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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

WSJ shows James Notter remains part of the accountability problem in Broward County, not part of the solution. Robbing Special-Ed funds from kids!

My comments follow the story.
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Wall Street Journal
Special-Ed Funds Redirected

School Districts Shift Millions of Dollars to General Needs After Getting Stimulus Cash

By Anne Marie Chaker
January 6, 2010

Florida's Broward County Public Schools saved as many as 900 jobs this school year. Nevada's Clark County School District just added more math and tutoring programs. And in Connecticut's Bloomfield Public Schools, eight elementary- and middle-school teachers were spared from layoffs.

These cash-strapped districts covered the costs using a boost in funding intended for special education, drawing an outcry from parents and advocates of special-needs children.-----

Read the rest of the story at:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126274303415617219.html

Reader comments at:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126274303415617219.html#articleTabs%3Dcomments

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This led to this blog posting:
Sun-Sentinel Schools blog
Wall Street Journal: School districts, including Broward, redirecting special ed money
by Kathy Bushouse
January 6, 2010
http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/educationblog/2010/01/wall_street_journal_school_dis.html

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Seriously, what does it show about the generally lackluster
quality of the majority
of South Florida's print/electronic
media that they don't even pick-up
on this story from
the third page of the Wall Street Journal 'till nearly
5 p.m.?

Exactly.


At least the Sun-Sentinel's Kathy Bushouse was
paying enough attention
to mention it in their blog,
so what's everyone else's excuse?


And in case it had escaped your notice of late,
in the year 2010,
the Miami Herald STILL lacks
an Education blog.

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/blogs/

Guess they were too busy interviewing people about
the weather,
and what was happening to the invasive
iguanas, to see a story
that speaks volumes about the
consistently piss-poor judgment
of people in power
here.
Say hello again to James Notter, another big
reason why large
dynamic companies consciously
choose
NOT to relocate to Broward County.

Yes, the sad, tragic but oh-so logical consequences
of having
someone like him in charge are all around us.

So what do you think Notter is telling parents of
affected kids,
"Take one for the team?"

As a well-informed person wrote me earlier this evening
about this
matter, almost incredulously:
Do you know how many times they’ve told us
they’ve subsidized
special ed from the general fund?
This is really outrageous.


Outrageous sure, but if nobody else knows about
it because the press has falling iguanas on the brain...
Aye, there's the rub.

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