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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bob Norman zeroes in on Broward School Board; MP's political gaffe on video

Here's the reality we live with now:
In the Coastal Ft. Lauderdale Yellowbook,
the phone number for the "Broward County
School District" is given as 754-321-300.
But when you call that number, you're told that
that number is now the North Central Area office,
except they've now merged with the South office
and are given yet another phone number to call.
Then you are told if you don't know your extension
number, hit # or 411 and an operator will be
right with you. But they won't.
Instead, you get a tape that goes ROUND AND
ROUND like a carousel.
And so it goes at the Broward County School
System.

By the way, I mentioned the other day that Miami
Herald education beat reporter Patricia Mazzei
never stated in her July 31st Herald article who
the four School Board members were who didn't
attend the July 30th meeting, the first budget meeting.

The "draft" of the minutes answers that question.

http://eagenda3.broward.k12.fl.us/eAgenda/1512/Files/07-30-09_1st_public_hearing_budget.pdf

Just so you know, they were Beverly Gallagher,
Phyllis Hope, Benjamin Williams and our own
representative, Ann Murray.

Were they sick, on vacation, at another meeting,
out-of-town for a family wedding...who knows.

As I've previously stated, Murray really needs
to start meeting with the Hallandale Beach and
Hollywood communities in visible ways that she
hasn't so far, and consider creating a website
so that she can get her reform message about
accountability out, such as it is, because right now,
her reform message of last year is completely
muted and she's all but invisible.
Even her friends and supporters know that does
NOT bode well for her re-election prospects
next year.

Murray's is the name that ought to be the one
that's on the tip of people's tongues for zealously
defending the work product of School auditors
-and taxpayers wallets- in anticipation of
Tuesday's School Boar meeting.
Ought to be, but what is she doing?

She's the one who ran on a platform
of fundamentally changing things dramatically
at the Broward School Board, and not
becoming a compliant clone of the existing
members and the pervasive culture of
corruption and cronyism.
Her fate is in her own hands, up to a point,
to be sure, but ultimately, you and I will
decide if she's performed well enough to
be rehired next year.

Broward Palm Beach New Times

Broward School Board Digs Itself Deeper Hole

By Bob Norman
Wednesday, Aug. 12 2009 @ 8:40AM

If you're really paying attention to the Broward County School Board, you're mad as hell.

Read the rest of the story at:

http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2009/08/broward_school_board_digs_itse.php
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London Calling...
Just received this amusing story and video a
few minutes ago in a Snowmail from
Channel Four in England, written by
Krishnan Guru-Murthy

DUNCAN GAFFE

Alan Duncan may just get away with a gaffe which might have done him in had it come at a different point in the political year. The shadow Leader of the House issued a grovelling apology today after being secretly filmed telling a campaigner what he really thinks about the new regime of MPs expenses and pay. He says he was joking, but he not only says MPs are being "treated like shit" but also suggests nobody talented from outside politics would want to be an MP now. Given a GP has just been elected as the Tory candidate to fight for the seat of Totnes, this is a surprising view. Mr Duncan seems safe for now but there is no doubt it is a major embarrassment.
Watch the video: http://bit.ly/xvQqG

URL: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1184614595?bctid=33512746001



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If you lived in this part of South Florida, you'd ALREADY be stuck in stultifying traffic, paying higher-than-necessary taxes and continually musing about the chronic lack of accountability among not only elected govt. officials, but also of city, county and state employees as well. Collectively, with a few rare exceptions, they couldn't be farther from the sort of strong results-oriented, eager work-ethic mentality that local residents deserve and expect. But seldom if ever see...

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