[ 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."
-Steve Jobs, Chairman of Apple Computer
at a dinner meeting with President Barack Obama
FLORIDA'S GOVERNING SCHOOL ACT MUST SPREAD NATIONWIDE AS
America's Perfect Parent Trigger Law
The reinvention of the district-run public school system begins in Florida. The Sunshine State is the only state in the union to pass legislation allowing for parents to call an election to permit the financial takeover of the administration direct ballot. It is called the Florida Parent Empowerment Law 1002.33(3)(b). It states that any combination of two parent, two teachers or two ESSAC member without the consent of County School Board of Commissioners, can demand an inter-school vote to determine who will have exclusive authority for the finances of a particular District-operated school going forward. It was originally signed into law by Democratic Governor Lawton Chiles in 1996. But was not promulgated with rules on the voting processes and ballot language until 2010 by Governor Charlie Crist who instructed his Department of Education to write the voting guidelines. Unfortunately, a un-American law was the result that empowers teachers not parents. Parents proposing the change (firing the Trigger Letter) will have their children subject to abuse in the class.
The present state statute gives the Teachers Union the upper hand on election day with veto power over parents who vote in separate ballot boxes. The YES vote must pass by 50%+1 of those cast ballots for the conversion to parental guardianship board funded directly from the State of Florida Department of Education becomes a reality. In the election process, the school choice proponents must convince more than fifty percent of the student body parents to cast ballots in the five days of voting. This creates undue hardships as parent proponents must subject their children to abuse by teachers in class as well as Proponents will come under verbal attack by the Parent Teachers Association [PTA], Superintendent and his/her District intimidators. Not to mention mainstream media that support Teachers union a Democratic Party elected officials in your locality. The present allows for these intrusions on basic civil Liberties of freedom of speech and assembly on school grounds. This is an unrealistic burden for any two parents seeking a better safer school to benefits off other people's children to have to win two elections simultaneously with two different voter classes with divergent interests. We TheFiscals suggest these changes to the law and the removal of the word 'Charter" from the law to not confuse it with conventional For-Profit Charter facilitated by real estate developer leasing or developing a school facility on private land. The mere reference to "Charter" implies privatization and profit that leads to immediate objections and rebuttals by parents. These are major objections pre-established by mainstream media. Too many parents to preserve the status quo. Most do not see that socialized schools in America has failed. A public school system that ranks 27th amongst industrialized nations.
DRAFT AMENDED LANGUAGE - TO FLA. STAT. §1002.33(3)(b)
(3) APPLICATION FOR PARENT GUARDIANSHIP SCHOOL STATUS.—
(a) An application for a new Parent Guardianship School may be made by an individual, teachers, parents, a group of individuals, a municipality, or a legal entity organized under the laws of this state. (b) An application for a conversion charter school shall be made by the district school board, the principal, teachers, parents, and/or the school advisory council at an existing public school that has been in operation for at least 2 years prior to the application to convert. A public school-within-a-school that is designated as a school by the district school board may also submit an application to convert to charter status. An application submitted proposing to convert an existing public school to a charter school shall demonstrate the support of at least 50 percent of the teachers employed at the school and 50 percent of the parents voting whose children are enrolled at the school, provided that a majority of the parents eligible to vote participate in the ballot process, according to rules adopted by the State Board of Education. The vote for conversion shall be required to be completed within ninety (90) days from the date the school administrator receives the written request for a vote. The local school district shall be required to make certain mandatory disclosures once a school administrator receives the written request to conduct a vote. Within seven (7) days of receipt of the written request, the local school district shall provide to the person requesting the vote the following items (1) a detailed budget showing all expenses and all state and federal revenues generated over the previous three years for the particular district-operated school for which a vote for conversion has been requested, and (2) a list containing the public mailing address of each household with child enrolled at the school at that time. At least fourteen (14) days prior to the commencement of any vote, the local school district shall permit the person or persons requesting the vote to utilize the school cafeteria or other indoor equivalent facility, at the school that is the subject of the vote, to hold a meeting at a reasonable time to provide information to the parents in support of the vote. The person or persons who requested the vote shall be entitled to organize and lead the meeting and to provide on the premises where the meeting will be held written educational material to the parents who attend the meeting. The person or persons who requested the vote shall be entitled to have a designee assigned to work with the school administrator to confirm that the initial notification has been mailed to all eligible voters and that all ballots have been mailed to the eligible voters and to be present at the time of balloting in order to confirm the voters eligibility and witnessing the voters casting the ballot. The person or persons who requested the vote shall be entitled to draft the content of the initial notification to the parents, describing the purpose of the vote and the conditions for the balloting process as well as the content of the ballot itself. A district school board denying an application for a conversion charter school shall provide notice of denial to the applicants in writing within 10 days after the meeting at which the district school board denied the application. The notice must articulate in writing the specific reasons for denial and must provide documentation supporting those reasons. A private school, parochial school, or home education program shall not be eligible for charter school status.
To fix this un-American election law with its arbitrary procedures slanted in towards the likelihood of 'No' Vote it is incumbent upon the Florida Legislature to delete the word 'and' to be replaced with the word 'or' in the law's text at a minimum. This elementary change eliminates Teachers "veto power" over a Parent's decision. A victory on election day replaces the County School District Administration with a Parental Board as Guardians of the individual school's Budget. With the momentous decision, the Parent Guardianship Board 'PGB' may save budget surpluses annually to be accumulated to redevelop or expand the school campus without the dependency of ballot school bond proceeds being allocated by the School District to your school. As more school transition PGB type schools, future school bonds will be lesser in the amount to be indebted thus, relieving the property taxpayer at large by future bond debt initiatives. These countywide ballots where renters make up the majority of voters are always arbitrary. The Florida Parent Empowerment Law is a Teacher's Empowerment Law when applied to any school. This is contrary to the law intent, as Parents are the sole stakeholders as taxpayers, Teachers are employees that come and go at the behest of School District. As their employer, the Superintendent is free to intimidate teachers to automatically vote 'No". These voting guidelines and one-sided ballot procedures totally controlled by School District with respect to ballot language and mailing lists, that prevents meaningful empowerment for Parents. Especially if the consensus agrees that the teachers' staff is the problem within the school. The reinvention of public school cannot evolve in a positive manner when the school district superintendent can replace a teacher who voted Yes. The Teacher's No vote wins the election as it vetoes the Parents "Yes vote." Imagine the acrimony on campus when teachers veto parent's decision in the affirmative to convert the school to parental guardianship? It is certainly not a positive learning environment the law's proponents sought with the passage of the law. The Florida Parent Empowerment Law as written in actuality is giving the Teachers Union, even more, power throughout the process. Although we established the legal precedent if not amended we have done more harm than good to the school choice movement. This veto power can deny the change in the administration of the school where the real problem lies and the modernization of schools will continue to be dependent of bond debt instead of budget surpluses for decades going forward. It also allows the School District to continue to siphon surpluses from high property taxed assessed neighborhoods without success at petitioning poor performance in the inner city schools. Most are never renovated, improved or advanced in curricula standards of proficiency for their students. The United States will not survive another century as the nation of self-reliance with another  twenty years of academic failure of the vast majority of citizens. We discovered the failure, not in the classroom but rather the incompetent funding dynamic. If conservatives as guardians do not take back the public school system from the statist centralized socialist who flock-to county administered bureaucracy looking for retirement benefits not performance in their craft. The maligned culture that exists in closed Marxist societies of the statist-minded cultures will lead to the continued path of unskilled labor that is decimated American productivity since the 1950s.
Where was Governor Jeb Bush from 1996 to 2010? As a School Choice proponent Governor Jeb Bush stood quietly on behalf for-profit charter developers to not promulgate the Florida Empowerment Law 1002.33 (3b) for his entire two terms as Florida Governor. In the 14-year that lapsed since no Parent would dare apply it to failing school situation. When Manuel Cambó and Hector Ceballos forced the vote for the first time in Florida at Key Biscayne K-8 Center in 2013 at least we could be proud of the fact that a legal precedent had been set. Our effort should have empowered the Florida Legislature with Republican majorities in both Chambers, to amend this un-American law. If this law is correctly amended it will fast become the ultimate game changer in eliminating centralized indoctrination while eliminating socialized schooling one school at a time.
In order to differentiate the Parent Guardianship School from For-Profit Charter Conversion-to-Charter the Florida Parent Empowerment Law a.k.a. as the conversion-to-charter or also known as Parent trigger law. It should be rebranded Parent Guardianship School under the new Governing School Act. A Typical for-profit charter school entails a new facility ground up or a leasehold at a third party location. This demands a real estate developer to make an investment and considerable financial risk with all the bells and whistles is a business model intertwined with the Parent's Mission Statement who manage the actual education directly through administration. This type of school choice requires substantial investment capital and ability to increase student body count by grade level incrementally on an annual basis until fully occupied. For all these risk-taking endeavors the for-profit developer receives his return on investment by charging rent to the Charter Management consisting Parents who receive 'A Charter' with the County School Board's approval. There is inherent risk in the construction cost of building a school facility, for the Developer does not receive full funding on per student basis upon completion construction. This extensive real estate development timeline merits a profit motive. The Governing School does not entail any of these requirements nor partake in these real estate development funding timelines. In the Governing School parents simply vote 'YES" in majority take over the administration while not needing to build a new building as the existing building(s) are in place. No need for a developer or school management company to invest to market the new school as the student body is in place. Best of all, the new guardian board does not pay rent to the School District.
The beholden interests of Charter School Developers are reluctant to support the Governing School Amendment. Doing so would reduce the number of students in low-performing schools seeking newly built charter schools. Developers and Legislators alike realize that the Governing School Act is the right law for the right time in our history. Yet all of the Florida Republicans we engaged in from 2013 through 2017 all failed to act on principles and instead on typical self-interest. Representatives Carlos Trujillo, Mike Bileca, and Senate President Don Gaetz, Senator John Legg, Anitere Flores, as well Manny Diaz all turned their backs on free speech by not amending the Florida Parent Empowerment Law to make it the preferred School Choice in the United States. As Senator John Legg admitted amending it is the nuclear option he was not prepared to do.
There is no fix the cultural decay in public school so long as the National Teachers Association "NEA" Teacher's unions have all taxpayers money out of teachers paychecks to fund propaganda on school improvement. Their policy manuals and teachers handbook keeps teachers from teaching authoritatively. This distorts the advances in the reform of primary and secondary education. The Governing School Act is a trailblazing movement that can create momentum throughout other states, as the law is replicated. Developers will have to sacrifice their monopoly of the pool of distressed parents with children falling behind academically but their management companies will see a windfall of management contracts within the Governing School Community. After all, it is about the nation excelling intellectually not the business model of a for-profit charter.
The School's performance status has no bearing on whether they have the right to submit a Trigger Letter to force the vote. Any two Parents can initiate the Conversion-to-Charter vote at the School at any time. Proponents do not have to wait for their Community's School to fail for decades before the takeover by Parents is warranted. Students do not have to wait sheepishly witnessing their future prospects dwindle as their “A” School deteriorates into a "D" School for lack of funding or because of the County School District's malfeasance, budget cuts or facility dilapidation or overcrowding. It is theirs to win or lose, the American way by vote.
'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.]
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 the 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.
There is no such thing in America as an independent press unless it is in the country towns. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write his honest opinions, and if you did you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid $150.00 a week for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with—others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things—and any of you who would be so foolish as to write his honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. The business of the New York journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his race and his country for his daily bread. You know this and I know it, and what folly is this to be toasting an "Independent Press." We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping-jacks; they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities, and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.
-John Swinton Chief Editor New York Times in 1880
Parent Proponent and PTA President's daughter suffered intimidation in her fifth-grade classroom. Her teacher Ms. Gimenez chose a class assignment to defend her father's initiative to convert the school to a Parent Guardianship. As the handwritten note explains the teacher admonished her for the correct explanation before her classmates. Fellow students began to chant " No Charter" "No Charter" while pounding the desks. Such alienation is completely contradictory to an empowering learning experience. Naturally, kids siding with the authority figure like a teacher has its benefits. Once this evolves into impartiality of this degree, the entire public school system has failed.
The first ever attempt at Parent Trigger in Florida history would bear fruit as the legal precedent was set and the deficiencies of the law we exposed. Una Cambó is the hero as the United Teachers of Dade (UTD) as well the Superintendent Carvalho of Miami-Dade County School Administration, Parents and Teachers Association (MDPTA) and the Miami-Dade Public School KBK8 Center Principal Sylvia Tarafa (MDPS) showed no restraint in attacking parents with reprisals and limit our Civil Rights in the process. Federal Judge Darren Gayles comments recognize these events in the Civil Rights trial of the Neva King Cooper Principals.
[ Google: Fernandez, Cristobol, v. School Board of Maimi-Dade County ]
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.
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.
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 the 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 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 the 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 better education in America.
If We as Parent Do nothing this the Status Quo: The Reform Narrative
The snowball effect in the parallel universe of advocates of school reform is the culmination of this poor education is a study by Center for the Study of the American Dream by Xavier University shows that American voting age adults cannot pass the immigrant test for US citizenship. When neighborhood schools fail repeatedly the end result is the urban blight of entire communities. The District School culture still gives away high school diplomas to failing students to avoid further overcrowding. The dynamic applies at all grade levels as children go on to the next grade without basic reading skills and study habits. This dynamic has proven to be the cause of such high unemployment amongst youth today who can not interview correctly with confidence or decorum. The FCAT statistics are clear, 50% of students in America are without the necessary communication skills to hold a living wage paying job. The jobless amongst our youth exceeds thirty percent and the homeless under eighteen years of age exceeds is (4) four million. This hopelessness is a condition that usually leads to rioting as witnessed in the cities like Baltimore, Maryland, Detroit Michigan and Ferguson, Missouri in 2014-2015.
If you are a Parent who still thinks the public school system can be reformed county by county or State by State, you are contributing to the intellectual genocide of America's youth. The institutional malaise in public schools cannot be reformed simply because the "back office" county administration continues to grow its bureaucracy. This graph tells the story.
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 the 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
If Public Education was intended to be the responsibility of the Federal Government, the Framers would have stated so in the US Constitution or mention in the Bill of Rights. Furthermore, The Supreme Court case San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez in 1973 clearly stated that the 14th Amendment does not apply to unequal property tax funding scheme established by the State legislatures and addressed in State Constitutions. The Valparaiso University Law Review, Vol. 30, No. 2 , Art. 6 made this assessment of the Rodriguez court case in 1996.
"History has shown that even when fairness issues are resolved, the problems remain with the effectiveness of that funding. Schools do not pass the benefits of increased funding on to youngsters. We contend that any solution through the judicial process will be inadequate. We believe that seeking a solution to a matter of fundamental fairness through the adversarial process can give us, at best, limited results. We suggest that while the courts can identify the wrong, they are incapable of providing effective remedies by adjusting formulas or mandating expenditures. Remedies are more appropriately found in the political process, by exhorting a fairness standard for the legislature to adopt, or by providing citizens with the opportunity to opt out of traditional and inadequate public school structures."
Since the subject of Education is not addressed in the US Constitution, it is evident the Tenth (10th) Amendment applies. This means the sole responsibility falls on the individual States to educate their residents. It makes sense that States are more apt to allocate funding and establish teaching standards based on the geography and cultures of its inhabitants. This organic understanding, coupled with the inherent natural resources and dichotomies, education professionals must cater their crafts and skills around Employment opportunities available within each state. The Framers had infinite wisdom beard by suffering and despair of colonial rule. What was is clearly understood is Natural Law. Education and competition among the states who provide the best path to self-fulfillment and promise are best for the United States. It is up to the States to recruit the brightest and hardest working citizens to reside in their state by making its tax policies and working environments for the highest quality of life for its residents. Start with public schooling. Disband the Department of Education (DOE) as a Cabinet-level position of the Executive Branch. This undue power only coerces States to accept Federal funding in exchange for additional teaching methods and standards. Presidential dictums are temporary in exchange for popularity and votes. This dynamic should be unconstitutional. Nevertheless, either way, this incompatibility with the Republic and should be the legal basis of abolishing The Federal Department of Education. Instead, Federal educational grants to the states can only be spent on facilities expansion and the modernization of physical school infrastructure. This should be similar to the funding for Interstate Highway System.
NOTE: President Jimmy Carter made the US Department of Education (DOE) a cabinet-level position. Candidate, Ronald Reagan's primary campaign pledged to defeat incumbent President Jimmy Carter, was the abolishment of the US Department of Education. President Reagan never accomplished that campaign promise. TheFiscals want to do this for The Gipper.
The Root of the Failure of Public Schooling began with the Progressive Movement's Leipzig Connection
“In our dream, we have limitless resources, and the People yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hand. The present educational conventions fade from our minds; and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive Rural folk. We shall not try to make these People, or any of their Children into Philosophers, or Men of Learning, or of Science. We are not to raise up among them Authors, Orators, Poets, or Men of Letters. We shall not search for any embryo great Artists, Painters, Musicians. Nor will we cherish even the humble ambition to raise up from among them Lawyers, Doctors, Preachers, or Statesmen, of whom we now have ample supply."
-Frederick T. Gates (1913) [ Occasional Papers I ]
Director of Charity for John D. Rockefeller Foundation
John D. Rockefeller's First Teacher's College University of Chicago (1918)
America's first billionaire John D. Rockefeller made the greatest negative impact on education with his private funding to the General Education Fund. By monopolizing the influence over education, Rockefeller assured his family wealth for generations. The upper class preserved but for lower classes a workman's wage and the perfect assembly line worker. These methods were formulated by very large Education grants beginning in 1918 to create workers not free thinkers or innovators for his businesses. The timing with little resistance during the onset of The Industrial Revolution. Rockefeller personally donated large educational grants to the early studies in compulsory education in America. He sought to wipe away all the Puritan and Quaker ethos in teaching in the process. The highly successful public schools in New York, Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia are now the least performing today. These family monopolies were also known for their Central Banking interests. So it was assured that the money flowed in a manner to leverage their benefits. It is not debatable that the teaching practices incorporated were instrumental in institutionalizing factory environment of laborers for mass production jobs. The embodiment of this philosophy was the recreation of a large district School model for 'big city' America. Gone was the small schoolhouse in every corner. The small Parochial puritan public school became the private school. Today only the State of Massachusetts has survived to be a decent Public School System. This collective Social re-engineering studies initiated at the University of Chicago's first Teacher's College. Similar endowments at Ford, Carnegie, and J.P Morgan Foundations and were aimed at limiting competition of the masses while preserving family fortunes as well.
The "Rich get Richer" approach was executed perfectly. Indoctrination of the paycheck to paycheck lifestyle as the labor model was perfect for the goals of the Progressive Movement. Most of the think tanks look to this University as the institution by blind support for studies of social collectivism, not individualism. The Democratic Party always draws attention to the flaws of the community. The Republican Party focuses its attention on the individual awakening. Fast forward to events of the late 1900s, these formulations as the cornerstone of statism. Liberalism philosophy gets its ideals and goals like think tanks like Brookings Institute and the Center for American Progress. There lies all eco-political system for collective bargaining in the public sector. What became a Society of Assembly Line Workers in a robust Industrialized Economy. The Society of Government subsistence has expanded a nation of the uneducated. When the manufacturing jobs in America disappeared so did the economically vibrant middle class. When the nuclear family disappeared with the No-Fault Laws the low birth rate increased. These same Industrialists and corporatist exported their American Labor and manufacturing to Communist China. That is radical Corporate extremism of the left.
The Intellectual Disaster When Government Teaches Children
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. Socialized Schools indoctrinate student on a statist collective agenda of governmental paternalism. Instead of an emphasis on self-awareness that leads to discipline and ethos of individualism as the only viable path to self-reliance, it's curriculum analyzes the failure of the collective instead of the failure of the individual as the root cause of poverty and societal disenfranchisement. 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 living 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 are 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 raised in Fatherless home