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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 30 years."


 

If I were a Republican criticizing President Obama.....I would say, “he lied!” But since I think lying about lying is a double sin, I’ll just say FBISD Superintendent Tim Jenney simply didn’t give the complete picture.

The occasion was the annual “State of the School” luncheon hosted by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Jenney was discussing FBISD’s progress of the past year.

He told the luncheon audience that FBISD met 25 of the state’s requirements of a “recognized” school district. The impression was left with the attendees that FBISD was “recognized.”

That very day I had looked up the ranking of FBISD and Katy, mainly because I thought Katy handled the President’s recent speech so much better than FBISD. I was pretty sure the TEA web site said Katy was “recognized,” while FBISD was only “academically acceptable.”

Stafford Superintendent H.D. Chambers, during his part of the program, said Stafford met 25 criteria and was “almost recognized.” Dr. Thomas Randle from Lamar CISD didn’t even bother to offer numbers. He simply talked about the technology and his district’s commitment to prepare students to earn a living.

The FBISD board was sitting right behind me, and I turned around and asked board member Susan Hohnbaum if FBISD was really “recognized.”
“No,” she replied, ”We were penalized because of too many drop-outs.”

I had to laugh out loud because I had just written a column about FBISD’s reaction to President Obama’s “education” speech which encouraged kids to stay in school. So while I wouldn’t accuse Dr. Jenney of lying, I think a fair assessment would be that he was putting lipstick on .....

Breaking news....I’ve started a daily blog or something like that. You will have to sign up as a Bev’s Burner group member on Facebook to read it.
I can’t believe I’m doing this. I’m not exactly technologically “hep.” (That word alone dates me.)

I still have to have someone else, probably a 12-year-old neighbor kid, hook up my VCR. Yes, quit laughing. I still have a VCR. I am so technologically challenged that I think “blue tooth” means you need to see a dentist, and “twitter” reminds me of an old off-color joke involving a man running through the crowd at a wedding.

I am out and about most every day and I run across some interesting things that I think you might like to know about. I promise not to tell you about what I had for breakfast or......So remember, you have to sign up with Facebook, then search for “groups and “Bev’s Burner” under that. It’s cumbersome at first but is easier after that.

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