Toledo Public Schools

Toledo Public Schools

Ohio Supreme Court rules against Toledo Public Schools and Lucas County in Michaelmas Manor valuation

Toledo Public Schools and Lucas County appear to wanted to try to dismiss a request to lower property values of Michaelmas Manor by 1 million on a technicality. Ohio Supreme Court says not so fast.
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TPS is considering a 6.99 mil levy (they wanted 7 but thought they can fool you into thinking it is less). Will you vote for it?

Yes
16% (40 votes)
No
84% (207 votes)
Total votes: 247

TPS levy: thoughts and analysis

This in from Steven Flagg of the Urban Coalition http://www.tpsinfo.org .
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Tomorrow, February 4, 2010, the Toledo Board of Education meets in a special board meeting to, most likely, pass a resolution putting a levy on the May 4th primary election ballot.

Ohio Auditor findings on the Toledo Public Schools embezzlement and snooping scandal

If you were like me and a bit frustrated on people talking about the 2k pages, but not seeing it yourself, here it is. No need to download all 2000 pages (unless you want to; better have highspeed internet; it is 113 MB).

Where did the KnowledgeWorks money go?

Today Robert Vasquez apologized to the people who had been tarnished by the secret investigations, in attempt to push the the atrocities under the rug and move on. He stated, "On behalf of the board, I want the taxpayers of this community to know that we have been reviewing the auditor's reports, and we find these actions to be completely unacceptable," Mr. Vasquez said.

Two stories I am not shocked to hear

1. Jon Stainbrook is violating a court agreement and refusing to sell Lincoln Day tickets to some Republicans he does not like (as heard on WSPD).
2. TPS has a 30 million dollar deficit. TPS has no fiscal controls, basically when the pot is dry they come back with a levy. They could care less about money, note 650k+ was stolen under everyone's nose, no one batted an eye. Get used to it until there are some real board members on the TPS board. It is nothing but a playpen for everyone currently on there.

Cleveland Plain Dealer wary of Sanders

Plain Dealer editorial:

Cleveland schools CEO Eugene Sanders may not yet realize it, but the cloak-and- dagger tactics of Daniel Burns, the district's former chief operating officer, are casting grave doubts on Sanders' ability to manage his promised turnaround of Cleveland's failing schools.

The stakes are too high to let that happen -- which is why Sanders needs to be as open as possible about why top school officials spent money that should have been used to educate kids to spy on school critics instead.

Affidavit ties Sanders to TPS investigation and Foley - contrary to public statements that they did not know what was going on

Toledo Free Press has the latest breaking news.....I think there are more involved. Blade also now has a story on the auditor findings.
Latest:
Foley signed checks and Sanders provided tips. Is this an example of a district out of control? This is the behavior that is bred when there is a lack of accountability by the local media and by the board. Larry Sykes is oddly quiet about this whole thing.
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Full El Tiempo interview with those being snooped on by former TPS manager Dan Burns

You can pick up and read the story in El Tiempo.
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El Tiempo Article Kevin Milliken

Former TPS Administrator Ordered Probes of Private Citizens Investigations Occurred at Taxpayer Expense

The former business manager at Toledo Public Schools hired a private investigation firm at taxpayer expense to look into the backgrounds of five people who were private citizens at the time, including three people who would eventually be elected to the TPS board of education.

El Tiempo interview with those being snooped on by former TPS manager Dan Burns

Pick up this week's El Tiempo for the story.
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El Tiempo Article Kevin Milliken

Cleveland Board member apologizes for Burns' surveillance of district employees

This is another one of those questions, did he really just start doing this in Cleveland? I don't think so, but because no one watches for this locally, we probably will not know.
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From the Plain Dealer
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland school board Vice Chairwoman Louise Dempsey apologized Friday to the community, saying she's sorry that the district hired private investigators to keep tabs on employees.

"What happened was unconscionable. The board does not condone this practice at all," Dempsey said. "We will never condone this behavior."

Current theft from TPS almost 700k

Remember this theft happened while Larry Sykes and Eugene Sanders stood up with their financial oversight committees and said everything is good, trust us. TPS continued to say trust us, then Dan Burns gets caught in Cleveland. TPS scrambled saying we have no clue how much he took from us. Well now we trust you never will look after our money even when you tell us to trust us. For many years, board members including Larry Sykes said that the rest of the State looks up to us. Well I don't know how may districts had 700k stolen from them right under their noses.

Dan Burns secretly investigated Cleveland officials

The Cleveland Plain Dealer published the latest on the Burns saga. Again, one has to wonder if this was the first time he did it-I would put money on no. Dr. Sanders is of course denying knowledge.
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Former Cleveland schools Chief Operating Officer Daniel Burns had a private firm conduct undercover investigations of three high-ranking district administrators, probes that cost tens of thousands of dollars but failed to find anything suspicious, Chief Executive Officer Eugene Sanders says.

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2009/12/cleveland_schools_ex-official_1....

More local names come up in the Burns (former TPS leader) embezzlement scandal

Another local name name is now involved in the Burns scandal, Steve Cotner who performed background investigations. In Cleveland he performed 20k of services which were not rendered. One has to wonder if he was related to another Sander's employee Craig Cotner who was one time district academic officer.

How does Dan Burns embezzle 500k+ from TPS and no one knows?

SHOULD CHRIS MYERS RUN FOR SCHOOL BOARD AGAIN ? and again and again...

Please.
0% (0 votes)
Spare me.
0% (0 votes)
Doesn't this kook give up and go away ?
0% (0 votes)
Oh Yes ! Myers is exactly the person we need to straighten out Toledo Public Schools.
0% (0 votes)
Wack Job Emeritus.
100% (1 vote)
Total votes: 1

SHOULD CHRIS MYERS RUN FOR SCHOOL BOARD AGAIN ? and again and again...

Please.
0% (0 votes)
Spare me.
0% (0 votes)
Doesn't this kook give up and go away ?
0% (0 votes)
Oh Yes ! Myers is exactly the person we need to straighten out Toledo Public Schools.
0% (0 votes)
Wack Job Emeritus.
100% (1 vote)
Total votes: 1

SHOULD CHRIS MYERS RUN FOR SCHOOL BOARD AGAIN ? and again and again...

Please.
0% (0 votes)
Spare me.
0% (0 votes)
Doesn't this kook give up and go away ?
100% (1 vote)
Oh Yes ! Myers is exactly the person we need to straighten out Toledo Public Schools.
0% (0 votes)
Wack Job Emeritus.
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 1

SHOULD CHRIS MYERS RUN FOR SCHOOL BOARD AGAIN ? and again and again...

Please.
0% (0 votes)
Spare me.
0% (0 votes)
Doesn't this kook give up and go away ?
0% (0 votes)
Oh Yes ! Myers is exactly the person we need to straighten out Toledo Public Schools.
0% (0 votes)
Wack Job Emeritus.
100% (1 vote)
Total votes: 1

Fisher endorsed by business, labor and community organizations

Fisher supports Educational Reform
Toledo, Ohio – “It really speaks volumes when you have such a diverse group of people and organizations supporting your campaign,” said Darlene Fisher. “Our children deserve leadership that puts their interest first. Keeping the lines of communication open, listening to our community regarding important issues, confronting obstacles that hamper learning and moving forward with action have been my guiding principles. I believe that is why so many from such diverse backgrounds are supporting our school board campaign,” she said.

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