Journal has duty to publish letters, not to agree with them|
One of the responsibilities we take very seriously at the Antigo Daily Journal is to promote public discourse.
Guided by our founders Fred and Henry Berner just past the turn of the 20th Century, through the long tenure of Marie Berner and into the present day, it is a duty we have fulfilled on issues ranging from water fluoridation and school referendums through local, state and presidential elections and every conceivable topic in between.
It is a job we do even when we disagree vehemently with the writer.
No truer example of that philosophy can be found than in Wednesday’s newspaper, when we published a letter critical of the local education system, its instructors and, sadly, its students.
Using a cherry-picked list of statistics and measurements, the letter suggested our students were inferior due to the ineptness of a school system and teachers.
But statistics aren’t facts, they are merely measurements used to arrive at a conclusion, and one lacking in details.
We take pride in the Antigo school district, its staff and the thousands of students it has produced. Antigo has traditionally been well-represented at the state’s flags
The dismal results in school tests of students
To the Antigo Journal:
For years there has been a perception that our government schools are dumbing-down their curricula in an effort to increase the students' "self-worth" and "ability to achieve.’’ Even the standardized tests (SAT, WKCE, ACT, etc) have been criticized as "less rigorous" now than 20-30 years ago.
Recent test results in the Antigo school district (USDA) revealed that 26 percent or less of Middle School (AMS) 8th-graders were reading AT or ABOVE their 8th-grade level. There were similar dismal results for kids at other USDA elementary levels-all this to say: there has been NO dropoff (in numbers) of kids reaching honor-roll status at AMS or AHS (Antigo High School).
For example, 103 of approximately 188 9th-graders (55 plus percent) recently "made honors’’ (high honors, honors, or B-honors roll) at AHS—and this only one year after testing-out at 26 percent reading proficiency (and even lower in math).
USDA ranks LAST in our CESA#9 region, and in the bottom quintile for Wisconsin, on State-wide testing, but Board President Boldig says our students "perform well on State tests.’’ So, somehow "Antigo Pride" miraculously "doubles" the
Education funding cuts proposed in Walker's budget should be trimmed by lawmakers
State lawmakers are beginning to dissect Scott Walker’s biennial budget proposal, and there are already signs that what the Republican governor wants is not necessarily the same as what the Legislature will deliver.
And that’s good, since Walker’s budget is seriously flawed in several areas, chief among them the school funding formula.
The governor is proposing eliminating a promised $150 per pupil increase in state aid this coming year, promising to ease the sting by returning the funds in 2017. It’s nothing but a bookkeeping gimmick and there are no assurances that Walker won’t propose funding cuts in the second year of the budget in order to balance the books on the back of local schools, again.
Schools in the rural north have often been the neglected stepchildren in the state budget process, absorbing more than their fair share of cutbacks as enrollments shrink but fixed costs, such as for transportation, grow. The difference in this round of cutbacks is that that $150 per student affects schools across the state, and that has lawmaker constituents in the more populous parts of Wisconsin howling.
The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is begin
Reader, now in Key West, recalls a much colder day in 1951
To the Antigo Journal:
I enjoy the Antigo Daily Journal Jan. 13, 2015 article “Temperatures fall to record territory’’ with a record low reading for the month of January, is -39, set in 1982. Your article is interesting, but not exactly correct.
On Jan. 30, 1951, the Antigo temperature dipped to 43 below, for the all time record low. I remember the brisk morning vividly, as I was a morning paperboy, “walking the route’’ before school started, delivering the Milwaukee Sentinel newspaper in the Antigo city area, for John Wagner’s Sport Shop.
Today, we spend the winter in Key West, Fla., where the temperature is 120 degrees warmer than the 1951, 43 below Fahrenheit! Love and miss Antigo, at any temperature.
2014 was a good year here, we're looking to 2015 to be even better
As a custom, the Antigo Daily Journal takes a look back at the year about to end and to express hopes for the soon-to-start 2015.
The editorial staff, all four members, have been working on year-end reviews of the news of the past year, and it provides a good look of what occurs on a day-by-day basis.
Perhaps the economy wasn’t moving ahead in gangbuster’s style, but there were important changes taking place that make things look positive for the year ending and it appears the activities will continue.
We’ll cover just two examples, one is a job fair held by Amron to secure new employees for a new production line to be added to its Antigo facilities.
Another is the ongoing construction at Sartori on Morse Street that will modernize and perhaps expand cheese production at the award-winning Antigo facility.
On a casual ride through the the industrial areas of the city, it is evident that parking lots are very busy locations. We can remember years when that wasn’t the case.
There are a number of factors that contribute to that situation including improvements and expansion of the Northcentral Technical College programs here and construc
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