Up for Debate: MNPS to cut 100-plus jobs

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 11:50pm

What do you make of Metro Nashville Public Schools' announcement that 100-plus teacher aide positions would be cut as federal stimulus money vanishes? The move comes at a time when a property tax increase is before the Metro Council, and Mayor Karl Dean has said that new tax revenue would not only allow for the hiring of more teachers, increasing their starting salary by $5,000 annually, but also prevent to loss of 50 police officers hired via a federal COPS grant. Are the MNPS cuts a good move, bad move or just plain necessary move?

154 Comments on this post:

By: slacker on 5/23/12 at 11:22

''Slow Hand''
-The God

By: gdiafante on 5/23/12 at 11:23

Cool hand

-Luke

By: brrrrk on 5/23/12 at 11:28

Yous guys are Zuckin' nuts!

By: gdiafante on 5/23/12 at 11:28

I fixin' to put Suthna down as meh race...I say...you damn Yankee!

-Scarlett O'yogi

By: bfra on 5/23/12 at 11:31

I doubt yogi could get any race to claim him!

By: budlight on 5/23/12 at 11:33

: Beernazi on 5/23/12 at 11:16
"Darn thos Pakistanis; you can't trust a single one of them."

Uh, racist much?

Pakistani is a "race"? News to me. I thought it was a nationality. That is like saying American is a race. Or Irish is a race; or . . . well, you get the drift, swift.

Race is: White, brown, black, yellow. Race is about the color of one's skin. I was no referring to skin, I was referring to country.

So much for your a$$umptive notions and judgmental statements about me. You don't know me.

By: gdiafante on 5/23/12 at 11:42

RACE

Noun

1. a group of persons related by common descent or heredity.

2. a population so related.

3. Anthropology .
a. any of the traditional divisions of humankind, the commonest being the caucasian, Mongoloid, and Negro, characterized by supposedly distinctive and universal physical characteristics: no longer in technical use.
b. an arbitrary classification of modern humans, sometimes, especially formerly, based on any or a combination of various physical characteristics, as skin color, facial form, or eye shape, and now frequently based on such genetic markers as blood groups.
c. a human population partially isolated reproductively from other populations, whose members share a greater degree of physical and genetic similarity with one another than with other humans.

4. a group of tribes or peoples forming an ethnic stock: the Slavic race.

5. any people united by common history, language, cultural traits, etc.: the Dutch race.

By: Loner on 5/23/12 at 11:43

I gotta roll, folks...gotta pay some bills......settle some accounts....later....and thanks for the feedback.....better get some shirts out there now....it's what Zuck would do.

By: yogiman on 5/23/12 at 11:50

bfra,

When my race is referred to, I say Caucasian. When my nationality is referred to I say American.

What is your answer to those questions? Or are you something else?

By the way, I thought they changed Afro-American to Afra-American decades ago just before they changed it to African-American.

By: budlight on 5/23/12 at 11:53

Gee, G, that all makes sense. Doesn't say anything about Pakistan being any of those unless you can say C is the answer. I think Beer won't comprehend it though. I understand that just saying "Pakistani" does not mean a race, it merely means a group of people who live in Pakistan.

For instance all Americans are living here, but are not of the same color (race) so we are not all black or white, etc. Therefore American is not defining our race; while Pakistani is not defining the residents of Pakistan's race.

OH well! Thanks for the Webster definition.

By: yogiman on 5/23/12 at 11:58

budlight,

Unless I was taught wrong in my school, I understood there was only 4 races on earth: Asian, Caucasian, Indian and Negro. I know there has been many mixes of those races in the past centuries, but the officials names are the same.

Otherwise, someone could clam to be a Asian-Caucasian-Indian-Negro. A long title for what you might be and how many have actually filled a family tree research?

By: budlight on 5/23/12 at 12:02

You are correct. Pakistani does not fit those so if I say Pakistani, then I'm not a racist as beer thinks.

Oh well. Going to work in the garden now. Raspberries are bigger this year and I have to fight the birds for them.

By: Beernazi on 5/23/12 at 12:05

Sorry. I should've used the word bigot. My bad.

By: slacker on 5/23/12 at 12:07

Yeah... I've gotta go weed the pop tabs outta my beer garden.

By: yogiman on 5/23/12 at 12:07

gdiafarte,

You seem to be able to only refer to the Wonk Kim Ark case in your reference. Have you not heard of the Minor-Happersett case of 1875? Was their determination wrong?

You seem to be able to quote many arguments, have you seen the show I referred to earlier? Ain't worth watching because I referred it? Or does it show you wrong so you won't mention it?

By: slacker on 5/23/12 at 12:09

nazi, have you checked out Alpine finger Wrestling yet?

By: Beernazi on 5/23/12 at 12:27

No, I haven't! Should I? lol

By: brrrrk on 5/23/12 at 12:41

Awww.... ain't it cute when the birthers chat...

By: slacker on 5/23/12 at 12:43

nazi, absolutely. Its gonna be big in the south, will replace arm-wrestling.
Coming to a beer joint near you soon. Lederhosen optional.

By: brrrrk on 5/23/12 at 12:47

slacker said

"nazi, absolutely. Its gonna be big in the south, will replace arm-wrestling.
Coming to a beer joint near you soon. Lederhosen optional."

if there's knackwurst and pretzels count me in.... I'll bring my own finger.

By: slacker on 5/23/12 at 1:10

brrrrk, German bar food aplenty. Oompah band performs sat.-sun.
Horst the bouncer, will carefully screen contestants for prosthetic hands.

By: BenDover on 5/23/12 at 1:20

I like "What the Zuck?" ... that's my favorite Zo far.

By: slacker on 5/23/12 at 1:34

''Do you feel Zucky..punk?''

By: slacker on 5/23/12 at 1:36

''Zuck be a lady tonite''...

By: dargent7 on 5/23/12 at 1:46

Paul "yogi" Wade:
Please keep us up to speed on how and why Willard "Mitt" Romney is eligible for the Presidency if his father and grandfather were born in Mexico, according to your's and Birther's definition.
Add in, his wife Ann's father was born in Wales, Eng.
And since you dislike name changes, how Newt Gingrich was born McPherson, then taking his mother's 2nd husband's name. Why? What was he thinking?
And since Obama was born in 1961, under Race: of Father and Mother, it was appropriate to name "African" for a Kenyan born father, as Causcian for a Kansas born mother. The USA didn't start using "African-American" until the 80's.
There's only a few short months leftin Obama's term....start working on the "Romney Family Tree".

By: gdiafante on 5/23/12 at 1:50

The case I cited is 1898 and is a binding precedent. Until the higher court changes the ruling, the binding precedent is authoritative on the meaning of the law.

In the words of a 2007 legal analysis of events following the Wong Kim Ark decision, "The parameters of the jus soli principle, as stated by the court in Wong Kim Ark, have never been seriously questioned by the Supreme Court, and have been accepted as dogma by lower courts." A 2010 review of the history of the Citizenship Clause notes that the Wong Kim Ark decision held that the guarantee of birthright citizenship "applies to children of foreigners present on American soil" and states that the Supreme Court "has not re-examined this issue since the concept of 'illegal alien' entered the language".

Get it, Scarlett?

By: Rasputin72 on 5/23/12 at 1:55

BFRA.........Normally I would exchange a rebuttal with someone who is mis-informed. In your case I will assume that you have worked around the stables enough to hear a lot of things that are mis-construed by an unsophisticated audience.

I will therefore politely tell you that you don't shoe polish from a the scowers.

By: BenDover on 5/23/12 at 2:01

It's hard filtering the yogi posts when you don't reference him by name in the first line or so guys. Please conform to the editorial standard of mentioning yogi or budlight by name in the first line so that I don't get suckered into the back-side of another meaningless conversation. (No offense yogi and budlight. I'm sure you are perfectly nice people and all; but life's too short. Feel free to ignore my posts too if you like) .

thanks, bd

By: bfra on 5/23/12 at 2:15

Raspy - Now in your not knowing much if any about a walking horse, you still didn't state which end of the horse! An association of ages is a very long time not to know much.

By: yogiman on 5/23/12 at 2:17

dargent7,

If his father and grandfather were born in Mexico to American citizens, they would also be born as American citizens and being born in the US to American citizens, Romney was born as a natural born citizen.

You stipulate his wife's father was born in Wales, England. Where was she born? If she was born in the US she was born as a native American citizen, not a natural born American citizen, and that would still make Romney a natural born citizen. But what the hell, she isn't running for president, is she?

Gingrich is out of the picture. I don't know what he was thinking when he chose his stepfather's name. That's immaterial.

dargent7, was you born in 1961? African was not noted as a race then and still isn't. It was known then, and now, as a continent. When did African officially become a race?

Correct me if I'm wrong; the government began using the title African-American as a courtesy to black Americans when they started using it. Before they started using the term African-American they were using the term Afra-American and before that they were using the term Afro-American. Before that they were known as Negroes. So, did they become ashamed of their race and change it's wording? I don't remember it being being done officially.

By: yogiman on 5/23/12 at 2:22

gdiafarte,

You're referring to the Wong Kim Ark case of 1898. But you haven't mentioned the Courts findings in the Minor v. Happersett in 1875. Check it out.

By: yogiman on 5/23/12 at 2:26

Sorry, I also made a mistake. I hit the 5 button instead of the 4 for the time of that case. It was 1874.

By: bfra on 5/23/12 at 2:27

Raspy - Walking horses are born with 3 gaits, flat walk, running walk & canter. Maybe your can be more sophiscated in future comments on the subject.

By: yogiman on 5/23/12 at 2:32

Have any of you heard of that young coach in Tennessee being fired because of a song he wrote regarding Obama? It's worth listening to.

http//video.staged.com/dtglobal/tennessee_football_coach_fired_for_making_obama-song/

By: yogiman on 5/23/12 at 2:35

WOW! two errors in one day? That should read dtglobal59/...

By: bfra on 5/23/12 at 2:49

Make that sophisticated & knock the r off of your!

By: brrrrk on 5/23/12 at 3:01

As usual, there's always more to the story.....

"The Superintendent of Williamson County Schools refused to say why Glover was fired, but he did speculate it could be an issue of how he obtained the parents email addresses."

By: budlight on 5/23/12 at 3:05

Beernazi on 5/23/12 at 1:05
Sorry. I should've used the word bigot. My bad.

Yes, you are a bigot. I'm sure you were speaking of yourself.

Yogi, that song is pretty good. I can't see why anyone would complain about it. After all, what did those complaining think it meant? Sounds like a working man song to me.

I'd love to see someone write a song about him and his wife running around the country preaching "health food" while stuffing hamburgers, hotdogs and ice cream into their pie holes! Can you say hypocrite? I wonder if either of them are bulemic (spelled wrong, I'm sure) or anorexic? I mean they sure do eat a lot of crap that's fattening. Sneaking out to eat hamburgers is so odd. It seems more normal that Kennedy and Clinton were sneaking around with women than it does for Obama to be sneaking around with a hamburger!

By: brrrrk on 5/23/12 at 3:15

And I repeat....

"The Superintendent of Williamson County Schools refused to say why Glover was fired, but he did speculate it could be an issue of how he obtained the parents email addresses.

'If someone is sending an email to parents using our system or knowledge you obtained through our system, you are limited in what kind of message you can send to parents,' said Dr. Mike Looney."

By: brrrrk on 5/23/12 at 3:19

And by the way.... the very same policy that this school probably has in place regarding the acquisition of email addresses is the exact same policy that ANY business would have in place... and in most cases if someone did that, they would likely be brought up on charges.

By: Beernazi on 5/23/12 at 3:21

"These people could have personally witnessed Obama being born out of an apple pie, in the middle of a Kansas wheat field, while Toby Keith sang the National Anthem – and they’d still think he was a Kenyan Muslim." –Jimmy Kimmel

By: yogiman on 5/23/12 at 3:22

Another little show for you folks.

scribd.com/doc/19010847/berg-v-obama-kweli-shuhubia-affidavit/

You might also want to read the Kenyan newspaper... kenyaglobe.com

Try it, you might like it.

By: Beernazi on 5/23/12 at 3:23

"Oh my God, Barack Obama's running the old Kenyan Prince birth announcement scam. Here's how it goes: you want to destroy America from the inside but you can't because you're a foreigner. So first, you gotta find yourself a good ol' American to reproduce for you. Then, you have that child on foreign soil, while simultaneously placing the birth announcement of that child in one of our "fringe" state's local newspapers, your Hawaiis, your Alaskas, your Pennsylvanias. Alright, then, kidding. And then, hold on, you wait. Until this baby is a middle-aged man. Now the trap is set. You just sit back and let that child go out and win the election for President of the United States. Now here's where the scam gets tricky; they can't just win the popular vote. He or she must have a strategy to win the electoral vote; that's what trips up most drifters. But, if you pull it off, you and your puppet child can sit back and destroy the fabric of the country you both hate so much. It's almost too easy." –Jon Stewart

By: brrrrk on 5/23/12 at 3:29

Beernazi, that's a piece of cake!! Why didn't I think of being born in another country and becoming President? Oh well, there's always the next reincarnation. Got my fingers crossed that I'll be reborn in Kenya....

By: bfra on 5/23/12 at 3:31

Beernazi - It is amazing how far into the future Obama's parents could see, when he was born. LOL

By: Beernazi on 5/23/12 at 3:35

Reminds me of Palin being able to see the Soviet Union from Alaska. Not only was her vision far-reaching, it transcended space and time.

By: yogiman on 5/23/12 at 3:57

Beernazi,

It is known those "announcements" placed in those papers were merely announcements made by people who called them in. They were not verified. The address given was the address of his grandparents, not his mother's or father's. Ever wonder why?

Can you explain why the hospital shown as his birthplace on his "birth certificate" did not exist when he was born? It didn't becomne that name until the two hospitals combined several years AFTER his birth.

Can you also explain why he mentioned one hospital but his step-sister memtioned the other as his place of birth? Can you further explain why it won't accept the credit for free advertising?

Didn't think so.

By: budlight on 5/23/12 at 4:13

brrrrk on 5/23/12 at 4:29
Beernazi, that's a piece of cake!! Why didn't I think of being born in another country and becoming President? Oh well, there's always the next reincarnation. Got my fingers crossed that I'll be reborn in Kenya....

"Red babies" Beer and brrrrk. The white house is full of them.

Yogi, don't ask these wing nuts questions that require critical thinking, logic or truth in order to answer them. They don't have a clue.

Clueless in Nashville. After all, they are probably stricken with the disease of liberalism. Dave Ramsey asked a guy the other day why he felt he was entitled to a college education without paying for it, ie, we pay for it. The guy said "Because I am a modern liberal". LOL And that is the way they think, Yogi. They are entitled to lunch, free cell phones, lodging, medical care, a car, car insurance, their toys and oh yes, passes to the movies.

By: dargent7 on 5/23/12 at 4:20

"yogi": You could take Einstein's E= mc2 and say, "but he's a German with Jewish roots!"
...."I have proof!"

By: Captain Nemo on 5/23/12 at 4:47

Shut up yogi