School Board, 2012?

School Board, 2012?

Created by Jon Jelly Rolls Jones on Oct 19, 2012

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Sonya Giles

David Morris

Mariah Gullion

Joseph R. Wilson

Alex Tainsh

Becky Burgett

Chad A. Murray

Joanie Roberts

Joe Brown

Anybody but Bush

Dot Perkins

Lexington, KY

#1 Oct 19, 2012
"During that time, we had the good fortune as all schools did to have state money for textbooks, for professional development, after school tutoring, and technology. Those days are over. The gains we have made and the continuous improvement we have made In Gallatin County are in jeopardy. Transportation costs have soared, increasing costs for contributions to teacher retirement, county retirement, and other mandated expenses that have been pushed down to the local level have depleted our reserves and for the first time in my superintendent career the contingency in our draft budget for 2012-2013 will only be 2 %."

"*SEEK and Transportation funding have basically been flat or reduced over the past 5 years putting an ever larger burden on the local community to fund the increasing costs mandated by the state."

Family Resource & Youth Service Center, ESS (After School Tutoring/Summer School), Safe Schools, Professional Development, Textbooks, Health Insurance, all all in drastic need of funding.

*The state of Kentucky has required the school district to fund other expenditures that were previously supported at the state or federal level. Some Examples include: Technology-Infinite Campus, MUNIS Cloud. Special Education."

Because of Frankfort and Washington DC not funding what education what they used to do, now locals are being forced to pay higher taxes to cover the shortfall. SB1 is an unfunded mandate, just like NCLB is. The State forces skools to abide by the law, but doesn't provide any resources to make sure that happens.
Dot Perkins

Lexington, KY

#2 Oct 19, 2012
So items that r in jeopardy:

-Infinite Campus
-Teacher Retirement
-Teacher Health Insurance
-Professional Development
-After-Skool Tutoring
-Technology (Computers)
-Special Education
-MUSIC Cloud
Jon Jelly Rolls Jones

Lexington, KY

#3 Oct 19, 2012
But wait a sec... aren't there many overpaid administrators also? I am against technology. When KERA was passed in 1990, revolutioning 3 main areas in Kentucky: 1) Accountabilty, Standardized Testing, and Assessments; 2) SEEK formula, to make sure all skools are getting the same amount per pupil; 3) and SBDM's, Site-Based Decision-Making Councils, which politically decentralizes decision making in the skool systems. 1990 KERA also financed technology, and in hindsight, I think teaching students about technology was a bad idea, since they may use it to criticize us, and we are gods, we are above reproach. Dont ever forget that GC!
Lil GC Kid

Lexington, KY

#4 Oct 19, 2012
How many grants were passed over? When Obama is elected, will there be grants already written, so that Gallatin County will get a jump on available funding? Obama's Race to the Top allows for local skools to bypass Frankfort, and get the funds themselves, IF they actually give a dam. I offered to write grants for free, but wasn't picked up on it, so I'm wondering how many other good ideas are going down the drain. If u want lower local taxes, then u need more funding from DC and Frankfort. Make the big boys pay for this stuff. It's odd, how here in Louisville, school busing is an issue also, but it's b/c of racism. They wanted to stop skool busing b/c it helped the black kids, but as any rural kid knows, w/o busing, they wouldn't have been able to get to skool. So the wite supremacists here in Louisville dont realize how skool buses helped the poor wite kids too. Also, 1990 KERA was revolutionary. There's been KIRIS testing, CATS testing, and now End of Course (EOC) Exams. There's been many changes. There's SB1, "Unbridled Learned", which is a contradiction to when Ky adopted the Common Core curriculum that Obama put out. One says to learn to be free, and the other says to honestly learn, one must do exactly as Amerika dictates. 1990 KERA was revolutionary, it totally changed the game, and allowed for Kentucky to look good, at least for that year, as being a beacon of promise, of better things yet to come. However, sometimes the old get stuck in a rut, and get comfortable, and that's never the route one needs to go.
Jon Jelly Rolls Jones

Lexington, KY

#5 Oct 19, 2012
I love bullying the students, lol. I am into name-calling, and insults, and dont care for those kids getting beat up, on a daily basis... that doesn't bother me!
Lil GC Kid

Lexington, KY

#6 Oct 19, 2012
1990 KERA was NCLB, 12 years b4 NCLB was passed, by Bush, in 2002. Kentucky was ahead of the game. Completely changed their financing, and political structure, to make it more equitable, and democratic, to give the power back to the people, to the local governments, and local school boards, and yes, the local school board, whether they get paid much or not (Louisville pays their skool board members $75 per meeting), they have power to change things, for the better, or worse. They should hire grant writers, or if the literature classes are teaching the students how to write, you should get the students involved on this. There's lots of young minds who would like to do something relevant, and important, instead of the insane and ridiculous activities subpar teachers make you do everyday. Give them that chance. There should be a strong student council, with an independent newsletter they distribute. They should have their own legal council, and like in Owen County, there should be a student representative on the Skool Board. That should be issue #1 for the student council at Gallatin County, to get themselves some real political power, but I'm sure the teachers who spearhead their agenda wont actually tell them about how the world really works, instead opting to hold onto the little bit of power they ever had... if u can, u create, but if u can't, then u teach. That's true. Some teachers only learned b.s. just to regurgitate it back to u, as if that's the point of education... Not to mention Milgrams Obedience experiments shows how the Nazis got "good" citizens to murder Jews was due to the incredible nature of humans to become slaves to the Nazis demands. We need strong moral individuals, we can stand up for what is right, and stand against oppression in all it's forms. We are a postmodern generation, and there's a wealth of creativity and intelligence that can be used, IF the students are respected, but so far, unfortunately for a skool system that claims to be "student first", they have not been. Education should liberate you, not oppress you. Plus exit slips are genius. Not once during my 13 years of Gallatin Co Hell did anybody ask me if I learned anything, and if not, what could be done better so I could learn. Not once. Now, some teachers ask every class of students what they can do better, thru exist slips. This is good. Treating the students as they are the responsible and independent leaders they will one day be, is the best way to teach them to be those admirable folks. Sugata Mitra actually suggests that the teachers just need to get out of the way, and let the children figure things out for themselves, and Montessori says that you can model education where there's illusion of choice, to allow the students to design their own curriculum, and learn how to live, since education is a life-long process anyways. We need to be able to learn, unlearn, and relearn if we are to succeed in a postmodern generation. It's competitive out here, but invest in technology, that's how Amerika will rebound out of her rut... and so it goes 4 lil GC.
Jon Jelly Rolls Jones

Lexington, KY

#7 Oct 19, 2012
Shut up, and give me 50 laps. lol
Lil GC Kid

Lexington, KY

#8 Oct 19, 2012
In hindsight, instead of running those laps, I should of spit in ur face, u lowlife ingrate. Gallatin County skools ripped up my scholarships, they twarted my success, they tried to stop me from going to college, and I got good grades. That's their counselors. They didn't care. Gallatin Co skools made sure I did a million other things, but actually promoting my success in life was not one of them. Gallatin Co skools had lots of bully issues, and sports can teach cooperation, or it can teach that the biggest rules, and the rest are slaves to the massah... like uncle tom house negroes we r... Paulo Freire says that we the people need to understand our oppression as a limiting situation from which we can escape from. William Glasser says that Choice is imperative for one's growth and understanding. Chomsky says that 95% of education is to inspire curiosity. Sugata Mitra says that education is a self-organizing, self-emergent phenomenon, and therefore, only oppressors can stop education from happening, which they do a lot. Mark Twain said that his skooling interfered w/ his education. A former Mayor touted Warsaw as being "Huckleberry Finn" like, when Huck Finn never went to skool, he played hooky, and was constantly trying to stop the Christians from "civilizin'" him. Huck Finn was about freedom, and wouldn't u know it, Huck Finn didn't go along w/ the sick society that made Jim a slave, and instead, listened to his heart, his soul, his humanity. How moral Huck Finn was, even though he was a drop out. Eminem dropped out too. Perhaps education shouldn't be compulsory. Perhaps Charter skools should be looked at, if public skool doesn't want to respect the student's individual dignity, and their rights, and to educate them as if they actually give a dam. Freedom is required for any and all humans to feel authentically human. We all desire freedom. So why do some adults think that we are blank slates, tabula rasas, for our minds to wiped clean, and start anew? We are smart, we are knowledge, we are legion, we are change, we are working families, we are desperate huddled masses yearning to breathe free, we r the youth of the nation.
Lil GC Kid

Lexington, KY

#9 Oct 19, 2012
Steve Zimmer should b fired: R there any more lowlife ingrates being employed by Gallatin Co skools? One way to clean house: fire everybody. That'll save some money.

Lexington, KY

#10 Oct 19, 2012
Test Teacher song, hilarious, for those in the industry:
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"What Teacher's Make" by Taylor Mali:

Lexington, KY

#11 Oct 20, 2012
Louisville Skool Board debate (u wont ever see one here in GC!):

Lexington, KY

#12 Oct 20, 2012
Whose ur fav educational theorist?
Jon Jelly Rolls Jones

Lexington, KY

#13 Oct 20, 2012
I really love BF Skinner, b/c he doesn't care for the person's mind, just their behavior, and if we can force others, like blue-eyed Devil Nazis we r, to succumb to our will, then in the end, we win. Im not sure what we win, but we do. I love BF Skinner.
Jelly Roll

Lexington, KY

#14 Oct 20, 2012
Jon Jelly Roll Jones

Lexington, KY

#15 Oct 21, 2012
I subscribe to the BF Skinner position, where behavior is more important than the mind.

Port William, OH

#16 Oct 22, 2012
Nice discussion you are having with yourself KJ. Seems like you are taking a few classes at good ol U of L that have fired you up. If you want to know about how great busing is for minority students see if you can spend a few days at Inner city middle schools-start with Newburg.On the other hand read the latest salaries published in the Cinci Enquirer and compare them to ACT scores. Oh by the way Jon Jones does more for students than most teachers.
Jon Jelly Roll Jones

Lexington, KY

#17 Oct 22, 2012
I hate the children, and could care less for them. I am happy when they are being abused, b/c they are more obedient for the rest of us. lol Go blue-eyed Nazi dictatorship! Go Oppression! Stay the course! Go US Empire! Go fake education! Let's all pretend like skool isn't actually smashing the good human nature in us... oh wait, I'm throwing educational theory to a bunch of backwards obese rednecks... u dont even know how to spell Rousseau.


Lexington, KY

#18 Nov 10, 2012
121 votes... holy crap! Chad Murray musta been clickin at this for days! j/k... but this poll turned out to b accurate.
John Masters

Lexington, KY

#19 Dec 6, 2012
Murray ran away w/ this one... eh? Still think I'm irrelevant? lol f all yall

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