Justin Katz

Tiverton School Committee Shuffles Its Offer

By Justin Katz | September 9, 2007 |

The Tiverton School Committee has notched up its pay proposal slightly, and although, to be honest, I can’t testify to the comparative values of the various health proposals, there’s a new one on the table: The school committee’s latest position on salaries made Wednesday, according to school committee vice-chairman Michael Burk, consists of an offer…

Just for a Chuckle

By Justin Katz | September 9, 2007 |

Has anybody caught that new WPRO promo spot that runs as follows (or pretty close): Question: Where do bloggers turn for information? Answer: WPRO 630 AM So, in a literary sense, does that make us models of the well-informed citizen whom all should emulate? I’m not sure whether to be flattered or frightened. (Although all…

A Mere Suggestion for the Teachers’ Unions

By Justin Katz | September 8, 2007 |

When we at Anchor Rising and the Providence Journal’s Bob Kerr are (at the least) headed toward the same page, you might want to turn some of your questions inward: A lot of years later, conditions are obviously better. Teacher pay has gotten downright comfortable. Teachers are often seen showing up at school in some…

Re: The Death of Edimar de Araujo

By Justin Katz | September 7, 2007 |

Here’s the key paragraph of Andrew’s post on the supposed traffic arrest fatality: From what we know, anyone with Mr. Araujo’s medical condition — citizen or non-citizen — could have suffered the same unfortunate fate, if discovered to be the subject of an outstanding warrant following a traffic stop. Mr Araujo’s immigration status is only…

A Movable Sob Story

By Justin Katz | September 7, 2007 |

My heartless campaign to explain to Rhode Island that there are alternative, more comprehensively beneficial ways of helping families than maintaining our state’s structural deficit and driving out businesses and our most promising citizens continues in today’s Providence Journal.

In Case You Missed It (The Article and the History)

By Justin Katz | September 6, 2007 |

Mac puts Gen. Petraeus in his historical military context in today’s Walll Street Journal: Events have vindicated the claims of those who argued that President Bush’s “surge” strategy in Iraq could work. Security, the sine qua non for ultimate success, has improved. This is especially true in Anbar and other Sunni-dominated provinces where the Sunni…

Never Know Unless You Ask

By Justin Katz | September 6, 2007 |

There’s an odd omission from Steve Peoples’s article about the new medicine copays for impoverished recipients of state aid. We get the policy’s numbers: McCaffrey is among 14,000 impoverished Rhode Islanders on fee-for-service Medicaid who will be asked to shoulder a portion of their prescription drugs — $1 for generics and $3 for brand-name drugs…

This Is the Way the System Works, the System Works, the System Works

By Justin Katz | September 6, 2007 |

As pleasant of an evening as it is to be sitting in my car at the Tiverton High School writing blog posts, I have to say that I’m a little disappointed at the way the system apparently works. Having been informed that tonight’s negotiation-related school committee meeting, wherein the committee would bring the town council…

Studies Show: You Should Let Us Teach Your Children About Our Product!

By Justin Katz | September 6, 2007 |

I’ll admit that I was suckered into believing that yet another opinion writer had come to a faulty conclusion about sex ed: A SHORT ARTICLE in the Aug. 14 New York Times reported that, according to a survey of more than 15,000 young Americans, abstinence-only programs do not work for HIV prevention. The analysis was…

Best We Can Do Is Get Involved Every Time

By Justin Katz | September 5, 2007 |

Using his Rhode Island Law Journal blog for a much needed function, Jon Pincince digs into the judicial side of teacher strike law. You can go there for some relevant quotations from School Committee of the Town of Westerly v. Westerly Teachers Association (1973), but the part that requires further exploration is this: [This] does…