[ 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








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 of a particular school budget by winning an intraschool election by direct ballot. It is called the Florida Parent Empowerment Law state statute: 1002.33(3)(b) a.ka. as "Florida Parent Trigger Law" or "Conversion-to-Charter Law." It states that any combination of two parents, two teachers or two Educational Excellence Advisory Council (ESSAC) members without regard for the consent of the County School Board of Commissioners. Any two can demand an inter-school vote to determine who will have exclusive authority for administering 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's Department of Education to wrote a very un-American law riddled with close society voting guideline and procedures. Unfortunately, the end result does not empower parent but instead empowers teachers with veto power over Parents election results while Parent Proponents proposing the change must subject their child to classroom abuse and peer bullying during the campaign and thereafter. The Florida Parent Empowerment Law, in reality, is a Teacher's Empowerment Law when applied to a public school. This is contrary to the law's intent. Parents are the sole stakeholders as taxpayers, Teachers are sole employees that come and go at the behest of School District Administration.  


The present state statute gives the Teachers Union the upper hand on election day as two separate ballots are cast with parents and teachers voting separate ballot boxes. Both elections must garner a 50 percent +1 in support with more than 50% of the school community of parent actually casting a ballot as well more than half of teachers staff. The parent vote is per household irrespective of whether parents are divorced and not living the same household. If the YES vote prevails that means full autonomy over finances of the school in question. Parents are free to apply for approval of a charter and to elected a Parent Guardianship Board to administering the annual school year budget. The funding is derived directly from the State Department of Education therefore, the authority to hire and fire principal and teaching staff at will. 


In the election campaign process, the school choice proponents must convince more than fifty percent of the student body's parents to cast ballots in the five days of voting or the election result in null and void. This voting guideline alone makes highly unlikely that a positive outcome will be the result. Especially if the criterion for the initiative is the underachieving teaching staff. In essence, the law gives teachers veto power with completely different motivations, their employment agenda and the undue hardships imposed by opposition groups such as the Parent Teachers Association [PTA], School Superintendent and his/her School District intimidators who could derail teachers attempt to support the parents who desire the 'Yes' vote. Not to mention the mainstream press that supports the Democratic Party who religiously support Teachers unions with the dissemination of news reports against the parent proponents thus tipping the scale of accurate communication. Political leaders in exchange for unequivocal blind campaign contributions are not likely to support 'Yes' vote in statewide movement. In summation, Florida Empowerment law as written maintains a status quo that allows for the trampling of basic Civil Liberties of freedom of speech and assembly on school grounds in order to mount a transparent campaign to take back any public school in Florida so desired by the majority of parents in all fifty states.  


We TheFiscals suggest these changes to the present law as we do not 'fear the change we seek.' First, the removal of the word 'Charter" from 'the conversion-to-charter law" will eliminate immediate objection in the dialogue between parents over conventional charter school operations. For-Profit Charter is facilitated by real estate developer leasing or developing a school facility on private land lease to Parent form a board with the desire to get charter approved by the School Board. The mere reference to "Charter" implies privatization and profit that leads to immediate objections and rebuttals of pre-established notions out fear of change. This is an unrealistic burden for any two parents who seek to better their neighborhood with a safer school facility and a brighter future for other peoples children. Winning two elections simultaneously with two different voter classes with divergent interests is not the American way. What are we going to do about it?


TheFiscals propose amending Florida's Parent Empowerment Law 1002.33 (3)(b) without the Teachers veto power in the voting guidelines, while rebranding it as the Parent Guardianship School under the Governing School Act.



EXISTING Florida Parent Empowerment Law: pursuant to Florida Statutes Section 1002.33(3)(b), and Rule 6A-6.0787, two parents of any district-operated public school in Florida can request that a vote (i.e. individuals actually casting a ballot - as opposed to signing a petition) take place on school grounds on the question of whether the school should convert to a charter (non-district) operated public school. Under the current law, a majority of the parents (who turn out to vote) and a majority of the teachers (employed at the school whether they turn out or not) must vote yes.


SIMPLIFYING THE LAW The Amendment, set forth below, will allow a yes vote for conversion to be accomplished by a majority of the parents, only. Two additional Florida statutes would be amended to afford Florida teachers additional protections affecting their financial self-interest. First, Florida Statutes will be amended to provide that any school which converts shall be required to participate in the Florida Retirement System. Second, Florida Statutes will be amended to provide that any teacher in the district operated public school system shall retain his or her seniority if a school converts to a non-district/charter operated school; allowing that school teacher to seamlessly migrate back to a district-operated school at his or her seniority level as if the teacher were teaching continuously at a district-operated public school. With these additional statutory protections, the teachers are no longer considered stakeholders. As such, the teachers need not be involved in the decision on whether a district-operated school should convert to a non-district/charter operated school. The Amendment also includes some common sense procedural safeguards to ensure that the eligible voters get the information necessary to make a decision.





(3) APPLICATION FOR Parent Guardianship School -STATUS.—


(a) An application for a new Parent Guardianship charter 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(s) 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, 3 and (2) a list containing the public mailing address of each household with a 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.






Legal Analysis and reasoning for changes are relative to the unfair events that transpired in the first  two Parent Trigger campaigns at KB K-8 Center Key Biscayne (Miami-Dade County) & Rowlett Elementary (Manatee County) Florida are as follows:





Language: 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.


Reason for Change: To empower parents. Under the current law, teachers have a veto on whether parents can convert the school. This does nothing to empower parents. The teachers claim for being a stakeholder arises mainly for their concern regarding (1) remaining in the Florida Retirement System, and (2) maintaining seniority in the district operated public school system. We recommend that that the Florida Statutes be changed to require the following: (1) that any school that converts to charter operation through this statute, must keep all school teachers in the Florida Retirement System, and (2) that all teachers that remain at the charter school from the time of conversion shall maintain their seniority in the public school system, so if the teacher wishes to transfer from the converted school to another district-operated public school that their application for transfer shall be treated as if the teacher were teaching continuously at a district-operated public school.


Language: 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.


Reason for Change: The Rule which sets out the steps for a vote does not necessarily require the vote to take place within 90 days. Placing this change into the statute makes it absolutely clear that the vote shall take place and votes counted within 90 days of the request for a vote.


Language: The local school district shall be required to make certain mandatory disclosures once a school administrator receives the written request to conduct a vote.


Reason for Change: Once the trigger letter is submitted, the proponents of a yes vote should be entitled to basic information to help educate the voters (i.e. parents) who will be casting a ballot. This basic information includes the address of each household who is eligible to vote. The residential address is known by the district and the administrator of the school. With the address of the residence of the eligible voter, the proponents of a yes vote will be able to send educational materials to the eligible voter. This is very similar to how candidates for state and local office obtain the addresses of eligible voters from the elections supervisors so that these candidates can mail out campaign literature. This is all that is being asked for here. A second and very important disclosure is the school budget. This trigger law has been used twice, to obtain an actual vote, since the promulgation of the Rule in 2010. The first was Key Biscayne K-8 School. The proponent for a yes vote was Manuel Cambó, a parent. The second was in Manatee County, an A+ Magnet School. The proponent for a yes vote was the school’s principal named Brian Flynn. In both cases, the proponents of a yes vote said that the school district provided misinformation regarding the school revenues. To overcome this obstacle of potential misinformation, 6 all state and federal revenue for the school should be required to be disclosed shortly after the trigger letter is received.


Language: 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.


Reason for Change: To allow the proponents of the vote the opportunity to address the eligible voters on the school campus. The reason for this change is because, in the case of Key Biscayne and Manatee County, the proponents were not allowed to use school facilities to speak directly to the eligible voters. In the case of Key Biscayne, the district sent out notices to parents and teachers of a meeting in the school cafeteria to discuss the facts of the vote on the issue of conversion. In Key Biscayne, the proponents for conversion were not allowed to present the facts or the reasons why the eligible voters should vote yes at the meeting called by the school district. The proponents for conversion were also not allowed to pass-out any educational material to the eligible voters who showed up for the meeting. In fact, before the meeting, Mr. Cambo (parent proponent) attempted to pass-out fliers to parents in the school. The principal told him he was not allowed to pass out the information. Of course, this same restriction did not apply to the district. This change in the law will allow the proponents to hold at least one meeting in the school cafeteria or other indoor equivalent and to pass-out educational material to those that are present. 


Language: The person who requested the vote shall be entitled to organize and lead the meeting and to provide written educational material to the parents who attend the meeting.


Reason for Change: This change in the law is necessary to ensure that the district does not prevent the proponents of a yes vote from presenting the facts to the eligible voters. Today, the districts refuse to allow anyone who is for conversion to make any meaningful presentation. They also dictate how much time the district will speak on any one issue and/or if the proponents will get to speak at all. To avoid this conflict, the proponents should be entitled to hold at least one meeting and if the district wants to hold a second separate meeting that is up to them. But the proponents should be entitled to at least one meeting before the district holds its meeting which should take place on the school campus.


Language: 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.


Reason for Change: This is necessary because in the case of Key Biscayne K-8 vote for conversion many parents claimed that they had never received initial notification nor did they receive a ballot. The Rule promulgated in support of this statute requires an initial notification be sent to the eligible voters. Language: The person or persons who requested the vote shall be entitled to draft the content of the initial notification to the 8 parents and teachers, describing the purpose of the vote and the conditions for the balloting process as well as the content of the ballot itself. Reason for Change: This is necessary to make it clear that the initial notification shall be “drafted” by the proponents of a yes vote for conversion. Under the current law, the district drafts and sends out the initial notification. This initial notification can be very persuasive and counter-productive for the proponents of a yes vote if it arrives on district letterhead and contains information that is not accurate. Based on accounts provided by the proponents of a yes vote in Key Biscayne and Manatee County, the district did provide misleading information in both cases. For this reason, it is necessary to allow the proponents of a yes vote to draft the content of the initial notification.







The Chronology of Events at KB K-8 Center: The First Ballot Based Parent Trigger in Florida History


It is important to tell our story at the Key Biscayne K8 Center in 2013. This campaign did cause upheaval amongst teachers staff, oblivious affluent parents mostly from Latin America. The Miami-Dade School District its Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, must be held accountable for their culture of abuse of parents, principals, and students. At the time the Key Biscayne parents were demanding a High School for a new municipality which was established in 1991 as the Village of Key Biscayne, Florida. After a previous group of parents led by Charles Vacsito and Angel Martin tried unsuccessfully to convince the Village Council to create a Municipal Charter High School within the Village's boundaries (2008-2009),  Mr. Cambó (author) wrote his first guest commentary in the Islander News. He spelled out the importance of a Charter option for a high school and what a perfect Charter School could look like and where it can be built. He singled out, an available city-owned lot at 530 Crandon adjacent to the KB Community Center.  Mr. Cambó advocacy intensified locally with three additional guest commentaries dispelling the notion that previous Village Councils pronounced in order to absolve their body from accountability to their resident youth's education. At the time the Village Council's top priority was to acquire more green space, with the excuse that the State of Florida Legislature imposed a concurrency requirement on the city since its incorporation in 1991. The truth is that in order to curb development, the municipality could have counted the shoreline beach as recreational space, thus meeting the concurrency requirement. Although such a mandate existed at the time the VKB, did not include the beach as recreational space to comply with its Master Plan requirement. Mr. Cambó new this was a political farce and made it clear to all readers of his guest commentaries that the elected Councils of Key Biscayne has a responsibility to the residents to apply pressure at County Hall to get the island a high school. When they failed by all measures, Mr.Cambó with a considerable political pedigree in Miami-Dade County Government called for meeting with his County Commissioner Xavier Suarez and met with Commissioner Suarez chief of staff in private as well as Miami-Dade School Board Commissioner Raquel Regalado, both represent the constituents of the Village of Key Biscayne. Mr. Cambó entire effort to bring a High School to the Village community played out politically from 2008-2013.


The opportunity to establish the political-legal leverage necessary to obligate the VKB and MDPS to engage in interlocal agreement arose during the site plan review of a Consultatio Development's Oceana 154 unit luxury condominium before the Village of Key Biscayne Zoning Board on August 22, 2011. It was revealed during a Q&A by Mr. Cambó interrogatories in his public comments about the Oceana site plan that it was clear that the developer was purchasing a zoning variance with a substantial voluntary contribution in exchange for the large land territorial easement. This easement permitted two large building to be set back substantially away from single-family homes in the Holiday Colony sub-division, sued in court to prevent such action. The video evidence of what took place that night can be viewed on MacontheRock Rampage YouTube Channel. 


[The hearing in Village of Key Biscayne Council Chambers can be seen in the synopsis by searching "Money Trail for MAST Academy" Part I & II on MacontheRock Rampage YouTube Channel]



Part I  



Part II



Mr. Cambó strategy was obvious to the Developer's Attorney John Shubin. Mr. Shubin's public remarks indicated he understood that without a student station impact study included in the site plan approval package to the Village Zoning board, the site plan should not be approved. Therefore any citizen can appeal its approval based on lack of the study. Such an appeal would delay groundbreaking six to ten months in court and therefore legal and political leverage was established to get the developer's ($9) nine million voluntary contributions to be pledged for school purposes, not additional recreational/green space. Mr. Constantini of Consultatio Development understood the ramification of Mr. Cambó objection and asked his attorney to recommit the Developer's pledge in the Council Chambers for any purpose the Village wanted to allocate it to on the condition Consultatio Development be assured its certificate of commencement of construction and certificate of occupancy. At this juncture Village Council had two choices: use the money to expand the KB K8 Center to a K-12 or commence negotiations for an Inter-Local agreement to expand MAST Academy exclusively for Key Biscayne's High School students. If neither was an option Mr. Cambó could formally appeal the site plan approval and delay all action up to six months in court proceedings. To assure this was indeed the final result, Mr. Cambó ran for KB K-8 Center's PTA President to serve in the 2012-2013 school year and won. Furthermore, Mr. Cambó also recruited Hector Ceballos to run for Vice-President as well. Mr. Ceballos also won. Once Mr. Cambó was elected as KB K8 Center PTA President in 2012, it was clear the writing was on the wall that a Parent Trigger letter would be exercised for the first time in Florida history to convert K-8 to K-12 Charter High School. Expanding the existing MAST Academy Magnet School on Virginia Key was the only alternative for such an endeavor.


This was a deciding moment to complete the desires of Incorporation; a high school for Key Biscayners coming true one way or another. The Miami-Dade School District extended an invitation to the Village of Key Biscayne to enter into Inter-Local Agreement with MDPS to build 1,100 student stations exclusively for Key Biscayne residents as an expansion of the existing MAST Academy Magnet school on Virginia Key. Virginia Key is an adjacent barrier island to Key Biscayne. Soon after Mr. Cambó election as PTA President, the Interlocal Agreement between KB and MDPS  was announced to the public. After two meetings at School Board's downtown chambers and put on the agenda at Village Council chambers to pass the necessary ordinances to authorize the ILA between the two governments, it was discovered that the  expanded MAST would include grades six thru 8 grades while the renovation of K-8 Center was insufficiently funded with only ($2) two million dollar commitment slated the ILA. The KBK-8 sits below sea level it was 57 years old and dilapidated with asbestos contamination, lead and other contaminants that were common in the 1950s construction era. The conversion to a charter election campaign took on new meaning for Cambó and Ceballos. Instead, of a K-12 charter conversion, it now became a campaign for the total demolition of a 57-year-old building built below sea level and rebuilt on the existing baseball diamond. 

The message was clear PTA President and Vice-President would fire the first-ever Parent trigger letter in Miami-Dade County School and the State of Florida was to convert-to-charter the KB K8 Center. This would force the Village's hand to pledge the ($9) million for school purposes. This [cut&paste] from Wikipedia: In 2012, the school announced that it would expand by 1,100 seats, with preference given to eligible Key Biscayne residents.[3] It was controversial and highly debated whether residents of the Village of Key Biscayne should be opened up to all Key Biscayne high school students.[4] A former student was reported as claiming, "I can't believe they are going to turn over the school to the affluent residents of Key Biscayne in return for $9 million," adding, "it will really destroy what MAST is all about."


The eventual renovation of KB K 8 Center did not add a single student station in an overcrowded school, the original footprint remained the same to this day. 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 made very public statements in opposition to our efforts as assistant Superintendent to Alberto Carvalho of MDPS. Lost in the dialogue was the fact that the A+ teachers felt they did not deserve an A+ School building to teach in. This is common amongst laborers in closed societies.  


Below is the Miami Herald Front Page Sunday edition December 07, 2012 Cambó and Ceballos submitted the Trigger Letter to the Principal Sylvia Tarafa of the Key Biscayne K-8 Center. None of our intents or motivations were printed concerning the overcrowding a dilapidated condition of 55 years old school below sea level. Instead, the article concentrated on Alliance Companies of Charter Schools and Cambó Family Enterprise that had zero involvement in our effort to expand and modernize our community school that Manuel Cambó graduated from in 1977. 







Hector Ceballos and I, 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 the 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 made headlines nationwide. Advocating for a new school building in Key Biscayne is synonymous with a more secure school to prevent a mass shooting. The Village Community should have embraced our effort passionately based 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 who set a motion to have its PTA President resign. Its culture is to uphold District bureaucracy which is not in the Teachers interest if it won't provide a less dangerous school facility to teach in. 


Lets' explain this negative dynamic further as the children watched as their PTA President resign by a vote of 89-3 in a meeting of less than (20%) percent of the PTA membership of KB K-8 Center. The School District's misinformation campaign to kill the message had a second prong which a misinformation flyer via take-home communicators to the Parents. It included an information sheet ripe with scare tactics, and threats of busing our children to other overcrowded feeder Schools off the Island nine miles away to the mainland in Miami. The failure of the law as written 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. The parents must stop crying at Parent Teacher's Associations meetings; neither are interested in reinventing schools. Take back your School by Parent 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.


Parent Proponents of Conversion Faced Enormous Obstacles 

#1 MDPS refusal to release in a timely manner, the actual KB K-8 Administration Budget to audit and to show the budget surplus at a general meeting of parents before the election week.


#2 MDPTA pressured KBPTA Executive Board in secret ( without the participation of PTA President ) a motion to rescind his title of Presidency,  by a public vote of KBPTA membership in school cafeteria without legal recourse in a 'kill the messenger' approach to win the 'No' vote. 

#3 MDPS refusal to allow Parent Proponents to make a formal presentation on the school campus to the Parents directly in Public Forum on behalf of the 'Yes" vote. 


#4 MDPTA did invite all parents to a Parent Forum but excluded the Parent Proponents to participate as panelists along with MDPS Administrators. Only the 'No" vote narrative was discussed to discourage the conversion-to-charter.

#5 MDPS refusal to adhere to Post-Katrina FEMA regulations preventing government buildings from being renovated without elevating structures above flood and storm surge building criteria on barrier islands such as Key Biscayne.  


#6 Without public rebuttals of the School Principal's information flyer with threats of School bussing off the island if YEs vote prevails and Teachers refusing to teach at the converted Parent Guardianship School, the entire campaign is slanted towards the 'No' Vote.


The Stage is Set and Tipping of the Scales is Un-American 


The insidious nature and the degree of intimidation that children od Parent Proponents are unforeseen. Teachers may call out your child in class about the motivation or intents of parents initiative. Opposing Parents will intimidate or disparage your child in front of their children. This may leave to bullying.  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. When the daughter of the PTA President and the 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 who reap the benefits of such an endeavor.  It is a strong message; don't dare try to save your child's academic future or support another parent who has an idea to replace the School District's cultural malaise or incompetence, we will come after you. Like a closed society mob mentality in communist countries. 

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 a rapid recall, novel ideas, initiative finesse and the temp in innovation, not an overconfident personality living in a virtual world.  

As the campaign commenced Mr. Cambó daughter Una Cambó suffered intimidation in her fifth-grade classroom by her math teacher Ms. Gimenez. She chose an in the class assignment to chastise Una to defend her father's efforts to convert the school-to-charter school when it was 'A" School. Una was prepared to respond to defend her father's initiative. As the handwritten note explains* the teacher admonished her for giving the correct explanation of the campaign before all her classmates. Fellow students began to while pounding the desks chanting "No Charter"-"No Charter"-"No Charter"!  

Such abuse of a child and the alienation from her peers is so disempowering. Once this evolves into the impartiality of this degree, the entire public school system has failed the United States. Below is Una's handwritten testimony reciting that day.





* (The testimony was shared with Governor Rick Scott)


More evidence of the intimidation throughout the campaign, this poster timely placed in Una Cambó classroom sink.  




It became evident the law as written allows for such intimidation. Florida Parent Empowerment has failed the people of Florida. Instead, a law designed to protect the students from poor-performing teachers or failing schools or dilapidated and overcrowded has only empowered Teachers power as well as unions instead.


In the case of unsafe school facility like the KB K8 Center, redemption for the parent proponents became obvious in 2015. A petition drive by parents who initially vote 'No' were overwhelmed by overcrowding and students falling behind academically. The renovation of the asbestos-laden school buildings turned into an outbreak of breast cancer amongst teachers and parents. Four teachers within contiguous classroom walls, a teacher's aide, a past principal have diagnosed since. Two parents thus far have been diagnosed one has died at the age of thirty-eight. This acrimonious closed society educational environment will never be conducive to better education in America. Imagine the parent voting in favor of conversion and Teachers block voting unanimously No? A year earlier, 2011-12 principles at Neva King Cooper a special needs school in South Dade experienced the same retribution for considering the conversion effort. It's Principals never even got to an election day as School Administration intervene at the school and remove them (with pay) to work in menial tasks elsewhere within Miami Dade County School Bus division. As stated below by Federal Judge Darren Gayles during the Civil Rights trial of a previous attempt to convert to charter at the Neva King Cooper Special Needs School, Parents and Teachers Association (MDPTA) and the Miami-Dade Public School KBK8 Center Principal Sylvia Tarafa (MDPS) showed no restraint. 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. The United Teachers of Dade (UTD) as well the Superintendent Carvalho's Administration are the real losers.


It is incumbent upon the Florida Legislature to understand that teachers are not stakeholders at the school for they are employees of School District, not property taxpayers in the surrounding feeder pattern with children in the school. As employees at the disposition of the School Superintendent, their tenure is directly impacted thus an extreme conflict of interest as voters and union members. The parents should not have to lobby them to leave the teachers union yet remain in the Florida Retirement System. This is not the goal of the intra-school election.  Keep in mind for emphasis, once the school converts to 'PGS' the existing teachers and staff may remain at the converted school and remain in Florida's retirement system as per the state statute in the existing law. A victory during the election week simply replaces the County School District Administration's funding duties with a Parental Guardianship Board in charge of the individual school's annual budget that is funded directly from the Department of Education of the State of Florida. 


The main goal of the staff will be teaching in an environment without the intimidation of School District hierarchy, County school mindless policies and statist-minded bureaucracy. 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 prevents meaningful empowerment for Parents to choose Yes or No. Especially if the consensus of Parents agrees that the teachers' staff is the problem at the school. Furthermore, the reinvention of public school after the "No" vote prevailed, cannot evolve in a positive learning environment as the school district superintendent can replace a teacher who voted 'Yes.' 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 more empowerment, not parents. 



With the momentous decision, budget surpluses are the main goal of Parents for the education of our children. These surpluses can be saved annually and accumulated to redevelop or expand and modernize the school campus without burdening the taxpayer at large with bond debt. The majority of voters are renters who are likely to approve school bond offerings at the ballot box. Thus imposing debt on property owners. [Note: The dependency of ballot school bond proceeds being allocated by the School District to your dilapidated and/or overcrowded school is unlikely. What is more likely is the enlarging the County School Administration with the larger and larger bond initiative as soon as the previous bond comes due for payment.] As more school transition to PGB modeled schools, the very popular billion dollar school bonds in the larger school districts will not be necessary. The smaller school taxing districts will never be indebted as they are mostly subsidized by larger School Districts within the state. Relieving the property taxpayer at large by future bond debt initiatives is the macroeconomic accomplishment of the Parent Guardianship School. It is possible to conceive that this idea can save all fifty states finances as this education law is duplicated across the United States.


On the flip side of this discourse, if not amended TheFiscals have done more harm than good to the school choice movement. This veto power given to Teachers in voting guidelines can deny the change in the administration so many parents have been looking for. The real problem lies in the inability to modernize schools and will continue to be dependent on 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 improving low performing schools. Petitioning the change poor performance in the inner city schools can only occur when the School District-Operated system manages a smaller inventory of schools. Most schools in middle-class neighborhoods cannot withstand increases in assessments are never renovated, improved or expanded.


The United States will not survive another century as the nation of self-reliance with another [20] twenty years of academic failure. The vast majority of citizens are not graduating highly skilled at anything. We discovered the failure, it is not in the classroom but rather the incompetent funding dynamic. If conservatives acting as guardians do not take back the public school system from the statist centralized socialist model the teaching craft will never improve.  The maligned culture that exists in the District run Public school system more resembles a closed Marxist society of statist-minded cultures immersed with unanswerable grievances that will lead to the continued path of unskilled labor and intellectually bankrupt youth. Progressives of John Dewey's lineage have decimated American literacy. By the 1950s, most people do not see that socialized schools in America have failed for over a century. John Dewey influence on the First Teachers College at Columbia University and decades after Teachers were given collective bargaining rights with County School Boards, the public school system that ranks 27th amongst industrialized nations. This is a pretty miserable result for the United States. 


From another perspective, in the 14-years that elapsed since Government Lawton Chiles signs the legislation and Governor Crist Administration's directive to promulgate the law to empower the parents to call for a vote, it's not surprising an un-American voting law was the final product. Not only was it a waste of valuable time in children's future, but it made it impossible for a Parent to dare apply it to an overcrowded, or dilapidated or failing school scenario. The real question is where was Governor Jeb Bush's in the interim from 1996 to 2010? As the original School Choice proponent in Florida, Governor Jeb Bush stood quietly not adding necessary language in the law's text to assure civil rights protections to Parent Proponents. Instead, the inaction favored for-profit charter developers and District-run monopoly in the interim.  To make the matter more ridiculous as ex-Governor Jeb and Bill Gates of the Parent Revolution of California lobbied the Florida Legislature for passage of a petition-based Parent trigger law in (2011-2012) and (2012-2013) legislative sessions. Both attempts failed in the Florida Senate to 20-20 tie votes.


In defeat at Key Biscayne K-8 Center in 2013, Manuel Cambó and Hector Ceballos thought at the time they could further this school choice movement by accelerating it by reinvention, not reform. It would require by exposing the law's inadequacies. Our efforts since have not born fruit. Governor Scott ignored our pleas after reading Una Cambó written testimony of abuse by a teacher. Republican Party leadership in the Florida Legislature also showed no empathy for abuse of parents and children at the feet of un-American law. hand of a perilous law while passing a monumental reform bill in 2018 without any changes to State Statute 1002.33 (3)(b). The main culprits are Republican Representatives Carlos Trujillo, Mike Bileca, and Senate President Don Gaetz, Senator John Legg, Anitere Flores, Kelli Stargel as well Manny Diaz. All of them turned their backs on free speech and assembly and condoned teacher bullying by not amending the Florida Parent Empowerment Law. As Senator John Legg admitted to us amending it in this manner is the nuclear option he was not prepared to sponsor. Guess what? John Legg and Mike Bileca both own charter schools. Aniterre Flores and Manny Diaz both work for Academica a Charter School operator and developer. President Don Gaetz was a School Superintendent. Representative Carlos Trujillo the most incompetent of all is now Trump Administration's Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS.) All of them made public pronouncements with pro-school choice platforms to get elected. If this education law is correctly amended as proposed, it will fast become the ultimate game changer and serve as the road map to eliminating centralized indoctrination in public schools nationwide. The reinvention may occur in the additional 49 states, by eliminating 'single payer' socialized schooling one school at a time.


Distinguished factor Between Parent Guardianship School and Traditional Charter School


A typical for-profit charter school entails a business model that requires 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. The business model must be intertwined with the Parent's Mission Statement to get a charter approved by the School Board. This covenant details how to manage the actual education curriculum and stated goals that must be accomplished during 3-years, 5-year probationary periods. 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 school. For all these risk-taking endeavors the for-profit developer receives his return on investment by charging rent to the Charter Management Board consisting Parents with the School Board's approval.  There is inherent risk in the construction cost of building such a school facility, for the Developer does not receive full funding on a per-student basis until all the grades are filled. This extensive real estate development timeline merits a profit motive and a lengthy time frame and marketing expenses to recruit students from neighboring public schools. 


The Parent Guardianship School does not entail any of these requirements from a developer's participation nor the commitment of capital. Parents who win back their school do not have to partake in these real estate development funding timelines either. In the PGS 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 market the new school as the student body is in place as well. Best of all, the new guardian board does not pay rent to the School District.


The beholden interests of Charter School Developers in Tallahassee are reluctant to support the Parent Guardianship School Amendment. The money interest is coming before the nation's interest once again. Charter Developers believes supporting such an amendment will reduce the number of available students in low-performing schools seeking attendance to future newly built for-profit charter schools. The Florida Republicans engaged in from 2013 through 2019, have all failed to act on principle to save the United States from such institutional malaise, and the indoctrination of socialism in America. Instead, they reformed the entire education statute on typical self-interest and failed to empower parents to take charge of the finances of their public school via a uniquely American way; via fair elections. Developers and Legislators alike realize that the Parent Guardianship School Act is the right law, on the right side of history, for the right time in history. Parent Guardianship School could become the preferred School Choice model in the United States. 



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



Do not look to the local Press or the National Newspaper Publishing Companies to report the truth in the 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 Parent Guardianship Schools en masse to replace compulsory teachers union in 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 rarer story is one of a 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 arises. 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 the reporter keep the public school privatization narrative alive in the article as any type of school choice as a threat to taxpayer-financed socialist education. The additional force undermining our effort was to keep to your highest paying advertising client (MDPS) satisfied and continuing as the most consistent monthly advertiser in the Miami Herald. The perfect angle was to make-up a narrative that the PTA President at the K8 Center was working as a front man his 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 an environment of the 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 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 that was more costly to remove during a renovation than to rebuild the entire facility altogether. 


Eight-five percent of American parents will not support the reinvention of the public school system today and or tomorrow. It may be too late by now as most Socialist are between the ages of 25-40 today and are likely to get elected in all (50) fifty states. They will be having little tyrants soon, who will be the American socialists of tomorrow. The moral of the story: Nobody knows as much as you think they do. Nobody cares as much as you think they do. Nothing really changes as much as you think they do. It just gets less important as didn't think would.



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 stormwater 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." 



Conversion-to-Charter commenced with a campaign for a High School for The Village Key Biscayne, Florida


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 frontman 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 more than a million [$1,083,000.00] dollars in budget surpluses in the 2013 internal school budget. If the Key Biscayne community of highly educated parents failed to recognize the potential for their children of taking personal responsibility their school's budget, what would the less affluent neighborhoods hope to achieve?


The key to fixing the Public School is not in the classroom as previously thought. For it is not a key. It is the combination of a padlock at the Principal's office safe. Opposition groups do not like Charter because it is for profit as if the School District is not profiting. The status quo is a racket and has pillaged the taxpayer for decades with failing results for the vast majority of students. It is stolen by undeserving high salaried District Administrators. It is School District bureaucrats salaries and pension benefits who are profiting from the incompetent system without accountability to students. This top tier pay structure is at the expense of underpaid Teachers. The newspapers cajole with the narrative nationwide to preserve the extraordinary advertising revenue generated by School District administrations who place ads in print media classifieds daily. Without the School District print advertising budget annually dedicated to newspapers, most of them cannot survive financially. For example, The Miami Herald did the MDPS bidding to defeat the conversion to a charter initiative in Key Biscayne. 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 determined to accumulate budget surpluses annually? Then success breeding success as local philanthropic partners provide for matching grants to modernize and expand a Community School. Taxpayers at large set to benefit as school district no longer are conducting billion dollar school bond initiatives at the ballot box. The Governing School Act will reknit the American fabric as parents take the helm of the American Public School System. Personal responsibility and maturity is the key to the success of the American experience of earlier colonial times. American parents operating public schools is long overdue. The ultimate evidence of domestic underachieving are the statistics from the US Patent Office: More foreigners have more "Patent Pending" application than US citizens waiting for patents.


The US Department of Education (DOE) has zero accomplishments as a Federal Department. Since it was elevated to a cabinet-level position by President Jimmy Carter, federal money is attached to Presidential initiatives that are likely to be inconsistent with the opposing party sitting President. Without a DOE the US Congress would be obligated to block grant to state on a per student population formula. The money can be solely dedicated to Facility modernization and physical expansion, not curriculum.


Federal funding dynamic is too political to be congruent with the fundamentals of teaching. Only local auspice by Parents whose focus on reading disciplines, math aptitude, and social rituals can properly monitor student achievement until Graduation Day.


Why is it politically inconvenient for a U.S. President to eliminate this 'Top Down' Imperial Power of Department of Education's financial allocation power? For a President, it is the only method for a Chief Executive to leave his philosophical mark on American Society. Unfortunately, his gains will likely be reversed especially 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, who easily approve school bond debt. 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 the 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 has 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 the 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 [50] 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 the 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 Political Bipolar disorder of liberalism 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 in tomorrow's economy. 


Facebook's Founder gets Schooled by New Jersey Mayor Booker's Statists Educators


Mark and Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg pledged $100 Million to Newark School District. Mayor Cory Booker led the philanthropic campaign and sought the support of Governor Chris Christie but both neglected to monitor the proceeds as it was misspent by education consultants and focus groups studies.  

DoGoogleit The New Yorker 'Schooled" May 19, 2014.   


After further review, an audit revealed a 'zero' new schools nor improvement in test scores or graduation rates of existing schools.  After some investigation by Dale Russakoff, it was revealed that collectively these bureaucrats awarded management reform Consultants over $20 million in fees for case studies. 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 evaluations and retention programs, focus forums, and poorly attended Neighborhood meetings. There was no empirical evidence that the conditions were improving for the Newark's South Ward. In summation, the entrenched statist School Board bureaucracy, opportunist Politicians, and the National Teachers Union political machinery wasted one hundred million dollars. 


"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 Principals Removed from the School 


When two principals tried unsuccessfully to study the conversion-to-charter option and inform their faculty, MDPS officials implanted themselves to discourage a groundswell of support.  As district officials showed up every day to act as watchdogs, parents lost faith in the process and no vote was held. District Officials intimidated teachers and sent Principals with Doctoral degrees in special needs education to demoted positions at Miami-Dade School Transport and Parts Department and menial task within the School District. The message was clear;  across the entire School District dare think to better manage the finances by converting the School to a Charter School you will be intimidated and humiliated. Both Principals with doctorate degrees in Special Education were suspended initially, then demoted with pay.  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. 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.

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 affluent neighborhoods. The PTA also serves as watchdogs over disgruntled Parents trying to change the status quo like any charter conversion efforts. If you are a forward-thinking mature Parent proponent develop the thick skin and change this negative paradigm but never back down. 


Do not wait a day next week or a day next month, or a month next year, to reform public school reinvent it, today.


                                                                                                                           - MacontheRock 


PTA organizations are infamous for taking Parent's naivete when convincing them their School is running a budget deficit. Parents are pressured for donations for arts & craft supplies, audio-visual equipment, and for paper and pencils. All overcrowded schools have budget surpluses. These surpluses are siphoned offer and redirected to other budget items and low performing schools in the inner city. Unfortunately, those schools never improve. This paradigm is legal theft of the taxpayer. The Statist enigma in full view in America is the public school system consuming fifty percent of the total real estate tax paid by property owners.  As long as these methods are 'acceptable behavior', there is no chance to reform the Public School System. The word "Reform" is School Board Commissioners favorite lexicon that really means "more money" for bureaucracy, not Education. In their world, education's is the failure of dysfunctional families, not the education system. Politicians will answer this call to appease Teachers Unions to win the next reelection. Meanwhile, nothing improves. This School District funding mechanism is the most disguised redistribution of wealth in American governance, nothing more and nothing less. 

Common Core curriculum is the latest mass propaganda educational model that should remind us of the Leipzig Connection at the turn of Century. 


Watching America continuing to fall behind the rest of the industrialized World should not be taken lightly. Foreign Students mostly from India and Asia have replaced 25-40% of American High School graduates at American Universities. Foreign Students received 50% of the applied for Science Scholarships to American Universities. Most graduates from India and China cannot find work available at home. Where do you think they are applying for High Tech jobs? American Companies abroad or in The United States. Many of these Foreign students are qualifying for most of American University Scholarships at the Graduate and Doctoral level as well in other Sciences in American Universities. Then they sent home to compete against the United States in a global economy. 


Meanwhile, American High School graduates are failing to pass Community College level courses or dropping out of College altogether by their sophomore year. The remainder of High School graduates cannot afford or consider to go to College in order to work full time in low paying blue collar jobs. It explains why most of everything we consume, including the novelties like Apple Computers, iPhones and Microsoft products are made in China. 


The question going forward is "How quickly can we transform, not reform"?  The politically correct Charter School movement is only growing at the pace of overcrowding. School District will appear to be cooperating with the school choice proponents for this reason. But it will not tolerate the replacement of how public schools are managed nationwide. It has taken 25 years to recruit 10% of the Public School Student Body enrollment throughout the United States. This math equates to 125 years to enroll 50% of the Student Body. The rest will continue to be ill-prepared to hold a job. Dropping out of School altogether is the new normal.


The Conventional Charter School Movement, as well as all reform agendas of District-run schools in the United States, is a slow boat to China on the way to third world status, while India graduates

 Common Core curriculum is the latest mass propaganda educational model that should remind us of the Leipzig Connection at the turn of Century. The top-down Federal funding dynamic to State allocation has no accountability. 

one million engineers annually.





The vortex of new ideas for education requires parents at the helm. Modernizing our Schools on the backs of property owners coerced by the will of the at-large voter of renters is institutional theft by socialism.  The present Parent Empowerment Law states that converted schools do not pay rent to the District to operate the governing school. Also beneficial to the Management is the direct student dollar is received directly from the Board of Education not the School Board of County Commissioners. This freedom allows a Parental Governing Board to pinpoint procurement inefficiencies, and excesses either by unnecessary acquisitions or duplication will remedy the opportunity to retain budget surplus annually. This surplus will be reinvested back into the School for its expansion. Governing Schools showing surpluses year after year are more likely to receive Corporate sponsors from the local employers, philanthropists or from the area's largest companies like Universities.

This school model facilitates Corporate Trusts and Corporation incentive to sponsor Governing Schools in exchange for tracking student achievement and job placement after graduation from high school. Especially if the school is established 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.