MY EXPERIENCE IN THE MATERIALS CHALLENGE PROCESS AND THE ANTI-PARENT SUPERINTENDENT BLACKBURN

Patriots,

This is the followup  from the April 20,2017  Orlando Sentinel article. Here is my affidavit that will explain in detail what was written sparingly about.

The affidavit was given to the Florida Senate. I later testified before them. It will explain what has compelled me to speak out, write and protest the issue of parents not being allowed to have any meaningful and impactful role in their child’s education.

The philosophy of the classroom for one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next.

Abe Lincoln

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THE TEXTBOOK CHALLENGE PROCESS-FIGHTING FOR WHAT IS RIGHT FOR OUR CHILDREN

Patriots,

A friend sent to me the Orlando Sentinel article below. Erroneously stated, I don’t want to remove books,! I am for a system that allows parents  full disclosure of the content, with any previous/present objections and/or praises, that is easily accessible to the parent. This venue will allow the parent to make informed decisions about what their child is being exposed to. In the past, as well as the present new form, the Materials Challenge process does not allow this. In fact, the deck is stacked against the parent!  The 2 committees hand-picked by the principle and the School Board committee are almost all employees of the same system that presently blocks any active and meaningful parent’s participation.

This past year, a review of the Materials Challenge process was announced by Brevard School Board. Presently, the Materials Challenge process is anti-parent and does not allow for parent’s common sense oversight. Although the above suggestion, (full disclosure of the content, with any previous/present objections or praises easily accessible to the parent),  was presented to Superintendent Blackburn, this suggestion, along with other pro-parent suggestions, was completely blocked by Superintendent Blackburn, and his hand-picked, 3 member school board employee group.

Of vital importance is that the Materials Challenge policy and procedure was originally made to address parent’s concerns, yet Superintendent Blackburn made certain that no “outside” parent(s) were allowed to be part of the review.

Interestingly enough, Mr. Haught, a “high school science teacher”, and member of the Florida Citizens for Science http://www.flascience.org ,says this bill is about censorship, when in actuality, it is about giving parents the power to exercixe there right as parents to direct their child’s education. The school board and teachers are suppose to be under the direction of the parents, not the other way around. Sadly, through the years that has changed, but parents have  decided to take back their responsibility.

Being a “high school science teacher”is not a qualifier to true scientific knowledge, or for that matter, teaching science and the facts. Consider Mr. Haught’s group, Florida Citizens for Science,  who resort to the “science” of name calling, (the usual tool of the left) calling parents that support the bill, “Creationists, climate change deniers and anti-vaccine nuts..”. In fact, here we have a “science” teacher, not teaching by the scientific method, as well as fighting to keep an opposing point of view from seeing the daylight. One last thing; Mr. Hauge wrote, “gives “protesters on a crusade nearly equal weight in the instructional materials selection processes as education and subject matter experts,”. Mr. Hauge, parents are subject matter and education experts also.

In my next post, I will provide my affidavit given to the Senate Education Committee. It goes into much more detail of the lengths that Sup. Blackburn went to sabotage any meaningful and impactful parental involvement in my child’s and other children’s education.
 Orlando Sentinel
Parents may get new way to challenge school textbooks

Florida residents who view state-approved school textbooks as “too liberal” and some books in school libraries as inappropriate have persuaded state lawmakers to push legislation that would make it easier for them to object to classroom materials they don’t like.

“Today, parents are purposely blocked from being involved in their children’s education,” said Hamilton Boone, a Brevard County father who tried unsuccessfully to get the novel “Beloved,” a Pulitzer-Prize winning work, removed from his son’s high school library in 2015.

Under the proposed bills (HB 989 and SB 1210), residents could more easily object to books, textbooks and other classroom materials, review volumes in school libraries and, if needed, argue their views before an “unbiased and qualified hearing officer” who could deem the items unsuitable and require they not be used. Now, residents can protest materials, but they take their complaints only to the local school board.

Critics of the bills, however, view them as an attempt at censorship that will undermine educational quality.

Boone and his wife — who called Toni Morrison’s novel “pornographic material” — are among 25 people who have written affidavits contending that local school boards have ignored their pleas about objectionable books and assignments in public schools. Lawmakers have cited the affidavits to explain why a new law is needed.

The current process, Boone’s wife, Penny, wrote in her affidavit, is “geared 100% against the parent.”

The House version of the bill is ready for a vote by the full chamber. The Senate bill has one more committee stop.

The proposals have alarmed some science advocates, who fear the measures could lead to books that tackle controversial but required scientific topics, such as evolution, being removed or to those subjects being axed from class lessons.

In one of the affidavits, for example, a Martin County resident wrote about her objections to a textbook used in an Advanced Placement course. “Presentation of evolution as fact … The vast majority of Americans believe that the world and the beings living on it were created by God as revealed in the Bible,” wrote Lynda Daniel.

Several groups, including the National Coalition Against Censorship, have written a letter to lawmakers urging the bills’ defeat. Some also worry the legislation could force schools districts to hold several time-consuming hearings, even if the objections to a textbook come from one resident who may not have children in the public schools.

“If this bill becomes law, school boards will become inundated with demands that certain books be outright banned and that schools must discontinue using textbooks that don’t mesh with a vocal minority’s ideological views,” wrote Brandon Haught, a Volusia County high school science teacher and member of the group Florida Citizens for Science.

The bills are a “disaster” and would mean school boards would have to deal with “nonsense complaints” in a process that gives “protesters on a crusade nearly equal weight in the instructional materials selection processes as education and subject matter experts,” he said.

Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, the Senate sponsor, said the bills are an effort to close loopholes in a 2014 law and make sure residents have a way to challenge school books they view as inappropriate.

Most school textbooks purchased by Florida’s 67 school districts come from a list of state-approved instructional materials. And in most counties, residents likely won’t object, Lee said.

But, he added,“there are some counties where the constituents … believe that the instructional material being vetted by the state is too liberal and therefore some of the instructional material has inappropriate information by their community standards.”

The majority of the affidavits are from residents of Collier County in southwest Florida.The House bill is sponsored by a Collier resident, Rep. Bryron Donalds, R-Naples. Donalds’ wife, Erika, is on the Collier County School Board and a member of the Florida Coalition of School Board members, a 3-year-old group that espouses conservative principles.

Collier resident Yvonne Isecke wrote in her affidavit that when her oldest child began middle school, she noticed “very disturbing content” in the curriculum, including “sexual explicitness, Anti-Americanism, political and Islamic indoctrination.”

She said she complained “to no avail” to teachers, the school principal, the superintendent and school board members.

The affidavits were collected by the Florida Citizens’ Alliance, a group whose focus is to “stop federal overreach and restore our individual rights.”

Ruth Melton, director of advocacy services for the Florida School Boards Association, said her group believes residents should be able to voice their views about school books. But it has some concerns about the bills, such as whether they will mean residents could continue to file protests long after school boards have voted to adopt textbooks for use in upcoming classes.

“Have we created language here that just invites challenge and litigation?” she said. “How could this go sideways?”

lpostal@orlandosentinel.com or 407-420-5273

 

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BREVARD GROUP HAS SUCCESS IN REMOVING LESSER TEXTBOOKS

Parents ROCK Brevard, (Right Of Choice for Kids) is a volunteer group consisting of parents, grandparents, relatives and citizens. ROCK’s focus is having parent centered decisions once again key in all educational issues, especially teaching materials and policies.

Many parents and citizens are exasperated by many aspects of their school district leadership, as well as local educational mandates and policies and those that came down to us from Tallahassee. Paramount among the many problems is some material that children are exposed to, as well as lesson plans, both print or electronic.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, Hamilton Boone, a parent and founding member of PRB, attended the Brevard County school board meeting. Mr.Boone gave a short (3 min) analysis of the K-6 textbooks and Weekly Readers that PRB had recently reviewed. The K-6 textbooks and Weekly Readers are being considered for use in the Brevard County School District.

PRBsreview, showed serious issues with the 5th grade TCI AMERICA’S PAST, TCI AMERICA’S PAST, GRADE 5 submitted copy and the 6th grade NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WORLD HISTORY – ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS, NG-AncientCivilizations Grade 6 word copy.

Tina Descovich, a co-founding member of PRB and newly elected District 3 School Board representative, provided some very gratifying news to Mr. Boone and PRB.  Mrs. Descovich stated that due to the reviews submitted by PRB, the Brevard Elementary Leading and Learning Committee removed TCI AMERICAN’S PAST and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WORLD HISTORY – ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS, from consideration. 

Mr. Boone said that Parents ROCK Brevard received help from Truth In Textbooks. TNT, founded by Lt Col.(Ret)Roy White, along with the cadre of TNT volunteers proved invaluable. Of interest, Mr. White, has developed a simple and concise way to efficiency and effectively review textbooks. His course is through a free interactive on-line course.  The next on-line course will be given this July and will consist of 4-1 hour/week interactive online sessions.

Anyone interested in more information can contact Mr. Boone at freedoms@reagan.com .

 

 

 


FLORIDA TODAY “LEFT” ON TIME..

Right on schedule, FT hides information from the public..again! Right on schedule, FT went with the Liberal/Progressive candidate, Darcey Addo, who also hides information from the public. Birds of a feather ?

I am ok with a person being liberal or conservative, but do not lie to me by being deceitful, like Darcey Addo, while, hypocritically claiming to be “honest” and “authentic”.

So, exactly who is Darcey Addo and what does she represent?

THE REAL DARCEY ADDO!

Darcey is a candidate who trumpets being “.. transparent and authentic..”,while deceiving voters by totally sterilizing her ORIGINAL website of her extreme Liberal/Progressive foundation. A foundation that believes;
“WHITE PRIVILEGE”
“..how we can begin to address the problems of urban schools until this much larger issue of institutionalized racism is first tackled.”

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BLACKBURN-THE WOLF IN “CARING CLOTHING”

I have read Superintendent Blackburn’s thesis; SOCIAL-CULTURAL LEADERSHIP-THE ART OF RESTRUCTURING SCHOOLS THROUGH RESEARCH-BASED PRINCIPAL LEADERSHIP. In that thesis, are contained a myriad of examples of Mr Blackburn’s Progressive/Liberal constructs, distaste for parents, Read more…


“SLICK RICH” WORKMAN LYING TO THE VOTER!

We with school age children know all too well the unconstitutional, federally mandated, propaganda tool known as Common Core. It has been the scourge of Florida schools for years, with politicians, such as “Slick Rich”Workman ignoring the call for removal. I know, as I met with “Slick Rich”  around  2011 about this disaster and never heard from him again.

Well alleluia, the savior, known as “Slick Rich”, has ridden into town to save the day!! According to a”Slick Rich” mailer, HE is personally responsible for removing Common Core from the state!  Dang, I missed that one..didn’t you?

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THE ELITE ESTABLISHMENT IN EDUCATION

Great letter and explanation from Chris Quakenbush, the newest member of the Lee County School Board. Note how Chris’ reaching out to the “Elite” leaders of the school board, culminated in no response for over 5 months.

And I thought it was unique here in Brevard, for “Elitist” Superintendent Blackburn, for over 2 months,to completely ignore this parent’s multiple requests to be involved in the processes that directly impacts what my and other parent’s children are exposed to.

It is really deplorable that our Brevard School Board, as a whole, chose to remain silent for years concerning the unconstitutional, indoctrination called Common Core. It is time to remove all, including Mr Blackburn from the School Board.

Ham

“The Elites have proven time and again, exactly what they are made of. Polished with dishonesty and deceitful chicanery, coupled with the amoral and unscrupulousness  desire, whether realized or unrealized, to topple America as founded, all for their own personal gain. In this quest; they say to hell with all other Americans, except those of the Elite Establishment.”

C Hamilton Boone

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PARENTS ARE OF NO CONCERN AT THE BREVARD SCHOOL BOARD

I have been out of the loop for a few weeks and just sat down at my Mac for the first time.

A disturbing act by our school board is the consideration of a policy change for the LGBT crowd.  One that Ms Amy Kneesey, Andy Andereson and Desmond Blackburn support..against the wishes of the community. Ms Kneessey is  is excited to vote before she leaves office.

The nationally funded LGBT movement is not about ‘equal protection’; it is about pushing an agenda of coercion, intimidation, silencing other’s views, in the name of victimhood and “fairness”.  These very same things that the LGBT crowd say they want for themselves, they work tiredly to deny to others. We need only to look at the Colorado baker and the mid west Pizza shop owner or more recently, the attack on the citizens of N.C. The LGBT crowd will tell you that these attacks are due to LGBT victimhood “rights” being denied, yet the truth is the opposite. NC’s legislation specifically protects LBGT crowd, but more importantly protected the rights of those that follow their relious beliefs and associated free speech.  This is the “camel’s nose under the tent”, where among other issues, they will push males having access to female’s locker and bathrooms. We have seen it time and again. Yet, Kneessy, Anderson and Blackburn ignore the facts, against the vast majority of Brevard citizens. Read more…


“All students will complete school prepared…for community and global responsibilities.”

This is a well researched piece that must be read.We have the Chamber of Commerce, Bill Gates, our state legislature and Jeb Bush gunning for  our children. Our teachers are being told what and how to teach by those not in our district, much less in our state. We as parents are losing the ability to direct OUR child’s education; while all the while, the school board makes no effort to stop this from happening.

Also, please take a moment and go through the reference material listed at the end of this article.

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MALEVOLENT POMPOSITY ; THE PRESENT DAY REPUBLICAN PARTY

Here is a Valentine’s love letter from Mr. Eric Miller, RPOF State Committeeman for Martin County to Vice Chairman, RPOF  Mr. Joe Gruters. It is very telling of the  “REPUBLICAN’T” party as a whole, both locally and nationally. Basically, Mr Miller is afraid of the “appearance” of impropriety due to Mr Gruters’ position with the RPOF and simultaneously being Chairman of Trump’s Florida campaign.

14 February 2016

Mr. Vice Chairman:              

As Americans we once again find ourselves at a crossroads as a Nation. We are at this juncture by no other reason than our own.  I am sending this open letter to you with the sense that if those with influence do not speak out now, we will all pay a heavy price when Liberty is lost and darkness consumes our Nation.

With Progressive elements now in control of leadership across both sides of the aisle, be cautioned that the Republican Party will either be known in history as the vehicle that solidified a National Socialist as President or we will be remembered as the people that restored our great Nation to a Constitutional Republic.

We can no longer feed our desire to “win at all costs” as Republicans and Americans with malevolent pomposity. It is time that we all begin to perform our political duties not in our own interests but based on our common American principles of Liberty.

Joe, I know you well enough to say that you are not the unprincipled shell of a man that Donald Trump is. Nor do you wish to bring harm to the name Republican. However, your position as Florida Co-Chairman of the Donald Trump for President Campaign is doing just that.

You are not the issue. Your title and how it is being viewed are the matter at hand.

I am respectfully asking that you choose between your office as Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida and the position of Florida Co-Chairman with Mr. Donald Trump. The two positions create a contradiction of principle and do not allow for or give the appearance of unbiased behavior as Vice Chairman of the third largest Republican State in the Union.

I am sure that I echo a loud voice when I say that we would welcome the opportunity to have you on our side as a Party leader and as our Vice Chairman in Florida. Thank you in advance for your consideration in this matter. I will pray that you are guided to make an ethical decision that is based on the principles of American Constitutionality and one that reflects best on our Grand Old Party.

Cordially,

Eric D. Miller

RPOF State Committeeman

Martin County

 

Mr Miller,

Talk about “malevolent pomposity”!

Sir, not to worry, the “name” of the “REPUBLICAN’T”  party of Florida has long been sullied! It is no longer the party of Lincoln, but a corrupt, double-dealing, exploiting machine, both locally and nationally. Read more…