I don’t want to start out by being negative, but let’s face it, things are looking grim for Republicans in Frederick County. I’m not here to blow smoke, I’m here to present some cold, hard facts then quickly move on.
According to political factions, the rich in America are evil. They are often called the “1%.” I won’t point out most of them are part of the 1%. I will point out the “founders,” the signers of the Declaration of Independence, were the 1% of their day.
What a weekend! Sparks flying, shrapnel being dodged, teeth clenching excitement from beginning to end. No, I’m not talking about the 61st running of the Daytona 500.
It’s the beginning of a new year. Winter has set in. Snow is currently falling outside my window covering my yard in a deceptively beautiful blanket of white. It’s the perfect time for reflection – and soup.
On January 9, 2019, the public was informed that Lois Jarman would be County Executive Jan Gardner’s pick for the Board of Education seat being vacated by Ken Kerr.
Is anyone really shocked, angered or outraged over the BuzzFeed and Covington Catholic School disinformation campaigns perpetrated on the American public in recent days? Even after both “stories” have been debunked?
Is Lois Jarman the best pick for the open slot on the Board of Education, or a political pick? Already a major decision by the county’s ethics panel will allow two council members – Jerry Donald and Jessica Fitzwater, also school system teachers – to participate in the selection of their new boss.
As most of us know, Democrats are currently hyper concerned with identity over substance. The recent Frederick County Board of Education election gave them their opportunity to prove what a winning formula that is.
It’s that time of year again, election season – specifically for the Frederick County’s Board of Education. Four seats will be open in 2018, and we, classical education lovers, must win all four seats. Why? It takes four votes to accomplish anything.
As a conservative, let me tell you why you should not vote for Kathy Afzali for county executive. Actually, there are too many reasons than my limited word count will allow in this column, but here’s a sample. Perhaps I’ll write about others in future columns.
Culture wars and social justice learning aren’t just for colleges anymore. They have reached the K-12 classrooms. Actually, it’s not really new there, it’s just not as hidden as it once was.
I’ve recently discovered the Weinberg Center for the Arts in downtown Frederick is not the only place where good theater comes to life and the community gets invited to participate.
June 14, 2017. Remember this day as the day Frederick County traditions and respect for the rule of law came under assault from the progressive left.
Schools are no longer headed by teachers and parents. Social activists, business entities, philanthropists and professional associations have control over our policies and classrooms. If you aren’t a special interest group with deep pockets, or a bullhorn, you’re out of luck.
Frederick County Board of Education Policy 443 – “Creating Welcoming and Affirming Schools for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming students.” This is a policy being debated in Frederick County Public Schools right now. Are you familiar with it? If you aren’t, you should be.
Since it’s Common Core (Partnership for Assessments of Readiness for College and Career assessment (PAARCC), testing season, I thought it a good time to update the public on Common Core and where we are since the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
It is with a heavy heart, and a lot of frustration that I have to report HB 705 (Ben’s Rule) did not make it out of the House of Delegates’ Ways and Means committee.
Last month I questioned whether or not we were losing “free” public education. I pointed out how Frederick County Public School (FCPS) children were being asked, more and more, to fund participation in their own learning.
While Frederick Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Alban is asking taxpayers to spend another $60 million to bring the teachers’ salary pay scale up to speed, she’s also asking students to pay $30 per semester for the use of the brand new Chromebooks.
On August 24, 2016. The Frederick County Board of Education passed an amendment to Assessment Policy 511 recognizing the right of students to refuse – and parents could bar their children – from participating in state mandated testing.
By now you’ve undoubtedly read that Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) suffered a data breach. About 1,000 student’s names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth were posted on a foreign website.
If you are like me, you are appalled by the recent flag burnings, those who disrespect our law enforcement officials, and the general ignorance of “rights.”
I have to say goodbye to my TheTentacle.com readers until April, or if successful, November 2016. I have decided to run for the Frederick County Board of Education. It had been my intention to watch from the sidelines and share my opinions on the candidates and issues, as I saw them.
As of December 28, 2015, we have another Board of Education candidate: Lois Jarmin. She is currently a Frederick County Public School teacher. She plans to retire in July 2016, whether she wins a spot on the General Election ballot in the April primary or not.
While education activists, like Diane Ravitch and Joy Pullman, are busily sounding alarms about the dangers within the current corporate takeover of public education, Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) propaganda machine is out there signaling to everyone: “stand down.”
After I saw a Facebook entry that Jay Mason is running for Frederick County Board of Education, I moseyed over to the county’s Board of Elections to see if there are any other candidates. Mr. Mason is the first candidate to throw his hat in the ring.
While Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Theresa Alban is busy rolling out the Partnership of Assessments for Readiness in College and Career (PARCC) propaganda train and drumming up public support to deny parents their right to exempt their children, PARCC is in a death knell.
It is with mixed emotions I have decided not to appeal the Frederick County Board of Education’s decision to affirm the policy of Superintendent Theresa Alban to deny parents the right to exempt their children from state testing requirements.
Have you ever been severely let down in your life? Have you so utterly misjudged the character of a person that you became physically ill? Minus becoming physically ill, but getting pretty darn close, I recently have.
On August 25, 2015, subscribers to Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) “Find Out First” notifications, received one titled: Bringing Food to School.