Last Words



McKinley Architects & Engineers

The Thrasher Group

Williamson Shriver Architects

February 18, 2016 — Volume 36 Issue 6

The State Journal (KY) (2/17) reports that the Kentucky state Senate has passed a bill to alter and eventual dismantle the Common Core Standards in the state over strong opposition from minority Democrats in the chamber. 


“You can never plan the future by the past.” – Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher. After moving to London, he served as member of Parliament, the House of Commons. He is remembered for his support of the cause of the American Revolutionaries.


“It doesn’t appear that any school board really is going to be harmed in that one. Some boards will receive some benefits, but others may not.” – Chris Campbell, treasurer of the Putnam County schools, reacting to a School Aid Formula bill created by a House subcommittee – a bill he prefers to one proposed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin

“Innovation Zones can be established by counties, and there will be more or less a clearinghouse of innovation ideas, so that all counties can find out what other counties are doing and may want to model an Innovation Zone after that.” – Delegate Walter Duke on a bill from the governor to change the Innovation Zones program

“That’s how broke it is. It’s based on a calculation that really doesn’t reflect the current landscape so far as what counties can and do raise through their own money to pay county supplements, They’re getting higher county supplements but also getting equity because they did have one [32 years ago].” – Dave Mohr, counsel to the House Education Committee, on problems with the current system for determining salary equity. A new bill is designed to fix those problems.

“So we created this thing in 1984, which is now handcuffing us.” – Delegate Walter Duke on the salary equity problem

“We’re 31 years into this Recht decision, and we’re at the point now where if the members in this committee vote, we’re going to be walking out of here and people are going to be saying we voted to take money away from service personnel who are already underpaid as it is. Why has it come to this? Why has this ball been kicked so much it’s no longer a ball? Why is it we have to deal with this?” – Delegate Roy Cooper, expressing frustration at the salary equity problem

“This is about correcting a discrimination that’s ongoing in our system today against a group of kids who, through no fault of their own, find themselves unable to participate in a sports activity or another extracurricular activity. What I would submit is that the opponents of this bill ought to set aside their prejudices and give these kids a chance to compete.” – Sen. Robert Karnes in support of a bill allowing home-schooled students to participate on public school sports teams