The Senate discussed another education bill Thursday that would do away with a number of unfunded education laws that supporters say have been weighing down the budget. “We have put mandate after mandate on our school districts, but we never include any funding,” said Sen. Curtis King (R-Yakima). The bill repeals and suspends more than a dozen laws, ranging from a requirement for schools to observe Temperance Day to a law that requires schools with gardens to teach both organic and conventional gardening.Good work. But not everything is sane:
Another bill aims to improve reading levels of third graders in the state. Third-graders who test below their level would either be required to repeat the grade or go to summer school. Students who speak English as a second language are exempt from the requirement.Testing sounds good. Unfortunately, non-native speakers are the only students who really need intensive training by the third grade, thus they are the only students who really need to be tested. Exempting them in the name of Die-Versity makes the whole thing pointless, like the fraudulent "core inflation" measurements.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.