For the past two weeks we have been discussing virtual schools. I have tried to explain how technology is being used locally to meet the needs of student learners. This week I want to expand the conversation to the bigger picture and talk about what is happening at the state level.
With a partial government shutdown underway, many Americans are wondering if our representatives are comprised of the most cantankerous and contrary politicians in history. As always, some context proves helpful.
During 17 years of working in the world of our state and national legislatures, I learned firsthand that while writing law can be messy, it is not necessarily a bad process. It may be unappetizing, but that does not mean it is broken and should be discarded.
I’m writing this to the surviving members of the Ringleka family and the greater Stanton community. In 1999, members of the Ringleka family were robbed of a father and husband and the community lost a leader. One of the people responsible for this was my then estranged father, Weldon Lee Mosby, Carla Ringleka and two hired hit men from Detroit.
Last week I introduced the topic of virtual schools and I admitted that it is a challenging topic to address in the amount of space that I have. This week I want to continue the discussion by writing about two areas that I know best.
Make sure you have your test booklet, answer document and a No 2 pencil. Mark only one answer for each question. Completely fill in the corresponding circle on your answer document with your best choice.
Our state Legislature is back in session, apparently having spent this summer in the hustings garnering the wishes and concerns of the ordinary folks.
In early August we said goodbye to our friend, father, brother, uncle and husband. But our story isn’t any different than anyone else who loses a loved one either suddenly or over a period of time. But not having gone through this with a family member before their time, we weren’t sure what to expect, to plan for or to accommodate. But most importantly we weren’t aware of the significant impact living in such a loving, supportive community would have on us all.
In the face of tragedy, Belding and its surrounding communities demonstrated during the past few days what is truly special about where we live. The willingness — without hesitation — of dozens of community members to drop everything to help look for Devon Morrison, 10, who didn’t come home Saturday night.
This column and the next few are by far the most challenging I have undertaken since the Daily News offered me the opportunity to write weekly about education. The use of technology to help educate our young people is intriguing, controversial, confusing and difficult to explain. I am well aware of that, but I am determined to try to help parents and the public better understand this complicated issue.