It takes a lot to run for office. I thank Lois Jarman for putting herself into the process. I’m sorry she chose to leave in the manner she did.

If I’m “dangerous” because I dare to ask questions and dare to defend students, teachers and “public” education, I’m not the one everyone should be concerned about. I’m dangerous because I involve the public, and the establishment doesn’t abide sunshine.

“Divisive” among whom?

I make no apologies for, nor regret calling for [Superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools Terry] Alban to resign. I think she has allowed students and parents to be bullied over test refusals. In her role as president of the Public School Superintendents Association (PSSAM), she actively lobbied against HB1204 (Ben’s Rule), a bill that would allow children with disabilities to be exempt from mandated testing. Alban actively fights against parental rights and local control.

“Worldly knowledge”? I don’t even know how to address this claim. Frederick residents must leave the state or country in order to be qualified to be on the Board of Education? I’ve lived in California and Virginia. My life doesn’t pass her enrichment muster? Her statement has a ring of “elitism” to it. This attitude of “you aren’t qualified because ________ (fill in the blank with establishment approved qualification)” is why Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are the favored presidential candidates. “They” know best.

The Board of Education, can indeed set aside the PARCC exams and use an alternate.

We can set aside PARCC and all the other burdensome, time-monopolizing, hoop-jumping, mandated tests if we want to say “no, thank you” to federal Title I funding. The $4 million in Title I funding is why we even participate in the assessments scheme. Who doesn’t want to have the conversation about continuing Title I work without federal assistance? The “establishment” doesn’t, that’s who.

We could also be back in charge of our food and nutrition services if we say no to Title I funding. Who doesn’t want to have this choice?

So, yes, I am dangerous. I am dangerous because I have faith in the people of Frederick’s ability to educate our children without all the federal, state and professional association interference. Do we want schools we control, or schools where others dictate the terms from what and how our children learn, to what they eat for lunch? That’s where we currently are.

I’m dangerous because I want the people of Frederick to know all the facts before we make life-altering decisions. I’m dangerous because I want people to be able to decide what book their child will read. I’m dangerous because I’m the very proud mother of children in whose future I am more fully invested than any education bureaucrat will ever be. I’m dangerous because I believe the people of Frederick can do a better job of educating our children than the current batch of state bureaucrats, politicians, reformers and professional associations. I believe in you.

They’ve had control of the education narrative for decades. I believe it’s time to return it to our communities. I’m willing to give you all the information so we can have real conversations about what we want versus getting what they choose on our behalf.

That’s why I’m dangerous and divisive in their eyes. As a voter, and more specifically as a voter concerned with the quality of the education your children receive, you ought to be a little dangerous too! Whether you’re a well-educated world traveler or you’ve been busy working hard and raising a family right here in Frederick County, it’s time to use your vote and your voice to reject the tired rhetoric of the status-quo defenders.

Ms. Jarman’s withdrawal seems to have drawn a line in the sand. The choices are starkly different; you will decide the direction you want to go in November.

Cindy Rose is a candidate for this fall’s election for the Frederick County Board of Education.

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6280361

I would not, indeed could not vote for someone for Board of Education who cannot put together a well-written LTE. What is the deal with all the quote marks? Educated people do not write like that.

fnfn

If she is there, voting without thinking becomes easier. That is unless she has an enlightened awakening to loving and understanding...

armillary


Her Obama effigy's hung
in the fire her banned books are flung
a political fight
way too far to the right
those who vote for the Rose will be stung.

teapartier

Effigy-a crude representation of someone, used as a focus for contempt or ridicule and often hung up or burnt in public (often in the phrases burn or hang in effigy).

And Frederick county and World looks on and see why America is filled with anger. Maybe pyrotechnics is a job for you, because you can lite things up.

armillary

Cindy really, really doesn't like Obama. In the Tentacle she wrote, "I’ll say this until someone forces me to stop: In the Obama Administration’s Blue Print for Education Reform is language that has the federal government choosing what your children will be offered to learn, what courses they can take and what profession they are suited for. They want control of your children from ages 4 through death." The only person controlling Cindy's children is Cindy. She's said worse things about Obama, go look yourself. But hey, that's her right. And it's mine to call her out as a political candidate. She demanded the county remove the book 'Social Studies Alive!' from schools, saying, “It’s very socialistic in nature." Glenn Beck loved that, had her on his show before he left Fox. Cindy's really lighting up her own way in this world, and I'm just pointing at the ashes left behind.

teapartier

Ok, It doesn't matter how low in the gutter Ms Rose gets, You're more than willing to go lower than her. Interesting. Remember this, Never get in a fight with a pig. You both get dirty and the pig usually wins.

armillary

No problem if she wins, she'll be one vote out of seven. Brad Young's been dealing with her for years. But your 'equivalence' argument is certainly popular this year.

nancypace

From above:: "In the Obama Administration’s Blue Print for Education Reform is language that has the federal government choosing what your children will be offered to learn, what courses they can take and what profession they are suited for." Who should decide on what is worth teaching, and how, and when? Why shouldn't diverse, thoughtful groups of reputable leaders write curricula for various fields and offer them to teachers throughout the country? Why shouldn't children be tested on their mastery of material offered by a huge, informed group of career educators (instead of a small local group of political partisans determined to be thought police and decide (based on narrow ideologies) what all the children in their community should be learning? Especially since, regardless of what is taught, national tests are more general than specific. They test children's overall competence and progress in each area. I'm so tired of partisans squabbling over made-up issues while yet another generation of kids suffers the consequences of their childish quarreling and ignorance.

nancypace

You're wonderful! Please keep the political limericks coming! :)

armillary

nancypace, I agree all American children need an education that includes multiple viewpoints, not just what their hard boiled parents believe.

fnfn

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nancypace

Would you like to be able to ACCURATELY compare how your child is doing in school compared with all the other children in her grade in the U.S.? Many other people would too, particularly those in public schools that are still not doing whatever it takes to have good results, most of which are completely measurable on national tests. The folks here in Frederick and elsewhere who don't want parents to know how their kids are doing compared with others across the nation, because they want to continue running their local schools the way they want to, without parents or anyone else actually knowing what's going on, and without having the data to say they aren't doing a good job, those are the folks who made up this whole testing controversy. The problem with our schools and national schools isn't that we test. It's that we aren't accountable because parents don't have data to complain about, and because of grade inflation, parents think their kids are learning what they need to know except about half of them aren't. (The "top" half of students do well enough in most situations.) If your kids are not prepared for the future, even if you're doing all you can, you won't really know that until the kid graduates with no skills and no job UNLESS YOU WELCOME NATIONAL TESTING, which does everything a state test can do, btw. You don't need both. The issue at hand, the real educational issue, isn't too much or too little (or too harmful) testing, it's LOCAL CONTROL OVER SCHOOLS VS. HAVING SOME NATIONAL INPUT/REGULATION issue. Canada is the best example of a well-run system with national tests and a national curricutum. Why is their populace so brilliantly-educated, across economic lines even? Like us, they have plenty of diversity, they have poor areas, they Native peoples, immigrants, blacks, hispanics too. Why are they so successful compared to us at educating. Because they are held to accountability by their national testing. Because clueless local yokels (not Frederick of course, but elsewhere :) who might be running local school boards can't dictate their prejudices, opinions and narrow-minded ideologies--in CANADA. In the U.S., apparently, you only need to be a mom or a dad to be an expert on education and decide how all the kids will be educated (not just yours.) It's awful that caring parents can get so involved (through PTA and politics) but really have little impact because many LOCAL school boards want to return to the dark ages. (On the other hand, many local educators and experts have years of experience and credentials and actually want to do something except acquire power and status and insist on having their way, and btw, meanwhile do whatever their partisan handlers tell them to (like vote against teacher raises and school taxes.) Canada has an extremely flexible but well-considered NATIONAL CURRICULUM which has been developed over time by distinguished committees of historians, mathematicians, etc., and then voted on nationally by educational leaders. They do this, not in every local school district, at great cost, but nationally, beautifully, thoughtfully, adapting and evolving and adjusting yearly, and leaving a lot of choice for teachers and children who require flexibility. "School boards" in Canada don't reinvent the wheel at every locality, don't insist on insuring that their often provincial perspectives are reproduced ad nauseum (an approach which grew initially from efforts from racist towns/cities to keep their schools segregated and keep themselves unaccountable for effectively failing to give the lower 50% good educations. In Canada, parents actually like their schools, and the vast majority of students do too, and actually succeed and are prepared for the future. We have great schools in Frederick, but nationally, that's just not true. And it's because of local good old boy anti-intellectual establishment control of school boards that get hot-button issues going (like testing) to work up busy parents who don't have time to figure out what all the fuss is about, and so these folks get elected and get to make all the rules for everyone. So--no accountability, no change, no progress. Well, maybe more money for football. Canada takes care of all its kids, while our public schools mostly serve the "top" half first (the ones with parents who can get involved. Their results are far better than ours for far less money. So--let's pick a national test, see where our kids stand using it, let's object with the facts if we don't like what's going on, and elect school boards that are in favor of change, not hanging on to old ways and local control--because look around folks, we already know that really doesn't work. We must know how all our kids are doing nationally. Our country is going to fall apart if we continue using local schools to further local establishment political objectives, kids be damned. That's why so many voters are so um ignorant, frankly, and why many people say Americans treat their bottom 50% like they don't matter, like they're throwaways. We need all of us, folks, or we're going to end up having to live with the results of an ignorant voting populace. And we won't like them one bit. Sorry--I get wound up. Thanks for listening and sharing everyone. This is important! In haste.... :)

public-redux

Paragraphs can be your friends.

phydeaux994

Ms. Rose, would you act as your own Doctor or Dentist or Lawyer? Why do you think you would be a better Educator than Ms. Alban or the teachers in our schools. You don't speak for the average parents as you claim. The average parents of FC students want professionals schooling their children and they seem to be satisfied with those in our County. You have the option of home schooling your children if you are not happy. That's what most parents with your Conservative leanings do. As someone mentioned here you would be the Kirby/Billy malcontent on the BoE, bent on destroying it if they don't accept your way of thinking. The citizens of Frederick County don't want any more of that.

Green_freak

From Cindy's website:

"Boards of Education are autonomous. They have the duty to stand between developmentally inappropriate material and our children."

Cindy,

What is 'developmentally inappropriate material'? Science books? Fiction that includes magic? Please explain.


Classic right-wing dog whistle code words and phrases.

"Past Boards have abdicated our autonomy to the state who abdicated to private interests groups. Those groups currently control what we teach our children."

'Private interest groups' usually refer to minorities.

des21

Whatever her qualifications (or lack thereof) Ms. Rose is assured of winning as the only Republican running among 4 candidates for 3 seats. The candidates who dropped out have assured exactly what they claim to have been trying to prevent. Every (or most every) Republican will vote for Ms. Rose just because she's the only one of "our" kind out there. Party id at the local level is silly.

awteam2000

I'm sorry. I don't get this party affiliation for the school board. Especially over a Nut. And, I agree party I D at the local level is silly.

Jim Hartley

I beg your pardon if I misunderstand. Suppose six candidates run. Five of them are middle-of-the road, stay the course, tweak the system a little here and there, moderates. One is an Anger candidate who would rather disrupt than discuss and compromise. Now suppose that one segment of voters, say 10,000 people, listen to Faux News and WFRE and WFMD and are convinced that disruption is needed and (because they are angry) are very likely to vote. They are advised by their favorite media that although they can vote for three candidates, they should only vote for the Anger candidate. The rest of the voters, say 15,000, won't vote for the Anger candidate but don't know how to choose among the five moderates. Results: the angry voters cast 10,000 votes for the disrupter, none for the moderates. The rest of the voters cast 15,000 votes for three of the five moderate candidates, thus they cast 45,000 votes split among five candidates so each moderate candidate receives 9,000 votes. Thanks to this strategic gamesmanship the Anger candidate is the top vote getter and is elected to the school board. Thus the counter strategy: convince two of the moderate candidates to drop out. Now the the 15,000 moderate voters vote for three candidates instead of five, and those three candidates receive 15,000 votes each compared to the 10,000 votes received by the Anger candidate. The top three vote getters are elected to the school board, and moderate policies and progress continue. The desirable result in my opinion. And to clarify: the moderates did not start this, they responded to the game of the Anger candidate's supporters, for whom calm, rational discussions are anathema. And I sincerely apologize if I misinterpreted your comment.

armillary

TryingToBeRational, that was well said.

des21

We shall see. I'd wager Ms. Rose will be the top vote getter. Elections are more about emotions and perceptions (they're ganging up on her to "game" the system let's say) rather than rationality.

DickD

My thoughts, exactly![thumbup]

DickD

You are right, but why would anyone, Republican or Democrat, vote for someone so unqualified? Have you looked at her postings on Facebook? Please do and see why Rose should not win.

des21

I don't "do" Facebook.

jill king

The democrat party should be proud of their hypocrisy toward equality for women by trying to rig the BOE race. Why are the male candidates still in and what happened to lifting other women up? Jarmin was asked to quit because she was in last place. She could have done so gracefully. McDonald (endorsed by the FCTA) quit and took one for "the party." The only reason Joy Schaefer is still in is because she is an incumbent with possible name recognition; yet she still isn't "worldly" after4 years, instead a tool for the cause. It's no wonder people don't want to run for this position with elitists attempting to control the outcome. Maybe a mean girls of BOE elections list should be started, beginning with the Union President, an ex Superintendent of schools wife, the County BOE liason, outspoken teachers on the FCDCC and now the two women that took one for "the team." Having mean girls conspiring to tell you the outcome of this election, instead of giving the public a choice is exactly the point here. Do you want control and choices over your vote as designed or would you prefer the party darlings to limit you? I give Cindy credit for running, knowing elitist mean girls would be at her heels trying to trip her in every hallway and even on the steps.

b1sellers

Ridiculous. Do you even believe what you said.

threecents

B1, I had same reaction. Comments like these are why Jill has negative credibility.

yogib

Sorry ms King, this is not about Democrat or Republican. There are good board members of both parties, however, no one wants an extremist.

b1sellers

I wish you were right - but extremism seems to be what a lot of people want right now :(

DickD

Jill, you are trying to make this a gender issue, it isn't.[thumbdown]

fnfn

I know a teacher, and they do not want incompetent leaders. I would have appreciated better food as a kid. Angry people cannot think clearly.

threecents

Government Snickers bars.

mamlukman

I saw Cindy Rose at a candidates' forum a few months ago. As other people have pointed out, she is the "anger" candidate. She has a personal agenda, which she hints at in her letter--apparently her son has some disability, and was forced/coerced/fooled into talking a standardized test. Oh, the horror!!!! So she wants to get on the school board to stop that sort of thing. That's all fine and dandy, but she seems to be a one-issue candidate, and the school board has to deal with a vast array of problems, not just that particular issue. She seemed woefully ignorant of the issues and potential solutions. Don't vote for her.

b1sellers

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yogib

Excellent comment

Thewheelone

Full inclusion of special education students means that parents cannot pick and choose the activities in which their kid will participate. If they are fully included with the general education population, they must accept all that comes with it, including standardized testing.

threecents

Actually, they can do some picking and choosing. Each child in Special Ed has a whole committee of educators who meet regularly - with the parents, if they are available - and devise an individual education plan (IEP) to optimize the chance for that student's success. It worked very well for my kid who was in special ed from preschool through high school in FCPS. The system is excellent.

Thewheelone

I am referring to inclusive classes. Many special ed kids are fully included per their IEP's but have a period of resource or perhaps a self contained class for a particularly weak subject area. When a special ed student is in a general ed class with or without support, the expectation is that they will do as the class does, with the exception of perhaps pull out exams for their testing accommodations.

lynnemezzo

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Jim Hartley

As soon as I saw that Ms. Rose wants Dr. Alban to resign I knew she was not going to be a constructive member of the school board. This would not be a partisan issue if the Republican Party believed in America. They are the party of anger and hate and fear. Ronald Reagan would weep.

teapartier

"trying to be.....but not succeeding, Which party has anger, hate and fear of Donald Trump? Which party has anger, hate, fear of people with different opinions ? Which party obstructs, has anger and hate and fears the other when one has control of congress. Which party thas anger and hate and fear when one picks the perfect candidate for the SCOTUS. If you think Democrat, you're half right. If you think Democrat and Republican then that's being Rational.

Jim Hartley

You make my point better than I did. Thank you.

teapartier

See what happens when the name calling starts. Rational people become Irrational.

Front Rumbler

Anyone who thinks Rose is driven/motivated by anything other than her own personal agenda is sadly misinformed. Those who follow education issues closely or who are privy to years of her lunacy understand the backwards effect she would have on our school system. The word "divisive" is a spot on description of this candidate. Anyone with a vested interest in our children and school system owe it to themselves to look closely ato the candidates and what they truly will do for FCPS. The destructive decision making by previous individuals over the past 8 years has significantly impacted our local educational system. Regardless of your political affiliation make no mistake FCPS has lost a great number of outstanding teachers, leaders and personnel and not for the reasons Rose would like you to think. School administrators watch on a routine basis as top notch teaching prospects leave FC interviews and head to neighboring counties where they are sure to find a more promising scenario. If Rose bores her way onto the BOE she, along with one or two sitting members, will likely promote dysfunction and stand in the way of forward thinking principles. We already see this behavior from her biggest supporters at the county commissioner level. Can we really afford to do this to our school system?

b1sellers

Exactly. But I think she will get elected - the same people who voted for KD and BS will pull the lever for another do nothing obstructionist and they will feel very smug about destroying our county.

Thewheelone

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threecents

Cindy, I respect your efforts to fight for what you believe. I also think our school system is great ... and very complicated and expensive. Your goals are mostly beyond the scope of the BoE, you do not know how to go about achieving them, and you do not have the educational background needed to be a good BoE member. You would distract the people trying to do their jobs and become a serious nuisance. Sorry.

frederickdad

Cindy's letter just reinforces the fact that she is dangerous to the welfare of public education in Frederick County. Be afraid... be very afraid!

public-redux

No parent wants his or her child to be treated fairly. We don't want our children to be treated like others. Each one of us wants our own children to have every possible advantage, even if that advantage is unavailable to other people's children. We want our children to have the best teachers, the best technology, the smallest class size, the newest school. We want our kids to be first in line.

What every parent wants is, of course, impossible.

I don't fault Rose for what she wants. I fault her for not knowing that it is impossible.

hayduke2

Sorry Ms. Rose but I disagree that we need to "take over" our schools and feel that they do a good job. Being a thorn in the side of decision makers, stuck on the testing issue, and wanting to control what educators use for textbooks doesn't sit well with me. In good conscientious, I cannot vote for you based on this and past statements.

b1sellers

Agree completely hayduke.

Tigerzord

"And teachers in Frederick County aren't leaving because of low salaries" - hum, that's not what I hear from the teachers! You get what you pay for and Cindy Rose doesn't want to raise teacher salaries?!

jill king

Documentation and data from exit interviews prove this claim. Stop with the "he said she said."

b1sellers

I can't take what you say seriously Jill - you are much too partisan.

richardlyons

[thumbup][thumbup] Make no mistake Jill is all about Jill and her cronies, the stooges.

hayduke2

Pretty high horse Jill... Especially when innuendo is a favorite of yours.

Psizzle

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gabrielshorn2013

Let's face it, even if Cindy Rose wins a seat on the board, she is one voice, one vote. She probably will not have much of an effert on board decisions. That being said, for debate to happen there must be opposition. Anything else is an echo chamber.

BstD59

Opposition is one thing, but there is a way to express one's opposition and a way to accept defeat if that should be the case. Ms. Rose is closely aligned with Councilmen Shreve and Delauter and those two are obstructionists, not opponents. If Ms. Rose is elected to serve she will only serve if she can have her way otherwise she will either not vote in protest ala Billy Shreve or not propose solutions ala Kirby Delauter.

gabrielshorn2013

In which case she will be ineffective and voted out of office. Like I said, worst case is she gets in, and overruled by the majority. If her ideas are so off base, she won't be around long.

Dwasserba

Well written, good tone.

benhem612

The people I want running the schools are the qualified professionals who have dedicated their lives to educating our children. I want people running the schools who are passionate about the education process. What I do not want is people who scream about local control and turning down federal dollars without understanding that unless the governor ponies up more state money, it would break our school budget.

hayduke2

behnham - good points and hard to argue with...

b1sellers

Agree benham.

valerie_dale

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fnfn

Or pony uo local taxes...

rbtdt5

Good luck Cindy!

DeDeuceCoupe32

She will need it. This isn't a beauty contest.

public-redux

"Do we want schools we control, or schools where others dictate the terms from what and how our children learn, to what they eat for lunch?"

Others aren't dictating to us or controlling us. Those are just rules.

fnfn

Those that incentivize, use money. Disagree, raise local taxes!

gary4books

I like for our candidates to express their vies. It makes it easier to sort them out and vote for the ones we like. Free speech for everyone!

richardlyons

I agree Gary. The more one speaks, the more the voters learn and the better our choices. Having read Ms. Rose's letter, I feel more confident than ever in my 3 choices come November

teapartier

Thank you Ms Rose, It seeems there are two categories of voters in Frederick Co. Voters who think, do and achieve for the common good on their own.And voters who would like government to think, do and achieve for the common good for them.

hayduke2

A rather simple and patrionizing generalization tea......

teapartier

Yup, sweet and simple. That's why Frederick county and America is great. Citizens / voters have the opportunity to Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, via on your own or by means of the government. Now, is one better than the other? That's depends on the individual and the voting booth.

BlueDawn666

Ms. Rose wants to take over schools...the words "take over" sounds cool almost as cool as Make America Great Again, but do those words really mean? Well Make America Great Again actually means Make America Hate Again. Take Over Schools actually means this and this is what will happen Ms. Rose "takes over" the schools. You really need to learn to read between the lines when a conservative speaks, and really dig into the meaning of their words to understand what their words are hiding.

Take Over the Schools means this:

A recent evaluation of three states' track record indicates, "school takeovers have proven to be a very ineffective method for yielding the benefit that the state uses to justify the intrusion on local citizens' democratic rights. ... Children have seen negligible improvement -- or even dramatic setbacks -- in their educational performance." Takeovers have failed in Louisiana, Michigan and have had mixed results, at best, in Tennessee. To think that a state, that in most cases has less management capacity than the district it is taking over, can produce a better outcome ignores outcome data -- which clearly illustrates that while states can be supportive in providing supports and standards, they are not best positioned to take over or manage complex local school operations.

Detroit Public Schools have been managed by the state for 15 out of 17 years and recent reports highlight atrocious school health and working conditions (black mold, rodent infested classrooms) for students and teachers. While the U.S. Attorney most recently brought charges in Detroit against a vendor and 13 school officials for a $2.7 million bribery scheme that began in 2002 and lasted until 2015. Yet, local voters have had little recourse to hold public officials accountable. Even outside of the education context the importance of accountable local control has been made clear. One only has to look down the road at Flint, Michigan, where the state's desire to save a buck on the backs of local citizens coupled with the state's lack of capacity and inability to provide oversight left Flint residents lacking one of the most basic resources -- clean water.

http://schottfoundation.org/blog/2016/04/08/school-district-takeovers-bad-students-bad-democracy

In each case where we have seen state takeovers -- Louisiana, Tennessee and Michigan -- the action has been more of a political ploy than a movement to protect students or a state-protected fundamental right. Equally concerning, local taxes can be mismanaged or open to fraud, and local tax-paying citizens have no democratic recourse as accountability for system failures is beyond the reach of their vote.

Takeover actions taken without the appropriate democratic test being applied and without the state first meeting its constitutional support obligation creates a slippery slope that diminishes our democracy, weakens the role of public schools in communities and produces poor outcomes for our students.

So Ms. Rose is qualified to "take over the schools"? I don't think so

cctjr64

Cindy Rose, which runs on the Blaine, Kirby, Billy, and FCRCC platform, are so radical, they make Donald Trump look like a Boy Scout.

hayduke2

Aw, the "anger" candidate for school board....

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