I set my clock radio to NPR station WFDD, and Sunday morning I awoke to the sweet voice of Gov. Bev Perdue as North Carolina’s multiple tornadoes were the top of the hour story.
Good for Gov. Perdue, I actually thought to myself. Seems to be on top of things. However, Locker Room’s Rick Henderson fill us in on the bizarre story surrounding the guv’s reaction to the storms and her return to N.C. from Kentucky, where she was doing……something.Read full article » No Comments »
The saga of the broke school system continues, but with the usual plot twist:
Guilford County School Superintendent Mo Green presented his recommended 2011-2012 budget to the Guilford County Board of Education on Tuesday, April 12 – and a strange document it was indeed. Green proposed increasing the total budget of Guilford County Schools by $13 million to $644 million. This was the budget in which the school system was supposed to, for the first time, feel the effects of the current recession.
…..After three years of recession, countless hours of debating budget cuts, and extensive success by the school board in portraying itself to the public as stone broke, Green’s budget proposal for 2011-2012 reflects no actual cuts – that is, actual reductions in spending from the previous year.
A couple of other interesting point in Paul Clark’s Rhino article. First, he notes that Green would increase class sizes by a quarter of a student, reducing the number of teachers in the classroom.
Second, Clark says the school board is in violation of state open meetings laws by discussing the budget in closed session. When pressed, chief of staff Nora Carr —as you can imagine —dismissed the idea, saying a budget discussion that involved layoffs was protected by state public records law that protects personnel records.
Last but not least, the board —a public body—- approved a resolution drafted by the private Guilford Education Alliance, which called for “full funding” of North Carolina public schools.
As Clark notes, “full funding” of public schools is a loaded term if there ever was one, considering the fact there is never —- and never will be —–enough funding for public schools.
One last question: What in the world is a ‘quarter of a student?’Read full article » 2 Comments »
Leonard Pitts actually had me agreeing with him on LeBron’s mama.
But as you can imagine, he lost me in this morning’s N&R:
It says much about the intellectual state of what passes for conservatism and the intellectual state of the union itself that this sort of behavior has become business as usual, just another day in the Zeitgeist.
This cannot end well. To continue down this path is to carve out a future of intellectual incoherence and international irrelevance, to doom ourselves to yet more of a fractured political discourse that is loud, ignorant and incapable of reason, much less resolution.
Funny, I feel the same way about the state of modern liberalism, which, correct me if wrong, leads us down new paths of intellectual incoherence and —certainly —–international irrelevance every day. (I thought all was supposed to be right with the world the second Barack Obama was sworn in.)
Here’s my question —- how intellectually honest is it to politicize gay teen suicide?Read full article » 1 Comment »