I’ve been sent an email reminding me to return my school board member’s visitor pass and parking permit, sure signs of my lame duck status. I’m not completely finished. I just got to a Double Tree Motel in Minneapolis to participate in the MSBA Delegate Assembly tomorrow. That’s where school board reps will determine what […]
An reporter acquaintance of mine from the Twin Cities commended me for my recent column in the Reader. Later he told me of the obstacles the Columbia Heights School District placed in his way to cover their meetings. We’ve been communicating since the early days of the Red Plan. He thought the tidbit about the […]
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?
My Reader Column Published January 4, 2018 Word has it that the Duluth News Tribune will no longer have an education reporter starting this January. Jana Hollingsworth is to be retired because her aunt, Jill Lofald, is about to be seated on the School Board. The conflict of interest supposedly justifies the stepped-back coverage but […]
Readers who look closely will see that the previous post is categorized as “Trump 2016” which seems wrong because, after New Years, we now find ourselves in 2018. That is simply a function of my setting up a Trump Account in the annus horibilous when he first interjected his bile seriously into American politics. I […]
I began deleting old email messages on my District website a few moments ago. One gives me a link to clear out all of my district information on Google without disrupting non District info I had on a separate Google account previously. Having finished my holiday decorating…..including a second “fake” Christmas Tree in the basement […]
I am beginning my posts today with a throw away post about yesterday’s Business Committee meeting. I post it because I’ve tried to provide my ISD 709 wonks with ongoing information about the concerns of the District and mulch and District finances have both been part of that. But for me the first half of […]
…by Art, Alanna and Harry: So says the press release from a leader of western Duluth’s Equity group, and its true. We have called a meeting to discuss with the parents their concern that contrary to a vote of the School Board there has not been a more equitable distribution of Compensatory Education funds: Rats! […]