Dumping for me, but not for thee; The Big Lie

I do apologize if this stuff gets repetitive; but it only gets that way because the war effort against traditional schools — and their teachers and parents and kids — launches a new missile seemingly every day. And over and over again, poor Merissa Green, whom I know and like very much, helps the shameless people fighting it.

So let’s look Merissa’s most recent story about state Rep. Kelli Stargel, R-McKeel/Grade Parents. Stargel doesn’t want the School District to create charter schools for “struggling students.”

Her objection, seemingly, is a moral one:

An Open Letter to Lakeland Montessori Schoolhouse — And Everybody Else

Dear fellow members of the Lakeland Montessori community: There’s a parent at a well-known and well-regarded non-traditional school in Polk County whose honesty and courage I have come to admire deeply. This person knows who this person is. And it’s not important to ID him or her. Not long ago, this parent posted a piece […]

USF Poly Appears in Florida Senate Conforming Bill

In tonight’s agenda packet for Budget Subcommittee on Higher Education was some information on Florida Polytechnic creation legislation (pdf) Here’s the pertinent page offered without commentary: Florida Polytechnic University – Creation Legislation Senate Higher Education Appropriations Conforming Bill 2012 The bill: • Creates the Florida Polytechnic University in statute. The new university is completely independent […]

McDump Academy and the FCAT New Math

Regular School – .2(Regular School) + Special School > Charter School +/- Null Set Or something. This is the bizarre mathematical phrase we’ve come to in assessing the performance of Polk County schools. As considered in the ridiculous way we measure schools in this state, Lakeland High and Bartow High are the clear champions of […]

UCF Cheating Scandal: More Emerging Young Leaders

A few weeks ago, a University of Central Florida business professor caught 1/3 of his senior level “strategic management” class cheating on the mid-term test. That’s 200 of 600 kids in the class. What happened next is caught in perpetuity on video. Do yourself a favor and check it out. Consider me shocked, shocked, to […]

Stimulating Senior Scholars

Seniors looking for challenges will want to contact the University of South Florida Polytechnic (USFP) Rath Senior ConNEXTions and Education Center. The center is offering classes on a variety of topics aimed at Lakelanders 50 and older. Most classes are $50, start January 25th, and are held at USFP. There are a pair held elsewhere […]

Evidently some believe working hard is a Socialist value.

Presented inside is the full text of a news release from the Polk County Public Schools. Please take a moment to read it.

Want to know what the President plans to say? The White House released a summary. It reads in part:

The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning. He will also call for a shared responsibility and commitment on the part of students, parents and educators to ensure that every child in every school receives the best education possible so they can compete in the global economy for good jobs and live rewarding and productive lives as American citizens.

So, Rep. McKeel, Would You Have Voted For The Stimulus?

I noted the following in The Ledger’s account of the Chamber legislative wrap-up gala:

“We made the decision that K through 12 be held as harmless as possible during the budget cutting,” said Rep. Seth McKeel of Lakeland, who chairs and is on several education committees.

“Many of us broke with a pledge not to raise taxes to do that. We also took $3.5 billion in federal stimulus package funds. We could not have held education harmless without it, but that money runs out in two years,” he said.