From the Trib: “That’s what’s shocking,” Skwira-Brown said, if the money is intended to target certain groups of students. For example, the state allocated $852,000 to Denfeld this year, but the school was given $684,218. East was allocated $136,555, but was given $518,212.
My email buddy who gives me a great deal of grief just sent me this email: Jeez, Harry, you are writing well. Maybe your “experiencism” is showing. [Your Buddy] http://lincolndemocrat.com/?p=15905 I wrote my Buddy back: Thanks Buddy, Cliches help a lot. Harry I did a lot of writing today and if you are just getting […]
First let me make this very clear. I have never known anyone who ran for the School Board was not a good person or who didn’t want the best for our children or our schools. That includes the most inept school board members in Minnesota history who currently serve on the Duluth School Board. I […]
I have a long post to compose on the issue of minimum wage and ISD 709. It will require me taking a look at past meetings on youtube and at the moment I still have a couple hours before my son heads back to his doctoral work in St. Louis. I’ll even be shorted on […]
…at least initially: I think Mark Tomasky is absolultey right about this: “Never have the priorities for survival and success of a major party’s Washington politicians been so utterly at odds with the priorities required for the country’s survival and success.” Tomasky also says: The only thing the Republicans are ready to play, as usual, […]
From a number’s man. “According to the historical tables, federal revenues will only consume 14.4 percent of GDP this year â€“ the lowest percentage since 1950. The postwar average is about 18.5 percent and there were many very prosperous years when revenues were considerably higher. In the late 1990s, they averaged more than 20 percent […]
I notice the Trib has a positive story about how the Federal Government is expanding its spending on school lunch programs in schools with high concentrations of poor children. How fortunate it is that the School Board has put an end to the District’s desegregation plan and that the Red Plan will be concentrating more […]
Meanwhile the Trib called for compromise in its good feelings editorial on New Year’s Day. Good luck with that! “The Duluth school district and its red plan could move forward, too â€” as long as it’s with a willingness to listen to community concerns. Its long-range facilities plan is still just that: a plan. As […]
This Andrew Sullivan post is cynical and the cynicism is well deserved. Who cares about our invasion of Iraq when we can get cheap oil?
These people will all want to hear from you.
I don’t know what caused it by my computer crashed a day ago and took all my old email and everything that I had organized on my desktop. I seem to have all the desktop files except that they are all hiding from me and having them, no matter where they are is a blessing […]
Harry asked me, Mel, to post a note that he won’t be entering so many blogs for awhile. His computer froze this afternoon and he’s working on getting things in order again. It is up and running but we all know how we have to look for all those things that may have gotten messed […]
The Trib put a lot ink in the paper today about its transfer to the Fargo Forum’s owner Forum Communications. The only thing the new owners indicated that they wouldÂ lend a hand atÂ would beÂ political endorsements. I wonder what the endorsement history of the Fargo Forum is?
Its hard to believe that its only been a couple days since I got waxed last Saturday. I’ve been in non stop school board related meetings since Monday and when I wasn’t doing that I was doing yard work and gardening in the sunshine. I generally woke up in the middle of each succeeding night […]
Of four candidates for the two at-large positions I came in fourth. I got 34 votes the two winners got 234 and 244 votes. There were about 300 delegates with votes. And yet after my many political scrapes today’s convention was painless for me. It was like staying awake for an open heart surgery with […]
It took the Duluth School Board four hours to complete the May, 2017 meeting. For those of you who can’t wait for the Reader’s Loren Martel to unpack yesterday’s meeting in next week’s Reader I’ll mention a couple details. It was a four hour marathon but a productive one. I counted 35 people in the […]
…that supposedly divided our school population into two equal halves. (this was sent to me by Art Johnston today as he reviews our current proposal to hire more demographers to help us plan possible new school boundaries) I learned something about the Dixon years that helps explain today’s vast inequity between Denfeld and East. I’ve […]
…which I only recalled late last night. It was back in 2004. This mention of the occasion in the News Tribune was published two years later. A local radio station asked me to show up at Mr. Birkedahl’s residence to offer commentary for Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show which got one of the local television […]
Today’s DNT readers learned that we are negotiating to get an acceptable offer to sell Nettleton School. Selling our empty schools was always part of the poorly executed Red Plan financing and we were led to believe they would be much more remunerative than they have proven to be. In fact, all of them have […]
…before anyone toted up the damage they were doing. I’ve been taking a trip back through time looking at old posts with the nonsense jumble Â€™ in order to replace them with apostrophes. I’m well over two-thirds of the way through the correcting of 900 compromised posts. I find myself catching names and events and […]