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  • Reynolds School Board resistant to Egan charter school application from Corbett's Bob Dunton

    Dunton, best known for founding the Corbett Charter School, wants to open the 720-student Egan campus with a similar philosophy in a new building the Rockwood Community Development Corporation hopes to build near the intersection of Stark and Burnside streets.

    Before Bob Dunton tried to convince the Reynolds School Board to approve his proposed charter school in Rockwood, he attempted to lighten the mood with a joke about pheasant hunting.

    "I feel a little bit like a China rooster in Cabela's on opening day," he said near the beginning of a public hearing Wednesday over his application for The Egan School.

    For much of a hearing that stretched past 10 p.m., his analogy seemed on target. Five of six board members -- the seventh seat is currently vacant -- fired round after round of critical questions. They will vote on the charter application Oct. 8 at Fairview City Hall.

    Diego Hernandez, a Rockwood resident, had a particularly strong response, dubbing Dunton's plan "a D-minus proposal."

                                                    The proposal

    Dunton, best known for founding the Corbett Charter School, wants to open the 720-student Egan campus with a similar philosophy in a new building the Rockwood Community Development Corporation hopes to build near the intersection of Stark and Burnside streets. One of the buildings slated for demolition on the site housed the Foxy Girls strip club until last year.

    Dunton said by law his first priority is to educate children from anywhere within the Reynolds district, not just Rockwood. If fewer than 720 students apply from in-district, he can fill the 32 planned classrooms with children from outside those boundaries.

    Dunton plans to open the school in 2015 with kindergarteners through eighth-graders and add high-school programs as the children age.

    "Our purpose is to come in and try something different," he said.

    The educator argued through a series of graphs that students in his Corbett school outperformed peers in the Reynolds district and statewide. Indeed, the Corbett program he runs has been celebrated repeatedly in two national publication rankings of academic achievement, "and we don't think we're done getting better at this," he said.

    Dunton provided descriptions of his program's approach. It includes the use of a story-based, "imaginative education" devised by charter namesake Kieran Egan and multi-age classrooms.

    He has support among advocates for the revitalization of Rockwood, plus teachers, parents and students affiliated with Corbett Charter School.

    "Mr. Dunton has exuberance beyond what I've ever seen before," said Lynnia K. Woods, a local parent who sent her children to Corbett Charter School. "I see absolutely no risk, and if there is risk, it is so minimal. Why wouldn't you give it a shot?"

    "As a parent," September Price added, "I just want a choice."

    Bill Beckers, a candidate in House District 49, said the new schools building "will bring a tremendous improvement in that particular area of Rockwood."

    The critics

    But the plan faced skepticism from the board and from three Reynolds teachers who testified.

    Teacher Emily Crum questioned whether the Egan campus truly would serve the needs of the diverse, low-income students of Rockwood.

    "I want to know how they're going to be supported in a place like this," she said. "I want to see us invest in our own school district."

    Duntton's plan to serve Rockwood stirred many of the toughest questions from board members.

    "I don't see that this is a community demand," Hernandez said. "Why do we not have a room full of Rockwood parents here demanding this charter school?"

    Bruce McCain, the board's chairman, chimed in: "Are you chasing a 52,000-square-foot building or do you really want to serve Rockwood?"

    Dunton said organizers would work with community members to meet local needs. "The presence of that program in Rockwood targets Rockwood," he said.

    McCain sounded irked that developers had lobbied the board to approve the charter application, which must be decided on educational criteria.

    Brad Ketch, called up from the audience, acknowledged that private financing for the building – the first in a multi-phased development – hinges on the school securing the legal ability to open there.

    McCain said: "We're not going to approve this, or disapprove it, on a development basis."

    Past experience

    An earlier Reynolds board blocked Dunton's efforts at siting a charter school in the district in 2009.

    Board members noted Dunton's involvement in other proposals to create a handful of charter schools from Cascade Locks to San Diego. None have materialized other than Corbett.

    "This isn't a field of dreams," the chairman said in response to Dunton's contention that filling the building with enough students to be financially stable is the least of his worries. "This is public money."

    McCain and Joe Teeny, the board's veteran member, said Dunton built a reputation for being difficult to work with during his tenure in Corbett, first as superintendent and later as charter school director.

    If Dunton's current charter program is "so wonderful, why is Corbett pushing you out?" Teeny asked.

    Dunton recapped how his Corbett charter program shrank from 460 to 75 students sharing the Corbett School District campus for the current school year. It soon will lose its lease altogether as Corbett shifts to filling its buildings with a combination of local kids and non-resident transfer students.

    "That conversation turned acrimonious, as they say when they don't want to say 'ugly,' " Dunton said.

    The only openly sympathetic board member Wednesday was Tamara Schaffner, who asked simpler questions during the proceeding and expressed concern about "negativity" on the panel.

    "I'm finding it difficult to be against this," she said.

    -- Eric Apalategui

  • Wood Village boil water alert doesn't affect Troutdale, city says, despite health department phone calls

    Wood Village issued a boil water notice Monday for city residents in neighborhoods north of Northeast Glisan Street due to a drop in pressure in the city water system below state prescribed levels.

    Wood Village issued a boil water notice Monday for city residents in neighborhoods north of Northeast Glisan Street due to a drop in pressure in the city water system below state prescribed levels.

    The Multnomah County Health Department notified residents of the Wood Village boil water alert based on that city's zip code. Because Wood Village shares a zip code with Troutdale, some Troutdale residents may have erroneously received the boil water notice telephone alerts. 

    But Troutdale sent out a news release Monday afternoon reassuring residents that Troutdale water customers are not affected by the Wood Village boil water alert. The release confirmed that Troutdale supplies all of its own water from its own wells through a self-contained distribution system and the city's water is safe to drink and to use normally.

    City officials said that residents can confirm who their water provider is by looking at their utility bill. If a household pays its water bill to the city of Troutdale, it is a Troutdale water customer and not subject to Wood Village's boil water notice.

    Troutdale says residents seeking additional information about the water situation can contact the Troutdale Public Works Department at 503-674-3300.

    -- Susan Green

  • Boil order in effect for all tap water in Wood Village's southern neighborhoods

    City leaders say a well shut down requiring a boil-water notice until tests show water is safe.

    Wood Village residents of neighborhoods north of Northeast Glisan Street (see map below) should not drink any tap water until it has been boiled, a city news release said Monday. 

    Boil orders could remain in effect until at least Tuesday, when test results are expected.  

    During maintenance on city reservoirs, one of the wells shut down and the pressure provided to the city's water system dropped below prescribed levels. Oregon rules require a boil-water alert when water pressure drops.

    The well is running correctly again and the water pressure has returned, the city said.

    Until further notice, the city recommends heating all tap water to a rolling boil for one minute before allowing it to cool for use. Boiled water should be used for drinking, ice-making, teeth-brushing, dish-washing and all food preparation.

    Except as noted, the following activities do not require the boiling of water: showering and bathing (though people should avoid getting water in their mouths), dish-washing with soapy tap water and rinsing with boiled water, laundering clothes, general cleaning and mopping, hand-washing, pet-bathing and plant-watering.

    For information, call the city at 503-667-6211 or visit Wood Village's website.

    -- The Oregonian

  • Hikers' cars broken into, then authorities find meth and a stolen gun, officials say

    Reports of vehicle break-ins in the Columbia River Gorge led investigators to a hotel room, where they found a stolen firearm and suspected methamphetamine, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

    Reports of vehicle break-ins in the Columbia River Gorge led investigators to a hotel room, where they found a stolen firearm and suspected methamphetamine, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

    Hikers near Angel's Rest on Tuesday returned to their vehicles and reported that they had been broken into, authorities said. Sheriff's deputies then arrested Brian Peoples, 37, and Kristina Yurick, 42, who were both booked into the Multnomah County Jail on multiple charges and outstanding arrest warrants, officials said. A third person was arrested but later released without being charged.

    The initial investigation led the sheriff's office to then execute a search warrant at the Motel 6 in Troutdale, authorities said. Deputies, working with Gresham and Troutdale Police, found multiple stolen items, including a firearm, and suspected meth, officials said.

    Prior to the execution of the warrant, Michael Llanos was seen running from the hotel room and was taken into custody on outstanding arrest warrants and additional charges, the sheriff's office said.

    Deputies expect to make more arrests. The sheriff's office advised hikers to lock up valuables when visiting the Columbia River Gorge.

    -- Luke Hammill

  • Photos: The 32nd annual Teddy Bear Parade in Gresham

    Representing schools, scout troops and clubs, kids ruled the streets of Gresham during the 32nd annual Soroptimist Teddy Bear Parade on Saturday.

    The temperature was relatively cool and skies were a bit cloudy on Saturday. Fortunately, that's ideal weather to nuzzle up to a fuzzy companion.

    Representing schools, scout troops and clubs, kids ruled the streets of Gresham during the 32nd annual Soroptimist Teddy Bear Parade. Thousands of Teddy bears and other plush toys came along for the ride on the parade route, rivaling the humans in numbers.

    Local businesses also joined in on the fun, driving rigs with teddy bears strapped to the roof or front grill.

    The Soroptimist International of Gresham began the parade in 1982 to help the lives of women and girls through financial aid and grants.

  • David Douglas' Kennedy Allen wins The Oregonian's Athlete of the Week

    The Scots junior won the Oregon City Invitational, running the 5,000-meter course in 18 minutes, 50.47 seconds, 36 seconds faster than runner-up Maia Edwards of Clackamas.

    David Douglas junior Kennedy Allen was voted The Oregonian's high school athlete of the week for Sept. 15-21.

    The Scots junior won the Oregon City Invitational, running the 5,000-meter course in 18 minutes, 50.47 seconds, 36 seconds faster than runner-up Maia Edwards of Clackamas. Earlier in the week, Allen won a five-way meet at Clackamas Community College.

    Have an athlete you would like to nominate or vote for as athlete of the week for Sept. 22-28? Check back here on Monday when polling opens up. Submit your own nomination at Voting opens on the afternoon of Monday, Sept. 28, and runs through 2 p.m. Saturday.

  • Parkrose’s Maurice France breaks the unwritten rule, and it breaks Sandy

    The Broncos drive 97 yards during the final 33 seconds of the first half to break open a game

    The ball is at the 3-yard line, 97 yards from the end zone. It’s first-and-10, 33 seconds left in the first half and the team with the ball has a one-point lead.

    Conservatively, 99.9999 percent of football coaches in America take a knee and head to the locker room.

    The exception is Parkrose’s Maurice France. If there’s time on the clock and any chance to score, no matter how risky, France is all in.

    And so it was Friday night, with Parkrose leading Sandy 16-15 when Andre Johnson intercepted a pass at the 3-yard line with 33 seconds remaining. The Broncos dodge a bullet here with Sandy missing a chance to take the lead. Now, Parkrose can regroup and take a one-point into halftime.

    Except the Broncos didn’t. Which shouldn’t surprise anyone, as France also hates to punt. Parkrose almost always go for it on fourth down, as it punted seven times in 2013, and just twice through four games this season.

    “I have a head coach who likes to score points,” Parkrose coach Jonathan Boland said.

    There was no surrender in France’s voice when he sent the offense on the field with 33 seconds remaining. Three plays, 29 seconds and 97 yards later, the Broncos were in the end zone with a touchdown, a 24-15 lead and the dagger that seemed to finish Sandy.

    “My thinking was, if I can get one more score, they’re coming in (to the locker room) with their heads down, and they’re coming out with their heads down,” France said. “And that’s what happened.”

    France told Boland to run a play he was saving for the first series of the third quarter, a run where Boland scampered 24 yards to the Parkrose 27. Boland then hit Vincent Vy with a 30-yard pass to the Sandy 43.

    Boland had time for at least one more play, and one play was all he needed. Boland threw to Johnson at the 15. Johnson turned, broke a tackle, then dragged another tackler for five yards before diving into the end zone with four seconds remaining.

    Parkrose quickly added to its 24-15 halftime lead with two touchdowns during the first three minutes of the third quarter, and went on to beat Sandy 46-22.

    Asked why he broke conventional rules in that situation, France cackled loudly and offered a simple answer.

    “I don’t think like that,” he said.

    Twitter: @nickdaschel

  • Taking stock of Oregon high school football: Week 4 analysis

    The highlights and not-so-bright lights from Friday's action

    The morning-after look at what transpired during Week 4 high school football action. As always, if you agree, and particularly if you disagree, let it fly with your comments below:

    Sure buys

    Down to eight unbeatens: Three 3-0 Class 6A teams lost Friday, leaving the classification with South Salem, Sprague, Westview, Clackamas, West Linn, Tigard, North Medford and Grants Pass as the state’s only 4-0 schools. We’re down to three possibilities for head-to-head unbeaten matchup this season: South Salem at Sprague (Oct. 9), North Medford at Grants Pass (Oct. 10) and West Linn at Tigard (Oct. 17).

    Field of 5A elite dwindling: We’re down to six 5A unbeatens in Silverton, Hermiston, Redmond, Ashland, Hillsboro and Parkrose. Silverton looks so good, the Foxes might not lose again until next season. The lone possibility of a head-to-head game between unbeatens remain in Hillsboro at Parkrose on Oct. 17.

    Who and what caught the eye during Week 4: Who didn’t notice Westview’s basketball team playing football Friday night? The go-go Wildcats put up 81 points in a rout of Beaverton, an eye-opening warm-up for next Friday’s game at Jesuit. Winless Oregon City picked itself off the deck with a 55-point performance against David Douglas. Offenses were in high gear Friday, as 10 6A teams scored at least 45 points.

    Molalla is rolling: Another Friday, another huge win for upstart Molalla. Coming off a 4-5 campaign in 2013, Molalla is 4-0 following a 70-0 win over Corbett. Molalla shares the state lead with Redmond with 228 points through four games. Molalla’s defense has chipped in with two shutouts this season. The only thing in Molalla’s way is looking too far ahead, as its big test comes Oct. 24 against No. 1 Gladstone.

    Worth a long look

    Don’t write off Sheldon: Mature, tested programs like Sheldon can withstand the loss of an important player, even a quarterback like Justin Herbert. The Irish showed in a 40-25 win over previously unbeaten South Medford that they’re a tough out, even with Herbert sidelined for the season. Sheldon still has plenty of firepower, as Logan Comer and Kellen Strahm combined for 452 rushing yards against the Panthers.

    Parkrose offense is pure fun: The Broncos and slippery quarterback Jonathan Boland are worth a $6 ticket. Parkrose lines up in its five-wide formation and dares defenses to cover its receivers and Boland. It often ends up badly for the defense, as Boland is willing to run wherever necessary and buy time for his receivers to get open. Of Boland’s 15 completions in a 46-22 win over Sandy, 10 went for at least 25 yards.

    The PIL title race could get settled Friday: It’s Lincoln at Grant at 4 p.m. next Friday in game that could decide the Portland Interscholastic League title. The Generals (2-2, 2-0) and Cardinals (2-2, 1-0) are coming off Week 4 routs. Lincoln is the PIL’s most impressive team to date, owning the league’s lone non-conference win, as well as competitive losses to Southridge and West Salem. Roosevelt (2-2, 2-0) is a fringe PIL contender, as the Roughriders haven’t been nearly as formidable as Grant and Lincoln to date.

    Newbies holding their own: Last year’s 5A state finalists Sherwood and West Albany seem to be making a nice transition into 6A. West Albany (3-1, 2-1) has won three consecutive games, while Sherwood (2-2, 2-2) has competitive losses to No. 2 Tigard and No. 4 Grants Pass. While neither team appears on a state finals path, both could have a couple state playoff wins in their 2014 futures.

    Hold for now

    Winning, but we still have questions: At 4-0, you’ve proven something. But with 4-0 comes increased expectations. Well, not for Tigard. It’s title-or-bust every year for the Tigers. South Salem proved itself by knocking off West Salem. But are Westview and Clackamas in it for the long haul? The Wildcats have done nothing wrong and a lot right in getting to 4-0, but among their victims are winless Tualatin and 1-3 Southridge. Let’s face it: until Westview plays Metro League gold standard Jesuit this Friday, people are hesitant to completely buy the Wildcats. Likewise for Clackamas. The Cavaliers are floating in the same boat until they play Mt. Hood behemoth Central Catholic on Oct. 24.

    Keep reading, Sunset: Apparently this space motivated Sunset last week after jabbing the Apollos’ defense for giving up 47, 49 and 47 points in their first three games. Sunset responded by giving up just one touchdown in a 24-10 win over Southridge. Now, about that offense. Only 24 points? C’mon, guys.

    Bookmark this for five weeks from now: Based on what we’ve seen through four weeks of play, here are the 6A league title predictions: Lincoln (PIL), Jesuit (Metro), Central Catholic (Mt. Hood), West Linn (Three Rivers), Sprague (Greater Valley), Grants Pass (Southwest).

    Sell, sell, sell

    Bailing on Lakeridge, for now: At least as a Three Rivers League title contender. The Pacers’ 37-30 defeat to Sherwood was a lost opportunity to prove they belonged among the state’s top 10. The game was torpedoed in the first quarter, when Lakeridge spotted the Bowmen a 21-0 lead. With unbeaten West Linn up next, the Pacers (2-2, 1-1) are in danger of falling below .500 midway through the season.

    Fun while it lasted for Gresham: The Gophers were an early-season feel-good story, with a 2-0 start and momentum heading into the Mt. Hood Conference season. But after a tough loss to Barlow, followed by Friday’s defeat to Reynolds, Gresham (2-2, 0-2) may not see another win for weeks with Oregon City, Central Catholic and Clackamas up next.

    Rating the 6A leagues

    Southwest: Wouldn’t surprise to see three or four Southwest teams in the playoff quarterfinals.

    Three Rivers: The TRL’s depth remains impressive, but not as good as it once appeared.

    Mt. Hood: Any league including prohibitive state title favorite Central Catholic has to be among the state’s top three.

    Greater Valley: Sprague, South Salem and West Salem – and perhaps West Albany – appear solid, but a nine-team league leaves for a short non-league resume.

    Metro: It’s Jesuit and Westview and not much else, as the remaining six were 5-7 in non-league play.

    PIL: Until this league solves the problem of roster depth, it’s going to struggle big time in 6A.

    Twitter: @nickdaschel

  • Gophers loose starting QB to leg injury

    Starting quarterback Ben Chittock fractured his right fibula last night late in the fourth quarter and is out 6 to 8 weeks, which may end his season. He was scrambling in the backfield and broke free for an eight yard run when he was twisted and tackled on the play. After talking to Ben today he told me, "To let everybody know not to...

    Starting quarterback Ben Chittock fractured his right fibula last night late in the fourth quarter and is out 6 to 8 weeks, which may end his season. He was scrambling in the backfield and broke free for an eight yard run when he was twisted and tackled on the play. After talking to Ben today he told me, "To let everybody know not to sleep on me next year when I'm healthy again! I won't let this injury keep me from playing again next year." I would agree with Ben and take that as a warning to the Mt. Hood Conference next fall. I have seen him work hard in the off season to get smarter, stronger and be a leader in the gopher football program.  

  • Youth football safety: High school officials give little leeway with targeting rule

    Officials get a directive from the OSAA's Brad Garrett: 'When in doubt if it's targeting, it's targeting'

    He didn’t see the play happen live, but when Gresham football coach Todd Nagel watches it on video, he is perplexed.
    As Gresham running back Sirgeo Hoffman starts off for a long touchdown run, receiver Maleko Arango peels back across the field to block pursuing Barlow defensive back Dillon Payne. In Nagel’s view, Arango made a perfectly legal block, lunging to sidetrack Payne but not knocking him to the ground.
    An official sees it differently, though, calling Arango for flagrant targeting, a call that carries not only a 15-yard penalty, but an ejection and a suspension for the following game.
    “There’s no way,” Nagel said. “You can actually see Maleko lower his pad level and try to hit the strike zone. The official came in and said that Maleko launched himself into a player that didn’t see him coming. … In my opinion, if this play is grounds for ejection, the OSAA will be very busy this fall.”
    Nagel would appeal the ruling to the Portland Football Officials Association to try to get Arango reinstated for the next game. But more on that later.
    The bigger, overarching issue with high school football’s new targeting rule is the continued growing emphasis on player safety and the impact of enforcing the stricter rules on contact. Plays that often did not draw a flag in the past now are not only being penalized, but sometimes with ejections and suspensions.
    It’s part of a safety push that could fundamentally alter the sport.
    “I tell my kids the game is going to change,” Barlow coach Terry Summerfield said. “It’s an education for my coaches, too, because we played in an era when the head was everything.”
    'When in doubt if it's targeting, it's targeting'
    Rules against excessive contact involving the head have been on the books for years in the form of spearing, face-tackling and butt-blocking. In the offseason, though, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) included all of them in defining its new targeting rule.
    The NFHS gave the rule a broad definition: “Targeting is an act of taking aim and initiating contact to an opponent above the shoulders with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow, or shoulders.”
    Officials are making a concerted effort to crack down on such contact this season, partially due to a directive from OSAA assistant executive director Brad Garrett, who also serves as chairman of the NFHS football rules committee.
    “I told our officials in this state, very simply, when in doubt if it’s targeting, it’s targeting,” Garrett said. “When in doubt that it’s flagrant targeting, it’s flagrant targeting. Period. We are going to err on the side of minimizing risk for kids.”
    Of the 14 players that PFOA officials ejected from all levels of high school games in the first three weeks, three were for flagrant targeting. Arango’s was the only one in a varsity game.
    Nagel doesn’t object to the rule, but wonders if the emphasis on player safety is causing a heavy-handed overreaction by officials. In Gresham’s first three games, officials called illegal helmet contact six times.
    “It’s like the word ‘bully’ in school now,” Nagel said. “Parents and kids know, you use the word ‘bully’ in school, and it’s the buzzword. Well, everything is about the helmet and about concussions, so they’re going to err on the side of caution. While I understand that, sometimes the pendulum swings too far.”
    Any leeway that existed before is quickly evaporating.
    “You teach players to be relentless to the ball, and then they get there, and they’re a half-second late, it’s a 15-yarder,” Clackamas coach Joe Bushman said. “It’s a weird time in football with that stuff.”
    Garrett said that officials have been “hammered for six months” on calling targeting. The line between targeting and flagrant targeting can be blurry, but the key factor is judging intent, according to PFOA commissioner Dave Robbins.
    “Flagrant will carry things with it like launching, driving off both legs into the player, no initial contact with any other part of the body except the part that hits above the shoulders,” Robbins said. “In other words, they’re deliberately trying to hurt the person to take them out of the game.”
    Making such judgment calls is a heavy burden on officials.
    “It’s difficult for newer officials who haven’t seen as many plays to make that distinction,” Robbins said. “It’s easier for older officials, but there’s a caveat there; some older officials played in the day when that was considered a good hit. So they’re relearning and rethinking their process.”
    Perhaps no Oregon coach has done more to promote football safety than Summerfield, a master trainer in the NFL-funded Heads Up program. And even he has his concerns about over-officiating.
    “The key component, I think, is it needs to be addressed with kids that are in vulnerable situations,” Summerfield said, “as opposed to two kids coming at each other and fully having contact. The whole helmet-to-helmet, I think, is very subjective in relation to what officials are seeing.
    “Can we adjust it in some way where we can still have kids get to the ball in a ferocious way and be intense? Can they lead with their shoulder instead of leading with the helmet?”
    Adjustment period
    As for the fate of Gresham’s Arango, Nagel sent video of the play in an appeal to the PFOA, which has the authority to reverse the call. Robbins reviewed the video, which was shot from behind the defensive player.
    “The film didn’t show us anything that the official didn’t call,” Robbins said. “The official was allowed the view the film again and said, ‘That’s not the view I had. From my view, the guy launched.’ He stood by his call. If we had film that made it dubious that it really was a launch, that it was just part of the football play, we could uphold the appeal. Since we had nothing, we couldn’t overturn it.”
    So Arango had to sit out Friday’s game against Reynolds, too. The presence of Arango, the team’s best receiver and defensive end, was sorely missed in the 41-37 loss to Barlow and the 29-23 loss to Reynolds, defeats that dropped Gresham’s record to 2-2 overall, 0-2 in the Mt. Hood Conference.
    “He misses a game-and-a-half on a very questionable call,” Nagel said. “I understand the new points of emphasis. If you’ve got guys intentionally going above people’s heads, I have no problem with that. But get it right.”
    Garrett said it will take time for players, coaches and officials to come to adjust to how the game is being called. But he said that stricter rules on contact are imperative for high school football to take a step forward in safety.
    “There’s a general consensus around the country that we’re having too many helmet-to-helmet hits in high school football,” Garrett said. “That’s why we put the targeting rule in, promoted it, defined it.
    “If officials in Oregon are going to make some errors, they’re going to make errors on the side of health and safety of kids, period. If that means some mistakes are made, then so be it. There will be mistakes made, no doubt about it.”

    -- Jerry Ulmer | @jerryulmer