Not Enough Words To Describe It

My favorite local blog, Preserve Bristol, posted information on an upcoming Public Forum in Newport featuring my least favorite Education Commissioner. Deborah Gist claims she wants to bring an “education renaissance” to the state, but is that really what she thinks she’s creating in RI? Well, if it happens in Bristol-Warren, it won’t be thanks to her new funding formula that slashes the school budget by about 9 million dollars!

I don’t know anyone who supports education in Bristol less than Ms. Gist… Yet there she was at the Kickemuit Education Foundation’s 2nd Annual Bodacious Bee a few weeks ago with Rep. Gablinske (who voted for the funding plan), receiving applause for essentially trying to destroy our schools. I’ve got to think most of the civic-minded people at the event, which raised an incredible $22,000 for the district, are simply unaware of the level of damage about to be inflicted upon the community. Otherwise, like me, they would have been booing instead of clapping for Gist.

To look at this situation another way, as successful as the Bodacious Bee was, even if we were to have one per day we still couldn’t make up for the nearly 50% cut in state aid to our schools! And, at that rate, we’d run out of words to spell!

Evidently not one for spelling since she doesn’t even write her own speeches (thanks to Board of Regents member and, embarrassingly enough, native Bristolian, Angus Davis), Gist is more politician than Education Commissioner.

Gablinske, meanwhile, was lucky just to beat some kid (and a virtual unknown at that) last election. After practically sealing the fate of our district, don’t expect him to pull the upset again the next time around.

As for the millionaire Davis? With all the money he has for his cronies, I’m sure he’ll have a long and promising career in politics. Hey, maybe someday they’ll even name a charter school after him!

Check out Preserve Bristol for specifics on the forum and please attend it. Hopefully, with more voices of dissent, Deborah may finally get the Gist.

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