Doe Trial Day 2: In Which McGinley Has a Terrible Memory and Lyn Kugel Reveals she is Clueless
It's been a while since I've issued this disclaimer, so lest folks forget or get confused or whatever, these are my personal thoughts and opinions alone, and not representative of any organization I am a member of in any capacity. 'K?
Day 2 was much less intense and dramatic than day 1's testimony.
We still learned some interesting things: First that Dr. McGinley said "I don't recall" and "I don't know why I wrote that" so many times I felt I was watching Ronald Reagan testify in Iran-Contra.
Second, he sometimes does and sometimes does not know what standard English phrases like "color blind scenarios" and "racial isolation" mean. The second term, "racial isolation" he first testified to quite thoroughly, describing what it meant in education and discussing ways LMSD was working to combat that. Bonnie Cook included this in her article today:
Then, mysteriously, a short time later in the day, Dr. McGinley testified that he did not know what SB Director Lisa Fair Pliskin meant when she wrote "...what happened to no racial isolation?". That exchange occurred on November 20, 2008, three days after he stated in a public board meeting that he would not advance any plans that created racial isolation and one day before Plan 3 was presented to the public. Very Bill Clinton like, no?
SB Director Lyn Kugel also took the stand. Her testimony was not so much as unrevealing as it was, well, nonsensical and not in a funny way. For instance, when she was asked what the Community Values given to the Administration was for, she said it was to "inform" and "guide" them, it was to be used and she used it as "background" but that it was not to be used in developing plans. Okaaay. What does that mean? Nobody could figure that one out, and her elaborations didn't help.
Second, she testified that despite having lived in Wynnewood for 20 years, she did not know where the historic African American neighborhood was in Lower Merion. Keep in mind that her children went to Penn Wynne Elementary, where half of that historic neighborhood's children also attend. So how can she represent Ardmore in an at-large capacity if she doesn't even know who lives there, much less the character of the neighborhood, it's values and needs?
Lastly, Students Doe introduced some maps showing Census data on ethnicity and the walk zone that Judith Harris didn't like. The Judge did though. I wonder why.