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Friday, September 21, 2007

"Creationist" Cheri Yecke is one of three finalists for Florida Education Commissioner!

A news article reported,

Three finalists are now vying for the job of Florida Education Commissioner. The State Board of Education interviewed seven candidates yesterday in Tampa and then narrowed the pool to three this morning.

The three candidates are Joseph Marinelli, Eric Smith and Cheri Yecke. The board plans to select one of the three next month to be Florida's next education commissioner, a job that includes overseeing the Florida Department of Education and helping to set state education policy. On a preliminary tally the seven-member board used to narrow the pool to three, Smith had seven votes, Yecke had four votes and Marinelli had three.

Originally 32 people applied for the job and 24 of them met the necessary criteria.


An editorial in the Palm Beach Post said,
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Two of the seven finalists have recent experience in statewide education. Jim Warford has the kind of track record the board should be looking for. Cheri Pierson Yecke is the kind of candidate to avoid. .

. . . Dr. Yecke followed Mr. Warford as K-12 chancellor. Mr. Winn appointed her after she lost her job as education commissioner in Minnesota, in part because of her willingness to let schools teach creationism as an alternative to evolution. That typifies the ideological bent of Gov. Bush's education department, which warped intended reforms. Jeb acolytes were so unwilling to question FCAT procedures and school grades that unqualified graders were hired and flawed tests approved.

The Florida Board of Education did not follow the editorial's advice and chose Cheri Yecke as one of the three finalists. BTW, the charge that she was willing to let schools teach creationism as an alternative to evolution is false.

The Darwinists' sleazy campaign to smear Yecke as a "creationist" has fallen flat on its face. Darwinist Wikipedia administrators censored rebuttals of the criticisms of Cheri Yecke on her bio and locked up the bio to prevent more rebuttal attempts (there is no "edit this page" tab on her bio) -- see especially the "Discussion" page. Wikipedia co-founder "King Jimbo" Wales himself participated in the attacks on her. The sleazy Panda's Thumb blog also censored attempts to defend Yecke. Wikipedia and Panda's Thumb have no credibility.

To see more articles about Yecke, click on her post labels in the sidebar. I dropped my complaint to the IRS when I discovered that she is not now a candidate in an upcoming public election.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even if Yecke is appointed, you can be sure that one hell of a lawsuit will be filed the moment she tries to introduce her fundie religious agenda into the Florida education system. You saw what happened in Pennsylvania when they tried the same creationism bullshit. Big lawsuit and mass resignations was what happened in case you didn't. Right now, creationism and intelligent design are pretty much poison fruit, and I'm sure not even Jeb Bush would want that tainting his legacy.

Friday, September 21, 2007 10:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Larry's "complaint to the IRS" about Wikipedia was bogus and thus stillborn to begin with. The filing baseless complaints can and have been held accountable before. His reason for dropping it is as vacuous and disingenuous as the complaint itself.

Friday, September 21, 2007 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

Anonymous said...

>>>>>> Even if Yecke is appointed, you can be sure that one hell of a lawsuit will be filed the moment she tries to introduce her fundie religious agenda into the Florida education system. <<<<<<<

As a result of a minor incident four years ago, Yecke has been falsely portrayed as a fundy pro-creationist activist. All she did was cite the Santorum Amendment -- incorporated into a joint Senate-House report accompanying the No Child Left Behind Act -- in support of a policy that individual school districts could decide whether or not to teach about intelligent design.

>>>>> His reason for dropping it is as vacuous and disingenuous as the complaint itself. <<<<<<

I said that my reason for dropping my complaint to the IRS was my discovery that Yecke is not a candidate in an upcoming public election. I got that false idea from Wikipedia.

Saturday, September 22, 2007 6:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Voice in the Urbanness said...

> I said that my reason for dropping my complaint to the IRS was <

That you realized that it didn't hold water and you were making a fool of yourself (as usual).

Why did you ban ViW? Your silence on this subject says a lot.

Monday, September 24, 2007 12:49:00 PM  

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