PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist has offered to skydive with the principal or another adult from the winning schools in a statewide summer reading challenge.
Gist's challenge, "Dive into a Book!: The Summer Reading Challenge," will be to see which schools get the highest percentage of students to complete all of their summer reading goals. ...
The skydive will take place in September from Newport/Middletown or Lincoln. The cost will be about $225 per person. Gist hopes that a parent or community organization will pick up the cost for each winning school.
I've long figured that Deborah Gist was getting outside PR help, just like Angus Davis once paid someone $10,000 to write a speech for her. Getting on the Time 100 doesn't just happen, people.
Well, if that's true, perhaps the money has run out, because that story above reads like an idea that wouldn't make it out of a Veep brainstorming session. An opportunity to skydive with the Commissioner at your own expense? How is that even a reward? How can anyone think it is a better investment then, I don't know, buying books for the school?