“We think it would be better if the MEA would focus on academics rather than social engineering.”
The MEA is a labor union and as such stands up for the rights of its members. As any group, this one has a right to express their opinion about anything. To say they should limit their comments to one subject or another is contrary to the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution and smacks of censorship at its worse. Even in the matters of political campaigns, the nation's highest court in Buckley v. Valeo, observed:
"In the free society ordained by our constitution, it is not the government, but the people--individually as citizens and candidates and collectively as associations and political committees--who must retain control over the quantity and range of debate on public issues in a political campaign."
So as you can see, Mr. LePage and Ms.Conley, the MEA(ssociation) in voicing their opinion in this campaign have retained their control over the quantity and range of debate on an important public issue. Sorry if this expression offends you in any way. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_sTN2ovvFhWREhkSDNWeS1yb00/edit#
In releasing this statement to the press, Senator Collins should be ashamed.
MSHA learned of these debacles last January. Under then Executive Director Dale McCormick, MSHAs immediately reorganized the inspection process and created a totally new division to inspect the units taken back from vendor agencies who administered them for MSHA. Additionally more than 28 persons were hired, (with additional inspectors still being hired), and the units publicized were totally rehabbed. All of these corrections were initiated and finished under Dale McCormick and HUD was so notified. HUD informed MSHA it was aware that the deficiencies had been corrected and they (HUD) would not publish their report, since it was no longer accurate. However, HUD did send a copy of the report to Senator Collins who, feigning outrage, used it for politcal gain while trampling over many hard working people's honor.
Senator Collins, have you no shame?
There is no question that "standards-based education will set aside 'traditional methods of instruction' used to educate students since the late 1800s". Neither is there any question that a change is desperately needed. The disturbing question remains: Is standard-based education the best model in existence to replace the century+ old industrial model?
I am anxious as I watch this change approach us like a Tsunami that seemingly cannot be stopped. My anxiety is increased when I read such articles as Teacher: One (maddening) day working with the Common Core, in the Washington Post.(http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/teacher-one-madden... commoncore/2012/03/15/gIQA8J4WUS_blog.html).
Simply because this system will replace an old worn out system is not sufficient reason that it should be embraced. Are there better models out there, which are being ignored (e.g., Finland, Singapore)? Are we racing headlong into this drastic change, thus possibly putting our students at risk, in a disguised attempt to acquire federal money (i.e., the Race to the Top)?
It is past time that we apply a little braking, not enough to stop, but enough to slow a bit and proceed cautiously. There are many wrinkles in the common cores; wrinkles big enough to wreck an already damaged system.
Thank you for helping me to believe that cool and logical thinking and action will prevail in extinguishing the firestorm in which MSHA finds itself.
Your use of the term "apparently" together with your acceptance and recital of as yet unsubstantiated allegations is of concern to any truth seeker. As you are aware allegations have been made and are now being thoroughly investigated. To make any conclusions at this point based on allegations only is to become a member of a lynch mob out to hang based on current appearances
promulgated by continuous shouts via all media. As a taxpayer, I also am watching this play out, but I will await the investigation's completion prior to any venturing any conclusion let alone partaking in indignant condemnation.
What bothers me most is not that LePage wants his own in that office, but that he wants HIS office to have control over the entire doings of MSHA. He now is having Bills drawn up to that end. This flies in the face of what our legislators intended and can only bode darkly for the future of MSHA.
I am happy to hear that you are not saying MSHA has mishandled state money without real supporting evidence. What I am saying, is, in my opinion, they have not. At this stage I do not look for or offer supporting evidence because none has been offered either way.
Refering to 98 or '02, it has NOT been that long. In fact, as you well know, MSHA undergoes audits from many state and federal entities several times every year and there has never been even a hint of trouble....until Poliquin and LePage (my opinion again) launched their campaign to unseat Ms. McCormick and take executive control of the organization.
The so called vendor's list that everyone is screaming about was posted before MSHA could supply pertinent explanatory data (note that most the list goes back to pre-McCormick era). That data should now be available, but I do not expect it to be published broadly since it takes the sensationalism away from the posted incomplete data.
Yes, the turnpike authority fiasco has validated the legitimacy of these types of concerns, but we would do well to wait for the facts before condemning anyone or anything. To date no facts have been uncovered to warrant more than an explanation--one that is being offered. Do you not agree that the yelling for McCormick's blood is, at the least, premature? At most I can see that McCormick's policies might be in conflict with the current administration's, but that does not rise to the level required for her to be removed. That is how our Legislature planned it and I believe they did well in their legislation.
By the way, I accept your sideways apology for name calling. Let us both beware that trap.
Now, I say, in all sincerity: Have a good day.
Joe: You seem pretty adept at putting out verbiage. How about taking some in--with thought. In other words, please learn how to carefully read and then realize that name calling is the mark of the ignorant.
Nathan: First, we must remove all from the list who got there prior to Ms. McCormick's tenure as director. Second, we must ask for and receive explanations for any that remain and appear questionable. On this second point I believe all is very transparent and above board.
Yes, Mr. Poliquin is having issues over his condo development in Popham, an endeavor on his part that contradicts the Constitution of this state that prohibits the State treasurer for engaging in such endeavors while in office. Talk about someone being caught violating his/her trust.