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Beloit - We can do this!

Let me do my job?

As I reflect on some of the dynamics of what we are asking… or denying our school board, administration, teachers and students I cannot help but reflect on my own life experiences. I think we likely all do. We filter new situations and considerations through the lens of our own life experiences and observations. So […]

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Educational Opportunities & Sustainable use of Resources

Tail wagging the dog.

Hopefully you’ve reviewed the proposal plans and supporting documents. You can find these on the school district website. It’s been reported on repeatedly. There have been many in-person presentations throughout the community for as many as possible and for any groups who have asked. There have been extensive efforts to try and reach out to […]

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Just the facts, mam.

Cleaning up the Facts, Misstatements, and Other Stuff…

Last night (March 19, 2012)  the “Anti-Referendum”  group held an information meeting, and it was full of misstatements, misdirection, and outright falsehoods.    I like open debate, where people talk about the issues and the facts, it is the “lubrication” that keeps our society together.  On the other hand I despise those who spread rumor and […]

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Beloit Referendum? I’m Outraged!

  We attended an anti-referendum presentation last evening. It was impressive how expansive the list of F.U.D.* assembled and disseminated was. The unfortunate part however is that unless the audience member has the available facts at hand one is left to take all of it at face value. The referendum is indeed a large effort. […]

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Middle School Breaks Relationship Links

4-8 schools… why?

I’m not the expert. Just a parent like yourself trying to make sense given available input. What we have is broken: It seems what gets a lot of attention is why 4-8 schools? To start, we need to recognize that the traditional middle school model, as experienced nationally is fundamentally and widely accepted as a […]

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Beloit’s School Property Tax History

Let’s look at Property Tax Rates.  Currently Beloit taxpayers pay $9.47 per $1,000 of value. Now, let’s say you as a property owner are incensed, this is an outrage, a tax increase, you are going to move….  Before you take that leap consider the following tax rates for schools: Janesville:  $9.476/$1,000 Parkview:  $9.88/$1,000 Clinton:      $12.32 […]

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Florida Small School Law

We need smaller neighborhood schools!

So yesterday I had the opportunity to listen to a presentation by the two people championing voting no to the referendum. Oh my gosh…  There’s simply too much to try and cover. Simply too much poor or misguided information and a whole lot of F.U.D. thrown in to alarm people and call into question the […]

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Home for sale

Referendum? Heck no!

Heard a great one yesterday. Reinforces my impression that folks are not fully thinking this through.Yesterday I  heard someone declare… “We’re not voting for the referendum. We don’t have kids in school. In fact we’re looking to sell our home.”Perfect I say! You should absolutely vote for the referendum. Know why? You’re selling your home […]

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Beloit School History Quiz, how much do you really know about Beloit Schools??

Beloit School History Quiz It is said that those who don’t know their history  are doomed to repeat it. The following are questions that pertain to Beloit’s education system.  How well do you know your history?  1.  The present day Rock County  Christian School  (formerly St. Thomas) sits on a site of one of Beloit’s […]

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Beloit Referendum Rally

School Referendum: What it is and what it isn’t….

This is not just a School Referendum, this is an Economic Development Issue Is it about jobs, both for the construction but for citizens in the long run. It is about attracting people to Beloit.  The #1 reason, by far, that people use when choosing a community to live in is Schools. It is about […]

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