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<quoted text> If 34% of our kids find that 2+2=5 that is most certainly not a problem with the test. And grading on a curve will never make 2+2=5. Smoke and mirrors to make everyone seem like they are smarter than they are does no one any favors. Time for this sham to be exposed and get answers as to why failure is deemed proficient.

And actauly what you are saying is that if I ask 100 kids if 2+2=5, over one third of them will tell me correct? What ages? Since I'm assuming this is about Doug and his critic of Malone then I should be asking HS kids. You could that at the game Friday. How much you want to bet more than 90% get it right? Your example of 2+2=5 serves my point. If they are asked "A wagon train that is one mile long advances one mile at a constant rate. During the same time period, the wagon master rides his horse at a constant rate from the front of the wagon train to the rear, and then back to the front. How far did that wagon master ride? " then probably not as many would be able to know that the answer is 2.41421 miles.- http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index...

School distrct voters need only ask ourselves one question to clearly understand that we should stay the course of Students First/Responsible Budgeting at the polls on November 5, 2013. WHY WOULD OUR COMMUNITY WISH TO GO BACK? Look at the Past... Failure of five levy attempts in two years, each asking for $30-$40 million dollars of new money. Fees raised, busing cut, staff reduced, and maintenance deferred. "D" grade on gifted intervention and "C" grade on the lowest 20% in achievement from state. Standard of mediocrity - from contracting out our preschoolservices to acceting "Proficient" as an acceptable test score. Weakened curriculum in high school program, fewer students taking advantage of Advanced Placement and other early college credit opportunities. Ignored new state testing mandate for technology. Neglected instructional technology. WHY WOULD OUR COMMUNITY WISH TO GO BACK? Look At Today and the Future ... Renewal levy saves taxpayers $6.5 million over the five year life of the levy, while continuing to generate surplus. Reduced school fees, lower pay to participate fees, busing restored, staff cuts reversed, long neglected building and ground maintenance funded. Efficiency plans reallocate resources from uder utilized programs to gifted and early intervention. Putting money where it is neded! Disrict run preschool instead of outsourcing, saving$132,000 each year. Analyzing data to expose "Proficient" as failing. Raising the bar for students and teachers. Adding ACT/College Essentials class, balancing class sizes, and strengthening our curriculum. Emphasing early college credit programs through the high school, Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit courses. Coordinated technology plan with wireless access for every building, laptops to every teacher, and more than 1100 new computers.

I take issue with a couple of this points: - The "D" rating happened on this BOE's watch. Where's the accountability? - The cut in the levy amount is because of the pipeline tax revenue which the BOE had nothing to do with.

<quoted text> The only one's with a "different philosophy" are MSA. They have differing ideas from the current BOE majority. As for debates, what about the League of Women Voters? Don't you understand that ANY debate would be an SEA pep rally because those most interested would be the teachers & staff and they would show up to ANY debate? I would think that if B & V did have ANY backbone they would realize the importance of ANY chance to debate during an election. The press alone that they "refused to show up" will be enough to ensure their defeat. Fair or not, like it or not this is the game that is our political system.

You see it your way and I see it mine. Whatever the outcome is, I can assure you it has nothing to do with your game of gotcha.

<quoted text> And actauly what you are saying is that if I ask 100 kids if 2+2=5, over one third of them will tell me correct? What ages? Since I'm assuming this is about Doug and his critic of Malone then I should be asking HS kids. You could that at the game Friday. How much you want to bet more than 90% get it right? Your example of 2+2=5 serves my point. If they are asked "A wagon train that is one mile long advances one mile at a constant rate. During the same time period, the wagon master rides his horse at a constant rate from the front of the wagon train to the rear, and then back to the front. How far did that wagon master ride? " then probably not as many would be able to know that the answer is 2.41421 miles.- http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index...

No, that's not what I'm saying nor does my example serve your point. Here's my point. Math has either a correct or incorrect answer. No in between. If only 34% get my (or even your) math question right that is most certainly NOT proficient. Yet, Springboro schools would tell you they are. See?

<quoted text> No, that's not what I'm saying nor does my example serve your point. Here's my point. Math has either a correct or incorrect answer. No in between. If only 34% get my (or even your) math question right that is most certainly NOT proficient. Yet, Springboro schools would tell you they are. See?

Your point is incorrect. Math isn't always correct or incorrect, that would make it an exact science. The following shows it is not (always) exact.

"Probably a teacher learns as much from his students as the student learns from his teacher. Some years ago when I was attempting to introduce the concept of negative and fractional exponents to a class in college algebra I had a student bring the text which he had studied in high school. He pointed out the statement: "The student will see that it is impossible for an exponent to be anything but a positive integer." I could find no qualifying statement. The student asked, "In the face of this contradiction how do you justify your statement that mathematics is an exact science?"

Also you can look up "The effort to axiomatize geometry and other branches of mathematics only shows that mathematics is not a perfect science. Axiomatization is done not only to organize mathematics, but also to avoid contradiction. In fact, Kurt Godel proved that you cannot create an axiomatic system that is free from contradiction. The theorem is called Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem." -http://mathandmultimedia.com/ 2010/10/11/is-mathematics-an-e xact-science/

And of course there is pseudomathematics, theorms as well as statistics which are both not exact. We still haven't reached the end of pi.

<quoted text> I take issue with a couple of this points: - The "D" rating happened on this BOE's watch. Where's the accountability? - The cut in the levy amount is because of the pipeline tax revenue which the BOE had nothing to do with.

I strongly disagree with your "couple of this points."

Truth is: Mr. Malone, who has been a high school principal for 13 years, is to be held accountable for what happened, or didn't happen, on "his watch."

Truth is: The cut in the levy is because this board recognized that taxpayers have generously supported our great schools for decades; and there was enough money to support a quality classroom education for STUDENTS FIRST; and a pay increase for every school employee; and enough money to give Springboro taxpayers a slight reduction in levy costs!

Truth is: It's a win-win situation for all!

Truth is: Not all our union school employees are celebrating a win-win situation for all; Some of our union school employees think the union should have had it all.

<quoted text> No, that's not what I'm saying nor does my example serve your point. Here's my point. Math has either a correct or incorrect answer. No in between. If only 34% get my (or even your) math question right that is most certainly NOT proficient. Yet, Springboro schools would tell you they are. See?

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Also if you would look at Doug's post, it states "January 2013 notes "only 43% of the Springboro High School students have completed the High Schools That Work recommended curriculum (Ohio Core), a 34% DECREASE from 2008."

It was a 34% decrease. That means that in 2008 and before we had 77%. It has fallen 34% in the past 5 years, under the current BOE.

Where was the BOE during this time? Were they not aware of this? Do they not hold ANY responsibilty?

The students who took the test in 2012 would have just been entering high school in 2008, why are we not posting any blame on the Junior High Principal?

<quoted text> I strongly disagree with your "couple of this points." Truth is: Mr. Malone, who has been a high school principal for 13 years, is to be held accountable for what happened, or didn't happen, on "his watch." Truth is: The cut in the levy is because this board recognized that taxpayers have generously supported our great schools for decades; and there was enough money to support a quality classroom education for STUDENTS FIRST; and a pay increase for every school employee; and enough money to give Springboro taxpayers a slight reduction in levy costs! Truth is: It's a win-win situation for all! Truth is: Not all our union school employees are celebrating a win-win situation for all; Some of our union school employees think the union should have had it all. Wonder why that is?

So all the stuff that has happened and the BOE is taking credit for (lowering budgets, etc.) actually should be accounted to Mr. Malone since it happened during "his watch". Who would have thought?

<quoted text> Your point is incorrect. Math isn't always correct or incorrect, that would make it an exact science. The following shows it is not (always) exact. "Probably a teacher learns as much from his students as the student learns from his teacher. Some years ago when I was attempting to introduce the concept of negative and fractional exponents to a class in college algebra I had a student bring the text which he had studied in high school. He pointed out the statement: "The student will see that it is impossible for an exponent to be anything but a positive integer." I could find no qualifying statement. The student asked, "In the face of this contradiction how do you justify your statement that mathematics is an exact science?" -http://www.mathteacherctk.com /blog/2010/12/is-mathematics-a n-exact-science/ Also you can look up "The effort to axiomatize geometry and other branches of mathematics only shows that mathematics is not a perfect science. Axiomatization is done not only to organize mathematics, but also to avoid contradiction. In fact, Kurt Godel proved that you cannot create an axiomatic system that is free from contradiction. The theorem is called Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem." -http://mathandmultimedia.com/ 2010/10/11/is-mathematics-an-e xact-science/ And of course there is pseudomathematics, theorms as well as statistics which are both not exact. We still haven't reached the end of pi. The more you know....

That's perfectly reasonable. What's not reasonable is thinking that a paltry 34% by our students on math is proficient. We are talking elementary, jr high and high school students learning the basics of math here. Not wholly axiomatic systems full of contradictions. Sorry, 34% is not proficient. It's failure.

Hey Bitner Vaughn supporters. There are three open school board seats. Which of the other three remaining candidates would you be most likely to vote for on election day?

School distrct voters need only ask ourselves one question to clearly understand that we should stay the course of Students First/Responsible Budgeting at the polls on November 5, 2013.

WHY WOULD OUR COMMUNITY WISH TO GO BACK?

Look at the Past...

Failure of five levy attempts in two years, each asking for $30-$40 million dollars of new money.

Fees raised, busing cut, staff reduced, and maintenance deferred.

"D" grade on gifted intervention and "C" grade on the lowest 20% in achievement from state.

Standard of mediocrity - from contracting out our preschoolservices to acceting "Proficient" as an acceptable test score.

Weakened curriculum in high school program, fewer students taking advantage of Advanced Placement and other early college credit opportunities.

Ignored new state testing mandate for technology. Neglected instructional technology.

WHY WOULD OUR COMMUNITY WISH TO GO BACK?

Look At Today and the Future ...

Renewal levy saves taxpayers $6.5 million over the five year life of the levy, while continuing to generate surplus.

Reduced school fees, lower pay to participate fees, busing restored, staff cuts reversed, long neglected building and ground maintenance funded.

Efficiency plans reallocate resources from uder utilized programs to gifted and early intervention. Putting money where it is neded!

Disrict run preschool instead of outsourcing, saving$132,000 each year. Analyzing data to expose "Proficient" as failing. Raising the bar for students and teachers.

Adding ACT/College Essentials class, balancing class sizes, and strengthening our curriculum. Emphasing early college credit programs through the high school, Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit courses.

Coordinated technology plan with wireless access for every building, laptops to every teacher, and more than 1100 new computers.

LET'S STAY ON THIS COURSE AND MOVE IN THE DIRECTION OF LEADERSHIP FOR OUR CHILDREN, SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY!

School distrct voters need only ask ourselves one question to clearly understand that we should stay the course of Students First/Responsible Budgeting at the polls on November 5, 2013. WHY WOULD OUR COMMUNITY WISH TO GO BACK? Look at the Past... Failure of five levy attempts in two years, each asking for $30-$40 million dollars of new money. Fees raised, busing cut, staff reduced, and maintenance deferred. "D" grade on gifted intervention and "C" grade on the lowest 20% in achievement from state. Standard of mediocrity - from contracting out our preschoolservices to acceting "Proficient" as an acceptable test score. Weakened curriculum in high school program, fewer students taking advantage of Advanced Placement and other early college credit opportunities. Ignored new state testing mandate for technology. Neglected instructional technology. WHY WOULD OUR COMMUNITY WISH TO GO BACK? Look At Today and the Future ... Renewal levy saves taxpayers $6.5 million over the five year life of the levy, while continuing to generate surplus. Reduced school fees, lower pay to participate fees, busing restored, staff cuts reversed, long neglected building and ground maintenance funded. Efficiency plans reallocate resources from uder utilized programs to gifted and early intervention. Putting money where it is neded! Disrict run preschool instead of outsourcing, saving$132,000 each year. Analyzing data to expose "Proficient" as failing. Raising the bar for students and teachers. Adding ACT/College Essentials class, balancing class sizes, and strengthening our curriculum. Emphasing early college credit programs through the high school, Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit courses. Coordinated technology plan with wireless access for every building, laptops to every teacher, and more than 1100 new computers. LET'S STAY ON THIS COURSE AND MOVE IN THE DIRECTION OF LEADERSHIP FOR OUR CHILDREN, SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY!

Has anyone noticed....why all of a sudden is the tag-line "Students First" and not "Children First"?

Hey Bitner Vaughn supporters. There are three open school board seats. Which of the other three remaining candidates would you be most likely to vote for on election day?

<quoted text> Has anyone noticed....why all of a sudden is the tag-line "Students First" and not "Children First"?

There's a logical explanation for this and it has to do with evolution of terminology. Remember just a few years ago when the fashion was to perennially place levys on the ballot in order to make up for lack of budget accountability in this district? Well, at that time you may recall NFSS's adopted pro-levy yard sign slogan was "FOR THE KIDS". First comes Kohls, then later Petroni & Rigano with logical plans for developing a responsible district budget, which has happened. Of course, because NFSS had already successfully jaded it, Educate Springboro wasn't about to re-use the term "KIDS", so instead they chose the next closest thing, which is "CHILDREN". By implementing "STUDENTS FIRST", Bitner and Vaughn are going to a place that "FOR THE KIDS" Neighbors for Springboro Schools of 5-6 years ago could only have dreamt about.

Hey Bitner Vaughn supporters. There are three open school board seats. Which of the other three remaining candidates would you be most likely to vote for on election day?

Well here I am standing at the polling both. Who might I vote for school board?

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