Saturday, April 30, 2005

Dairy Farmers Sue Legislature for Daylight Savings Time Decision

Indiana is rumored to be facing its first legal challenge to the legislature's recent decision to move to daylight savings time.

The United Federation of Dairy Farmers has filed a lawsuit seeking to block the change to daylight savings time.

Under pressure from many fronts, republican legislators were caught between constituents who opposed the change and Indiana governor, Mitch Daniels who made the change to daylight savings time a centerpiece of his bold and complex economic revitalization plan.

Dairy spokesperson, Ms. Ima Cow explained, "We are udderly disappointed in the Governor. He claims that somehow this is going to revitalize our economy just because people in other states won't have to ask what time it is here. Our cows never have to ask what time it is. The governor forgets that Indiana is an agricultural state. Our milk cows will not know what time it is and this could have a negative effect on milk production, which will then impact our economy. We will also have employee staffing problems due to having to milk our cows an hour earlier now.

A person close to the governor who spoke on condition of anonymity said, "The governor thinks this will work fine. Despite evidence to the contrary, the governor still thinks education lags behind the rest of the state and nation. Now the cows can join them in lagging behind as well."

"Besides," he added with a smirk, "Mitch says if they have staffing problems they can hire a few of those teachers that are out of work now."

Friday, April 29, 2005

The Shell Game

The state legislatures get to have their cake and eat it too. I don't know about the rest of our readers and how their state school funding formula works, but here is the sorry story in Indiana.

Indiana has a number of republican legislators who ran on the pledge of "no new taxes." Honorable as far as that goes.

However, the legislators have rejected additional taxes on cigarettes and gambling to help pay for schools and will no doubt brag about sticking to their pledge not to raise taxes.

Here is the deal. In order to get out of their self-created financial mess they ALWAYS revert back to the local property tax payer to get the job done. The new budget is loaded with new property tax increases and also contains a cap on property tax replacement credit which will further increase local property taxes.

Meanwhile, in the school district where I work, we will get LESS money than we received this year and our local patrons will pay more for it.

I am waiting for the first republican legislator to complain about increased property taxes. They should immediately be branded as a hypocrite along with any republican legislator who says he/she stuck to their vow not to raise taxes. It's a shell game.

Read about it here.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

The Governor shows his true feelings about schools

In several Indiana state-wide rallies supporting education this month, a number of speakers have referred to previous quotes attributed to our current governor.

Most of them quoted him saying, "there is no sense debating the abysmal, atrocious performance of the public school monopoly."

Most of these quotes were attributed to comments Governor Daniels made in an Indianapolis cable news show in the late 90's. He isn't about to let anything change his mind.

Here is a link if you would like to download the video. We only recorded 30 seconds or so to limit the download time depending on your connection speed.

Link here for your viewing pleasure or displeasure, depending on whether these comments reflect your view of the public school your children attend.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Where's Waldo?

Where's Waldo?

Indiana's top Republican vote-getter was Dr. Sueellen Reed, Superintendent of Public Instruction. Where is she? When was the last time you read about her?

The governor has taken the top Republican vote-getter and virtually banished her from his office and out of the loop on anything educational. How's that for more open and ethical government! (More on that later)

Mr. David Shane has taken over as educational policy advisor and he is not an elected official.

What was her crime? The same as mine - a republican who supports public schools. Evidently Godfather Daniels considers a Republican that supports public schools to be a heretic.

He may be overlooking something big. In my area there are a tremendous number of republicans, almost all of whom have been very supportive of our public school system.