We’re doing as much as we can to move it from a school responsibility to home,” said Debbie Karcher, head of information technology for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. For now, only parents who work within the school system are eligible for credit-union loans to buy devices at the district’s bulk rate pricing. (About 30 percent of Miami-Dade schoolchildren have a mother or father employed by the district.)30 percent have a mother or father employed by the district. Whoa Nellie! The writer slid right past that number, but it's an astounding number. Thinking back to my high school: We had about 1000 students, 50 teachers, and 20 administrators, janitors and lunch ladies. At most 10 percent of the kids could have been descendants of school employees, but in fact exactly one was a descendant. Son of the administrative secretary. Might have been an unusual situation, because the teachers were at a 'generational juncture'. Half were about 65, half were about 25. Only three teachers were the right age to have kids in HS, but none of them had kids. Even allowing for that peculiarity, I can't see 30 percent. It just doesn't make a plausible picture.
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.