Big B Zone Radio Program Stack of Stuff (2/16/2007)

         I recently did a Radio Show as a contestant for the Dave Glover Show Survivor contest.  I mentioned a few things from my “Stack of Stuff” and I promised to post them . 

        PLEASE go to the 97.1 FM Talk Websitesign up to be an Insider, and vote for me in the Dave Glover Show Survivor contest (voting ends Friday, 2/23/2007 at Noon CST).   As promised, here are links to my stack of stuff . . .

CHIEF ILLINIWEK CONTROVERSY                                                             

Chief Illiniwek’s last dance set for Feb. 21
By Christine Des Garennesof the Champaign-Urbana, IL News Gazette
       Friday, February 16, 2007

ST. LOUIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN DISARRAY                                          

Statement by Gov. Blunt on St. Louis Public Schools
      Gov. Matt Blunt, Missouri Governor
       Thursday, February 15, 2007

State Board of Education Reinstates “Transitional
School District” for the St. Louis Public Schools

      Missouri State Board of Education Official Statement about the Takeover Decision
       Thursday, February 15, 2007

Let’s Get Real
      St. Louis Post-Dispatch Commentary (read below)
       Friday, February 2, 2007

      We understand the concerns of the hundreds of people who packed a three-hour public hearing earlier this week to voice their opposition to a pending state intervention in the running of the St. Louis Public School district. To many parents, teachers and others who care deeply about the district, the idea of the state essentially nullifying the elected School Board and giving partial control of the schools to an appointed committee seems sacrilegious.But let’s get real.
    Given the district’s dire straits and tumultuous history, decisive action needs to be taken. A transitional school district is the best of several options to address the multitude of problems facing St. Louis public schools. Outrage against the plan is misplaced.
    Opponents of the transitional school district have argued that it disenfranchises voters. It’s true that under the plan, the elected School Board would be stripped of its decision-making power. The board’s governing functions would be taken over by a three-member appointed committee. The important point is that the transitional school district is temporary. State intervention is what it is: a last-ditch course of treatment designed to resuscitate a critically ill patient. The School Board repeatedly has failed to carry out its responsibilities and now emergency measures are required to restore the district to good health. Accreditation, finances and student achievement need to be addressed immediately.
    As for all the sturm and drang at the meeting this week, where was that passion and concern last spring when there was a school board election? We hope interest remains high and that future elections attract more than the scant, scandalous 12 percent of voters who turned out last time.
    Education officials and community leaders are acting responsibly by stepping in and taking decisive action when they see a school district in crisis; it is their duty to do so. Ultimate responsibility for ensuring that children in Missouri receive a decent education belongs to the state Board of Education.
    Critics of the transitional school district have asked for more time. But the district’s problems, which include a looming financial crisis, declining academic achievement, unstable leadership and falling enrollment, are long-standing. Too much time has passed already; childhood is fleeting.
    Some have pinned their hopes on Superintendent Diana Bourisaw. They want to give her more time to turn the district around. We wish we had more confidence in her ability to do so. But the district’s problems are so long-standing, deep-rooted and systemic that no one person, however gifted, can turn it around in a matter of months.
    To Mayor Francis Slay and Gov. Matt Blunt we have this to say: You’ve heard the anger, distrust, disappointment, frustration, loss of faith, sense of betrayal – much of it directed at you. You can’t let your shrillest critics stop you from carrying forward the hard, unpopular work ahead. But neither can you ignore the serious message beneath the shrillness. The stakes are high; we’ve all had enough of failure. It’s up to you to exercise due diligence by selecting men and women to the appointed board who have the best interests of St. Louis schoolchildren at heart and who are willing and capable of doing the job well. Don’t let the schoolchildren down.

    Section: Editorial
Page: C10
Copyright (c) 2007 St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Statement by Gov. Blunt on St. Louis Public Schools
       Missouri Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education Core Data As Submitted by
       Missouri Public Schools
       November 29, 2006

O’Brien Needs To Resign
      Resignation Petition for Veronica O’Brien, St. Louis Public School Board Pres.
       January 31, 2007

2005 MO Schools in School Improvement and Restructuring
      Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education –
        No Child Left Behind Data
       August 02, 2006

 A Recipe for Failure:
A Year of Reform and Chaos in the St. Louis Public Schools

      Marilyn Ayres-Salamon
        Published by Trafford on Demand Publications
       Published March 30, 2006

DEMOCRATS’ ANTI-TROOPS RESOLUTIONS, ETC.                                 Senate to Stay in Session This Weekend for Iraq Resolution Vote
      Fox News Channel Story by Major Garrett and Trish Turner
        Thursday, February 15, 2007

 Quotes From the House Iraq Debate
      Associated Press Story via Fox News Channel
        Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Iraq The Model
     Online Blog by Mohammad & Omar, longtime residents of Baghdad, Iraq  
       Provides Updates on the Troop Surge & other things in Iraq not Covered by   
Ancient Media

Congressman Murtha Crafts Bill to Prevent Iraq Troop Deployments
      By Greg Simmons of Fox News Channel
        Friday, February 16, 2007

 House Passes Resolution Opposing Bush’s Plan to Send More Troops to Iraq
      By Fox News Channel’s FOX News’ Major Garrett & Jim Mills, and the Associated Press
        Friday, February 16, 2007

WAR ON TERROR                                                                                       American Citizen Charged With Training in Somalia With Al Qaeda, Learning to Become Homicide Bomber
      By Ian McCaleb of Fox News Channel
       Click Here to Read the Criminal Complaint (pdf )
        Wednesday, February 14, 2007

ANCIENT MEDIA NEWS                                                                                     

New Mexico Radio Station Won’t Use ‘Unnamed Officials’ Quotes in News
      NewsBusters Online Blog Posted by Warner Todd Huston
        Friday, February 16, 2007

 LOCAL EVENTS PROMOTED ON THE BIG B ZONE                               The St. Ferdinand Catholic Church Fish Fry
The Best Fish Fry in St. Louis!
      Fridays from 3:00 – 7:00pm in the St. Ferdinand Catholic School Cafeteria
      Florissant, MO


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