Sunday, February 26, 2017

You've Got That Right

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

And Yet Another Correction...

Unlike certain other administrations, we admit to our mistakes.  Check your directories, first white page under "SPARTA PROGRAMS for 2017."  The date of the March meeting is March 13.

All our proof readers abjectly beg your forgiveness, which is surely to be required again.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Revenge of the Lunch Lady

This article tells of the evolution of a West Virginia school lunch program in a school district with an unlikely heroine, Rhonda McCoy, the Food Services Director.  The article provides background information about the Federal school lunch program, it's complex funding, and the likelihood of devastating changes under the current administration in Washington, DC.  

"How an unassuming bureaucrat outsmarted Jamie Oliver and pulled off an honest-to-god miracle in one of America's unhealthiest cities."

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

"Agitate, agitate, agitate"

“Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” 
                    —Frederick Douglass, 1857, speech in Canandaigua, New York

Friday, February 3, 2017

Grant Applications for Spring

Grant applications for the spring granting cycle are due February 15.  Preferences for grantees will given to groups and organizations that benefit, serve, and promote children, education and seniors.  Contact Janet Swiston at 715-344-5927 if you have questions or need a grant application form.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

"Schools Flush with Cash"

This article from gives a good overview of the common held misconceptions about the state of public education in the United States.  From the economics of funding to testing, it explains and compares how we stand when compared to other developed nations.  This is a good reference when trying to discuss public schools with non-teachers.

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The gym of the former Mackenzie High School in Detroit, June 10, 2012. (Photo by Nitram242/ Qickr CC 2.0