School Director Sticks Up For Forgotten Taxpayer

Penn Delco School Director Lisa Esler has laid out in a letter to the Delaware County Daily Times an excellent set of priorities for  protecting the Forgotten Taxpayer in Pennsylvania that  includes eliminating the prevailing wage on all school, municipal, county and state construction and banning teacher strikes.

Hat tip Bob Guzzardi who notes that he would add  natural gas production to lead to lower energy costs and a higher standard of living for including more jobs and a cleaner environment.

Off The Internet — Best Smart Ass Answers

Courtesy of Cathy Craddock

The Best Smart Ass Answers


It was mealtime during an airline flight.
‘Would you like dinner?’, the flight attendant asked John, seated in front.
‘What are my choices?’ John asked.
‘Yes or no,’ she replied.


A flight attendant was stationed at the departure gate to check tickets. As a man approached, she extended her hand for the ticket and he opened his trench coat and flashed her.
Without missing a beat, she said, ‘Sir, I need to see your ticket, not your stub.’


A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store but she couldn’t find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, ‘ Do these turkeys get any bigger?’
The stock boy replied, ‘No ma’am, they’re dead…’


The police officer got out of his car as the kid who was stopped for speeding rolled down his window. ‘I’ve been waiting for you all day,’ the officer said.
The kid replied, Yeah, well I got here as fast as I could.’
When the cop finally stopped laughing, he sent the kid on his way without a ticket.


A truck driver was driving along on the freeway and noticed a sign that read: Low Bridge Ahead. Before he knows it, the bridge is right in front of him and his truck gets wedged under it. Cars are backed up for miles.
Finally a police car comes up. The cop gets out of his car and walks to the truck driver, puts his hands on his hips and says, ‘Got stuck, huh?’
The truck driver says, ‘No, I was delivering this bridge and I ran out of gas.’


A college teacher reminds her class of tomorrow’s final exam. ‘Now class, I won’t tolerate any excuses for you not being here tomorrow. I might consider a nuclear attack or a serious personal injury, illness, or a death in your immediate family, but that’s it, no other excuses whatsoever!’
A smart-ass student in the back of the room raised his hand and asked, ‘What would you say if tomorrow I said I was suffering from complete and utter sexual exhaustion?’
The entire class is reduced to laughter and snickering. When silence was restored, the teacher smiled knowingly at the student, shook her head and sweetly said, ‘Well, I guess you’d have to write the exam with your other hand.’


A woman is standing nude looking in the bedroom mirror. She is not happy with what she sees and says to her husband, ‘I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly… I really need you to pay me a compliment.’
The husband replies, ‘Your eyesight’s damn near perfect


Fresh Grocer To Become Shop Rite

The Fresh Grocer in the Drexeline Shopping Center, Drexel Hill, Pa. is going to become a Shop Rite, if you haven’t heard.

The good news is that Shop Rite is great. The bad news is that you could sure save a lot of money on those Fresh Grocer coupons mailed to card holders.

The Greatest Teacher

Courtesy of Cathy Domizio

Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a Military History teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock , Arkansas , did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks in her classroom.   When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.

‘Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?’

She replied, ‘You can’t have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.’

They thought, ‘Well, maybe it’s our grades.’

‘No,’ she said.

‘Maybe it’s our behavior.’

She told them, ‘No, it’s not even your behavior.’

And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom.

Kids called their parents to tell them what was happening and by early afternoon television news crews had started gathering at the school to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.

The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the deskless classroom, Martha Cothren said, ‘Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he or she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.’

At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it.

Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in uniform, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.

Martha said, ‘You didn’t earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. They went halfway around the world, giving up their education and interrupting their careers and families so you could have the freedom you have.

Now, it’s up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. don’t ever forget it.’

By the way, this is a true story. And this teacher was awarded Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year for the state of Arkansas in 2006. She is the daughter of a WWII POW.

State Trying To Figure Out How To Spend Even More

The Special Education Funding Commission recently held a hearing in Bucks County to discuss the costs of educating students with special needs in Pennsylvania, said State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).

The commission, formed as a result of Act 3 of 2013, is made up of appointed House and Senate members, the secretaries of Education and Budget, and the deputy secretary for elementary and special education. It has been tasked with developing a new formula for distributing state funding for special education to Pennsylvania school districts.

Currently, funding is distributed based on an estimate that special education students make up 16 percent of the overall student population in each school district. This formula does not take into account a growing number of schools with greater special education funding needs, nor does it account for those schools with fewer needs.

The commission has until fall to recommend a new funding formula to more effectively pay for special education throughout the state.

Cryptowit Puzzle 8-9-13

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Herman Melville

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Online College Students Becoming Pa Grant Eligible

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is launching a pilot program to extend state grant benefits to the growing number of students pursuing college degrees online, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).

The pilot program is a step toward modernizing the Pennsylvania State Grant program to better serve the needs of students, as the grant program is currently only available to students who earn 50 percent or less of their college credits online, Cox said. Under the pilot program, students earning up to 100 percent of their credits online may qualify for grant assistance if they are attending a participating Pennsylvania school and otherwise meet grant program qualifications.

Applications from qualified higher education institutions are due by mid-September; PHEAA will then review the grant applications of students who were turned down for state grants because they exceeded the 50 percent threshold for online education. Students who qualify for grant funding under the pilot program will be notified later this fall, likely in November. Students need not take any other action at this time.

The five-year pilot program is being funded through PHEAA earnings and will not impact the traditional state grant program.

Cryptowit Puzzle 8-8-13

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Answer to yesterday’s puzzle:Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.
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