Gilbert Watch Blog
- June 25, 2017
- Arizona K-12 School Finance Statistics: Why does Arizona Rank #48 in Per Pupil Spending?
You've heard the mantra, especially from newspaper editorials around Arizona, accusing the Legislature of "disgraceful, seemingly willful abandonment of our public schools." (See Payson Schools facing Tough Competition.) Arizona's news editors don't want you to know the "rest of the story," if it doesn't fit their Leftist world view. What are the facts?
The Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA) has put together an 8-page document titled Arizona K-12 School Finance Statistics: Providing Context to a Complex Measurement, that provides factual information relating to the reasons and fallacies surrounding the commonly argued narrative that Arizona doesn't fund K-12 education adequately.
SummaryClick here to read more
- June 17, 2017
- Planned Parenthood Deception
This is an important video that explains how money is "fungible." It reminds me of the guy who begs his father-in-law for several thousands of dollars, because "Your daughter is in desperate need of life-saving surgery!" The father-in-law responds, "No. You'll spend it on drugs and alcohol." Son-in-law says, "Oh no. I've got money for that!"See below for more examples of how Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers deceive women. Over and over, Planned Parenthood asserts that they provide "prenatal care." Guess what. They don't!Click here to read more
- June 16, 2017
- Assistant Principal to Peaceful Protesters: "They Aren't Children! They're Cells! You are at a science-based school!”
In late April 2017, 16-year old Connor Haines and his sister Lauren, 19, were peacefully protesting against the holocaust of abortion, and sharing the gospel. They were legally on a public sidewalk outside of STEM Academy, Downingtown, Pennsylvania. They held signs and were calling out to students and others who were leaving the school in their vehicles.
After a few minutes, Assistant Principal Zachary Ruff approaches and tells them to get off the public sidewalk. Connor says they are there legally. Ruff again orders them to leave. Connor suggests he call the police. Connor explains they are protesting the holocaust (abortion) happening in America. Ruff tells him to leave. It becomes clear that Connor won't back down.
In less than a minute from initially ordering Connor and Lauren to leave, Ruff tells Connor to "Go to H**L, where THEY are!" (Who's "they"?) Aborted babies.
It gets worse.Click here to read more
- June 14, 2017
- Not in Our Schools: Stop the Planned Parenthood Invasion
Ms. Peggy McClain has been investigating and reporting on the hyper-sexualization of Arizona's school children for several years. She has worked very hard to open the eyes of parents who find it hard to believe that their child's school could possibly be a physically and emotionally dangerous place. Some parents sense that something is wrong, but their common sense is overridden by the assurances of the "experts," especially because they are so nice about it. Until, that is, the parent continues to express their concerns. Ms. McClain helps parents refuse to be manipulated and take charge of their children's education. See Delphi Technique - Anyone Who Wants to be Involved in Their Child's Education Should Understand This.
Ultimately, young women who have had an abortion know that they have ended the life of their own child. It is an agonizing fact they must live with for the rest of their lives, no matter how much Planned Parenthood and other abortionists try to dehumanize that child, even to the point of outright lying. See Abortion Facility Misleads Women, Showing Them Deceiving Depictions of Fetal Development .
Today's young people need to know that one-third of their generation has been wiped out by abortion.
Even the schools in Arizona are trying to "normalize" promiscuity, sexual experimentation, and abortion. If your common sense tells you that this is wrong, you are right. No matter which school your child is attending, I urge you to review Ms. McClain's blog, Not In Our Schools, which is updated frequently. You can also sign up to receive newsletters, and follow the blog on Twitter. Recent articles include:Click here to read more
- June 13, 2017
- Frank Riggs for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
Yes, I'm supporting Frank Riggs for Arizona's next Superintendent of Public Instruction, and I'm downright enthusiastic about it. Why? Without a doubt, he's the most qualified. Also, he puts Students first, not the institution of public education. He respects and welcomes dialogue with Parents, not paid, self-interested lobbyists. He is a proven education leader for school choice, local control, and quality education. He believes that quality education means focusing on classroom teaching and learning, and on recruiting and retaining the very best teachers for Arizona’s kids. He has promised to advocate and work tirelessly for a high-quality education to help every child reach their full potential, regardless of where they live or their socio-economic circumstances. He also intends to make the Arizona Department of Education fully transparent, responsive, and accountable to parents, educators and taxpayers.
Please take a look at his website, and you'll see that not only does he "say" all the right things, but he has also "done" all the right things.
Frank Riggs has earned the endorsements of leaders and parents who want the education of Arizona's children to be the First Priority! See below for some of their statements about Frank Riggs, and then read his record of leadership, and you'll know why these dedicated people are fighting for Frank Riggs as Arizona's next Superintendent of Public Instruction:
Jared Taylor has stated this about Frank Riggs: "Frank Riggs is the most qualified candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction in Arizona’s history.” Not only is Mr. Taylor an anti-Common Core constitutional conservative serving as a Member of the State Board of Education and Gilbert Town Councilman, he is also the business manager for Heritage Academy. One of the missions of this charter school is to ensure that its students learn about the lives, beliefs, and accomplishments of the heroes of America – our founding fathers and mothers – and to better understand the values and principles which governed their lives and upon which they built the American nation.
Mr. Taylor is a leader of the Mommy Lobby, with whom I have been privileged to work for the last 6 years, focusing on defeating The Common Core Machine in Arizona.Click here to read more
- June 4, 2017
- We are Forever Grateful to Donald Trump!
(The following article was sent to me anonymously. It’s a timely, accurate, and thoughtful essay that needs to be read by every American.)
We are Forever Grateful to Donald Trump!
Donald Trump accurately perceived the downward slope the country was on and decided to do something about it, hoping to extend to others the wonderful opportunities for success this country had afforded him. With very little to gain personally, he willingly gave up the lifestyle of a billionaire to help “right the ship of state” before this opportunity completely slipped away under Democratic rule. Fully aware of the risks involved, he took on the political establishment of both parties; and, as a vulnerable political “outsider” without widespread support in the cesspool called Washington, D.C., he subjected himself and his family to unprecedented personal abuse that continues to this day.
Regardless of the outcome of the current hysteria and the orchestrated “witch-hunt” being conducted by the so-called mainstream media and the Democrats, those of us who supported Donald Trump for president can hold our heads high. We are forever grateful to him for many reasons. Here’s a small sampling:Click here to read more
- May 26, 2017
- Tom Morrissey to Speak at Rim Country Republican Club - 5/29/17
Please come to the Memorial Day meeting of the Rim Country Republican Club to hear a presentation byTom Morrissey, Past Chairman of the AZ GOP. The meeting will be held on May 29 at Tiny's Restaurant, Highway 260 in Payson Arizona at 11:00 am. Mr. Morrissey's talk will be about his experiences with the Establishment in our party when he was State Chairman and what really goes on behind closed doors, far from the eyes and ears of the grassroots and true believers.
Click here to read more
- May 2, 2017
- AZMerit High Stakes test now accounts for 90% of a school’s letter grade
An article published on April 28, 2017 in the Arizona Daily Independent, reports on a recent vote by the Arizona State Board of Education to use the results of Common Core-aligned AZMerit high stakes test to grade public schools.
Arizonans Against Common Core, Mommy Lobby AZ, and Opt Out AZ, released a statement after the vote: “Parents advocating for their children and teachers are dismayed by the A-F Accountability plan adopted by the Arizona State Board of Education. One high stakes test now accounts for 90% of a school’s letter grade. This decision reveals the SBE believes parents are incapable of selecting schools on their own. Few other factors matter to the state; however, parents make thoughtful school choices based on their own values, research, and judgment.”
So, the AZ. State Board of Education is using the controversial, unvalidated, one-size-fits all, secretive, high stakes AZ Merit to “evaluate” every public school in Arizona. The only people who have seriously donned their thinking caps are SBE board member Jared Taylor, Choice Academies president Ms. Lisa Fink, and commentators “Listen to a Mom” and Edward Cizek. The letter grade a school receives using AZ Merit scores as the most critical criteria, will be useless to parents. Do the board members actually believe otherwise? What a waste of time, effort, and money. Ms. Fink, who is quoted extensively, uses Consumer Reports as an example of what truly passes for an evaluation of a product. I would add that we use far more criteria evaluating the nutritional value of canned soup and cereal.Click here to read more