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Jackson’s Proposed School Levy – Home Owners Deserve Risk Management Overhaul
In November 2012, Mayor Frank G. Jackson and several public officials, law makers
community advocates are pushing for a Cleveland school levy on the November 2012 Ballot. The problem with this levy is three fold. First, it is clear and obvious that the way our schools are funded is unconstitutional. Home owners (alone) should not be responsible for educating Cleveland’s young people. A fair amount of Cleveland home owners do not have school age children. To target a population suffering from economic turmoil is a travesty. It is unbelievable to expect anyone to take this levy seriously. Home owners are barely able to pay their mortgages and to financially bully them into a local school taxed mandate is not a fiscal responsible practice. To date, it has not been explained why home owners should be responsible for a 16 million dollar deficit that was caused by
poor risk management, meager leadership and pitiable oversight. To issue Cleveland Municipal School District a bailout is irresponsible. It’s not about the children while lay-offs are still occurring within the district. Simultaneously, CMSD recently hired a Chief Academic Officer with an annual salary of $200,000. This is an apparent contradiction to the proposed financially strapped district and clearly exposes a need for best practices.
Secondly, risk management over haul is warranted. CMSD is a public entity. The District has performed poorly in this area. As such, the district has neglected to employ drill down methods to understand and publicly explain how spending spiraled aimlessly. The continue failure to manage and measure public funds should be internally investigated by an outside non political organization. The institution of claw backs ranging from raises, bonuses and promotions should be examined and established. Those that operated under the concept of rational ignorance and incompetence should be engaged in disruptive transformation. The effects of educational hiccups will aid the transformation with slight interruption. This will command new leadership, executive and mid-level management accountability, openness, compliance and transparency while assuring tax payers that real change is under way. Home owners need to know how the district will emerge from fiscal malfeasance and what will preclude future losses and poor performance?
Lastly, Mayor’s Jackson’s appointed school board should perform as advocates for the Mayor, tax payers and the community. Tough questions must be driven for real solutions and results. The appointed board must conduct themselves as fiduciary agents and Mayor Jackson must allow them to act as such. To do otherwise is a bully approach to continuous failure. A levy is not a determinate factor for fixing our school district. Throwing good money after bad financial decisions, amount to insurmountable financial losses, and public deception. To deceive the public by edging law makers to pass an education transformation bill that will less likely benefit the children of Cleveland is shameful. It would have been plausible to introduce new and inviting human capital (who live in the district) measures to talk about what really needs to be fixed before asking a targeted few for more money. It is a granted assumption that we will not produce smarter children with a levy passage, however we will see growth in political manipulation and a strong decline of public trust.
Tax Payers merit a workable model. Home owners deserve risk management preventative measures – a risk management overhaul.
Well the other contender will be State Senator Nina Turner - Turner has hired Nate Wilkes who works at the Water Department to be her Campaign Manager. This is going to be quite interesting to say the least
I haven't seen anything different as of yet. Simmons boast about the only paper in town. How can this be when there is no competitive market. The Plain Dealer is a farce and the writers are not reporters but subjective folks putting black words on white paper. They write from the concept of rational ignorance. We asked Simmons about the faulty editorial department and yet she remain silent. If silence is her best answer then keep the doors shut. My family canceled our subscription quite awhile ago - The Plain Dealer is part of the reason why this region is falling a part. Thanks to Simmon and all!!
Weems had very little to no experience in eduation. Her law experience could not be verified. How was it possible for her to operate a charter school. How responsible are the "watchdogs" on charter schools. It is very important to check the background of these so called well to do administrators. I would like to review her resume (the real resume). Training new prinicipals for CMSD - very interesting read?
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