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One Nation Under God

Piqua, OH

#22812 Dec 31, 2012
"Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit." -Ronald Reagan

"Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labor; this is the gift of God." (Ecclesiastes 5:18,19)

Freedom in the Workplace and Our Right to Work in the greatest nation on earth is a gift of God to each man and woman; and the government should not take from us God's good gifts.
thoughtful

Dayton, OH

#22815 Jan 1, 2013
Why is this impor­tant? Cur­rently there is another story cir­cu­lat­ing in our com­mu­nity. A story that I per­ceive to be mostly fic­ti­tious. A story whose pur­pose is to gen­er­ate dis­con­tent and fear so that a new real­ity can be man­u­fac­tured. A story told by those who believe polit­i­cal issues like prop­erty tax reform should trump edu­ca­tional excel­lence on the local school board pri­or­ity list. A story that lacks the fun­da­men­tal data needed to be any­thing other than a grim fairy tale, instead rely­ing on iso­lated bits of infor­ma­tion and per­cent­ages taken out of con­text to val­i­date flawed logic mas­querad­ing as finan­cial stew­ard­ship. A story that pos­tu­lates that our schools are filled with seri­ous aca­d­e­mic chal­lenges because they are cur­rently under-performing. A story that pro­poses that our schools are fail­ing to pre­pare our chil­dren to be suc­cess­ful mem­bers of mod­ern soci­ety. A story that is so fright­en­ing that if it were in fact true, would lead the peo­ple in our com­mu­nity to take dras­tic action. A story that seeks to shift from fic­tion to non-fiction by cre­at­ing a future that dis­man­tles our pub­lic schools in favor of char­ter schools.

The Spring­boro School board has already hired a con­sult­ing firm to do a study on the via­bil­ity of char­ter schools in our com­mu­nity. When inter­viewed and asked about it, many school board mem­bers oddly say they are just explor­ing it, yet sing like a cho­rus that it would be an excel­lent idea for our gifted chil­dren. The firm they hired for some­where between $5,000 and $15,000, depend­ing on how you want to dis­sect the terms of the con­tract, to do an “objec­tive analy­sis” of the need for char­ter schools in our com­mu­nity, spe­cial­izes in doing the legal work required to set up char­ter schools. What do you sup­pose the find­ings of this study will be? I have per­son­ally never been paid to make a sales call, but it sounds like good work if you can get it. For a board that talks so much about fis­cal respon­si­bil­ity, this seems like a very bizarre course of action. Fur­ther­more, the cha­rade they are walk­ing us through is a giant insult to the peo­ple of the com­mu­nity and a ridicu­lous waste of our col­lec­tive time. If you are propos­ing that you want to do this, just come out and say, you hate prop­erty taxes and you are will­ing to do any­thing, includ­ing using our schools and our chil­dren for a polit­i­cal statement.

(continued in next post)
thoughtful

Dayton, OH

#22816 Jan 1, 2013
I don’t resent that some believe in a dif­fer­ent story. I do how­ever, have a prob­lem with peo­ple try­ing to mas­quer­ade a fic­ti­tious tale as the truth — all at the expense of our teach­ers, our chil­dren, and our com­mu­nity. Have the courage to tell me a non-fiction tale if that is what you believe. Tell me the truth and let me judge your ideas on their actual merit, instead of show­ing bla­tant dis­re­spect to the edu­ca­tors in our com­mu­nity who have per­formed so excep­tion­ally on a con­sis­tent basis. Don’t tell me you sup­port our teach­ers when you plan to put them out of a job — replac­ing them with less qual­i­fied, cheaper replace­ments at your future char­ter school. Don’t tell me the impor­tance of per­sonal respon­si­bil­ity when you want to have the tax­pay­ers of the State of Ohio pay for the edu­ca­tion of our chil­dren out of the state gen­eral fund– shame­lessly doing so in one of the wealth­i­est zip codes in the State. Don’t tell peo­ple that you have no idea if we could have a char­ter school so we need to do a study when you already plan to open a char­ter school for gifted kids so that you can reduce the num­ber of teach­ers in the pub­lic schools. Don’t tell me that a char­ter school could ben­e­fit kids with spe­cial needs, when you have no inten­tion of doing this and we have worked hard to imple­ment a model of inclu­sion. Tell me that this is just a way for you to jus­tify spend­ing money on a study so you can soft sell the com­mu­nity on an idea when it is soon to be rec­om­mended to us by your hired “objec­tive” experts. Don’t tell me a char­ter school for gifted kids will bet­ter serve them, when our cur­rent gifted pro­gram is among the best any­where, and there is data to prove it. Tell peo­ple that this is an easy way to val­i­date the char­ter model by stack­ing the deck with smart kids, which will also lower the stan­dard­ized test scores in the remain­der of the dis­trict — gen­er­at­ing false sup­port for your polit­i­cal exper­i­ment. Don’t tell me that a char­ter school will for gifted kids will allow the dis­trict to devote more resources to the rest of the stu­dent body. Tell me that you plan to exe­cute a reduc­tion in force and use the threat as a bar­gain­ing tool when the teach­ers go to nego­ti­ate their con­tract this year. Don’t tell me that our schools are fail­ing, when we spend less, get more, and have the means to invest more in this incred­i­ble asset. Instead tell peo­ple you have a philo­soph­i­cal issue with pub­lic schools and you want to do away with them in their cur­rent form.

If we as a com­mu­nity sit and do noth­ing, the fic­ti­tious tale of the fail­ing dis­trict will be tomorrow’s real­ity. Every school sys­tem has room to improve, Spring­boro included. How­ever to say that we are any­thing short of excel­lent as a dis­trict is non­sense. If we don’t start show­ing sup­port for our teach­ers they will either leave or be shown the door, seal­ing our fate. If we don’t start to believe in our schools; in the incred­i­ble oppor­tu­nity they offer our chil­dren and the unique asset they rep­re­sent to our com­mu­nity, they will cease to exist. You can choose what to believe. You can choose which story is bet­ter rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the truth. It is more impor­tant than ever that you choose, based not on fear but on data, and then choose to speak up and get involved. If you don’t care or don’t believe in our schools, just do noth­ing. If you do believe, show it. Spread the word. Attend a school board meet­ing. Send an email to our lead­ers. Share this blog post. Write your own post. Or… do noth­ing, and that’s what you’ll have to show for it.

Thank you to the teach­ers of Spring­boro for all you do to make our com­mu­nity great.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wis­dom, it was the age of fool­ish­ness”— Charles Dickens



thoughtful

Dayton, OH

#22817 Jan 1, 2013
Sta­tis­tics cited in this post obtained from Day­ton Busi­ness Jour­nal’s 2012 Book of Lists, pages 58–59. Their source is listed as The Ohio Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion. More infor­ma­tion is avail­able on The Ohio Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion website
Even More Thoughtful

Piqua, OH

#22818 Jan 1, 2013
Should the White House control what your kids learn?
By Stanley Kurtz
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/09/07/sho...
Editor's note: this piece is adapted from "Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities " (Sentinel HC August 2012).
What if President Obama’s most ambitious attempt to transform American society was also his quietest plan? You wouldn’t vote against the president on account of a program you’d never heard about, of course. That, I’d wager, is why President Obama has told the American public next-to-nothing about his plans to undercut the political and financial independence of America’s suburban school districts.
Obama is quietly busy making an end-run around our constitutional system, which forbids federal control of what your children learn in school. Step one, already well under way, is a dumbed-down national curriculum designed to artificially suppress achievement gaps between urban and suburban students. The right way to help poorly performing students is not to gut standards but to raise achievement, yet Obama is committed to defining performance down. That’s why the president’s ultimate goal is to erase the differences between local school districts with a massive redistribution of suburban education spending to the cities.
The right to educate your children as you see fit has traditionally stood at the very center of the American vision of self-government and personal liberty.

The 2008 controversy over Obama’s years of education work with that famously unrepentant Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers has faded from view. For a moment, it seemed as though Ayers’ radical education legacy would carry forward into Obama’s presidency. That’s because Linda Darling-Hammond, Ayers’ favorite education expert and head of Obama’s education transition team, was on a fast track to appointment as secretary of education until her leftism alienated even many Democrats.
Even More Thoughtful

Piqua, OH

#22819 Jan 1, 2013
When Arne Duncan, who ostensibly backs demanding standards and tests, became education secretary instead, it looked as though Obama had tacked center. He hadn’t, and appearances to the contrary, neither had Darling-Hammond left the scene.
The core of the hard-left’s education agenda – a program shared by Obama, Ayers, and Darling-Hammond alike – has three parts: 1) a politicized curriculum that promotes leftist notions of “social justice,” 2) reducing “disparate outcomes” between students in different districts by undercutting standards, and 3) a redistribution of suburban education funding to less-well-off urban schools. Achieving these goals on a broad scale requires the federal government to usurp local control of K-12 schooling.
Obama is half-way there.
How did he do it? Instead of submitting his controversial education proposals to Congress and kicking off a vigorous national debate, Obama quietly marked $4.35 billion of federal stimulus spending for his Race to the Top education initiative. Since the stimulus bill was rushed through Congress with barely any debate on economic policy, much less education, Obama never had to go public with his plans.

By coordinating with outside groups not accountable to the voters, like the deep-pocketed Gates Foundation, the White House then orchestrated the creation of a national Common Core of education standards, with an accompanying curriculum and tests.
Supposedly, these standards have been voluntarily adopted by more than 40 states. In fact, by effectively conditioning eligibility for Race to the Top grants on participation in the Common Core, the Obama administration has forced economically pinched states to surrender control of their school curricula to the federal government. Cleverly, states have been pressed to sign on to the Common Core before the actual standards, curricula, and tests are revealed in a second Obama term. The entire scheme is arguably both illegal and unconstitutional. Yet it is moving forward, and the public knows virtually nothing about it.

A few conservatives have been fooled by the seemingly traditionalist call for national “standards.” Yet most conservative education experts understand that the new national standards will be low, not high. With so many pressing economic issues on the table, however, nobody’s listening. Too bad, because the ultimate outcome of Obama’s education scheme will actually be economic: a sweeping redistribution of suburban education funding to the cities.

Far from having departing the scene, Obama’s former adviser, Linda Darling-Hammond, is at the center of this plan. She works with the Smarter-Balanced Assessment Consortium, selected by the administration to create the testing system for the new Common Core. Darling-Hammond has gone out of her way to downplay her role with the Smarter-Balanced Consortium, but the group’s own publications make it clear that she is effectively running the show. So, although Darling-Hammond is the top national opponent of standardized tests, she is now effectively in charge of designing a new K-12 testing system for much of the nation. The result will be politically correct questions, and standards that aren’t really standards at all.
Even More Thoughtful

Piqua, OH

#22820 Jan 1, 2013
That’s only part one of the plan. President Obama’s Department of Education has established an Equity and Excellence Commission, charged with finding “ways to restructure school finance systems to achieve equity in the distribution of educational resources and further student achievement and attainment.” Conveniently, the commission’s recommendations will emerge only during a possible second Obama term. Darling-Hammond is a member of that commission, and if past experience is a guide will have outsize influence on its recommendations.

Darling-Hammond has already made her intentions clear. She is pushing a plan to add common “resource standards” to the new Common Core’s curricular standards. That is, Darling-Hammond hopes to condition federal education aid on the equalization of school funding across municipal lines. She has also proposed allowing students to transfer across school district lines, with transportation provided at government expense.

The target here is the suburbs. Obama and Darling-Hammond are both longtime supporters of the little-known “regional equity” movement, which aims to undercut the political independence of America’s suburbs so as to redistribute suburban wealth to the cities. Obama is too sharp politically to advertise this part of his program, yet he is aggressively pressing it forward.

The right to educate your children as you see fit has traditionally stood at the very center of the American vision of self-government and personal liberty. When young couples work and save so that they can move to a home in the suburbs with just the sort of schools they want, we say that they are pursuing the American dream. Shut off that dream with a misguided effort to equalize the funding of every American school district, and you destroy the engine that drives our prosperity, removing a core motive to work.
Agree or disagree, shouldn’t President Obama clearly explain his ambitious redistributive plans for K-12 education – and America’s suburbs – so that they can be discussed and debated during this epochal national election?
Stanley Kurtz is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and author of the new book, Spreading the Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities (Sentinel HC August 2012).
Say It Again

Piqua, OH

#22821 Jan 1, 2013
Just Watching wrote:
Here is another piece worth pondering. Why is the union that represents the employees of the Ohio Education Association striking the union?
You can't make this stuff up, but it does open a window into the mindset of those who purport to do it only for the benefit of the children.
Writing on the official PSU website, OEA staff described OEA as “hell-bent on forcing its Professional Staff Union (PSU) to strike” and said,“[i]t is extremely ironic that the state’s largest advocate of school employees in collective bargaining has chosen not to bargain fairly with its own employees.”
Hit this link to find out the rest of the story:
http://ohio.mediatrackers.org/2012/06/07/why-...
What these trusting souls fail to realize is that this is a business, and to the union its members are faceless cogs they sell for a profit. The OEA could care less about a teacher, but care greatly about the OEA's profitability and subsequent cash flow.
You betcha the OEA could care less about a teacher; and neither does our "thoughtful" Springboro Education Association care about Springboro teachers ..... to the union it's all about money, power and control...it isn't surprising to hear the round about threat on this blog from the teachers union that unless we pay up to fatten the SEA officers wallets, the SEA will run our best teachers out of the district. How uncaring is the SEA when there is such high unemployment among school teachers (who no doubt would love working in such a great school district as Springboro). Why do hard working school teachers allow themselves to be pushed around and heavily-taxed by the big bully union masters?
Say It Again

Piqua, OH

#22822 Jan 1, 2013
I would love it wrote:
I would love a Charter School in Springboro. The past state had great charter schools. In fact it took a lottery type event to get in.
You betcha! time for Springboro schools to move into the 21st century. Springboro has the expertise to focus on our students' unmet needs; and no student is to be left behind.
thoughtful

Dayton, OH

#22823 Jan 1, 2013
Say It Again wrote:
<quoted text>
You betcha! time for Springboro schools to move into the 21st century. Springboro has the expertise to focus on our students' unmet needs; and no student is to be left behind.
What are these "unmet needs"? Do you have a child in the gifted program in Springboro? How do you feel their education is lacking? Because ALL of the parents I have talked to with students who participate in the gifted program here in Springboro feel that their child is getting an excellent education, and that all of their needs are being met.
Just Watching

Cleveland, OH

#22824 Jan 1, 2013
Unmet need for over 2000 real live children in our school district that consistently score 62% or BELOW on our state achievement tests.

I don't care how the state tends to label people who get LESS than 62%, it is our collective responsibility to do better. Those children are failing at every grade level.

2000 children are FAILING in our school system.

To try and act as if this is not so is to delude ourselves and fail our children.

We have been trying the same thing for quite a number of years now. Don't you think we owe it to the children whose future is entrusted to us to try something else that is more tailor made as a solution?
Just Watching

Cleveland, OH

#22825 Jan 1, 2013
https://docs.google.com/open...

Booster pdf of Revenue and Expenses per team and the Booster Club

This is rough but lets an individual see how much money that was reportedly raised and its source. The spreadsheet also shows how much money was spent by each team and with which vendor. Just scroll down until you find the team you are interested in seeing. Boys Basketball for instance starts on page 24. Baseball page 14. Girls Soccer page 116. Football page 76. Booster Club page 1.

Spreadsheet developed by the athletic director at the time to keep track of each teams revenues and expenses. Time frame runs from 2008-2012

Note the revenue sources of the Booster Club, Casino Night, Football Concession Stand receipts, The Fan Store. The Fan Store has been in business and been promoted by the school as having all proceeds go to the Boosters since 2006 that I can document.
Just Watching

Cleveland, OH

#22826 Jan 2, 2013
thoughtful wrote:
<quoted text>
What are these "unmet needs"? Do you have a child in the gifted program in Springboro? How do you feel their education is lacking? Because ALL of the parents I have talked to with students who participate in the gifted program here in Springboro feel that their child is getting an excellent education, and that all of their needs are being met.
TWO THOUSAND children have an unmet educational need. How strong is a student going to be if each year you get just 50% of the material?

Don't believe me, check out the ODE website and crunch the numbers for yourself.

2000 plus children in our school system are effectively failing the state achievement test by scoring LESS than 62%.

The problem is not new, the ODE website also has past results available for our schools. We can see our results back to 2006, you decide if we are serving all needs.
Just Watching

Cleveland, OH

#22827 Jan 2, 2013
Here are the test standards from the ODE website. The Standards shows the translation betwenn raw scores on each test and the final scale translation. How this translation is accomplished I have no idea. Effectively each test has 38 questions (items) some are worth 1 point, others 2, some 3 0r 4. Your raw score is determined by what combination of these questions you answer correctly.

Math for instance, 46 possible points available

score 34.5-46 correct answers - 75%-100%- labeled Advanced
28.0-34 correct answers - 61%-74%- labeled Accelerated
19.5-27.5 correct answers - 42%-60%- labeled Proficient
14.0-19.0 correct answers - 30%-41%- labeled Basic
0.0-13.5 correct answers - 0%-29%- labeled Limited

If you can be honest with yourself, how many of you wold be proud to have a child labeled Proficient while scoring 43% on a test?

Seriously, that is the bar we are claiming makes us amazing?
Just Watching

Cleveland, OH

#22828 Jan 2, 2013
Summary of Ohio Mathematics Achievement Test Blueprints
Mathematics
Achvmnt Test Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 OGT
Number of Items 40 40 40 39 39 38 38
Number of Points 52 52 52 50 50 46 46
Number of
Multiple-Choice 32 32 32 32 32 32 32

Number of
Short-Answer 6 6 6 5 5 5 5
Number of
Extended-Response 2 2 2 2 2 1 1
Calculator Access? No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Just Watching

Cleveland, OH

#22829 Jan 2, 2013
Walnut Hills High School is ranked 1st within Ohio. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at Walnut Hills High School is 86 percent. The student body makeup is 44 percent male and 56 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 38 percent. Walnut Hills High School is 1 of 17 high schools in the Cincinnati City.

Rankings / Awards

This details how this school compares to others based on U.S. News ranking criteria.

Medal Awarded Gold
National Rank
#90
State Rank
#1
STEM Rank
#230

Ethnicity/Race

Total Minority Enrollment (% of total) 38%
American Indian/Alaskan Native Enrollment (% of total) 0.1%
Asian Enrollment (% of total) 3%
Black Enrollment (% of total) 34%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander (% of total) 0%
Hispanic Enrollment (% of total) 1%
White Enrollment (% of total) 56%
Two or More Races Enrollment (% of total) 0%
Gender

Male (% of total) 44%
Female (% of total) 56%
Economically Disadvantaged Students

These are the percentages of the school's students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, based on data reported to the government.

Free Lunch Program (% of total) 16%
Reduced-Price Lunch Program (% of total) 4%
Total Economically Disadvantaged (% of total) 20%
Just Watching

Cleveland, OH

#22830 Jan 2, 2013
Oakwood High School is ranked 13th within Ohio. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at Oakwood High School is 63 percent. The student body makeup is 51 percent male and 49 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 3 percent. Oakwood High School is the only high school in the Oakwood City.

Kings High School is ranked 30th within Ohio. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at Kings High School is 47 percent. The student body makeup is 54 percent male and 46 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 4 percent. Kings High School is the only high school in the Kings Local.

Lebanon High School is ranked 31st within Ohio. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at Lebanon High School is 46 percent. The student body makeup is 48 percent male and 52 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 4 percent. Lebanon High School is the only high school in the Lebanon City.

Lakota East High School is ranked 42nd within Ohio. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at Lakota East High School is 33 percent. The student body makeup is 52 percent male and 48 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 17 percent. Lakota East High School is 1 of 3 high schools in the Lakota Local.

Bellbrook High School is ranked 48th within Ohio. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at Bellbrook High School is 35 percent. The student body makeup is 51 percent male and 49 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 4 percent. Bellbrook High School is the only high school in the Sugarcreek Local School District.

Centerville High School is ranked 56th within Ohio. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at Centerville High School is 30 percent. The student body makeup is 52 percent male and 48 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 12 percent. Centerville High School is the only high school in the Centerville City.

Lakota West High School is ranked 60th within Ohio. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at Lakota West High School is 29 percent. The student body makeup is 52 percent male and 48 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 20 percent. Lakota West High School is 1 of 3 high schools in the Lakota Local.

Waynesville High School is ranked 65th within Ohio. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at Waynesville High School is 37 percent. The student body makeup is 51 percent male and 49 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 1 percent. Waynesville High School is the only high school in the Wayne Local.

Beavercreek High School is ranked 103rd within Ohio. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at Beavercreek High School is 20 percent. The student body makeup is 50 percent male and 50 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 11 percent. Beavercreek High School is the only high school in the Beavercreek City.

Springboro High School is ranked 110th within Ohio. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at Springboro High School is 20 percent. The student body makeup is 52 percent male and 48 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 5 percent. Springboro High School is the only high school in the Springboro Community City.

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-sch...
Just Watching

Cleveland, OH

#22831 Jan 2, 2013
OUr school system seems geared towards semantic, feel good rewards.

Graduating a large percentage of our student population from high school that has mastered at least 48% of the material.

Reading has 66% of the student population scoring 73% and below
Math has only 37% of the the student population scoring 73% and below
Writing has a whopping 98% of the student population scoring 73% and below
Science has 47% of the student population scoring 73% and below
Social Studies has 41% of the student population scoring 73% and below

Of the old Reading, Riting, and Rithmatic, only math does tolerable.
2% scoring 74% and above is pathetic for the written word.
34% scoring 74% and above in reading is no cause for joy either

What is AMAZING is the number of people who think such accomplishments are amazing.

I personally expect more from our program of studies for all children.
Say It Again

Piqua, OH

#22832 Jan 2, 2013
thoughtful wrote:
<quoted text>
What are these "unmet needs"? Do you have a child in the gifted program in Springboro? How do you feel their education is lacking? Because ALL of the parents I have talked to with students who participate in the gifted program here in Springboro feel that their child is getting an excellent education, and that all of their needs are being met.
All of the parents I have talked to that have read comments on another blog posted by Bobby Lew Dayton Ohio, feel that "thoughtful" on this blog shares the same political agenda of grievance and resentment of the union masters against conservative voters. Bobby Lew's attack on the character of elected BOE officials instead of sticking to the issue of charter schools proves no "thoughtful" concern for our children's future. Bobby Lew's concern is all about the teachers union holding our kids's hostage in hopes of holding on to that dollar sign that our SEA stamps on every kid's forehead.

(Here are the disgusting comments of Bobby Lew Dayton Ohio posted on another blog....
School board member Petroni has finally revealed what he does for a living, and you'll never believe it: Charter Schools!!! You know, those unregulated messes that pay pennies for teachers, following their own brand of renegade educational ideas. Back in the day, School Board members were voted in for the sacred charge of overseeing strong schools and supporting staff in their intellectual endeavors. Petroni's mission is obviously to make a buck by undermining the excellent rating of Springboro Schools, so that he can found some new fantastically visionary state-supported charter schools. Is this why he and his Tea Party School Board cohorts are contemplating cutting the school day and eliminating "non-essential" courses from the curriculum? Surely this obvious conflict of interest, which involves trading politics for financial gain, should serve as cause for impeachment.– Bobby Lew Dayton Ohio)
Badd Babb 4 Boro

Piqua, OH

#22833 Jan 2, 2013
It does appear that Babb and her Band of Badd 4 Boro Bullies are losing no time in the new year continuing their same old political tactics of attack against the best interest of our children's future.
Now Babb and ALL the parents who want to "rest on our laurels of excellent with distinction" are gearing up to fight against improvements in our schools gifted program; and Lisa Babb is emailing community members with alarms that "providing the advantage of school focusing on the educational needs of our highly gifted students will threaten the effectiveness of the Springboro Community Assistance program!
Now Lisa knows that she has emailed an un-truth in her efforts to suggest "wrong-doing" by board members. No doubt many of you remember that on October 9 at public board meeting, the pastor
of the JW church stepped up to say that the Springboro Community Assistance program was using the space that his organization was paying rent to the school district for; therefore the assistance program is not paying rent to the school district for the JW space; and NO decisions made by our school district is any threat whatsoever to this outside non-profit organization occupying our tax-payer funded school building.
It is not the "mission" of our school district to provide space for non-profit charities nor non-profit churches. And the consideration given by our school board to use this school-taxpayer funded building to the advantage of our students education is the right thing for our school board to do.

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