[ 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
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 school budget by winning a 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 members without the consent of County School Board of Commissioners, 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. It was his Department of Education to write the un-American voting guidelines. Unfortunately, a un-American voting law was the end result that does not empower parent but instead empowers teachers. 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 margin in both elections. The majority of teachers and totality of Parent families must cast a ballot for the election to be valid. Those cast ballots in the afirmative for the conversion to parental guardianship board will be funded directly from the State of Florida Department of Education. 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 veto power by teachers with completely different agenda creates undue hardships as parent proponents must subject their children to abuse by teachers in class as well verbal attack by all opposition groups such as the Parent Teachers Association [PTA], Superintendent and his/her School District intimidators. Not to mention mainstream press that support Democratic Party supportors of Teachers unions and the status quo. The present allows for trampling of basic civil Liberties of freedom of speech and assembly on school grounds. This is an unrealistic burden for any two parents who seek a better safer school for other peoples children. Winning two elections simultaneously with two different voter classes with divergent interests is not a likely possibility. 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 school model. These businesses are 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 at failing district run schools. These are major objections so pre-established that oo many parents prefer the status quo out fear. Most do not see that socialized schools in America has failed for over a century. A public school system that ranks 27th amongst industrialized nations is pretty miserable.
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 the election law's with arbitrary ballot procedures completely 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 change of three letter word to a two letter word is so elementary but it eliminates Teachers "veto power" over a Parent's decision to become a Parent Guardianship school while the existing teachers remain in Florida's retirement system as per existing law. A victory on election day replaces the County School District Administration with a Parental Board as Guardians in charge 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 dilapidated and/or overcrowded school. As more school transition PGB modeled schools, the common billion dollar school bonds in the larger school will not be necessary. In the smaller school taxing district 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, which 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. 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 perfecting in their teaching craft. The maligned culture that exists in the District run Public school system resembles closed Marxist societies than free market capitalist communities. These statist-minded cultures of unanswerable grievances will lead to the continued path of unskilled labor and intellectually bankrupt youth that is decimated American literacy since the 1950s.
In the 14-year that lapsed since no Parent would dare apply it to failing school situation, where was Governor Jeb Bush from 1996 to 2010? As the original School Choice proponent in Florida Governor Jeb Bush stood quietly by on behalf for-profit charter developers and did not promulgate the Florida Empowerment Law 1002.33 (3b) for his entire two terms as Florida Governor.
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 in our loss at the ballot box. 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 in public schools and serve as an example for the reinvention in the additional 49 states. We now know that eliminating 'single payer' socialized schooling can happen, one school at a time.
In order to differentiate the Parent Guardianship School from For-Profit Charter School, the word "charter must be eliminated" within Florida Parent Empowerment Law's language (a.k.a. as the conversion-to-charter law). A real Parent Trigger Law must be amended to eliminate teachers veto power over Parental vote in the intra-school election. TheFiscals propose the rebranding to be renamed the 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 in Tallahassee are reluctant to support the Governing School Amendment. Doing so would reduce the number of available students in low-performing schools seeking attendance to newly built for-profit charter schools. Developers and Legislators alike realize that the Governing School Act is the right law, on the right side of history, for the right time in history. All of the Florida Republicans we engaged in from 2013 through 2017 all failed to act on principle to save the United States from such institutional malaise. 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 the uniquely American way; via fair elections. The main culprits are Republican 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 and teacher bullying by not amending the Florida Parent Empowerment Law. Parent Guardianship School could become the preferred School Choice model in the United States. As Senator John Legg admitted to us amending it 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 work for Academica and Charter School operator and developer. President Don Gaetz was a School Superintendent. Carlos Trujillo is now Trump Administration's Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS).
There is no fix to the cultural decay in public school so long as the National Teachers Association "NEA" Teacher's unions' siphon teachers paychecks to fund propaganda and Democratic Party campaigns. Their policy manuals and teachers handbook keeps teachers from teaching authoritatively and creatively. This political machine can easily distort its failures as 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 in fifty states. Developers will have to sacrifice their monopoly on the pool of distressed parents with children falling behind academically seeking for-profit charter. What they fail to realize is the potential of Charter Management companies to enjoy a windfall of management contracts within the Parent Guardianship School Community. After all, it is about the nation excelling intellectually not the business model of a for-profit charter industry.
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' Victory is Promising for Taxpayers at large no more Dependency on Public Bonds for Schools
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. The budget surplus we discovered of more $1,083,000,000.00 that could be saved for redevelopment if Guardianship board of Parents replaced Miami-Dade County School District in administering the KB K8 Center budget.
With full reigns of the purse, communities of proactive Parents can now band together and make effective educational decisions, change textbooks, redirect procurement priorities, and alter curriculum implementation and hire and for teachers. All these functions can occur while doing it more efficiently. 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 events in 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 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]
Mr. Cambó strategy was obvious to Developer's Attorney John Shubin. He understood that without a student station impact study included in the site plan approval package, 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 Development. 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 that a Parent Trigger letter would be exercised. 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 construct the expansion of MAST Academy Magnet school on Virginia Key, an adjacent barrier island to Key Biscayne. Soon after Mr. Cambó election as PTA President, the Interlocal Agreement between KB and MDPS announced to the public. After two meetings at School Board's downtown chambers and in Village Council chambers pass the motions necessary to pass the ordinances to authorize the ILA between the two governments, it was obvious that renovation of K-8 Center was insufficiently funded with only ($2) two million dollar commitment. The KBK8 sits below sea level it was 57 years old and dilapidated with asbestos lead and other contaminants common in 1950s construction. 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 made very public statements in opposition to our efforts as assistant Superintendent to Alberto Cravalho of MDPS. Lost in the dialogue was the fact that the A+ teachers themselves failed to demand A+ School building to teach in. This is common in closed societies.
Below is the Front Page Sunday edition of The Miami Herald after we submitted the Trigger Letter. None of our intents or motivations were printed. Instead of the article concentrated on Alliance Companies of Charter Schools.
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 Una Cambó suffered intimidation in her fifth-grade classroom. Her teacher Ms. Gimenez chose a class assignment on the whiteboard to engage in discourse over her father's effort to convert the school to charter while instigating Una to defend her father's initiative to convert the school to a Parent Guardianship school model. 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 chant "No Charter"-"No Charter"-"No Charter" while pounding the desks. Such alienation of a child cannot is in contradiction to an empowering a student. Naturally, fellow students siding with the authority figure like a teacher has its benefits. Once this evolves into the impartiality of this degree, the entire public school system has failed. Below is Una's handwritten testimony recited the day of the abuse.
* (It was later shared with Governor Rick Scott)
Furthering the intimidation throughout the campaign, Una Cambó, daughter to Manuel Cambó the present KBK8 PTA President had this poster perfectly placed at the sink ( See below) every time she went to the class bathroom.
Parents and Teachers Association (MDPTA) and the Miami-Dade Public School KBK8 Center Principal Sylvia Tarafa (MDPS) showed no restraint as stated 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. 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 first ever attempt at Parent Trigger in Florida history at the KB K8 Center would bear fruit even if the election was lost as the legal precedent was set for all Florida families and the deficiencies of the law would be exposed. Una Cambó my daughter is the hero. The United Teachers of Dade (UTD) as well the Superintendent Carvalho of Miami-Dade County School Administration are the losers.
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 punitive damages as their Constitutional rights were denied. 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.
[ Google: Fernandez, Cristobol, v. School Board of Miami-Dade County ]
107 Parent Teachers Association (PTA), Parents Demand the Resignation of the KBK8 PTA President
As predicted Miami-Dade County Parent Teachers Association (MDPTA) and The Executive Board of KBPTA met in secret without its PTA President who is also the Chairman of Executive Board of KBPTA. 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 (10) 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 PTA title in the conversion initiative handout. Ironically Miami-Dade PTA used its title in the invitation to host a Parent Q & A Forum excluding the Parent Proponent as one of the Panelists. 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 successful "Killed the Messenger" campaign continued as all three organizations called for the resignation of the Key Biscayne K8 Center PTA President furthered the tarnished reputation of Miami-Dade Public Schools. Redemption for the parent proponents became obvious in 2015. A petition drive by parents overwhelmed by overcrowding and students falling behind academically and the renovation of the asbestos-laden school buildings with an outbreak of breast cancer amongst teachers and parents. Four teachers within contiguous classroom walls, a teacher's aide, a past principal, and two parents thus far have been diagnosed.
The intimidation tactic was sufficient to scare 400 KBCS parents to abstain from voting altogether the following week. The official results were as follows: 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 as written allows for such intimidation and as such had failed the people of Florida. Instead, a law designed to protect the students from poor-performing teachers or and unsafe school facility as in the case of the KB K8 Center, in fact, gives bad Teachers more power to maintain the status quo. The right of veto over the parent vote must not stand in a free and open society. The present law resembles a close society election standard. 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 Parents Do Nothing NOW: The Reform Narrative Continues for Another Century
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. The racket is obvious in the reformation movement the "back office" at School Districts county administration continues to grow its bureaucracy at the taxpayers' expense. 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 School Failure 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 Your 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 are more raised in Fatherless homes.
In order to convince the oblivious minded that American Society is not better off when the Central Government claims to have mitigated societal ills, it must first convince the like-minded they possess a higher sense of fairness and equality as directors of your destiny and mine. They do not. Our biggest mistake was seeking an interview with the Miami Herald. The local media is not on your children's side or seeking their best interest. Their interest is promoting unanswered grievances to sell newspapers, not solutions.
-Manuel A. Cambó
KB K8 Center PTA President 2013
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 was cost deficient to renovate it.
Eight-five percent of American parents will not support the reinvention of the public school system today and yesterday. It may be too late by now. Most Socialist are between the ages of 25-40. 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."
The Legal Precedent for All Florida's Parents was Established
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 in acting as Parent Guardians of their school's budget, what could the less affluent neighborhoods hope to achieve?
The key to fixing the Public School is not in the classroom as previously thought. It is not key. It is the combination to a padlock at the Principal's office. Opposition group who desire the status quo act as if the School District run Schools are not about for-profit. It is School bureaucrats salaries and pension benefits who are profiting from the malaise. This pay structure is at the expense of underpaid Teachers. The newspapers pursue this narrative Nationwide to preserve the extraordinary advertising revenue procured by School District administrations in print media. Without the School District print advertising budget annually for all communication and notices needs on a daily basis, all major newspaper companies cannot survive financially, especially in small school districts Statewide. The Miami Herald did the MDPS bidding to defeat the conversion to the Governing School initiative, nothing more nothing less. If successful at amending the Law by changing the empowerment law, the new Governing School Act would spread Countywide, then Statewide, then Nationwide. Florida as the only state with a ballot-based Parent Trigger law would be the trailblazer state to reinvent the Public School System in the United States.
What could be more empowering than Parents with accumulated budget surpluses annually and soliciting the local philanthropic community to provide matching grants to modernize and expand a community School, instead of school district bonds using at large bond initiatives? The Governing School Act will reknit the American fabric through responsibility and maturity of American parents operating public schools.
Parent Conversion proponents at the KB K-8 Center face enormous obstacles for a ballot box victory.
#1 MDPS refusal to release before the vote 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.
#2 MDPS refusal to allow Parent Proponents to make a formal presentation with a Q & A Parent Forum on School grounds to explain these benefits of a 'Yes' Vote.
#3 Denial of participation in panel discussions at School District hosted Parent Forums. To clearly State the benefits of the demolition of a 57-year-old dilapidated condition of the school, was unsustainable Financially as per a "Castaldi Study" and Release of the true nature of the asbestos mitigation in the School's past.
#4 Refusal to disclose new Post-Katrina FEMA regulations preventing below sea level School renovations without elevating Public buildings above flood and storm surge specifications.
#5 Without the support of the School Principal all information is slanted towards a "No" vote with threats of School bussing off the island and Teachers leaving in droves.
Parent Guardianship School is a novel School Choice model. It is very Important to note the Charter School Development Community will not support the Governing School model. This is a movement that could be sweeping the Nation by now had the Republicans in Florida Legislature hadn't sold out to Developers. It is a very effective proactive method of administering a Public School while affording the opportunity to modernize School buildings without the perpetual need to issue School Bonds by ballot initiatives. Charter School Developers will view this School choice alternative as direct competition for recruiting disgruntled Parents, with underachieving Students, looking for an alternative to a district-run Public School. The Governing School has a distinct benefit, it does not pay rent for the School facility on School District-owned property. Without rent obligation nor immediate land purchase or construction financing, nor a need to market to fill Student body rolls, it becomes the School model of preference. Governing School is the end all be all to reinventing the Public School System. If amended as TheFiscals suggests, no longer will Parents who care for their Community be subjected to misinformation campaigns by the District, Teacher's Unions and internal staff at the School. This new model will spread to the other (49) forty-nine States. After a victory in the Intra-School vote, Community involvement participated in focus groups, and some Parental leadership explained the application process and the election of a Board as Guardian of the Finances. This is to be completed for County School Board approval within 90 days of the Yes victory. If the School disapproves of the Parent's application, there is an appeals process to the Department of Education. It has the final say.
The notion that the Public School can be reinvented nationwide is not appealing to print media. Even after half a century of ineffectual reform and conclusive data of Adults not able to read or articulate, Parents are unable to understand the nature of the ineptitude. The Federal Government has designated ten times more Federal dollars on Public Education in the last 30 years to no avail.
Pervasive Divorce and out of wedlock births only make matters worse in public education. In these situations, the School faculty are all these children have a family. Presently over 4 Million Children are homeless in America. The results have not changed, massive overcrowding persists, more dilapidated School facilities, dismal graduation rates, and diplomas are literally given away and not earned. Most High School Graduates can't read at Grade level and do not survive three Semesters at Community Colleges or Universities.
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 took place. Advocating for a new School building is synonymous with a more secure School. The Community should have embraced the effort passionately on timing alone. Not supporting this effort as Parents, Teachers and Principals are ignoring that reality. Our Community failed miserably as mature adults to set an example to the rest of South Florida. This alone says more about the Country and our State of Public schooling than anything else. The infamous cliché, "when everyone is thinking alike, someone is not thinking" definitely applies to the PTA Executive board at all County School levels. Its culture is to uphold District bureaucracy which is not in the Teachers interest. Within its culture resides the epicenter of intellects of Statism. It is the bastion of the entire personality disorder and progressive philosophy of indoctrination.
Lets' explain this negative dynamic further as the children watched as their PTA President was forced to resign. The School District's misinformation campaign began with taking home communicators to Parents. It included an information sheet ripe with scare tactics, and threats of busing our children to other overcrowded feeder Schools off the Island to mainland Miami 9 miles away. The success of this campaign was clearly demonstrated by the vote tally: not a single Teacher voted Yes to convert, while 83 voted 'No'. Ironically poetic was the one ballot where a Parent/Teacher voted yes as a Parent and no as a Teacher. It was counted as invalid due to squabbling handwriting.
This was a watershed moment for the School choice movement; Parents have two choices: stop pleading for reform to District School Administrators or start firing triggers letters all over your state. 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.
The insidious nature and the degree of intimidation that their Children suffer in the class by Teachers or opposition Parents. Imagine a community of parents not allowing your Child to associate with their Child because of this activism, cannot be understated. Consider this, when a Teacher's animosity raises the questioning of a fifth grader in class, to explain their Parent's motives for calling the vote, something is terribly wrong in American Democratic society. 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.
The parental vote was 31 Yes - 531 voted 'No' while more than (200) two hundred Families vote at all. Teacher union voted unanimously 0-83 No.
If you are a Parent who finds comfort in criticizing the School Choice Movement with the claim that this is nothing more than the privatization effort of the Public School System, then you are the problem. Just sit back, hand your child the remote control, and watch them work part-time at low paying odd jobs. Foreign Students are qualifying at twice the success rate for College Scholarships to America's best Universities than Children from American High Schools. Foreign Students are more prepared, and more likely to graduate in four years. This will result in brighter futures when they return home to China, India, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, Argentina, and the rest to Eastern European Countries. If they decide to stay in the US to compete against your Children in the workplace, your Children are out of a job; because most Foreign Students in America are multi-lingual. If they go back to their homeland because the American Student Visa Law does not encourage them to stay, they are likely taking jobs at American Companies who are established overseas. Today's prospects for employment requires a rapid recall, novel ideas, initiative finesse and the temp in innovation, not an overconfident personality living in a virtual World. The high self-esteem and grandiose entitlement attitudes Americans are famous for is surreal. Download the Law's text on this website and get it passed in your State.
The Ultimate Evidence of domestic failure American high school education is the creativity factor in inventions. The statistics from the US Patent Office is clear: Foreigners have more Patent Pending than US citizens waiting to be granted.
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  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 this is Political Bipolar of Liberalism and another unintended consequence of the Progressivirus. The only firewall is to reinvent the Public School system. If you play along to get along with statists, the United States will not be able to compete on the World Stage. Look at "The Fix" when the brightest minds try to reform a failed system.
Facebook's Founder gets Schooled by New Jersey Mayor Booker's Statists Educators
Mark and Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg Philanthropy pledged $100 Million to Newark School District and it was misspent by consultants and focus groups with zero increase in graduation rates or new schools in Camden, New Jersey.
DoGoogleit article: "Schooled" The NewYorker Magazine issue May 19, 2014
A School District is obligated to elevate the intellectual possibilities of Children of the Inner City as a top priority. These Students who live in the most socially challenged family units, in the poorest Neighborhoods, should not be condemned to a life of destitution and Public welfare on the backs of taxpayers. How does this form of coerced dependency benefit the Republic?
It does say a lot about integrity. Zuckerberg's $100 million donation for the Newark New Jersey School District under the leadership of Mayor Cory Booker and Governor Chris Christie is proof positive that reform is impossible. After further review, an audit revealed a 'zero' new schools or improvement in test scores nor Graduation rates as a result of such an enormous donation. After some investigation both officially and by NewYorker Magazine's Dale Russakoff revealed a sophisticated con job. New Jersey State Education Commissioners. Collectively these bureaucrats awarded management of Newark's Administration budget to reform Consultants. These Consultants were paid over $20 million in fees for case studies dumb alternatives. Companies like Tusk Strategies ($1.3 Million), and Global Education Advisors ($2.8 Million) were the first to admit that they received millions of dollars in Education Consulting fees to set up trial balloons, Teacher evaluation and retention programs, case studies, focus forums, and poorly attended Neighborhood meetings, that ultimately provided no empirical evidence that the Education conditions were improving for the Newark Students in the South Ward. The entrenched Statist School Board bureaucracy, opportunist Politicians, and the National Teachers Union political machinery, always brings out the opposition vote during Election.
"Parents understand that teaching is the fine art of painting on different canvases in one classroom all at the same time. Each Student is a potential painting, depicting a different story of happiness in self-reliance or sadness on Government dependency. We Parents must treat Teachers as the artists they really are." -MacontheRock
Neva King Cooper Principals Demoted and Removed from the School
When two principals tried unsuccessfully to study the conversion-to-charter idea and inform their faculty, MDPS officials implanted themselves at the at Neva King Cooper a special needs school, to discourage a groundswell of support. Then Principals themselves sought to call the vote and were threatened with accusations of insubordination. As district officials showed up and embedded themselves at the school as watchdogs, parents lost faith in the process and no vote was held. Officials intimidated teachers and sent those staff members to demoted positions at Miami-Dade Parts Department for the bus fleet and another Principal was sent to the maintenance department of the motor pool. These Principals dare think they could better manage the finances by converting the School to a Charter School.
Both Principals with doctorate degrees in Special Education were suspended initially, then demoted with pay, to the motor pool parts department and the County's Motor Pool as drivers. This decision was made by several Assistant Superintendents at MDPS after depositions were taken by state investigators. Florida Inspector General Report later determined that MDPS was guilty of intimidation of the Principles and two years later the Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge came to the same conclusion. (One of most egregious intimidators was an Assistant Superintendent who was a Principal of the Key Biscayne K-8 Center). These strong-arm tactics sent a clear message to all Miami-Dade County School staff seeking to convert a District-run School to charter status. BEWARE: Do it, and suffer humiliation and disrespect of your peers.
This culture in the Public School hierarchy is unlikely to unite disgruntled Parents and complacent Teachers to reinvent the Public School System. The intimidation machine at the District will protect its Billion Dollar Budget which includes higher paid District Officials, and plenty of taxpayer money to pay legal damages to Teachers if courts find culpability. In the Neva King Cooper case, the Florida Inspector General Report determined that the MDPS Administration intimidated the Principals by suspending them and demoting to menial jobs for insubordination. A Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge also came to the same conclusion. To make matters worse, PTA Parents who may or may not mean well will sabotage such efforts on the basis that they do not trust other Parent's intellect to serve on Governing Boards. After all, most Parents are led by the nose while ignoring classroom overcrowding, dilapidation, and continue to support General Revenue Bond referendums on Election Day.
In the absence of financial accountability, Parent Teachers Association (PTA) plays an integral role to make up for budget shortfalls. The robust fund-raising campaigns only materialize in affluent neighborhoods. This PTA also serves as watchdogs over disgruntled Parents trying to change the status quo. If you are a forward-thinking mature Parent proponent develop the thick skin and change this negative paradigm.
Do not wait a day next week or a day next month, or a month next year, to reform public school reinvent it, today.
PTA organizations are infamous for taking Parent's kindness for weakness by swindling them into thinking the School is running a deficit. Parents are pressured for donations for arts & craft supplies, audio-visual equipment, and for paper and pencils while surpluses are siphoned to low performing Schools in the inner City that never improve. This is legal theft of the taxpayer. The Statist enigma in full view. As long as these methods are 'acceptable behavior', there is no chance to reform the Public School System. "Reform" is School Board Commissioners favorite word. This Public policy lexicon is synonymous with "more money" for Education and Teachers salaries. In their World, Education's is the failure of dysfunctional families. Politicians will answer this call to appease Teachers Unions to win the next reelection. Meanwhile, nothing improves. The fifty State Department of Education and Federal Departments of Education will continue to misspend the money entrusted to them. Common Core 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. This School District funding mechanism is the most disguised redistribution of wealth in American governance, nothing more and nothing less.
The Conventional Charter School Movement, as well as all reform agendas in the United States, is a slow boat to the third world status, while China and India graduate one million engineers annually.
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 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.
The 'magic bullet' is the surplus in individual schools while shrinking the size of the inventory School District actually manage. This will make the District more efficient and more effective to the Students. Governing School Board members are elected by parents so while their Children are attending the respective school."
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.