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I heard about a JCPS PR goon who’s shopping around for a new job AND 55,000 Degrees is looking for a PR goon.

This sounds like a match made in heaven.

Here’s a tidbit from the 55,000 Degrees job posting for a Director of Community Engagement:

55,000 Degrees is a multi-sector partnership and community movement launched in 2010 with the goal of increasing postsecondary degree attainment in the Louisville region to 50% of the working age population (or 55,000 more degrees) by 2020.

 

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Louisville LOST 4,000 degrees from 2010 to 2011.  That was the first year that the bozos at 55,000 Degrees began “championing Louisville’s college-going and completion culture, engaging groups and individuals who care and want to help, identifying and deploying effective communications vehicles and facilitating 55K’s role in events, coalitions and action networks.”

Action networks.  Deploying effective communications vehicles.  Championing Louisville’s college-going and completion culture.  Blah, blah, blah.

So much bullshit, so few results.

 

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From 55,000 Degrees Progress Report

So, JCPS superintendent Donna Hargens recommended that property tax rates should remain the same for this fiscal year.  BUT THE DECISION TO RAISE TAXES RESTS WITH THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.  Six of the seven board members have received endorsements and political contributions from the teachers union.  The teachers union wants a tax increase.  How do you think this will pan out?

Sounds like they just don’t want you people to show up at Monday’s school board meeting and raise holy hell like you did last year.

DO IT AGAIN, PEOPLE…

because their math doesn’t work:

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According to JCPS’s budget, projected revenue for 2014-15 is $1,011,815,318 or $1.012 BILLION.

JCPS expenses are $1,019,072,066 or $1.020 BILLION which is $8 million more than revenue.

Local media has reported that the JCPS  budget is $1.3 BILLION which is a lot more than revenue.

No tax increase?  I don’t believe that and I HOPE I’M WRONG.

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This is interesting.  A $40 million “fees and miscellaneous expenses” line item?

 

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Unbelievable.

Toni, you’re an idiot.

 

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And don’t get too excited, people.

No tax increase is really dead as long as you have that technology hustler, David Jones, Jr., sitting on your school board itching to make a motion to raise taxes.  LIKE HE DID LAST YEAR.

It’s expensive to take healthcare crap and re-package it as education crap.

 

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“Our district desperately needs this revenue in order to provide schools with the resources they need to help every student succeed, allow for expanded learning opportunities for struggling students, sustain our district’s ability to attract and keep quality educators, and ensure that our learners have access to the modern technology necessary for 21-st century learning.” - Brent McKim, President, Jefferson County Teachers Association, attempting to justify seventh property tax increase in seven years (The Crapola-Journal, August 20, 2014)

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This beautiful, wooded 4.16 acre estate is located at 721 Watch Hill Lane in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Zillow describes the property as a six-bedroom, five-bathroom home with a pool.  According to Hamilton County property records, the owners of this home are John R. Green, Jr. and his wife Mary Green.

Let’s talk about the Greens, their Covington, Kentucky-based school supply business and JCPS providing “schools with the resources they need to help every student succeed,” as Mr. McKim spelled out in today’s Crapola-Journal.

Okay.  So, we have this press release from JCPS that says parents are responsible for purchasing only paper, pencils and folders but they’re off the hook for things like Ziploc bags, paper towels and anti-bacterial wipes which always appear on Classroom Supplies Wish List.  Teachers have not just been strongly discouraged from sending wish lists to parents, they’ve been forbidden from doing so.  I’ve talked to too many teachers who’ve been directed to John R. Green and School Specialty for their classroom supplies.  And I’ve talked to a couple of teacher who are furious that they can’t ask parents for supplies.  Some families LIKE donating supplies so what’s really going on?

This newest JCPS scheme promotes increased equity which is just bizarre.  Too bad JCPS can’t dream bigger than that.  Equitable distribution of teacher experience in our schools will promote increased equity.  Paper towels and baby wipes?  Not so much.

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School Specialty is located in Ohio, so buying local isn’t important to JCPS.  In fact, many of the vendors on the approved vendors list are located out-of-state.  Just buy this stuff from Walmart already.

Here’s some information about the John R. Green Company from the Kentucky Secretary of State:

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And here is the paperwork for the dissolution of John R. Green Company, Inc. which was swiftly followed up with the creation of John R. Green Company, LLC.   Hello, tax advantages – and good job, Junior!

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John R. Green has a special place in JCPS’s accounts payable department which means they receive a lot of orders.

 

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Here’s what appears on JCPS’s 2013-14 vendor list for John R. Green.  Does this include purchases made by the schools with their credit cards?  I have no idea, you tell me.

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This is from JCPS’s 2012-13 vendor list for John R. Green:

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In one year, John R. Green saw payments increase by about $117,000 or 26%.

In three years, JCPS has seen enrollment increase by 2000 students to 102,367.  That’s just a two-percent increase over three years or approximately 0.7% each year.

If enrollment increased by about 1%, shouldn’t payments increase by around 1%, too?  Okay, maybe increase payments by 5% because JCPS is so lousy at controlling costs.  But +0.7% enrollment and +26% Green payments translates into a 1:37 ratio.  Please, explain.

Some good news.  A 25% discount for JCPS:

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Good news, bad news:  Fayette County schools also receive a 25% discount which means JCPS isn’t the only sucker buying overpriced school supplies.

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Let’s do a price comparison on a product that JCPS will now purchase to “help students succeed”.  One container of 75 wipes is about $3.33 at Walmart.

evwalmartwipesAt John R. Green, one container of 75 wipes is $6.88.  Discounted, it’s  $5.16 or $1.83 more than Walmart.  That’s 55% higher.

WHY IS JCPS PAYING A PREMIUM FOR ANYTHING?  It’s because wasting money is what they do best.

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This company is on an approved list for almost every school district in Kentucky which means plenty of school districts in Kentucky can guarantee overpaying for classroom supplies.  Art supplies like crayons, markers and colored pencils at John R. Green are competitively priced – but JCPS isn’t providing those low-margin products to the students.

The students.  Let’s not forget about the JCPS students.

Most of them are poor.  Many of them are graduating with math and reading skills that are far below grade level.  We have eighteen-year-old kids graduating with the math skills of a fifth-grader, if they’re lucky.  Heck, many black males aren’t even graduating.

This information is from JCPS’s 2011 FACT Book, the most recent edition available:

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The numbers are much worse now.  Almost 70% of JCPS students receive free or reduced-fee lunch up from about 65%; about 12% of JCPS students are homeless, up from 10%.  That means JCPS students and their families are in worse shape now than three years ago even though JCPS employees and contractors are more prosperous than ever by tapping into a budget that exceeds $1.3 BILLION.   Visit the Crapola-Journal’s salary database for JCPS and you have to scroll through 370 employees and 37 pages of $100,000+ salaries before you hit a five-digit salary.

On August 25th, the Jefferson County Board of Education is going to raise your taxes for the seventh time in seven years but the money isn’t going to help low-income, low-performing students.  It hasn’t up until now, why should anything change?  Maybe the multi-million dollar tax increase will help people like the Greens add another shiny Range Rover to their stable of luxury cars or guarantee vulture capitalist and school board member David Jones, Jr., a nice contract for some of the second-hand health care software/education technology junk that he’s been aggressively hustling.

Over a billion dollars is supposed to be spent on EDUCATION for Louisville’s children, most of them extraordinarily poor.  That’s $1,300,000,000!! Instead, hundreds of millions of dollars will end up in the bank accounts of prosperous people who really couldn’t care less about poor kids or education.  I don’t have a problem with profits or purchases or school supplies or school supply companies.  What is so infuriating is that so much prosperity for so few is a result of JCPS’s financial dysfunction.   JCPS pays too much for what they buy, they buy too much that they doesn’t need, they hire too many administrators and the salaries are too high.  It’s astonishing, really.   JCPS excels at waste and apathy which means our public education dollars are nothing more than an easy source of income to a bunch bloodsucking creeps.

But you know that already.

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He loves this city and he didn’t mean anything by it.  Really.

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Read the rest here at the Manual Red Eye.

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I hope the dumbass who wrote this gets fired.

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Profits from 20,000 cans of soda “vanished” over three years and the person solely responsible for the school’s finances went Sergeant Shultz on us.

From page 17 of the PRP Financial Management Review:

One of the main revenue sources for the account, Faculty Drinks vending, has sustained shortages compared to expected profits the past three years, totaling over $10,000 (see Finding 9).  When questioned how deficits could be declining, as Principal Johnson claimed, when vending shortages continued, Principal Johnson did not respond.


It’s okay to clam up when ten grand goes missing.  Just lay low and the JCPS public relations machine will generate enough feel-good press releases to distract folks from the kind of mismanagement that is the bedrock of our pathetic school system.

Here are the numbers for the “vending shortages” or what the average person calls “$10,092.13 stolen from the vending machine over three years”:

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Look at that recommendation.  Isn’t that something?  Hire full service vending ASAP.

I have a better recommendation:  SEND THE CREEP WHO STOLE THIS MONEY TO JAIL.

 

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Oh, but I do.

 

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