The Election is Over

The election is over
the people have spoken
“Hail to the victors!”
“The system is broken!”

Some think the outcome
is awfully sweet;
others are protesting
out in the street.

Those who could not decide
which one to choose
may have now learned:
if you don’t vote you lose.

Elections once garnered
respect and decorum,
but nowadays…

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Hall of Famers

It was a very pleasant late summer evening. My parents were away in Chicago, and it had been three months since I obtained my driver’s license.   Hours earlier, in what later might be thought of as something of a Ferris Bueller moment, I had phoned a couple of friends and told my younger brother,…

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My Return to St. Genevieve

When I was in 8th grade, a friend of mine from Little League invited me to accompany his family to an event at his school.  At the time, I attended Robert Fulton Junior High School in Van Nuys, and he went to St. Genevieve, in neighboring Panorama City.  The occasion marked the first time…

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The All-Important Ombudsman

Although the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law nearly half a year ago, many of its key provisions won’t take effect until August, 2017.  For private school students and educators, the most important feature of the updated federal education law may well come in the form of a newly created position…

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Won’t Get Fooled Again

I began my tenure as CAPSO’s Executive Director in 2002 – the same year in which the No Child Left Behind Act was signed into law.  Over the course of NCLB’s fourteen-year shelf-life, I’ve learned a great deal about the myriad factors that influence the manner in which our nation’s most significant education law…

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