Monday, January 16, 2006

Top of the week

Happy MLK day. The Monk's bosses granted the firm a holiday for MLK day, so only a few folks are here and they'll only work a little bit. Contrast that to the rest of the building, which is present and accounted for -- no holiday for them. Too bad the private sector (other than Monkwork) hasn't caught up to the public sector on this.

Appropos of the day is this piece from John Fund discussing how liberal Democrats are fighting to keep blacks in rundown and ineffective public schools. Think public money is the problem? Washington DC public schools get more money per student than any other system in the country and they are uniformly horrible.

Along those same lines, Andrew Coulson addresses the recent Florida Supreme Court decision striking down vouchers based on the state's "uniformity clause" in the Florida Constitution. That clause requires "a uniform, efficient, safe, secure and high quality system of free public schools that allows students to obtain a high quality education." Of course, that begs the question of what happens if the free public schools are uniformly bad. Welcome to educational socialism.

Finally, for your breakfast reading, Mary O'Grady's column from last Friday on the all-too-close ties between nutters: the Iran-Venezuela connection.

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