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

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No Turning Back

Akron, OH

#27234 Sep 8, 2013
Celebrate Our Success wrote:
"The prolems of the world, cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were."
(John F. Kennedy)
__________
Mr. Malone, Where do you see the district heading?
There are a large number of unknown factors right now. The pattern at Springboro has been one of success when you look at any measurement out there. Our district has improved drastically and is among the elite districts in the state. I sense that we are going in a different direction, and the question is, "will that direction lead us to continued improvement, or will it result in a decline in performance?" Only time will tell.
Some people get so entrenched in the old philosophy of status quo business as usual that it’s tough to get them to think whether or not something is going to help the kids.
No Turning Back

Akron, OH

#27235 Sep 8, 2013
The fear of change will not chase our community back into the darkness of previously failed practices.
Let’s stay on this new course and move in the direction of leadership for our children, schools and community. visit http://educatespringboro.org/
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#27236 Sep 8, 2013
Celebrate Our Success wrote:
"The prolems of the world, cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were."
(John F. Kennedy)
__________
Mr. Malone, Where do you see the district heading?
There are a large number of unknown factors right now. The pattern at Springboro has been one of success when you look at any measurement out there. Our district has imporved drastically and is among the elite districts in the state. I sense that we are going in a different direction, and the question is, "will that direction lead us to continued improvement, or will it result in a decline in performance?" Only time will tell. amont
I have looked at some of the other measures out there that measure things straight forwardly utilizing the metrics Mr. Malone himself did bring to bear while grading our PSEO students taking college courses.

What I found is in conflict with Mr. Malone's statement that the district has improved dramatically.
According to the math results on each Ohio Achievement Assessment for the past 4 years, we have seen a steady drumbeat of downward progression from Third Grade, where nearly 70% of the children are mastering at least 75% or better of the material, to the Eight Grade, where we find only 20% or so mastering the material.

This phenomenon recurs yearly and is clearly demonstrated year after year in the number of correct answers our children get right on the Ohio Achievement Assessment tests.

The Class of 2018 is quite representative of this trend, perhaps your child is one of the 500 plus children captured within these numbers.

Summary for the Class of 2018

Ohio Achievement Assessment Yearly Test Results

In 4th grade we find
PASSING: 75% correct answers or better - 50%
FAILING: 74% correct answers or below - 50%

In 5th grade we find
PASSING: 75% correct answers or better - 35%
FAILING: 74% correct answers or below - 65%

In 6th grade we find
PASSING: 75% correct answers or better - 47%
FAILING: 74% correct answers or below - 53%

In 7th grade we find
PASSING: 75% correct answers or better - 23%
FAILING: 74% correct answers or below - 77%

Looking at our test results on the Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) test it appears as though we are trending downward, not dramatically improving as Mr. Malone cares to claim.

If this is dramatic improvement to Mr. Malone, he must have been studying these numbers with his Everyday Math book.
Waste Watchers

Akron, OH

#27237 Sep 8, 2013
The HSTW reports and the WCESC reports prove to parents that Mr. Malone wasted school tax dollars by refusing to take advantage of opportunities for growth and change, once these were brought to his attention. Mr. Malone's mistakes were applauded by local, state, and national recognition, building up his reputation of being too insanely popular to be questioned of his failures in meeting the needs of his students best interest. Moving forward, parents are now asking: What good for our student's future education can come from what is learned about these past years of harmful illusions of excellent with distinction? What improvements do our current state standards offer and how can we hold local school leaders accountable? If kids aren't getting the quality education that taxpayers are so generously funding, why is the former high school principal campaigning for school board election to gain control of the children's first budget, so that the re-emphasis on the increased dollar value of the union teacher in every classroom, can be re-instated?
Question Everything

Akron, OH

#27238 Sep 8, 2013
Waste Watchers wrote:
The HSTW reports and the WCESC reports prove to parents that Mr. Malone wasted school tax dollars by refusing to take advantage of opportunities for growth and change, once these were brought to his attention. Mr. Malone's mistakes were applauded by local, state, and national recognition, building up his reputation of being too insanely popular to be questioned of his failures in meeting the needs of his students best interest. Moving forward, parents are now asking: What good for our student's future education can come from what is learned about these past years of harmful illusions of excellent with distinction? What improvements do our current state standards offer and how can we hold local school leaders accountable? If kids aren't getting the quality education that taxpayers are so generously funding, why is the former high school principal campaigning for school board election to gain control of the children's first budget, so that the re-emphasis on the increased dollar value of the union teacher in every classroom, can be re-instated?
Perhaps Springboro Families and Taxpaying homeowners should ask school board candidate, Ron Malone, to please explain why so many graduates of Springboro's Excellence with Distinction end up having to be forced to take college remedial classes, particularly in basic math functions?
Question Everything

Akron, OH

#27239 Sep 8, 2013
Could it be -

The type of education is the current problem. That must be solved before ways of funding it can be analyzed. In the most simplified form, teaching and the responsibility of education must shift back to the parents and away from government, particularly at the state and federal level. The collective summation of all a community’s children thrown into a big pot of stew while the parents run around doing whatever they feel like as community funded baby sitters take care of their offspring is not working. The parents get lazy because public teachers are raising their kids. Teachers get lazy at their jobs because there are no measurements of quality to keep their job. They get paid pretty much the same whether they are good or bad teachers because their collective bargaining agreement says so, an agreement that robs money from every home in a school district for a system that is a complete failure.
Question Everything

Akron, OH

#27240 Sep 9, 2013
Tell It Like It Is wrote:
<quoted text>
That certain slate of candidates representing union control of OUR schools that work for the best interest of the union MUST be targeted as the ENEMY of our children's first best interest.
This union army is well funded and deeply embedded in their diligent strategy of politics of personal destruction to take out their opposition, collect their spoils of war and retreat to the Ron Malone madness of status quo pro-union business as usual.
Now is not the time to return to the past failed leadership of former high school principal Ron Malone; former teacher/coach Dave Stuckey; former board member Charles Anderson; former failed school board candidate Lisa Babb; and Jamie Belanger who seeks to gain control of the board.
These vote for revenge union school board candidates will not lead our schools and community in the direction of opportunity for our children's future.
Inquiring minds must question the principles of the collective three school board candidates, Malone.Stuckey.Anderson, and get the message out that this threesome seek to reverse the successful direction in which our schools are headed, way beyond the November 2013 popularity contest at the polls. Inquiring minds must remember that Mr. Malone refused to "do it for the children" in March 2012 when he refused to accept a job promotion (with increased responsibilities) that would allow him to utilize his 40 years of educational expertise, to the benefit of all our students.
Mr. Malone chose the bottom line of gaining control of the Board of Education agenda by organizing Principal Ron's Kids community-wide March 2012 rally to "re-instate Ron Malone." Mr. Malone's self-interest priority, as high school principal, was to continue enjoying his popularity within the high school community. Isn't this November 2013 bid for school board election just a continuation of his good old "high school days?" And don't Springboro families and taxpaying homeowners demand much more in return for our investment in our students' quality classroom education for the 21st century?
reality

Girard, OH

#27241 Sep 9, 2013
Celebrate Our Success wrote:
"The prolems of the world, cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were."
(John F. Kennedy)
__________
Mr. Malone, Where do you see the district heading?
There are a large number of unknown factors right now. The pattern at Springboro has been one of success when you look at any measurement out there. Our district has imporved drastically and is among the elite districts in the state. I sense that we are going in a different direction, and the question is, "will that direction lead us to continued improvement, or will it result in a decline in performance?" Only time will tell.
Thank you so much for posting this insightful Malone quote.
Ron Malone has never been a school superintendent, but do you know the key difference between Ron Malone and former superintendent Dr. David Baker?

Baker is manipulative, egotistical, and very closely adheres to jaded agendas.

Malone very closely adheres to jaded agendas.
Question Everything

Akron, OH

#27242 Sep 9, 2013
go to negotiating seminar wrote:
<quoted text>
Correction: that would be at the end of 2 years, not 1. Having a budget approaching $0 is the position the district wants to be in when it comes time to re-negotiate contracts. Ah, but you wouldn't know much about this kind of thing.
Why would our Springboro citizens even consider voting for school board candidates,(Malone/Stuckey/And erson) who are deeply embedded in the old school training of the Ohio School Board Association indoctrination, Promoting a continuous stream of new levies; Hiring more union teachers to provide more fun classes at taxpayers' expense; and then emotionally Blackmailing parents with threats of SEA strike, if levies don't pass to increase the generous salaries and compensation/benefits package afforded our school district teachers and staff?
inAnely popular

Girard, OH

#27243 Sep 9, 2013
Waste Watchers wrote:
The HSTW reports and the WCESC reports prove to parents that Mr. Malone wasted school tax dollars by refusing to take advantage of opportunities for growth and change, once these were brought to his attention. Mr. Malone's mistakes were applauded by local, state, and national recognition, building up his reputation of being too insanely popular to be questioned of his failures in meeting the needs of his students best interest.

Moving forward, parents are now asking: What good for our student's future education can come from what is learned about these past years of harmful illusions of excellent with distinction? What improvements do our current state standards offer and how can we hold local school leaders accountable? If kids aren't getting the quality education that taxpayers are so generously funding, why is the former high school principal campaigning for school board election to gain control of the children's first budget, so that the re-emphasis on the increased dollar value of the union teacher in every classroom, can be re-instated?
If Malone in fact made these mistakes knowingly, I believe it's very important for each and every district parent, voter and 18-year-old voting seniors to each have fair opportunity to separately discern Malone's current "insane" level of popularity...
vs. that of Malone's overall level of accountability during his 13 year tenure as principal of Springboro High School.

Since: Sep 12

Location hidden

#27244 Sep 9, 2013
I agree with your post forget the canidates lolook at actions and the stands of people from 2008 and back in years. what has changed in the post vs neg in thoses year vs the past 4 years it becomes transparent where the postive has occured ([past 4years anfd the neg (5 year ago and previous yearsnow look at the history of canidates and they stood -- where do you they will go and where are they standing now? if you can find them?
Question Everything wrote:
<quoted text>
Why would our Springboro citizens even consider voting for school board candidates,(Malone/Stuckey/And erson) who are deeply embedded in the old school training of the Ohio School Board Association indoctrination, Promoting a continuous stream of new levies; Hiring more union teachers to provide more fun classes at taxpayers' expense; and then emotionally Blackmailing parents with threats of SEA strike, if levies don't pass to increase the generous salaries and compensation/benefits package afforded our school district teachers and staff?
Old Math Lover

Cleveland, OH

#27245 Sep 9, 2013
The following examples may help to clarify the difference between the new and old math.

1960: A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of this price. What is his profit?

1970 (Traditional math): A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. What is his profit?

1975 (New Math): A logger exchanges a set L of lumber for a set M of money. The cardinality of set M is 100 and each element is worth $1.

(a) make 100 dots representing the elements of the set M

(b) The set C representing costs of production contains 20 fewer points than set M. Represent the set C as a subset of the set M.

(c) What is the cardinality of the set P of profits?

1990 (Dumbed-down math): A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Underline the number 20.

1997 (Whole Math): By cutting down a forest full of beautiful trees, a logger makes $20.

(a) What do you think of this way of making money?

(b) How did the forest birds and squirrels feel?

(c) Draw a picture of the forest as you'd like it to look.
Math FTW

Springboro, OH

#27247 Sep 9, 2013
Old Math Lover wrote:
The following examples may help to clarify the difference between the new and old math.
This is the best post in a long time in this thread. Thanks!!
Learn this lesson

Detroit, MI

#27248 Sep 10, 2013
Get Real wrote:
<quoted text>
Wise up? why not shut up IF you have nothing to say? Lots of people on this blog have more than 25 words or less to say, that is of value to readers on this blog--
(sounds like you have been rehearsing for your three minutes of pre-arranged "fame" in front of the TV cameras at public school board meetings.)
Less is more......ever heard if that one?
"It's better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak out and remove all doubt" -Abe Lincoln
No Doubt

Akron, OH

#27249 Sep 10, 2013
Learn this lesson wrote:
<quoted text>Less is more......ever heard if that one?
"It's better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak out and remove all doubt" -Abe Lincoln
For Sure David Bowman has never learned that lesson!

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." - Anonymous
No Doubt

Akron, OH

#27250 Sep 10, 2013
Boroman54 wrote:
Interesting thing about words - there is no action tied to them. I can say something but no action taken. IE "heros are not the people running away from danger it is the people running toward it" BUT look at the number of young women/men to whom the urge to run toward that danger are forgotten in the news/tv/etc but drug dealers/thugs/etc are on the tv everyday. RR was a good man but he was not a great president - good yes better than now or in the known future but not great we have not had a great president in 40 years but in Congress we have not had great rep in 100 years. the government only works when the REPs work for the people not the lobbies/big companies. Just like the BOE we need a group of heros not hot air word fans. My new year wish is that we find the heros and leave the word smiths out in the cold of an Ohio winter.
No doubt, Mr. Boroman, your wish as stated during the 2011 Springboro Schools Board of Education election, is just as urgent during our November 2013! Our heros are out there; we just have to make sure we vote them in!
Question Everything

Akron, OH

#27251 Sep 10, 2013
Learn this lesson wrote:
<quoted text>Less is more......ever heard if that one?
"It's better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak out and remove all doubt" -Abe Lincoln
Too bad our SHS principal god of knowledge failed to teach his students this great wisdom of Abe Lincoln.

Excuse me, Mr. Malone, but isn't your attempt to gain control of the Board of Education's Children's First Budget agenda in November 2013, just a re-run of your "March 2012 Re-Instate Ron Malone" failed policies keeping our kids left behind?

Those of us watching in the high school auditorium thought our high school principal a fool for leading our students to "speak out" in defiance of board authority, with their taunts "which one of you is lying."
No Turning Back

Akron, OH

#27252 Sep 10, 2013
Why would our community want to go back to the past? We have sought to change the status quo, and that is difficult, but debate does not equal harm. The politically correct tenet that spirited discussion is harmful stifles new ideas. When a blanket of suppression covers the conversation, the only sure losers will be our community and the children we serve.
Educate Springboro looks to the future–using the knowledge of the past, but with direction toward a goal. While the Board of Education has made missteps in the past year and a half, they were made in a public and transparent fashion. This transparency allowed the community to engage and round out our actions to reflect their wishes and desires. It produced better, more properly vetted ideas and actions, and our schools are better for it. When we work together and talk to each other about the issues, better solutions are developed.
Our leadership is navigating us away from the repeated failures of the past and toward a better future for our schools. We are leading with a goal to provide every Springboro child the opportunity to acquire all the knowledge and intellectual skills they possibly can. It has been our desire to remove all barriers that might restrain them from their innate desire to inquire, explore, and absorb everything they can. Looking to the past, copying failed policies, and fearing change does not remove barriers to improvement, it imposes them.
We’ve built a financial foundation on the principle of fiscal responsibility. We’ll continue to make changes that make sense; for example, eliminating underutilized courses to fill needs in other areas. We won’t propose new classes just to fill an employee’s schedule and avoid a difficult decision. We won’t continue relationships with service providers that don’t provide the best value just because working with them has been past practice. We’ll continue to demand integrity and ethics from everyone we work with from boosters to vendors, from students to administrators.
Common sense, ethics and sound financial decisions guide Educate Springboro. Share this with your friends and neighbors.
The fear of change will not chase our community back into the darkness of previously failed practices.
Let’s stay on this new course and move in the direction of leadership for our children, schools and community.

visit http://educatespringboro.org/
partisan

Fairborn, OH

#27253 Sep 10, 2013
Let me ask again without threatening national security (sarcasm)..heard about candidates not to elect...haven't heard about WHO is worth voting for..any suggestions ?...I talking about the school board.
Do your homework

Xenia, OH

#27254 Sep 10, 2013
partisan wrote:
Let me ask again without threatening national security (sarcasm)..heard about candidates not to elect...haven't heard about WHO is worth voting for..any suggestions ?...I talking about the school board.
And here lies the problem. Everyone wants to gripe and moan about what HAS happended and noone has any answers as to what should happen or how to fix it. It's real easy to say who not to vote for, but to say who to vote for... <crickets>

As I've stated before the only names passer's by will see is Malone, Stuckey and Anderson, so guess who they will vote for. The other "side" the silent "majority" is completely quiet with options or candidates. If they did have someone that could win, they would spend their time building them up but instead just tear the opposition down.

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