Oak Harbor School Board Directors sign their names to the false claim that there has been “no money for textbooks” + Video “California Teachers Union Socialist Brainwashing – Tax The Rich”

Author:BillB

Updated (below): A four page color flyer paid for by the Oak Harbor School District (OHSD) recently hit everyone’s mailbox on North Whidbey, boldly pretending NOT to be campaign literature for OHSD’s impending M&O levy.

Within that taxpayer-paid-for document, all five of our elected Oak Harbor School Board Directors signed their names claiming that the OHSD budget has had “no money for textbooks”, despite the fact that Washington State perennially provides revenue SPECIFICALLY for such items on a Full Time Equivalent (FTE) per-pupil basis.

Either all five of these people are either too stupid to be on a school board, or they think we, the public, are illiterate idiots, or all five of these elected officials are outright liars. In any case, the OHSD is being mismanaged and deserves ZERO public support, monetary or otherwise. 

 

We, the public, are being 100% scammed by completely false allegations about budget reductions and lack of funding for things like textbooks in our K-12 schools. Substitute House Bill 2776, passed during the 2010 Legislative Session, specifically allocates revenue on a per FTE student basis, and those specific revenue items are being increased from the state level.

See the documents at: Substitute House Bill 2776, including: FINAL BILL REPORT SHB 2776

In the 2008-2009 biennium, those amounts were:

  • technology $ 54.43
  • utilities and insurance $147.90
  • curriculum and textbooks $ 58.44
  • other supplies and library materials $124.07
  • professional development $ 9.04
  • facilities maintenance $ 73.27
  • central administration and security $ 50.76

Total: $517.90

The above FTE student amounts are being adjusted for inflation as time goes forward. But, in any case…..

Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, those amounts will be:

  • technology $113.80
  • utilities and insurance $309.21
  • curriculum and textbooks $122.17
  • other supplies and library materials $259.39
  • professional development $ 18.89
  • facilities maintenance $153.18
  • central administration and security $106.12

Total: $1,082.76

Click HERE to view that K-12 funding bill as PASSED legislation.

Even the document “A Citizen’s Guide to the Washington State, K‐12 Finance” for the year 2011 specifies that this IS how our schools are financed in these specific categories from the state level! And, that very same publication in its iteration for the year 2012 says the same thing!

The above dollar amounts reflect revenue which the school school district receives each year from WA State, on a per student FTE basis, specifically for the items listed, irregardless of any local levy support or Federal Impact Aid. If it is for some reason true in the OHSD that there is “no money for textbooks” it IS NOT due to lack of revenue / funding. Since our five school board directors also claim to have done “their homework” in the just-mailed propaganda flyer, they know these facts. This is therefore a clear example of mismanagement of the monies we are already giving the OHSD, and the Oak Harbor School Board is “in” on this. Therefore a “NO” vote on the proposed school levy is more than justified.

Updated Section: Additionally, individual Oak Harbor School Board Directors have also begun their own letter-writing propaganda campaign for this onerous school levy:

  • Oak Harbor School Board Director Gary Wallin’s letter very misleadingly calls a proposed DOUBLING of the OHSD M&O levy a “replacement” levy, claims he has a crystal ball when it comes to further state and federal revenues (they always go “down”, eh, Gary?) and then tells the biggest lie of all when he says: “We cannot make further cuts without eliminating student learning opportunities.” Not true, as eliminating $1.4 million in existing TRI-Days is certainly an option, whereas, instead, you guys are already planning to pump up that TRI-Day local teacher pay-padding scheme by adding an additional $550,000 annually to the existing TRI-Day scheme, so teachers can skim away almost $2 million annually from the kids!
  • Corey Johnson’s letter erroneously claimedThe state does not fund computers and technology” and that “Oak Harbor schools have been underfunded for decades.”. If so, how could OHSD have afforded to pay-pad teachers salaries with local “BONUS PAY” (i.e. TRI-Days to the tune of $1.4 million annually), and how can you be planning to be giving away an additional $550,000 in TRi-Days to teachers if the schools have been “underfunded for decades”? And, he emphatically claims “There is no funding to replace any more text books if the levy does not pass.” If that is case, where is the money from the state of WA for things like textbooks and technology going instead?
 

School Board Directors in Oak Harbor have already gone ON RECORD saying “Oak Harbor’s focus is education, not AYP scores“. In that article, Peter Hunt makes duplicitous suggestions. He claims that getting our children to function AT GRADE LEVEL on state-created standardized tests is asking our schools to meet “impossibly high standards” . He also also brags about the number of AP classes offered, but make no mention of OHSD’s extremely low AP class “pass” rates on national standardized exams for those same AP classes. In other words, the OHSD likes to purport the ILLUSION of high academic standards, but they don’t want anyone to pay attention to the metrics, which show otherwise. Peter Hunt says that the OHSD’s focus is “education”? What, exactly, then, does “education” really mean? The below video provides some real insight to what public K-12 “education” is now all about. It was very recently produced by the California Teachers Association. It’s a revisit of the “tax the rich” mantra. The teachers’ unions apparently believe this is now part of the “core curriculum” in our K-12 schools.

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4 comments

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    It is getting rather bothersome that the school board and teachers use half truths and outright lies when campaigning for these school levies.

    I for one will NEVER vote for an Oak Harbor School district levy until they come clean and be honest with the taxpayers.

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      School board directors, teachers, school administrators, and folks running these levy campaigns spout these thematic lies, nonsense and half-truths. It’s gotten past the point of absurdity. It seems to me we’ve entered into an era where these pro-levy folks actually try to see just how much money they can fraudulently get folks to hand over to them while they continue to make claims which they know to be not only purposely misleading and false, but which are also more and more exceedingly outlandish.

      When they then celebrate after each school levy or school bond passage, they seem to be, therefore, celebrating their own long-term success at, over time, having dumbed-down the populace – the now-adult populace.

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    I’ll be curious to see if the Whidbey News-Times is going to start giving views opposed to the levy a voice anywhere near the voluminous space they have given, and continue to give, to the “pro” side. The below is 500 words. I sent it to the newspaper. Any bets as to whether it will see the light of day in a timely manner?

    Vote no on the school levy. Either all of five of our elected school board directors are too stupid to be on a school board, or they think we, the public, are illiterate idiots, or all five of these elected officials are outright liars, but, in any case, our tax dollars are being mismanaged and therefore the OHSD deserves zero public support, monetary or otherwise.

    A four page color flyer paid for by the Oak Harbor School District recently hit mailboxes on North Whidbey, boldly pretending not to be campaign literature for OHSD’s impending M&O levy. In it, all five of our elected Oak Harbor School Board Directors signed their names claiming that the OHSD budget has had “no money for textbooks”, despite the fact that Washington State perennially provides revenue specifically for such items on a Full Time Equivalent (FTE) per-pupil basis. We have well over FTE 5,000 students. The state provides revenue on an FTE student basis of between $517.90 (in 2008) increasing to $1,082.76 (in 2015) for: technology $113.80; utilities and insurance $309.21; curriculum and textbooks $122.17; other supplies and library materials $259.39; professional development $18.89; facilities maintenance $153.18; central administration and security $106.12. Look this up for yourself in “A Citizen’s Guide to the Washington State, K‐12 Finance”.

    Oak Harbor School Board Director Gary Wallin’s WNT levy letter erroneously claimed: “We cannot make further cuts without eliminating student learning opportunities.” Not true, as eliminating $1.4 million in existing TRI-Days is certainly an option, whereas, instead, as previously reported in the WNT, you guys are already planning to pump up the TRI-Day local teacher pay-padding scheme by adding an additional $550,000 annually to the existing TRI-Day scheme, so teachers can skim away almost $2 million annually from the kids!

    Corey Johnson’s WNT levy letter erroneously claimed “The state does not fund computers and technology” and that “Oak Harbor schools have been underfunded for decades.” If so, how could OHSD have perennially afforded to pay-pad teachers’ salaries with local “pay-padding” bonus pay (i.e. TRI-Days) to the tune of $1.4 million annually, and how can you be planning to be giving away an additional $550,000 perennially in TRI-Day pay-padding to teachers if the schools have been “underfunded for decades”? And, he emphatically claims “There is no funding to replace any more text books if the levy does not pass.” If that is the case, where is textbook money from WA State going instead if not for textbooks? Is it going to TRI-Day teacher pay-padding?

    Federal Impact Aid dollars and M&O levy dollars are fungible revenues: they are interchangeable with one another. OHSD’s claim that they do not pay-pad teachers’ salaries with levy dollars, but only with Impact Aid dollars, is a specious attempt at misdirection. Wherever these existing revenues are going, along with specified state revenues, clearly they are not being used as intended in OHSD, towards kids’ educational needs, and this mandates a “no” vote on this levy proposal. The levy is a fraud being perpetuated upon voters.

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      I have a letter in the holding pattern on another matter for 18 days now.

      GOOD LUCK

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