Fisher taking on role as TPS board agitator

From this week's Toledo Journal:

Now replaced as president, Darlene Fisher gave every indication last week she intends to become an outspoken opponent of the

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Take a look at the pledge - I'm curious what the rest of you think. Look at critically in light of what is happening on the board of education. I think there is much more to this than an attempt to get people to work together.

As to Fisher being an agitator, we need someone to ask the hard questions, scrutinize the operation and challenge those serving the public to do their jobs while watching out for how best to spend tax dollars. I don't want a passive, rubber stamp board that takes their lead from the educational establishment. I want someone who is looking out for the best intersts of the entire community. I see Fisher trying hard to be that kind of person. Has she made mistakes? Of course, but I see her trying to learn from situation.

I think the real telling part of the meeting was taking Fisher off the finance committee and Torres off the polciy committee. Fisher was asking hard questions and demanding a change in the process of determining budget cuts - not to mention the whole process of allocating dollars to activities. Torres was leading a charge through the policy committee to get video streaming of board meetings and much more. With the changes, it will be more difficult for Fisher and Torres to continue their efforts. But I have no doubt that Fisher and Torres will keep trying.

I hope she rides them hard. I am so upset about what happened at the meeting.

If the people of Toledo had any idea what was going on - they'd be incensed.

Might even be investing in some feathers...

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

Alot of people are now coming to the meetings. And toledopoliticians was averaging between 3,000 and 4,000 hits a week. People do seem to care. I think they just don't know what to do with the information once they've figured out what's going on.

I know I don't know what to do about alot of things I've seen over this last year. I just know there are some good things going on and there are some really improper things going on. I'd like to see the good stuff be rewarded/acknowledged and the bad stuff stopped.

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

I think if you look at all of the evidence, you will find that Darlene is not the problem.

The demotion of Fisher means next to nothing. Fisher and Torres were treated as the enemy from the get-go, which was an obvious slap in the faces of Toledo voters. Being outvoted 3-2 by the corrupt establishment, F&T would always be marginalized on everything ecept supermajority votes.

Note well that they should have never signed that farcical "unity pledge". The board majority uses PR to sway the public. The pledge is just more fuel for their PR machine.

The 3 majority on the board are spenders who need to be removed from the board. Toledo doesn't have the money any longer to continue supporting their extravagent organizational expectations.

Of course, Toledoans should demonstrate that if the board majority tries to actually push for a levy. The levy should be voted down ... at least since it's clear that the board majority has little interest in cutting costs in light of severe loss of students. But Toledoans are particularly stupid when it comes to school levies; they buy the "for the children!" hollow threat time after time. So I'm not betting that such a levy will fail. Sykes and the other 2 will lobby hard for it, and the Blade will back them up 110% ... with little to no mention of austerity measures at all. Toledo taxpayers will get kicked in the teeth a little harder in 2008+. And the city fiscal crisis will deepen.

During a conversation the other day, there was talk that maybe what the TALC need is to put a levy on the ballot and have it fail. Sometimes, you have to fail before you're ready to accept that you need to change your ways.

Under the new board president maybe they will go forward and put a levy on the ballot. Mrs. Fisher was adamant about not doing so until the current budget was inspected for cuts.

I would not feel I was doing the honest thing, in her position, in saying I felt it the situation called for asking the tax payers for more money until the budget had been reviewed. So I understand her position. Asking for more money is surely the easiest way to solve the problem.

I just don't think it's honest to ask for more when you haven't ensured that what the tax payers already pay has been accounted for.

If you're here to tell me it's my fault - you're right. I meant to do it. It was alot of fun. That's why I have this happy smile on my face.

Fischer never was the problem, IMO.

She was ganged up on from the get-go.

Hooda Thunkit

The people of Toledo don't care what's going on at the BOE meetings. I don't think they care about the school situation, either.

Those who do care and who are willing to work at bringing about a change must overcome incredible amounts of apathy that exist in Toledo. It's the attitude that nothing will ever change that defeats the efforts of leaders who would bring changes to TPS more than anything else.

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

The cost to "market" a levy is about $300K by the admissions of the B. of Ed. That's a heavy price to pay for failing to simply acknowledge the truth to begin with.

This reminds me of the old saying:

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