Sometimes I have to wonder whether the Prince William County School board collectively has a lick of sense. There are some people on the board I respect very much yet it is exceedingly frustrating to see reports like the one appearing in today’s InsideNOVA that make me wonder whether the inmates have taken over the asylum. As a taxpayer and parent of school-age children I continue to feel deeply concerned about the steady stream of mind-boggling reports that suggest some serious, fundamental issues that plague this board.
Since I’ve been following events at the Taj Mahal, there’s been a consistent unease about citizens expressing their concerns to their elected officials. Some of those, such as pre-clearance requirements for citizens to address the board have been corrected. Some apparently have not, such as when citizens or school employees attempt to hold individual public employees accountable for their behavior:
Before any speakers stepped to the podium, Board Chairman at-large Milt Johns reminded all those signed up that they could not address specific employees as a means to protect both the school board and speakers from committing defamation.
This is utterly ridiculous. As a citizen who has actually been subjected to a defamation lawsuit when I attempted to hold political candidates accountable, and someone who has been threatened with litigation by a locality because I was trying to hold public officials accountable for their behavior, I call not just “bullshit”, but “stupid, idiotic bullshit.” You can’t evade defamation accusations by obliquely identifying the responsible individual, and you can’t be held legally liable for truthful, but uncomfortable, statements. This ridiculous pablum that somehow the school board needs to protect individuals from themselves suggests a mindset of big government nannyism. Let people with legitimate grips name names, and let them be responsible for their own behavior. It might get uncomfortable sometimes, but that’s what democracy looks like.
Perhaps more disturbing than this fundamental disconnect regarding liberty and safety is this amazing report about the facility that ensures that the school buses used to transport our children are safe and properly maintained:
Denita Ramirez, the school board’s Woodbridge District representative, was especially displeased with the complaints she heard.
“I am appalled that anyone in the school system is requiring that English only be spoken,” she said. “I’m sure [Superintendent Steven L.] Walts and [Deputy Superintendent Rae] Darlington will be looking into this.”
Bishop said that because the employees did not bring up specifics — per the school board’s public comment rules — it was difficult to say whether they were the exact same issues that were previously filed.
Nice to immediately see the impact of what muzzling free speech does for our ability to identify and address what may be serious issues. It might make one start to wonder whether the intent here is to hide issues that might embarrass people drawing taxpayer-funded paychecks, regardless of the impacts of their behavior.
In this case however adequate scrutiny might uncover some important facts, which allowed Ramirez, who after doing absolutely no research about why an English-only requirement might be in place within the facility that ensures that bus transportation is safe and reliable for schoolchildren, allowed her knee-jerk multi-culturalist reaction to encourage the administration to start beating on policies that might well be there to protect our children. Perhaps now to ensure safety, operational and maintenance procedures are we now going to require that all persons working in bus maintenance facilities are bi-lingual in Spanish and English? There actually might be some solid reasons to ensure that each employee understands what’s going on in a workplace that ensures the welfare of our children, but it’s not worthwhile to bother to figure out why that could be the case in our quest to ram multi-kulti down our throats, especially when important facts are roadblocked because of special emergency policies designed to protect people from their own behavior.
Someone, please replace Ramirez with someone who demonstrates some degree of adult aptitude around the operations of a large organization. I understand the information vacuum being created here but this is pathetic.
I am so tired of reading nothing but a distressing string of reports from the Schools that suggest there are major problems there in desperate need of attention. At least this is an election year where we voters have an opportunity to address some of these issues.
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