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***Rockwood Alert*** Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions Requests Missouri State Audit

Well, it’s about time somebody moved on this.

As the economy continues to tank, taxes continue to rise in Rockwood, and that money is being funneled directly into the Rockwood School Board, not the schools.  Teachers are continually receiving 3% pay increase per year, while more and more taxpayers are losing jobs.  The justification for that? And I quote “Because that’s they way we’ve always done it.”  Seriously? I’m not buying that answer, because things now are not as they always were.

So when I received this about ten minutes ago, I was tickled:

IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 21, 2011

Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions has sent a request to the Missouri State Auditors office to investigate the following stated in the email below.

To Whom It May Concern: Attached is a zip file containing documents connecting; 1. Rockwood School District2. Glenn Construction – the RSD Construction Program Mgr for the past 17 yrs.3. Rockwood School District Educational Facilities Authority – see below4. Steve Smith, Board President and employee of Glenn Construction

“The sole project of RSDEFA at this point is (i) the issuance of Leasehold Revenue Bonds, Series 2002 (Rockwood R-6 School District, St. Louis County, Missouri Project), in the aggregate principal amount of $8,210,000 (the “Bonds”), for the purpose of providing funds to (a) construct, furnish and equip an early childhood/special education center (the “Project”) (the Project Site and that portion of the Project being installed thereon being collectively referred to herein as the “Leased Facilities”), (b)  refinance certain prior equipment leases of the District, a portion of such equipment being situated at Babler Elementary School, which constitutes a portion of the Lease Facilities, and (c) pay the costs of issuance of the Bonds; (ii) lease the Leased Facilities to the District; (iii) enter into a Site Lease (the “Site Lease”) with the District under which the District will lease the Project Site to the Corporation; and (iv) enter into a Lease Agreement (the “Lease”) with the District under which the Corporation will cause the proceeds of the Bonds to be used to finance costs of the Project and will lease the Leased Facilities to the District in consideration of rental payments by the District which are to be sufficient, during the Lease Term (as defined in the Lease), to pay the principal of, redemption premium, if any, and interest on the Bonds as the same become due”.  source:  email from Scott Tate, Director of Finance, RSD


RS for RS feels this is, at the minimum, an “appearance of impropriety” if not a blatant conflict of interest.

1. Mr. Smith is an employee of Glenn Construction – the RSD Construction Program Manager for the past 17 yrs.
2. Mr. Smith is the President of the RSD Board of Education
3. Mr. Smith is the Vice President of the RSDEFA

On September 18th and 19th when RS for RS reached out to Glenn Construction for a meeting with James Glenn and Arthur Floyd, we were instructed by Steve Smith to provide him a list of our concerns and he would bring it to their attention.  
Please advise as to the proper step to file a request for an investigation.Direct all questions and request for additional information to; Eileen Tyrrell, Co-Founder and Spokesperson @ 636-222-8305.Respectfully,

Rockwood Stakeholders for Real Solutions
rsdstakeholders@gmail.com

Concerned Patrons of Rockwood Announces First Meeting This Weekend

I received the following message which I thought worth passing along to other Rockwood School District residents.  The District has squandered tax-payer money long enough. . .while we remain helpless to do anything about it. . .NO MORE!  Here’s our chance!:

Dear Patron of Rockwood School District,

Please place the date of July 10th on your calendar of events to attend!  At 2:00PM on that Sunday afternoon there will be a meeting held to discuss the recent circumstances involving the Rockwood School District and the hiring practices used to bring on two new administrators.  A loosely knit organization, tentatively going by the name of Concerned Patrons of Rockwood (CPR), has been formed for the purpose of putting this event together.  The primary focus of the meeting will be to have a discourse on whether the status quo should be maintained as it relates to RSD employment practices or answer the question…is there a better method?  Please forward this message to all your friends, neighbors, and other taxpaying citizens of the Rockwood School District, notifying them of this gathering and let’s see if we can have an earnest dialogue on this topic.  Here are the particulars:

What?: Concerned Patrons of Rockwood (CPR) Meeting

When?: Sunday, July 10, 2011 @ 2:00PM

Where?: Hidden Valley Ski Resort Lodge 17409 Hidden Valley Dr Eureka, MO 63025

Why?: For the betterment of the Rockwood School District!

We hope to see you then!

Sincerely,

Dennis D. Broadbooks

417 Oriole Hill Ct

Wildwood, MO 63040-1739

(314) 954-1212

I certainly plan to attend.  I hope to see you there!

University of Missouri: What are Legislators To Do?

So, this story is like the Energizer Bunny.  It just keeps going, and going, and going. . . So, why aren’t our elected officials doing anything about it?  Beacause they think they can just play dumb!  Seriously, I just received a copy of a response from Missouri State Senator to a concerned citizen that read:

Ms. ______,

My name is ____ ____ and I am the Chief of Staff for Sen. ___ ____. The senator asked me to write to you in response to your email about certain courses being offered at the University of Missouri. I would recommend that the best course of action for concerned citizens would be to contact the Board of Curators for the University of Missouri System, the contact information for which I have included below. Regarding your request that we investigate a means to strip funding, the Senate had already passed the budget for Higher Education a week before we received your email, making this course of action impossible for the upcoming fiscal year.

University of Missouri Board of Curators

316 University Hall
Columbia, Missouri 65211
Phone: (573) 882-2388
Facsimile: (573) 882-0010
E-mail: boardofcurators@umsystem.edu

Really??? Why the heck is the Senator also not a “concerned citizen”?  Is the Senator above it, or is this just a wishy-washy non-response?  This Senator in particular happens to be my Senator.  So the phones are about to get hot.

For the record, that last sentence by the COS is complete bullhonkey.  Lt. Governor Peter Kinder addressed both the House and Senate floors nearly 3 weeks ago on this issue (see below)

In the mean-time, here’s the latest on the story, and what you can do to ensure that we put a stop to the infiltration of communist indoctrination in our tax-dollar funded schools:

UMSL’s statement from yesterday
The video montages off the classes: http://insurgentvisuals.com/
Highlights of the videos: Tony Pecinovsky (MO/KS Communist Party leader) recruiting for the communist party IN THE CLASS and with the support of the professors.
* Both professors advocating fear and intimidation tactics and laughing about a ceo Giljum scared so bad he was in fear for his life. * Gleeful discussions of inciting riots and destroying police cars. * Gleeful discussions on HOW TO DESTROY NON-UNION BUSINESSES. Advocacy of violence as a strategic tactic.
Kinder, on The Dana Show expressing outrage.
And just incase you’re as fired up as I am about this, here are a few more people you might want to “enlighten” regarding this filth:
Here’s the Higher-Ed Committee website

Chairman: Mike Thompson
Chairman: David Pearce
Other relevant committees:
Gubernatorial Appointees  Chaired by Rob Mayer
Governmental Accountability Chaired by Jim Lembke
In Liberty, we find Victory!  Now, get busy!

Patriots: GIRD YOUR LOINS! The UofM Narrative. . .

While this weekend is primarily an obsolete weekend as far as news is concerned, we need to hold tight and protect the narrative around this HUGE story.

While all main-stream media outlets will be focusing on the Royal Wedding, the botched launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavor, and the continuing coverage of the storm damage in the south, the progressives will be busy at work too. . .they are going to try to capitalize on twisting the narrative on the U of M Scandal.  We need to re-group and hold tight on this story!

Here’s what you can do:

1. Find EVERY story in the news, the blogs, Facebook and Twitter.  Comment in the comment boxes and then share them on social sites.  We need to affirm the true narrative on this story throughout the weekend!

2. Back up each story with previous research!  This is not anything *new*.  It’s been going on for quite some time! Check out Dr. David Horowitz’s 2007 article:  Indoctrination Curriculum at the University of Missouri, the 2009 article David Horowitz v Women’s Studies or recount the slanderous attacks Horowitz faced by Mizzou Professor Mariam Golomb and the “protest for credits” she arranged with her students during his visit to the campus in 2003.  See, Commies and Progressives HATE being called out for who they are and what they are doing, so they try to deflect by making noise. . .and it’s not just Dr. Horowitz.  Just start googling and discovering– then post it!  

3.  Don’t buy into the stale old “it was edited!!!” argument.  These videos may have been edited for the sake of timeliness, but were in NO WAY “hacked”.  This stuff is not taking out of context!  Why in the world would a Faculty member be endorsing extortion, industrial sabotage, violence, manipulation, scare tactics and criminal activity in a classroom.  This wasn’t a history class, for crying out loud!  It’s good to note that this is inappropriate content in a classroom setting.  Period.  

4. MELT THE PHONES! Per Bill Hennessy:

1.  Call the Chancellors of all three schools at the numbers listed below.  Tell them you demand that they fire everyone responsible for these classes, and that they take positive steps to prevent criminal instruction in the system.

  • Thomas F. George, Chancellor, University of Missouri-St. Louis  314-516-5252
  • Leo Morton, Chancellor, University of Missouri-Kansas City 816-235-1101
  • Brady J. Deaton , Chancellor, University of Missouri 573-882-3387

And the U of M Interim President, Steve Owens, (573) 882-2011
2. Call your Missouri State Senator and ask him or to demand a vote on SB1, a bill that would give Missouri workers the right to opt out of union membership.  You can look up your Senator here.
3.  Call Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley  at 573-751-1488.  Tell Speaker Tilley you want SB1 voted on and passed, and you don’t care how many of his donors it irritates.
4. Call Governor Jay Nixon at Phone: (573) 751-3222

Tell each person you speak to you want:

  1. Shut down Labor Studies until the department’s been purged of anti-American radicals
  2. Fire Missouri state employees who invited David Giljum and that communist into classroom
  3. Apologize to Missouri taxpayers who pay $400 million a year for that university system
  4. Apologize to the students and their parents who sat through that filth
Your calls are absolutely imperative with our Legislators today especially, as our Lt. Governor Peter Kinder is pulling out all of the stops: He is addressing President Pro Tem Mayer, House Majority Leader Speaker Tilley, and the rest of the elected officials to call for a full investigation into this matter, including a scheduling of hearings (see below for more).
5. Follow hashtag “#mounion” on Twitter. Click on every link which upholds the truth of this story, and retweet it back out.
For full audio by Lt. Governor Peter Kinder on his plan of action, listen to yesterday’s airing of The Dana Show:

And here are a couple of stories to get you started on:

Kansas City Star (UMKC Refusing to Take Responsibility)

CBS Local (UMSL Looking into the Matter)

Missouri Statenews

Funny. . .Post-Distort Dispatch has made no mention of the situation.  Hmm. . .

UMSL Chancellor’s Response to Faculty- Taught Criminal Activity

So, in case you missed what St Louis Tea Party Coalition has uncovered as to what our College Students are learning in the classroom these days, simply click on the links below.  UMSL happens to be my Alma-Mater for Undergraduate Studies.  My husband and I solely put the Communication Department of UM-St. Louis on the map back in the 90s.  So when I saw what was going on, I promptly put in a phone-call to the Chancellor.  Guess what??? He was busy!  So, I sent an email instead:

Dear Chancellor George,
It has recently come to my attention that you have a course currently being taught to students on your campus which promotes not only violence, but Communistic Rule and Sabotage.  Specifically, you faculty member Judy Ancel is teaching a course entitled “Introduction to Labor Studies” in conjunction with Union Official David Giljam, who also happens to be a proud member of the Communist Party, in his course “Labor Politics and Society”..  To make matters worse, excerpts of their teachings have gone viral over the internet.  This video exposes what YOUR faculty is actually teaching the young, impressionable minds of the future!

If you are unfamiliar with this story, please see:
As my husband and myself are both highly accomplished Alumni who have always been huge advocates for the University of Missouri- St. Louis, we are both absolutely outraged by this!  This is NOT the University my husband and I worked our butts off to put the Communication Department on the map for, and it is certainly not the University I have promoted Nationally in my speeches, publications and interviews!

Do you have a policy on faculty members encouraging students to commit crimes? 

Judy Ancel, uses your system to encourage students to commit industrial sabotage against their own employers!
I do not want my U of M, taxpayer-funded schools used to advocate communism and criminal sabotage against Missouri businesses. I can’t imagine any employer hiring one of your trained-saboteurs.
I trust that you are a much more able-minded Chancellor than Chancellor Touhill was and will be willing and able to address this concern!  Please reply with your response to this.
And this is the response I received a few hours later:
Ms. C:

We, too, are appalled by the video from a class in the labor studies program. The program is delivered jointly with the University of Missouri–Kansas City and University of Missouri–Columbia. This is a personnel issue and we want to assure you that it’s being investigated on all three campuses. We are also reviewing the entire unedited tape of the class. Once we complete these steps, we will determine what action needs to be taken.

Thank you for your interest and concern.

M. Z.
Assistant Director
University Marketing and Communications
60 University Center
University of Missouri–St. Louis
St. Louis, MO 63121
Well, I guess that counts for something!  At least they responded
…and at least I’m not forking over thousands of dollars per year for my kids to be learning this kind of garbage! (Sorry to all the parents who are!)
Huh, and to think that last year alone the UM University System received over $400 MILLION in taxpayer dollars.  Funding well allocated!!!  NOT!

The Roaches Are A-Scatterin’! First Audio Clip Released.

We’ve flipped the lightswitch on. A brief review of what’s what in the world of Education in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri:

It’s been a LONG uphill battle these past few years dealing with the Public Education System.  This year alone, in the Rockwood School District we dealt with the “Run for Recess”, where Kellison Elementary School *requires* students to run a lap around the playground before they could part-take in recess activities, then we had the whole fingerprinting debacle. . .to which the District still has yet to answer to, and we NOW have private citizens being told they need to cease and desist on publishing any negative feedback about the schools on social networking sites.  (One parent was even called into the Principal’s office for a scolding on this and was told that they could face charges under cyber-bullying laws. . .forget the First Amendment!!!)

So first, I’d like to give credit where credit is due.  This week, one brave teacher stood up and announced to her class (under the unrelenting passion of a very vocal student on the issue) that they were not “required to run for recess” and that they actually had a choice in the matter– something that the Principal was absolutely unwilling to do. **This “program” was implemented by the school as a result of the loss of one PE day per week due to funding issues

So kudos to teachers who actually are advocating for the students and reaffirming student rights.  Any other brave souls out there?  PLEASE let us see a show of hands, because I want to have your back.

Next, we turn our eyes to the Rockwood NEA website, which for the first time since 2002 is undergoing their first “Annual Spring Update”.  I guess after running a general information page riddled with at least 27 grammar and spelling errors for as long as they had. . .and facing widespread ridicule for it. . .some maintenance is long overdue.

Now, we turn our eyes to the whole digital finger printing thing.  I’m sorry, but who the heck on earth thinks they have the right to take any child and scan their fingerprints without expressed written consent of the parent or legal guardian, or a judge’s court order?  Really?  Talk about violation of Constitutional rights!

Here’s the backstory on this:  A student comes home from school one day crying because the school forced him to eat a tuna fish sandwich for lunch.  When asked why he was forced to eat the sandwich, the child replied “because there is no money in my lunch account”.  As the parents looked into this puzzling matter, they received a phone-call from the district stating that other children had been eating off of their child’s lunch account because “their fingerprints were matching up with” the student’s.  And the rest of the story unraveled:

When the parent questioned the school on this practice, the school pointed it’s finger at the District.  The District’s Statement:

To answer your questions about the biometrics system for accessing meal accounts.  The system was first implemented in January 2009. I have attached a copy of the biometrics opt-out letter which was sent to all parents in December 2008. It explains the enrollment process and that no finger scans are stored in the system.  This information is currently posted on the Rockwood Child Nutrition web page and has been since December of 2008, below is a link to the page. http://www.rockwood.k12.mo.us/childnutrition/Documents/Read%20the%20NutriKids%20parent%20letter%20to%20opt-out%20of%20the%20system.pdf .  Kellison does not include the opt-out letter in the packets given to new students.

[Your student's] student ID numbers are no longer in the biometrics system.  Their lunch accounts can only be accessed by entering the student ID number or the manager can look them up by name.

So, the parent went back to the school and asked if the forms had indeed gone out to the students (after the District confirmed that only ONE school in the entire District in fact had sent the letter out, and it was not the school in question).  The response from the Principal:

As I shared with you over the phone last week when we spoke, the answer to your question is that Kellison (like the other schools) includes the paperwork/forms sent to us by the child nutrition department to include in our new student enrollment packets.  This letter informs parents of the department’s website where one can find a comprehensive list of information about the district’s food service, including the opt-out letter.

Which is very interesting. . .as it is QUITE different from the phone call between the parent and the Principal just days before the above response.   To the Principal: No, we don’t don’t “see what you’re saying”.

**Note: The opt-out form was added to the website after we caught on to them.


Are “Fa Sho”, “Crunk” and “Imma’ ” Accepted Vocabulary Words on the MAP Test? They are in the Ferguson Florissant School District.

Interesting. First, we have the “Run for Recess”, then we discover that the Rockwood School District has digitally fingerprinted our children without consent (of which we are STILL waiting for them to address) , and now this.

Homeschooling is looking better and better everyday!

Missouri Education Watchdog was sent this sweet little ditty:

SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2011

If you are a regular reader of this blog you know we have questions regarding standardized testing, particularly the MAP test. Many districts have completed one week of the federally mandated tests, while other districts will be starting this week.

The Joplin Globe reports MAP is just starting in Joplin and how intensive the process of the annual testing has become:

At many local school districts, preparation for the MAP goes on all year. The test helps drive curriculum, and students have been taking practice tests throughout the year.

The MAP assesses students at various grade levels in communications arts and mathematics, and gives parents and educators a means to compare students across districts. State and federal agencies in turn use it to grade schools, with implications for accreditation at the state level and for compliance with the No Child Left Behind Act at the federal level.

“It’s a high-stakes test,” Joplin Superintendent C.J. Huff said.

It is high-stakes in terms of the school’s point of view since it can affect accreditation and compliance for NCLB; and how do the schools respond to this pressure? The Globe reports:

West Central Elementary School offered a weekly “boot camp” for its students over several weeks, said Denise Legore, the school’s principal. The students, dubbed “privates,” are led by community members and mentors with either the rank of “sergeant” or “lieutenant.” The children sang in marching cadences and this year wore dog tags. They negotiated an obstacle course where they have to answer a question in order to move on.

I thought this was a bit odd. Children singing in marching cadences to prepare for a test? It apparently doesn’t happen just in Joplin. It’s happening in the Ferguson-Florissant School District as well. I received this question from a mother of a third grader in that district about the “Map Walk” sheet sent home with her child (you can find the words to the “Map Walk” at the beginning of this article):

Someone please read this and tell me what the heck is going on at my child’s school. What kind of grammar is this? And why are they teaching my child this? ….and what does “crunk” mean?

I was stunned at the sheet she referenced. There were misspellings, incorrect grammar, and rap slang being taught to students. I looked up the definition of “crunk”in an online rap dictionary:

adjective
crunk

To have a good time. Long as everybody get crunk in the drop — Lil Bow Wow (Bounce with me [2000].
To get crazy drunk. Originally, this term comes from the words crazy and funk. As opposed to popular opinion, crunk has had no relation to being coked up and drunk until recently. Because if its similarity of terminal sound with the word drunk many rappers have used it in reference with being crazy and under the influence. This and the intrinsical association with hard partying has brought about its association with alcohol.
A style of music most commonly made by rap artists from the southern states, aka the Dirty South. Some crunk artists (or groups) are Lil’ Jon, Pitbull, Lil’ Scrappy, Trillville, and David Bannerand also [[[lil'joe the prince of Crunk]] n N b o Crunkmusic
At a high level, as in volume: “He got the speakers in the trunk with the bass on crunk.” (Mos Def, from “Mr. Nigga” on Black on Both Sides).

I doubt many mothers of 3rd graders would be elated to see this come home in their child’s backpack. This mom has contacted the superintendent and the State Board of Education to determine if this is accepted educational practice.

I wonder how “boot camp” for MAP preparation is received in Joplin. I hope the cadences used there (I’m still trying to come to terms with this technique) are grammatically correct and don’t teach 3rd graders street jive (courtesy of the Urban Dictionary). Maybe that concerned mother should have her student do the “Map Walk” right out of the classroom when testing time comes around.


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