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

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Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#29995 Jan 13, 2014
http://stateimpact.npr.org/ohio/2013/06/17/gr...

More information regarding the disconnect between teacher effectiveness and pay received, by our good friends on the right, National Public Radio and The Cleveland Plains Dealer.

"The measure uses standardized test scores to look at how much students learn in a given year, regardless of their achievement level at the start of the year. Value-added scores offer a new perspective on an old question: Who is a good teacher?

Value-Added Ratings (from highest to lowest)
Most Effective
Above Average
Average
Approaching Average
Least Effective

Value-added is one part of a new teacher evaluation system that schools must implement for the upcoming school year. That system is supposed to do a better job of distinguishing between great teachers and those in serious need of improvement. It will rely on value-added and other test-based measures as well as principalsí observations of teachers in the classroom.

Right now, Ohio calculates value-added scores only for reading and math teachers in fourth through eighth grades. The state translates each teacherís value-added score into one of five labels, ranging from Most Effective (the top rating) to Least Effective (the bottom one).

That means that for the first time, schools and the state can quantify just how good each teacher is at teaching students the expected amount each year.

Value-added is a controversial measure and one thatís new for most Ohio teachers.

A value-added score is not an overall measure of how well a teacher is performing because the scores are based entirely on studentsí performance on standardized tests. A teacher can see his or her value-added score change from year to year. And the full details of how the scores themselves are calculated are secret. "

Why is this important?

Because it is the children who suffer and pay the price for ineptitude in the teaching ranks.

Not everyone is equally excellent teacher, like all businesses or sports teams, some rank at the top and some at the bottom.

Businesses regularly cull the herd as they compete for business in an ever more globally competitive marketplace. Seldom does one see businesses carrying another body in a global company just because they have been there for 15 years. It is of the essence that all employees continually demonstrate their worth today to an employer competing for their jobs on a world wide basis.

In sports one will find themselves at the end of a bench with scant opportunity to contribute, thus making the likelihood of returning the next season ever smaller.

Children by and large get one shot at a class a poor teacher is teaching. Inflated grades or simply passing with no increase of the student's base of knowledge harms all involved, but first and foremost, the student.

This is not George Orwell's "Animal Farm", where all are equal, but some are more equal than others.

Real consequences are accruing to the students who must endure the fallacy of equality of ability in the classrooms.
Waste Watchers

Springboro, OH

#29996 Jan 13, 2014
According to the new 2013 ODE High School Report Card, 22% of our high school students scored 65% or below on the OGT (Ohio Graduation

According to the new 2013 ODE High School Report Card, 22% of our high school students scored 65% or below on the OGT (Ohio Graduation Test) last year. One in Four of our students fail the State standardized test. How could that be when we Taxpayers have been told that 40% of our students are gifted? Someone is dropping the ball big time. Who is accountable for this poor performance?

The Truth is found in the History of a man who led our school district as high school principal for 13 years, Ron Malone, who held a special place of trust, authority, and influence in our community. How he chose to WASTE those gifts is revealed by his own PUBLIC PROUNCEMENT of spreading lies throughout our community in his March 2012 community wide Protest Against the Board of Education's authority to transfer a Principal that is under-performing.

As a taxpaying citizen in this school district, I believe IF there were "mis-steps made by our March 2012 board members (Scott Anderson, Don Miller,Kelly Kohls, Jim Rigano and David Petroni)
then it would have to be their Failure to Fire Dr. Ron Malone and tell Springboro Taxpayers the true history of his misallocation of district and taxpayer resource, running our high school like a union shop, making up classes with scant demand to ensure employment for those whose skills were not in demand. This tactic robbed resources from areas of greater need in the district. Those who suffered the most were the gifted and those in need of early intervention.

Isn't it ironic that Mr. Malone, who (in my own opinion) led a Vote for Revenge "witch hunt" (politics of personal destruction) throughout this school district for Two years against Kelly Kohls, Jim Rigano, and David Petroni, has now been rewarded by election to school board?

Stay Alert Voters! This group won't allow their Shallow Victory at the 2013 polls to stop their "witch hunt" AGAINST Springboro Taxpayers and our Children First! They are hurting Our Kids in the Classroom and Our Springboro citizens by their hatred of our school district's Vision of Reform; and will stop at nothing to discredit the progress made in the past two years, by board members Jim Rigano and David Petroni, who have successfully interrupted their political agenda with the implementation of Children First Budget.

Last board meeting we witnessed the rude arrogance of Ron Malone, as he mis-used, again, the TRUST of BOE elected office and his influence in this community, proving to Springboro Taxpayers that he cares only about pushing our Children First OUT of the boardroom; defining his role of school board member as "running our school district like a union shop, just like he ran our high school; to the detriment of our school children and our community.
get a clue

Springboro, OH

#29997 Jan 13, 2014
Same old stuff wrote:
<quoted text>
Notice that this one guy with a Pickerington web address keeps arguing with himself? From the spouting and irrational banter it sounds like our old friend Sonny the tea bagger! He must have gotten the boot from Speedway so he has nothing else to do!
If the identity of this person was revealed, it might just make you HURL.
Waste Watchers

Springboro, OH

#29998 Jan 13, 2014
As Springboro citizens who believe that it is wrong for our elected officials to emotionally blackmail voters for more money than is needed through 2017; WE BELIEVE the greatest wrong is the WASTE of our People Resources -- Quality school leaders and BOE elected officials!

On January 9, 2014, we citizens for responsible spending saw our newly-elected "Egotistical Three" board members (Mr. Anderson, Mr. Malone, and Mr. Stuckey) IGNORE the quality, experienced, professional BOE leadership skills of Jim Rigano and David Petroni; who SHOULD have been elected 2014 BOE President and 2014 BOE Vice President, simply Because Jim Rigano and David Petroni have served our school community and our community of Taxpayers for the past Two Years, putting Students first, while maintaining fiscal INTEGRITY. But instead, Mr. Anderson was voted in as President, Mr. Malone was voted in as Vice President (and we all know that means that our has been an under-performing SHS principal, Ron Malone, is positioning himself to be 2015 BOE President who will preside over the next Union Teachers Contracts negotiations).

Mr. Anderson's reputation as a business man in the community has been described among his peers in community businesses as "a more deserving soul than Charles Anderson cannot be found in Springboro."
Thankfully, we have had no "business dealings" with Anderson Funeral Home, so we cannot refute that "honor" bestowed upon Mr. Anderson by his professional peers. As taxpaying citizens, we do ASK Mr. Anderson to consider the question of inquiring minds throughout our school district: What does it profit a man to win election of BOE President and then lose his Business Reputation in the Community as "A More Deserving Soul Cannot be Found?"
get a clue

Springboro, OH

#29999 Jan 13, 2014
Waste Watchers wrote:
Mr. Anderson's reputation as a business man in the community has been described among his peers in community businesses as "a more deserving soul than Charles Anderson cannot be found in Springboro."
Thankfully, we have had no "business dealings" with Anderson Funeral Home, so we cannot refute that "honor" bestowed upon Mr. Anderson by his professional peers. As taxpaying citizens, we do ASK Mr. Anderson to consider the question of inquiring minds throughout our school district: What does it profit a man to win election of BOE President and then lose his Business Reputation in the Community as "A More Deserving Soul Cannot be Found?"
In regard to the funeral homes he operates, Mr. Charles Anderson would be the first to tell you...
People everywhere are always DYING to get in!
Waste Watchers

Springboro, OH

#30000 Jan 13, 2014
The Public Records of the 33 pages of the HSTW Ohio Regions Technical Assistance Visit Report, Springboro High School, Springboro Ohio - December 14-15, 2010, give further evidence of the performance failures of our former SHS principal, Ron Malone.
Springboro Taxpayers, outside the SHS union tents, were unaware of his poor performance; and had no idea why Ron Malone involved our SHS students in his March 2012 protest against board authority.

The Overriding Goal (as stated on page 1 of the TAV report) is to
"Close the achievement gaps and raise student achievement in meeting state, federal and HSTW targets by 2014. To achieve this goal, the school must continue to create a culture of high expectations and provide extra help.

In other resources, the US News and World Reports led to questions where Springboro ranked 110th in the State--far behind our neighboring schools. Why?

This report clearly points to where Springboro High school is weak. Springboro ranks low simply due to our low# of students that take AP courses and the lower test scores they get on them and the low number of our students that take college courses in high school (PSEO). Both of these categories are far behind districts in Warren County and many of those that overlap Warren County. Why?

Two Separate audits of academic success showed significant weakness, and one of those audits of academic success showed significant weakness. The 2010 High School TAV report shows that Springboro High school entered into a CONTRACT to be a High Schools That Work (HSTW) school, as such, they AGREED TO ABIDE by program goals and strive to meet them for MONEY. But, did our former under-performing SHS principal STRIVE to honor that agreement. True History tells the story of Mr. Malone's rude arrogance toward his professional peers and their prompting to IMPROVE himself, which Ron Malone chose to ignore. Instead, Mr. Malone chose to play the Victim Role, and planned a Vote for Revenge campaign against school board authority; continuing his misallocation of district and taxpayer resources.

Why is Ron Malone now starting the same WASTE of Taxpayers money in the board room, with his status quo OSBA membership recognition, while trying to silence the commons sense voice of OSBLC? Could it be only because OSBLC teachers school boards HOW to avoid the need for a continuous stream of levies and promotes transparency and the posting of all information the district can publish?
Heard it on the Grapevine

Springboro, OH

#30001 Jan 13, 2014
Quick question wrote:
<quoted text>
Why do you hate Obamacare?
A super question for those of you insiders.... in the know:

Into what classroom did the union teacher appear the day after the school board election of Ron Malone, wearing a Super Man costume, leading a classroom pep rally of jubilation?
get a clue

Springboro, OH

#30002 Jan 13, 2014
Heard it on the Grapevine wrote:
<quoted text>
A super question for those of you insiders.... in the know:
Into what classroom did the union teacher appear the day after the school board election of Ron Malone, wearing a Super Man costume, leading a classroom pep rally of jubilation?
When it rains, it pours.
Waste Watchers

Springboro, OH

#30003 Jan 13, 2014
get a clue wrote:
<quoted text>
In regard to the funeral homes he operates, Mr. Charles Anderson would be the first to tell you...
People everywhere are always DYING to get in!
Is that the best excuse that Mr. Charles Anderson can give his Constituents for ...wanting to bring back to life the old dead issue of wasteful spending of Taxpayers money for status quo OSBA membership recognition?

Is the next "get a clue" going to remind Springboro Taxpayers that Neighbors for Springboro Schools would be the first ones to tell us .... We Are Always FOR passing New Levies?

In regard to his Accountability to Taxpayers in this Community, Mr. Charles Anderson is the elected official who needs to "get a clue" and "get on board" in the direction of OSBLC
who teaches school boards how to avoid the need for levies and promotes transparency and the posting of all information that the district can legally publish to further educate Springboro voters on exactly how much money this school district NEEDS through 2017.

Mr. Anderson is ill-informed if he has been taken in by the lies of Mr. Malone and been led to believe that Mr. Malone has now "thrown our Children First" out of the board room, making way for Malone putting the 2014 re-emphasis on the union Educators wants for increased wages and compensation/benefits packages in the next contract negotiations.

Perhaps instead of "get a clue" ..... BOE President, Mr. Charles Anderson, NOW needs to "get a backbone" and Stand Up for Our Kids First, or else he is likely to face the same protests in the board room business meetings to "Step Down From BOE Elected Office"
as our former board president faced....for PUTTING STUDENTS FIRST while maintaining Fiscal INTEGRITY.
Clueless

Springboro, OH

#30004 Jan 13, 2014
Heard it on the Grapevine wrote:
<quoted text>
A super question for those of you insiders.... in the know:
Into what classroom did the union teacher appear the day after the school board election of Ron Malone, wearing a Super Man costume, leading a classroom pep rally of jubilation?
Many of those reading this blog are also clueless as to whom this teacher is, and in what classroom does this Super teacher reign over kids, whose parents are too intimidated by the Super power of the union teacher that they dare not reveal this knowledge to the public.
Why is that? Since parents of children in this super union teachers classroom already know, Why is the word around town being "hushed up" among community taxpayers?

Does even "get a clue" have a clue as to Who and Why?

Recently in public meeting there was a Springboro parent who brought complaints to the Board of Education members that students were forced by school staff members to complete the Pride Survey questions, even though the School Superintendent had said that these survey were strictly Voluntary, not forced.

Does anybody, perhaps "get a clue" know WHO the school staff member is that this parent was talking about who forced students to complete the Pride Survey, and was this school staff member reprimanded for violating our students rights to just say No, Thank You, to this intrusion into privacy of the mind and spirit?

Who is Standing Up for Our Students First in our Public Schools with a Union Teacher in every class room, indoctrinating Unionism (collective thinking of the individual for the collective good of all) in every child's mind in the classroom fully controlled by the union teacher?

Who among our Five Board of Education elected officials --Jim Rigano, David Petroni, Charles Anderson, Ron Malone, David Stuckey-- will Stand Up for Our Students First in the board room at our January 23 business meeting when board members are appointed to important board committees for the New Year of 2014?
get a clue

Springboro, OH

#30005 Jan 13, 2014
Clueless wrote:
<quoted text>
Recently in public meeting there was a Springboro parent who brought complaints to the Board of Education members that students were forced by school staff members to complete the Pride Survey questions.
Correction. It wasn't a Springboro parent that brought such complaints to the board. Actually, those complaints were brought to the board by a self-righteous busy-body whose children graduated a number of decades ago.
TV Land

Springboro, OH

#30006 Jan 13, 2014
get a clue wrote:
<quoted text>
Correction. It wasn't a Springboro parent that brought such complaints to the board. Actually, those complaints were brought to the board by a self-righteous busy-body whose children graduated a number of decades ago.
If you want to prove me wrong, you can probably go back in time and check the old board meeting tapes, but I'm pretty sure that the citizen who spoke at the board meeting about the pride survey was "identified" as a parent whose child was one who took the survey.

If I am wrong, then kudos to the self-righteous busy body who is interested enough in the welfare of all students in our public schools to come to the board meeting and Stand Up for Kids First individual privacy rights. Neither my child, nor my neighbor's child should be forced by a union teacher in the classroom to offer opinions on their private thoughts, or to offer opinions on what the survey asks about what their parents think or feel.
Same old stuff

Dayton, OH

#30007 Jan 13, 2014
get a clue wrote:
<quoted text>
If the identity of this person was revealed, it might just make you HURL.
Wrong again Mr. Thomas, You're not even close.
Saw you last night driving down 73. You really should get that tail light fixed.

You really should get a hobby other than just mostly arguing with yourself here.
HAHAHAHA

Springboro, OH

#30008 Jan 13, 2014
Did you see that Kelly Kohls is opposing Governor Kasich for the Republican nomination? I can't wait to see her crash and burn!
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#30010 Jan 14, 2014
Has one ever seen a rebuttal to the points made on this page regarding our Springboro School District?

All I ever seem to witness is the constant attempts by those of the union ilk to deflect attention to some other meaningless nonsense.

In other words, if you are expecting a dialogue with people who have no arguments to make, you may be waiting a long time.
The Record Speaks Truth

Springboro, OH

#30011 Jan 14, 2014
HAHAHAHA wrote:
Did you see that Kelly Kohls is opposing Governor Kasich for the Republican nomination? I can't wait to see her crash and burn!
The only thing proven by this "HAHAHAHA" post is the same old blah blah blah blah burning jealously of the Success of Springboro Parent, Kelly Kohls, who was the first Board of Education member to question our "under-performing" former SHS principal, Ron Malone.

According to the new 2013 ODE High School Report Card, 22% of our high school students scored 65% or below on the OGT (Ohio Graduation Test) last year. 1 in 4 of OUR students fail the State standardized test. How could that be when we are told that 40% of our students are gifted? Someone is dropping the ball big time! Who is accountable for this poor performance? None other than our insanely popular (with the union first believers) Ron Malone, who has been a principal for the PAST 13 years of his PAST 41 years of experience in the education business.

Ron Malone's poor performance as Professional Educator in our school district is NO laughing matter. It robbed resources from areas of greater need in the district. Those who suffered the most were the GIFTED and those in need of EARLY INTERVENTION. It was only after DR. KELLY KOHLS was elected as board representative in 2010, and started questioning Dr. Ron Malone's "educational" practices running our SHS like a union shop to the detriment of our Students First highest academic achievement, that it was known among Springboro Taxpayers that 1 in 4 (23%) of Springboro High School graduates could not meet the minimum competency requirements to get into Ohio State colleges!

(Now isn't it ironic that our under-performing SHS principal, Ron Malone, was rewarded for running our high school like a union shop by gaining school board election votes of about 25%? You will remember that Principal Ron ran a campaign on name recognition and promises to re-define the role of Children First Board Member to Union First board member).

Wake Up, Springboro Parents/Taxpayers! The True History of former SHS principal, Ron Malone, running OUR taxpayer-funded high school building like a union shop, making up classes with scant demand to ensure employment for those whose skills were not in demand, is no "HAHAHAHA" moment! Where's the outrage against Ron Malone's
legacy of failed practices and misallocation of district and taxpayer resources?

Now that Ron Malone is elected Board of Education Vice President, Where's The Accountability? When are Springboro Parents and Taxpaying Homeowners going to start Protesting AGAINST the leadership of Ron Malone in the Board Room? Is the strong arm of union teachers in Super Man costume in our children's classrooms TOO intimidating for concerned citizens who are strong minded enough to Stand Up For Kids First in the board room and Respectfully Request board member Dr. Ron Malone to Step Down and please go some place else to set up your union first failed practices, protesting AGAINST Our Children First.
The Record Speaks Truth

Springboro, OH

#30012 Jan 14, 2014
There is NO place in our Students First 21st Century Quality Classroom Education for the Past Failed Practices of Ron Malone's Status quo to be re-instated in the Springboro School Board of Education's Vision of Reform for a Brighter Future for our Schools and Community. No More Praise and Worship from our Springboro Students for our false god of education, Ron Malone, as was demonstrated in our high school auditorium by Ron Malone's Vote for Revenge Protest Against our Children First Reform minded BOE elected officials.

With more than 400 employees who have degrees and experience in education, our district hears the voice of educators and the unions. Who will be the voice of the community?
success my arse

Springboro, OH

#30013 Jan 14, 2014
The Record Speaks Truth wrote:
<quoted text>
The only thing proven by this "HAHAHAHA" post is the same old blah blah blah blah burning jealously of the Success of Springboro Parent, Kelly Kohls, who was the first Board of Education member to question our "under-performing" former SHS principal, Ron Malone.
What success? Quite obviously, Kohls lacked the support she needed in order to attempt to retain her board seat. Now Kohls thinks she has enough political clout to beat Kasich?

BAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!
Next Office

Dayton, OH

#30014 Jan 14, 2014
success my arse wrote:
<quoted text>
What success? Quite obviously, Kohls lacked the support she needed in order to attempt to retain her board seat. Now Kohls thinks she has enough political clout to beat Kasich?
BAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!
It seems to have been her plan all along. Some people have suspected this since 2010. Some use people as a stepping stone for higher aspirations. Brings a whole new meaning to CHILDRENS FIRST.

Many people have seen this coming. Reguardless of those on here that refused to believe it.
The More You Know

Dayton, OH

#30015 Jan 14, 2014
The Record Speaks Truth wrote:
<quoted text>
The only thing proven by this "HAHAHAHA" post is the same old blah blah blah blah burning jealously of the Success of Springboro Parent, Kelly Kohls, who was the first Board of Education member to question our "under-performing" former SHS principal, Ron Malone.
Again, during the last 3 years the number of AP classes has increased (accroding to the new principal).

And once more, if Dr. Malone was do bad then WHY DIDN'T THE BOE REMOVE HIM????

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