If you do anything, listen to this broadcast between Doc Thompson of 700 WLW and Brendan Keefe of Channel 9 discuss the I-Team Report on school superintendents abusing the tax payer. This is a report that I worked with Brendan on along with Jennifer Miller and Sharon Poe and I’m very proud of the outcome. The report is as honest and hard-hitting as any report I’ve ever heard on this issue and it is a gift to tax payers everywhere to understand how the system has been stacked against them. Take this information and use it to understand what is happening. It may be the most important broadcast you’ll ever listen to. And to view that television broadcast again click here:
All over the United States state and local debt is up 138 percent since 1990 levels. What that means is that state governments, which include school boards and county commissioners, have become spend-happy and corrupt by federal money. The more money that they have received, the more they spent, without any increase in services. It is just wasted money. At some point, there must be a conscious decision to cut back dramatically the amount of money we spend on all services, and we must by necessity begin with education.
We have covered a lot of arrogance at this site regarding public education. Usually after the defeat of a levy the school board and superintendent are cautious about how they deal with the public, however, after the defeat of the West Clermont School System Levy Superintendent Gary Brooks was unusually arrogant toward the residents of the community that voted his levy down. Immediately the district is cutting art, and music teachers and there will be no more dedicated specialists to teach gifted specialists, there will be fewer elective courses in both their high schools. This was in reaction to a levy defeat that was 61 percent against, to 39 percent for. Listen Gary Brooks in his own words.
While this meeting was going on, Brendan Keefe was doing his epic report on superintendents that are milking the tax payers for everything they can, while services to parents are being reduced dramatically. Click here to see that report.
The crowd that showed up at the school board meeting in West Clermont was upset, saying “This board has done a pathetic job. You’ve been gilding the lily, and now we’re paying for it.”
Then with great shock, the school board president, Dan Krueger said “If you don’t like what we’re doing, vote us out, but whoever you put up here is going to find the same things we found.” He went on to say the board is not there to serve the tax payer, but to serve the children. (Brace yourself before you watch this video. You may want to act lash out in anger)
This was a shocking statement from a school board president that reveals how these people think. What we’re finding is that school districts all over Ohio are mimicking the same types of behavior. We are learning now under financial stress that there is a certain type of person that is attracted to become a school board member, and those types are particularly vulnerable to the seduction that goes into play every November when all school boards meet in Columbus at the OSBA conference. That is when these people become members of the fraternity, and the rules of that fraternity are set by the Ohio Education Association. This is why these school boards function the same way no matter what the district, because they receive centralized training from Columbus.
The Ohio Education Association also can be blamed for the unified behavior of the school superintendents. It is the teachers union that publishes the book which shows superintendents how to game the system. Again refer to the broadcast above, listen to Brendan Keefe explain the process to Doc Thompson on 700 WLW.
I know many school board members that get elected and are forced to make the choice to play ball, or are they going to try and do the job they “think” they were elected for. This is why the board president’s comments are so shocking because he reveals the true problem. Those board members that elect not to “play ball” are pushed out, which is the story of Jennifer Miller from Mason, shown in the I-Team Report with Brendan Keefe. That’s her story, and she’s not alone in the state. Most board members prove to be lifeless oafs and power hungry types that would trade their soul for a name-plate in brass to sit upon their desk. And those are the types of people that the OEA wants to compete against in contract talks, because it allows their union presidents to preside over those that have already lost. And the superintendents are bought off by the union in the spoils of the system. Superintendents are well-compensated and have their egos inflated to believe they are running a major organization, when the true hands on the strings are the union leaders. And the school boards know that their hands are tied, and that they are only tokens of ceremony to preside over decisions that are already in motion before the announcements are ever public knowledge.
The whole process is a scam sold to us by sports and local patriotism, which causes us to overlook what we all know to be wrong, to view the world with our eyes wide shut, leaving us to just throw money at the corrupt system and lie to ourselves that we are doing everything we can for our children.
These crooked low-lifes know what they are doing; they are robbing us with law, and using our children to perpetrate the scam. And we are letting it happen. The scam is created by radical big-government types and they get average, ordinary people to buy into their scheme by garnering excessively high wages in trade for their silence. And that’s the crime that is being committed with audacious arrogance by thieves without guns, fists, or armies.
The only weapon they use is guilt.