Monday, June 20, 2005

Daily Duty

  • Well, apparently it's special education and kids-with-disabilities day at the Strib office. The nefarious Katherine Kersten proves she could have a bleeding heart if she really wanted to; Nick Coleman offers a gloomy take on Holy Angels, a school that according to him hates kids with special needs (psych: they don't have the facilities and booted out a young man with muscular dystrophy, yet accepted his able-bodied twin brother). And in one of the Strib's famous synergasmic moments, they tie it all to a state auditor report on education funding in this fine state, because special education spending has risen more than 30 percent in the past few years, while funding from our state's leaders (read: Teflon Tim Pawlenty) has been frozen or laughably underfunded (laughably, that is, if it wasn't so tragic).
  • Slow down, people! Twenty is plenty!
  • Last week, Vulcanus Rex - leader of St. Paul's notoriously annoying and misogynistic Vulcan Krewe - plead guilty to groping three female servers at a bar. Those dudes just need to get a clue...and drop the 10 a.m. fire truck runs to Billy's. Laura Billings offers a few other tips.
  • Another sign of the apocalypse: Soucheray covers Michael Jackson.
  • Self-congratulatory message: City Pages lists The Pie-Eyed Picayune among its Minnesota blogs. For we are jolly good fellas.


Anti-Everyting said...

After reading the article about Holy Angels I contacted a couple of Holy Angels alumns that I know and it turns out that Holy Angels doesn't have any problems with funding, the donations keep rolling in.

The problem is that making the school accessible to any student who wants to go there is not a main priority. The school actually only has one elevator, and its the kind where you swing open a big wooden door and then slide a folding metal gate sideways to get in, also the elevator doesn't even go to the fourth floor.

But instead of using their money to remedy this problem they installed sports turf on thier football field, built a dome to go over their football field so that it can be used year round, and completely redesigned the entire about a catholic institution having thier priorities in the right place.

PiedPiper said...
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PiedPiper said...

I have some friends who went to Holy Angels as well (and I played high school sports against them growing up). Money certainly isn't the problem there. Of course, it does raise the question: How much should a private school invest to cater toward an extreme minority of their population? Should a school be handicapped accessible? Certainly. Many private schools aren't, and would need to build brand new facilities since their buildings tend to be historic. There's also the fact that many big donors often earmark their cash so it goes to particular items or events (i.e. new turf for the football field). I don't mean to be a Holy Angels apologist; there's really no reason they should have told the kid he couldn't go. There are usually larger forces at work, however.