Recently I was provided an email written by Mid-Del Superintendent Rick Cobb, apparently sent to faculty at Mid-Del Schools. It read:
Once again, it’s the start of the yearly Legislative session and once again I begin my Charlie Brown-like moan mantra of, “Good grief”.
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Though I’ve been remiss in my blogging life of late, information on several new bills coming up for votes in Congress this week (11.13.17), could have immense consequences on the ability of parents to control the personal data being shared pertaining to their children, and older students to control the amount of data being collected on themselves in relation to their college and work habits, and you need to share this information and contact your Congressman IMMEDIATELY ((202) 224-3121) to stop them.Read more »
This morning I read a very short article from The Federalist publisher Ben Domenech. It’s called, “Consider the Possibility That We Are Led by Idiots“. This is a very short read and very skeptical, but I can corroborate every word he’s written just from the knowledge I’ve accumulated at the very low level at which I’ve worked trying to influence government.
Here is a bit of the opening paragraph:
I have seen cabinet secretaries who type with two fingers. I have listened as senior staffers with authority over constructing legislation in a particular scientific field engage in debate on whether or not the moon landing was a hoax. I have seen a man charged with revolutionizing incredibly complex government information technology systems who did not know how to use a thumb drive.
I loved Kindergarten Cop. Nearly every classroom scene is hysterical, but the one where Joseph, a 6-year-old whose father is a Gynecologist, feels the need to perform a knowledge dump of sorts on substitute teacher Schwarzenegger’s boss (Principal Phoebe) after the sub’s particularly rough morning, always cracks me up.
As a child of the 1960’s, I remember watching the movie and actually being a bit embarrassed by that dialogue!
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Why am I continually surprised at the lack of knowledge our government officials possess about the principles of good government?
Today, as I watched a live feed, the Senators in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted to PASS SB83 (video from a life Facebook feed below). This bill by Senator Ervin Yen ORIGINALLY revoked the exemption for children to attend public school if their parents didn’t want to subscribe to the precise vaccination schedule as dictated by the CDC and Oklahoma State Department of Health.
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One to file under the heading of “GOOD GRIEF”!
I just read an article by Jay Chilton who was apparently in the Senate Education Committee hearing when Senator Sharp – Vice-Chair of the Senate Education Committee – opined about Rob Standridge’s bill (SB560) on school choice. Chilton quotes Sharp as saying,
I have told other senators I call this bill the “Dr. Josef Mengele bill” because it is intended to kill public education,”
Just recently, I posted this article, “High School Drops Michelle Obama’s ‘healthy’ lunch program. Here’s how that’s working out.” on the ROPE2.0 Facebook page with the following comment:
Here’s my favorite line of the whole article,”And what’s more, the program stopped losing money, despite forgoing federal subsidies.” You don’t think that would happen for EVERYTHING if we’d just cut the dang cord and get off the federal government teat? I’m pretty sure it would!
Just this January, it was reported that figures crunched at the end of Mr. Obama’s turn as POTUS determined that one of his pet project, SIG – School Improvement Grants – with their heavy emphasis on School Turnaround, was a dismal failure after an influx of taxpayer funds to the tune of 7 BILLION dollars. Wait for it….
UPDATED with legislators opposed to the tax increase at the bottom of the post!
On the heels of her very exciting announcement that she had badgered Amazon.com into collecting sales tax from Oklahomans who buy from sellers using the platform, Governor Mary Fallin ended her 2017 State Of The State address, to a chorus of weeping, wailing and gnashing teeth from actual CONSERVATIVE Republicans in the audience.
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