“Union” is a word that most GEA leadership prefers to avoid, and it appears to be a concept that GPS school board member Daryl Colvin along with board President Staci Burk and board Clerk Julie Smith feel GPS are better off without.
In a 3-2 vote on a substitute motion (board members Lily Tram and Jill Humphreys dissenting) the . . . → Read More: Is the Gilbert Education Association gone?
Civil Liberties… rights… freedom… what is it? Can it be measured? How is freedom quantified?
Have you ever heard or even caught yourself saying, “I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it?” Most of us have heard this or something very similar. And yet, . . . → Read More: I’ll Defend to the Death Your Rights… Even for the Mentally Ill????
Common Core Standards as dictated by the Federal Government are going to change a great many things with regard to curriculum in our schools. They are having a much greater impact than was originally anticipated and as with anything else Federally focused, local control is all but non-existent. See how “Common Core” is impacting the . . . → Read More: Common Core Standards Remove Literature for Government Documents
Those who frequent this website will recognize that some changes have been made recently. As this website originally focused on Gilbert Unified School District, a recent decision was made to broaden the scope of this site to include that of all public schools in the Town of Gilbert and thus fulfill the area that the . . . → Read More: Higley Public Schools Added
The tally is in, most of you already know the score. It’s been interesting to see some of the feedback and comments from various groups. I know I was watching the election results come in like most of you and observed that there seemed to be much greater energy about who had won the local . . . → Read More: Congrats to all – Post Election Results
Mr. Blake Sacha ran for Gilbert School Board in 2010 and was defeated by current board member Staci Burk and former board member Shane Stapley who resigned his position after moving out of the district in March of 2012. Mr. Sacha was appointed to fill the vacancy by County Superintendent, Mr. Don Covey based on recommendations . . . → Read More: GPS Override – Some Facts to Consider
GPS School Board Candidate Jill Humphreys who is endorsed by GPS School Board President, EJ Anderson has some interesting opinions about funding education. In a recent survey conducted by The Center for Arizona Policy and received in September of 2012, Mrs. Humphreys answered three questions pertaining to funding that I find somewhat disturbing considering the . . . → Read More: GPS School Board Candidate – Would Abuse School Funds if elected
In a press release via email, AZ State Treasurer Doug Ducey makes he following statement:
Proposition 204 will NOT help teachers or students, but will instead continue to reward an education system that has increasingly spent less and less money in the classroom. Dr. Craig Barrett, the former CEO . . . → Read More: Prop204 Monies Will Not Reach Classroom – AZ State Treasurer Says
The Gilbert School District has cash on hand from year to year maintained as rainy day funds. At the end of the past several years the district reports a cash balance on hand of approximately 52M on average. Currently there is approximately 11M in unrestricted fund balances available for use and transfer into the maintenence and operations . . . → Read More: What if the Override Continuation Doesn’t Pass? Will the Sky Fall?
On Oct. 2nd, 2012, a crowd of 300 parents, teachers and students gathered at Mesquite High School to attend a special school board meeting. Typically, at most meetings, the board members and administrators outnumber the citizens who attend. This was different! The crowd was there to express their 1st amendment rights regarding an unexpected decision by the administration. After 32 years . . . → Read More: But Some Are More Equal Than Others