; babes in little blue outfits trying out for the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders on
Cable is great.
.....Still on the subject of salary: UNC chancellors receive pay hikes
"The raises, approved Friday by the UNC Board of Governors, were made possible by a special appropriation of $334,147 by the legislature over the summer, added to the 2 percent salary increases for state employees."
The raises ranged from $15,334 for T.J. Bryan at Fayetteville State to $35,1000 for James Moeser at UNC-Chapel Hill and Jim Oblinger at N.C. State. Patricia Sullivan, UNCG chancellor, received a 15 percent raise to increase her salary to $261,334.
"The chancellors raises are likely to be politically sensitive on campus, where state employees received 2 percent raises this year.
"One chancellor, Rosemary DePaolo of UNC--Wilmington, immediately donated most of her raise — $14,663 — to two student scholarship funds, one of which provides financial aid to staff members or their family."
This is interesting:
"UNC President Molly Broad, who will retire at the end of next month, got a 6 percent raise, bringing her salary to $331,254. Broad will make that amount when she takes a paid research leave next year before she returns to a faculty job at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she will earn 60 percent of her presidential salary."
Must be nice.
Friday, November 11, 2005
......Yesterday's lead N&R editorial
made some interesting points about school superintendent Terry Grier's relationship with the Board of Education:
"....An ongoing challenge is the controversial High Point choice plan, which Grier did not conceive but for which he has taken the brunt of the blame.
"In the face of blistering public opposition, the school board seems likely to abandon the plan without ever fully implementing it. The board also seems strangely unwilling to take ownership of the plan, which it directed Grier to enforce — while letting Grier bear most of the criticism.
"That's too bad, and the politics of the plan (which should be the board's bailiwick anyway) probably have distracted the the superintendent from other pressing needs that affect the whole district.
"As for his new bonus plan, done correctly, it could help make Grier more accountable to his bosses. But how to make his bosses more accountable?"
It's called an election, and it happens every two years. To their credit, Guilford County residents did their best to make last year's election one of accountability. They came up short and again, some of their tactics may have made the difference. Perhaps in 2006 members
who are up for reelection will be held accountable for their actions, or lack thereof, in a more substantive manner.
As for superintendent Grier, if he's going to be distracted by politics anyway, then he should be really distracted. Make his position an elected office. It would not only hold him more directly accountable to his constituents but make him less likely to accept the brunt of the blame for plans he did not conceive but are forced to implement.
of President Bush's Veterans Day speech, all 13 pages of it.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
, via Guarino
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
......Charlotte voters reject
record $427 million school bond , with 57 percent of voters just saying no:
"Even critics who have spent months arguing against the bonds were stunned by the degree of the loss. The bonds lost in precincts across the county, from the north and south suburbs, which stood the most to gain, to center-city and westside areas that felt shortchanged."
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
...Hey, what does T.O. want from the Eagles
? I noticed the other night while watching SportsCenter that the Raiders didn't even
retire Fred Biletnikoff's number
. That's the real injustice.
......The Friedman Foundation
has just issued a report analyzing ease of access to school choice programs around the country.Using School Choice: How Parents Access Educational Freedom
collects, for the first time in one place, historical data on participation in school choice programs.
Greg Forster, author of the report:
"Where parents cannot exercise school choice without taking on burdens and coping with uncertainty, they are being denied real choice. We wanted to analyze just how much choice for parents these programs allow."
From the introduction:
"Another major difficulty in turning school choice into a reality for parents is the presence of court challenges. Uncertainty over a program's future is a barrier to participation, as real as any rule or regulation. Where there is a reasonable chance that a program might be cancelled on the whim of a judge, possibly even in the middle of the school year, parents likely will take into consideration the disruption that might cause their children and the problems they might have dealing with their local schools after being forced to return there."
The report found that in every state where a school choice program existed, participation continues to increase. An exception is Florida's voucher program, where schools receive a grade every year. Students attending schools that receive an 'F' are eligible to apply for a tax voucher to attend a private school.
Participation was initially high, as 6.5 percent of students opted out when the program started in 1999-2000. That number declined to 2.3 percent in 2005-2005. Several factors contributed to the decline, one of which is that no schools received an 'F' in 2000-01 or 2001-02.
But Forster also cites burdens placed on parents seeking to apply since that time. While the Web-based application system is, in theory, convenient (as are all Web-based procedures), does it not place a burden on families who might not have access to the Internet? The two-week window to apply for the program is also very narrow, considering the fact that parents do not know whether they are eligible until school grades are issued.
Then there's the court challenge to the system. In fairness, that may not play as great a role in depressing student participation because Florida law allows government program to remain in place after being struck down by lower courts if the state is appealing to a higher court. But years of legal wrangling can cause people to lose interest in almost anything.
Two questions: Why do special interest groups feel compelled to mount these ongoing legal challenges? What is so wrong with school choice?
Monday, November 07, 2005
....Some ass: Panthers kick it
; Top Cats give it up
Saturday, November 05, 2005
...Hoggard comes down hard
on Frankie Michaux.
So I'm asking: Does this asshole have the right to continue consuming valuable oxygen?
.....This article on the generational change of ownership in the NFL
appeared in last Sunday's N.Y. Times, but I just got around to discussing it with my buddies last night.
Most interesting is this graphic
, which lists team ownership in order of when they took possession.
What I did not know: The Arizona Cardinals
have been owned by the Bidwill family since 1932, when Charles Bidwill bought the Chicago Cardinals
. That's quite a tenure for a franchise that has been less than successful on the field.
Tragically enough, Charles Bidwill would would die in April 1947, just a few months before the Cardinals would go on to win the 1947 NFL Championship
on the rioting
"Hasn't the beautiful dream of a welfare state in France not worked out so well?"
Thursday, November 03, 2005
.......Dr.Sanity lets it fly
, including a little message to modern feminists:
"The main justification for the existence of the women's movement these days is to support and expand the cult of victimhood that they have created among women."
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
.....From Jay Greene's
book Education Myths
"We care much more about our children than roads and buildings, so how could education policy be governed by the same process of competition among organized interests that governs the construction of highways or the zoning of land? Rather than face this uncomfortable reality, most people are inclined to view the actors in education policy debates as wise, disinterested experts even when they are interested parties. This allows them to believe that education policymaking is really a discussion among professional experts rather than a political struggle among organized interest groups."
In other words, God forbid that the school board should become politicized. I spoke with a school member last year and asked him about giving the school board taxing authority, which has been part of the Guilford County Board of Education's legislative agenda. The board member said he opposed it because it would politicize the board.
But I think politicizing the school board would really open up debate on education policy by granting access to individuals who question the mindset that spending money means better schools. School board candidates would run as Democrats or Republicans, because I think a person's political beliefs are the true indicator of what he or she would stand for when helping formulate education policy. Superintendent should definitely be a partisan, elected position. If the majority of parents don't want Terry Grier outta here, then let their voices be heard in a public referendum.
I realize last year's school board elections were very politicized. But taking out funny ads and hanging people in effigy on Halloween isn't the way go about it, though.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005