Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Just so I don't have these misplaced.
I think that the board does hold the keys to hiring and firing the superintendent. That was the question and the first reply at the top is accurate.
I also think that board presidents have more power than other board members. Squeaky wheels, no big deal.
Sure, parents have power. Most deploy that and move out of PPS, to the burbs, to private / Catholic schools or to charter schools. Some may stay and rely upon tutors and enrichment in other avenues.
Year-after-year the city's population churns and those with kids flee. That's the year-after-year story. PPS shrinks greatly every year because many parents who have the power opt to put their kids elsewhere.
Those without kids care far less than those who do raise their children here. Fact of life. Bill Peduto and Michael Lamb and Jim Ferlo and a host of yuppies living in apartments in South Side Works care a tiny bit....
Meanwhile, those who do have kids are often so close to the action that the selfish streak is going to come out first. There is forest, trees and momma bear in the woods, if you know what I mean.
IMNSHO, the next revolution -- or more to the point -- the next revolution that will gain some system-wide changes and be noted in history as a game-changer is NOT about taking down or taking out people with power, captains on a sinking ship.
Be careful for what you wish for in terms of changing principals and such. Once upon a time the people of Poland could turn to their hopes to the east and see Stalin and then to the west and see Hitler. Today's (and for generations I guess) the middle east is a quagmire with ISIS, Syria, Iraq, Iran, etc., etc. Friends are not generally found with the enemy of an enemy. We're learning that lesson, right?
The next revolution that is going to work is going to be one that HELPS THE KIDS. This is something that we can all get behind, even those YUPPIES that use the bike lanes that Peduto is happy to build and boast about. A new venture that greatly helps the educational options and outcomes with a lot of kids is going to get many people excited and make a serious impact.
That's the ticket.
I'm not inclined to pitch a protest and rail against any figure-head and repeat the mistakes of the past.
I have serious doubts that Dr. Lane's replacement would be any better than what we've already got and that is not saying much.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Had 23.7 percent body fat.
I had 43 pounds of fat.
This was with a hand held device.
I think my weight with clothing on was 209 or so.
Friday, September 26, 2014
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From: Free & Equal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Subject: Colorado Gubernatorial Candidates Stand United for Open Debates on Sept. 30
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Mark Rauterkus Mark.Rauterkus@gmail.com
Swimming and Water Polo Coach, Schenley High School, Pittsburgh, PA
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Monday, September 22, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
From: "The Black Political Empowerment Project(B-PEP)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sep 18, 2014 3:10 PM
Subject: The Black Political Empowerment Project(B-PEP) Supports The August Wilson Center
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Date: Sep 18, 2014 3:41 PM
Subject: Why I'm walking 13 miles
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
People are not going to move to this school from outside the city. However, people in the city might stay longer if it was in the mix. Of course some kids are going to move from school to school. So what. That's fine. That isn't the problem. Moving out of the city is the big problem and Dr. Lane might not see that.
Monday, September 15, 2014
From: Dan Sharadin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: September 15, 2014
To: CWPA Membership
From: Daniel Sharadin, Commissioner
It is not often I write a letter like this, but I would like to bring to your attention an opportunity to help recognize a former CWPA water polo player.
The Army Water Polo Club is attempting to get their pool named after John Hallett, a former water polo player at the academy that was killed in Afghanistan a few years ago when his vehicle contacted an IED. He was on his way to help a village deal with their cholera outbreak.
I met John during his first year at West Point when he contacted me about getting the team active once again. I was incredibly impressed with his leadership and organizational skills and with minor assistance, watched him move the club from inactivity to a competitive team. During this process he had to overcome some significant challenges, not the least of which is Army bureaucracy and his own military schedule. West Point is not your typical college environment.
John not only prevailed, he helped establish the team financially into the future and made them a contender to win their division before graduating. He was a perfect example of the type of individual the Academy desires, one who will see a challenge and in spite of the obstacles, figure out a solution and succeed.
When I hear of the loss of an athlete in the water polo community, it always saddens me. In John's case it comes much closer to home as I knew him and his family personally. I believe the sacrifice he gave for his country and the effort he gave to our sport and conference deserve some recognition and I'd love to see this happen.
If you agree, click on the link below and sign the petition. Likewise, feel free to forward it to others that might feel the same.
|Saturday, September 13, 2014|
|2:20||Penn State University||vs.||Carnegie Mellon University||13-10|
|3:30||Bucknell University||vs.||Grove City College||20-13|
|4:40||Bloomsburg University||vs.||Penn State University||10-18|
|5:50||Grove City College||vs.||University of Pittsburgh||9-18|
|7:00||Bucknell University||vs.||Carnegie Mellon University||11-15|
|8:10||Penn State University||vs.||University of Pittsburgh||12-6|
|9:20||Carnegie Mellon University||vs.||Grove City College||17-3|
|Sunday, September 14, 2014|
|9:00||Bloomsburg University||vs.||University of Pittsburgh||12-13|
|10:10||Penn State University||vs.||Bucknell University||13-9|
|11:30||Carnegie Mellon University||vs.||University of Pittsburgh||13-12|
|12:40||Bloomsburg University||vs.||Bucknell University||2-19|
Sunday, September 14, 2014
From: "Carnegie Mellon School of Music" <email@example.com>
Date: Sep 14, 2014 3:00 PM
Subject: Tonight! Philharmonic plays Ravel, Sibelius, and more