Friday, October 23, 2009

More on Furlough Fridays

I don't know about you, but I'm disappointed with the relatively low number of teachers who bothered to show up at today's Furlough Fridays protest rally at the state capitol. The news put the number of protesters at 800, however since several hundred of the demonstrators were keikis (kids) and non-teacher parents, the actual count of teachers would fall in the 500-600 range. That's out of more than 9,000(?) public school teachers on the island? Even with the national news media covering Furlough Fridays?

Speaking of national news coverage, ABC News characterized Furlough Fridays as a ploy by Hawaii teachers to preserve their jobs. In the same breath they insist the better option would be to assign teachers more students per classroom, and fire excess teachers. This is the kinda stuff the nation is hearing from these know-it-alls who in ancient days the Hawaiians would have tossed into an active volcano as a token of hospitality. Ridiculous.

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