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57th Annual Science Fair Draws Record Number of Entries

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http://www.semissourian.com/story/1947098.html

This article is great reading for those who believe a quality education is a way to help this great country remain a leader in the free world. The students who won their categories put in a lot of hard work and strictly followed scientific methods. One of these students could be the next Alexander Graham Bell, George Washington Carver, Mary Anderson or Patricia Bath, MD. My hat goes off to these young folks on a job well-done.

Here comes the “but” bomb.

As I read through the list of the winners, there were none from either Cape Girardeau Public Schools or from Jackson R-II.

WHY?

You may be blaming it on the individual schools. Let me counter that argument with this thought. Any organization is only as good or performs as well as the leadership permits it. If the overall system is failing, a new leadership team is needed. Can we, as a community, solve the failure of the educational system in the United States? Perhaps not. However, we can take back the control of our local schools.

How exactly does a community or populist movement do so? The second rule of Populist Power states:

To make big changes, target the little things and a few people.

Such an opportunity awaits the stakeholders in the Cape Girardeau and Jackson school districts. The stakeholders are both parents of students in the public schools and all others whose property taxes pay for the education of the children in Cape Girardeau County.

On April 2, 2013, there will be a general election for several offices in Cape Girardeau County. Exercising your civic responsibility to vote in this election is paramount. Selecting outstanding representatives for each office is mandatory to make certain local governments act in a responsive manner to the will of the community. In my mind, the most important sections on the ballots are the sections for school board members. This is where the stakeholders can reclaim their schools from bullying bureaucrats who are motivated by power and the money granted them from the federal government for toeing the line of federal education mandates.

All of this comes with a little education on your part and is in two parts. Next Tuesday, March 12, is a Jackson School Board Meeting beginning at 7:00 pm. I strongly urge at least one member of each stakeholders’ household from Jackson to attend this meeting. It will become crystal clear that the education of the children in Jackson is not a top priority of the Board or Administration.

The second part is a candidates’ forum sponsored by the Cape County Tea Party. It is scheduled for March 28, 2013, at 7:00 pm. The location is in the conference room, lower level of the Missouri University Extension Center, 684 Jackson Trail, Jackson, Missouri. The forum will provide you with the opportunity to meet with the candidates for the Jackson School Board and help you formulate an opinion on who to vote for in the upcoming election.

Please pass this onto all of your friends and family members who are stakeholders in Jackson schools. Now is a time you can effect real change in your community.

REMEMBER TO VOTE APRIL 2, 2013!

Link to Cape Girardeau County Sample Ballot and Polling Locations

http://www.capecounty.us/NewsDetail.aspx?NewsID=9

Written by Leatherneck Blogger

March 8, 2013 at 16:33

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