SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2014 • T HE BULLETIN B 5
Yesterday Continued from B1 The implicit threat was held plainly over Great Britain and France that if they refused torecognize the annihilation of the Polish state
and stop the war, Russia would throw her 160,000,000 citizens into the war in al-
liance w it h
he greatly admired, and started back home via Fort Worth. He did not know Kennedy
was assassinated until he turned his car radio on well
P remier-Foreign C o m missar Viacheslav Molotav
and German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop reached the agreements in an all night conference. Shortly after the meeting started, Russia announced the conclusion of a t r eaty
of "mutual assistance" with
Grand Prairie for gas. A woman asked him whether he had heard what had heard on the radio not realizing at the time that it
also fitted him. But if House didn't note
the similarity, she did and called the police, House heard a siren and saw a red
frontiers of Russia and Germany — in what a month
House said. "But after I got to the police station, I wasn't
ago was Poland — were fixed. 2 — Joint declaration by Molotov and Ribbentrop announcing that peace would be sought, with the aid of friendly nations, on the ba-
scared anymore. I had a
for industrial products.
For the week ending Oct. 4, 1989
clear conscience and I kept
repeating, 'I didn't do it.'" After three hours of denying he was the assassin, House was put in a cell. Finally a policeman came to sis of the present status, and the cell and said: "They've that if Britain and France re- caught another boy, Lee fused, and hereby "assumed Harvey Oswald. They are responsibility," Russia and pretty sure he did it." Germany would consult on House was released and measures to be taken then. the best apology he got was 3 — An exchange of let- from a jail matron who ran ters between Molotov and up, kissed him and said, "I'm Ribbentrop on e conomic glad you didn't do it." questions, providing that Russia would send Germany 25 YEARS AGO raw materials in exchange
Injury couldn't stop Cougars' Corrigan Chris Corrigan c ould charge people admission to look at the purplish, foot-
Barresi, superintendent of ers in the state say they are public instruction, anticipated perplexed, given that Duncan the state would spend an extra acknowledged in August that $4 million to $6 million sim- testing was "sucking the oxyply processing paperwork for gen out of the room in a lot of schools now marked as failing. schools," and announced that "We're punishing schools states could delay incorporatand educators, and argu- ing test results into teacher ably kids, because state pol- evaluations. icymakers don't want to do In the interview, Duncan what" the Education Depart- said he wanted states eventument demands, said Michael ally to use student test perforJ. Petrilli, president of the mance as one of several meaThomas B. Fordham Institute, sures to rate teachers. "The a right-leaning education poli- goal of teaching is students cy group in Washington, D.C. learning," he said. "And this is "Talk about friendly fire." a piece of evaluating what stuThe peculiar disconnect, in dents are learning." which schools that were reIn Washington, a bill that centlypraised are now being would have required that the censured for low performance, performance of students on has demorali zed teachers. state tests be a part of educa"These are the teachers who tors' evaluations failed in the stayed and dug in and had state Senate by a vote of 28-19 in February. the grit and commitment to change this school," said JesSupporters said the measica Calabrese, the principal sure would have averted the of Lakeridge, where the play- current absurdity of so many ground overlooks Lake Wash- failing schools. "What we're doing today in ington in a once-coveted neighborhood overtaken by poverty. this state is crazy," said Randy Just three years ago, only 20 Dorn, the state superintendent. percentoffifth-graderspassed Kim Mead, the president state math tests. This pastyear, of the Washington Education close to 80 percent did. Association, a union that repThe mixed messages con- resents83,000 members, said fuse parents, too. At Benson schools were already adoptHill Elementary School near- ing a new evaluation system by, Martha Flemming, the requiring teachers to demonprincipal, said she had spent a strate students' p r ogress lot of time explaining why the during the year, using measchool, which the state recent- sures developed locally among ly honored for being among teachers and administrators. the top 10 percent in improved Because the ratings do not intest scores over the past three clude state standardized test years, is now technically fail- scores,the federal Education ing. "We'd like to be able to cel- Department says the new sysebrate our success," she said. tem is insufficient. "But we also had this monkey Some legislators plan to on our back of being an under- reintroduce a bill in the next performing school." session. In refusing to insert Arne Duncan, the federal test scores into teacher evaleducation secretary, said in uations, said state Sen. Steve
academic achievement of all students, especially children of color and those who live in come from lower-income fami- poverty. While educators have lies, was totally remade. Anew increasingly pushed for reviprincipal arrived and replaced sions, Congress has failed to half the staff, and she length- change the law, as Democrats ened the school day and year. and Republicans squabble Working with a $3 million over what role the federal govfederal grant, the staff collab- ernment should play in public SEATTLE — Three years
ago, Lakeridge Elementary School, where most pupils
orated with the University of
t h e R u s- ed for?" House said.
Fire razes historic Silvertooth building
s chools accountable for t h e
Washington to train teachers
sian-German agreements "You are being arrested were: for the assassination of Pres1 — The signature by Mo- ident Kennedy," a policeman lotov and Ribbentrop of a sard. "I was frightened at first," treaty of amity in which the
For the week ending Oct. 4, 1964
as a bipartisan project to hold
the side of the road. A policeman ordered him to get out
of his car and stand with his hands against it. "I looked up and there nian islands at the entrance were a lot of policemen with of the Gulf of Finland and shotguns and everything," the Port of Paldiski, as naval House said. "What am I being arrestand air bases.
50 YEARS AGO
By Motoko Rich New York Times News Service
light flashing and pulled to
Esthonia, under which Russia gets the use of the Estho-
T he fruits o f
W ashington stateschoolssetupto fail
out of Dallas. He stopped in
the killer looked like. House G e r many'sgave her the description he
Faced with congressional
i n s tructional tech- gridlock, the Obama admin-
niques. The results were pow- istration two years ago byerM: Test scores soared. passed Congress and issued Yet just before school re- waivers to 43 states, excusing sumed for this fall, Lakeridge them from the requirement on learned that it had been de- the condition that they put into dared a failing school under effect rigorous academic stanfederal education law. dards, such as the Common I n f act, n early n i n e i n Core, and incorporate student 10 Washington state p u btest scores into performance lic schools, including some ratings of teachers. A handful high-achieving campuses in of states, including California the state's most moneyed com- and Vermont, refused to use munities, have been relegated test scores in teacher ratings, to a federal blacklist of failure, and either did not apply for or requiring them to set aside 20 were denied waivers. percent of their federal funding Washington state o rigifor private tutoring or to trans- nally agreed to rate teachers port students to schools not on
the failing list, if parents wish. The schools in Washington are caught in the political
with student test scores as a required component. But the
Legislature decided instead to let districts choose whether
crossfir e of a battle over edu- to use the scores. As a result cation policy. Because the state of that gap between can and Legislat ure has refused to re- must, the U.S. Department of quire that teacher evaluations Education in April revoked the be based in part on student test state's waiver from No Child scores, schools are being held Left Behind, triggering a casto an outdated benchmark that cade of paperwork for the state is all but impossible to achieve and school districts to identify — that by 2014, every single failing schools, and diverting student would be proficient about $40 million in federal in readingand math. Thou- funding, the 20 percent set sands of schools in California, aside. Iowa, North Dakota, Vermont Oklahoma also lost its waivand Wyoming havealso been er in August, but for a difdeclared failing for the same ferent reason: The state has reason. withdrawn from the Common The 100 percent require- Core, a set of reading and ment was set under No Child math standards adopted by Left Behind, the 2001 signa- more than 40 states, and reture law of the George W. Bush verted to older, less rigorous administration once hailed academic guidelines. Janet
an interview that Washington state had broken its commit-
Litzow, chairman of the Edu-
cation Committee, "the adults ment and had to pay a price. put their interests above the Some educators and lawmak- children."
long scar running over his The Silvertooth build- left knee. It belongs in a ing, holding one of the best freak show with the beardknown museums in up-state ed lady and the two-headed Oregon, was destroyed this calf. You can't help but stare. morning by a fire that startC orrigan was o n t h e ed from a trailerparked Mountain V i e w fo o t ball adjacent to t h e h i storic team last year and during a structure. routine tackling drill early Nothing was saved from in the season, Corrigan tore the museum, which held rel- three of the knee's four ligics of stage coach days dat- aments. As painful as that ing to the era when Antelope sounds, it was even worse was a stopping place on the listening to the knee's "pop" Canyon City gold trail. The and Corrigan's agonizing museum held one of the best screams. known mineral collections But this isn't a story about in the state.
an injury. It's the story of an
John Silvertooth, owner athlete. of the museum, estimates Less than a year after the the building and content loss mishap, Corrigan is the Couat around $20,000 — but, he gars starting quarterback. stressed, the actual historic value of articles lost cannot
"I wouldn't have felt right
with myself, not pushing be estimated. No insurance myself to get back to where was carried. I was before," said Corrigan, The Silvertooth building
an "A" student.
dates to 1898, when it was
"In my own thoughts, if he
constructed by the late FW. Silvertooth, father of John
had chose not to play I would
not have been surprised beSilvertooth, following the cause of the extent of the fire that started at 2:30 a.m. injury," MV. Coach Clyde on the morning of July 11, Powell said. 1898, and destroyed virtualThe injury not only endly the entire town.
I I ' I II ' ' I
ed his 1988 football season,
Last night's fire started in a trailer in which Henry Spalinger, a pioneer resident of Antelope who only recently returned to the historic "ghost town," was sleeping. The trailer had been parked betweenthe museum and a vacant building. Spalinger was awakened by flames, and suffered
but it kept Corrigan off the basketball court and wiped out his prep baseball season as well. Corrigan, younger brother of Cougar assistant coach Sean Corrigan, was on crutches for eight weeks. He began seven months of physical therapy six weeks after surgery. During the school year, some burns. The few resi- he worked at strengthening dents of the town rolled out the knee three hours a day, an old hand operated hose every day. In the summer he cart, but were unable to curb
toiled even more.
"I just had to get back into
T he M a dras F i r e D e - sports," said the senior, who p artment made t h e r u n , with his twin brother, Bill,
but found the museum in embers.
is the youngest of a large sports-minded family. "Part of it was knowing I had to
Texan reveals his arrest as push myself to get back. If suspect in Kennedy death I didn't push myself, I don't
To most people, the Warren Report i s
know what I would be like a di s t ant, right now."
lengthy, formal document — a summary of a weekend when history tore their hearts out but did not touch
their lives. To Donald Wayne House
it's a reminder of four hours last Nov. 22 when he was
jailed by mistake as the President's killer. His story has never been told before.
House hauls dynamite for a construction firm. He lived in Texas last fall and on Nov.
22 he came to Dallas to visit an old army buddy. While he was in Dallas, he
waited until he got a glimpse of President Kennedy, whom
Powell said Corrigan's decision to come back speaks volumesabouthischaracter.
"What he's done since the
injury is indicative of what kind of kid he is. He is a kid with self discipline, who can really make a commitment," the coach said. Corrigan credited Sean — 10 years his senior — for keeping his spirits up and for pushing him when therapy got difficult. Thanks to the encouragement, Chris believes he is as physically capable now as he was before the injury. The "big old brace" he wears gives him added confidence.
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