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Opening Arguments

Out of the race

Sometimes it seems every educator in Indiana is salivating over the possibility of getting some of the $250 million Indiana might get from President Obama's "Race to the Top" program. But they're showing a modicum of common sense in Northwest Allen County Schools, where the board signed a "memorandum of understanding" saying the district is only possibly interested in receiving some of the funds. Interim Superintendent Ken Fowble wants to know more about what participation would require and is, in any case, skeptical of "free" money:

I'm not sure any money is free,” Fowble said.

Board members were not unanimous in their quest to receive the money. One member voted against signing the memorandum of understanding, because he said it was wasteful spending at the federal level.

“We're spending money we don't have, and we're doing that enough already,” Howard “Nick” Schortgen said. “It's money for our grandkids.”

No more spending money that isn't really there? What a concept!


Bob G.
Tue, 01/05/2010 - 12:46pm

Some people out there are really paying attention...must have been all those schools that graduated students that were really QUALIFIED to graduate.

Seems in our day, we had a LOT FEWER kids left behind, with a LOT LESS government intervention.
(How the heck did we manage THAT miracle?)

Back then, students succeeded or failed based on their OWN merit (or lack thereof)...no handouts, no freebies, but plenty of "do-overs" aka REPEAT a grade to get promoted.

What a concept, indeed.

tim zank
Wed, 01/06/2010 - 2:58pm

The sad thing is, they (school corporations) keep doing the same thing over and over. Get in bed with the fed, take the dough, create new programs, fed money gets spent, school corp freaks out and lay offs commence, school board fight ensues, property taxes go up.

Did I miss anything?

Bob G.
Wed, 01/06/2010 - 4:17pm

That's what I can't figure out either, Tim...
These are a bunch of people who obviously CANNOT LEARN from (past) mistakes...and they're in the bloody LEARNING business.
Talk about IRONY!!!