While I am not a parent, I am one who values public education and recognizes its critical importance in facilitating the lifelong success of individuals. As a resident of Springboro, OH, I have been very disappointed in the actions of the Springboro Board of Education (BOE). Particular members of the BOE have voted for and/or promoted policies that are grossly detrimental to the community. These include, but are not limited to, wasteful spending, unfair labor practices, and unconstitutional instruction. Along with many other community members, I have shared my concerns at the BOE meetings. Unfortunately, it appears that the majority community voice falls on deaf ears. Additionally, blatantly erroneous information has been provided by members of the BOE in their attempts to further their own political agenda. On this blog, I share audio files of my own comments at BOE meetings. Furthermore, I provide accurate information regarding some of the key issues of discussion. I would like to thank my good friend and fellow Springboro resident, Tracey Kramer, for bringing the Springboro BOE's actions to my attention!

*Note: While I refer to the BOE as one entity, please recognize that not every member engages in such tactics.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Dare I Expect to be Heard?

As a community member, I should expect the members of my local Board of Education to listen to the concerns I share with them at scheduled meetings. I am not, however, so naive to believe that the Springboro BOE members respect the community enough to actually attend to their concerns. Follow the youtube link below and hear our BOE president's perspective on the concerns of the community. Around the 10:30 mark of the video clip, the BOE president makes it clear that what the community has to say is irrelevant to her. She explains how she essentially placates those who disagree with her by letting them speak, then stating "...I thank them for their opinion, and go have a seat....line them up, thank you, have a seat, next speaker..." It's as if listening to community speakers is analogous to herding cattle! I have a feeling she would treat her cattle with more respect than she does the community.


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