Time to tell government to SCRAM!
July 31, 2013 11:57 PM | 1341 views | 5 5 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

The Kelly Marlow situation has become quite ugly with both sides blaming the other for everything. Probably the only thing both sides agree upon is that nasty politics involving the education of their children seems somewhat inappropriate. Indeed, it is.

Though it has been politically (nasty and) effective, there is no better display of this inappropriateness than the use of the dismissively condescending and impolitely obnoxious word “SCRAM” as the acronym for one side of this debate. Shut-up and go away. You’re not wanted.

Is this how we now teach our children to address differing opinions?

Government school boards and government school bureaucrats will always be political with the education of your children. Government is political; it’s that simple. Therein lies the problem. Because the true culprit in this situation is not Kelly Marlow nor is it the SCRAM! folks.

The true culprit of this affair is the government monopoly over our schools and the monopolistic control government has over our children.

It is the government that should SCRAM.

Government school bureaucrats like Dr. P. love their monopoly and love the power and prestige of a half-billion-dollar budget. And we know government bureaucrats like Dr. P. are always political. As a parent, do you really believe that bureaucratic power, prestige and politics are healthy ingredients that ensure a good education for your child?

Give parents the power to SCRAM from government schools by giving every parent the choice and the power to SCRAM with the money “entitled” to them. Give these parents every cent of their tax money that the government schools spend on their children so these parents can spend it at the schools of their choice.

Do that and the nasty politics of the government school monopolies will evaporate. SCRAM the government, SCRAM government bureaucrats and our kids will benefit immensely.

Steve Marcinko

Canton

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frostt
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August 01, 2013
So I guess you think corporate bureaucrats would be better for the school system? From what I have seen after being in the corporate world for over 40 years the senior executives grab most of the money and leave the worker bees the left-overs.
ReasonableCitizen
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August 01, 2013
Several things.

1) While we SCRAM! members definitely want Kelly Marlow to go away before she costs our schools their accreditation. We definitely don't want her or her flunkies to shut up. Whenever pieces such as these find their way into print, it proves how right we are and how insane they are.

2) Thank you for your continued use of the silly talking points. By insisting on the pejorative "government school" and "monopoly" terminology you give the level headed moderate a choice between the crazy mouth tribe who are dwindling like a shaker colony or the groundswell of families and teachers who want our community to continue to thrive.

3) We don't want to condescend but the rejection of all facts and data in favor of the personal, criminal, and false does not merit debate. It merits mockery. Keep writing those letters. You are our most effective tool.

Love,

SCRAM!
Waiting list
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August 01, 2013
Clearly with the option at hand parents are desperate to get out of the system. CCA, the only charter school in the county has full enrollment and a waiting list of 600. There are more kids on the waiting list for little ol CCA then all new students attending CCSD this year. Imagine what would happen if this school board listened to the taxpayers and opened their minds, shut their mouths and did what was right for the kids. The problem is we know what would happen. Parents would leave in droves, and P could finally be flushed out of office.
MarlowMustGo
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August 04, 2013
I know an elementary school teacher starting tomorrow in CCSD whose class consists of Charter School "returns". Why?

1) Expense

2) They want parents there every day to "help". Again, EVERY day. As much as they can squeeze out of them.

3) For their kid's grade class at CCA, the school had 1 certified teacher and para-pros made up the rest of that grades teachers.

The common complaint she heard in meet and greet in talking to these charter-return parents: they didn't see any added value and weren't convinced that they were even on par with CCSD.

"Just not worth it."
Caveat Emptor
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August 01, 2013
Let the buyer beware.

Who will you run to when you've "invested" your money in a school that decides to fold because it isn't profitable?

Who will perform your due diligence to ensure that the school has performed the necessary background checks on it's personnel.

Who will validate that the school you choose to give your money to provide the services that you desire?

You are saying that your children's education is like the stock market. You better make sure you have all this information and do all your homework because when you decide where the money goes, you have no one but yourself to blame for the result.

Oh wait, even the stock market has federal regulators...so I'm guessing you'd want that.

Now what have you done?

Yup, you've given your money to a private (for profit) company and created a massive federal bureaucracy.

Congratulations!
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