Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Finally, a FUNDED mandate!

For years educators have railed against "unfunded mandates."

I have finally discovered a "funded mandate."See the photo of a plastic rafter square and flexible tape measure?

This is Indiana's method of funding a new obesity initiative. Indiana's educators will soon be required to weigh and measure all public school students and send the data to the state in a spreadsheet along with their confidential student ID number.

Now, I figure it will require each teacher an hour to put the books away, line up the class, take them to the room where confidential weigh-ins will occur, supervise the class and take them back to the room and resume instruction. At 200 teachers x 1 hour each, times $30.00 per hour of instructional time, that's $6,000.00. Not to mention the nursing staff hours to man the stations and organize the spreadsheets for uploading to the state.

Our FUNDED mandate is a $4.99 rafter square and $6.99 tape measure our nurses received in the mail.

Now THAT's efficiency.

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At Wednesday, November 09, 2005, Blogger Shelley said...

Super - love the RSS feed! Now I can keep better track of you!

This one's hard to tell - is it fact or fiction?

At Wednesday, November 09, 2005, Blogger Indiana Public School Superintendent said...


In today's surreal world of education it is hard to tell.

This one is actually true!!!

At Wednesday, November 09, 2005, Blogger Indiana Public School Superintendent said...

Thanks Shelley

Spread the word.

It's like opening your door and finding the newspaper on your doorstep!

At Thursday, November 10, 2005, Anonymous Shawn said...

uh, what's the rafter square for? Am I missing something?

At Thursday, November 10, 2005, Blogger Indiana Public School Superintendent said...


You stick the adhesive backed tape measure against the wall. The student stands with their back to the wall and then the rafter square is placed against the wall and the top of the child's head.

Big Brother must find it imperative that all schools use the same rafter squares because some schools might cheat and use floppy cardboard pieces that might not measure height accurately.

I can only assume that the Department of Weights and Measures would have to come around and certify our scales too! LOL


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