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scott gibson

paynesville, MN
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6 years 25 weeks

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Posted on 06/06/11 at 02:38 pm in response to Four-day school weeks produce negligible savings, report says

One reason that extra-curriculars are not often slashed in budgets: competition. I teach in a rural district that is moving to a 4-day week next year. If we were to slash extra-curricular offerings, parents would be more likely to open enroll their students to other districts, costing us even more dollars. It is a risky move. Every district is in competition for student bodies. If your programs don't match up with your neighboring districts, your enrollment will suffer. I am not...

Posted on 06/06/11 at 07:33 pm in response to Four-day school weeks produce negligible savings, report says

Ray,
I can concur that many districts, like mine, air condition only parts of their buildings. Oftentimes those are not classrooms. Also, your prep school experience may be laudatory, but is it a realistic model for the vast majority of young people who will be educated by public schools? Is there anything near the will of the public to have that kind of school as a norm? I doubt it. The agrarian school calendar persists despite many decades of folks saying it should be eliminated...

Posted on 03/22/11 at 06:27 pm in response to Education funding bill is packed with political dynamite

Ron,
Minnesota has had open enrollment for many years. Minnesota has post-secondary options and free online schools. Most high schools offer college credit courses for their students free of charge. Nothing is stopping you from 'releasing' your kids from 'failing schools'. Of course, much of the movement is for less than lofty reasons, such as sports. There is plenty of choice in education today.

Be honest. What you want is all of your tax dollars back. You no...

Posted on 12/23/10 at 11:21 pm in response to What's Pawlenty's legacy? Some surprising answers

For me, Pawlenty's legacy will be one of insincerity and 'meanness'. He holds grudges and refers to those he feels are his enemies through clenched teeth and a false smile. As an example, in an outgoing interview on MPR this morning, Timmy felt it necessary to single out the teachers' union as one of his most evil adversaries. Minnesota is regarded as having one of the best public school systems in the nation. You'd never know that by listening to anything Pawlenty has said during his...

Posted on 11/30/10 at 12:54 pm in response to ShelbyFest propels WCCO to first 10 p.m. demo win in 24 years

I'm sure CBS, not Don Shelby, decided the shape of the news broadcast. People tuned in because they USED to watch Shelby give the news with those other people. If they are like me, they have probably abandoned much of TV news because of how inconsequential, un-newsy, or sensationalized it has become, without regard to a particular channel. They are all varying degrees of BAD. And, for myself, this includes the cable news outlets, which have polarized a portion of our country without...

Posted on 11/17/10 at 08:16 pm in response to Local radio ratings: Who the 25-to-54s listen to

Tofoya is a buzzkill in the afternoon. MPR rules the morning for me: reliable, accurate and even-handed (not bashing one side or the other is not a sign of bias). And is it any surprise that stations that basically talk nothing but extreme politics will get virtually no female listeners. It's a guy-thing.

Posted on 11/12/10 at 10:51 pm in response to Did Minnesotans lie to KSTP's pollster?

Horner and the off-year election cycle are the wild cards. Any poll about who might have voted for Horner is left wanting. We don't know who did or were going to, but then changed their mind about voting for Horner. We don't know the breakdowns and never will. And we don't know how many didn't even feel excited enough to vote in the first place. I think all of this year's votes were fraught with the uncertainty of a populace that didn't know itself what it was going to do.

Posted on 11/12/10 at 10:47 pm in response to Emmer chooses donor Tafoya for first one-on-one post-election interview

Tafoya's political slant is one reason I will not listen to her show. While I enjoy Don Shelby in small bites, I also pretty much avoided his radio show as well. It had a different slant. WCCO was the leader when it has personalities like Cannon or Boone & Erickson. I don't need sports folks like Tafoya or Barreiro or Dark Star or etc. to inform me about politics. They have given away that authority.

Nice review, Britt. Chris is a true master. "No Love Today" is yet another great song. His use of a kickboard to accompany himself is a technique adopted by others, such as Ray Bonneville.

Posted on 11/06/10 at 11:11 pm in response to Fox9's Collins channels Fox News

Collins should go back where she came from. Fox9 has made it impossible at their website to comment on her performance. It is this kind of stuff that made me long ago decide not to watch any cable news network. This is making heat instead of light. It is coldly cynical and partisan. No one is being informed. Biases are being catered to. We are all diminished.