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GotFreedom December 10, 2013 at 10:16 am
The best way to help your child/children is to show them you taking a stand AGAINST Common Core!Read More Stand up, speak out and fight back for your children! http://ohioansagainstcommoncore.com
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LO December 7, 2013 at 08:23 am
All well said . My wife and I had careers and put off having children because we didn't want to haveRead More someone else raise them while we were working. We don't think entitlement ever. Unfortunately , that's all most of the younger generation thinks. We have no kids now and don't like to pay for someone else's kids to go to school. Sorry , but it should be our choice.
Jim Jones December 7, 2013 at 01:48 pm
How much does preschool cost these days in the particular schools which are receiving these funds?Read More Maybe kids would also get a better start in life if the government gave them books and ipads and free internet access. Is that what is coming next at our expense? Connally and Rogers make it sound like something other than parental failure is keeping these kids from having an opportunity to go to preschool. "We must do everything we can"... How about the parents of these kids doing everything THEY can for their kids. Honestly, does anyone know how much preschool costs?
Jim Jones December 12, 2013 at 09:28 pm
By the way, there is a piece on Michelle Malkin's website pertaining to this very topic.Read More Interesting read...along the lines of "preschool cash for clunkers".
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GotFreedom November 15, 2013 at 09:11 am
The truth about common core:Read More http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/11/15/this-could-be-one-of-the-best-cases-ever-made-against-common-core-no-one-expected-it-to-come-from-a-high-school-student/ http://ohioansagainstcommoncore.com
GotFreedom November 15, 2013 at 09:22 am
Also would have been nice if the Patch had don some extensive reporting on Common Core BEFORE theRead More election--and report on the school board candidates who SUPPORT CCS--hint--the 2 that got elected do support CCS!
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Gene November 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm
Horse hockey! Common Core is yet another step toward national schooling. Note I didn't sayRead More 'education' because education is not what is intended with CC. How long before we simply shoe horn kids into vocations rather than letting them pursue their own ends? Not long once CC is instituted. Common Core is also intended to remove local control of schools. There will be no need to have a school board because the standards will eventually demand some sort of national control. It has been trending this way for years.
GotFreedom November 11, 2013 at 01:59 pm
Right on Gene--question--why do folks choose to live in a particular city/suburb--typically one ofRead More the considerations is the quality of the education in that city's school district! Yes, there is more to consider when choosing where to live, but education is one of the primary concerns most families think about. If all the schools have the same CC standards, then why live in outlying suburbs (where the cost of living is higher than it is in the City of Cleveland?) Also, why on earth would any parent want the federal govt to be in control of their child's education--just look at how they have destroyed our health care, social security, etc.? Virtually everything the feds touch goes sour--and this is what will happen with our children's education as well is we don't put a stop to CCS!
Ben Morelli November 13, 2013 at 03:54 am
I've reviewed some of the curriculum and am familiar (very familiar) with some of the specialRead More interests promoting Common Core. Bottom-line it's going to be really great for average to slightly above average worker b's with limited intellect. Forget STEM and GIFTED programs under Common Core. This was not a state-led initiative. Instead it's been conceived by a few well meaning and self-interested 1%. Go read the "Dear Hillary" letter and do your research on this issue. Most school administrators, parents, and legislators have no clue what they are signing up for - and most teachers who realize how bad this is are afraid to speak out. Stand Up America!
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C Lewis October 25, 2013 at 04:45 pm
Add to this list Skype (video chat), Snapchat, Meet Me and Thumb. Kik Messenger and Snapchat seemRead More to be very popular with the kids here in Westlake.
WHS student peers Griffin Schiffer and Jamie Sandor (top) with Homecoming Court nominees Jacob Cox and Holly Thomas.
North Ridgeville Goodwill September 18, 2013 at 02:53 pm
Great community!!!
Shelley September 19, 2013 at 10:46 pm
How cool is that? As a community, we should be so proud of our students!
Sandy Wright September 20, 2013 at 05:24 pm
So awesome....I have tears..you students of Westlake get it. Be so proud of yourselves.
Dr. Dan Keenan. Photo credit: Patch File Photo
Joseph Smith September 15, 2013 at 08:05 pm
Jo, I don’t recall stating that I wasn’t going to attend a meetings. You are the oneRead More that has REPEATEDLY asked questions that only an anonymous person/people have the answers. Chastising individuals that you disagree with and then mirroring their actions is a bit hypocritical; which appears to be a trend with you. Stating that the average Westlake teacher receives $75,000, over 40 teachers receive $90,000, the budget is $50,000,000, the levy will cost HOMEOWNERS another $7,380,000, and that the district has not explained how any of these funds are going to be spent are all facts. Stating facts about our BOE, administration, and teachers is not an “attack” on children. Encouraging the community to cut AP programs, busing, and other services (as John Mason did) is an attack on kids. If you related to John, you should really have a talk with him. No on the levy.
Joseph Smith September 15, 2013 at 08:10 pm
Jo, you seem to believe that Mr. Keenan will answer questions. WestlakeParent emailed the man twiceRead More (according to her post) asking these very questions. Care to guess what the answer was? I wont make you wait, it was nothing. Not “no comment”, just no answer. Maybe I shouldn’t waste my time and attend the meeting after all. NO on the levy.
Phil September 16, 2013 at 10:41 am
I don’t comment on these issues often as both sides can get overzealous. It is apparent thatRead More the “supporters” are getting out-of-hand again. Pat went beyond the pale a few weeks ago when she accused parents and grandparents of not caring about their kids (particularly disgusting in my opinion). Now, Jo has accused the opposition of an “attack on school children”. The first time that I posted, I stated that I was open to the levy. My openness has shriveled due to the disrespect and outright mean-spirited accusations of the “supporters”. Yes, I own a home. Yes, I have kids in the district. At this point, No I will not support the levy.
Old Westlake high is going, going... Video Credit: Lori E. Switaj
MamaBear August 22, 2013 at 06:57 pm
Why is the principal from Parkside Intermediate School--Mark Bregar calling us from Howard HannaRead More (name on caller ID was Howard Hanna along with this number for the Crocker Park office--440-793-0132; he gave his name at the start of his spiel) encouraging us to support the upcoming levy? Not to mention--how did they get our unlisted/unpublished number?
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Joseph Smith September 6, 2013 at 04:52 pm
Paul, Jim recommended the site educatewestlake.org. I have found that it has a lot of informationRead More from a fiscal/budgetary standpoint. 88% of the current budget is allocated to salaries and benefits. Keenan proposed $2.2m in cuts, why is he asking for $7.4m? 70% of the levy’s dollars ($5.2m) are ignored by the district. Remember that is $5.2m “extra” every year. What are the plans for that money? The district just got three Ds on the ODE report card. There should be an F on transparency and in math. No on the levy!
Will September 17, 2013 at 03:33 pm
Why have the school board and superintendent been evasive and avoided disclosing financial uses ofRead More these funds? There are two majors factors being avoided and not disclosed-intentionally. Funds have been used for Construction overages from operating funds. Although bond funds cant be used for operations, operating funds are being used for the construction. These overages and full spending totals are not being provided, intentionally. The second factor involves the failure by the Board and administration to control spending and plan for future costs. It is unfortunate that these choices have been made, but instead of handling the fiscal issues, they are hiding their bad management and choices behind a veil of non specific information. This is true to the point that the President of the School Board even said he didn't know where $68,000+/- would go.
James Rogers September 26, 2013 at 09:58 am
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LO August 21, 2013 at 09:27 am
The whole thing should be replaced with a common sense business approach and don't use the childrenRead More to try and sway the voters. No tax levy --period.
Joseph Smith August 21, 2013 at 03:55 pm
Protecting our children is exactly what we all do as parents. As citizens, we should also protectRead More society. Melissa would likely disagree with that statement, especially when she stated “I understand if you have to fulfill a ‘legacy’ or if you need to follow your catholic ‘beliefs’ and you send your child to St. Ignatius, Ed’s, Mag’s or Joes’s but I guess that explains also WHY you don’t want your taxes to increase.” Bashing Catholics, other Christians, Jews, Muslims, etc… for their beliefs is shameful.
Joseph Smith August 21, 2013 at 03:58 pm
The FACTS speak volumes, which is why district-lead sheep will only make emotional demands for ourRead More money. The average salary of $75,000 per teacher is between $6,400 and $17,000 more than all six of our neighboring cities. It is also $3,000 more than the median HOUSEHOLD income of Westlake (2 people in a household). Teachers pay HALF the medical premiums that we taxpayers pay. Teacher’s get a defined benefit pension, funded by the taxpayer; while taxpayers get a 401k. 85% of our budget goes to salaries and benefits and 85% of any new money will go to increasing the already obscene average salary of $75,000. VOTE NO on the new levy.
Westlake Board of Education. Photo credit: Patch file photo
Joseph Smith August 20, 2013 at 11:02 am
Chris, I am in complete agreement with your statement of “no on the levy”. Just aRead More reminder that if teacher’s were paid a competitive salary then we would not need any cuts; including pay-to-play. Nobody is against athletic program, but the district must stay within its budget. 85% of the budget are salaries and benefits. Westlake salaries average $75,000 per teacher. This compared to between $58k and $68k for all of the neighboring districts. All districts are excellent. Three of the districts have higher ODE scores than Westlake and four of the neighboring districts have a higher % of master’s degrees. All that at between $1.5m and $4m less annually than Westlake!
LO August 21, 2013 at 10:07 am
There is a new post for levy issue. It appears it has received a lot of attention. We are gettingRead More the word out. For the vote NO ON TAX LEVY.
Jake Nabookney September 24, 2013 at 12:01 pm
Gail I went to the wlake.org sight. There were NO CORRECTIONS OF FACTS SIGHTED atRead More www.educatewestlake.org! The highest average compensation for teachers on the westside of Cleveland is not addressed. On average, Westlake teachers receive 10% higher compensation that the NEXT highest district on the westside. Not only did I not see a plan to reduce Westlake teacher compensation to the average of other west side districts, I did not even see an ACKNOWLEDGEMENT that teacher compensation is a problem the School District and the Board intend to address. What the Westlake School District intends to do with the additional $5.2 million is not addressed. The site's assertion Westlake has the "lowest tax rate" is misleading, at best. Westlake's tax rate is low because the tax base is the HIGHEST on the west side of Cleveland. By virtue of the Board neither addressing the teacher compensation issue nor how they intend to use the additional $5.2 million (over the $2.2 million in cost reduction if the levy does not pass), it is obvious the District intends to use the additional $5.2 million to raise teacher compensation when the teacher contract comes up at the end of this school year. This levy is not about the children. This levy is about increasing the compensation of relatively overpaid teachers. Jake