In One Eye
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
It's been a busy day, so I'll note just these two items:
First, yesterday's meeting that Governor Clubwoman set up between Betty Sternberg and Margaret Spellings seems to have been the superficial event everyone might have expected.
U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and state Education Commissioner Betty J. Sternberg had what was called a cordial meeting Monday, but Sternberg left without an apology or a concession on annual student testing.Wow. The goals of NCLB are that US students be more successful. The two educational doyennes could actually agree on that no-brainer, huh? Let me catch my breath.
It was left to Richard Blumenthal to describe this meeting for what it was: "'Better manners, same message,' said Blumenthal, who did not attend the meeting. 'This meeting yielded vague, soothing happy talk, but no specific commitment to end unfunded mandates.'"
Unfortunately, "vague soothing happy talk" seems to have been just what the governor wanted all along out of the encounter.
And speaking of the governor, she's certainly discovered one person she can cross off her Christmas card list.
House Speaker James Amann lashed out at Gov. M. Jodi Rell Tuesday, angrily vowing to schedule a vote on the Democrats' spending bill despite the governor's promised veto.I'm not really a big fan of Amann, as I always thought he was too compliant in letting our former unctuous governor have his way for the last few years. Perhaps the House Speaker feels he can say such things with impunity to a woman.