Sunday, January 16, 2011

WY Republicans waffling taking on Conservatism

Republican Legislatures reach for smaller government ideals but still clinging to progressive philosophy of excuses.

Wyoming Legislature set to look at 'what would happen if we told the Fed's NO?' in taking money 'for education' but still not ready to let go of those 'programs' ... not the money either.

As Borchardt of the Trib reports:
The discussion whether to refuse funds has been happening since 2002. "If that's something we truly want to do as a state, we need to learn what it entails," Harshman said. "There's a lot of talk -- let's at least have some facts."

Harshman isn't sure he'd like to see money collected from Wyoming taxpayers for the programs go to other states. Many regulations and provisions are tied into the programs, Harshman said, and they need to be studied before taking action.
So 8 years has not been enough time to figure out that playing puppet to the Federal mandates in education is a bad idea?
What is it exactly that we need to study in order to make a decision?
How much money schools won't get if Wyoming actually DOES take a stance for preserving state sovereignty and giving responsibility back to the people (parents) rather than continue to let bureaucratic suits - whether in D.C. or in Cheyenne - decide what is best for children by making puppets out of schools and teachers?

If progressive ideals are going to cause indecision in movement toward conservatism, then the Wyoming Republican "GOP" surely is doomed to witness their own self-administered quartering.

A Republican legislature that can't make a decision without first finding an excuse to not make one is a legislature that is driven by fear - indecisive and weak.  Too progressive and not enough liberty.

Schools that are dominated by legislation IS the problem.  It's not about who pays for it - we ALL already for it ... but a Republican Legislature and School teacher in Casper, Steve Harshman  "isn't sure he'd like to see money collected from Wyoming taxpayers for the programs go to other states."

If we are to fix education at all - we have to be willing to gladly say good-bye to the dominating forces mob-style 'incentives' of political monetary thuggery.

If you want the bully out of the classroom - get rid of Uncle Sam.

For example : The PAWS test (which Wyoming adopted because some suits told No Child Left Behind 'Yes - we will do as you say') has cost $78 million since its start.
For a test?  North and South Dakota told NCLB 'NO' and have administered their own tests for a collective cost of less than $10 million.
Shoot - a test?  I can write-ya a test!  Cost?  ONE million bucks with results much more timely than the 5 month wait for PAWS.  No - really.  One Million.  The test is called : LIFE.
It's a pass / fail test.
That's one idea that would remove bureaucracy from the classroom, return responsibility to parents, students, teachers (in that order) and save $77 million.

Yet even Cindy Hill - Superintendent of Public Instruction - is prepared to tell the Fed NO but still willing to retain all of the programs that the Fed has deemed necessary?
"If we need anything for our kids, we just ask our legislators ... they are like-minded. They want the best for our kids. They will fully fund anything that we know that we need for our kids, truly need. Why would we go to the feds? We're a state that doesn't need to."  She said programs would not necessarily be cut but could be funded with state funds.
If Wyoming is to unleash her real potential, Wyoming has got to cut the ties and connections of all things progressive, liberal and modern day Republican.

An analogous Image indeed.
Cut the ties of the worst kind or die a slow horrible death.
Is this vitriolic?

So a program has the facts come back - then what?  Then we know for sure it is bad and we wasted a whole mess of time and money or the results come back and politicians like some programs and others need more help and some need more resources and it's for the kids and really - it's not so bad playing puppet to the federal doctrine as long as Wyoming gets a whole mess of money.

It is not the role of government to be responsible to educate children - that is the responsibility of the parent(s) and the student.  It is the desired duty of the state to provide a free and public education - true - that ideals goes all the back to founding father (Father of Education) Benjamin Rush.  Ok - so we start there and support public education - let us also then return to teaching the bible in schools, as Benjamin Rush insisted that it be so.

It is true that the system of education is broken - that is the exact problem - it is a governmental system.  Education can be provided by the people - that does not mean it is controlled by red tape and scotch scented suits.  Government has turned education into a systematic web of collusion.  Education has become more about political favors between adults in creating meaningless jobs than it is about its true purpose, to educate children.

Bill targets facts about federal education funding in Wyoming
by Jackie Borchardt
... Legislation that would investigate the effects of not accepting federal funding for programs in kindergarten through 12th grade has been proposed by Reps. Steve Harshman, R-Casper ...
... "If that's something we truly want to do as a state, we need to learn what it entails," Harshman said. "There's a lot of talk -- let's at least have some facts.
Harshman isn't sure he'd like to see money collected from Wyoming taxpayers for the programs go to other states. Many regulations and provisions are tied into the programs, Harshman said, and they need to be studied before taking action.
The idea to reject funding rumbled throughout last year's legislative committee hearings and the election of a new state superintendent. Cindy Hill was skeptical of federal funding during her campaign and said she was discussing refusal of federal money during an interview with Big Horn Radio Network on Jan. 6
"If we need anything for our kids, we just ask our legislators," Hill said in the interview. "They are like-minded. They want the best for our kids. They will fully fund anything that we know that we need for our kids, truly need. Why would we go to the feds? We're a state that doesn't need to."

Related in Name Only


with 50 Republicans and 10 Democrats sitting in the WY legislature do the people want conservatism compromised?

Resource : Education and the Founding Fathers 
Resource : Benjamin Rush

Flashback : 2008 : Steve Harshman, a Republican from Casper, grabbed the final home-run ball at the 85-year-old Yankee Stadium

Audit: PAWS test expensive, not fully utilized


Quality Rankings of Education in the Fifty States


Wyoming Tribune Eagle - Opinion -
Dumping PAWS not worth the cost


David Barton : God: Missing in Action from American History

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