Your Child: Political Pawn or Student

Several generations ago the communist party of America developed a 50 part plan to take over America from the inside, learning that America could never be conquered any other way. Using students on college campuses to riot and force social education changes while capturing the minds of other students was priority method chosen in the 60′ and 70’s. So these students planned and started violent riots, injuring many policemen, firefighters and other students. I was there. Education for many others was disrupted severely. At Kent State, when National Guardsmen feared for their very lives, they opened fire on the radicals. End of riots. The radicals did not achieve their goal. They begin to bomb police stations and even military facilities they were so radical and filled with hate for America. Continue reading

Goshen Students in Danger

Even though the Common Core lessons have started in schools there are now states that are pulling back and pulling out of Common Core. What is being realized is that the federally designed and back-door funded program lowers the bar, confuses students and teachers, creates useless report cards, and last but most dangerous it creates psychological profiles on each student that can be used against them in their future when seeking jobs and maybe even purchasing items. The governor of Florida has ordered the withdraw from the Common Core student testing  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/fl-scott-withdraws-common-core-tests-20130923,0,1294522.story . Goshen has done well in placement in the state of Ohio. I urge the parents of Goshen Warriors to check into and stop the common core testing immediately and begin to seek input on common core now before Goshen goes backwards. There are sites that have correct info on Common Core. Schools will not give you answers. You can find info in the Clermont County Tea Party site or the OhioLIbertyCoalition.org site. Don’t let Goshen begin to crank out canned students who will be confused, profiled, and be behind at least 25 other countries in the world as we are now. India has more honor students than the whole United States has students. Let’s not go backwards with common core. It would be best if Goshen could be independent to create their own competitive teaching programs and tests. You have the staff and teachers to do just that.

Batavia Results Certified

Information was recently relayed to the site that the final results of Batavia’s levy are in. The Board of Elections has certified the results. Passage was by a mere 95 votes, most of which were cast on election day. Absentee ballots were net 248 against, while provisional ballots were net 52 in favor.   The school board will now move forward on their building plans. They will need to accommodate the number of new students that have migrated there over the last few years, as well as update facilities that were in dire need of upgrading. (Thanks to Michael for the heads up)

Buckeye Institute Weighs In On Levies

Clermont County has three levies on the ballot, all different in size and scope. Milford, Batavia and West Clermont residents have received a lot of information from different sources regarding these ballot initiatives. This brief by Greg Lawson is another piece of information to weigh (or not) while thinking about Ohio Schools and funding problems. Continue reading

New Richmond Is Shrinking

The latest release of the 2012 School Report Cards is not the end of the road, but there are some interesting bits of information to gather from them. There has been debate about the accuracy and overall validity of these measuring sticks at this site, but also from the entity that puts them out. That’s not the focus of this article, as it will be brought up in the near future. Instead it’s the enormous drop in enrollment in New Richmond Schools. Continue reading

Supersize My Superintendent’s Pay!

I didn’t write the article, but I was interviewed for it. The author has a handle on the issue and I believe she understands my position. However, is this a non-starter when it comes to saving money? There are a number of arguments to be made in both directions, but I think my statement holds true. In a good economy, and in schools where everyone is learning at an acceptable rate, no one bats an eye is Joe (or Jane) Superintendent makes good money. Is your kid safe? Charting a course for advanced studies or has an angle on the career path once all the Pomp and Circumstance is over? Is the ACT average score less like a learners permit and more like car rental age? What else can you ask for? Continue reading

Supersize My Superintendent's Pay!

I didn’t write the article, but I was interviewed for it. The author has a handle on the issue and I believe she understands my position. However, is this a non-starter when it comes to saving money? There are a number of arguments to be made in both directions, but I think my statement holds true. In a good economy, and in schools where everyone is learning at an acceptable rate, no one bats an eye is Joe (or Jane) Superintendent makes good money. Is your kid safe? Charting a course for advanced studies or has an angle on the career path once all the Pomp and Circumstance is over? Is the ACT average score less like a learners permit and more like car rental age? What else can you ask for? Continue reading

Where's Waldo?

I’m on limited time, so these are not as well constructed as I’d like, but I wanted to get it out there before it leaves my radar. There is a new component to education starting next school year, that will increase reading standards and reading assistance in the hopes that all kids read proficiently by third grade. Those students not achieving will be given additional tutoring and resources in order to bridge the learning gap, and if they do not achieve they may have to repeat grades in order to master the discipline of reading. Continue reading

Where’s Waldo?

I’m on limited time, so these are not as well constructed as I’d like, but I wanted to get it out there before it leaves my radar. There is a new component to education starting next school year, that will increase reading standards and reading assistance in the hopes that all kids read proficiently by third grade. Those students not achieving will be given additional tutoring and resources in order to bridge the learning gap, and if they do not achieve they may have to repeat grades in order to master the discipline of reading. Continue reading

Ohio School Funding Blues Reprise

With the number of levies on the ballot in Clermont County and the number of comments lamenting the school funding model in our state increasing by the day, I thought I needed to rehash the argument. One of the people I respect most when it comes to school issues is Paul Lambert, School Board Member -Hilliard Schools. If there ever was a person who can explain a concept or make an argument without coming across as arrogant or out of touch, it’s Paul. Continue reading