Our recommendation: Springboro voters should say 'yes' the first time to school levies

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Piqua, OH

#25531 Jul 3, 2013
Just Watching wrote:
As dissatisfaction with the U.S. public school system grows, apparently so has the appeal of homeschooling. Educational researchers, in fact, are expecting a surge in the number of students educated at home by their parents over the next ten years, as more parents reject public schools.
A recent report in Education News states that, since 1999, the number of children who are homeschooled has increased by 75%. Though homeschooled children represent only 4% of all school-age children nationwide, the number of children whose parents choose to educate them at home rather than a traditional academic setting is growing seven times faster than the number of children enrolling in grades K-12 every year.
As homeschooling has become increasingly popular, common myths that have long been associated with the practice of homeschooling have been debunked.
Any concerns about the quality of education children receive by their parents can be put to rest by the consistently high placement of homeschooled students on standardized assessment exams. Data demonstrates that those who are independently educated generally score between the 65th and 89th percentile on these measures, while those in traditional academic settings average at around the 50th percentile. In addition, achievement gaps between sexes, income levels, or ethnicity—all of which have plagued public schools around the country—do not exist in homeschooling environments.
According to the report:
Recent studies laud homeschoolers’ academic success, noting their significantly higher ACT-Composite scores as high schoolers and higher grade point averages as college students. Yet surprisingly, the average expenditure for the education of a homeschooled child, per year, is $500 to $600, compared to an average expenditure of $10,000 per child, per year, for public school students.
The high achievement level of homeschoolers is readily recognized by recruiters from some of the best colleges in the nation. Home-educated children matriculate in colleges and attain a four-year degree at much higher rates than their counterparts from both public and private schools. Schools such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, Stanford, and Duke Universities all actively recruit homeschoolers.
Similarly, the common myth that homeschoolers “miss out” on so-called “socialization opportunities,” often thought to be a vital aspect of traditional academic settings, has proven to be without merit. According to the National Home Education Research Institute survey, homeschoolers tend to be more socially engaged than their peers and demonstrate “healthy social, psychological, and emotional development, and success into adulthood.”
From the report:
Based on recent data, researchers such as Dr. Brian Ray ( NHERI.org )“expect to observe a notable surge in the number of children being homeschooled in the next 5 to 10 years. The rise would be in terms of both absolute numbers and percentage of the K to 12 student population. This increase would be in part because…[1] a large number of those individuals who were being home educated in the 1990’s may begin to homeschool their own school-age children and [2] the continued successes of home-educated students.”
"Our leaders must remember that education doesn't begin with some isolated bureaucrat in Washington. It doesn't even begin with
state or local officials. Education begins in the home."
-Ronald Reagan
Three Ribbons Please

Piqua, OH

#25532 Jul 3, 2013
sheep wrote:
<quoted text>
So, just because the penalty for their actions might result in a "slap on the wrist", means that is license for the BOE to conduct themselves that is counter to state law? That's logical.
And yes, to answer your question, seems to me that teachers and administrators are leaving the district in droves. Better get ready to buy a ribbon....
Inquiring minds are now asking if the latest red ribbon "support our teachers" campaign is not symbolism over substance. Are there any among our parents and community members who do not support our teachers?
We can all rally the red in support of our teacher’s rights to negotiate themselves A Fair Day's Pay For A Fair Day's Work;
But, can we all support the “status quo business as usual” old, outdated teachers union rights to walk out on our children's classroom education?
Why not add a white ribbon in support of our students' rights to receive a quality education, while keeping the costs of that education affordable for Springboro parents and taxpaying homeowners?
Red and white ribbons showing strong support for our teachers and children are made strongest by adding a blue ribbon of support for our school board representatives, school district administrative staff, and school district taxpayers? Can our community as a whole support our teachers and staff separate from support of our school district taxpayers and their elected officials?
Why not rally for the unity of red, white, and blue supporting substance over symbolism? Let's all rally in support of ALL working together to ensure that the children of the Springboro community receive an excellent education while keeping the costs of that education affordable, by carefully adhering to responsible spending!
Three Ribbons Please

Piqua, OH

#25533 Jul 3, 2013
Inquiring minds are now asking if the latest red ribbon "support our teachers" campaign is not symbolism over substance. Are there any among our parents and community members who do not support our teachers?
We can all rally the red in support of our teacher’s rights to negotiate themselves A Fair Day's Pay For A Fair Day's Work;
But, can we all support the “status quo business as usual” old, outdated teachers union rights to walk out on our children's classroom education?
Why not add a white ribbon in support of our students' rights to receive a quality education, while keeping the costs of that education affordable for Springboro parents and taxpaying homeowners?
Red and white ribbons showing strong support for our teachers and children are made strongest by adding a blue ribbon of support for our school board representatives, school district administrative staff, and school district taxpayers? Can our community as a whole support our teachers and staff separate from support of our school district taxpayers and their elected officials?
Why not rally for the unity of red, white, and blue supporting substance over symbolism? Let's all rally in support of ALL working together to ensure that the children of the Springboro community receive an excellent education while keeping the costs of that education affordable, by carefully adhering to responsible spending!
Really

Maineville, OH

#25534 Jul 3, 2013
Constitution class canceled amid controversy.

Seems like those 4 people that signed up will have to find something else to do for 12 weeks, maybe they can read the consitution for themselves as suggested by the Ohio Department of Education.

Looks like KK is now a lame duck president (like W was in his last months) and she can start writing her book with Petroni and Glenn Beck.

Congratulations to sanity, Happy 4th LET FREEDOM RING!!!!

REALLY!!!!
Well Duh

Piqua, OH

#25535 Jul 3, 2013
Really wrote:
Constitution class canceled amid controversy.
Seems like those 4 people that signed up will have to find something else to do for 12 weeks, maybe they can read the consitution for themselves as suggested by the Ohio Department of Education.
Looks like KK is now a lame duck president (like W was in his last months) and she can start writing her book with Petroni and Glenn Beck.
Congratulations to sanity, Happy 4th LET FREEDOM RING!!!!
REALLY!!!!
uh... What controversy is that? Like..which came first the chicken or the egg? REALLY????
Really

Maineville, OH

#25536 Jul 3, 2013
Dayton Daily News headline, not mine. As far as what the controversy is...read a little, learn a lot.

Realy..
Really

Dayton, OH

#25537 Jul 3, 2013
Uno Voter wrote:
<quoted text>
As for me and my household of voters, we just don't agree with your opinion of our BOE president. We love Kelly! And it is our opinion that we will see Mrs. Kohls re-elected as school board representative. Those of us who remember the way things were in our school district before Mrs. Kohls came on board in January 2010, will remember in November the good news that children first budgeting works; and re-electing Mrs. Kohls is a vote for continued success in our schools and community.
That's why she will not get reelected because she only has uno voter + one herself. Uno you must be her husband.
Out of Towner

Cincinnati, OH

#25538 Jul 4, 2013
Looks like "Big Red" is hitting the skids. Just a matter of time for her. Big egos always take a big fall. They can't help themselves.
cowboy

Dayton, OH

#25539 Jul 4, 2013
Really wrote:
Dayton Daily News headline, not mine. As far as what the controversy is...read a little, learn a lot.
Realy..
learn from the DDN?...LOL..
Waste Watchers

Piqua, OH

#25540 Jul 4, 2013
Really wrote:
Dayton Daily News headline, not mine. As far as what the controversy is...read a little, learn a lot.
Realy..
...there you go again! You are so silly, Really!

Not a chance that educated voters in Springboro are going to "read a little Budd in the DDN and learn a lot!" Why waste your time and money? Smart voters for responsible spending should always just say NO to the DDN indoctrination of Larry Budd who is
telling us HOW to think critically of our BOE president, based on his one-sided OEA war of words against Springboro taxpayers.... Isn't the real controversy of real importance to all Springboro taxpayers,(both union and non-union thinkers)these employment contract negotiations between the Board of Education and the Springboro Education Association? Why are school leaders not posting updates on the school website, since last time in April?
Where's the transparency, SEA...? Inquiring minds want to know what the latest offer on the table looks like in new demands of the SEA against our children first and taxed enough already Springboro taxpayers.
Down Home in Boro

Piqua, OH

#25541 Jul 4, 2013
Out of Towner wrote:
Looks like "Big Red" is hitting the skids. Just a matter of time for her. Big egos always take a big fall. They can't help themselves.
Sure hope our has been a high school principal takes the advice of out of towner,'cause down home in Boro, smart voters will be campaigning mightily against Ron Malone's big "bully in chief" ego! Best wishes to Mr. Malone, who is now happily and successfully retired, and "has been a high school principal" applauded and lauded by praise and worship celebration of himself as the beloved education god, without whom our students cannot thrive in their education without "a nod from the education god" with a business as usual smile and a status quo "have a good day." (for a fair and balanced approach to malone's have a good day, you may choose lol or ugh.. after critically thinking of both sides of the lol or ugh).
Based on the Malone interview in Springboro Life, it appears that
Ron's ego just want allow him to exit with dignity, as his 41 years of professional success has certainly afforded him to do.
Ron readily admits that "the times they are a changing" from the way education was back in 2000 when he arrived; even so, he clearly hints that he would like to reverse our new 21st century philosophy of children first with out school tax dollars, because Mr. Malone says "there needs to be a re-emphasis on the value of the educator...the community is supportive...I'm interested in continuing to work in education. We'll see what happens."
Indeed the community will see what happens to Mr. Malone's
Big Ego that thinks all it takes is the name recognition of
"has been a high school principal" to rally vote for revenge
and "take back power for the union to gain control of our school tax dollars and our children's 21st century classroom education.
Down Home in Boro

Piqua, OH

#25542 Jul 4, 2013
Out of Towner wrote:
Looks like "Big Red" is hitting the skids. Just a matter of time for her. Big egos always take a big fall. They can't help themselves.
"Help Us Help You Help Others Help Themselves to Spread The Word Down Home In Boro That The Time Has Now Come For Ron and Sherri Malone To Invest Themselves in Our Good Neighboro Policy, and Enjoy Being With the Kiddies Through Volunteer Services, And Off the Taxpayers Backs.
Really

Maineville, OH

#25543 Jul 4, 2013
cowboy wrote:
<quoted text>
learn from the DDN?...LOL..
Kind of like learning from reading topix.....

Really...
Really

Maineville, OH

#25544 Jul 4, 2013
Waste Watchers wrote:
<quoted text>
...there you go again! You are so silly, Really!
Not a chance that educated voters in Springboro are going to "read a little Budd in the DDN and learn a lot!" Why waste your time and money? Smart voters for responsible spending should always just say NO to the DDN indoctrination of Larry Budd who is
telling us HOW to think critically of our BOE president, based on his one-sided OEA war of words against Springboro taxpayers.... Isn't the real controversy of real importance to all Springboro taxpayers,(both union and non-union thinkers)these employment contract negotiations between the Board of Education and the Springboro Education Association? Why are school leaders not posting updates on the school website, since last time in April?
Where's the transparency, SEA...? Inquiring minds want to know what the latest offer on the table looks like in new demands of the SEA against our children first and taxed enough already Springboro taxpayers.
They are not putting updates because they want them to strike. Nothing like cutting salaries by letting a strike happen. Just remember, you get what you pay for....

It should be clear to all that the BOE was never about Children First...Christians First is more like it.

Really...
Just Watching

Cleveland, OH

#25545 Jul 4, 2013
Really wrote:
<quoted text>
Kind of like learning from reading topix.....
Really...
My post at least contain the attribution and annotation so that one can check the sources of the material.
Just Watching

Cleveland, OH

#25546 Jul 4, 2013
Really wrote:
<quoted text>
They are not putting updates because they want them to strike. Nothing like cutting salaries by letting a strike happen. Just remember, you get what you pay for....
It should be clear to all that the BOE was never about Children First...Christians First is more like it.
Really...
Now aren't we passing on innuendo as fact, slander as candor, and idiocracy as wisdom?

Can you please back up your statement that people's salaries are being cut? Whose for instance?

When a strike does occur it will be because the Ohio Education Association is attempting to play politics with your children's education and our teacher's livelihoods.

It is the OEA fervent desire that the current BOE fail so that they can return the finances of the district back to the shadows where the OEA operates most efficiently.

Transparency in our dealings is what keeps us from making mistakes and wasting time. 10,000 sets of eyes watching things most certainly helps keep us on track.

Ask Mr. Rigano if Afsoon's diatribe was not really a godsend. Had she not done some due diligence on behalf of us all, this could have ended badly despite everyone's best intentions.

Mr. Rigano's heart may have been in the correct place but the venue was certainly not. If Mr. Rigano would have promoted this program in the shadows, rather than in the sunshine, we would all have the piper to pay.

Transparency works for everyone and helps keep us from missing the points others see and bring to our collective attention.
Consumers drive change

Cleveland, OH

#25547 Jul 4, 2013
For decades, detergent makers have enjoyed bloated demand thanks to consumers dosing their loads of laundry with excessive amounts of soap.

In the past few years, however, producers began selling pre-measured “pods” or capsules of detergent. Consumers love them, and perhaps not surprisingly, the success of these products has led to a marked decline in laundry soap sales. According to The Wall Street Journal, sales in dollar terms are down 5.1 percent from just three years ago.

Pre-measured pods have shrunk overall laundry detergent sales by more than 5 percent.

Industry stalwarts are crying foul, even attacking the very nature of innovation. The Journal quotes James Craigie, CEO of Church & Dwight Co.(makers of the Arm & Hammer, OxiClean, and Xtra brands, among others), complaining about this trend at a recent industry conference. Instead of embracing these detergent pods as the superior consumer products that they are, Craigie, whose company also makes pod-style detergent products, went full-on RIAA and blamed the very notion of innovation—albeit with a curious definition.

“New products ought to expand the revenue pie for manufacturers and retailers, not shrink it," he said. "That is what innovation always did in the past.

“What kind of a new product is good when it's hurting the total category?" Craigie added.

Boo hoo. Would you like some cheese with that whine, Mr. Craigie? Listen closely: You’re doing it wrong. Innovation is not some industry-defined growth strategy in the service of shareholders—it’s a consumer-driven imperative in the service of making better products.

For what it's worth, P&G (makers of Tide Pods) controls about 75 percent of the pod-detergent market, and expects sales of their unit-dose products to rise to $500 million this fiscal year, the WSJ reports.

The whole debate reeks of the hubris surrounding the recording industry’s spiteful attempts to stem the tide of MP3 downloading in the early 2000s. Record companies enjoyed decades of a consistent, familiar business strategy that was largely devoid of major innovation—that is, until file-sharing forced it upon them. Instead of embracing the future, which has and always will be consumer-driven, they targeted the consumers, fined them, penalized them, and preempted a host of new-market opportunities that iTunes, Pandora, and Spotify would later scoop up.

Consumers—not shareholders—want better, more innovative products, and good brands will supply them. That’s how it’s always been. Even I know that, and I was an English major.

Teaching is about to undergo the same metamorphosis. Some teachers are already embracing the future by letting the internet teach their classes while they perform more important duties.

Cost containment and consumer demand will force these changes whether the union likes them or not.
Dollars and Sense

Piqua, OH

#25548 Jul 4, 2013
Really wrote:
<quoted text>
They are not putting updates because they want them to strike. Nothing like cutting salaries by letting a strike happen. Just remember, you get what you pay for....
It should be clear to all that the BOE was never about Children First...Christians First is more like it.
Really...
Indeed a fair day's pay for a fair days' work is getting what you pay for. It makes sense that we need to hold the line on salaries, allowing the teachers to put their money where their mouth is, dust off those old 20th century resumes, put on those boots made for walking and say bye bye to boro and let the brain drain begin. Our school board and school district leaders have proven they have the common sense to use our tax dollars wisely, and there's plenty of teachers willing to come to our great schools! Our SEA needs to recognize that life is not a bowl of cherries for union picking; life is just a few lemons handed out and each of us gets to choose whether or not we will use "life's lemons" to make lemonade, and whether or not we work to sweeten it a little, or we can just do nothing with life's lemons and end up all sour and surly -- kinda like those old mean spirited school union employess in Springboro.
Will the teachers' strike? Time to bring it on! Just don't leave boro without taking your pride along! G-O- P-A-N-T-H-E-R-S!
Really

Maineville, OH

#25549 Jul 4, 2013
Just Watching wrote:
<quoted text>
Now aren't we passing on innuendo as fact, slander as candor, and idiocracy as wisdom?
Can you please back up your statement that people's salaries are being cut? Whose for instance?
When a strike does occur it will be because the Ohio Education Association is attempting to play politics with your children's education and our teacher's livelihoods.
It is the OEA fervent desire that the current BOE fail so that they can return the finances of the district back to the shadows where the OEA operates most efficiently.
Transparency in our dealings is what keeps us from making mistakes and wasting time. 10,000 sets of eyes watching things most certainly helps keep us on track.
Ask Mr. Rigano if Afsoon's diatribe was not really a godsend. Had she not done some due diligence on behalf of us all, this could have ended badly despite everyone's best intentions.
Mr. Rigano's heart may have been in the correct place but the venue was certainly not. If Mr. Rigano would have promoted this program in the shadows, rather than in the sunshine, we would all have the piper to pay.
Transparency works for everyone and helps keep us from missing the points others see and bring to our collective attention.
Lay off the current teachers and hire replacements for less money. That is EXACTLY what they are planning on doing. Look at how much time they spend discussing all of this and all the while doing it on OUR DIME. If they are so worried about big government then maybe they should refuse their payment for being on the board....

Really...
Just Watching

Cleveland, OH

#25550 Jul 5, 2013
Really wrote:
<quoted text>
Lay off the current teachers and hire replacements for less money. That is EXACTLY what they are planning on doing. Look at how much time they spend discussing all of this and all the while doing it on OUR DIME. If they are so worried about big government then maybe they should refuse their payment for being on the board....
Really...
I don't think you can do that.

If, however, the teachers threaten to strike it is incumbent upon administration to have a backup plan.

Are you trying to say the community should not have a back up plan in the event the Ohio Education Association determines its needs are greater than those of our children?

I really don't see how the board members refusing their $125 -$250 per month stipend will aid us in any substantive way.(It is less than Mr. Malone spends currying favor with donuts while spending other people's money.)

The teacher's, on the other hand, take $4500 -$9200 per month each for their 8.5 month contribution.

330 plus teachers vs 5 BOE members?

Really.

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