ouzo cured salmon
Tuesday’s round-up is full of politics, with a rather large side of Ouzo-Cured Salmon, with a side of Carrot Tzatziki. Sounds kinda cool, right? (the salmon, that is — from KALOFAGAS)
The “Safe Schools for All” bill has irked the right-wing Minnesota Family Council for “promoting” homosexuality and gay marriage, according to the Star-Tribune. The bill sets clear standards and guidelines for schools to follow if a student is bullied because of their sexual orientation, physical appearance, or poverty. Current standards protect students from bullying on the basis of gender, race, and religion. Proponents of the Safe Schools legislation say the current policy is too vague and lets some districts turn a blind eye to certain kinds of harassment and bullying. Some great comments — from several sides — in the Strib story’s comments section.
Also at the State House, Education titan Rep. Mindy Greiling (DFL – Roseville) lambasted the president of the state teachers’ union for supporting Governor Pawlenty’s proposed education budget, which includes a massive expansion of the Governor’s Q-Comp pay-for-performance plan. The state’s non-partisan Legislative Auditor recently released a report saying there wasn’t yet enough evidence supporting Q-Comp’s effectiveness to support expanding the scheme.
In local news, a storied St Paul Catholic school is set to close.
The Pioneer Press continues with its illuminating series on school sports, this time highlighting the ways poor students loose out to their better-off peers, whose parents can afford to drive them to practices, or buy them even basic equipment like basketball shoes.
In national news, the Education Wars continue, as they likely will into next year, when a “new NCLB” might hit Capitol Hill. Dana Goldstein at The American Prospect has a good summary of the politicking between the American Federation of Teachers, reformist leaders like Michelle Rhee of Washington DC and Joel Klein of New York City, and Obama Administration officials. I’m left wondering where the National Education Association stands. A side-note: Dan Brown (the teacher, not the DaVinci Code author) and Nick Kristoff debate Rhee’s pros and cons.
Lastly, some humor: the Republican National Committee gets a big donation from the AFT, and the fur flies!
“What’s next? Accepting money from the National Abortion Rights Action League, Handgun Control, Gay Marriage PACs and George Soros?” asks Steve Lonegan, a Republican candidate for New Jersey Governor.
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