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David Britten
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Retired U.S. Army officer and Public School Superintendent
Retired U.S. Army officer and Public School Superintendent

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Persistent Funding Gaps in Michigan K-12 Schools
Almost a year to the date, I posted on the continuing inequity of K-12 school funding in Michigan. I have since retired but you can go back and read (or re-read) that post at: One More Time on Equity in School Funding It is a fairly comprehensive post yet u...
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Governor's K-12 Funding Proposal Doesn't Do Enough
I'm no longer in a school superintendent's seat but that doesn't eliminate my concern as a citizen and taxpayer for the continuing underfunding of our public schools in Michigan. Governor Rick Snyder has proposed an increase for the upcoming 2019 fiscal yea...
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Republican Tax Plan Widens Economic Gap to Further Attack Public Schools
The final version of the House and Senate tax plan which will likely be voted on this week includes a provision to expand the benefits of " 529 savings plans " to include tax-free distributions to pay for K-12 tuition and/or homeschool expenses. According t...
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100 Years Ago: 126th Infantry finalizes training and prepares for embarkation to France
West Michigan's 126th Infantry and its parent 32nd Division (Michigan and Wisconsin) were ensconced in in a rigid training camp at Waco, Texas throughout the fall and early winter of 1917-18, as they awaited impending orders for transport to Europe. Toward ...
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Recalling the "End of Watch" for a Lee Rebel Hero
A recent, unexpected convergence led me to research and write this post. At the conclusion of the annual meeting of the Lee High School Hall of Fame selection committee in early November, Mr. Tom Thompson mentioned the name of an alumnus we might want to co...
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Galewood-Urbandale-Burlingame: The GUB
The Godfrey-Lee Public Schools community is comprised of three once-distinct small neighborhoods and business centers known as Galewood (the oldest and most well-known name at one time) which ran along the Burton Street corridor centered on Godfrey Avenue, ...
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They will always be a special group of Rebels - my Rebels
My first attempts at blogging was with the now-defunct Posterous blog site. I liked it and continued using it for a number of years until that dreaded notice about the site going black in the near future. Fortunately, it provided a means of archiving my pos...
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Michigan Legislature Wasting Time on a Non-Issue
While you drive over washboard roads and unsafe bridges, drinking your lead-contaminated water while looking for a job that pays more than $10 an hour, think about the amount of time the Michigan legislature is wasting on a non-issue: teacher pensions. Also...
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What are you reading that might help you REALLY transform education?
My suggested reading list for those in the process of or desiring to transform your schools through redesign to provide learning targeted towards our children's needs and futures. This is not fully comprehensive but represent some of the most interesting an...
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75 Years Ago: West Michigan's 126th Infantry Headed for the South Pacific
On April 18, 1942, the 126th (Infantry Regiment of the 32nd "Red Arrow" Division) boarded the S.S. Lurline ,
a luxury liner that had been converted to transport duty, and four days later
sailed for the South Pacific.  Life
aboard the ship was no doubt tedio...
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