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Best thing ever

Salem, IN

#41 Jan 14, 2013
Scsd2 is now on twitter and fb and asking parents to volunteer a minimum of once a month. I love it. They are looking into putting the preschool at Scottsburg elementary. They are more active on FB then ever and they are stepping up their game in so many ways! New t shirts, painting the inside of their schools, more family nights, putting good news about students in the paper...etc. I find it comical and also wonderful at the same time. If the Via people had not taken a stand and said they wanted some sort of change then the schools would still be exactly the same. It's more than obvious that scsd2 feels threatened. They are going to all year school and looking into more grants, looking into bringing football back etc. That is all wonderful because the kids are the winners then. The sad part is that they should have already been doing those things prior to the charter school but because of the charter school scsd2 stepped it up. They will continue to step it up. So if the charter never happens it was well worth it!
oh my

Sellersburg, IN

#42 Jan 15, 2013
You are the one that is comical. If you knew anything about the schools you would know that a lot of these things were already in the works prior to Via, schools get new shirts every year, theyve always put good things in the paper,schools always look for grants and i was told that the new paint was done because the new staff cares about the school unlike Brent Comer obviously.
Breal

Hoffman Estates, IL

#43 Jan 15, 2013
As a newby to town, learning of the charter school made our move here make more sense. This town sppears to be stuck, living in fear of the next negative thing to hit. If the opposite were true, the city council and scsd2 would openly embrace this change, leverage the grant funding and create synergies with both to win for the kids, improve the marketing of the community to get new businesses to look here and drive a value to the residents. Instead all there is is an attack on good people wanting to make a difference.
Best thing ever

Salem, IN

#44 Jan 15, 2013
oh my wrote:
You are the one that is comical. If you knew anything about the schools you would know that a lot of these things were already in the works prior to Via, schools get new shirts every year, theyve always put good things in the paper,schools always look for grants and i was told that the new paint was done because the new staff cares about the school unlike Brent Comer obviously.
What does Comer have to do with it?

I've lived here my entire life and the changes that have been made in the past year are HUGE! I love that the teachers and staff are now posting on their own personal FB page photos of the student councel or other good things going on with the kids. They DID NOT do this in 2011 or before. Now the pages are filled with things about their students and about being a leader etc. It's a GOOD thing....I just don't think these things would have happend without a little competition coming into play. I haven't seen new shirt syles in years and now they have new ones. Again, I'm not complaining. it's great..........
Really

Jeffersonville, IN

#47 Jan 16, 2013
Best thing ever wrote:
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What does Comer have to do with it?
I've lived here my entire life and the changes that have been made in the past year are HUGE! I love that the teachers and staff are now posting on their own personal FB page photos of the student councel or other good things going on with the kids. They DID NOT do this in 2011 or before. Now the pages are filled with things about their students and about being a leader etc. It's a GOOD thing....I just don't think these things would have happend without a little competition coming into play. I haven't seen new shirt syles in years and now they have new ones. Again, I'm not complaining. it's great..........
Then it sounds like you've only been paying attention recently. Lexington Elementary has been tied into a preschool for sometime now. Johnson has a long history of sending pictures to the paper to promote the students in the school. Several schools have had a presence on FB long before VIA came out.

The fact that pro-VIA people can only rattle on about "choices" shows a shallowness that is alarming. What about the choices for the kids at Johnson or Lexington. What choices will they have if their school closes? Someone named "GPA" makes it sound like the poor are uneducated and that a charter school will get rid of the dregs of society. How is that a progressive attitude? Many poor students have the drive and motivation to succeed and parents that want them to have a better life than they did. Elitism is not a way to build a successful society.
Best thing ever

Batesville, IN

#48 Jan 17, 2013
Really wrote:
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Then it sounds like you've only been paying attention recently. Lexington Elementary has been tied into a preschool for sometime now. Johnson has a long history of sending pictures to the paper to promote the students in the school. Several schools have had a presence on FB long before VIA came out.
The fact that pro-VIA people can only rattle on about "choices" shows a shallowness that is alarming. What about the choices for the kids at Johnson or Lexington. What choices will they have if their school closes? Someone named "GPA" makes it sound like the poor are uneducated and that a charter school will get rid of the dregs of society. How is that a progressive attitude? Many poor students have the drive and motivation to succeed and parents that want them to have a better life than they did. Elitism is not a way to build a successful society.
Building choices in not elitism. I am a teacher at Johnson and we need this in this community. Poor communities do wonderful with Charter Schools. No one is better than anyone else but all deserve a choice.
Eagle

New Salisbury, IN

#49 Jan 17, 2013
If you are a teacher at Johnson, did you know that Johnson or Lexington will probably be the one that will close? The majority of teachers do not support the charter school.
I dont think so

Liberty, IN

#50 Jan 17, 2013
Best thing ever wrote:
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Building choices in not elitism. I am a teacher at Johnson and we need this in this community. Poor communities do wonderful with Charter Schools. No one is better than anyone else but all deserve a choice.
If you're a teacher from Johnson that supports the Charter School, I hope you're one of the teachers that jumps ships and goes with them, that is if they ever get it up and going. This way we can keep the teachers in our district that WANT to be here, unlike Brent, Terry and others that have turned their back on our kids!!! As for me, I'll continue to fight for my job, my kids, my parents and my community at Scottsburg Elementary!!!!!
teachers should teach

Jeffersonville, IN

#51 Jan 18, 2013
I dont think so wrote:
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If you're a teacher from Johnson that supports the Charter School, I hope you're one of the teachers that jumps ships and goes with them, that is if they ever get it up and going. This way we can keep the teachers in our district that WANT to be here, unlike Brent, Terry and others that have turned their back on our kids!!! As for me, I'll continue to fight for my job, my kids, my parents and my community at Scottsburg Elementary!!!!!
There are MANY teachers who want the charter to come not because they are against the district but because they are for ALL EDUCATION. They are not saying anything because people will attack them. It's crazy. There should be no discrimination on where a teacher can teach. All that matters is the kids.
I dont think so

Liberty, IN

#52 Jan 19, 2013
teachers should teach wrote:
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There are MANY teachers who want the charter to come not because they are against the district but because they are for ALL EDUCATION. They are not saying anything because people will attack them. It's crazy. There should be no discrimination on where a teacher can teach. All that matters is the kids.
Maybe that's the case. But I wonder how many of these teachers that you say are for ALL EDUCATION, once the Charter School opens up, SCSD2 and possibly SCSD1 has to lay off teachers, will then think it's so great? I also wonder how many people in our county will wonder how great it is when we have to close a school down in the district, lose those teachers to other schools outside out county, which in return takes more of our tax dollars and jobs from our county. It's my opinion, any tax dollar supported school that will cause another school to close is not good for the community. I don't think we would have many supports, including the Mayor, that would want a small factory to come in as "opportunity" if it meant it would close a big factory down and we would have less working people in our city.
educated

Tipp City, OH

#53 Jan 20, 2013
Most of you people don't know what your talking about. Charter schools are still public schools and can not pick and choose what students they accept. The only difference it will be smaller class sizes so there is more one on one learning with each student. Teachers would be held to higher standards than dist 2 teachers are. Also they have got private investors and grants to pay for building the school so it wont raise taxes. It would just give more options for parents to choose from. I think its a great idea and would only benefit our community. Lets face it, right now our education system sucks. Most students are kicked out if they have problems rather than worked with. I think that's what causes a lot of the drug problems in our community. SCSD2 would rather just get rid of students than to take the time to work with them and find out really what the underlying problem is.
Eagle

New Salisbury, IN

#54 Jan 21, 2013
Are you serious? Have you checked the facts on charter schools? Private business gets involved so they can make money. The main problem in this county is the parents that are on drugs and parents not raising their children. Teachers can only do so much. Take care of the real problem in this community and let the teachers do their jobs. I have seen many teachers take money out of their own pocket to buy food, clothes, and school supplies. Do you really think the parents that are on drugs will volunteer for 10 hours a week? They will not even go in to the school for parent teacher conferences. This is required by the Charter school. What a way to keep out the bad apples.
Lets be for our kids

Liberty, IN

#55 Jan 26, 2013
educated wrote:
Most of you people don't know what your talking about. Charter schools are still public schools and can not pick and choose what students they accept. The only difference it will be smaller class sizes so there is more one on one learning with each student. Teachers would be held to higher standards than dist 2 teachers are. Also they have got private investors and grants to pay for building the school so it wont raise taxes. It would just give more options for parents to choose from. I think its a great idea and would only benefit our community. Lets face it, right now our education system sucks. Most students are kicked out if they have problems rather than worked with. I think that's what causes a lot of the drug problems in our community. SCSD2 would rather just get rid of students than to take the time to work with them and find out really what the underlying problem is.
It is amazing that most comments against the charter is because of the teachers...really!! People lose their jobs every day..have to pick up and go on... make sacrifices in their personal life until you get on track again. The concern should be for OUR kids!!! Not always the teachers..how can the community lose!! Hundreds of jobs will be here to build the school!! Our kids need to see progress and encouragement not negativity and keeping our county spinning its wheels in education. Being fairly new in the community..it is discouraging to see this attitude..good teachers can always get good jobs and Im sure there are many good teachers here as in any community..lets not be selfish and push for what is best the future generations..not what sustains us for the present..the children are our future...thats who eventually will be taking care of all us!! Encourage them!
Just for thought

Loogootee, IN

#56 Jan 26, 2013
Lets be for our kids wrote:
<quoted text> It is amazing that most comments against the charter is because of the teachers...really!! People lose their jobs every day..have to pick up and go on... make sacrifices in their personal life until you get on track again. The concern should be for OUR kids!!! Not always the teachers..how can the community lose!! Hundreds of jobs will be here to build the school!! Our kids need to see progress and encouragement not negativity and keeping our county spinning its wheels in education. Being fairly new in the community..it is discouraging to see this attitude..good teachers can always get good jobs and Im sure there are many good teachers here as in any community..lets not be selfish and push for what is best the future generations..not what sustains us for the present..the children are our future...thats who eventually will be taking care of all us!! Encourage them!
I love how so many people want to encourage the Charter school, to give kids a chance to succeed and parents to have a choice. While for the past ever how many years, so many has turned their backs on the public schools we have now, and the teachers that are trying to make a difference. Building a new school isn't how you fix problems. Investing thousands of tax payers dollars into an unproven school is not how you make the future better for our kids. Yet for many, they think it is. I find it very sad and I'm almost lost for words on how you say "People lose their jobs every day..have to pick up and go on... make sacrifices in their personal life until you get on track again". Obviously you're not one that might lose their job. I bet you'd be singing a different tune if it was your way of life about ready to be thrown out the window. Just do me a favor......Go to the Charter school, take your kid there until they are in High School, then MOVE!!! Don't bring them back to SCSD1 or SCSD2, since the Charter School doesn't provide that far of education. Do like you said, make sacrifices in your personal life, MOVE to another county, do as you say. Bet it doesn't happen!
GPA

Scottsburg, IN

#57 Jan 26, 2013
If the teacher is a good teacher, then why wouldnt they want to teach the cream of the crop kids? Instead they want to attack something new..
Eagle

New Salisbury, IN

#58 Jan 27, 2013
Yes who wouldn't want to teach the cream of the crop, but what about the kids at the bottom of the barrel? And who will decide the cream of the crop? Should we say to those kids sorry ,you come from a family that doesn't meet our standards. Present circumstances do not always dictate your future destiny.
Really

Jeffersonville, IN

#59 Jan 27, 2013
@Let it be for our kids - And this is why you aren't in education. A teacher considers ALL students, not just one family's child. And this isn't just about teacher jobs...it's also about communities. How do you think the communities of Johnson or Lexington will fair if their school closes? What about the jobs of people that are not teachers but rely on the school for their businesses.

If "GPA" is a spokesman for VIA, then that tells me how elitist their supporters are. VIA won't offer transportation, and considering the families that are backing the school, it sounds like they want to make it a country club for their children.

Let's assume for a moment that the closing school is Lexington, which would make sense since it's the oldest and has the highest upkeep per capita. Lexington was the highest rated school by state grades in the county in 2012. It was tied for the highest in 2011 (an A rating). The staff is knowledge, the community is close-knit, and the students have a long tradition of excellence despite having a high free/reduced lunch count.(In other words, they teach ALL students and even student from poor families perform well).

Let's replace that school with a new school. A school started by a man who couldn't even make it one year. He was shown to have lied about the original charter, and yet wanted to be a leader of a school? A school who has had numerous people back out along the way. A school that put so many ifs and butts in their charter that they can't possibly deliver what they are selling. They can't even find a suitable building. How are we to believe this school will be a success? You can't. And the people here that say they can are obviously part of the school's supporter group. In the end, the parents of Scott County aren't idiots. They'll take a proven commodity over something full of empty promises.
For the kids too

Spiceland, IN

#63 Feb 5, 2013
Just for thought wrote:
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I love how so many people want to encourage the Charter school, to give kids a chance to succeed and parents to have a choice. While for the past ever how many years, so many has turned their backs on the public schools we have now, and the teachers that are trying to make a difference. Building a new school isn't how you fix problems. Investing thousands of tax payers dollars into an unproven school is not how you make the future better for our kids. Yet for many, they think it is. I find it very sad and I'm almost lost for words on how you say "People lose their jobs every day..have to pick up and go on... make sacrifices in their personal life until you get on track again". Obviously you're not one that might lose their job. I bet you'd be singing a different tune if it was your way of life about ready to be thrown out the window. Just do me a favor......Go to the Charter school, take your kid there until they are in High School, then MOVE!!! Don't bring them back to SCSD1 or SCSD2, since the Charter School doesn't provide that far of education. Do like you said, make sacrifices in your personal life, MOVE to another county, do as you say. Bet it doesn't happen!
What a rude response--indicitive of those who only are worried about saving their teaching jobs...only can hope you don't get so explosive in front of young students...what an attitude..how disapointing this is what are young students can face in classes each day. Via cant come soon enough for those who want non judgemental treatment.
Making tacos for dinner

Fort Wayne, IN

#64 Feb 5, 2013
For the kids too wrote:
<quoted text> What a rude response--indicitive of those who only are worried about saving their teaching jobs...only can hope you don't get so explosive in front of young students...what an attitude..how disapointing this is what are young students can face in classes each day. Via cant come soon enough for those who want non judgemental treatment.
I want to make these two points, then I'm off to get my tacos:

1.) VIA has not started up yet, they are way behind, their application has many lies, loop holes that can't be fulfilled and people keep bailing on them. If you would like for me to create a page on here that focuses on just the application and the lies, I would love to do this for you. Inconstancy and a lack of leadership has me worried that this will never take off running. But really, how many people are shocked by this??

2.) For all of the VIA supporters that want to complain about our public schools that are up and running right now, please do me a favor. If they are as bad as you say, why do you not go to another public school? Why have you always stayed here? Why not help make your child's school better? There are too many people in this community that would rather complain than be a part of the solution. Scott County will always react instead of acting.

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