As of 10 PM EST the Dayton Daily News reports that Springboro voters have elected Charles Anderson, Dr. Ron Malone, and David Stuckey to replace the outgoing members of the School Board. In addition, voters passed the renewal levy by over 3 to 1, pointing to the fact that residents of the Springboro are ready for the changing of the guard.
Over the last few years the actions of the School Board have caused quite a stir in the community, including a contentious dispute over the collective bargaining rights of the teachers union, the introduction of Creationism, along with a host of other “controversial issues.” Judging from the results of the election, it is evident that the Board overreached in its goals to make public education more affordable, as voters rejected David Bitner and Kolton Vaughn who previously pledged to continue pursing the Students First agenda.
David Petroni and Jim Rigano, both strong proponents of Students First and co-bloggers at Educate Springboro, will remain seated on the Board. The inclusion of Stuckey and Malone with the business experience of Anderson has the potential to restore balance to our community while focusing on the merits of Students First, assuming the Board can find a way to include the disparate voices in our conversation about education in the 21st century.
For the last three weeks, thousands of school teachers and Union supporters have been camping out in Mexico City’s Zocalo Square protesting American style reforms to their educational system, including attacks on their collective bargaining rights and the institution of merit-based performance systems. Over the last several days the situation has escalated as the government cracks down on the encampments with tear gas and water jets, while the protesters use bulldozers to erect barricades around their encampments.
The situation bears little resemblance to the recent controversy in Springboro Schools as our teachers lost the battle for their collective rights, but continue to fight the war with the combined force of Malone, Stuckey, and Anderson, three well-known heavyweight contenders in the school district who have joined forces under the banner of MSA4Springboro, in order to combat the influence of the Warren County Tea Party and their leadership on the Board of Education.
Half a world away, another encampment has already started to form at a new Information Technology school in Paris known as 42, named after Douglas Adams’s answer to “life, the universe, and everything” in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Created by a French telecom magnate for reasons that mirror those in Mexico and the U.S., the goal is to prepare students for a career in the 21st century and help offset the rising rate of unemployment which is impacting the French economy.