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Sylvania School levy story featured on site

The story of the Sylvania School employees inappropriately using school resources to support Issue 3 is the feature of the this morning.

Chris Myers started getting emails about the upcoming Sylvania City Schools levy campaign, but he didn’t think much about it.

Myers signed up for school updates because he has stepchildren in the system. A couple of months ago, those updates began to include solicitations for parents to help with the additional $3.8 million continuous levy, which would appear on the May 6 primary ballot.

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What is it with Toledo and members of local Boards? First we have the disaster that is the Lucas County Board of Elections--and as if not to be outdone by the dysfunction--the University of Toledo Board of Trustees is at the helm of a slowly sinking ship.

Actions overseen by UT President Lloyd Jacobs prompted representatives from the Ohio Attorney General's office to talk to the Trustees, which resulted in the Board pressuring Jacobs to step down, but not until June 2015! Perhaps the Board has some fascination with the macabre and just wanted to see how much more damage Jacobs could do with one more year.

Now UT Provost Scott Scarborough has been hired as Akron University's new president starting on July 1. Anybody with any sense could have predicted that Scarborough would get the job over Jim Tressel (whose hiring would have put the faculty in a tizzy) and the other candidate from Southeast Slippery Rock's branch campus is Punxsutawney (or something like that). Yet somehow the clueless UT Board didn't see the value in immediately axing Jacobs and appointing a stable interim to get the university through this onslaught of administrative lame ducks (the Chancelor left earlier this year). And that's just the tip of the iceberg of UT problems.

Sylvania Schools contradict an Ohio Attorney General opinion and the Ohio Revised Code with Web link

Update 5/9: Sylvania's own district policies prohibit linking to a levy Web site. See:

Under no circumstances is a web site to be used for commercial purposes advertising, political lobbying or to provide financial gains for any individual. Included in this prohibition is the fact no web pages contained on the District’s web site may: (1) include statements or other items that support or oppose a candidate for public office, the investigation, prosecution or recall of a public official, or passage of a tax levy or bond issue; (2) link to a web site of another organization if the other web site includes such a message; or (3) communicate information that supports or opposes any labor organization or any action by, on behalf of, or against any labor organization.

Update 5/2: Sylvania Schools Superintendent Dr. Brad Reiger sent the following: No, we do not encourage district email accts be used for levy recruitment. We clarified with our Admin Team & staff members that personal email accts are to used. Also, you are correct that the levy website shouldn't be linked to the district website. Thank you for pointing this out. We have removed the levy website link. We'll do better with this moving forward.

5/1/2014 - original story:
2 days ago I wrote about the Sylvania School employees organizing pro-levy campaign volunteers using school resources which clearly violates the Ohio Revised code. Today, I will move a step higher and tell how the Sylvania Schools are violating an Ohio Attorney General opinion and the Ohio Revised Code by including a link to the pro levy site campaign site on the district Web site.

Is Sylvania schools using district resources to promote the levy? The answer is yes. The question should be to what extent?

Update 5/9: These activities also violate school policies

Staff members shall not campaign on school property during school time in behalf of any political issue or candidate for local, State, or National office.


Update 5/2: Sylvania Schools Superintendent Dr. Brad Reiger sent the following: No, we do not encourage district email accts be used for levy recruitment. We clarified with our Admin Team & staff members that personal email accts are to used. Also, you are correct that the levy website shouldn't be linked to the district website. Thank you for pointing this out. We have removed the levy website link. We'll do better with this moving forward.

The Sylvania Schools district would like the residents of Sylvania to pass the 3.8 mil operating levy on May 6. So much so that employees of the district are using district resources to promote their new levy. This can be proven by a set of emails from one school and resources from another, but one has to wonder how much more effort they are doing throughout the district on district time.

First a primer:
ORC 3315.07 dictates that “no board of education shall use public funds to support or oppose the passage of a school levy or bond issue or to compensate any school district employee for time spent on any activity intended to influence the outcome of a school levy or bond.”

more insanity from dc

And this teaches exactly what? Just another of the many reasons to dismantle the DOE.

Is he saying some children are INCAPABLE of behaving?

What's the big silence about Issue 24, the TPS levy?

If ignorance is bliss, zeyadcharles is one happy guy!

I'm not prone to highlighting the intellectual shortcomings of people--that is unless the person makes a point of posting spiteful comments about others.

In response to my comment that Earl Murry tries to pretend that he's a lawyer, Zeyadcharles wrote:

"In addition to being an educator, Earl Murray (sic) has a degree in Law. Your post is typical of how people are uninformed or purposely leave out information to discredit people."

According to UT's listing of Murry's credentials (link listed later):

Earl Murry, 1987, professor emeritus
B.S., M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University

So, as I stated, Murry does not have a law degree.


Tim Wise, an author and speaker on the issue of racism and white privilege will be speaking at Woodward High School September 12, 2013 at 7PM. The community should join in the conversation to address the issues surrounding Race in America.

Society Needs To Leave Some Detroit Teachers Behind

Check this one out! Detroit sugar babies increasing income. Oh well.....

Society needs to leave some white male judges and some white male teachers behind!

WHITE MALE SUPREMACY AND THE GOOD OLE BOYS NETWORK GONE WILD: Judge G. Todd Baugh of Montana, sentenced a 54 year old white male school teacher to serve 30 days in jail for raping a 14 year old female child, who later committed suicide. Time served will also be taken off of the 30 day sentence. The judge’s rationale is that the 14 year old child was, “a troubled youth, older than her chronological age.” He also stated, "Obviously, a 14-year-old can't consent. I think that people have in mind that this was some violent, forcible, horrible rape," Baugh said Tuesday.

Virginia Mom Wants To Ban Literature About Real Events About Slavery In The U.S.

A Virginia mom wants books with information about the horrors of slavery banned from her 18 year old's high school curriculum. Just think, us Euro's can get the history we want to support our entitlement is do what the Nazis did, get rid of the books.

TPS superintendent interview is a must-listen

TPS Superintendent Dr. Romules Durant was interviewed this morning on WSPD by Fred LeFebvre.

After listening to the interview, I have one message for anyone who lives in, works in, owns a business in and/or lives near Toledo--be afraid, be very afraid.

Once you get past Durant's speech impediment and his propensity to say "in regards to" every 20 seconds (not to mention the difficulty he has with subject/verb agreement--e,g. "There need to be..."), the context of his ideas are scary.

He indicates that TPS needs to provide a "Cradle to career" experience for Toledo children and that poor-performing students represent a "Community issue that's going to take a community solution." What?! How about parents accepting the responsibility to motivate their children to value education and respect teachers? It's as if he's come to the decision that TPS parents can't be expected to carry through on even the most basic parental duties.

society needs to leave some school kids behind

Congratulations Galt and users of Swampbubbles! - This story was the topic of conversation on the Roger Hedgecock Show on 8/27 brought up by Roger himself - Roger fills in for Rush Limbaugh at times and has an evening radio show in San Diego, CA. Thank you all for making the site great.

I recently attended a seminar that included a significant number of retired public school teachers. They shared some stories about their teaching experiences that made you realize that there is a certain percentage of the U.S. population who are, frankly, beyond help and hope. Here are a couple of stories:

One retired female teacher who had taught for 30 years in Detroit Public Schools (God bless her!) talked about the time she had chastised a male high school student for continually not paying attention in class. The student walked up and urinated on her desk. He was suspended, but back in class after a week.

A retired TPS junior high school teacher said that she was responsible for coordinating the substitute teachers assigned to her building. She would meet with the subs in the morning; and if they were females (especially young), she would give them the following advice: "In the course of a day, it's very likely that a male student will ask you to be in his sex video. The best thing to do is not to react to that statement." Also, she would warn all of the substitutes that students using the f-word is not considered an issue because--as she had been told by many parents over the years--"That's acceptable in our community."

US Students Have NOT Been "Dumbed Down"!

US students have NOT been "dumbed down", contrary to some assertions. Rather, they have been "stupified" down! See a test eighth graders in a Kentucky school had to pass, in the year 1912. I have four years of undergraduate school, and two years of graduate school. I'm ASHAMED at how poorly I scored on this test. And yet, SOME schools require only being to read at a third grade level, and how to put a rubber on a banana as meritorious enough for a high school diploma. Folks, we are doomed as a nation---UTTERLY DOOMED!

Paula Deen cooks up a great pie!

Who would ever have thought it? Paula Deen, racist or just a good decide..

How Drudge Got His Start

Thought this article was interesting, as I didn't really know much about Drudge. Much more impressed than I was prepared to be:

Didn't know he broke the story about that boob "Billy Boy" Rockefeller Clinton.


Owens Community College employees received a memo from the administration announcing a "projected budget deficit in excess of $7.5 million for the next fiscal year." The memo indicated that "30 administrative staff members are expected to not be renewed as of June 30, 2013."

This announcement parallels the University of Toledo's predicted $36 million deficit.

The Board of Trustees at these two institutions are guilty of malfeasance in not holding the employees who got the colleges into their financial messes--the high-level administrators--responsible for their actions.

Why eliminate $30,000-a-year jobs and not $300,000-a-year jobs?

Interestingly, Owens vice president of finance and administration, John Satkowski, came from UT in 2000 (where he held a similar position).

Owens and UT are institutions that receive taxpayer dollars, and we expect better guardianship of our money.

80 percent of NYC public school graduates can't read--but they eat salad for lunch!

According to a report by CBS New York, 80 pecent of NYC public school graduates had to re-learn basic skills — reading, writing and math--before they could begin college courses.

I don't know what the rate is in Ohio, but my post-high school teaching experience tells me it has to be very significant. Recently, the Ohio Board of Regents has relegated remedial classes to community colleges, but institutions like the University of Toledo, which no longer has a community college, continues to accept unprepared students; and thus, its retention rate suffers.

As taxpayers, we pay for 12 years of public education; and then we subsidize remedial college classes. Where's the burden of responsibility for these students and their parents? Here's an idea--if you didn't bother to prepare for college--you can't get in. It's a throwback to "anyone can achieve whatever they want." We forget to include the "if you put the necessary energy, preparation, and effort into it" part.

NYC public schools demographics show that when all 5 Burroughs are counted, 70 percent of the students are black or Hispanic. In the Bronx, 90 percent of the students fall into that category. Even though most of them can't read or write, thank god that Michelle Obama is focusing on having them eat vegetables for lunch.

PBS Frontline: The Education of Michelle Rhee

The Education of Michelle Rhee
Jan 8, 2013
FRONTLINE examines the legacy of one of America’s most admired & reviled school reformers. (VIDEO)

Michelle Rhee: a reformer, reformed
By Christina Hernandez Sherwood | November 29, 2012,
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Shooter in CT. a "Goth"?


I keep reading the shooter in CT. is a type of person commonly called a "Goth". So were the shooters in Columbine High School. These folks are easily identified by their black leather clothing, green or orange acrylic hair, with all sorts of metallic doo-dads sewn on their clothes or as parts of body piercings. Shouldn't they be monitored, even a little bit?

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