Headed off to the BOE meeting for grins and chuckles. I pass along a suggestion from a reader that audience members post their own observations here.
Update: they just voted to take any redistricting off the table for any racial balancing. Victory.
Update: McKersie: October 29th deadline for (unspecified number, so far) unverified students. On that day, students parents are called and warned, the next day, students will not be allowed in class, will be placed under care of DCSF and not allowed back. MK insists that BOE is toughening, not weakening it’s stand. I’m waiting for the numbers, and whether verification will be extended to the higher grades.
GEA president reading a speech. Is there no one left in the education world who can speak in her or his feet? Just sayin’
Moved to Public comment stage: first up, another speech reader who unfortunately hasn’t the ability to edit on the fly, so we’re hearing about redistricting, although that’s now irrelevant.
Three north street school mothers now clustered around mike while one reads a speech expressing concern about using North Street as the solution to facility under utilization.
She’s done , now followed by a line of North Street ladies, all clutching their own speeches. It’s going to be a long nite.
Relief! The nine other ladies sat down, speeches unread. I applaud their decision in favor of brevity.
Ben Bianco up – no written notes (god bless lawyers). Postpone your decision on redistricting until AFTER you have final verification numbers- you don’t even know how many students you’re dealing with. Don’t make a pre-election decision that your successors will have to deal with.
Divide and conquer – by announcing, more or less, that only North Street was in its crosshairs, the BOE has reduced the potential protestors to North Street School parents. No one else seems to be here tonight.
Remember when Nixon created the draft lottery and promised that only the first 100 numbers would be considered? 2/3 of us angry war protestors no longer had skin in the game so we went on our merry way and told the unlucky 1/3, ” have a nice war”. Macheavelian but effective.
Hell, just noticed that even Chris Vi Keyserling isn’t here – the board knows its business.
CCF up:where is the legal opinion on constitutionality of racial redistricting law? If we discovered and expelled 20 non-resident students in 2004-2005 , how are we at 100-400 now? How confident are you even of these numbers? And, finally, if we do have 100-400 kids in elementary school who shouldn’t be there, why not extend verification program to middle and high schools?
It’s an aside, but I’m amused at a couple of speakers from North Street who have Spanish names, a skin color that would make even the most ardent Democrat’s heart bleed, and who speak flawless English and display, to my ear, experience in the adventure of higher education. In short, typical Greenwich parents, but Hartford labels them minorities. By the way, they oppose redistricting and shuffling North Street students, just like everybody else.
Drew Marzullo is the only one of our three selectmen who’s here, as always.
Final note: only one speaker addressed the issue if economic freedom and the right