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    AmyJ
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    Miriam Bowers Abbott said:
    (okay, so after reading about all those shenanigans, I freely admit that it makes me feel paranoid about the voting process)

    Agreed. You can hear in the audio clips that have been posted that there was a unanimous vote NOT to endorse the levy. How can they possibly demand a revote just because they didn’t like the result?

    Looks like people are organizing in numbers now against the levy: http://itsokaytovoteno.org/

    #544743

    ExileOn6thSt
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    howatzer said:
    It is bizarre that Coleman is blowing his mountain of political capital on this. Hard to imagine ever pulling the lever for him again after this.

    +1 Someone that influences Coleman must really stand to gain from this somehow. I can’t see what’s in it for him. And don’t try to tell me he’s doing it for the kids.

    #544744

    Oooooh AmyJ, it just updated.

    http://itsokaytovoteno.org/2013/10/14/parents-why-is-the-cea-giving-out-your-personal-info/

    I’d seen the picture before, but the text speaks to me, in terms of being disturbed that my personal information was being distributed to the campaign. It’s disappointing (okay, infuriating) to know that CCS employees are sharing that stuff -or being asked to share that stuff. What the heck?

    #544745

    AmyJ
    Participant

    I really hope this is brought up tonight at Whetstone. I’d love to hear Rhonda Johnson’s explanation.

    I have another parent meeting to attend on the east side, but I’m hopeful updates will be posted quickly. We deserve answers because “trust us” is clearly not working.

    #544746

    News
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    Columbus Schools Predicts $51 Million Surplus, Still Pursuing Levy
    October 16, 2013
    by WOSU News Staff

    A new budget forecast predicts Columbus City Schools will have a $51 million surplus next year. The prediction marks a sharp change from previous predictions of a $19 million deficit.

    READ MORE: http://wosu.org/2012/news/2013/10/16/columbus-schools-predicts-51-million-surplus-still-pursuing-levy/

    #544747

    Graybeak
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    News said:
    Columbus Schools Predicts $51 Million Surplus, Still Pursuing Levy
    October 16, 2013
    by WOSU News Staff

    A new budget forecast predicts Columbus City Schools will have a $51 million surplus next year. The prediction marks a sharp change from previous predictions of a $19 million deficit.

    I can’t imagine this is going to go over well.

    #544748
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Graybeak said:
    I can’t imagine this is going to go over well.

    Yeah… sounds like good news for the school system. Bad news for the levy’s chance of passing.

    #544749

    joev
    Participant

    Totally gross.

    #544750

    howatzer
    Participant

    I see where the confusion is coming from. The $51 million doesn’t factor in the $100 million in legal fees that Perkins is anticipating. Not a surplus.

    #544751

    AmyJ
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    #544752

    News
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    Issues 50 & 51: Opponents & Supporters Square Off
    Posted: Oct 16, 2013 9:24 PM EDT
    By: Nadia Bashir

    Opponents of Issues 50 and 51 organized a rally at Champion Middle School Wednesday in order to speak out against what they say is an unnecessary increase in taxes for Columbus residents. However, supporters say the issues are critical to ensuring a strong education for Columbus children going forward.

    According to supporters, Issue 50 would break down to $315 in additional taxes for the owner of a $100,000 home.

    READ MORE: http://www.nbc4i.com/story/23712261/issues-50-51-opponents-and-supporters-square-off-on-columbus-school-ballot-issues

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    #544755

    Eugene_C
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    We have studied this and are supporting the levy. When you look at other cities the size of Columbus, I think we’re doing amazingly well. I would like to reward the effort.

    The worst scandal we’ve had recently involved fudging attendance, and I think a lot of people secretly believe that their own kids shouldn’t be penalized just because other kids don’t show up for school, even if they don’t want to say it out loud.

    #544756

    NDaEast
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    Eugene_C said:

    The worst scandal we’ve had recently involved fudging attendance, and I think a lot of people secretly believe that their own kids shouldn’t be penalized just because other kids don’t show up for school, even if they don’t want to say it out loud.

    My friend, with all that minimizing, you should run for school board, you’d fit right in! You researched this? We have just learned about the biggest political scandal in Columbus’s history — it is more than just “fudging attendance.” It was purposefully disenrolling low-test scoring children (electronically) just before submitting their test scores to the state, so their low scores would not be counted against the school district. It was administrators (not teachers) changing thousands of failing grades to passing after the school year was over and kids and teachers had left for the summer. It was paying tens of thousands of dollars to tutors who never saw children. It was falsely elevating school performance scores which then made students ineligible for the free supplemental tutoring. The list of incompetence and outright deceit that hurt families and children goes on and on.

    East High “fudged” over 42,000 attendance records in one year alone (2010-2011), and it was only one of the fifteen high schools that “fudged” attendance. And each and every one of the ten middle schools audited by the state Auditor also “fudged” attendance records. The fraud was widespread, pervasive, and significant in its effect — defrauding the state and federal government of money based on per-head student counts and falsely inflated performance (i.e., Race to the Top federal grant). This is why the FBI is now investigating Columbus City Schools, and why the state auditor found “mal intent” and said indictments are likely.

    But even worse than that, the Board of Education still says that what it did was permissible. In a lawsuit (mine, which documents that the East High data manipulation denied my family access to the Ed Choice scholarship program), CCS has said they will call Toledo and Cleveland as witnesses to back their story that the state allowed data scrubbing (oops — how untimely — the state just ordered Toledo and Cleveland to re-submit accurate data for 2010-2011). The have hired a lawyer to review all documents requested by the state auditor (something no other investigated school board has done), which caused such delays that the auditor was forced to issue subpoenas and get the records from 20 schools with a police escort.

    WTF … and these are the people you want to give a 24% tax increase to? Why in the world would anybody want to reward deceit, incompetence and corruption? Remember, even though the million dollar ad campaign doesn’t show it, this money goes to the scandal-plagued Board of Education — not the Mayor, not the shiny-faced children (at least some of whom are paid actors), nor the celebrity endorsers who are the face of the campaign because the school board is so completely discredited. The people who get the money won’t even raise their heads to ask for it — using surrogates instead — hiding behind children and local celebrities (WTF does Ted Strickland who showed up on a glossy flyer know about Columbus Schools … am I supposed to agree with him just because he is a Democrat?).

    If elections aren’t about accountability … when do we ever hold public agencies accountable? Don’t we, as citizens, have a responsibility to enforce good governance? — you don’t do that after you give them more money, you do it before and make them change first.

    And with the recent announcement that the schools have enough money through June 30, 2016, why in the world shouldn’t voters wait for the other shoe to drop — indictments. Why in the world shouldn’t voters expect a complete disclosure of what happened, who was responsible, how they were held accountable, and what steps have been taken to ensure this never happens again before voting any more money? Shouldn’t the school board issue a report to the public instead of hiring a lawyer to keep relevant information from the public?

    That’s my rant for today.

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