Saturday, February 19, 2005

Not everyone gets it

Liberal Online - Southwest Daily Times, News from Liberal and Seward County,
Kline fiasco really about fear of changing school standards

Watson said this morning in a phone conversation that most of [Attorney General Phill] Kline's meetings with the conservative state school board members were used to discuss school finance legislation, while the moderates met with Senate Vice President John Vratil, R-Leawood, a well-known moderate. The evolution discussion was minimal in Kline's meetings, Watson said.

Southwest Daily Times

The recent outburts from many state media editorial boards and Democratic legislators late last week and early this week on Attorney General Phill Kline's two separate closed meetings with conservative members of the Kansas State Board of Education need to be examined in context.

Kline and members of his staff indicated he discussed mostly education funding legislation and minutely talked about legal action should the board vote to put stickers on school science text books calling evolution a theory rather than fact.
Look, he isn't the Board's counsel. They have a lawyer. So their discussions with Kline are not attorney-client discussions. Conversations about school funding should be out in the open. That's the issue.

The fact that the Board met illegally with Kline is bad. The fact that they are replacing the open process established by the science standards subcommittee with a closed and deeply flawed process is bad. This will be controversial either way, but letting the public into the process is good policy, and it's the law.

In short, it doesn't matter what was discussed, the business of the public should have been conducted in the public eye. The fact that they pushed a very controversial agenda during that meeting just makes it worse.

As I'm sure Mr. Diepenbrock and Mr. Kline said at some point, “It's not the sex, it's the lie.”

She's Losing It” by Belle & Sebastian from the album Tigermilk (1999, 2:22).