By Harry Welty
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Today at the
Education committee I discovered that, because the Duluth Schools have done so
well teaching our youngest students to read,
H. Ross Perot once told America during its brief love affair with him that if Americanís wanted to know what was wrong with America all they had to do was look in the mirror. Itís hard to believe that such a scold could have wowed American voters but he managed it. If heíd done a better job hiding his paranoia heíd have become President.
school board is a perfect reflection of a divided city. We truly represent
Ironically, weíve recently made a decision by hammering out a compromise to keep the three high schools open for a few more years while backing off of some elementary closings. We took our sweet time getting to the compromise and it will only work if an excess levy passes. But giving the voters the chance to vote on the levy is another damnable decision. We are damned for putting the levy on the ballot just as we would be damned for depriving the voters of having their say on the levy.
Some of the levyís opponents are pretty predictable like the tax fighting leader who sucked at the public teat himself for so many years. Iíve heard he will soon put another full page ad in the paper condemning the levy. Then there will be Op Ed pieces ghost written by ex school administrators who mostly want to see their administrative successors fail.
not surprising that the business community which has enjoyed a lot of recent
property tax relief should argue against the levy. Despite their desire for good
schools to entice new industry to
If these things
werenít damaging enough to the levy, how about the
The voters will teach the school board a good lesson. Sadly, like the young princeís whipping boy in Twainís Prince and the Pauper it will be school children not the school board who feel the blows. Their schools will close. Their teachers will be laid off. Their classrooms will become more crowded. They will lose elementary specialists and time on computers. All of them, even the kindergartners, will have to walk two miles through our wicked northern winter to get to school. Because the School Board canít bring itself to delineate other cuts we can only guess in what other ways we will take one of the most successful school districts in the state and flush it down the toilet.
If the excess levy fails it will be a long time before the subscribers to the Duluth News Tribune read another story about the great improvements in our studentís reading scores. Oh well, letís look on the bright side. Falling test scores will qualify us for the reading grant again.
I apologize to my readers for being such a boor and scold for the past couple of months. Writing about the school board has been cheap therapy for me. I have no idea why the Reader publishes this drivel. Theyíre as picky about their columnists as crows are about road kill.
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