In our little corner of paradise we went to the polls. It was only a primary but if you don’t want to have to choose between candidates like Barak Obama and John McCain, it’s a good idea to vote in the primaries. For the most part the news was good. The County Sheriff who was having discipline problems at the jail and in the force lost by a wide margin. Several RINO’s lost their re-election bids, which is very good. The one race that was terribly disappointing was the School Board member in our district.
This gentlemen was the ONLY member of the school board who refused to knuckle under to the Unions and Educational elite. He was a constant thorn in their sides, choosing to poke the bear, he was censored and castigated almost every meeting. Still he tried to do what was best for not just the schools in our little neck of the woods but for every student in the state. With a State Board who’s only influence is the NEA and who have never met a budget increase they couldn’t inflate, this state will shortly meet the brick wall. There is no more money. They can’t increase the budget unless they want to start taking money from welfare, medicaid and other social services. In our state at least 54% of the budget goes to education and that’s just the dedicated funding. Then there are the social programs that funnel money into the schools and the federal dollars. I have seen figures as large as 70% of our budget in some way goes to the schools.
This state passed a lottery years ago after promising the electorate that the money from the “lottery” was going to go to education…….tee hee, what rubes people can be. In the near future there will be layoffs and closures of schools because districts will not have the money to continue Cadillac education on a Nova pocketbook. As more people get laid off, file for bankruptcy and lose their homes children will be impacted most. Moving from district to district or school to school they will become lost in a system that only sees them as dollar signs and revenue funnels.
Now I’d like to say that your average teacher is not complicit in this debacle but unfortunately many are. Even if they only pay their dues and do their jobs they have a responsibility. The majority of teachers simply go along with whatever the union says because they’re so big you can’t fight them and they want to keep their jobs. It has however gotten to the point that as parents and citizens we need to take back our schools. We need the state apparatus dismantled and the power for educating our young people given back to the community that is responsible for them. We need to ween school districts from the federal teat and learn to do what we can with what we have, just like every household who’s lost their livelihood in this 2nd great depression. We need to stop paying union higher-ups that syphon off millions of dollars from teacher pay to live in better houses and neighborhoods than the teachers they steal from and the students they condemn to inferior education.
Hopefully someone will take the reigns and build a watchdog group dedicated to overseeing the current Board of Education in the state. People who will shine the light of reality on a group living in the shadow of inanity and a sea of mendacity. Hopefully, but as with the federal government it’s has probably gone too far for too long and will soon collapse under the weight of it’s own inertia.
Update: Got to love this, the NEA suggested Democrats register Republican just to vote in the primary to defeat those who don’t agree with their version of reality. This is from Tony White, Director of UniServ Southeast
Subject: Registration and Voting
I am sending this information (and a few opinions, too) to you as a KNEA member in SEK.
I realize about every election we tell you how important this one is. Those elections sure did seem important at the time. But this summer in the Republican primary Senate races and then this fall in some of the House races, the stakes simply could not be higher for teachers and for schools.
And right out of the gate, when I talk elections and politics, I means our Kansas races for Kansas House and especially the Kansas Senate.
With the electoral college system and our current Congresswoman, there’s no point spending any time or energy on the national level. It’s a lost cause. But when it comes to teachers and schools, it matters more what happens in Topeka anyway, and we can affect those!
If we don’t retain the moderate majority in the State Senate, we will be in a world of hurt. The tax cuts signed this spring by Governor Brownback – if unchecked – will reduce state revenue by 40-50%, and the deep cuts to schools and every other state service or function – will inevitably follow. Teacher protections like due process and the right to bargain salaries will probably be lost. Our current public school system will be unrecognizable.
That’s if we lose this election. So, let’s win it.
How can you help?
Vote in the Republican primary on Tuesday August 7. Vote for our moderate Republican incumbent friends, for 4-term Senator Dwayne Umbarger and for Senator Bob Marshall. They have supported us, and it’s time to step up and help them.
1. If you’re already a registered Republican, you’re ready to go. Make sure you vote.
2. If you’re registered to vote, but not registered as a Republican, you need to switch. Otherwise, you can’t vote in the primary, and frankly, these two critical races will be settled in the primary in
August. The primary winner will cruise in November.
3. If you’re now a Democrat, you need to switch to a Republican. I know, I know, but otherwise you can’t vote in the election that counts, and that’s the Republican primary. I did it today, just like we have over the years to vote for Jana Shaver or Val DeFever for State Board. You can switch right back after the election, and we promise not to tease you about it.
How does one register in the first place? Or change registration to a Republican? It’s the same form, and you can even do it online. Here’s the online link: https://www.kdor.org/voterregistration/Default.aspx
You use your driver’s license. I just tried the link and it worked fine. It’s submitted to the Clerk in Crawford County and they’ll mail me a confirmation. I’m a Republican!
But if the site gives you trouble, there is also the old-fashioned paper form: http://www.kssos.org/forms/elections/voterregistration.pdf
One prints it, fills it out and takes it in to the county clerk or mails it in. The addresses for all 105 counties are right there on the back of the form.
Registration has to be done by July 17 – or you’re locked out of the primary. So get your paperwork right so you can vote to protect our profession and our schools.
And print off extra copies of the form for spouses, adult kids, neighbors, friends, or kindred spirits. If they will vote to support public schools, we want them and need them on August 7. It’s the same form all across Kansas – it just goes to the appropriate clerk of the county where the person lives. Or use the online link.
And if you want to get involved in either the Umbarger or Marshallcampaign, from planting yard signs to letters to the editor to walking with the candidates – just let me know. They both are clearly better for our professional interests than their primary opponent.
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