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I guess you could term 20,000+ voters limited, that is your opinion after all. You can criticize the intelligence level and motivations of those voters, too. I will say, however, at least they exercised their right to vote and make their voices heard. You don't have to agree with them and you don't have to be happy about the choice the voters made. All of this is your right as a citizen of the United States. You can talk about "facts" and how they have been twisted and made up or discarded. But, by the very definition of the word I would say that those things are not "facts" at all. Facts are indisputable. As far as being excluded in the decisions that the school board makes and not being involved if you have opposing opinions that is just nonsense. If you feel like you are being excluded and are not being heard, then I think it would be a good time to look at your message and how you are delivering it. Both of your posts (LiveInGilbert and godhelpgilbert) are negative, mean spirited, and full of misinformation. If you are conducting yourselves in this same manner at schools, school events, and school board meetings I would not blame people for dismissing you and your message altogether. You say that people and businesses will leave the Gilbert school district, and the communities in the Town of Gilbert because of our current board yet you keeping posting your nasty, petty and childish remarks for all the world to see. A person not knowledgeable about the issues that face our district might happen upon this site and this is what they see. Honestly, I would steer clear, too. So, if you really care about the education of all of the kids in the district and Gilbert Public Schools and its reputation, stop trying to widen the divide that we are currently facing. Grow up, put your big girl pants on, and get to work solving the real issues that face us. You can only be either part of the solution or part of the problem. Which one will you be? 3 months ago
godhelpgilbert: Here we go again -more of the same drivel from you as we have gotten from "pd" and "LiveInGilbert". Stop with the "one member" talk and have the decency to name the people you are accusing. What are so afraid of? That the rumors and innuendo you are passing off here will be proven to be untrue? You would then have a very big problem on your hands, wouldn't you? As for "one member" posting answers to parent questions on facebook, most correspondence sent to a Board Member through official district channels is considered public information. There are a few exceptions and these are very limited. When emailing a board member, one should not have an expectation of privacy, as ANYONE can go down to the district office and file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and view those emails and distribute the contents to whoever they see fit. Regarding assault, kidnapping and police charges these all seem like very serious matters to me. Again, if they are true at least name the person you are talking about so that the record can be put straight once and for all. Again, makes me wonder what are you so afraid of? 3 months ago
pd - Just wondering who you are referring to when you make your accusations. If you are going to publicly make accusations, you owe it to the person you are accusing to publicly name them. Your comments have absolutely no credibility and are filled with rumors and innuendo. You could at least prove your credibility here by proving the existence of the lawsuit you claim was filed by a sitting member of the governing board. I would guess that would be difficult, however, because NO SUCH LAWSUIT EXISTS. It is also unconscionable that you would criticize a parent for advocating for their child, whether that child is special needs or not or whether that person sat on a governing board or not. Regarding the current governing board, Staci Burk has children enrolled in GPS. Julie Smith's children attend GCA, a Gilbert Public School. Jill Humphries has children who currently attend Gilbert High School. Daryl Colvin has 5 children that attended schools within GPS and one who even student taught within the district. Lily Tram also has children who attend GPS. Having children who currently attend schools within the district is not a requirement for a governing board member -just ask EJ Anderson. Classifying the current board as an "anti-public school cadre" is ludicrous. Like it or not, the voters spoke loud and clear in this past election. Enough logical, fair-minded, and intelligent people looked at the state of our school district and what they wanted for its future and made their choice. One of those elected was seated in October 2012. The other two were seated a mere 5 weeks ago. Instead of lambasting them, labeling them and libeling them you should give them a chance to show what they are about, get your facts straight and get involved. If you aren't willing to do that then you should just GO AWAY because people like you cause far more harm to our school district than any one of those school board members you are referring to in your comments. 3 months ago
I would hardly call Gilbert Classical Academy's retention rate of under 50% "highly successful". It also costs more to educate a child at GCA than children at other district schools. You cannot argue that GCA's test scores are higher than other schools, but their special education population is around .02%. By comparison, Gilbert Junior High School has over 20% of it's population enrolled in some sort of special education program. Please stick with the facts and instead of criticizing our new board members, by all means, get involved with the process. But, please, only do so if you have the best intentions of ALL students who attend Gilbert Public Schools at heart. Because, isn't the purpose of public education to serve everyone?4 months ago