The Cotton-Headed Ninny-Mugginses Of West Jones Street

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Leave it to Buddy the Elf to best explain the ignorance by the state to honor the LEANDRO decision to constitutionally and adequately fund the public school system.

Actually, Buddy explains a lot about how North Carolina badly treats its schools.

  • “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.”

Translated: “The best way to spread cheer is to file an appeal to keep the the courts from forcing funding to be transferred.”

From a recent WRAL report:

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  • “You sit on a throne of lies!”

So many in Raleigh said this would work.

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Charter schools have not shown to be the cure for our students. Our voucher system is as opaque as any in the country and sending money to religious schools.

Those promised “reforms” were really just lies.

  • “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.”

Translated: “We NCGA GOP members try to stick to the four main food groups: power grabs, gerrymandering, voter suppression, and privatization of public education.”

  • “I am a cotton-headed ninny-muggins!”

Actually, “they” are all much more than that. We just got a new budget. Public schools were operating on a previous budget for three years without nonrecurring funds while Raleigh was sitting on a fairly large nest egg of funds.

  • “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?”

The color is green in most cases – green with the idea of money that can be used to go into those unproven reforms that have never shown substantial returns like vouchers and unregulated charter school growth.

  • “I planned out our whole day: First, we’ll make snow angels for two hours, and then we’ll go ice skating, and then we’ll eat a whole roll of Toll-House cookie dough as fast as we can, and then to finish, we’ll snuggle.”

Translated: “We planned out how we are going to proceed with the rest of the school year. We have our narrative ready. Push things off on to the local systems. Make sure the punitive standardized tests are given. Measure schools by their performance while not supporting them as we should. And when things don’t go well, we’ll blame it on the governor.”

  • “I just like to smile; smiling’s my favorite.”

Translated: “I just like to smile; smiling’s helping to cover my….”

  • “Son of a nutcracker!”

“Nutcracker” really doesn’t capture the mood does it, but it is about as strong as word as Buddy can muster.

  • “You have such a pretty face. You should be on a Christmas card.”

Or a glossy flyer. Remember those from Mark Johnson? Wonder if Truitt will consider carrying on that “tradition.”

  • “You did it! Congratulations! World’s best cup of coffee! Great job, everybody! It’s great to be here.”

Translated: “We will praise teachers loudly in public. But we are still working on not bringing them to the table to discuss what can be done to help schools and students. Oh, and we are making sure that veteran teachers are not respected.”

  • “Does somebody need a hug?”

“Hug” is too gentle a word here.

  • “Have you seen these toilets? They’re ginormous!”

Did you know that he actual last part of that bathroom bill from a few years ago expired at teh first of the month. Yep, the governor at the time who championed it is running for the US Senate.

  • “You stink. You smell like beef and cheese! You don’t smell like Santa.”

Well said Buddy, well said.