I think you should look into the fact that if children qualify for free and reduce lunch the school board gets a big kick back per student under the Federal government program called Title 1. So the schools encourage free and reduced lunch.
NCLB and ALL other like programs receive funding (Though the DOA) based on the number of students are on the free lunch program. The more they add the more money they receive.
Look at the published Brevard school budget. The column on the right
Yes Bill there is something else they can do, IF FLORIDA WENT TO YEAR ROUND SCHOOLS they would save 6 BILLION and small classes would be one of the outcomes. Thousands of jobs would be created statye wide.
Smaller class sizes make thoguht control easier, just another brick in the wall.
x-Governor Charlie Crist pardoned Jim Morrison's indecent exposure conviction (March 1969 Miami concert) recently .............i agree Jim Morrison was a Bad Boy/Wild Man Rock Star , however , i heard little circumstantial (hear say) evidence convicted Morrison of indecent exposure at the 1969 Miami concert .....hundreds of flashbulbs (cameras) went off and no photo evidence of Morrison whipping out his schlong..... my oldest sister Paula (1951-2003) was a Doors Fan during their run on the music charts from "Light My Fire (summer-1967) as a teen-ager to "Riders on the storm (1971)" ........Paula told me Jim Morrison was a rock star with a stellar Frank Sinatra type voice that teen-age girls and young women loved..........gosh , i recall as a little boy my oldest sister Paula (beach blonde girl) playing the 45 record "Light My Fire" (#1 summer-1967) over and over and over until the record player needle literally wore out.........a couple of years ago ,
i recall listening late one night on "Coast to coast AM with George Noory (nationwide radio talk show)" and George Noory's guest was Jim Morrison's living sister Ann Morrison talking about her rock star brother's legacy
Matt Reed just referred to this am's callers who were critical of Jeb as "the anti-immigrant crowd".
I already commented on WSJ. Editing Mark Twain would be a sacrilege.
He was one of the most prominent social commentators of his, or any,
time. And I ended with, does anyone remember 1984? If we start, we
Seditiously yours, Pat
On Life guards & "Federal" money - Andy Anderson's got it all wrong on the life guard issue. He needs to get into the Obama spirit by getting Brevard's share of the federal "stimulus" bucks to hire people to swim, thus justifying the lifeguard's continued employment. To protect the swimmer's health on the chilly days, additional stimulus funds could be obtained to purchase wet suits, thus stimulating the wet suit manufacturing industry. We're ignoring a truly golden opportunity for prosperity here!
On a similar note, mention was made about
Some people argue that the 401(k) plan is for supplemental income when you retire. If you are able to withdraw the entire amount to invest in a new home or refurbish an older home, it would create thousands of jobs. As far as having money for retirement, the homeowner can take out a reverse mortgage. This would also help the person that is on a limited income. By having a substantial down payment, the monthly payment would be a lot lower. One big problem, the government would have To keep their hands out of it
Another program cut.
We have a lot of money invested in EELs properties and I would hate to see 20 years of taxpayer investments in land and species preservation wasted, did somebody go cover the endangered plant species to make sure the frost didn't kill them, and bring the scrub jays in from the extreme cold?
Seriously, wasn't EELs suppose to be a 10 year program and where is the data to show the program works? It has been 20 years and the fact that we still need the program proves to me the program is a failure.
My theory is that if it were a successful program, these lands and species would no longer be endangered and we should now know how to prevent them from becoming endangered without quarantining areas.
They could save a lot more money if they cut the code enforcement patrolling. I wonder how many miles each vehicle logs at over $3 a gallon.
Any complaint Code Enforcement receives that is NOT an immediate health or safety hazard to the PUBLIC, (not persons visiting or trespassing on the private property as this is not public), should be charged to the complainant. These charges would include code enforcement's mileage at $2.00 a mile (price of gas at $3.00 a gallon in a 16 gallon tank divided by 28 mpg comes out about $1.71 a mile so add 0.29 for vehicle maintenance).