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January 28, 2010

No Joy; No Ride

At some point, Furlough Fridays will come to an end. There should be only a sense of relief and a sigh of "good riddance", as there are no heroes in getting this one solved- it should never have happened in the first place. As a matter of fact, the early dismissal time for public schools on Wednesdays is hard to fathom, too. Come to think of it, an extra 30- to 45-minutes per day every day in class might actually be a good thing when, or if, future planning and major changes take place in our public education system.

And now we have the bus situation. Higher prices, less service; just one more barrier to make things tougher for the kids who we are supposedly encouraging to learn and grow in the hallways of academia. A lot of really smart and dedicated people need to look at the public education system as a whole, as we continually stress the importance of education and blame on-going problems on the system. Well, people develop systems, run systems, and then hide behind systems. Yes, money is always an issue, be it gas prices for buses, books and computers for students, or repairs for faulty plumbing and dilapidated structures.

Some are suggesting that the department of education become even more of a political entity, residing under the governor. But that means that every four or eight years, the whole thing could be turned over, and not necessarily turned around. As always, lots of questions, and not enough action-oriented solutions; something for the kids to ponder as they sit home on Fridays or soon walk 2.4-miles to high school without a DOE bus option. Think about it…

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