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We Don't Need No Education, Part VIII
Barbwire by Barbano / Expanded from the 6-24-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune
Updated 7-17-2012

   We don't need no education.
We don't want no thought control,
   No dark sarcasm in the classroom,
Teachers leave them kids alone.
   Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all, it's just
    another brick in the wall.
All in all, you're just
    another brick in the wall.

Pink Floyd, The Wall

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With the unholy new owners of St. Mary's Hospital conducting mass firings and the Regional Transportation Commission trying to bust the Teamsters, I haven't had a chance to update you about the latest depredations emanating from the sacred temples of education.

So let's proceed from the den of iniquity to the holy of holies.

As politicians always say, we do it all for the children. And sometimes to the children.

The school board just announced five finalists to replace Prof. Harold Hill aka Dr. Heath Morrison as Washoe County education boss.

As I reported previously in this neverending series, Morrison's double-digit (14 percent) graduation rate increase over the past two years is a clever shuck perpetrated upon hicks hungry for good news for this retro state's long-starved education system.

Morrison has never responded to anything I've written. He's too busy packing his bags for and spending his time in Jesse Helms land. He takes over in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina, next month.

In a magnificently ballsy exercise of chutzpah and PR inoculation, the good doctor actually admitted to Charlotte Observer education reporter Ann Doss Helms that he has been doctoring the graduation stats: "Morrison introduced a door-to-door campaign to locate the hundreds of students a year who were listed as 'vanished,' along with those who had officially dropped out, and get them into school. If dropouts who are 18 or older enroll in the Washoe Adult High School, they are switched into the 'transfer out' category, which means they're removed from the calculation entirely, counting neither as graduates or dropouts. Morrison says it's better to have those young adults working on their education than sitting at home, but he acknowledges it's too early to say whether they'll be successful," Helms wrote on May 13.

Morrison has been certainly successful at this shell game. The above is one method long-criticized by local insiders, rightly afraid to speak on the record, that improves the graduation rate by wiping former students off the rolls as though they never existed.

Charlotte educators are admittedly hungry to change the way they count graduates, just as Washoe's panel was three years ago when they hired Morrison from Montgomery County, Maryland.

The longtime odds-on favorite to succeed him is now a finalist. He brought current Deputy Superintendent Jane Woodburn with him from the spawning grounds of the softshell crabs.

I repeat what I've said before: Anybody who wants this job is nuts because it will damage one's precious professional resumé.

Statistics the school district gave the Nevada State Dept. of Education project a meager one percent graduation rate jump this year. The new person is doomed to failure because jacking up the figures by changing the counting method is only good for a one-time blip.

On June 20, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported that one of the school board's inquiries of the new candidates will be "how the finalists would close the achievement gap and dramatically improve the graduation rate."

They also want to know "steps the finalists would take to inspire trust in public education."

I submit that the two are mutually exclusive in the wake of Morrison's shuffle unless the new guy can figure out another way to cook the books and put on a PR campaign to convince taxpayers that the naked emperor marching down the street is actually fully dressed.

Former Washoe deputy super Pedro Martinez is another finalist. He was a Morrison competitor three years ago. Morrison then hired him but forced him out a year later when he couldn't score enough federal money, according to insiders.

Martinez is now a deputy with the Gomorrah South school district which just announced a spectacular (six percent) one-year graduation rate increase.

Sound familiar?

Martinez implemented a Morrison-style home visitation system down south. Clark County superintendent Dwight Jones is a soul brother of Morrison.

Martinez is also one of two finalists for the top job in Philadelphia, so look for him to choose cheesesteaks over pine nuts.

Paul LaMarca, another finalist, currently serves as Washoe County School District chief accountability officer. He is working on a response to requests for background statistics behind the Morrison miracle.

I would not be surprised if none of the five candidates takes the job because the conditions are impossible to fulfill and will bite the old career in the rear.

Moonhowling conservatives and kneejerk education bashers love guys like Morrison. The newly-minted superstar national superintendent of the year has "proved" that drastically gutting education budgets actually improves education.

What a guy.

READ MORE ABOUT IT. Tribune alumnus Dennis Myers has written a splendid puncturing of many of the myths and urban legends which have been allowed to damage our education system.

See Tales Out of School: How Journalism Damages Education with Bad Information in the current edition of the Reno News & Review.

Got a hunch that my critics would like to include me in the bad information category.

OK by me.

Just bring your facts with you and prepare to be challenged and fired upon.

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Andrew Barbano is a 43-year Nevadan, chair of the Nevada César Chávez Committee, producer of Nevada's annual César Chávez Day celebration, first vice-president and political action chair of the Reno-Sparks NAACP, labor/consumer/civil rights advocate, member of Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO and editor of and As always, his opinions are strictly his own. Check local listings for other Nevada cable systems. E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Daily Sparks Tribune since 1988.

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TRAVUS T. HIPP, 1937-2012

ADIÓS, COMPADRE — Our friend Travus, 75, passed away peacefully between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m. PDT on 18 May 2012 at his home in Silver City, Nevada. The sun is in eclipse as I write this at 6:30 p.m. on May 20.

CHANGE OF VENUE (5-22-2012) — Adiós in Silver City, Nevada, Saturday, May 26, 2012 —> Updated 5-27-2012 — > The auld church where Travus lived and died proved too small for the expected multitude, so gathering, gnoshing and remembering commenced at the Silver City Community Center, 385 High Street, at 10:00 a.m. PDT. The graveside memorial service began at High Noon. Travus was buried next to his rock star companion Lynne Hughes, a short walk away. My remembrance of Lynne from the 3-21-1993 Daily Sparks Tribune has been linked to Travus' formal obituary at this website. All memories accepted for permanent posting hereat. Stay tuned for pictures and stories of the appropriately rainy day.

Thanks for all your kind words. Keep up the good work and the good fight.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano

Travus T. Hipp & Tales of Nevada's Futures Passed
Expanded from the 6-3-2012 Daily Sparks Tribune

     At bottom, he was an artist who used his voice to soar and slice, a tenor for the tenor of our times. Many of his mourning California listeners talk about the vocal spells he wove, how he soundly organized the noise of daily life into music that entertained, engaged, enlightened, educated, enthralled and occasionally enflamed. [From the saga of Travus T. Hipp and contributions by The Barbwire to the May 25 Reno Gazette-Journal and May 26, 2012, Daily Sparks Tribune.]

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     SEE ALSO: Lapham, Lewis H.; Tentacles of Rage: The Republican Propaganda Mill, A Brief History; Harper's Magazine cover article; September, 2004, page 32.

     By one conservative estimate, the corporate right has spent about $3 billion over the past three decades manufacturing public opinion to suit big business goals. Lapham's number covered the early 1970's to the present day. Alex Carey noted that by 1948, anti- New Deal corporate propaganda expenditures had already reached $100 million per year, not adjusted for inflation, for advertising alone. (Carey, ibid; page 79)

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