Monday, February 07, 2005

Mahoney – Gov’t Control Goal of School Facilities Study

by Debbie Pelley
Jodie Mahoney summed up what the facilities study is really all about – government control. Mahony said that ‘absolutely’ the state will have the final say over what gets built and repaired. ‘The Supreme Court said we’re responsible,’ Mahony said. ‘We’re responsible to see that they’re built to meet the Supreme Court standard. Beyond that, we’re funding them. We’re going to have to make sure we’re spending our money wisely. And we’re going to have to come back after they build it to make sure they built it right.’"

I wonder what makes Mahoney and his comrades think they know more about all the schools’ needs in Arkansas than all the superintendents, school boards, and the community put together? How is he going to oversee the million pages of technical information generated by the assessment? He can't; it is obvious that Mahoney trusts the government and so called experts rather than the people. He knows how to trample, "The people rule" motto of Arkansas.
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Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

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Senator Broadway unknowingly expressed the problem with government control when he said, '"If I had to do it over again, would I do anything different? You ! betcha,’ Broadway said. ‘I had never been involved in a project of this magnitude and I hope to never again. And I emphasize the word ‘never.’" Arkansas Democrat Gazette, January 25, 05 by Blomeley.

That is what government control is: projects of magnitude where a few people who have no hands on experience are trying to make decisions on things they know nothing about and have to rely on experts for advice. The people who do have the experience are left out of the picture. That is why government control never works. The facilities fiasco is a perfect example of government control at work and how much it cost.

I wonder if Senator Broadway realizes that "the project of that magnitude" has just started? The assessment was just the first step. If he is not going to tackle another project of this magnitude, then who is?

Jodie Mahoney is in on every devious and cunning trick the legislature dreams up. He was the legislator pushing the adequacy study after the Lakeview case. When the legislators were considering doing the adequacy study, Jodie Mahoney told legislators they would not have to abide by the findings, but the court said they needed to at least do the study. Then after the adequacy report was finished, Mahoney changed his rhetoric to, “The court mandated it and this is what the experts said, and we have to do it or be in trouble with the courts.

Mahoney is playing the same game now. If he can get the legislature to let the experts’ figures in the assessment stand as is, then he knows he has a powerful tool to get the legislature to fund it using the court as the hammer. Just look what they have to take back to the court to force the legislators’ hand – experts’ analysis.

Hopefully, all the facilities assessment errors will be enough to make the assessment invalid in court.

8:45 PM, February 07, 2005  
Blogger celtie said...

Jodie Mahoney was a thorn on our side 20 years ago, when we b attled to get home schooling recognised by the legislature; I'm not surprised to see he's still a thorn in the side of every attempt to reign in big government. What I don't understand is why South Arkansas keeps re-electing him.

7:19 AM, February 08, 2005  
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