Sanger ISD Pokes Perry

Video performance skewers school funding, standardized tests

By Bruce Felps
|  Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011  |  Updated 7:28 PM CDT
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Sanger ISD Pokes Perry

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by Bruce Felps

Sure, pretty much the rest of the country, if not the world, sees Texas natives as cast members from the old TV show “Hee Haw.”

Let’s just expand on that, shall we? We shall.

Officials with the Sanger ISD recently staged something of a parody spoofing Rick Perry — a Rick Parody [snicker] — and swiping at Texas school funding, or lack thereof, and standardized testing.

They wrote and performed a little ditty to the tune of “Pfft, You Were Gone,” a Buck Owens song that once was a staple on the cornpone hick — sorry, redundant — show “Hee Haw.”

They posted the performance to the YouTubes, and in case you can’t quite make out the lyrics here’s a sample:

First there was TABS and then came the TEAMS test
Up came the TAKS — before that the TAAS
Now EOC — it's all called the STAAR test
Standardized testing's a pain in the …

(chorus)
Where, Rick Perry, are you tonight?
Why did you leave us here all alone?
You promised us funding for all Texas children,
But then you heard "White House" and — pfft — you were gone …

[cutback to author, standing off-stage taking a smoke break] Sorry, sorry [ahem], funny stuff, there, indeed.

To bad the rest of the planet thinks it’s everyday life around here. Please, Rick, don’t embarrass us. Oh ...

More: Read more, including comments from the Sanger ISD employee who wrote the song and reaction from a Gov. Rick Perry spokeswoman.


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He thinks, yes, “Hee Haw” adequately reflects an a** running as an elephant.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of NBC, NBC 5, NBCDFW.com or its employees.

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