As a parent with children in Frederick County Public Schools, I am concerned over the culture of mistrust being fomented by the current administration. I am doubly concerned that the majority on the Board of Education appear to support it.

Frederick County Public Schools reported incomplete data to the Maryland General Assembly’s Commission to Review Use of Assessments in Public Schools. The Nov. 20, 2015, Maryland State Education Association report to the Maryland State Department of Education cited this example: “[W]hile nine tests appear in the report for Frederick county eighth grade, educators report 18 locally mandated tests.” The report goes on to say that if you add in all the missing assessments “it appears that Frederick County students spend almost one-half of an entire year taking tests throughout their pre-K-12 education.”

Is FCPS under-reporting data so it doesn’t look like we spend so much time testing?

History says assessments are very important to FCPS. So important, they took advantage of my severely disabled son’s inability to refuse and forced him to participate.

So important that elementary school children who are now in the process of refusing participation in the PARCC (Partnership for Assessments of Readiness for College and Career) are currently being told they must stay in the classroom for the two-hour testing window with nothing to do. (Last year, students could read books in the office or other secure location.) This is a school-based decision, not one that comes from PARCC or State Department of Education. Our schools are choosing this action. I view that as bullying, intimidation and even abusive. You do not make 7- and 8-year-olds sit still for two hours with nothing to do. A good example of an acceptable home punishment is a timeout — sitting and staring with nothing to do, for a certain period of time. Fifteen minutes can seem an eternity to a young elementary-age child. If 15 minutes is punishment, what is two hours?

It gets harder and harder for me to send my children to school every day when I can no longer trust the people in charge. How is the average parent supposed to trust his or her school system?

The current administration is creating a culture of mistrust and repression. I think it’s time for our superintendent to resign.

Cindy Rose, Board of Education candidate

Knoxville

(92) comments

stjohn42

Cindy is a fringe candidate with a long list of things she objects to, but a short list of positive actions to take, which seem to revolve around "traditional discipline" if I understand her literature correctly. This sounds like a code for a non-inclusive campaign more concerned about who is using which bathroom and zero-tolerance for baggy pants than anything substantive. It is very hard to find out what she specifically wants to do based upon her very general statements blaming Obama for school shootings and so forth. It seems to me that if her agenda was in any way positive or acceptable, she would work so hard to hide it.

DickD

It bothers me that the FNP will not put their election ballot in the paper until tomorrow. Hopefully, it will carry qualifications too. But early voting started last Thursday, by tomorrow morning's paper, about 2,000 early votes will already be cast.

Tigerzord

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erictg97

They did this to me. I had a severe brain injury and they tried to force me to take the MSA back when I was in 8th grade. So I just didn't come to school those days.

stormchaserjr

The researchers, from public and private universities in California — including Stanford University, UCLA, and the University of California Berkeley — say that the ''Common Core standards themselves do not accomplish what supporters said they would and that linking them to high-stakes tests actually harms students''

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/03/16/education-researchers-blast-common-core-standards-urge-ban-on-high-stakes-tests/?postshare=1761460842773019&tid=ss_fb

clearview

As the parent of a disabled child, I am surprised by the writer's comments regarding the lack of trust in her child's teachers when it comes to testing. However, the writer entrusts her child with the same teachers for 6-8 hours a day and depends on them to take care of her child and better his life, when testing is not involved. My experience with special education teachers is that they are angels. As with Ms. Rose's involvement with the review of the social studies texts and her appearance on the Glenn Beck show, her issues are too big for the Frederick Co. School Board.

stormchaserjr

it is the administration she is referring too, not the teachers. The teachers,, ALL of them, have been extremely supportive of the situation. Unfortunately, the teachers hands are tied and must do what the Administration tells them to do or they risk losing their jobs.

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hayduke2

Safe trip....

mamlukman

Cindy's concern with testing is shared by most of the candidates--except the current members of the B of E.

My questions would be:

1) if there are 18 standardized tests in grade 8, how in the world does this = half the school year? Is each test a week long???

2) How many standardized tests ARE there for each grade? How long is each? What organization makes up each test?

3) No one has ever talked about the quality of any of these tests. Quality of multiple choice tests can be statistically measured. Where are the statistics???

4) How do these tests affect teaching in the classroom? Are teachers spending a lot of time teaching testing techniques?

5) Tests can be valuable teaching tools--esp. adaptive tests. Are these used at all?

Too many unanswered questions. It seems to me that the B of E is responsible for explaining all this to the general public. They haven't bothered. Why not?

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Nicki

Toodaloo!

Green_freak

I'd say "Go home Cindy you're drunk!" but that would be incorrect. This is just typical of the right now. Mistrust of anything and everything that isn't run by private for profit companies that have daily prayer meetings.

disneynut

If you're not happy with the school system, home school your children. End of story. FYI, Cindy, you won't get my vote.

fmd4life

It is fact that the school system has a liberal progressive agenda. You are correct, home school is best. So is provate school. These produce thinkers, not progressive sheep. But dont take my word for it. Time will prove me right. Im in no hurry. Truth must always be dragged in by its heels.

BlueDawn666

LOL too funny.. These produce thinkers, not progressive sheep. I won't take your word for it, so perhaps you can clarify what you mean by thinkers? Also what are progressive sheep anyway ? that is kinda an oxymoron. And yes public schools are supposed to have a progressive agenda..like duh. That is why I support the public schools and kids were not home schooled because I wanted them to be liberal progressives. Many, many of us are just fine and dandy with our children being liberal progressives. stop acting like it is such a bad thing.

disneynut

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Nicki

I was wondering about those progressive sheep too, blue!

fmd4life

You made my case for me thank you.

hayduke2

Bunk!

threecents

The school system has a liberal progressive agenda? I honestly do not know what fmd4life means by that. Is that supposed to be code for teaching evolution and not teaching from the bible?

BlueDawn666

Probably so..[thumbup][thumbup] and that they need to teach from the Constitution ..whatever that means?

fmd4life

That was for blue...how apt.

threecents

This sounds abaft to me.

BstD59

I won't pretend to understand what the heck you are trying to say...'produce thinkers, progressive sheep', but I do understand that you agree that home schooling and private schools are superior to public education and so my question to you as well as to Ms. Rose is why keep your children in public school? Get out there and teach them yourselves if you think you know what is best for your child[ren].

BlueDawn666

[thumbdown][thumbdown]mine either,,and yes just home school your children. Remember when Tony Chemlik tried to run for the BOE..I was like what???
Now Cindy is just as bad...we need to be smart voters and voting for Cindy would not be smart, now would it?

Thewheelone

As a zealous advocate of inclusion for the special education students in my charge (I am a former resource teacher in special education, having supervised departments in several high schools during my 34 year career), I often had to remind parents that full inclusion means that special ed kids have to do the same things that general education kids do, which includes testing. To require them to do less, means lowering expectations and giving them a slanted view of what lies ahead of them once they are finished with school. A kid cannot be fully included and exempt from primary aspects of that inclusion.

awteam2000

Maryland's Frederick County Public Schools contains 10 high schools. The district contains two schools that received gold, silver or bronze medals in the U.S. News Best High Schools rankings.

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/maryland/districts/frederick-county-public-schools-103819

DickD

Cindy, this might be over testing, but it certainly is not bullying. Looks like you are just campaigning for the Board of Education.

shiftless88

This letter does one thing, however. For those who haven't paid much attention to the school board race at least now know not to vote for Mrs Rose

shiftless88

Let us be clear her, regarding this statement, "elementary school children who are now in the process of refusing participation". The children are not refusing participation, they are being TOLD to do so by their parents. So one could simply blame the parents for this issue. I can understand why a parent would want less testing as it can be restrictive for the educational process (that which occurs between the tests) but I cannot understand why you would have your seven-year old child not take the test. What is the downside to taking a test?

Nicki

Just knowing that the WFMD crew is pushing for a single vote for Cindy Rose is enough reason to NOT vote for her.

hayduke2

Agreed!

fmd4life

They are not.pushing for a single vote. You are spinning. Please stick to facts. That is some voters who are exercisig their freedom to have an opinion. These are not wfmd crew.

butterflygirl

The hosts of the talkshows are telling people to vote for the only Republican candidate running for the BOE. That would be Cindy Rose. The BOE race is suppose to be a non partisan race. By following their bad advice, people are wasting two votes and making this a partisan race.

Nicki

Did you listen to.the show on 4/7, fmdlife? Are you saying that Tim May did not advocate voting solely for Cindy Rose?

Nicki

Perhaps you should listen before accusing someone of lying... and spinning.

melbell75

It's available online for anyone who cares enough to find out. Remaining ignorant of what was said is a ridiculous excuse.

Nicki

Well lookee here-- fmd4life's comment-- admitting to not hearing the radio segment (and still calling me a spinning liar)-- has been removed.

disneynut

👍

BlueDawn666

yep..she needs to suck it up Butter cup...cause we ain't voting for her.

Nicki

[beam] blue!

richardlyons

Nothing in this letter warrants the resignation of the FCPS superintendent. Such a unreasonable demand indicates to this voter that Ms. Rose is wholly unsuited to serve as a member of the BOE.

hayduke2

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awteam2000

richard [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

disneynut

👍

fmd4life

Oh, there are reasons, a writing of which would require more space than the fnp would allow. But I can also sense your intolerance of truth and unwillingness to even read a fact-based writing; to wit: your anticipated scathing reply. Sticks and stones, dear readers.

richardlyons

Ah yes the anonymous writer. Must be nice.

Tigerzord

I'm listening to the BOE forum again that the FNP held earlier, the one thing that I notice about Cindy Rose, is it seems like and "I, I, I, me, me, me, mine, mine, mine" kind of mentality - not what she could do for the whole...... Seems like she holds a grudge.

disneynut

She absolutely does hold a grudge.

fmd4life

If so, with good, justified reason. Alban is a political hack.

hescominsoon

You folks have not even paid attention to her struggles with her own special needs son and what the school tried to FORCE him to do even though he is not capable of communications. Cindy's concerns are well though out and true. I did not allow my youngest to go to her local elementary school because of a bad administrator that I had to deal with when my eldest went through there. I also think Alban needs to resign and the current BOE should also be replaced at this election.

hayduke2

Saying something doesn't make it true -- " You state Cindy's concerns are well though (sp) out and true" - this is your OPINION only and, based on past performances, I would tend to disagree with statement about Cindy's objectivity and focus... You also apparently have a grudge against schools for some reason and immediately start the blame game... Take a look at your own behavior.

butterflygirl

Cindy is a one issue candidate with a grudge. It also appears that you too have a grudge. What are your children going to do when they get to college and have a teacher they don't like? Quit the class? What about a boss they don't like? Quit the job? Your method of dealing with problems is just walk away when things don't go your way. Why do think Dr. Alban should resign ? You have no reason except that you agree with the lunatic Rose.

elymus43

It does not take too much to stir some people up. This person is connected to the BOE already???

fmd4life

No, what she is is an INFORMED individual.

hayduke2

If by informed you mean single purpose, one agenda, disgruntled, I agree...

BlueDawn666

PROVE IT....

butterflygirl

INFORMED is one thing she is NOT!

frederickdad

Cindy is a very dangerous person to have on the BOE. Maybe not a book burning, bible thumper, but she is on the fringe of understanding effective education objectives. She is also very close to the Blaine, Kirby, Billy faction of the local GOP. ABC - Anyone But Cindy!

fmd4life

She does not follow anybody blindly.

hayduke2

Nope, too busy chasing a personal agenda....

fmd4life

All ideas and crusades begin with a personal experience. Champions of all causes begin with a personal experience. Think about it. So you spin ot as a personal agenda. Shame on you.

FrederickFan

Thanks 'frederickdad." She sounds like bad news. I'm not surprised to hear she is connected to Blaine Young and Kirby Delauter.

Anyone but Cindy.

auntTique85

Please do not vote for this person, when you see her name on the ballot. She is not an advocate for public school. This is someone who wants to obstruct the school board, not offer anything constructive to the process of making decisions on behalf of students, your kids. A vote for this individual is a giant step in the wring direction.

hayduke2

Yup!

fmd4life

So if the system is failing the students parents should just follow along? With that mentality we would not even have had a founded country. She IS an advocate for public school. You just don't agree with her assessment of the system. I say QUESTION AUTHORITY. I bet you would if the majority board was not YOUR view.

shiftless88

She's fighting a battle that most don't agree with, and doing so in a way that is destructive rather than constructive. That's not the type of person I want on my school board.

fmd4life

How do you know most dont agreem. You cannot possibly know for a fact. You are spinning.

shiftless88

Well, because of who has been elected to the school board for one.

fmd4life

A supposition on your part, shiftless.

hayduke2

Where is the proof the system is failing students ? I have three children in the system and I don't see it. Perhaps the question authority attitude is what causes many of the perceived issues because it undermines the authority of the teacher to make decisions that, based on experience and education, they feel benefit students.

shiftless88

[thumbup][thumbup] Some people seem to pick fights because they have that attitude. It doesn't matter if there is a problem, they will perceive the tiniest thing as a problem.

fmd4life

Omg. If you cant see the quality of graduate learnig skills, then you just can't see. This cou try is all about dumbi g down to the lowest denominator.

fmd4life

My typos on this small cell do not reflect my education. Only reflects my fat fingers, lol.

hayduke2

fmd - hard to drive and text?

DickD

fmd4life, please let me suggest, write your comments in word or an on line e-mail, check the spelling and paste into the comment section. You will find you are not really limited.

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public-redux

OT to this LTE but directed to BlueDawn. You should check out the most recent comments to Peter Brehm's LGTB of a few days ago. jsk confirmed my summary of his views (If bigotry, not True Christian. If True Christian, not bigotry). He wrote: " if you are truly a Christian then you know you hold no prejudice or intolerance towards any person."

DeDeuceCoupe32

You get what you pay for!!!! You don't like public ( FREE ) education, then pay 15k per child a year for private school. Entitled parents and absent parents aren't the majority of public schools. Yet the system is designed around educated parents kids to succeed and uneducated parents kids to fail.

BstD59

And there is always the option of home schooling. Of course there are costs involved with home schooling as well however I'm sure you would spare no expense in order to educate your child to your liking.

BstD59

My reply was for the letter writer, not for DeDuceCoupe whom I happen to agree with.

DickD

Did you check the County web site to find out the cost per pupil? I ask because the cost to Maryland U., for tuition is going to be just slightly over 10k. So, 15k seems awfully high.

DickD

Very good argument. Schools have changed a lot, since I was young, they expect you to know numbers, alphabet and more in kindergarden. Yet, we have many that have no math or writing skills.

public-redux

Assuming Ms. Rose wins a seat on the BOE and also assuming that Dr. Alban doesn't resign, I wonder how Rose will perform her duties. Will she rely upon the information provided by the administration? If not, what information will she use, how will she obtain it, and how would she assess its validity?

Interested voters might like to know prior to voting. I certainly would.

fmd4life

So you want sheep for school board members?

FrederickFan

ABC - "Anyone but Cindy."

Jim Hartley

And do you want anger and confrontation in school board members? This is Tea Party-style politics, not the way to improve an already excellent school system.

hayduke2

good point

public-redux

Now that's an odd inference. I was wondering, if you read my comment, what sources of info she would use.

threecents

Cindy, It seems you are only interested in state and national testing, so I suggest you run for state or federal office. The Frederick County School Board is not the place to argue about these tests. They have plenty of real work to do managing a huge budget and that involves working with the school superindendent, who you appear to hate, so how do you think would work out??

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