Non-partisan got very partisan last Wednesday at the debate at Willowick Middle School. The questions were ok, they could have been more creative. Some were clearly planted but it matters not. Some candidates were vilified for not attending, again who cares, worry about those who were there.
The best questions came from Willowick’s Mayor Bonde who went to bat for his city and it’s reputation and a question from a concerned parent who simply wanted to know if his kids would have AC and heat at North high school. A very concerned young lady had a great question about what would happen if the levy fails too. Bad things, we all know that and it would take a ton of creative thinking to find a solution.
Mixed in were digs at me about Common Core by teachers union leaders who never asked about the teachers but “tried” to mail me on funding and curriculum. He failed. Treatment of teachers is tops on my list RIGHT BEHIND STUDENTS and he knows that regardless his dismay with me lies in the fact of my political affiliation (which is a non-factor in this race). I guess he missed the part when I said we must explore EVERY OPTION to reduce class sizes and provide better conditions for our teachers. It was BACK to “well don’t you want to talk about Common Core.” My response was “where were you last night when I held a town hall meeting about it right down the street?”
All in all it was fun. I had some good conversations with our superintendent throughout and you’d be surprised that we agree on a lot more than we disagree on, we just need to work on the avenues we’d use to reach solutions.
There’s obviously concern in the district if 8 people are running for 3 spots. I’m not doing this for fun (campaigning is far from that) or the money (mine would be used to fund field trips at the discretion of my children’s PTC). I’m doing this to protect our children’s future and their right to a free, honest education spared from federal and global (YES the U.N. endorses Common Core) intrusions.
Last Wednesday night several candidates “attempted” to defend Common Core by saying ” it’s what’s coming or it’s been adopted ( albeit blindly).” It’s the same folks that complain about school choice. Hey it’s the law right??? I guess the double standard only works one way.
I guess these that sit by and welcome Common Core, as wrong as it is, would be the same folks that say “hey the Germans are already in France why should we go?” or “hey you already have the disease, no point in treating it, it’s here.” THAT IS THE MENTALITY OF ANYBODY WILLING TO SIT BY AND WATCH THIS POISON BE SEEPED INTO OUR SCHOOLS. If it’s wrong and YOU KNOW it’s wrong it must be fought against and defeated! Parents have the power. Use it before it is stripped away.
If any of the bright minds that attempted to defend the merits of Common Core that evening saw what Catholic school students are dealing with now (having adopted most of Common Core over a year ago) they’d see reduced arts, reduced “factual science”, phys ed classes turned into reading classes with any form of competitive play banished and music depleted. How can this be good for developing well rounded individuals? These are things critical to developing the full potential of an individual.
I am the only candidate in this race willing to take a stand FOR our children, FOR our teachers and FOR our taxpayers. From what I have seen and heard, Larry Luciano, Sharon Scott, Connie Newyear and Dan Hoffman are willing to go “all in” to sacrifice our children’s future.
I will stand guardian at the gates of our children’s education and not allow our children to be cast into the role of robotic human capital striving for mediocrity, rather they will be given the education they deserve to build the best possible lives for themselves as successful individuals.
Yours Always in Freedom,
Capt. Rusty Bliss
Candidate for Willoughby-Eastlake Board of Education