"Allowing funding to follow the students if they wind up at nontraditional schools."
Alarm bells should sound in the ears of anyone with common sense. Why nontraditional schools? The translation of this should read: "We'll continue to steal money away from middleclass Ohioan tax payers and give it to our wealthy campaign contributors who run charter schools."
If money following the student is what Columbus wants then that's where the sentence should stop. Money will follow the student. Period. That includes suburban kids whose parents continue to pay out more in taxes than ever return to their local district. Certainly educating all students is important, but I can't believe it's that difficult to figure out the funding. Unless of course you're trying to make someone rich under the guise of education funding reform.
January 13, 2013 at 10:15 a.m.
Maybe everyone isn't supposed to go to college and that's why they're not college ready despite getting a diploma.
November 26, 2012 at 3:20 p.m.
This statement says alot about you.
"Let me say it again, given what this staff has enjoyed while the rest of the world has been in recession, all possible cuts should be made before coming to the taxpayer."
Just out of curiosity. Complete this sentence for me. If it were up to me teachers would make $____________ per year.
October 30, 2012 at 5:18 p.m.
You don’t read very well. I never said those issues can’t be a part of the solution. I’ve maintained they can’t be the ONLY solution. It is tiresome to hear the same people fixate on the same thing giving the impression that it alone would solve all the ills. I’m asking everyone to be part of fixing the whole problem not just one piece.
October 29, 2012 at 7:54 a.m.
I left your friend RealTruth the same message and in fact you may get it again in the future.
The reality is you just don’t get it. You know what? That’s okay. Anyone can find fault in anything when they apply hindsight and use an isolationist analysis. When you look at any details away from the bigger picture you can find flaws with even the most perfect situations. You’re detail people. I get it. That’s fine. Failing to see those details as a part of their whole is what you detail people do. We need detail people in the world. Sure lease purchase agreements, benefits, salaries and the stadium when looked at away from the bigger picture and with the benefit of hindsight all could be pointed to as creating this emergency. Some of us are detail people and some of us are bigger picture people. I for one am glad the world has both. Both groups working together is how problems get solved. Once again I urge you to get involved. Bring your voice to the table. Share your points. Show up at a board meeting and point out all of your objections and ideas. Present alternatives. Hell, run for school board. Clearly things need to change. Funding in Ohio isn’t working. As proof just take note that a historic number of ballots will have a school levy this November. There are bound to be more articles regarding this levy as Election Day approaches. Of one thing I am certain. Eventually this levy will pass. They all do. But what will it cost and what will we lose along the way?
October 27, 2012 at 2:04 p.m.
October 27, 2012 at 2:02 p.m.
I should qualify my “paid off” comment with “if I read the auditor form correctly.” Sorry, I meant to include that.
October 20, 2012 at 11:49 a.m.
At least Barb signed her name. I give her credit for that. That being said it also allows you to search her home on the auditor’s website. A couple clicks reveals she lives in a home with a market value over $248,000, and it is paid off. At some point in her life she made a decent enough buck and certainly can afford to support the children of her community. If in fact she is near retirement (assuming she’s not retiring at age 50) she’ll also qualify for the homestead reduction at some point in the life of the levy. While it won’t cover the tax increase for a home worth as much as hers, it at least should make it manageable.
October 20, 2012 at 11:37 a.m.
Likewise we're allowed to disagree with you and want what's best for our kids. You're allowed to think something is wrong and allowed to take steps to resolve those issues. For each person who feels there is a problem there are plenty of us who feel our kids get a great, well rounded, excellent education. We also feel it and our teachers are worth paying for and don't mind the money that is being spent. My point is voting no on a levy doesn't solve the problems you feel exist. As for moving it's the age old if you think the grass is greener - go. It seldom is. I'm certainly allowed to make the suggestion. It's within my right.
As for comparisons, at what point were comparisons to national averages made? I heard plenty of local and state comparisons.
Really many of us are just tired of your same old complaints that hold little value when looked at rationally. Honestly this back and forth banter on a message board solves very little. Hopefully someone with common sense comes across you at a social setting and you're open minded enough to listen.
I know you'll vote no. You'll get what you deserve. Sadly my kids will get it right along with you. I guess I can always move. Right?
September 27, 2012 at 6:12 p.m.
While you may have some facts your thinking is skewed. You hear what you want and refuse to hear anything else. There are MANY facts and figures you fail to hear because they don't fit your agenda. Like always I hope rational people would hear everything before they form their opinion and not just base it on the half truths you continually spew. That horse is dead. BTW I have one word for people like you - MOVE!
September 27, 2012 at 4:49 p.m.