FLORIDA'S GOVERNING SCHOOL ACT MUST SPREAD NATIONWIDE
[ The School District-run public school ].........is hopelessly antiquated and crippled by Union work rules. Until the Teachers Union was broken, there was almost no hope for education reform. Teachers should be treated as professionals, not assembly line workers. Principals should be able to hire and fire them based on how good they are. Schools should be staying open until at least 6 pm and be in Session eleven months out of the year. It is absurd, he added, that American classrooms were still based on teachers standing at the board and using textbooks. All books, learning materials, and assessments should be digital and interactive, tailored to each student and providing feedback in real time."
Governing School Act is America's Perfect Parent Trigger Law
Replacing "and" with an "or" in the 2010 Florida Parent Empowerment Law is so elementary
'YES' Ballot Victory is Promising for Taxpayers without School dependency on Public Bond Financing
Once the yes vote prevails, the Parents can elect a Board and apply for a covenant agreement with the local County School Board. The 'Agreement' will give specifics on how the School is to be administered going forward. If this approval is denied, the application of the covenant agreement is appealable to the Florida Department of Education. Post victory such a course of action have sufficient checks and balances for all the parties involved. Governing School model facilitates local auspice and accountability, independent from local Public School Unions, omnipresent power over its Teachers. Unlike a conventional Charter School, the economic prospect for a Governing School is more advantageous in funding potential in the future.
With a victory, a Governing School's Budget Surplus can be reinvested annually to modernize facilities without the need for school bond debt.
Communities of proactive Parents can now band together and make efficient educational decisions, change textbooks, procurement priorities, and alter curriculum implementation while doing so more efficiently to save budget surpluses annually. The effect is monumental as accumulated surpluses allow for modernizations of technologies and expand the facility to meet overcrowding. all this can be actualized without the need for school bond referendums to the voter- at -large. As these accumulating surplus can also be held in escrow, for a fundraising drive. It is not unrealistic to envision a fund-raising platform formulated to invite community philanthropy to donate matching grants for rebuilding a school. TheFiscals have a compelling argument and this appealing method to rebuild and expand the Public School system one by one is groundbreaking. The paradigm to pillage the property owners with additional tax assessments to pay for repair unsafe antiquated Schools. These School ballot bond referendums are impartial as both renters and property owners vote in these elections, but only one party is burdened with the increase in property taxes.
TheFiscals have a compelling argument and this appealing method to rebuild and expand the Public School system one by one is groundbreaking. The paradigm shift ends the pillage the property owners with decades of additional tax assessments to pay for repair unsafe antiquated schools. School ballot bond referendums are impartial as both renters and property owners vote in these elections, but only one party is burdened with the increase in property taxes.
The Chronology of the first ballot based Parent Trigger in Florida History
It is important to tell our story at the Key Biscayne K8 Center. This exercise is important to advise parents if you are planning to fire a trigger letter these are the negative experiences you will encounter. Bringing to bear the reinvention of your school requires special parents and special children to take one overzealous uneducated parents who desire the status quo.
After a previous group of parents led by Charles Vacsito and Angel Martin tried unsuccessfully to create a Municipal Charter High School within the Village's boundaries, Mr. Cambó (author) wrote his first guest commentary in 2009 spelling out a perfect Charter School can be built on an available city-owned property adjacent to the existing KB Community Center at 530 Crandon Boulevard. Our advocacy intensified locally with three additional guest commentaries dispelling the notion that the Village Council top priority was to oblige to green space concurrency requirement for new municipalities as mandated by State Legislature. Mr. Cambó new this was a farce and made it clear as he also applied pressure at County Hall meeting with his commissioner Xavier Suarez chief of staff and met with Miami-Dade School Board Commissioner Raquel Regalado. This entire effort played out from 2008-2013. The political leverage reaches a crescendo when circumstances arose to create legal leverage with the threat of a site plan appeal as articulated in public comments on August 22, 2011, before the Village of Key Biscayne Zoning Board for site plan approval for the (154) unit Oceana Condominium Development.
[The hearing in Village Council Chambers can be seen in the synopsis in a video called "Money Trail for MAST Academy" Part I & II on MacontheRock Rampage YouTube Channel.] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCZoDohZWWI
In public comments, Q&A ensued by village community activist Manuel Cambó who probed the City Attorney, Mayor, and council member Michael Davey who all three were ill prepared to debate the consequences of the Council's actions. The video inquiry demonstrated that green space concurrency was not mandatory nor a compelling argument for allocation of 7 million to buy land. What became a negligent act of KB Zoning Board was the omission of a student station impact study as required by law for multi-unit residential developments in Florida. It was apparent the overcrowded school was never discussed between Building and Zoning officials and the Consultatio, or the developer Eduardo Constantini with Mayor Frank Caplan.
Mr. Cambó strategy was obvious to Developer's Attorney John Shubin, that site plan approval was appealable by any citizen based on lack of the study. An appeal of a site plan approval by Village of Key Biscayne Zoning Board would delay groundbreaking six to ten months in court hearings. It worked to establish legal leverage of an appeal to designate the developer's $8 eight million voluntary contributions for school purposes, not green space purchase would not be rescinded by Mr. Constatini of Consultatio. At this juncture Village Council had two choices use the money to expand the KB K8 Center to a K-12and MDPS to enter into an Inter-Local agreement to expand MAST Academy for exclusively for Key Biscayne residents. This real threat to fire the first ever trigger letter in Miami-Dade County to convert-to-charter the KB K8 Center into a K-12 mega high school forced the Village's hand. Once Mr. Cambó was elected as KB K8 Center PTA President in 2012 is was clear and the writing was on the wall. Expanding the existing Magnet School on Virginia Key was the only alternative. It was a deciding moment to complete the desires of Incorporation; a high school for Key Biscayners was finally coming true one way or another.
The writing was on the wall for the MD School District. The Village of Key Biscayne enters into Inter-Local Agreement with MDPS and the municipality borrows ($9) nine million initially to build an expansion of MAST Academy Magnet school on an adjacent barrier island. Soon after Mr. Cambó election as PTA President, the Interlocal Agreement between KB and MDPS announced to the public. After several meeting at School Board downtown chambers and in Village Council chambers also heard ordinances motions that authorized the ILA between the two governments. The renovation of K-8 Center was insufficiently funded with only ($2) two million dollar commitment for a dilapidated below sea level school the was 57 years old. The conversion to charter election campaign called for a total demolition a 57-year-old building to be rebuilt on the existing baseball diamond.
Upon failure to win the vote, the eventual renovation did not add a single student station while original footprint remained the same. Today KBK8 Center continues to be "A" school based on FCAT scores, but severe overcrowding persists, and four teachers were diagnosed with breast cancer as well as past Principal at the school who was a public opponent. Lost in the dialogue was the fact that the A+ teachers themselves failed to demand A+ School building for their success. It is as if they did not deserve one a better facility to teach in.
-John Swinton Chief Editor New York Times in 1880
Why did we Lose?
What Hector Ceballos and I exposed was an egregious un-American Voting Law wrought with closed society voting tactics, biased voting guidelines to the benefit of Teachers Union and School District Administrations. This slanted language allows for the denial of free expression and open debate in the public square over the benefits of converting a school to Parental Guardian Board. Parent proponents must subject their children to being abused by a teacher. In our case, Mr. Cambó daughter in the fifth-grade classroom was called out to defend their parent's actions. Once the teacher admonished her for an explanation before her classmates begin mob chants " No Charter" "No Charter" while pounding the desks. alienating her and siding with the authority figure. Once this ensues to this degree, the public school system schools system must be reinvented.
These intimidation tactics United Teachers of Dade as well the Miami-Dade County Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) and the Miami-Dade Public School (MDPS) had no bounds. Both Organizations called for the resignation of the Key Biscayne K8 Center PTA President successfully, as the "Kill the Messenger" campaign only furthered the tarnished reputation all involved except the proponents who stood tall under such adversity. Unfortunately, when two subsets of Parent interests exist voting guidelines must establish transparency in open dialogue during the election and public debate. One group looking out for their Children's safety and security in dilapidated Schoolhouse and the other is only interested in preserving job security, avoiding retribution from the School District. A year earlier Principles at Neva King Cooper a special needs school in South Dade experience retribution to the degree that the case is before the Federal Court Civil Right Division.
107 K-8 Center Parents Demand the Resignation of the PTA President
As predicted Miami-Dade County Parent Teachers Association (MDPTA) and The Executive Board of KBPTA met in secret without its President who is also the Chairman of Executive Board of PTA. Purpose Clause D the very Florida Parent Teachers Association (FLPTA) bylaws put safety in the school house as the high priority within its Purpose Clauses. The accusation of misuse of title for the campaign was baseless on this premise. The evidence for such a claim was the appearance of the title on an information postcard being distributed during drop off times advocating for a "YES" vote. The General Meeting was called in the School Cafeteria.
During a meeting of the membership in the school cafeteria, Ten Parents walked out in protest after yours truly dismissed the motion to rescind by vote until the bylaws are amended for such a purpose or be in violation of the FLPTA Bylaws. The 'kill the messenger' strategy worked nevertheless as the vote was called anyway. 89-3 was tally to rescind. Three days after accusing The PTA President of misusing his title in the conversion initiative, Miami-Dade PTA used its title to host a Parent Q & A Forum excluding the Parent Proponent. The moment the proponents were not allowed on the School Administrator's panel freedom of Speech and Assembly was denied and with it the appropriate rebuttal for opposition to 'Yes" vote. This assumption will be put to a legal test on the merits in Federal Court in the
Three days after accusing The PTA President of misusing his title in the conversion initiative, Miami-Dade PTA used its PTA letterhead title to host a Parent Q & A Forum excluding the Parent Proponent as a panelist. This duly noted by a Federal judge order and will be put to a legal test on the merits in Federal Court in the trial Fernandez, Cristobal Ramirez v. School Board of Miami-Dade County Case# 15-cv-21915-GAYLES
The intimidation tactic was sufficient to scare 400 KBCS parents to abstain from voting altogether. Weeks later the official results MDPS Teachers Union bloc voted 0-83 NO, and Parents intimidated by a threat from District Administration to commence school bussing off the island to the mainland, voted 531-31 for 'No". It became evident the law had failed the people of Florida. Instead, a law designed to protect the students from poor performing schools or unsafe schools, in fact only gives Teachers union more power. The right of veto over the parent vote must not stand. Considering the Teacher's Union contract affiliations with MDPS and hierarchy of National Parents Teachers Association (NPTA) & Florida Parents Teachers Association (FLPTA), this is a very predictable adverse outcome. This acrimonious closed society educational environment will never be conducive to a better education in America. Failure to amend this Parent Empowerment law only gives School Districts more power to discourage change for the better.
It became evident the law had failed the people of Florida. Instead, a law designed to protect the students from poor performing schools or unsafe schools, in fact only gives Teachers Union more power to deny parents a high performing or simply a safe school. Control parents and their Civil Rights must not stand. Considering the Teacher's Union contract affiliations with MDPS and hierarchy of National Parents Teachers Association (NPTA) & Florida Parents Teachers Association (FLPTA), this is a very predictable. The adverse outcome was guaranteed by politically bipolar bureaucrats who wrote the law. This acrimonious closed society educational environment will never be conducive to a better education in America.
The List of Reformers is Prestigious Group of Philanthropists
Meanwhile supporting the status quo are Corporate Foundations like the Carnegie, Ford and Rockefeller Foundations that dominated the teaching arena in the early 20th century. In the 21st Century, these organizations added a new prominent member to its ranks; the Gates Foundation's advocacy for 'Common Core' standards This is more mandates and more disheartening as it creates a marketplace for academic dysfunction. This new software dynamic will influence educational programs by providing tutorials to sell to desperate parents. These new learning products will add to the confusion and mask the problem of Socialized Public Education.
Let's stop it by supporting Florida Governing School Act. Otherwise, the Federal Government will continue to support these Foundations with its old Imperial Power over the States, mandating for additional National curriculum standards. Instead, more of same destitute youth with no skills to support a family of four with expand. Ultimately will accelerate to continue the low birth of the self-reliant in America.
Running parallel to large district-run school funding dysfunction are the thousands of students in overcrowded conditions in the interim. Many drop out. The School Choice movement of Charter Schools is too slow to solve the overcrowding quagmire. Over the last 20 years, Charter School industry has only successfully enrolled 10% of the total US Student population nationwide. At this rate, parents will be waiting another 60 years just to reach 50% of the public school student population able to attend Charter Schools. The Parental Governing School will accelerate school choice and auto finances its school expansion in-house.
Public Education is not mandated in the US Constitution
The Intellectual Disaster When Government Teaches
The establishment of compulsory schooling in the early 20th century was supposed to have two benefits for Society. It was intended to eradicate illiteracy in the farmland especially in the Deep South and mitigate poverty. It has failed at both. The scheme failed because it deviates from Puritan and Quaker educational disciplines of self-reliance and in the process the respect for authority and your Elders, good manners and obedience to the reading discipline. By denying someone an opportunity to develop an aptitude in the understanding of unalienable rights and the thorough concept of Liberty, a hapless society fills the vacuum. In exchange for secular advocacy, the separation of Church and State premise only facilitates the indoctrination of the masses to accept a life paycheck to paycheck. The result is a debased quest of mind control for a very unachievable milestone for the middle-class collective consuming every dollar they made in their working lives. A free Society must be based on the opposite. Obedience to work ethics, perfecting one's skill in the name of individualism, Faith-based fortitude and a self-reliant desire to provide for a Family.
Once these institutions of intellectual dynamics are suspect, individuals with power and influence will develop their own strategy on how to educate the masses. These unpredictable combinations of coercive tools of the Central Government like standardizing testing, gargantuan textbook publishing companies along with educational philanthropy of central banking families to Universities, indoctrination is indistinguishable from applied learning. When philosophical malignancy is called Corporatism any eyewitness to these events can clearly envision its debased theories.These accreditations are necessary to maintain 'legitimacy' in dispensing diplomas and degrees to Graduates. When this criterion is impacted by Presidential mandates in combination with Labor Union politics to win elections and Presidential support for collective bargaining agreements, intellectual tyranny and underachievement for the masses is commonplace. Puritan and Quaker ethos in education emphasized reading and research disciplines, cognitive recognition and repetition practices became outdated teaching paradigms.
The following is a timeline on how the originators of Compulsory Public Education in America hijacked the Puritan reading disciplines and Quaker ethos in early American education and replaced them with an experimental psychology testing of students in "cause and effect" analysis and controlled experiments formulated in Nazi Germany. There is no historical context of events more evident than Leipzig's experiment. This timing of events made it impossible to detect its protagonists and their devious intents. The formulation of the mind control techniques in public schools went unnoticed during the Industrial Revolution and the World Wars that ran congruently. These experimental Psychologists succeeded at mind control. Today, 51% of the US population receives a Government subsidy of some kind. Meanwhile, four million teenagers are living on the street. Millions more a raised in Fatherless homes. While the computer is raising our Children today without Parents understanding its reverence in American society. Most with a job seek material things of little value and are financing more than 25% of their gross salary in credit card interest debt. All told, 90% of the American worker is one month's pay from homelessness. The following is a list of the cast of characters that pioneered intellectual framework for the Progressive Movement debased philosophy of creating directors of your destiny and mine.
It all began with the creation by US Congress of the General Education Board in 1903. Through John D. Rockefeller's founding of the University of Chicago and urging the Board to implement "experimental psychology "methods to establish a paradigm in public education. The research was formulated the original staff of professors at the first Teachers College at UC. Over the course of decades, the Rockefeller Foundation's Education grants amounting to over $180 million dollars in the last fifty years alone. The "cause and effect' indoctrination method on students establishes the multiple choice exam instead of essay exams.
TheFiscals goal to have the Governing School Act passed in all (50) States. This movement's success would reduce the number of schools County School district's administer. This affords the District to concentrate on applying resources to dedicated professionals to the neediest students in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods.
In order to convince the oblivious minded that American Society is not better when the Central Government claims to mitigated societal ills, it must first convince the like-minded they possess a higher sense of fairness and equality as directors of your destiny and mine. Do not make the mistake we made in being interviewed in the local newspaper. The local media is not on your children's side or seeking their best interest. Their interest is promoting unanswered grievances to sell newspapers, not solutions.
REINVENT OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM OR YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT WILL RISE TO 50% by 2020
Do not look to the local Press or the National Newspaper Publishing Companies to report the truth in context of the pervasive failure of the Progressive's Public School System. Your effort to reinvent your neighborhood school will never be supported in the media. (See Article below) The front-page Miami Herald online article December 07 2012 and in the paper version in Sunday Edition of that week was a perfect example of the distorting events and intent of the highest order for a Major Newspaper. The Miami Herald beat Reporter Laura Insensee failed to write an altruistic story of a PTA President filing the first ever direct ballot based Parent Trigger letter in Florida History. Instead Manuel Cambó, with intimate knowledge of the Charter School Educational model, was represented as a front man for his sibling, a Charter School Developer, who had no involvement in the effort whatsoever. The goal for the two PTA officers at the Key Biscayne K-8 Center was to stop a $5 Million dollar renovation of a dilapidated 57-year old school without expanding it or to mitigate present overcrowding. Over the course of 25 years the School District had been siphoning off over $1 Million dollars from the School's administration budget. Schools converted into Governing Schools en masse in the future compulsory public schooling.
Instead the Herald's Editors and the reporter set out to formulate a narrative devious PTA President to funnel business Charter School Developer and Family member. Charter School Developers do not want District-run schools to convert in existing school properties. This would dry up disenfranchised students as candidates for enrolling in a charter school in newly developed campuses. The better and more rare story is one of person applying principles to circumstances by putting their Community interests over family interests. These virtues were lost in America and should be emphasized by journalists to their readers when the moment arise. Miami Herald Newspaper in an underhanded manner chose the envy theme over parent empowerment, leadership, and fortitude.
The editors at the Miami Herald were given marching orders to keep the privatization narrative of school choice of all public schools alive. The motive was simple to keep your highest paying advertising client the Miami-Dade School District as the most consistent monthly advertiser in the Miami Herald print media. , The reporting needs to sell School choice as a threat to taxpayer-financed socialist education. Although the Parent proponent at KBK-8 had an older brother in the Charter development business. The link was never established by tying the brothers in a financial scheme to buy the KB-K8 Center for-profit charter business. This implication was disingenuous journalism at a minimum. It is a known fact that Charter School Developers are interested in parents taken back a district-run school. They prefer and environment of disgruntled parent choosing to remove their children from undesirable school to attend new charter schools.
The most effective proven method to slow the expansion of school choice, is to disenfranchise Parents into believing socialized School District run education is better because it is secular and not for profit. This agenda is Bipolar because in Capitalistic society all education should be driven by one goal: to prepare a young individual to hold a job, sustain a family in a life self-reliance and self-sufficiency. In the article, this is achieved first by distorting facts, second by ignoring the Castaldi Study, an engineering study commissioned by the School District in 2009, that concluded the 50-year-old School was to be razed because it contained asbestos was cost deficient to renovate it.
The Village of Key Biscayne is an affluent Neighborhood paying its lion share of school taxes, far greater than it receives from Miami-Dade County Public Schools, (MDPS). The Municipality should have an Elementary School above flood criteria for a barrier island. This fact was ignored as the K8 Center's basic footprint remained the same, after ($5) five million dollar taxpayer funded renovation was completed in 2014, it failed to expand the facility or add a single student station. During the renovation of the old portion of the campus, (4) four KB K-8 teachers have been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, while overcrowding continues as KB K-8 Center has reached 150% of capacity with an average of 36 students per class in contradiction to Florida's Class Size Amendment. After a video was taken by the Parent Proponents of YES vote went viral, showing severe flooding during marginal rains, the Municipality of the Village Key Biscayne had to fund the installation of a larger pump and storm water drain pipes during the summer before the 2015-2016 academic year.
"If the American Public School System is not reinvented immediately, another 65 years of Progressivirus techniques will bring the American People to its knees intellectually. A society of emotionally bankrupt young people begging for a free ride is on that particular road to serfdom that only leads to a cul d sac and end of a one-way street."
Post-Election Failure Continues
The conversion-to-charter effort began with a letter dated October 04, 2012 to Miami-Dade School Board Attorney. In the body of the letter Manuel A. Cambó and Hector Ceballos as parents, not as PTA President and Vice-President respectively, the desire to force the vote and participate in negotiation on ballot process for the first Parent Trigger vote in Florida history. The Miami Herald's front page article in print in December 2012 Sunday and Online painted a narrative where a developer was seeking to take over the A rated School using his brother as a front man PTA President. The reporter Ms. Insensee did not interview a developer yet the article dedicated over 50% of the content on the rental income of the Alliance Charter Schools presently received from MDPS. The real omission was journalistically neglectful the finding that the proponent's discovered $1,083,000.00 dollars in budget surpluses at KBK-8 Center in the 2013 budget. As Governing School this surplus could be saved annually for school redevelopment.
If the Key Biscayne community of highly educated parents failed to recognize the potential in acting as Parent Guardians of their school's budget, what could the less affluent neighborhoods hope to achieve?
The key to fixing the Public School is not in the classroom as previously thought. It is the combination lock at the Principal's office. Opposition group who desire the status quo act as if the School District run Schools are not about for-profit. It is School bureaucrats salaries and pension benefits who are profiting from the malaise. This pay structure is at the expense of underpaid Teachers. The newspapers pursue this narrative Nationwide to preserve the extraordinary advertising revenue procured by School District administrations in print media. Without the School District print advertising budget annually for all communication and notices needs on a daily basis, all major newspaper companies cannot survive financially, especially in small school districts Statewide. The Miami Herald did the MDPS bidding to defeat the conversion to the Governing School initiative, nothing more nothing less. If successful at amending the Law by changing the empowerment law, the new Governing School Act would spread Countywide, then Statewide, then Nationwide. Florida as the only state with a ballot- based Parent Trigger law would be the trailblazer state to reinvent the Public School System in the United States.
What could be more empowering than Parents acting mature to save the accumulated budget surpluses annually and recruiting the local philanthropic community to matching grants to modernize and expand your community School, instead of school district bonds? The Governing School Act will reknit the American fabric through responsibility and maturity of American parents.
Parent Conversion proponents at the KB K-8 Center face enormous obstacles for a ballot box victory.
#2 MDPS refusal to allow Parent Proponents to make a formal presentation with a Q & A Parent Forum on School grounds to explain these benefits of a 'Yes' Vote.
#3 Denial of participation in panel discussions at School District hosted Parent Forums. To clearly State the benefits of the demolition of a 57-year-old dilapidated condition of the school, was unsustainable Financially as per a "Castaldi Study and Release of the true nature of the asbestos mitigation in the School's past.
Governing Schools is an additional School Choice model and not to be confused with a conversion to Charter. It is very Important to note the Charter School Development Community will not support the Governing School movement sweeping the Nation. It is a very effective proactive method to administering a Public School while affording the opportunity to modernize School buildings without the perpetual need to issue School Bonds by ballot initiatives. Charter School Developers will view this School choice alternative as direct competition for recruiting disgruntled Parents, with underachieving Students, looking for an alternative to a district-run Public School. The Governing School has a distinct benefit, it does not pay rent for the School facility on School District owned property. Without rent obligation nor immediate land purchase or construction financing, nor a need to market to fill Student body rolls, it becomes the School model of preference. Governing School is the end all be all to reinventing the Public School System. If amended as TheFiscals suggests, no longer will Parents who care for their Community be subjected to misinformation campaigns by the District, Teacher's Unions and internal staff at the School. This new model will spread to the other (49) forty-nine States.
After a victory in the Intra-School vote, Community involvement participated in focus groups, and some Parental leadership explained the application process and the election of a Board as Guardian of the Finances. This is to be completed for County School Board approval within 90 days of the Yes victory. If the School disapproves of the Parent's application, there is an appeals process to the Department of Education. It has the final say.
This is proof positive that media Journalists are complicit in America's Public School failure. The notion that the Public School can be reinvented Nationwide is not appealing to print media. Even after half a Century of ineffectual reform and conclusive data of Adults not able to read or articulate, Parents are unable to understand the nature of the ineptitude. The Federal Government has designated ten times more Federal dollars on Public Education in the last 30 years to no avail. Parent infighting and pervasive Divorce and out of wedlock births only make matters worse. Presently over 4 Million Children are homeless in America. The results have not changed, massive overcrowding persists, more dilapidated School facilities, dismal graduation rates, and diplomas are literally given away and not earned. Most High School Graduates can't read at Grade level and do not survive three Semesters at Community Colleges or Universities.
THE EXISTING Conversion-to-Charter reads as follows:
(3) APPLICATION FOR CHARTER STATUS.—
The 2010 Florida Parent Empowerment Law once amended will become the Governing School Act, only then can the reinvention of the Public School System commence.
DRAFT AMENDED LANGUAGE - TO FLA. STAT. §1002.33(3)(b)
( *amended words to be inserted are in Green )
Making Florida History in Defeat: But the Legal Precedent was set!
Hector Ceballos and Manuel Cambó, thought that getting front-page news coverage in the Miami Herald in the Sunday edition was the magic bullet to success for a new modern safe school that both the Teachers and Students deserved. After all Key Biscayne K-8 Center was the best K-8 Center in Miami-Dade. We thought that this was the breakthrough that we were looking for to get our Community's support and force the 4th largest School District in the US to call the vote. This would have been the first in Florida History. This would set the legal precedent for all Florida's Parents in the process. It had been 16 years since the Law was first signed into law in 1997. No Parents dared to apply it to a School for all reasons mentioned above. As it turned out, once the article hit the newsstands, it became the biggest obstacle to overcome, as the article undermined our efforts with untruths. Five (5) days after the article ran on December 12th, the Sandy Hook Elementary Newtown School Massacre took place. Advocating for a new School building is synonymous with a more secure School. The Community should have embraced the effort passionately on timing alone. Not supporting this effort as Parents, Teachers and Principals are ignoring that reality. Our Community failed miserably as mature adults to set an example to the rest of South Florida. This alone says more about the Country and our State of Public schooling than anything else. The infamous cliché, "when everyone is thinking alike, someone is not thinking" definitely applies to the PTA Executive board at all County School levels. Its culture is to uphold District bureaucracy which are not in the Teachers interest. Within its culture resides the epicenter of intellects of Statism. It is the bastion of the entire personality disorder and progressive philosophy.
Lets' explain this negative dynamic further as the children watched as their PTA President was forced to resign. The School District's misinformation campaign began with taking home communicators to Parents. It included an information sheet ripe with scare tactics, and threats of busing our children to other overcrowded feeder Schools off the Island to mainland Miami 9 miles away. The success of this campaign was clearly demonstrated by the vote tally: not a single Teacher voted Yes to convert, while 83 voted 'No'. Ironically poetic was the one ballot where a Parent/Teacher voted yes as a Parent and no as a Teacher. It was counted as invalid due to squabbling handwriting.
This was a watershed moment for the School choice movement; Parents have two choices: stop pleading for reform to District School Administrators or start firing Triggers Letters all over your state. Stop crying at Parent Teacher's Associations meetings; neither are interested in reinventing schools. Take back your School by Guardianship Boards to manage individual School budget and save surpluses year-to-year. In nutshell stand up to force the vote, County by County and disrupt the public education institution via intra-school elections. This is a macro societal movement if it occurs nationwide. Through family fortitude that evolves into community fortitude empowered by one goal to rebuild their school one by one, America can rid itself of the feckless effect of the Progressive Movement of the last century.
The insidious nature and the degree of intimidation that their Children suffer in the class by Teachers or opposition Parents. Imagine a community of parents not allowing your Child to associate with their Child because of this activism, cannot be understated. Consider this, when a Teacher's animosity raises the questioning of a fifth grader in class, to explain their Parent's motives for calling the vote, something is terribly wrong in American Democratic society. Then the daughter of the PTA President and proponent has to stand up for herself and makes the case that causes an uncontrollable class chant in objection because the Teacher eggs them on, is unacceptable. Although Union Teachers behavior is no surprise, subjecting your own Children to abuse by Teachers can never be fully comprehended by other Parents. It is a strong message; don't dare try to save your Child's future from School District's cultural malaise, or incompetence, or closed society mob mentality will succeed. This is the point, in fact, the parental vote was 31 Yes - 531 voted 'No' while more than (200) two hundred Families vote at all. Teacher union voted unanimously 0-83 No.
If you are a Parent who finds comfort in criticizing the School Choice Movement with the claim that this is nothing more than the privatization effort of the Public School System, then you are the problem. Just sit back, hand your Child the remote control, and watch them work part-time at low paying odd jobs. Foreign Students are qualifying at twice the success rate for College Scholarships to America's best Universities than Children from American High Schools. Foreign Students are more prepared, and more likely to graduate in four years. This will result in brighter futures when they return home to China, India, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, Argentina, and the rest to Eastern European Countries. If they decide to stay in the US to compete against your Children in the workplace, your Children are out of a job; because most Foreign Students in America are multi-lingual. If they go back to their homeland because the American Student Visa Law does not encourage them to stay, they are likely taking jobs at American Companies who are established overseas. Today's prospects for employment requires rapid recall, novel ideas, initiative finesse and the temp in innovation, not an overconfident personality living a virtual World. The high self-esteem and grandiose entitlement attitudes Americans are famous for is surreal. Download the Law's text on this website and get it passed in your State.
The Ultimate Evidence are the Statistics from the US Patent Office: Foreigners have more Patents Pending than US citizens.
The US Department of Education (DOE) has zero accomplishments since it was elevated to a cabinet level position by President Jimmy Carter. Naturally while the Secretary of Education has such a high level position, Education funding is tied to Presidential dictums to impose Nationwide curriculum standards, instead of Federal money dedicated solely for Facility modernization and School expansion. Federal funding is incongruent with the fundamentals of teaching; local auspice by Parents and attention to repetition, focus, reading disciplines, math aptitude and disciplined rituals for years of class time until Graduation day.
It is politically inconvenient for a U.S. President to eliminate this 'Top Down' Imperial Power of Department of Education's financial allocation. This is the only method for a Chief Executive to leave his philosophical mark on American Society. If his predecessor was making headway, and was from the opposing Political Party, redirecting the educational emphasis is automatic. As time runs out in a President's term in Office, the educational vision for the Country is turned upside down for better or for worse. This Political dynamic is incompatible with the art of teaching, and the science of learning. It is also inconsistent with applying basic disciplines, and ignores where Federal funding should be mandated; the expansion of School Facilities in States where there is population growth. This dynamic at the Executive branch can only create 'moving targets' for the (50) fifty State Departments of Education while Federal benchmarks are never achieved. Not only has the Federal Government failed to execute any real improvement in Public Education statistics, but every major literary category shows competing Nations of the Industrialized World outranking the United States.
Lack of authority over infrastructure spending perpetuates the coddling of the voting Public's benevolence at the expense of the real estate owners who are swindled by the increase in Property Taxes to pay expired General Obligation Bonds. This formula does not work. The voting Public is largely made up of renters, meanwhile School facilities across the Country continue to crumble to the ground or float away in coastal areas during floods and hurricanes. This was evident in Mississippi and Alabama after Hurricane Katrina destroyed 85 schools in Louisiana alone. New Orleans Parish Schools were rebuilt in less than two years by Charter School Developers, and funding by taxing Districts for an alternative School choice one year previous to the storm's arrival. Yet in Key Biscayne Florida, demolition was not an option, and the school was not raised, ignoring new FEMA requirements put in place, even though MDPS won $1.2 Billion Dollar Bond approval by the voters in November 2013. The conversion could have eliminated those plans but the 'No vote' prevailed. Instead, another 1.6 Billion was awarded to MDPS in Bond referendum by the voter who by majority are renters and will not pay off these Bonds directly because they do not own property.
In addition, the US Court system in several States have heard cases of owners protesting Bond referendum ballots. Each time, the Courts have concluded that since all Citizens pay some form of tax or another then all renters can obligate real estate property owners to pay higher Property Taxes to fund Schools, Libraries, Fire, Police stations with bond funded by them exclusively. So forget about the Legal System correcting this disparity in funding model.
Redevelopment of dilapidated Schools by the way of Governing Schools is more effective that will create an Economic boom to Neighborhoods. If the American People fail to pass The Governing School Act in all  fifty States, the'reform lexicon will continue to no resolution other than the statist swindlers will continue to own the narrative, pleading for more funding and making headlines as our children are unprepared for the future.
If the incentive to own real estate is eliminated, then the alternative is blighted Neighborhoods. Poverty stricken Neighborhoods always begin with Schools becoming poor Schools, then poor Students become poorly educated populations that cannot sustain or operate Businesses located there. Once the self-reliant are faced with the financial difficulties to maintain their holdings, abandonment of property is the only option.
The perfect example of what TheFiscals want to end, is the transformation of one of America's greatest Cities just 45 years ago, the bankrupt City of Detroit, Michigan. It's falling real estate values created massive flight Capital, and the flight of the Middle Class to other States that have less Urban blight, resulting in a 30% unemployment rate and 65% Commercial vacancies in the suburbs. In a Society of renters, it is not logical nor viable, to burden property owners to pay ransom in the form of Bond debt, if the Public School System does not perform at a high level of Education for the Student. Less Education in a Society that cannot make informed decisions at the ballot box, only means more people who are unable to afford to own real estate to pay for future Education Bonds. If you want to eliminate this is Political Bipolar of Liberalism and another unintended consequence of the Progressivirus. The only firewall is to reinvent the Public School system. If you play along to get along with statists, the United States will not be able to compete on the World Stage. Look at "The Fix" when the brightest minds try to reform failed system.
Facebook's Founder gets Schooled by New Jersey Mayor Booker and his Statists
Mark and Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg Philanthropy pledged $100 Million to Newark School District and it was misspent by consultants and focus groups with zero increase in graduation rates or new schools in Camden, New Jersey.
DoGoogleit yourself: "Schooled" The NewYorker issue May 19 2014"
A School District is obligated to elevate the intellectual possibilities of Children of the Inner City as a top priority. These Students who live in the most socially challenged family units, in the poorest Neighborhoods, should not be condemned to a life of destitution and Public welfare on the backs of taxpayers. How does this form of coerced dependency benefit the Republic?
It does say allot about the integrity. $100 million donation wasted under the leadership Newark New Jersey School District under the leadership of Camden Mayor Cory Booker and Governor Chris Christie is proof positive that reform is impossible. After further review, an audit revealed a 'zero' new schools or improvement in test scores nor Graduation rates. After some investigation both officially and by NewYorker Magazine's Dale Russakoff revealed a sophisticated con job. New Jersey State Education Commissioners. Collectively these bureaucrats awarded management of Newark's Administration budget to reform Consultants. These Consultants were paid over $20 million in fees for case studies dumb alternatives. Companies like Tusk Strategies ($1.3 Million), and Global Education Advisors ($2.8 Million) were the first to admit that they received millions of dollars in Education Consulting fees to set up trial balloons, Teacher evaluation and retention programs, case studies, focus forums, and poorly attended Neighborhood meetings, that ultimately provided no empirical evidence that the Education conditions were improving for the Newark Students in the South Ward. The entrenched Statist School Board bureaucracy, opportunist Politicians, and the National Teachers Union political machinery, always brings out the opposition vote during Election.
"Parents understand that teaching is the fine art of painting on different canvases in one classroom all at the same time. Each Student is a potential painting, depicting a different story of happiness in self reliance or sadness on Government dependency. We Parents must treat Teachers as the artists they really are."
Neva King Cooper Special Needs School Principals end up demoted
When two principals tried unsuccessfully to study the conversion to charter idea and inform their faculty, MDPS officials implanted themselves at the at Neva King Cooper, to discourage a groundswell of support. Then Principals themselves sought to call the vote and were threatened with accusations of insubordination. As district officials showed up and embedded themselves at the school as watchdogs, parents lost faith in the process and no vote was held. Officials intimidated teachers and sent those staff members to demoted positions at Miami-Dade Parts Department for the bus fleet and another Principal was sent to maintenance department of the motor pool. These Principals dare think they could better manage the finances by converting the School to a Charter School.
Both Principals with doctorate degrees in Special Education, were suspended initially, then demoted with pay, to the motor pool parts department and the County's Motor Pool as drivers. This decision was made by several Assistant Superintendents at MDPS after depositions were taken by state investigators. Florida Inspector General Report later determined that MDPS was guilty of intimidation of the Principles and two years later the Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge came to the same conclusion. (One of most egregious intimidators was a Assistant Superintendent who was a Principal of the Key Biscayne K-8 Center). These strong arm tactics sent a clear message to all Miami-Dade County School staff seeking to convert a District run School to charter status. BEWARE: Do it, and suffer humiliation and disrespect of your peers.
This culture in the Public School hierarchy, is unlikely to unite disgruntled Parents and complacent Teachers to reinvent the Public School System. The intimidation machine at the District, will protect its Billion Dollar Budget which includes higher paid District Officials, and plenty of taxpayer money to pay legal damages to Teachers if courts find culpability. In the Neva King Cooper case the Florida Inspector General Report determined that the MDPS Administration intimidated the Principals by suspending them and demoting to menial jobs for insubordination. A Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge also came to the same conclusion. To make matters worse, PTA Parents who may or may not mean well, will sabotage such efforts on the basis that they do not trust other Parent's intellect to serve on Governing Boards. After all, most Parents are led by the nose while ignoring classroom overcrowding, dilapidation, and continue to support General Revenue Bond referendums on Election Day.
In the absence of financial accountability, Parent Teachers Association (PTA) plays an integral role to make up for Budget shortfalls. The robust fund-raising campaigns only materialize in the affluent neighborhoods. This PTA also serves as watchdogs over disgruntled Parents trying to change the status quo. If you are a forward thinking mature Parent proponent develop the thick skin and change this negative paradigm.
Do not wait a day next week or a day next month, or a month next year, reinvent today.
PTA organizations are infamous at taking Parent's kindness for weakness by swindling them into thinking the School is running a deficit. Parents are pressured for donations for arts & craft supplies, audio-visual equipment, and for paper and pencils while surpluses are siphoned to low performing Schools in the inner City that never improve. This is legal theft of the taxpayer. The Statist enigma in full view. As long as these methods are 'acceptable behavior', there is no chance to reform the Public School System. "Reform" is School Board Commissioners favorite word. This Public policy lexicon is synonymous with "more money" for Education and Teachers salaries. In their World, Education's is the failure of dysfunctional families. Politicians will answer this call to appease Teachers Unions to win the next reelection. Meanwhile nothing improves. The State Department and Federal Departments of Education will continue to misspend the money entrusted to them on curriculum testing, like Common Core not School buildings or facilities. The top down Federal funding dynamic to State allocation has no accountability. This School District funding mechanism is the most disguised redistribution of wealth in American governance, nothing more and nothing less.
This school model facilitates Corporate Trusts and Corporation incentive to sponsor Governing Schools in exchange for tracking student achievement and job placement after graduation for high school. Especially if the school is establish with a particular trade. This affords the sponsor handing out Scholarships. This will lead to future job placement for Internships in particular Industries. This also facilitates a young person to define his or her career interests earlier in life. The alternative is the status quo, the American Daydream of the 20th Century. We TheFiscals understand that when creativity and ingenuity are lost in the classroom, there is nothing for happiness to follow.
What is essential in life, is to grow up and reinvent all things. The ability to make mistakes and to redeem oneself is the real pursuit of happiness. As we all become better individuals, as all good things and bad are temporary but welcomed with zeal. This aptitude requires maturity, wisdom and a positive outlook to ultimately achieve your private victory. This is the challenge of the human experience. Stay free, do better as a Country or perish as a Superpower. TheFiscals contend that if this system of mind control of the uneducated continues in the United States, we will go down in history as the first Free People to vote ourselves out of existence.