Monday, December 22, 2008

Blogs Not on State Press List

Plaintalker stands accused of not reporting on the AYP report that found Plainfield High School lacking.

First of all, blogs don't routinely get state DOE press releases.

Secondly, here is the report, so if you are all that interested, have at it.

The rather complicated No Child Left Behind legislation, known colloquially by some educators as "Nickleby," is under question and in the Obama presidency may be subject to review. The best way to educate the nation's children is still a work in progress.

Larry Leverett, where are you when we need you? This writer had hoped to see the former Plainfield superintendent and now executive director of the Panasonic Foundation under consideration for the nation's top education post. Alas, the post went to somebody else.

Meanwhile, here in Plainfield we must do our best as we see it.

Besides the high school coming under fire for the AYP, it received the unique statewide designation earlier as the state's only "persistently dangerous" school.

New PHS Principal Brian Bilal has inherited both problems . All high school staff, parents and students must rise to the challenge and prove the state wrong for next year.

Anyone who has a computer can access the DOE web site and not wait on the print media or the infamous blogs to find out what is going on. In fact, both reporters and this blogger prefer to rely on original documents, meaning those untainted, factual assessments of the issues, rather than speculation or gossip.

Please make your Plainfield New Year's resolution to seek the bottom line and inform yourself with facts. Kick the BS to the curb and please don't fall prey to the bloviations of those with ulterior motives.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Notice Dan did not say much either. The school board is all New Dems (except Lisa). Whose fault is that now? They are responsible for oversight! Failing schools reflects on the leadership of the schools. Dan and the New Dems have to wear this!! Now they want to take over the Mayor's office? Please!

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bernice, By operating your volunteer Blog, you have fallen into the bureacratic tangle of the "No Good Deed Gones Unpunished Zone"

Welcome to the Club !!

8:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is a New Dem? Aren't we all democrats? The only reason we need another democratic line is because there is no opposition to the Party Line, and the party line isn't that great.

In the New Year, let's talk as the democrats we are - and if we disagree, we do so as democrats. This New Dems fingerpointing is old, tired and juvenile. Let's get over it and work together for a better Plainfield.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Bernice said...

Good try, Anonymous at 12:18 p.m. But you blew it with that last question.

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no try at all Bernice. Like I said, my comments are meant for you to read, and if you decide to publish for further comments, so be it. But I'm only interested in YOUR opinion, and am merely satisfied with your viewing of my opinion :)

Merry Christmas

12:55 PM  
Blogger Bernice said...

Don't forget, it says right on the blog that you can send feedback, questions, etc. to Plaintalker at the Yahoo address. That has always been there, even before Plaintalker began allowing comments. Hmm. Maybe I should drop back to that option alone.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Allowing no comments would really force those living in and lobbing from anonymity to reveal themselves and claim and stand by their views. Would that no be the "change" we need. Go for it, Bernice.

5:19 PM  
Anonymous joanna cassidy said...

yes bernice,just use the comments from people,who can come up with a real name.why hide behind a computer.and send nasty comments.

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They hide behind anonymous because they are hiding from themselves. Bernice,make that your New Year's resolution. Force people to reveal themselves and stand by their views and comments with their names. Especially when they attack other people.

10:10 AM  

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