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“Since January 2013, the new board has been very busy with things that make the usual suspects mad: giving raises to teachers, balancing the budget, scrutinizing contracts, and other such terrible things. The board directed the GPS administration to distribute every penny of the Prop 301 money to classroom teachers DURING this school year, which led to moans and groans about how hard that would be. Then the board also directed the admins not to divert a single penny of that money to another purpose. Why was this directive necessary? Because the board has seen far too many examples of admins doing naughty things and not telling the board. Or slipping into the budget raises for themselves after they were explicitly told not to do that.” Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board Recall
- May 15, 2013
- Not all Gilbert Parents Want Full Day K for their Children
Ms. Teralyn Schnepf addressed the Gilbert Governing Board on May 7, 2013.
Distinguished Members of the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board:
Thank you for allowing me to share my proposal for the redistribution of District funds.
My husband and I have six children and are big supporters of ½ Day Kindergarten. We have been greatly disappointed by the shrinking number of ½ Day Kindergarten classes offered by the District since we moved to Gilbert 6 years ago. Our neighborhood school does not offer a ½ Day Kindergarten option, so we have enrolled our children in the ½ Day Programs where the District has provided them.
It is my understanding that before the state provided funding for Full Day Kindergarten, families who wanted Full Day Kindergarten needed to pay for the additional expense. Once state funding for Full Day Kindergarten was cut, my husband and I were hopeful that the District “Pay for Full Day” policy would be reinstated and we’d see more ½ Day classes offered at neighborhood schools. We were disappointed the District chose to keep the Full Day Program at the tax payer expense.Read More
- May 15, 2013
- GPS Governing Board Meeting May 15: Raise the Primary Property Tax Rate? Put another Override on the November 2013 Ballot?
There is a Gilbert Public Schools Board meeting tonight, May 15, at 7:00 pm, to be held in the Governing Board Room, Building B, 140 S. Gilbert Road. Here is the link to the Agenda:
On the agenda are 4 items:
3.01 Approval of Options to be Considered for the 2013-2014 Budget.
NOTE: Only Option C contains a $5.5 million deficit because it does not raise the Primary Property Tax Rate. Can the District reduce expenses by $5.5 million in order to balance the budget? Or will the board vote to raise The Primary Property Tax Rate? The previous board raised it by 40% last year. The current board has been advised that the defeat of the override in the 2012 election, plus declining home values, in addition to 10% of property owners unable to pay their taxes, has all created a budget crisis for GPS.
See below how, for 10 years, the previous board and GPS District didn’t put money into the classroom even when they had override dollars, a 1-cent sales tax revenue, in addition to Prop 301 money.Read More
- May 14, 2013
- BILL WHITTLE joining AZ Rep Warren Petersen at ANTI-MEDICAID EXPANSION RALLY!!!
Are you attending, in Protest, Governor Brewer’s PRO-LEFTIST, PRO-MEDICAID EXPANSION RALLY Wednesday, May 15 at 11 am?
Well, stick around. Arizona Representative Warren Petersen (LD12) is hosting an ANTI-MEDICAID EXPANSION RALLY with Bill Whittle as his featured guest speaker at 12 HIGH NOON!
- May 14, 2013
- Rep. Salmon Calls for Special Counsel to Investigate IRS Targeting of Conservative Groups
*For Immediate Release* Contact: Kristine Michalson
May 15, 2013 Cell: (202) 870-4973
Rep. Salmon Calls for Special Counsel to Investigate
IRS Targeting of Conservative Groups
Sending letter to Attorney General calling for full and independent investigation
WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) announced that he is sending a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder calling on him to appoint a Special Counsel to fully and independently investigate the IRS targeting of the Administration’s political opponents and to prosecute to the fullest any perpetrators found guilty of abusing their government roles. Rep. Salmon released the following statement regarding his letter to Attorney General Holder:
- May 14, 2013
- The National Federation of Independent Business OPPOSES the Medicaid Expansion
Please see the latest press release from the NFIB:
- May 13, 2013
- ICC 2012 International Building Codes 5/1/2013 Meeting Review
Rusdon Ray, a local Gilbert draftsman and home designer, has been providing information to Gilbert Watch for several weeks relating to the controversial ICC 2012 International Building Codes and the possibility that the Gilbert Town Council will adopt them as law. (Please see Public Hearing in Gilbert May 1: ICC 2012 Building Codes and Email Gilbert Council: NO to making ICC 2012 International Codes LAW.)
Everywhere we turn, we are seeing Top Down Government Control. We as freedom loving individuals have less and less control over our own lives, our children's lives, our borders, and even our choice of a lightbulb in our own home. Very few of our elected "representatives" are willing to stand up for us. Most side with Big Government Progressives and Big Corporations, that "know best" what's good for us.
Here is Rusdon Ray's Review of the Town of Gilbert Public Meeting 5-1-13: ICC 2012 International Building Codes.Read More