Author Archives: Jay Harnack

About Jay Harnack

Superintendent of Sublette County School District #1

A Wyoming Tragedy in One Act?

Unless you’ve been buried under snow, which is a distinct possibility these days, it’s hard to miss the ongoing debate about education funding in Wyoming. The legislative session is in full swing and the topic that’s center stage is the … Continue reading

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Reality Bites

For those of you who follow my blog in some way (thanks Mom), you may have noticed that I haven’t posted for a while.  The truth is, I’ve been really busy.  But busy or not, I think its time to … Continue reading

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There’s Something to See Here

If you’re a fan of 80’s comedies like I am, you count Naked Gun as one of the classics.  The “Nothing to See Here” scene in this film is one of my favorites.   Police Lt. Frank Drebin arrives on the … Continue reading

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The Scesis Increases

“Ello, I wish to register a complaint.”  So starts Monty Python’s famous Dead Parrot skit.  For fans of the Flying Circus, it’s a quintessential piece of British humor.  For those with an eye for analogy, it’s also a burning effigy of the current state … Continue reading

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And a Butterfly Flapped Its Wings…

The Butterfly Effect is a term used for a small change in a sensitive system, that eventually results in large differences in the system at a later date.   It’s the notion that a butterfly flapping its wings in Tokyo … Continue reading

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And Now for Something Completely Different…

Careful dear citizens if you decide to dip your toe into the turbulent pool that is the 24 hours news cycle.  It’s ugly out there.  The federal government is shut down.  Congress appears historically dysfunctional.  And the national debt is … Continue reading

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And Is Better Than Or

I spend a lot of time thinking about strategic planning.  I think a good strategic plan is an integral part of a successful school district.   As a part of that, I spend a lot of time looking at mission … Continue reading

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A Graduation By Any Other Name…

A few weeks ago, the Wyoming Department of Education released the 2011-2012 graduations rates for the state and its individual districts.  The state average was down 0.85% to 78.9%.  Two years ago, I wrote a blog describing how absurd the … Continue reading

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Tinker(ing) with Accountability

Tinker vs. Des Moines was a landmark legal case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court that established the rights of students.  In essence, the case established the fact that students do not “abandon their rights at the school-house door”.   … Continue reading

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The Surgery Was A Success…But The Patient Died

I know a lot of you probably suspected as much, but I just wanted to officially confirm that according to Einstein, I’m insane.   Or maybe I’m just a fanatic.   The scary possibility (probability?) is that when it comes to … Continue reading

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