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#22 Jul 5, 2010
How do you expect the legislature or any gov entity to fix this when there's 10 education union lobbyists sitting there staring them down, and reminding them that if they don't vote in favor of unions, the union process will make sure they don't get re-elected.
This isn't going to change until we get rid of the unions. Without unions, we can afford education.
In SWCS, we have one of the highest paid supers in the state - and the highest remediation rates to go with.
More money equals less performance in this socialist system. And the union is there to make sure that three people are hired to do one job.
#23 Jul 5, 2010
Dude, is that the last of the good stuff from Don Patron's?
The poster, Realistically, is dead on. End unions now.
#24 Jul 5, 2010
William Phillis, executive director of the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding worked a deal where his organization extorts 50 cents for every student in many districts in order to fund his private lifestyle. Groups like his, OSBA, OASBO, BASA and of course the OEA are only interested in financially enriching their members all while claiming "they do it for the children" Ninety eight percent of all superintendents and treasurers of the 614 Ohio school districts receive a 24% retirement package on top of their $100,000 plus salaries. This is what DeRolph has done for Ohio.
#25 Jul 5, 2010
Taxin Ted during his campaign four years ago claimed he had a fix for Ohio's schools. He has done nothing since then except to use one time Obama stimulus money to fund highway projects with temporary union laborers.
#26 Jul 5, 2010
With merit pay legislation coming closer and closer to becoming reality in Colorado the clock is running out on the education association extortionists that at long last the tables will be turned. Strickland ran on fixing the school funding issue only to farm it out to Columbus attorneys whom contributed heavily to his election campaign you've gotta love the good ole Dumbarsecrat pay to play.
Once again see you all at the polls in Nov 2010 at which time it's open season on Dumbarsecrats with no bag limit.
#27 Jul 5, 2010
You might be surprised about the options we have available in this state that no others have. It's called Conversion Schools. Conversion schools function just like our current schools, except without the union and union contracts.
Are you familiar with the new federal Race To The Top grants? This is the first support we've EVER had from anyone above us on the political ladder.
The strings attached to RTTT are numerous and specific. Briefly, the state has to be willing to set up a state-wide system, so as systems go bankrupt, they can join the state system. They have to be willing to give equal opportunity to charter schools. Teachers have to be willing to accept accountability standards that are required in America nowhere except private schools.
Currently, only the worst of the worst are getting these grants - like Tennesee and Delaware. They have to be willing to work around the unions or the feds yank the cash.
THIS is the first support we've had from any political entity.
What this means is we taxpayers have little to do but vote no to bankrupt these corrupt systems. Ohio doesn't have a statewide system, but we have laws that allow us to CONVERT our current union-run schools thereby maintaining local control of what OUR kids are learning.
You can think Taxin' Ted has done nothing. But he gave us this option WITHOUT spending millions to create a statewide system that would still be as corrupt as the one we have, just on a larger scale. Actually, he gave us the ultimate choice without spending a dime.
All you have to do is vote no on the next levy and every other until they bankrupt themselves on their union contracts. There are only so many people they can lay off and still function. While we don't know exactly how it's going to shake out, it appears as if systems will be forced to abandon their unions just to maintain employment, because as soon as they fail, they convert - without unions.
#28 Jul 5, 2010
:Nice rant -
You need to go shoot the gerbils that are running loose in your attic. You are going to be whining more this November than you have been in 2006 and 2008 combined as the Tea Room get its bankruptcy eviction notice.
#29 Jul 5, 2010
This is NOT a funding issue as the unions would have you believe - its a SPENDING issue. Now that we taxpayers in this Rustbelt State are bankrupt, we don't have time for our legislature to grow the balls to take on the unions. The legislature that caves to unions is why we're here. Thanks to the concept of conversion schools and Race To The Top grants, it's creating a perfect storm for union-run schools.
Taxpayers don't have money to vote yes. The state has no money to cover them. They can only lay-off but so many people and cut the cirriculum but so much before they invalidate themselves completely. Failures by their own design.
With the funding withheld by the taxpayers and the pressure the FEDS are exerting by offering billions to abandon unions, it really is only a matter of time before we get unions out of our schools, and all thanks to the Great Recession the unions helped to create.
#30 Jul 5, 2010
It took a judge to declare life is not fair? Everyone across the State does not live in $400,000 houses either.
Of course the DeRolph matter has not been resolved, it would bankrupt the State. So would putting everyone in $400,000 houses.
If you think lack of funding is the issue, explain this fact:
SWCS staff has 66% masters degrees, DOE rates SWCS a C- performance.
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