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"No wonder nobody came to my funeral. Nobody knew about it but you," Goldblatt good-naturedly replied.
Goldblatt hadn't actually seen the article until Buzz called. Then, the colorful former councilman reacted less good-naturedly to some other things Schutze called him--including "transparently racist."
"The truth is, I've been a greater friend to blacks then he has," Goldblatt says. "I began the original lawsuit that brought about single-member districts. It went all the way to the Supreme Court."
Goldblatt also takes issue with Schutze's characterization of him being "in favor of many weird things."
"What's crazy about a monorail that 55,000 citizens of Dallas also wanted?" asks Goldblatt. "I wanted to start a recycling program. What's weird about that? I also asked city hall to turn off one-third of the lights it burned in every room. They said they couldn't, because there was only one switch per room. I told them to take out the light bulbs then. And you know what? It saved the city $100,000 a year. I'm really weird, huh?"
Man in the middle
The misguided move to soften Texas' legendary no-pass, no-play rules--the symbolic heart of a decade-old education-reform package masterminded by Ross Perot--has put former Perot consigliore Tom Luce in a sticky situation.
As Perot's right-hand man, Luce served as chief of staff of the blue-ribbon state committee that drew up and pushed through the reform package in the mid-1980s. But now he's an advisor on public education to Republican Texas Governor George W. Bush--who's publicly refused to rule out signing the education un-reform bill into law.
Bush spokeswoman Karen Hughes says Bush supports no-pass, no-play in principle--but will consider the arguments of principals and coaches who favor halving the six-week penalty for students with a failing grade (they claim it prompts sidelined jocks to get into trouble and join gangs).
What does Luce, who helped develop Bush's proposals on home-rule schools and has just published a book containing his prescription for education reform (Now or Never: How We Can Save Our Public Schools), think about this assault on his landmark legislative legacy? "I hope they leave no-pass, no-play alone," he tells Buzz, before adding diplomatically: "I can't speak for the governor."
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