For the last three years I’ve avoided holidays. Not the holidays in December. Every single holiday – all 12 months of them. This behavior stems from a psychological compensation issue (as most things do).
Some people thrive on holiday hoopla – and not only those who are able to grow long white beards or are in possession of a size XL bunny suit. I’m talking, of course, about teachers.
“At” – the two-letter combination originates from humble beginnings as a simple word that required a quick couple hits to the computer keyboard. I grew up knowing when to use “at” within a sentence (but never at the end of one). The tiny word stayed out of the limelight and didn’t get a whole lot of attention – until the pint-sized preposition made the transition from word to symbol and suddenly @ was the place to be.
I’m guessing we all possess at least one @ and access it on a daily basis. E-mail practically owes its existence to the curlicue, lower-
Affordable Care Act:
The Federal Affordable Care Act that became law March 23, 2010, could create some additional financial expenditures for our school district. The district could face stiff penalties if it does not provide what the act defines as “affordable minimum essential coverage” to full-time employees. The act, sometimes referred to as Obamacare, includes more than 2,000 pages of legislation and 13,000 pages of regulations. The effective dates for various provisions stretch out until 2020, and “many, many” details are not yet defined.
While implementing the provisions, the school district would need to consider several definitions. They include: who is a large group employer; who is a full-time employee; what is “minimum essential coverage”; how is “affordable” defined; and when will the employer be impacted.
State Government Budget Update:
The governor has backed away from two major components of his tax reform and budget plan, the business-to-business sales tax expansion and the homeowner rebate. He’s still insisting on raising $1.8 billion to back-fill the $627 million deficit and to invest in education and workforce development. The bottom line for K-12 education didn’t change amidst the governor’s budget shuffle. The next big question is what the House and Senate DFL leaders will allot for a K-12 spending target as they move into this week.
We live in a strange and crazy world. But I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. Sometimes though, the overall irony shoots right over the top.
Zombies are a hot commodity. Never mind nobody’s ever seen a real one – they’re on TV, T-shirts, in books, video games and the movies, so we’re all familiar with this group of undead.
For the last few years, for many viewers, zombies have dominated Sunday evening television – giving a new definition to the term, “dead man walking.” Zombies were to the Neilson ratings what marshmallows are to s’mores – gooey blobs that had people coming back for seconds while sitting around the warm glow of a campfire (or TV screen).
It appeared zombies had the upper hand – well, the ones that still had hands did. They were the Chia pets of the new millennium. Trendy and not very cute, but cropping up everywhere. Despite their gory appearance, ratings were through the roof and zombies were on a roll (or at least a slow-paced swagger). Nothing short of an axe to the head would stop these man-eating monsters.
Then, along came God.