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By Greg L | 19 June 2011 | Prince William County | 10 Comments

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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10 Comments

  1. americafirst said on 19 Jun 2011 at 8:04 pm:
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    Americans are appalled that these parasitic cretins have wormed their way into our lives.

  2. Disgusted said on 19 Jun 2011 at 9:48 pm:
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    I would imagine these folks spoke English when interviewed and had an e-verify background check, ’cause your boy Stewart practices what he preaches, right? After all, these are county employees.

    So who cares if they speak Spanish among themselves. Sounds more like some redneck supervisor popping off. Maybe you got some redneck in you too, Greg!

  3. Raymond Beverage said on 19 Jun 2011 at 9:59 pm:
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    It is always interesting to observe the employee that is the cause of the issue cannot be named, but the employee making the complaint not only is recorded in the public record, but also named in the paper.

  4. Greg L said on 19 Jun 2011 at 10:08 pm:
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    My first job was working on a dairy farm in upstate New York when I was 8 years old. I figure I got a little bit of redneck in me.

    By the time I was 9 I’d delivered a calf, driven a pickup truck, and used an oxyacetylene torch to cut steel. I’d worked long hours and gotten tired and dirty taking care of livestock, and even taken a dive off a 30 foot haystack in the loft which I thought was worthy of an Olympic medal.

    By the time I was in High School I was helping out friends for no pay bringing in hay when their father was too sick to work, rounded up livestock that got out of the pen and wandered into the woods, and helped settle down a cow that had a breech birth where the calf died and didn’t fully evacuate. I saw what hard work was, the daily heartbreaks, the incredible joys, and cried with friends as the family farms got destroyed in the 80’s and 90’s.

    Sometimes I wish more people had a bit of redneck in them. It can be a good thing.

  5. Harry said on 20 Jun 2011 at 8:20 am:
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    The School Bored has been out of control for the past 7-8 years, this is not something new. There are few on the Bored who are worth a bucket of spit; some of the more wacky things done by the Bored:

    Hires a Stupidentent knowing that he discrimiated against older employees at his last job in Greece, NY, the School Board there had to reinstate employees and pay massive penalties to undo his misdeeds. The PWC Bored then defended his actions in Greece.

    Built an administration building that cost $46 million + another $17 million to furnish and equip (The Taj Mahal). Given the amount of $ spent on this, every third world classroom (trailer) in PWC could have been repalced by brick and mortar with toilet facilities.

    Approved a failed math program (Investigations) that parents opposed becuse it was a known failure and dumped by many districts that bought it. We can thank the Stupidentent for pushing this.

    Deferred maintenance to a critcal point this was done in order to build Walts Taj Mahal.

    It goes on and on, while Greg attacks Ramirez, one of the few Ds on the Bored the rest aren’t any better. Johns needs to understand the legal concept of defamation. This is a Bored that requires sign up to speak well in advance of the meeting and has done everything possible to ensure the public can not present complaints. This an organization that does everything possible to be opaque.

    Dump every single one of them.

  6. madmom said on 20 Jun 2011 at 4:34 pm:
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    I just wish someone would grow a pair.

  7. Jaspar said on 20 Jun 2011 at 4:45 pm:
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    Mr. Greg:

    Your farm story sounds so familar.

    I did the same thing at that age on a dairy farm in New England.

    I learned to drive at the age of ten, on a Farmall H.

    Thanks for the memories.

    Be proud of that experience, it is a gift.

    And keep pounding brain dead libs like Ramierz.

    If she was on a school board in Mexico would she advocate they accomodate English?

  8. madmom said on 20 Jun 2011 at 5:05 pm:
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    “If she was on a school board in Mexico would she advocate they
    accomodate English?”

    Good point, Jaspar.

  9. AmericaFirst said on 21 Jun 2011 at 7:58 am:
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    If obama were the president of Mexico - would he, like Calderon, insist illegal immigration was, like, illegal?

  10. Anonymous said on 22 Jun 2011 at 2:05 pm:
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    What does working hard on a farm or anywhere else have to do with being a redneck?
    Oh, wait…”narrow-minded, prejudiced, reactionary”…forget it, fits perfectly here.

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