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 effective 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 of 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. It was wrought with closed society voting guidelines where Teachers Union ballot vote vetoes Parental vote count. School District Administrations can easily intimidate teachers to intimidate to vote NO. This slanted language within the law text allows for the denial of free expression, speech and open debate in the public square while parent proponents who initiate the election must be prepared their children for public reprisal in class. 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 evolves into impartiality to this degree, the entire public school system schools system finances and management must be reinvented by replacing School District Administrators with parental guardian boards.
In our first ever in Florida attempt at Parent Trigger the United Teachers of Dade (UTD) as well the Miami-Dade County Parents and Teachers Association (MDPTA) and the Miami-Dade Public School (MDPS) had no restraint to limit our Civil Rights. All three organizations called for the resignation of the Key Biscayne K8 Center PTA President. This successful "Killed the Messenger" campaign only furthered the tarnished reputation of all involved. Redemption for the proponents who stood tall under such adversity became obvious as by 2015 as overcrowding continues and an outbreak of breast cancer amongst teachers and parents is abundant.
Unfortunately, when two subsets of voters interest exist by egregious voting guidelines, 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 the outcome will not free choice. A year earlier, 2011-12 principles at Neva King Cooper a special needs school in South Dade experience the same retribution to the degree that these Principals are demanding their Constitutional right the case is before the Federal Court Civil Right Division. [ Google: Fernandez, Cristobol, v. School Board of Maimi-Dade County ]
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 schoolhouse 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 the 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 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.
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.
#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.