Keeping his eye on the news and offering commentaries and insights on what is happening in Oakland County, around the world, on the tube and in the news.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
So, Tiger, you're sorry, wow!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
School count days versus snow days
they get their money. That is the way the state divides its pot of
school money, giving it on a per pupil basis. Makes a lot of sense,
But when everyone knows that a potentially big snowstorm is coming on
school count days, should districts have the right and ability to
switch the count day.
Otherwise, I imagine some superintendents might want to cancel class
so that a large percentage don't simply stay home because they can't
dig out or don't want to travel across a snow-covered city.
And with cities, townships and counties cutting back on snow plowing
and salting, it's even harder sometimes to get out of your neighborhood.
I would not be surprised if school leaders are planning preemptive
snow days today to avoid a possible conflict if some people can't
make it to school, when they normally might want to hold off a
decision until early morning or else might take a 'grin-and-bear-it'
And if school is closed on Wednesday and the count day is pushed
until Thursday, do they run into the same problem, some not being
able to make the trip into school?
Remember, every dollar counts nowadays.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
News online, in print
versions or on computers. And computers are winning in this one glance.
Recently, I paid a visit to my daughter's kindergarten class for a
"Donuts for Dad" ceremony, in which the children put on a show,
shared what they do and then gave the dad a donut. (Hope didn't like
my repeatedly calling the event Dads for Donuts, which seemed to
carry more of a political calling. I'm already out of touch.)
Part of the ceremony was for a description of each child's dad to be
read out by the teacher, and for the dads to try to guess which one
was their child's explanation of what dad likes.
I picked out mine, based on having taken her to a basketball game.
One of the questions each child had been asked about their dad was,
What does he do when he gets home. About three or four answered,
Reads the paper.
A few watched TV.
More than a dozen answered, Works on the computer.
I may be wrong, but I'm guessing that in my daughter's class, more
parents are reading their news online than get it in the paper each
day, a trend that's only increasing.
I was happy to hear some are still reading the paper when they get
home, but I know where this is going.
Of course, the two sides do merge often, and last night, I had that
happen as I waited for Hope outside of dance class.
In the hall, one father was talking to two other parents about a
story in that day's edition of The Oakland Press, a story about
students from Troy Athens High School linking up for a discussion
with astronauts at the International Space Station. The man with the
paper noted that a video of the interaction could be seen at the
papers Web site, at which time I decided to join the conversation.