Deb Griffiths gave her school finance presentation and I urge all SEE members to take advantage of the opportunity to have Deb out to provide your community with this information. It is clear and concise and shows how school districts throughout the state with few exceptions constantly find themselves behind the funding eight-ball. It works in multiple venues and Deb's experience in giving the presentation to audiences beyond the school board setting makes it an ideal way for districts to give communities as a whole a better understanding of the funding challenges faced by school districts.
It is truly great to see the Chisago County Board joining the education funding debate and pledging its support to remedying funding and property tax inequities that plague so many members of SEE. For my part, I want to encourage SEE members to explore the possibility of working with your city councils and county boards and see if synergies like the one happening in Chisago County are possible in your area.
Another Loss to the America's Cultural Mosaic. Most of you know I'm quite the music fan, having grown up in the 1960's with my transistor radio next to my ear. Like many of you, I was saddened by the news yesterday of the death of Aretha Franklin. In honor of The Queen of Soul, here's a great video clip of her in high-powered action.