Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Further thoughts on the attack on the Schools for the Gifted

Interesting. Saturday I wrote about how Cecil Brown was attempting to make the specialty schools for our gifted students more expensive for their families, http://kingfish1935.blogspot.com/2008/04/new-we-dont-need-no-harvards-legislator.html

"This post generated an email I received that night. This email is filled with speculation and unsubstantiated musings but I think it raises some interesting points nonetheless:
I'm having trouble proving this, but I think this is all MAE's bidding. Last big hit attempt against MSMS was (from what I heard, I can't prove it) MAE, trying to get all the teachers that didn't hold teaching certificates bounced. Well, way I see, it, if you have a PHD in Chemistry, who gives a flying rat's ass if you didn't take the 'sit on pillows and talk about your feelings' education classes. Also, He paid...wait for it...Jere Nash and his "Democratic Consulting Group' 35,000 according to his 2007 election report...page 2/3 of 'Disbursements.' Hmmm, Jere Nash is a Union Shill...see what I mean, I can't prove it, but this AssNeck is F'n up.
A couple of other things...Barbour's Education Advisor is Johnny Franklin, former headmaster of MSMS. They hid this shit in conference and sprung it at the last minute. One of Hayes Dent's lobbiest, is also an MSMS graduate and didn't see it coming. Plus, there's an MSMS graduate that served on Barbour's Katrina Recovery Board/Cabal, whatever. They attached this to the Education Funding, if Barbour Vetoed it, he's an instant asshole, just add pen. "

Mr. Nash is a well known Democratic Party and labor operative (and who should be giving thanks Jimmy Hoffa wasn't alive when he was involved in the Teamster elections). After checking the Secretary of State's website, it is true that during the last election cycle, Mr. Brown gave Mr. Nash's group, of which he is president, $35,000.

Something else is interesting. Mr. Brown is also on the Mississippi Association of Gifted Children Advisory Board. http://www.muw.edu/magc/board.htm Apparently Darth Cecilius is not above turning against those who have trusted him to look out for their interests in the legislature as apparently his proposed fees will drive some students away from the school. http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080420/NEWS/80420005
In fact, if I remember correctly, the MAE and their buddies were not too happy with the specialty schools when they were created so my email pal's thoughts are rather interesting indeed.

Just to show that no good deed or student goes unpunished, Andy Taggart, former protege extraoardinaire of Governor Fordice and last seen taking a dive in the Madison County Supervisor's race to help a pal, weighed in on his blog this week stating that the proposed increase is only $25 a week for these parents. http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=redblue&plckController=Blog&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&plckPostId=Blog%3a36489e38-8ae6-4b2e-8841-0017ffb2c4ddPost%3a1d02a3c0-c6de-42b3-bcdb-363e8a56fadd&sid=sitelife.clarionledger.com

Isn't that how most taxes start out? Its only this much. Who could be against that? Only a few will be impacted by this policy change. Funny how when it suits his purposes, Mr. Taggart has no problems adopting the language of liberals. In response to his new-found philosophy I say that the whole concept of these schools is for Mississippi to invest in its best students. That means not charging them for room and board. The families of these children sacrifice enough as it is by sending their kids to these schools away from home so they can better themselves. Now Mr. Taggart and Mr. Brown want to add insult to the sacrifice.

Then there is the slippery slope argument to consider. I can see it now, government trollops like Brown & Taggart later saying "well, we only want to increase it by $100 a semester. Thats only a few dollars a week. Who could be against that? Then will come the fee increases for other things. Well, we are already giving these families a free specialized education, WHO could be against an activity fee? Who indeed.

If you want to know why Mississippi is always last, look at Cecil Brown and Andy Taggart, former enemies, now soulmates when it comes to screwing Mississippi's students.

If you also think I'm being too hard on Darth Cecilius, ask yourself why he chose to stuff this into a conference committee bill in the middle of the night when it was less likely to be debated.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

$25 a week amounts to lunch money. GEESH.

Anonymous said...

I don't know who made to comment about the "sit on your ass and talk about your feelings" education courses, but it obviously wasn't a teacher who busted their ass to get through those classes!

Anonymous said...

So who gets to spend the collected money? Does it go to the state or to the school the student attends?

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