Sorry, wisdom’s gone on furlough

David Shapiro:

There’s more drama than learning in local education as we “flASHback” on the week’s news that amused and confused:
• The Board of Education and teachers union question whether $50 million offered by Gov. Linda Lingle is enough to reopen public schools on “furlough Fridays.” That’s the old “no can do” spirit that made our schools what they are.
• U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is sending an aide to Hawai’i to meet state education leaders and visit schools. If he wants to visit on Friday, it’ll cost him $160 million to open the doors.
• Kids from lower-income families may lose out on preschool because of state plans to quadruple costs. They’ve left behind as many K-12 children as they can, so they’re moving down to the nursery schools.