So. The only reason I’ve been resisting July is because its arrival signifies the proximity of the present to my next birthday.
1. The Columbus Dispatch with an interesting breakdown of the now-legal Ohio budget.
2. If you remember that the U.S. Supreme Court decided some case on race and school assignments, but you’re not sure what it said or why it mattered? Try this Q&A from the Wall Street Journal. This SCOTUSBlog commentary by Lyle Denniston explains the importance of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s concurring opinion (important for those of us who never quite got what a concurring opinion really meant). Here’s an article on how Cincinnati Public Schools is taking the decision in stride – with no comment from Rosa Blackwell, wife of Republican and defeated GOP candidate for Ohio governor in November 2006, Ken Blackwell.
3. Bill Sloat forgot to mention how titillating Buffalo Gals Won’t You Come Out Tonight (and dance by the light of the moon) is and was, even nearly 163 years ago when it first hit the dance floors (it’s even got a line in it about a girl having a hole in her stocking, a la Joni Mitchell). Peter Bronson needn’t worry about that federal money Ohio won’t get for abstinence only education: it’s not going to pass the Congress anyway.
4. Paul Lambert at Save the Hilliard Schools has this excellent “show your work” post about one district’s teacher pay. The only thing I would like Paul to add is whether this is a good or bad thing, deserved or not deserved. I gather the implication is that it’s outrageous, or something. But – I’m not sure. Paul?
5. Mayor Bruce H. Akers, anyone from Pepper Pike or surrounding communities: this issue will be coming back. We said so when it got torpedoed a few years ago and with the way house sales aren’t going right now? You can bet it will be back. I drove past what it looks like on Liberty Road down to Twinsburg – very, very nice. And very unobtrusive.
6. Why isn’t anyone asking or reporting on what precisely James Beasley, ODOT director, is going to say has to give, given his comment that ODOT has promised to do $1.2 billion dollars more work that it can afford? And what does this sentence in the article mean:
James G. Beasley noted the deficit is another $7 billion for projects without financial commitments, including the Brent Spence Bridge that carries Interstates 71 and 75 across the Ohio River. Early estimates top $3 billion for that project alone.
Is a financial commitment an appropriation? So the total deficit for work promised is $8.2 BILLION? How can that be, when before Beasley came in, the annual budget for ODOT (annual, not biennual) was only $2.2 billion?
This stuff comprises our state’s infrastructure, yes? Someone should know this stuff, yes? Someone does, presumably, yes? Just not us, yes?
7. Did you know that 121 schools opted out of U.S. News and World Report’s annual college round-up? Meanwhile, bloggers and others interested in law school rankings have devised alternatives to the USNWR’s rankings. Clever kids, those law school students.
8. I have a better idea: give your money to a fund so that your classmates can do public interest law while you’re out cruising and boozing. Duh.
9. Law students and lawyers are emotional wrecks. This is news to anyone?
10. In favor of community-based radio stations. I don’t know much about this topic, but given what’s happening with cable franchising, maybe such community-based options become more important?
11. Last but definitely not least is the New York Times Magazine article about Wikipedia. My school district has banned the middle schoolers from using it (it’s blocked).
I decided this morning that I’m going to start telling people that I’m 50, just to hear them say, “But you don’t look 50.”