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Rockwood School District Publishes Student Health Records Online

It seems that the Rockwood School District in St Louis Missouri just can’t take a break. continues to make poor, unconstitutional decisions.

First, in an effort to receive vouchers from the state, schools implemented a “Run for Recess” requiring students run laps around the track before participating in what was left of their 15 minute recess. Next, it was discovered that the district  fingerprints all students without parental consent. Then came the state audit which unveiled what we already knew: the district was funneling millions of dollars to school board president Steve Smith (who later resigned, but not before throwing Superintendent Bruce Borchers under the bus. Borchers will not return to RSD).

The fingerprinting scandal broke when a mother noticed that someone else was eating off of her child’s account. Upon inquiry, she was told that “someone else’s fingerprint must be similar to your son’s”. Huh? Fingerprint. The district refused to comment on the issue, but later published an *opt-out* document for parents to restrict the child from being fingerprinted…but there is no indication anywhere on their website which informs parents of the standard practice. In other words, if the parent is not aware of the fingerprinting of their child, they would have no way of knowing to click on the opt-out link. This also gives the district the opportunity to implement this measure, though unconstitutional, and without parental consent of a minor, by default.

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Now it has been discovered that the Rockwood School District has taken upon itself to actually publish student health records online. These records can be found on the district’s “Infinite Campus” site which is a database for all things and anything the district wants on record. Personal information. Information that goes directly into the Longitudinal Database as part of Common Core Standards. You can find all you need and more on the Longitudinal Database, as well as Common Core at Missouri Education Watchdog.

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This database, though on a secure webpage, still jeopardizes student privacy rights. Personal information of a minor can not be shared or published without parental consent. RSD was approached on this issue, to which they (per their M.O.) remained silent and refused any comment regarding these publications. This database, of course, may be subject to sale, where another entity would have full access to this information. Worse, this database may also be seized by the federal government as part of  Common Core integration.  It seems that as long as the parents don’t know what is going on, RSD will continue to institute whatever practices they desire, despite the law.

No news is bad news…for Rockwood School District residents.

Before I say anything else, please don’t buy the Prop S “safety” Sandy Hook boogeyman argument. In fact, Rocked Schools District (RSD) eventually backed off of that one as soon as we started calling bullcrap on them… Yet, they expect you vote for it.
Whether you do, or do not buy into the Prop S hype, scroll below for just how little of this bill goes to “safety” for the students. After all, a vote for Prop S is a vote for the children, and anything bit is *anti-children*. Yet, they expect you vote for it.
Last Thursday, I requested my PSO to go to the Rockwood School District meeting to present a request. That request simply consisted of the district linking to the 2013 Missouri State Education Budget along side the link for Prop S on their website. Both the PSO President and the school Principal absolutely agreed to the request.
The very next morning, I received a phone call informing me that my request had already been *heard*. I was told that once my request was entered as “new business” later that night, it would automatically be sent to the Rockwood School Board for a vote…AFTER the election.
Now, I had not shared my request with anybody, and I was the only person in the room who was not a member of either the Board or Staff. How this information had already found its way to the district I can only guess.

Fact is, Prop S is a gateway. It is the gateway to saying “Yes! I will have some!…and more, and more and more!” This is a gateway to Glen Construction who has already over billed the District, who paid the same bill twice to Steve Smith, the then Board President, and current Board member. Oh, snap! Did I mention that Glen Construction is his company and he pocketed 2.1 million dollars  per year on these district contracts? Yet, they expect you vote for it.

Yea, Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweicht found them guilty on all charges. But after a 2 year warning of an active audit, it was only 1 month ago did the Board vote to “do things differently” (even though Smith claimed to recuse himself during some active votes on construction bids). Yet, they expect you vote for it.

Of the proposes 38.4 Million, Glen Construction stands to take 23+ of it…while the “safety” allocation is a mere 7%. Yes, you heard me. Seven percent is going to the safety and security of our children,our students. Yet, they expect you vote for it.

Wow! And they are concerned about locker rooms that are no bigger than the rest of us grew up with? Or new carpeting in cafeteria and hallways.Oh! The Humanity! (also, cafeteria (kitchens) and hallways need to be able to be doused in bleach daily…hardly condusive to carpeting)
Where will it stop? They play thisboff as a “No Tax-rate Increase”…which will pay off 69 cents by 69 cents per year. Well, that covers a span of hopefully 13 years…but considering the number of residents who have not paid their neighborhood fee to years, and years and years (minus the tax-cheats) it could be much longer.
Could you imagine if people just stopped voting FOR this rubbish 20 years ago? We would see the fruits of labor (stretched to capacity because it’s limited), and see a tax decrease at the same time.

Have these people noticed the economy? It isn’t something that will turn around over night, yet they expect you vote for it.

At this point, this is no longer a vote “for the kids”, it is a vote for control. It goes on and on. Of they win this proposition, be danged sure you will see another in two years. It has happened every two years since the first one passed.
Trust me, they’ll find the funds elsewhere without Prop S passing…after all 18 BILLION of the 23 B alotted per budget year in the state of Missouri goes directly to teacher’s pensions. You heard me right! 18 billion of the budgeted 23 billion is pensions.

Wanna know how much goes straight to administration under the school superintendent?
Yeah, cuts can be made all around without further burden to the tax payers. The money is there.

Since the Rockwood School District refuses to link the state budget to their site, I have linked it to mine.
Numbers don’t lie.

Now, as much as the PSO President(s) and I do not see eye to eye at all, I respect their work and their willingness to bring this matter forward. And as diplomatic as our school Principal (who I absolutely love, by the way) is, I have yet to receive a response, aside from my insider who told me exactly where this would go in the first place.

No initial response. No “hey, this is how it went” because, unfortunately, I know exactly where it went…and we all would have heard otherwise. Or a “sorry for transparency, finally!” Nope. Nada.

Them, this hit my inbox last night. Sounds like if they child figure out a way to get the busses running on the down-low to drive votes in for this proposition, they absolutely would!:

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 2. It’s Election Day and voters will be considering Prop S, a no-tax rate increase bond issue on the ballot. Below are some answers to voting information.

When are polls open on April 2?

Polls will be open at 6 a.m. and will close at 7 p.m.

Who may vote?

Any Rockwood resident who is a registered voter may vote in this election. Anyone needing to register to vote or needed to update his or her voter registration information may do so at any Rockwood school, or any St. Louis County library or City Hall. The deadline for processing registrations, reinstatements and transfers is March 6 to be eligible to vote in the April 2 election.

Where may I vote?

Just prior to the election date, each registered voter will receive a postcard from the election office designated the polling place for the election.

I’m out of town on April 2. May I vote by absentee ballot?

Yes. St. Louis County registered voters wishing to cast an absentee ballot should call 314.615.1800. In Jefferson County, call 636.797.5486. St. Louis County residents may download the absentee ballot application online.

March 27 is the last day absentee ballot requests are accepted by mail at the election office. Absentee ballots must be returned to the Election Office by April 1.

April 1 is the last day to cast an absentee ballot in person at the Election Office. The office is located at 12 Sunnen Drive in Maplewood for St. Louis County residents and 729 Maple Street in Hillsboro for Jefferson County residents.

How many “Yes” votes are required for the bond issue to pass?

The Constitution of the State of Missouri requires a four-sevenths (57.14 percent) majority for passage of the bond issue.

How will Proposition S appear on the ballot?

The ballot language for Proposition S is as follows:

Shall the Rockwood R-6 School District, St. Louis County, Missouri, issue its general obligation bonds in the amount of $38.4 Million Dollars ($38,400,000) for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, renovating, repairing, improving, furnishing and equipping school sites, buildings and related facilities in the District, including but not limited to (1) safety and health measures, (2) technology infrastructure and classroom technology and (3) maintenance of current facilities by continuing to fund major capital repairs and improvements, resulting in no estimated increase in the debt service property tax levy? If this proposition is approved, the adjusted debt service levy of the District is estimated to remain unchanged at sixty-eight cents ($0.68) per one hundred dollars assessed valuation of real and personal property. We invite you to join us on Facebook. Take the time to Like · Share the information about our students and schools.

Wisconsin, anybody?

Missouri Vote on Second Amendment Preservation Act

February 25, 2013
GodGunsIn a culture caught up in firearm fear, fueled by the mainstream media, state officials are positioned to vote on legislation to preserve the very life of the Second Amendment in Missouri.  
HB 436, sponsored by Rep. Doug Funderburk, (R)- St. Charles County, is the strongest protection of the right to keep and bear arms in the entire nation
The hearing for HB 436, originally slated for a vote Tuesday, February 26, is now expected in public hearing, March 5th at 12:00 in Hearing Room 4, but the official hearing schedule will not be published until later this week. This provides a greater opportunity for Missouri residents to voice their support of their Second Amendment rights by filling out a witness form.
From perhaps the most patriotic lobbyist in Missouri, Ron Calzone at Missouri First:
Details about HB 436 & and it’s companion Senate bill  SB 325Since the 10th Amendment makes it clear that all powers not granted to the federal government are reserved to the states and the People, the regulation of the ownership of arms is a state, not a federal matter.That applies to ALL such regulation.

We must demand from our legislators no less than the strongest, most principled stand they can take to defend our right to keep and bear arms!

Rep. Doug Funderburk and Sen. Brian Nieves’ “Second Amendment Preservation Act” is the strongest and most principled protection of the right to keep and bear arms in the nation!.

Notice that it utilizes the words of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison to explain Missouri’s authority to nullify unconstitutional federal edicts within her borders. Including this language is essential to the success of the bill. It also specifically lists the types of things we will not put up with, and that’s what gives state officials the “cover” they need to enforce the bill.

Tenth Amendment Center article about HB 436.

What you can do:

  1. Right NOW, either plan to attend the hearing for HB 436 (time to be announced), or fill out the online witness form..
  2. Pass on this email or another with the generic witness form link to as many liberty loving people as you can.
  3. If you have any personal contact with your rep or senator ask them to commit to supporting these bills.

Ron has upped the ante offering to hand deliver your witness form and also make your testimony available online for the committee to read. You can email your witness form and additional testimony directly to Ron at ron@mofirst.org

Gas Explosion Rocks JJ’s on the Kansas City Plaza

A four-alarm fire is burning at JJ’s restaurant near 48th and Belleview in Kansas City, MO. Preliminary reports indicate it was a gas explosion, the fire department said. Follow @41ActionNews for updated on the scene coverage.

Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day 1.5.2013

The largest Arts and Craft store in America, Hobby Lobby, has become the latest target of the socialist political agenda, and the witch-hunt of Christian corporations, organizations, and small business owners, perpetrated by the Mainstream Media.

Today supporters of the corporation and it’s owners religious freedoms flocked to the Hobby Lobby in Kirkwood, Missouri.

Hobby Lobby, a Christian-founded, Christian-based corporation, has decided to follow their faith in God, and the Lord’s Word, and refuse to offer potentially life-ending drugs as part of their employee insurance benefits package. In response to this decision, the Federal Government has launched an offensive against Hobby Lobby purely due to their religious beliefs.
David Greene, founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby has even informed that they will be fined a whopping $1.3million per day for refusing to comply with legislation that is in direct opposition to their religious beliefs. The federal government has exempted thousands of other corporations from this requirement due to financial concerns and financial burden. The government refuses, however, to exempt Hobby Lobby because of the unreported power-struggle of government’s quest to relinquish power over faith.
Below, find the letter released by Hobby Lobby CEO Green:

When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God‘s word. From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.

We’re Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I’ve always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God’s laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that’s what we’ve tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week’s biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We’ve not only added jobs in a weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage.

But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government health care mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don’t pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don’t cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one. If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.

Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy. Our government threatens to fine a company that’s raised wages four years running. Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It’s not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it’s the same for everybody. But that’s not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won’t exempt them for reasons of religious belief.

So, Hobby Lobby – and my family – are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don’t like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit.

My family has lived the American dream. We want to continue growing our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is going to make that much more difficult. The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that’s a choice no American – and no American business – should have to make.

The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of companies but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic church.

Since you will not see this covered in any of the liberal media, pass this on to all your contacts.

Sincerely, David Green, CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

Please share this letter on your blogs, and with all Christians,contacts, family, friends and fellow patriots!

Rep Roorda and His Respect for Citizens on the House Floor

I just received this in my inbox:

I was standing about 10 feet above Roorda in the House Gallery when he made one of his ‘Tea Bagger’ remarks, loudly, to the Rep standing next to him, something like “That’s pissing off the tea baggers!”. On the floor of the House, about the people he supposedly was there to represent, that were there to watch and support their lawmakers engaging in the political process.

Classy guy.

Classy indeed! Not to be crude Mr Roorda, but you could only wished to get tea bagged by one of us.

Poor guy.

What say you, Rep Roorda? Deny your words? I’m sure we can have the transcripts pulled…

In the meantime, learn more about Jeff Roorda at his website titled: Integrity, Leadership, Professionalism, Experience
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MO Lawmaker Wants Mandated Close of Business for Thanksgiving

Heh. I’m really not sure what more to say to this. Missouri House member Jeff Roorda, of Barnhart, wants to BAN businesses from opening early for Black Friday shopping events under what he has dubbed it the “Thanksgiving Family Protection Act.”

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Shut the Front Door! What? More government mandation of the private sector? Further attacks on the economy while well-within the downturn of a continuing economic depression?
Whoa! Not to mention the fact that apparently people can not think for themselves.
First of all, a corporation that would REQUIRE any employee to *show up or walk* on Thanksgiving for Christmas shoppers obviously has no understanding of what Christmas is about…aside from their bottom line…and deserves to have employees en masse abandon.
Secondly, maybe there are some folks who would actually prefer to work on Thanksgiving. Consider the gentleman who has watched the rest of his family die off, and faces their first holiday alone? What about the addict who could be pushed over the edge by too much “family time” and pre-plans an honest out?
But what about business owners? You know, job creators? How about we mandate them just a little more to search…not only to infringe upon their rights just another step at a time, but to step on their toes as loudly as possibleo in yet another act if intimidation.

Finally, “Thanksgiving Family Protection Act”??? I’m sorry, pardon me as I wipe the spewed tea off my monitor! Perhaps it is further legislation such as this, that the people and business owners of Missouri need protection from!
Those of us who do not buy into this ridiculous blather understand the meaning of “thanksgiving”, the meaning of “family” and the meaning of “protection” without your pathetic attempt at abusive legislation which flies in the face if every protective Constitutional freedom we have.
Of course, I am being just a bit harsh…after all, what would be left of last-minute Thanksgiving corner runs for the forgotten bread if you didn’t exempt those less worthy of a rightful Thanksgiving celebration with their family… which is solely dependent upon the zoning laws if their place of business.
I mean, come on people! Who is not with Rep Roorda on this?
*GASP*!!!!
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