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Thursday, May 19, 2011

And another thing...

Not only did Portland public schools get whacked at the polls this week, they also earned "Rogue of the Week" dishonors. It's become increasingly clear that most bureaucrats in this town don't think, don't care, or both.

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The Portland School District is the most incompetent school district in the world. From the board to the superintendent and all executives this malfeasance is criminal. These people don’t know what they are doing. Unfortunately the majority of the Portland electorate is composed of a bunch Kool-Aid drinking morons that keep supporting this kind of uber liberal thinking. It is not going to get better either. All the rational folks are moving out of this city as more idiots are moving in. These folks in Portland and Multnomah County are the cancer of Oregon which unfortunately is metastasizing throughout the state. We are totally doomed. Move out while you have a chance.

Putting hundreds of children at risk to punish their parents for making the decision to send them to a charter school is absolutely disgusting. It would have taken less time out of that man's day to notify the school and update the contact list than it would have to defend his inaction.

I'm not sure why the WW glossed over the fact that the PPB hadn't bothered to update its contact list though. They're every bit as capable of looking up a phone number as the schmuck at PPS.

Do you suppose the fact that traditional educators resent not only the existence of charter schools, but the very idea of them, has anything at all to do with it? Just askin'...

I have a kid that goes to Portland Village and let me tell you there are a ton of parents that are very angry at PPS right now. The school pays 1/5 of their funding to PPS for this?

Seems like Dennis and PPS got a big ole grant this year for school security, I bet PVS doesnt get any benefit from this as well.

Also the funding for teachers that passed this last election does not go to charter schools either.

“More harm was done in the 20th century by faceless bureaucrats than tyrant dictators.”

Dennis Prager (Radio talk show host, author, lecturer)

This is all about union patronage, as usual.

The union gets anti-charter windbags like Ruth Adkins elected to the school board. Adkins, back in 2005, before she was elected to the school board, testified against PPS approval of the Village School charter. In her public testimony, she ranted about the general evils of charter schools, and then was ridiculous enough to make the claim that charter schools would contribute to childhood obesity because their parents would have to drive them to school, instead of them being able to bike or walk...at least she wasn't as bad as the PPS high school teacher who claimed in his public testimony that charter schools were the cancer that "would kill us all", choke, gag, shudder...made me want to go make out my will that very night, commanding my last wish and testament to be that my remaining school age child would never, ever, ever, attend a mainstream PPS school.

I have said it before, and will say it again: public employee unions are destroying the country.

Tune says he doesn't have a "mechanism" to contact Village or any other charter school. I'll give Tune his tool, a dang telephone. What an asinine excuse. This is totally infuriating. And will he be fired?

Yeah, Dennis Tune will get fired right after I'm elected King of Denmark.

PPS is just taking a cue from President Obama: "We're going to punish our enemies and reward our friends."

You can bet that if the shooters started spraying bullets at the charter school, Tune and friends would be talking about how those schools just aren't safe...Anything to shut 'em down, even if a few kids and teachers get capped in the process. Just the price of setting things right for the union and its acolytes.

That's how union and their friends work. And in Portland they can get away with it because they'll always have people like Ruth Adkins going to bat for them.

How did the Portland schools get "whacked"? For all the noise here against the bonds, one won big and the other barely lost.

They spent more than a million dollars and lost. They couldn't even get the sheeple of Portland to pass the property tax they wanted. They -- or should I say, you -- got whacked.

Vouchers are the only solution. It's just a matter of time.

I don't necessarily disagree with the crux of the arguments re: teachers unions, but I hope those of you blaming every wrong of the world on labor feel the same way about the police and fire unions.

The best thing that PPS could do is hire a group of folks from the Beaverton School District, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, and Tualatin Hills Park District to administratively take over the school district.

I bet in just two months, you'd see more change than would otherwise be possible in 20 years with the tired PPS status quo trying to fix its own problems.

Of course, the suburbs don't know what they're doing, because they are unsustainable.

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