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Fri, Nov 11 2005

One Reason Why Education Will Not Be Fixed With Just a Big Budget

When one's rap sheet is fresher than one's qualifications it would seem odd for that person to serve on a school board. But someone in one California school district ran for a seat on the board and then seemed to drop out of sight during the campaign. Even in his absence he managed to get enough votes to win a seat. However, it's doubtful that he'll be in attendance for the swearing in ceremony later this year because he doesn't get out of the men's prison in Chino until February next year.

And that's not the worst of it. The rest of the school board doesn't know yet how they're going to handle the situation due to the laws regarding registered voters and regarding when and how a convicted felon can run for, and serve, in office. The man's current wife—not the former wife who the man served a separate sentence for abusing a couple of decades ago—thinks they should just let him out of prison so he can serve time on the school board instead of serving it behind bars. I can't quite decide if this would be a reprieve or a form of additional sentence in this particular case.

If this wasn't a real story that affected real children's lives I would think I was reading a pitch for the sequel to Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Throw in a few elements from One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and we've got ourselves the makings of a real blockbuster.

posted at: 11:24 | category: /Politics | link to this entry

Veterans Day Stories and News

Alabama's governor encouraged veteran to wear their uniforms to work today.

This story was in the works for some time, but it makes great reading on this special day. Two California sisters who had not known each other as children found each other when they both joined the Army.

The kids at All Saints School in Denmark, Michigan joined one veteran's children in letting him know how much they appreciate his service.

Oil City, Pennsylvania's Salvation Army office will thank veterans with coffee and the traditional doughnuts that became a tradition during World War I. I hope each of us finds a way to thank a "doughboy" somehow today.

posted at: 10:14 | category: /Miscellaneous | link to this entry

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