with what happened to former administrators, the union voted narrowly NOT to endorse ANY candidate until the membership could be presented with information on each candidate.

Every member of the union was invited to attend a planning meeting to decide how to gather information from each of the 6 candidates. After the first meeting, it was decided to organize one on one conversations between the candidates and a union representative. The entire membership was notified that these conversations were to take place AND they were asked to send any questions they would like presented in the conversations. Additionally- the entire membership was invited a second time to attend the second planning meeting before the interviews.

The questions sent in by the membership were sorted and synthesized into five questions: What is the role of the school board? What is your definition of a quality education? How do you measure a quality education? What are your short and long term facilities goals for the district? The community and union are aware of conflict/division on the board. What can you do to help this situation? Each of the 6 candidates was called personally in addition to receiving a written invitation that included this list of questions to prepare before the interview.

Finally, the entire membership was invited to attend the interviews. The nine volunteer teachers spent over 7 hours interviewing each of the candidates. At the conclusion of the interviews, before any discussion took place, the teachers took an informal straw poll voting for "the two candidates you feel would best represent the needs of our children, students, staff, and community". It was unanimous: Andy Lieffort and Deanna Cook-Shannon. At this point, the group discussed the strengths of every candidate and prepared to present the information gained in the interviews to the entire membership.

The group also decided that they would not release the names of the recommended candidates until they had listened to the candidates at the scheduled candidate forum held at East Elementary. They believed it was important to wait until each candidate had every opportunity to share their ideas and withhold final evaluation until after that meeting. The group met one final time after the candidate forum to determine if anyone's impressions had changed. They had not.

Every teacher received a brief written recommendation from the committee the Friday before the primary. The committee also invited every teacher to an informal Q/A session held at the East Elementary media center in case they wished for clarification or to challenge the recommendation. Nobody sought clarification and nobody challenged the recommendation.

The NR teacher's union met this afternoon. The circulated agenda included reference to the school board candidates. A representative from this volunteer committee presented the information learned from the interviews to the membership. A motion was quickly made to endorse Andy Lieffort and Deanna Cook-Shannon. Discussion that followed included several references to the strengths each of these candidates in addition to a few concerns about the alternatives.

One teacher reminded the membership of how endorsing candidates has not traditionally worked in our favor in the past. Another questioned what the membership and the candidates served to gain from endorsement. Another couple expressed concern about the current behavior of the board and how they hoped to add members that could make a positive change. (One voice represented the majority on the board, one represented the minority).

When the discussion ceased, the vote was taken. The full room overwhelmingly voted to endorse Andy and Deanna. It was not unanimous- there were a handful of 'nays', but when the teachers left the room, there was no doubt about who they hoped would lead the district into the future.

The NR teachers are formally endorsing Andy Lieffort and Deanna Cook-Shannon for the April 2006 NR School Board election because they have demonstrated a clear understanding of the educational needs of our students, they understand current academic curriculum and program strengths and weaknesses, they have a firm grip on both immediate AND long term facilitates needs, and they understand the importance of keeping quality staff at every level to ensure the success of our students.

Comments and discussion welcome...


Patriots Pull Down Lead Statue of George III in Bowling Green

In July 1776, shortly after the Declaration of Independence was signed, George Washington had the document read to a group of patriots who gathered in present-day City Hall Park in Manhattan. The mob, shown here in a contemporary painting, then moved to Bowling Green and pulled down a gilded lead statue of King George III. Joseph Wilton, a well-known sculptor in London, made the 4,000 pound statue, which was erected in 1770 and depicted the king on horseback, wearing Roman garb. The statue had become a target for graffiti, prompting the passage of an anti-vandalism law. When the statue was toppled, Loyalists rescued the head and are believed to have smuggled it to England. But the rest was transported to the Litchfield, Connecticut home of Oliver Wolcott, Sr., where it was chopped up with an ax, melted down, and fashioned into 42,088 bullets for the patriots.

–Cynthia Blair

Bill O'Reilly Crowned "Worst Person in the World,"

...And Russ Limbaugh Sucks Hind Tit
Summary: Keith Olbermann crowned Bill O'Reilly the "Worst Person in the World" on both the February 22 and 23 editions of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, based on comments first noted by Media Matters for America. Olbermann also recognized Rush Limbaugh on February 23 for his assertion that Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter is "a girl."

Read the juicy details: Media Matters

Pen & Ink Jabs



This breaking news just in....

The OTBL Doctors of Liberty have convened a cloistered enclave to sort out the new direction being paved for OTBL by newcomer Jack Bauer. For years, OTBL has been known as a bastion of intellectualism - granting doctorates to only the upper layer of the intellectual elite. Mr. Bauer threatens to upset the ivory tower with a new focus on NASCAR, cowboys and country music. "Are we great thinkers or are we rednecks?" fretted Dr. Admin, "I'm afraid we might lose our cut-n-paste ivy league identity."

Dr. Bubonic's main concern was that he would need to start dropping his g's. "Verily, I say, it will be most difficult to remember to write eatin' and drinkin' and huntin' and fishin' and collectivizin'."

Dr. Wheeze was steeled in his resolve to continue being smarter than the average bear. "Trailer trash is incapable of making decisions on their own without my guidance. I didn't earn this degree to have it's value diluted by a bunch of mullet-headed hillbillies who think they know which way to the outhouse."

Dr. Bil voiced similar concerns. "I've always prided myself in avoiding talk of a class envy. I'm a common man of the people - despite my stratospheric IQ. I come from Eau Claire where huntin' and fishin' and trappin' and snowmobilin' is a rite of passage for any red-blooded American boy. So I can relate to Mr. Bauer's love of the cowboy life. I even took a class in college about electrical current. The professor taught me everything I know today about AC/DC."

Dr. Conn seemed fine with the latest developments. "Guns, guns, guns! Yeehah!!" he spat.

The Doctors concluded the enclave with a resolution to require Jack Bauer to spend 60 hours with psychiatrist Dr. Lucy van Pelt - to work through his issues with doctors, intellectualism, and well-hung cowboys.

Developing ...


OTBL Admin Asks The Question: "Why Can't They Just Bring Powdered Sugar Like Normal Kids?"

A couple weeks ago, the ontheborderline.net admin's ranted about his kid being assigned to read a book in junior high were a character said the "shit" word. He wondered why they could read books about normal families. I just got the book he condemned, he started reading it and will follow with a review later. (Ask Mr. Anton if I can still get some extra for this book report.)

I've been thinking about what would be a great book to for kids to read in junior high. I know the ACLU probably wouldn't approve, but I recommend the Bible. I challenge old CK over at OTBL to find one normal family in the Bible. Even Jesus didn't live in a normal family. David? Moses? Adam and Eve? Definitely not -- their kid killed his brother. Job? Abraham? After a couple evening of explaining all the "knowing" going on, the OTBL admin would be addressing the school board about getting award winning books like "A Door Near Here" by Heather Quarles read.

I'm rambling here, but here's another "normal family" story ending up on the door step of public education:

Second-grader brings cocaine to class

PHILADELPHIA - A 7-year-old girl brought cocaine to her second-grade classroom and passed it around, police said Tuesday.

Detectives were trying to determine where the girl got the drugs, which she brought into the John M. Patterson School in her backpack Monday, said police Capt. Benjamin Naish. The teacher called authorities after she discovered the drugs among her students. One child told her mother that she had eaten some of the powder, but was found to be OK when examined at a hospital, authorities said. advertisement

Read more: The Buzz

...maybe we should call them "saccharin papas" instead of "sugar daddies."

Corporate Compa$$ion: Company Offer$ Man A Job

...After He Was Fired For Taking Off To Be With Dying Wife!

WINDBER, Pa. -- A company that fired a 13-year employee as his wife lay dying of brain cancer has offered the Pennsylvania man his job back.

Rug Doctor said the company has offered back pay and no break in seniority to former sales representative Bernard Chippie. But it's unclear if he will take the carpet-cleaning company up on its offer.

Read more: KSBW Channel.com

Bush Sr. Quote From The Urban Legends...

A reader sent the following quote attributed to President George Bush Sr.:

"Trying to eliminate Saddam ... would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. Apprehending him was probably impossible ... We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq ...there was no viable "exit strategy" we could see, violating another of our principles. Furthermore, we had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-Cold War world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations' mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land."

In his memoirs, A World Transformed, written more than five years ago, George Bush, Sr. wrote this to explain why he didn't go after Saddam Hussein at the end of the Gulf War.

Urban Legends had this to say about this quote:

The quote reproduced above is reasonably accurate, although — as indicated by the ellipses — some of the context has been elided.

In 1998, former President George Bush and Brent Scowcroft, National Security Advisor during the Bush administration, collaborated on the book A World Transformed, a political history covering significant world events which occurred during the first three years of Bush's presidency (1989-1991): the collapse of the Soviet empire, the unification of Germany, Tienanmen Square, and the Gulf War.

In Chapter 19, which discusses the aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War (also known as "Desert Storm," the military operation to liberate Kuwait from occupation by invading Iraqi forces), they wrote:

"Trying to eliminate Saddam, extending the ground war into an occupation of Iraq, would have violated our guideline about not changing objectives in midstream, engaging in "mission creep," and would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. Apprehending him was probably impossible. We had been unable to find Noriega in Panama, which we knew intimately. We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq. The coalition would instantly have collapsed, the Arabs deserting it in anger and other allies pulling out as well. Under the circumstances, there was no viable "exit strategy" we could see, violating another of our principles. Furthermore, we had been self-consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post-Cold War world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the United Nations' mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, the United States could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land. It would have been a dramatically different — and perhaps barren — outcome."
Now, if only his son could read...

Footnote to Bush Senior

The year 1998, struck me as significant. While Bush Sr. was reflecting on why he didn't go on to Bhagdad, the Neo-Cons were trying to persuade President Clinton that he should! Note how many of those who signed this letter hold significant power in the current Bush White House.

Kristol's 1998 Letter to the President

January 26, 1998

The Honorable William J. Clinton
President of the United States
Washington, DC

Dear Mr. President:

We are writing you because we are convinced that current American policy toward Iraq is not succeeding, and that we may soon face a threat in the Middle East more serious than any we have known since the end of the Cold War. In your upcoming State of the Union Address, you have an opportunity to chart a clear and determined course for meeting this threat. We urge you to seize that opportunity, and to enunciate a new strategy that would secure the interests of the U.S. and our friends and allies around the world. That strategy should aim, above all, at the removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime from power. We stand ready to offer our full support in this difficult but necessary endeavor.

The policy of “containment” of Saddam Hussein has been steadily eroding over the past several months. As recent events have demonstrated, we can no longer depend on our partners in the Gulf War coalition to continue to uphold the sanctions or to punish Saddam when he blocks or evades UN inspections. Our ability to ensure that Saddam Hussein is not producing weapons of mass destruction, therefore, has substantially diminished. Even if full inspections were eventually to resume, which now seems highly unlikely, experience has shown that it is difficult if not impossible to monitor Iraq’s chemical and biological weapons production. The lengthy period during which the inspectors will have been unable to enter many Iraqi facilities has made it even less likely that they will be able to uncover all of Saddam’s secrets. As a result, in the not-too-distant future we will be unable to determine with any reasonable level of confidence whether Iraq does or does not possess such weapons.

Such uncertainty will, by itself, have a seriously destabilizing effect on the entire Middle East. It hardly needs to be added that if Saddam does acquire the capability to deliver weapons of mass destruction, as he is almost certain to do if we continue along the present course, the safety of American troops in the region, of our friends and allies like Israel and the moderate Arab states, and a significant portion of the world’s supply of oil will all be put at hazard. As you have rightly declared, Mr. President, the security of the world in the first part of the 21st century will be determined largely by how we handle this threat.

Given the magnitude of the threat, the current policy, which depends for its success upon the steadfastness of our coalition partners and upon the cooperation of Saddam Hussein, is dangerously inadequate. The only acceptable strategy is one that eliminates the possibility that Iraq will be able to use or threaten to use weapons of mass destruction. In the near term, this means a willingness to undertake military action as diplomacy is clearly failing. In the long term, it means removing Saddam Hussein and his regime from power. That now needs to become the aim of American foreign policy.

We urge you to articulate this aim, and to turn your Administration's attention to implementing a strategy for removing Saddam's regime from power. This will require a full complement of diplomatic, political and military efforts. Although we are fully aware of the dangers and difficulties in implementing this policy, we believe the dangers of failing to do so are far greater. We believe the U.S. has the authority under existing UN resolutions to take the necessary steps, including military steps, to protect our vital interests in the Gulf. In any case, American policy cannot continue to be crippled by a misguided insistence on unanimity in the UN Security Council.

We urge you to act decisively. If you act now to end the threat of weapons of mass destruction against the U.S. or its allies, you will be acting in the most fundamental national security interests of the country. If we accept a course of weakness and drift, we put our interests and our future at risk.


Elliott Abrams Richard L. Armitage William J. Bennett

Jeffrey Bergner John Bolton Paula Dobriansky

Francis Fukuyama Robert Kagan Zalmay Khalilzad

William Kristol Richard Perle Peter W. Rodman

Donald Rumsfeld William Schneider, Jr. Vin Weber

Paul Wolfowitz R. James Woolsey Robert B. Zoellick

Bush V. Katrina:

Right-Wing Spin v. Objective Reporting and Quality Journalism

Bush 'Knew What Was Coming' Before Katrina

Psst, spread the word: President Bush was "personally briefed" the day before Hurricane Katrina hit land and "he knew exactly what was coming," a liberal advocacy group is trumpeting.

MoveOn.org is urging its many supporters to "help get the word out" to at least five friends, by forwarding an Associated Press article detailing what Bush knew and when he knew it.

The Associated Press on Wednesday released a report based on "secret transcripts and video footage" showing Bush being briefed the day before the hurricane hit.

Read more: CNSNews

CLICK HERE: In case you missed the Bush-Katrina Early warning Video



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The family of seventh grader Nancy Omninuts also suffers from lack of wealth producibility. Nancy's father often provides Nancy with nice toys like boxes and sticks, but Nancy still desires to have books like the children of contributors to society. Said Nancy: "My daddy buys me a School Board Packet every month. For bedtime reading, instead of searching for Waldo, daddy has me search for pennies in all the big numbers. Once my friend told me that President Kennedy praised public service by saying: 'Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.' I told this to my daddy and he washed my mouth out with soap. Now my favorite book is The Wonderful Adventures of Lizzie Borden."

Yes, ladies and failures, make sure you give you kids the guidance they need to be as screwed-up as you are. They need to know how to read if they want to grow up to be President. Make sure to buy them Scholastic Financial Books!

TIME to Think About The Challenges Facing Home and School

"Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition."

Jacques Barzum
Cultural historian
quoted in the Charlottle Observer

"The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize."

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Study Harder!

Governor Doyle presents grant to combat meth use in western Wisconsin

The battle against methamphetamine use in northwestern Wisconsin continues and, with a recent grant, a signed bill in Wisconsin and an introduced bill at the federal level, agencies like the Western Wisconsin Methamphetamine Action Consortium (WWMAC) can enhance its arsenal.

During “Capital for the Day” events last week in Menomonie, Governor Jim Doyle announced a $250,000 grant for the consortium that consists of Barron, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix, Trempeleau, and Washburn counties as well as the St. Croix Tribe. He was joined in the presentation by Corrections Secretary Matt Frank and Superintendent of the Wisconsin State Patrol Dave Collins.

Read more: Dunn County News

Rebecca Lee: First African American Woman Medical Doctor

Rebecca Lee Crumpler (née Lee) holds a place in American history by becoming the first African-American female to receive an MD degree in the United States. Crumpler received a Doctress of Medicine degree in 1864 when she graduated from the New England Female Medical College (later to merge with Boston University in 1873).

Before entering medical school, Crumpler worked in Charlestown, Massachusetts for eight years as a nurse. After securing her degree, she moved to Richmond, Virginia subsequent to the Civil War. Amidst the severe racism of the postwar South, Crumpler worked with other black physicians treating freed slaves, a group who otherwise would not have had access to medical care. As noted in her book, A Book of Medical Discourses in Two Parts (1883), this missionary work was in concert with her career goals: "I early conceived a liking for, and sought every Opportunity to relieve the sufferings of others."
[Image of building above: The School of Medicine (The New England Female Medical College) as it appeared in 1860, the year Rebecca Lee Crumpler began her studies.*]

Returning to Boston from Richmond, Crumpler continued to practice medicine until 1881 within the black community "receiving children in the house for treatment; regardless, in a measure, of remuneration." She and her husband (Arthur Crumpler) lived in Boston at 67 Joy Street on Beacon Hill, and after moving to Hyde Park, Massachusetts, Crumpler used the notes she kept while in medical practice to produce A Book of Medical Discourses - one of the very first medical publications by an African American.


School Officials Stop Students' Plans For Snow Day

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- School officials have put a chill on two students' plans to wage a "snow day" at their high school. Two Ramona High School students were suspended for bringing snow to school after officials declared snowballs dangerous.

"Anything that disturbs that or disrupts that is inappropriate on a school campus," said Principal Mike Neece. "Anything that could cause injury, or could cause a student to get upset and instigate a fight, or damage students' personal property is just inappropriate behavior."

Read more: Local 6.com
I can never say I didn't learn something from browsing the ontheborderline.net blog site. The story above is a current post on the site. Now as a graduate from good old HHS who sat on the lecture receiving side of Mr. Heiting's desk and received a number of three-day "vacations," I was always boggled by the thought that this was some kind of punishment. One vacation was snowball-related and it was three days off not two. They are obviously getting to lenient these days.

Still the OTBL's Perry Mason, BobZiller, urges litigation on this case:

BobZiller Says:
February 28th, 2006 at 3:15 pm
This one is worth going to court on. I can’t believe the school policy envisioned a truck load of snow as a dangerous object. My guess is that the kids grabbed the snow and started throwing snowballs at each other...

The next time the OTBL'ers start complaining about the cost of "giverment" education, can someone with commenting rights remind them that lawyer fees are paid by the taxpayers.

Wal-Mart to expand health coverage

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., responding to criticism that it has failed to provide adequate health benefits, said yesterday that it will expand coverage for workers and open more than 50 health clinics in its stores.

The world's largest retailer will allow more workers to become eligible for the lowest cost health plan, cut the waiting period for part-timers and allow their children to be covered. Wal-Mart will more than quadruple the number of clinics this year after opening nine in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Florida and Indiana last year.

Read more: The Journal News

Vouchers Only a Vehicle for Total Privatization

Voucher Veneer: The Deeper Agenda to Privatize Public Education

The following quote provide an insight into the true objective
of school choice vouchers.

"A network of Religious Right groups, free-market economists, ultraconservative columnists and others are using vouchers as a vehicle to achieve their ultimate goal of privatizing education."

"The Heartland Institute’s Joseph Bast has urged others who share his group’s extreme agenda to be patient. “The complete privatization of schooling might be desirable, but this objective is politically impossible for the time being. Vouchers are a type of reform that is possible now, and would put us on the path to further privatization.”"

"In fact, the CATO Institute’s David Salisbury recently argued that private schools’ ability to disregard state standards is “the very basis for school choice.”"

"In a national poll this year, Americans chose “reforming the existing public school system” over “finding an alternative” to the current system by a 69-to-27 percent margin."

Even the "Alliance for the Seperation of School and State" admits that currently
only 25% of the public agrees with their position demolish the current system of
tax funded education. But they are trying to grow that number, and OTBL is in their army to help.

March Is Women's History Month

The Wage Gap: A History of Pay Inequity and the Equal Pay Act

Rosie the Riveter: Patriotic and Underpaid

Help wanted—Separate and Unequal

The Courts Nix the "Going Market Rate" for Women

Read more: Womens' History


"Teacher’s Unions: The Enemy Of Education"

Here's what the anti-public school crowd is saying about the teachers' union. If there are any readers who are teachers and/or union representatives, it would be interesting to hear your comments on this issue. It's interesting that a number of teachers and union reps e-mail me off line, but they don't respond with comments to the posts here. Keep in mind that, as a taxpayer, it's in my best pocketbook-interest to do whatever I can to keep my taxes down. However, I believe the future of our country requires a healthy, triving, responsive, open public education system.

Quite frankly, I don't see many public school teachers or union reps joining in the conversation and explaining their side of the story. If you're worried about people finding out who you are, any comments to these posts are anonymous and I have no clue who makes the comments on the posts -- whether you sign you name anonymous or make up a name or use your own blog name. If that's your reason for not commenting, it's a non-reason.

This blog is for open debate and discussion of the issues. Although we tend to land on the side of public educations supporters, the intention and idea isn't to be a propaganda outlet for the teachers' union.



...Governor Doyle is fine with forcing poor students in Milwaukee to stay in underperforming, sometimes dangerous, public schools in order to placate his NEA supporters. Given the clearly beneficial results that the school choice program has had, this is scandalous...

Read more: Liberty Papers Blog.

Do you agree or disagree with the information in this story? Why or why not?

The Education Borg

In Florida and Wisconsin, teachers unions crush educational opportunities.

Teachers unions keep telling us they care deeply, profoundly, about poor children. But what they do, as opposed to what they say, is behave like the Borg, those destructive aliens in the "Star Trek" TV series who keep coming and coming until everyone is "assimilated."

We saw it in Florida this month when the state supreme court struck down a six-year-old voucher program after a union-led lawsuit. And now we're witnessing it in Milwaukee, where the nation's largest school choice program is under assault because Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle refuses to lift the cap on the number of students who can participate.

Read more: Wall Street Journal

Do you agree or disagree? Why?


Point / Counterpoint with Jane Bauer

Hello, I'm Chris Killbear, station manager for The Killbear Rapport. The topic of tonight's Point-Counterpoint will be the best method for bringing about change in local public bodies. Jane Bauer will take the pro-revenge point and I will take the pro-civility counterpoint.

Jane Bauer: As someone who is actively involved in a community group, I don't want anyone to know who I am. From behind the shadow of anonymity, I and my groupies need to attack our enemies. We have to kick them around and humiliate them - while not sticking our chins out. We must do whatever it takes to get rid of our enemies and, even more, we must make them pay for what they have done. We need to treat them like deer in the headlights and run them off the plantation. Revenge is a dish best served cold - like cold kiddies sitting outside an elementary school.

Killbear: Jane, you ignorant slut. Revenge is not an issue here, any more than is your inability to achieve orgasm. Bagged-out, dried-up, slunken meat like you and your groupies only know how to stab citizens in the back. I'm sure you keep up with the gossip in town by hopping from bed to bed with the frequency of a cheap ham radio. And hell hath no fury like a woman's scorn; so like a screeching, squealing, rapacious swamp sow, you take after your enemies with a shrewish frenzy. You think of nothing but your measly tax dollars when you're on your back and the meter is running. Your obsession with revenge has left you an old, dried-out scuzz, two-bit tart, bargain basement slut that no decent man would be seen with. It's too late for you, Jane, but the rest of society still has a chance at civility, you hosebag!

Jane Bauer: That's the news. Good night, and have a pleasant tomorrow.

School Choice, Yes-But What Kind?

The current debate about school choice has raised the most basic questions about the structure of education since the nineteenth century. But the debate has been relentlessly ahistorical, as if amnesia were a virtue. Many of us seem to have forgotten why America established public schools in the first place, the means we established to make choices about education, and what we have learned not only about the advantages but also about the limitations of choice. When conservatives today speak of "choice," they have in mind choice of schools by individual parents. But choice may take a variety of forms.

Communities make collective choices about education by electing school boards that set educational policy, and by voting school budgets and bonds up or down. Religious congregations may choose to create sectarian schools for their children. Students make individual choices about their education by choosing among the electives offered at their high school. One form of choice may come at the expense of another; under a parental voucher system, the non-parents in the community would be effectively stripped of their capacity to make democratic choices about the schools they pay for.

As conservatives have framed the debate, the question has been, "Are you for or against choice?" But the question ought to be, "What kind of choice are you for?" America's traditions and historical experience provide us some guidance in thinking through this issue.

Read more: The American Prospect

Does preschool yield bottom-line benefits?

Nap time ended and it was time to hear how Jeremy Jacobs became a pirate. The children listened to the book on tape as one of them turned pages. Then mothers began appearing and the day was over.

A handful of children stayed for extended hours, while more than 200 went out into the crisp February air, some chattering, some silent, some still rubbing sleepy eyes.

Is this what economic development looks like? Sure is, says economist Art Rolnick, research director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis: Public dollars spent on children pay off.

Read more: Atlanta Constitution

Hudson Bridge Privatization Complete

OTB&L InterState Commerse Control Co. Inc. announced today that it has finalized its plans with the Bush administration to complete the privatization and corporate takeover of the I-94 Bridge over the St. Croix River linking Wisconsin and Minnisota. Spokesman M. Bubonic, part-time Austrian Economist, Historian and full-time perveyor of internet blather, stated in a news conference.
" We couldn't think of a better time to announce the bridge take over" referring to the recent news that UAE had recently been approved to take over operational control of 6 major U.S. ports. Mr. Bubonic said, "This bridge has been in the hands of the people of WI and MN long enough. It's time that the entrepenuerial potential of this property be unleashed." Asked if citizens of either state would have any input into the crossing's operations, Mr. Bubonic further stated. "Hell No, This is a private enterprise and we'll run it as we see fit. As a privately held corporation, our only moral obligation is to make a profit."
Reporters further pressed Bubonic to comment on rumors that the bridge might some day require a toll, his reply was. "Someday? how about March 15th, the Ides of March,that's a good a day as any for us to start Toll operations." He added, "We've invited Vice President Chaney
to lead the ribbon cutting ceremonies and he's accepted". After the ceremony, V.P Cheney will be joining a select group from OTB&L officials for an inter-city deer hunt.
Observers, are rumored to have heard Mr. Bubonic mutter as he left the press conferenence.
"Today the Bridge, tommorrow, the Schools."


How Was Your Monday?

informazione dall'iraq occupato
information from occupied iraq
أخبار من العراق المحتلة
Read more: uruknet.info

Drunk & Stupid On The Border Line

with Cognac:

Q: What cable news "service" calls itself "fair and balanced?"

A: FOX News
Q: How can the Milwaukee School-Voucher program be called the most successful choice program in the nation?

A: Because FOX News will say anything as long as it goose-steps with the neo-con agenda. ..especially if it was said by Dan Lips a policy analyst who specializes in education issues at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based public policy research institute.

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Goodbye Don Knotts 1924 - 2006

How many laughs can you attribute to Don Knots? A true icon who will forever chuckle in our hearts!

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