Every now and then, voters get an opportunity to elect someone who reaches beyond the boring talking points and poll-tested campaign rhetoric. Someone who is ready to take on the real issues threatening our civil society. Today this person isRead more
In the race for AZ Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Horne is back. Yes, Mr. Common Core himself! He’s already been the Superintendent and Attorney General and many wonder why he wants to re-enter AZ politics. GilbertWatch has followed HorneRead more
Recently, I published two posts relating to the Gilbert School Board’s 9/4/2012 refusal to reinstate a non-denominational Invocation to open its governing board meetings. These included Daryl Colvin Asks Gilbert School Board to Bring Back the Invocation and Some Stand Firm; Some Crumble. Since that time, Hayley Ringle of the Arizona Republic published an article titled Gilbert School Board Stance on Prayer Upsetting Some.
Board member Staci Burk had proposed that the Board merely "discuss" the issue of reinstating the Invocation, but 4 board members–EJ Anderson, Helen Hollands, Blake Sacha, and Lily Tram–refused. As you will note in Hayley’s article, the basis of that refusal was "fear of a lawsuit."Read more
We imagine that persecution of Christians is remote. It happens "over there" in countries like Nigeria, as reported in World magazine, Standing with the Brethren. Not here. It can’t happen in America, much less in Gilbert. Nobody’s burning down our churches or shooting us as we attend religious services.
They don’t have to if we give up our core beliefs without a feeble whimper.
Have you ever wondered, "How does systematic persecution begin"? Would you recognize it if you saw it? Would you do anything to stop it?Read more
The Gilbert School Board meets tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 7 pm. The topic is “Should an Invocation be brought back to open the Governing Board meetings”?
Gilbert Public Schools – 7 pm
140 S. Gilbert Road
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Email address to all board members: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please attend and speak up, or send an email in support of an Opening Invocation before Governing Board Meetings.
According to Staci Burke, GPS Board President:
“It appears that the U.S. Supreme Court in the Town of Greece case is leaning that it is Constitutional to continue the practice. I expect that the board will likely be holding a meeting next Thursday at 5 pm to discuss adoption of a Resolution to bring back prayer to the Board meeting and discuss adopting a policy regarding such practice. Under the law it will need to be non-denominational and all religions invited and treated equally in participation.”
Here is the item on tonight’s agenda. (See the full agenda here)
10.02 Discuss the Adoption of a Resolution regarding an Opening Invocation before Governing Board Meetings.Read more
by Ms. Julie Smith, a member of the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board elected in November of 2012. Artwork by Miss Natalie Smith, an eighth grade student at Gilbert Classical Academy, a Gilbert Public School.Read more
….“We are honored to receive this recognition,” says Gilbert Mayor John Lewis. “Premier education, commitment to safety, and a playful community – This is Gilbert!” Those of us who live, or have lived, in Gilbert, know it’s a wonderful, family-oriented,Read more
Written by Anita Christy with contributing reporter, Denine Driggs It was quite the evening at the November 5 Higley School Board Meeting. On the agenda was a vote to hire Core Construction Company to build a new elementary school,Read more
Here’s the question that came before the GPS board on June 24, 2014: Should the Superintendent of Gilbert Public Schools determine the agenda for the Governing Board meetings, as has been the policy since 2000? Or should the president of the Governing Board set the agenda for Governing Board meetings?
Ron Bellus, candidate for GPS Governing Board, explains below why the president should set the agenda.Read more
Please bring your friends and neighbors to meet Ron Bellus at the home of Bob and Maryann Bellus this Friday. Ron is running for the Gilbert Public Schools governing board, and as you can see from his website, he is highly qualified and strongly recommended. Click HERE.
The Meet and Greet will be held on Friday, June 27, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, at 3613 E Page Ave, Gilbert.
Special Guests include Gilbert Vice Mayor Eddie Cook and Gilbert Council member Victor Petersen.Read more