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Please do not ask how well this works.

The state of Pennsylvania is one of the two or three states in the country that does not have a state mechanism for funding schools. Essentially, each year school districts go to the state capital separately and ask their local representatives to fight each other over an unspecified, unbudgeted amount of pocket change that might possibly be used to some degree to fund the schools in the state. Please do not ask how well this works.

Finally, the state is being sued.

...continue reading "State of PA sets education standards, refuses to permit cities to implement them. Cities sue."

Robin Williams, July 21, 1951-August 11, 2014

When I was a boy my father introduced me to Chaplin, and Benny, and Hope. I discovered Jonathan Winters and Red Skelton and Louis Nye and Paul Lynde and Robin Williams and The National Lampoon and SCTV on my own; and when I say "on my own" I mean television and radio, much of it late night, some of it afternoon talk shows, some of it those chance encounters that, as a kid, you think are a secret message only you are receiving. Then you discover that "rare" album you've been playing to death has sold 200 million copies worldwide or something.

Just as my dad introduced me to some funny people, we'll tell others they should check out Robin Williams. There's no doubt they'll like him; his range was so wide there's something for everybody.

Many great pieces written in the past hours on this subject, but I encourage you to read this one by Paul F. Tompkins.