1. of course.
2. It will be interesting to see if Mr. Wanner tells the
teachers that this means that they should expect an 8% increase in salaries over the next
two years,conveniently ignoring the increasing costs of health insurance which must come
from this 8 % increase.
3. Anyone who can make such confident statements would make a good superintendent.
Frank has missed his true calling.
4. There he goes again. (I stole that line from Ronald
5. Because Edison was set up as a charter school they
don't have to do anything to please ISD 709. One reason they were set up as a charter
school was so that Frank Wanner couldn't touch them. Another of Frank's triumphs.
6. In addition to spending lots of money on our school
facilities Edison has honored all contracts and even paid us rent where they have no
obligation to do so. The one critical obligation they have is to meet the academic
expectations the Board gave them. Time will tell on this score.
7. What should be obvious to Frank but apparently isn't is
that every student of ours Edison takes is a student we don't have to pay to educate. This
is an oversimplification, of course. We have buildings to accommodate a set number of
students and if we have to maintain increasingly empty buildings his prediction of school
closings has a theoretical possibility.Frank would no doubt like to build up hysteria on
this point before the election but it has already become obvious that by putting so many
of their resources into the elementary grades it will be hard for Edison to compete with
our secondary schools.
8 This is Fear mongering not unlike that committed by
Richard Nixon, Joe McCarthy, J. Edgar Hoover and today's survivalists.
9. Obviously, Frank doesn't consider Edison an alternative.
10. The Superintendent has found himself in the middle of
a battle he'd prefer not to fight. I didn't know that Frank was privy to the negotiations
between our two respective public school systems.
11. I believe this is true because Edison has such non
charter schools elsewhere. However the tone of this diatribe gives good evidence for why
Edison might be reluctant to set up such a "contract" school right now. Further,
among Mr. Wanner's long list of threats is one to begin secondary boycotts of the
businesses of Edison parents. This, by the way, is illegal.
12. Some of the new Board members are lobbying to identify
buildings to close.
13.Frank was no doubt stung when the recent contract
settlement was identified as the reason we were going to have to make program cuts. Since
the legislature stepped in these cuts will be considerably lessened. Now Frank wants to
find something else to pin possible program cuts on. But, as I've already indicated, since
we don't have to pay to educate students enrolled in Edison this is not a plausible
explanation for any cuts we might contemplate.