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And still we are talking about saving trees or not saving trees? That was far from my point.
McPeake was "worried about an opportunity passing the town by"? Seriously? Can no one else see a bizarre twist of journalism and read between the lines? While you are all focused on trees no one seems to be interested in mentioning the possibility that this person's opinion might be a bit convoluted since she apparently owns the land? Poor her, she might not sell the property for "another five years"? Does anyone really believe that she is really concerned about the town of Aberdeen more than her pocketbook? Why is she even being quoted? Wow. Doesn't anyone read the newspaper without being led into the discussion the authors want? I am shocked that people fall into the propaganda; and, in this day and age, I am a bit surprised that people are led into the divisive arguing which casts distraction on the real issues.
"The Christian churches did not agree as to which documents should be included in the New Testament canon until the fourth century A.D."
In the 4th Century A.D., there was only one Christian Church. The Catholic Church determined which Books of the Bible were to be included.
Interesting that Mr. Holland was surrounded by pictures of his family. I wonder if any of those pictures included his grandsons whom one can see wearing their Ron Paul shirts from time to time. Has Mr. Holland even consulted those to whom the future belongs what they think? Talking to them myself in the past leads me to believe that once old enough to vote, (and that is not far off!) they would attend any convention other than the Democratic Convention. No one should be misled into believing that this is a family affair.
I hate this situation on so many levels....
The students in particular are on my mind. Change is difficult for anyone much less such the drastic one facing these children.
That said, it is also sad that the only time a school makes big news in the Pilot is when someone is trying to fix what is not broke. I am just glad that for once the limelight is off STARS.
Teaching students to do well on multiple guess tests teaches no real world skills! It's about time someone was willing to upturn the apple cart! I just hope they stand their ground in what seems to be the opposition of this judge.
That was quite a big 'but' you interjected into the middle of your article. What I can't figure out is if you really think that charter schools, homeschooling, etc. may land public schools on their backs, because, as you say, 'they drain the best kids', I fail to understand your motives. Why deprive the 'best kids' of homeschooling and charter schools just to make public schools look better? Because you, like everybody else, pay taxes? Common sense would lead one to believe that parents involved in their ('best'-your word) kid's education see the failure of public schools. It's time that tax dollars were utilized for authentic reform. (Including, in my opinion, the end of EOGs.)
I have already had to give up 4 days of teaching to proctor practice EOGs. I am surprised that parents give their consent to this practice by not boycotting the EOGs. Ultimately my responsibility is to the students and my years of experience prove they are not best served by EOGs. It's time that parents, teachers, the Department of Public Instruction, and students reconsider going along with participation of EOGs.
Someone is not putting all the pieces together here. It would be interesting to read all of the minutes of the meetings since July when the board had their last training session at which Bonnie McPeake quit the board. Larry Graham walked out of that meeting. Was this meeting so different because this trainer taught about the working relationship between a school's administrator and its board of directors rather than what Mr. Moyer taught namely that the board was out of compliance amongst other things? I am quite surprised that no one is looking into the budget issues mentioned in the last article published by the Pilot. This is especially frightening if one reads the article that Sharpe wrote before those budget issues were mentioned. In it, an audit is mentioned and a Dec. 31 deadline for corrective action is mentioned. With the Board's compulsive need for good press, I am quite sure that if this report had been completed, it would have first and foremost business of the board. I have every confidence that was has already taken place at Stars to address test scores would have been enough. Unfortunately, I doubt the charter will be renewed pending the submission of an exhaustive report that remains at an unknown stage of incompleteness. It is my understanding that the board paid the auditor and extremely large amount of money. Was that amount to assess the situation so that the board could bicker about hungry children?! Who is 'for' hungry children? The number of holes in this whole drama are astounding. I am glad the board has the trust of Graner...and vice versa. (Why would they have hired him if they didn't trust him?!) Are his 'investigations' into how to handle this food crisis going to be so beyond the trustworthiness of Kemple?! She had already made recommendations regarding this issue. (See yet another article printed by the Pilot!) I could go on and on. Read the articles for yourself beginning in July to December. The only good news has been the excellent performances at the Panthers game and the Informance. I'd love to compare these articles to the actual meeting minutes.Perhaps the board would make those available to the public along with these financial issues gone a muck. Is there a 400,000 (plus or minus) dollar fund or is the school 150, 000 over budget? Why isn't anyone asking these questions? This is tax dollars and the public has the right to know!
I am glad to hear that McPeake finally brought her building out of condemned status. Hopefully, she will not let it fall into decline again. You will then have a chance at great sucess!
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