frustration and personal anguish burst forth as several members
of the Brandywine Special Needs Parent-Teacher Association
detailed their experiences trying to obtain the best education
possible for their 'challenged' children in the Brandywine
"the most provocative presentation since I've been on the
board," said school board president Craig Gilbert after hearing
the testimony. Superintendent Bruce Harter admitted to what he
acknowledged has been a serious failing during his four years as
To regular attenders of board meetings --
and, sadly, there are few from the general public who show up --
it was, indeed, the most issue-charged session in several years.
But there was a significant difference from past controversies.
This time, it appeared that the board listened.
Rather than respond defensively, the five
of seven members present -- Joseph Brumskill and Sandra Skelly
were absent -- apologetically determined to do something to
remedy what apparently is a very bad situation and to do it post
Board member Nancy Doorey acknowledged that
she could never fully understand the feelings of parents in
special and frequently difficult circumstances. But she
indicated no reluctance to accept the validity of what they had
to say and act on it.
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to get the latest information from and about the Gulf Coast, but
there are a couple of items on what the old time newscaster used
to call the second page that are worthy of attention.
Associated Press tells us about 35 army trucks rolling toward
the disaster area to assist in recovery efforts. That would not
be unusual -- many military personnel have been arriving since
the hurricane hit -- except for the fact the army happens to be
the Mexican army. It's the first time Mexican troops have been
in operation on American soil since 1846. This time they came
unarmed and in what most people would welcome as a gesture of
solidarity with amigos in trouble.
T.G.I.F. crowd and those of us who, until the past couple of
weeks, considered New Orleans only in its role as America's
foremost party town will appreciate what Bob Dart of the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution found on Bourbon Street. The center of the
sleazy Big Easy that America knows from Mardi Gras, Super Bowns
and countless conventions was high and dry -- at least not
flooded. Johnny White's Sports Bar and Grill was full, and the
warm beer was flowing.
Chris Coons has provided details of what New Castle County has
offered to send to the Gulf.
three-pronged investigation into the system for
providing the services of off-duty county police
officers to private organizations and, in
particular, into how they were paid for performing
those services is a month or so away from producing its
Who said Delawareans are sunshine patriots?
Although the While the Wilmington
Blue Rocks spent most of their just-ended baseball season in the Carolina
League cellar, they led the league at the box office.