this weeks edition:
The legislature started a special session this morning intended to finalize the teacher pay raise. However, in another bullying move, the Republican leadership has now said they won’t take up educational issues. Well, they might later on in the session. This is pure and simple politics. When they were forced to take the issue back to their home areas for input, they simply didn’t get the results they were wanting. So now we have a special “Educational” session that may or may not deal with any educational issue. Be sure to check out Brent Boggs’ column on this page for more insight into what will happen during this special session.
Leadership is hell-bent on forcing charter schools and educational savings accounts down the throats of the public, regardless of the overwhelming opposition within the educational systems and general public. But as usual, we have elected officials who “know what’s best for us” so they are determined to do it their way.
The main idea of having a special session now, as I see it, was to wait until school was out to take away the teachers’ main weapon… a statewide closure of schools. I think they felt that if they wait until summer, the opposition would be occupied with vacations, childcare, etc. and not protest as loudly. I think Mitch Carmichael and his crew have drastically underestimated the integrity of true West Virginians.
This type of maneuvering is what gives politics a bad name and leave a nasty taste in people’s mouths.
Another one off into the real world…
I was under the weather last week. I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with a sinus infection. Unfortunately, I didn’t go soon enough and I was still feeling pretty rough Friday. That equated to my reluctant decision that I could not go see Maddie graduate. Fortunately for me, the Gassaway Baptist Church was live streaming that event. It wasn’t as good as actually being there, but it was a very close second.
Allison found out what GBC was doing and gave me all the details just before graduation started. I couldn’t help but think about others who were in the same boat as I, that didn’t know about the live streaming option. I will make this offer publically, as well as privately, but if the Gassaway Baptist Church does this or any other similar program, I would be happy to advertise the information in our papers at no charge. This is a great service for those who can’t attend in person. Hopefully more will be able to take advantage of the excellent and professional service.
Maddie did graduate… number 6 in her class, says the proud Poppie. Maddie is our second oldest grandchild. I wrote previously about our oldest graduating from college just a week ago and now Maddie will embark on her college career. Two down and eight to go…