Two Poems by Areana, a Fifth Grader at Glendale Elementary School, Vero Beach, FL.

I went to the store to buy a lime. I knew each lime would cost a dime. The limes I saw looked very new. And when I saw them I knew what to do. I went home to put them on my bed,  while I let my silly thoughts go to my head. I had … Continue reading Two Poems by Areana, a Fifth Grader at Glendale Elementary School, Vero Beach, FL.

“Politics Do Not Belong in our Schools Especially in the Current Divisive Climate.”

"Nonpartisan elections by definition preclude the recruitment of candidates for school board by their political parties." (The Politics of School Board Elections by Joseph H. Cronin; The Phi Delta Kappan.) "Politics do not belong in our schools especially in the current divisive climate. The school board's main concerns should be our children's education not a political … Continue reading “Politics Do Not Belong in our Schools Especially in the Current Divisive Climate.”

Charter Schools: “I Think it’s a Very Stable Business, Very Recession-Resistant…It’s a Very High-Demand Product.”

Charter schools provide wealthy investors with a 39 percent tax credit that more than doubles the return on these investments within just seven years. As NY Daily News reporter Juan Gonzalez reported for Democracy Now!, “this is a tax credit on money that they’re lending, so they’re collecting interest on the loans, as well as getting … Continue reading Charter Schools: “I Think it’s a Very Stable Business, Very Recession-Resistant…It’s a Very High-Demand Product.”

Florida’s 8isGreat.org., Howard Rich and the Koch Brothers.

Howard Rich contributed $ 100,000 to 8isGreat.org (Florida Constitutional Amendment 8 promotional effort) on 8/17/2018.  Three days later on 8/20/2018  "Leon county judge ordered...that Amendment 8, the measure that seeks to create a pathway for the state to oversee charter schools and bypass local school boards, be removed from the ballot. Circuit Judge John Cooper … Continue reading Florida’s 8isGreat.org., Howard Rich and the Koch Brothers.

Race for Indian River County, FL School Board Exhibits “Extremely Nasty Politics”.

  With three open seats for school board, the School District of Indian River County (SDIRC) has a golden opportunity to set the mark for innovation in Indian River County. But why were seven of the nine candidates for school board shut out of a recent event by a mysterious email; denied an opportunity to … Continue reading Race for Indian River County, FL School Board Exhibits “Extremely Nasty Politics”.

Stacey Klim Questions the Tentative School District of Indian River County, FL 2018 – 2019 Budget.

Stacey Klim, Vero Beach, FL Last night, July 31, I spoke at the Special School Board Public Hearing to Adopt the Tentative 2018-2019 Budget. I have been attending the budget workshops since April and doing a great deal of research. I have many concerns about the budget. I wanted to share the questions and concerns … Continue reading Stacey Klim Questions the Tentative School District of Indian River County, FL 2018 – 2019 Budget.

Shawn Frost, FL School District Board Chair is in a Position to Profit from Florida Amendment 8.

  In a previous article, we wrote about how every 20 years a Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) convenes to review and propose changes in the Florida constitution.  The CRC refers constitutional amendments directly to the ballot for a public vote. Amendment 8 is one of the most controversial amendments to be on the ballot, … Continue reading Shawn Frost, FL School District Board Chair is in a Position to Profit from Florida Amendment 8.