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Ralph Klein has gone and it is time to retire Ralph's World. Thanks to all of you who have supported this venture by contributing material and through your comments. It has been fun.

Should we get another blog underway? Let me know your thoughts by e-mailing me at johnnyslow@gmail.com.

John Slow
January 1, 2007

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

DEMOCRACY EMASCULATED 

Don Massey speaking: (LEGISLATURE Nov. 24/03)
“..... when can parents expect to see a plan to implement class size reduction in this province?”

Lyle Oberg responding:
(After 50 words avoiding the question) “..we have just received that (Learning Commission report) ...we have our processes that we will be going through and we are on line for the date that I initially suggested which is the first part of December.....”

Edmonton Journal Headline Dec. 10/03

SCHOOL FUNDING INCREASES DELAYED

ELK ISLAND PUBLIC BOARD CHAIRWOMAN SPEAKING

Even when they do get their portion of the $37 million, many schools probably won’t be able to hire many more teachers. If - (notice the “if”) - the money was divided equally each student in Alberta would garner about $62 now... a school with 150 students would get $9,300 not enough to hire another staff member...

Bart Johnson spokesman for Alberta Learning:-

“I’m fairly sure the fact that this has taken three weeks to determine exactly what each board should get will not affect students or parents in any way.”

Susan O’Neil, parent advocate:-

“It’s survival of the fittest in a class of thirty, there’s a huge amount of frustration out there.”

So the patient sits in the waiting room getting sicker by the hour while the doctor pretends he has no medicine and asks us all to pretend we don’t know what’s going on.
By Sandy

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