As Newtown, Connecticut laid the last three of their tiny victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings to rest, the nation’s attention was turned to gun control. The President acknowledged that not every incident like Lanza’s heart-breaking massacre of twenty of the most defenseless citizens of the country would be prevented, but “the fact that this problem is complex, can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing.”
According to recent news stories, Arlington ISD’s School Board was urged by two prominent Arlington residents — both members of the NRA — to allow teachers with licenses to carry concealed weapons. Neither Dallas ISD, nor any other northeast Texas school district, appears inclined to join that particular bandwagon. Arlington Board president, Peter Baron, is not in support of the idea and doesn't believe the school board will be, either.
Dallas ISD Board and Superintendent Mike Miles, on the other hand, have other more pressing concerns facing them as the new year dawns and the school year resumes after the holidays. Two areas of concern appear to be the “monetizing” of standardized testing and whether or not, then consultant Mike Miles, the Superintendent had the authority to hire and/or fire school personnel in April 2012, prior to his contracted hire date in July 2012. Both these issues are summarized, addressed, and commented upon by Board Trustee Carla Ranger on recent entries to her blog.
Hope all have had a warm and peaceful holiday. Wish all a prosperous and happy 2013!