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From: Sue Harris <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 1998 14:04:47 -0500
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I can't help you out with any information, but I can tell you that I am in
complete agreement with the statement as I work for a school district
Board is probably the least informed of any school board in the
history of the U.S. and they don't want to be.

Sue J. Harris

"Live Life To the Fullest Everyday"

On Tue, 6 Jan 1998, David S. Barber wrote:

>         For an essay I'm working on, and also just out of curiosity, I'd love to
> know if anyone knows what happened to the students who, according to a lost
> news account I read, ran afoul of their school principal about 5 years ago:
>         As I recall it, the news item went like this:  two high-school students,
> whose duty it was to read a catchy quotation over the school public address
> system at the start of the school day, found, in a book called (something
> like) A TEACHER'S BOOK OF QUOTATIONS, (something like) this, by Mark Twain:
>  "First, God made idiots.  That was for practice.  Then he made school
> boards."
>         The principal was enraged and put the students in detention for the whole
> day.  But I never saw any follow-up item, never knew for example how the
> local school board responded, or the local public (where this happened I've
> forgotten too).  Did the kids become celebrities?  Did they get expelled?
>         If anyone can fill out, or correct, this imperfect recollection, I'll be
> grateful.
> Dave Barber