Thursday, May 04, 2006

Republicans quell gas price anger with tote bag offer

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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Indiana Senate's most powerful republican takes a flogging

Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore Robert D. Garton, one of the most powerful men in the state, has lost the seat he's held for 36 years.

The president pro tempore is one of the most influential positions in the state because the president makes committee assignments and controls the flow of legislation, which can help defeat or advance bills.

"It just says that people are ready for a change," said Walker, who was celebrating at his Columbus home before going to Bartholomew County GOP headquarters.

Walker had parked his not-to-be-missed 1970 bright-orange Plymouth Valiant outside the polling place at Parkside Elementary School in Columbus. The car reminds voters of the year Garton was elected; Walker has pitched himself as a man with new ideas.

Walker faced criticism for one of those ideas. He has said he supports public flogging, a stance he defends by saying "no skin would be broken," and the public humiliation could change lawbreakers' ways.

I am not sure how to interpret the fact that the Indiana Senate's most powerful person lost his seat to someone who has been publicly reported to believe in public flogging as long as "no skin is broken."

We suggest his fall democrat opponent park a "not-to-be-missed" bright silver chariot and a dark brown horse outside the polling area to remind voters of the last time public flogging was widely popular.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Monday, May 01, 2006

High Stakes Testing - More dropouts?

A new study coauthored by respected educational researcher David Berliner, indicates
Three Key Findings:

1. States with greater proportions of minority students tend to implement accountability systems that exert greater pressure.
2. Increased testing pressure is related to increased retention and dropout rates.
3. NAEP reading scores at the fourth- and eighth-grade levels were not improved as a result of increased testing pressure.

Standardized testing has a place, but as time goes on, this period in American educational history will be best remembered not for what schools GAINED during this period, but for what students had to give up.