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ACCOUNTABILITY

Dayton, OH

#31935 Tuesday Sep 2
About Money and Power wrote:
<quoted text>
"Members of the public should ask the members of the education establishment a simple question:
When is the last time that you, or the organizations that represent you in Columbus, ever advocated for something that benefits students but also resulted in less money or power for your constituency?"
School boards, administrators, superintendents, treasurers, teachers' unions and every kind of specialty group have someone advocating on behalf of their group of adults and vested interests.
The only time they work together is to stop or delay change or to demand more money with no explanation of how they account for new or existing money.
-from website article written by Thomas W. Gunlock
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/edito... -
1) Doesn't answer the question, nice deflection.
2) I wonder if he is a "true conservative" and worked on Labor Day instead of taking advantage of the union controlled holiday!
3) Of course he never advocates for his special interest....does he........
ALL HAIL CAPITALISM

Dayton, OH

#31936 Tuesday Sep 2
About Money and Power wrote:
<quoted text>
"Members of the public should ask the members of the education establishment a simple question:
When is the last time that you, or the organizations that represent you in Columbus, ever advocated for something that benefits students but also resulted in less money or power for your constituency?"
School boards, administrators, superintendents, treasurers, teachers' unions and every kind of specialty group have someone advocating on behalf of their group of adults and vested interests.
The only time they work together is to stop or delay change or to demand more money with no explanation of how they account for new or existing money.
-from website article written by Thomas W. Gunlock
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/edito... -
4) The free market is ALL about MONEY and POWER. Capitalism at it's finest!! Survival of the RICHEST!!!!
R U 4 Sure

Springboro, OH

#31938 Tuesday Sep 2
ALL HAIL CAPITALISM wrote:
<quoted text>
4) The free market is ALL about MONEY and POWER. Capitalism at it's finest!! Survival of the RICHEST!!!!
Thomas Gunlock, member of Ohio Department of Education, states that "Education is mostly about power and money and who gets to control both."

Since the OEA is the controlling party of politics that has been in power over our money since 1983, it does appear that the OEA has taken over the non-profit big business of Education, and the Unions are the ones making big profits off Taxpayers dollars.
SAY AGAIN

Springboro, OH

#31939 Tuesday Sep 2
About Money and Power wrote:
<quoted text>
"Members of the public should ask the members of the education establishment a simple question:
When is the last time that you, or the organizations that represent you in Columbus, ever advocated for something that benefits students but also resulted in less money or power for your constituency?"
School boards, administrators, superintendents, treasurers, teachers' unions and every kind of specialty group have someone advocating on behalf of their group of adults and vested interests.
The only time they work together is to stop or delay change or to demand more money with no explanation of how they account for new or existing money.
-from website article written by Thomas W. Gunlock
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/edito... -
Very much worth repeating.
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#31940 Thursday Sep 4
Reynoldsburg School District is in contract negotiations with teachers union. Lets see if we can identify the steps in the playbook.

This from May 2014, the opening gambit from the school district.

The Reynoldsburg school board wants to overhaul how the district pays its teachers by eliminating scheduled raises and its health-insurance plan.

Instead, teachers would receive pay increases based entirely on their ratings in the state’s new evaluation system. They also would be eligible for bonuses, including one of $30,000, if their schools performed well on state report cards and they performed work beyond their classroom duties.

Rather than provide health-insurance coverage, the district would give teachers cash to purchase their own insurance.

The school board detailed its plans in its opening contract proposal last week as it started negotiations with the Reynoldsburg Education Association, the teachers union. The current teachers pact expires on July 31.

“We will become a community and school district that reveres good teaching by paying our best teachers salaries and bonuses that rank among the highest in our region,” according to the proposal, which The Dispatch received through a public-records request.“For teachers who have not yet attained excellence, our compensation policies will encourage constant and rapid improvement.”

For those who don’t measure up?

“Our compensation policies will encourage them to look elsewhere,” the document says.

Union leaders said they would not comment on negotiations.

“The board is looking to create a system that is very rewarding for great teachers because we want to attract, develop and retain the best teachers to put before our children,” said district spokeswoman Tricia Moore.

“The administration and association spent a year learning about evaluating performance-based compensation systems. It’s not a new topic.”

Tom Ash, director of governmental relations for the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, said he’s aware of some districts that are working on other methods of paying teachers than the traditional salary schedule, which awards teachers additional pay for years of service and education.

But he hasn’t heard of a district that provides cash payments in lieu of insurance.

Michele Prater, spokeswoman for the Ohio Education Association, the statewide teachers union, said Reynoldsburg’s proposal is “highly unusual.”

Based on the state’s new teacher-evaluation system, Reynoldsburg teachers rated “accomplished”— the highest overall rating — would be in line for a 4 percent raise, according to the board’s plan.

“Skilled” teachers would get a 2 percent raise while “developing” teachers would earn a 1 percent raise. Teachers rated in the lowest category,“ineffective,” would not get a pay bump.

Teachers in schools with a composite grade of an A on the state report card would receive a $500 bonus; those in schools with a B would get $250.

The proposal would continue a $2,000 “student incentive award” the district has had in place for nearly a decade. Teachers can apply by submitting their principal’s endorsement and proof of student improvement, such as test scores. The superintendent, with the school board’s approval, decides who gets an award.

Under the school board’s plan, teachers could also apply for a $30,000 “fellowship award” if their student performance was significantly higher than expectations and they had accepted increased responsibilities that have “high value” to the district.

The school board’s health-insurance proposal would provide teachers with an annual cash payment to be used on an insurance plan of their choice. The proposal did not say how much that would be.
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#31941 Thursday Sep 4
Step 2

File Unfair Labor Practices Suit against greedy school board then rally with concerned parents with small children in tow.

June 30, 2014

The Reynoldsburg Education Association has filed an unfair labor practices complaint against the school district because of an online entry giving details of the district’s contract proposal to the teachers’ union.

Meanwhile, about 125 teachers dressed in red T-shirts, with some towing toddlers or pushing strollers, marched in front of the Reynoldsburg City Schools’ administration building today, June 30 “to voice their disappointment” in the school board.

Carrying signs that stated,“High stakes are for tomatoes, not students,”“Honk if you love a teacher” or “We say no to merit pay,” teachers said the district is not offering them a fair contract.

Amid loud honks from cars driving by on East Main Street, Reynoldsburg Education Association (REA) spokesperson Gina Daniels said,“So far, we have been disappointed in the proposal the board has offered and how they have disrespected us during the process.”

Daniels said that disrespect includes the district publishing a “frequently asked questions” entry on its website giving details of the district’s proposed contract, at reyn.org/FAQ.axpx .

“We filed an unfair practices complaint with the State Employment Relations Board last week, because of that FAQ,” she said.

She said negotiations between teachers and the district broke down Thursday, June 26, when the school board negotiating team “left the bargaining table, refusing to negotiate further until a federal mediator could intervene.”

Bargaining was scheduled to resume June 30 at a neutral location with that federal mediator, Daniels said.

Basing salary increases entirely on merit pay, which puts too big an emphasis on standardized testing and eliminating group health insurance are major sticking points in the new contract, she said.

District leaders could not be reached for comment early Monday.
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#31942 Thursday Sep 4
Step 3

Bring in union members from outside the district to agitate and threaten. make it seem like everything is unraveling.

About 500 people, mostly teachers, attended last night’s school-board meeting to protest the board’s initial contract proposal, which includes eliminating teachers’ scheduled raises and their health-care plan.

Teachers’ union members from Columbus, Dayton, Bexley, Gahanna-Jefferson, Groveport Madison, Licking Heights, South-Western, Westerville and Whitehall also showed up, as did a representative from the Ohio Education Association.

“If there is ever a time to help make a stand, this is it,” said Alisha Wilson, president of the Whitehall Education Association.

Wilson said she’s never taken a political stand in her seven years as union president. She attended the meeting with nine other Whitehall teachers — all of them wearing their union T-shirts.

What happens in Reynoldsburg has the potential to cause a ripple effect in other districts, Reynoldsburg board member Joe Begeny said.

“No one has done a merit-pay system like what is being proposed,” he said.“Reynoldsburg has always been a district everyone can look to lead the way.”

Under the school board’s proposal, which The Dispatch received through a public-records request, teachers would receive pay increases based entirely on their ratings in the state’s new evaluation system.

They also would be eligible for bonuses, including one of $30,000, if their schools performed well on state report cards and they performed work beyond their classroom duties.

Rather than provide health-insurance coverage, the district would give teachers cash to purchase their own insurance.

Reynoldsburg educators, parents, students and community members gathered at a rally prior to the board meeting. Then, they burst into chants as they made their way to the performing-arts center at Reynoldsburg High School’s Summit campus.

For 90 minutes, they raised concerns about the board’s contract proposal and its impact on teacher morale and student learning. They noted that teachers have already made many concessions, including taking on larger classes and sacrificing raises.

High-school teacher Gina Daniels talked about her decision to leave the district for a job in Licking Heights.

That was partially to teach in a district where she lives, she said. But part of it is due to the contract proposal.

“My decision came about by one district continuing to make decisions that I don’t think are best for students and another district who promises the potential to allow me to focus on helping kids,” said Daniels, who was the spokeswoman for the Reynoldsburg Education Association.

Since last August, 50 teachers have resigned from the district, according to the district. Only 28 teachers resigned during the same time period last year.

But contract negotiations are not the only reason why teachers are leaving, officials said.

Some are leaving because their spouse has been relocated or they were offered a job closer to home. Some have resigned because they weren’t a good fit in the district, district spokeswoman Tricia Moore said.

But several speakers at last night’s meeting spoke out against merit pay, including 12-year-old Abi Swift.

“Is it fair to the teachers to have their pay dependent on our scores?” asked Swift, who will be a seventh-grader at Waggoner Road Junior High this fall.“Is it fair to the students to feel that kind of pressure?”

Since contract talks started in May, teachers have gathered outside of the administrative offices and rallied with community members to voice their disappointment in the school board.

Last month, the Reynoldsburg Education Association filed an unfair-labor-practice charge against the board for posting details of bargaining proposals on its Website.

Both sides last met with a federal mediator on June 30. Talks are scheduled to resume in August.

The teachers’ contract expires at the end of this month.
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#31943 Thursday Sep 4
Step 4

Bring forward children to speak in the union's behalf beseeching the school board to not let their teachers strike. The authorize the union to strike.

Teachers in the Reynoldsburg City School District have authorized their union to issue a 10-day strike notice to administrators.

The authorization was given to the Reynoldsburg Education Association Friday night.

Administrators and union representatives have not come to a contract agreement after several months of negotiations and mediation sessions.

Teachers are scheduled to report to work on August 11 and students are scheduled to return to school on August 13.

The 10-day strike notice can be filed with the state at any time.
lack of accountability

Springboro, OH

#31944 Thursday Sep 4
Why do Springboro's students annually earn such good grades?
Is it because Boro students are extremely good test-takers? No.
Is it because Springboro parents are superior to other parents outside the district? No, not really.
Is it because Springboro's teachers are superior to teachers outside the district? No.

The reason Springboro students have exceptionally high average grades is because teachers are allowed to take lots of extra credit & homework credit and merge them with test score averages, which in many cases, is quite low.

To make matters worse, certian teachers around the district have resurrected an awful tradition of bribing students to bring in kleenex/ hand soap to class in exchange for extra credit points. These educators claim to be role models?
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#31945 Thursday Sep 4
Step 5

Don't budge on anything for the union membership. Keep saying its all about educating the children then complain you have hard children to teach. Tell everyone the good teachers are leaving in droves, our teachers are the best. We want to be treated FAIR.

Any of this sound familiar? I wonder what the definition of FAIR is in Reynoldsburg.

During last week’s two-day negotiating session with a federal mediator, district administrators scaled back their goal for teacher compensation reform – at least for now.

Their latest salary proposal, as described on the district’s website, appears to be a hybrid of the current structure and what was originally proposed. It preserves the current salary schedule but provides smaller step raises, with additional increases based on performance starting in year two. It doubles bonuses based on school performance, but scales back the maximum fellowship award to just $4,000.

It also calls for re-opening negotiations on salary only prior to year three of the contract,“allowing more time to develop a feasible and attractive plan for moving forward.”

The Reynoldsburg Education Association, the teachers’ bargaining unit, has rejected this latest proposal.

“The REA supports a cap on class size and a fair compensation package that will help Reynoldsburg attract and retain excellent teachers,” the union said in a press release issued Friday night.

Kathy Evans, spokesperson for the REA, said in a phone interview Monday that the union does not believe a merit pay system will serve to attract and retain good teachers, as the district claims it would.

She says in addition to the pay issue, teachers are concerned that class sizes in recent years have grown excessively large.

Reynoldsburg City Schools has not returned phone calls or emails seeking comment. It says on its web site that it is preparing in the event that teachers strike.
Doug Wiedeman

Cleveland, OH

#31946 Thursday Sep 4
If the stories out of Reynoldsburg look familiar, they ought to because we just read them in Mason.
Before that we read them in Fairborn, and last year we read them here in Springboro.

Same playbook, just change the names and go.

Nobody wishes to see any degree of accountability for the results of their efforts.

Nobody wishes to see any change to the gold plated health programs the union supports.( Who would, it was not my idea to raise my insurance costs 15-20% per year and accept a $2500 deductible to keep the premium raises in that range, but it is the reality of Obamacare )

Nobody wants to have to work harder.

I get all of the above, but only in a monopolistic, union driven environment is this considered normal and sacrosanct.

Everyday the rest of the world competes to stay ahead of the curve, because if they don't someone else will take their place.

Merit pay rewards those top performers and punishes those low perfumers.

Who do you want teaching your children, the teachers that generate good results or the teachers who generate much less than those results?

While everyone may be equally qualified, some are more equally qualified than others.

Reward them.
Parents Alert

Springboro, OH

#31947 Friday Sep 5
Bring Them Home!

Home schooling thriving.....

tp://wishtv.com/2014/09/02/hom e-schooling-thiving-in-entrali ndiana/
Narcs

Springboro, OH

#31948 Friday Sep 5
ALL ABOUT THE FREE MARKET wrote:
<quoted text>
As was the current SEA contract. Good point.
Ask them, I bet all three regret it.
All Supers are trained to be emotional thinkers and to believe their district is their kingdom.
Narcissist
Narcs

Springboro, OH

#31949 Friday Sep 5
ACCOUNTABILITY wrote:
<quoted text>
Why don't you ask the board members that interviewed and approved him 2 years ago??? Maybe it's a good thing that majority is no longer the majority. Sounds like you had a severe disagreement with their decision.
The biggest problem is that there no good choices. I know because I was on the board at one time and I witnessed all of the really bad candidates, so, we hired someone we knew, it was less than we wanted but the candidate pool was just a dry old mud puddle. I hear Mr. Lolli is making a really bad HS Principal also.
Bobble

Springboro, OH

#31950 Friday Sep 5
ACCOUNTABILITY wrote:
<quoted text>
Why don't you ask the board members that interviewed and approved him 2 years ago??? Maybe it's a good thing that majority is no longer the majority. Sounds like you had a severe disagreement with their decision.
A super is only as good as the boa that directs him or her. So if Petrey has gone lefty loosie that is because his board allows it. The past board kept him under control now he controls the board and they are bobble heads. He makes them look really stupid. Ever notice they never say anything, at least nothing of value. Stuckey It is Stipend not stipnd.

Yippee you elected a bunch of bobble heads great goin.
Bobble

Springboro, OH

#31951 Friday Sep 5
Parents Alert wrote:
Bring Them Home!
Home schooling thriving.....
tp://wishtv.com/2014/09/02/hom e-schooling-thiving-in-entrali ndiana/
I need this address again, this doesn't work
worship

Springboro, OH

#31952 Friday Sep 5
ACCOUNTABILITY wrote:
<quoted text>
Why don't you ask the board members that interviewed and approved him 2 years ago??? Maybe it's a good thing that majority is no longer the majority. Sounds like you had a severe disagreement with their decision.
I hear one of them pulled her son out of this system- what does that tell you? If she trusted him or this system she would leave her kids in.

lets get a survey of the teachers and all other staff and lets see how many either home school or send their kids to a private school. I know of many that did not have their precious kids in this public failing jail where money is worshiped and kids are inconvenient.
pray

Springboro, OH

#31953 Friday Sep 5
ALL HAIL CAPITALISM wrote:
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4) The free market is ALL about MONEY and POWER. Capitalism at it's finest!! Survival of the RICHEST!!!!
The difference between Capitalism and communism is that now all the communists are rich and they got that way not by earning it but by steeling in from those that work.

Capitalism motivates people communism degrades them. Is this what you want? Must be. Our schools promote communism because the laxiest get all the money and the workers suffer. See teachers get ginormous raises while the people that work all year around suffer - yup that is your version of "survival of the richest". Your words mean you are jealous, mine mean I support fairness. Earning what you have is liberty, taking what you have is theft.
pray

Springboro, OH

#31954 Friday Sep 5
lack of accountability wrote:
Why do Springboro's students annually earn such good grades?
Is it because Boro students are extremely good test-takers? No.
Is it because Springboro parents are superior to other parents outside the district? No, not really.
Is it because Springboro's teachers are superior to teachers outside the district? No.
The reason Springboro students have exceptionally high average grades is because teachers are allowed to take lots of extra credit & homework credit and merge them with test score averages, which in many cases, is quite low.
To make matters worse, certian teachers around the district have resurrected an awful tradition of bribing students to bring in kleenex/ hand soap to class in exchange for extra credit points. These educators claim to be role models?
OMG this is so true. I told my son that if the teachers needed to squeeze a little more out of us they needed to go to the principal and ask for less raises and more school supplies. Our home is barely scraping by so NO you can not bribe my son into bringing our household supplies so you can have health care paid by me , vision paid for by me, dental care paid for by me, life insc. paid for by me, raises paid for by me. school fees paid for by me, extra curricular paid for by me, the building paid for by me ......... and bribe my kid for more. Son of a gun stop the pillaging and legal plunder. Se this is what you get with this new board lol.
Parents Alert

Springboro, OH

#31955 Friday Sep 5
Parents Alert wrote:
Bring Them Home!
Home schooling thriving.....
tp://wishtv.com/2014/09/02/hom e-schooling-thiving-in-entrali ndiana/
http://wishtv.com/2014/09/02/home-schooling-t...

Bring Them Home and allow them the luxury of an individual box of tissues to blow their little noses so that they don't have to share collective "three bags full" with the union classroom teachers who all are educated to a Masters of Solidarity degree.

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