Monday, September 23rd, 2013 at 1:11pm

Almost a Billion Dollars! – The Solution

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Last week  we reported that Lake County Schools Director of Growth Planning Department, Harry Fix and the District’s Chief Financial Officer, Carol MacLeod claimed during the special joint meeting of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners and the Lake County School Board that the Lake County School District was almost $1 billion short in funding their capital needs.  Fix and MacLeod were advocating for higher taxes and impact fees to justify this overspending.  As the column noted, school impact fees would have to increase to almost $30,000, which is not in the realm of reality and also shows the fallacy of the School District’s numbers.

However, there is a solution that could solve the capital issues of the School District.  If fully implemented, it would dramatically reduce the number of students attending schools within the District.  According to a School Board Member, the District is paid almost $6,500 per year from the state and federal government to educate a child.  This amount does not include $100 million-plus from property taxes and sales tax.  We believe it is time to outsource the education of our children.  Yes, America can outsource jobs, technology, and business; why not outsource education?

In Lake County there are private schools, which are fully accredited to educate children with modest tuition rates.  Below are just a few of the private schools with their current tuition rates:

  •  Faith Lutheran School (K-8) $5,100
  •  First Academy-Leesburg $6,400
  •  Christian Home & Bible School $8,958

The Lake County School District could outsource students to these schools and make money.  In the Faith Lutheran and First Academy-Leesburg schools it would be a straight-up profit; and, even Christian Home & Bible School would be a money saver, considering all costs are included.

The real moral of this column is simple:  If the parents were given $6,500 per year to better educate their children, low-cost options are available.  How many parents would home school their children if they were given $6,500 per year to do so?

Now, put this into terms of the school impact fee debate and extra funding debate.  Do you think the Lake County School District (and any school district) should be able to survive on a budget of $6,500 per year per student plus all of the money that is collected from property taxes?  The answer, of course, is “yes”.

We do not have a funding problem in Lake County; rather, we have a spending problem.

Our solution is a real one–offer parents the amount of $6,500 per year to educate their children via private school or home school, and watch attendance plunge in the public education system.  By outsourcing students, the Lake County School District would actually make money on each child; however, most importantly, there would not be a need to build new schools.

Take a look around you, and you will see that it is obvious Lake County taxpayers are tapped out.  In addition, impact fees are business and job killers.  So, why not “think outside the box” by outsourcing the education of our students?  We believe that hundreds (if not thousands) of students would leave the public school system if their parents were given the chance to outsource their education with private school or home school.

Why not give parents the choice while saving money at the same time?  How do you like our solution?  Let us know.

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16 Responses to “Almost a Billion Dollars! – The Solution”

  1. What a shame says:

    Former Mount Dora Mayor, Mel DeMarco has started slinging her filth and venom about the Mount Dora Mayor race. This ultra liberal, anti development, anti subdivision crazy lady is just hurting the very town she lives in.

  2. You ask the following questions: “Why have you not gotten rid of “a perverted sheriff” and why have you not run against the “corrupt” tax collector?Could you not break up the bunch including Conner and Baker? Is there no way for you, in your infinite wisdom, to bring ethical candidates to run in Lake County?”

    And of course the blogger who pretended to ask these redundant questions is a party to the culture of corruption that runs Lake County and knows perfectly well the answer to the questions – that is just an attempt to make these pesky bloggers look stupid.

    If Ed Havill our esteemed Property Appraiser for the better part of 36 years could not beat out these organized criminals not many if any others would ever stand a chance of doing so.

    Ed Havill shared the below emails with some close friends. The emails are between Mr. Havill and an unknown person informing him of how the system was organizing to defeat him.

    —–Original Message—–
    From:
    To: ehavill <ehavill@
    Sent: Wed, Feb 1, 2012 3:23 pm
    Subject: important message to Mr Havill

    Dear Mr, Havill,
    A relative of mine has give me some information regarding some acts that are highly disturbing to them. I have taken it upon myself
    to forward this information to you because I do not feel like you deserve this treatment based solely on your years of honest service to our county.

    My relative is an employee of the sheriff's office. The relative says the sheriff has his employee's circulating signature cards while on duty in uniform and inside the Lake sheriff's building and actually harassing and demanding sheriff's employee's to sign those cards for Carey Baker. From what they say this kind of stuff is against the law. My relative was forced to sign one against their will and said you can probably go to the election office and see who is signing the cards and you will find a bunch from the sheriff's office.

    My relative said one of the people is named Amy Bisbo and one is a Lt whose names starts with an "S" I believe. Sorry I don't know
    any of them but I just got to thinking you don't deserve this kind of treatment after all these years.

    Good Luck

    —–Original Message—–
    From: EDHAVILL <
    To:
    Sent: Thu, Feb 2, 2012 10:27 am
    Subject: Your e-mail to ed havill
    Thank you for the e-mail you sent me. I will not put you in jeopardy by revealing who you are. If what they are doing are being forced, I think that when they vote ( in private ) they will be upset about being forced, and they will probably go with me. If you hear anything else, please send it to my home e-mail, as anything coming to my office is public record. My home e-…..edhavill@embarq Thank you for having the courage to give me a heads up. Regards, Ed

    —–Original Message—–
    From:
    To: edhavill@embarq
    You are welcome sir! As previously stated I have relatives that work there and they need their jobs. My folks say they have heard these people somehow have ways of fixing the elections. They even say they have been told the last sheriff's election was fixed. Who knows I guess they can do anything with computers these days.

    Good Luck! You have always stood up for the people and you deserve to be treated fairly.

    Ed Havill’s Anti-Mudslinging Ad

    My family and I wrote all my campaign material at the beginning of the campaign, so that I could print them all off at once, being thrifty. We knew Baker would go negative because he has NO qualifications to run on. We also knew he would have a lot of hidden PAC money paying for a lot of his advertising. They have really tried to do a “hit” on me with TV ads, an anti-Havill website, and negative mailings. And don’t forget the Robo calls.

    Ultimately it’s your choice. Will you vote for someone “backed by politicians” who has no clue about appraising property, or the candidate who has PROVEN he can do the job well?
    ————————–
    To Ed’s close friends, of which he had many; he personally disclosed the facts that he knew he was on the hit list to be ousted from office because he failed to march to their drums. Even worse he committed the ultimate sin. Being one of the first Republicans elected to a Lake County political office – citing problems within the Republican Party of Florida he left the GOP and signed on as an independent voter in protest of their actions – only to return to the GOP in time to qualify for his last re-election campaign. Ed Havill knew exactly what was going on with Jeb Bush and his Bushmen and he did not like it. He was not for sale at any price. Ed Havill was just Ed Havill – if you didn’t like that it was “sorry for your luck” as far as he was concerned.

  3. Richard Riker. First of all to quote The Great Ronald Reagan “there you go again.” Lying because that’s all you know how to do. Old liquor store manager who claims to have an out of state teacher’s certificate. Probably just like Bob McKee claims to have NY college degrees and a NY Regent’s HS diploma too. When people like you get caught you start by trying to lie your way out. The lies get bigger and bigger; one trying to cover up another. People like you, Borders and Bob McKee never stop lying. Just over two years ago lying Bob McKee was at the League of Women Voters meeting in the Villages lying again and telling them he holds a master’s Degree in public administration. All this lying sucker holds is four or five different dates of birth and lies on every resume and job app he every filled out. But, with friends like you and the tea baggers (REC) elites you can just keep lying for these employee’s of the oligarch’s who try to convince us they are elected public officials.

    If you think the bloggers on this website are “using vulgar,offensive, and foul rhetoric: you should Google yourself and your friend Sheriff Borders and find the hundreds of other blogs and websites that don’t really keep it “civil.” Maybe the world lying is offensive to you? The truth is always offensive to the liars.

    This ADMIN is very careful about the words they allow posted on this site.

    So, apparently the “vulgar,offensive, and foul rhetoric” you refer too are mostly words like “pervert” or “homosexual” which do appear on this site from time to time. On the other hand bloggers on sites like topix just call folks like Borders and those like you are are either that way or love people who are the slang terms that some of the employee’s around here call the boss when they know they are in friendly company.

    You numb skulls will not win “the tea baggers for Gary Borders thing” no matter how much you lie and how hard you try.

    There are too many victims of Gary Borders working right here at the Sheriff’s Office. Not counting all the others from other places over the years that we know about. We have to see the raises and promotions in exchange for allowing the boss to have his way with the younger guys. You and your lying friends will never out lie what we see with out own eyes and what we hear from those he has used and dumped even though they keep getting special treatment we all know who has been used and culled. Would you like for us to print out the list?

    Sick old fat man like you. And at first we didn’t realize you were one of them. That proves we have to be careful of who we even think we can trust.

    And of course you keep mentioning we don’t use our name. Bet your buttie Gary would give you a big fat bonus to rat us out so he could “just make us go away.” huh?

    When the people tell the truth it matters not as too the name of the truth tellers. It matters only that they are telling the truth. The massive movement to discover those who dare tell the truth is only for the purpose of shutting them up.

    Herein you and your band of merry men will fail. Because the numbers who know the truth and are willing to expose the truth are many. Like the relay runners they are, when one goes on break there are others ready to pick up the run.

    Hope to see you at the Mission Inn at the organizational table. Perhaps we can pick up our conversation where we left it off the last time we spoke.

    Really Riker if you do not have a dog in this hunt concerning Gary Borders long history of “coaching and handling” why do you go to so much trouble to defend Gary Borders unless you are just like him?

  4. “If you had gone to any of the candidate forums you would know Carpenter lost because he was nothing but a blow hard.”

    Actually Richard you know darn well that is a lie and I went to every candidate forum there was.
    Remember how all those questions had to be written on the 3 X 5 cards and every word was closely scrutinized so as too not embarrass you sheriff with factual questions?

    Actually we have done a head count around the sheriff’s office right here and we can find less than 15% of the special deputies and super elite that admit they voted for your boy Gary.
    If you call Carpenter “nothing but a blow hard” what do you call your buttie Borders, the one you have your nose so far up his butt you can’t see daylight? Maybe you call him a blow soft?
    What would a person with some real brains think about the performance your man Gary Borders played for your North Lake Tea baggers on Mar 21, 2013? Over an hour of wandering back and forth because he can’t stand behind a podium BS. You and your baggers giggling like little school girls to his little jokes and his momma and her 85 acres in Kentucky where he has never missed going back for Christmas since he come to Florida. All folks have to do is Google Sheriff Borders North lake Tea Party and watch the video. At last count only 102 persons have watched the video. I am sure they will pull that video now because they keep him hid and out of sight from the camera’s. they only other long video he made was with Kath Belich at channel 9 about the murder by cop of Andrew Lee Scott. They have since pulled that one because it shows the true Borders a bumbling idiot making a mockery of a man protecting his home against unknown intruders.

    That is really too bad. Every taxpaying voter in Lake County should watch this man they have for a sheriff pace the stage like a caged tiger making stupid statements. After all this is one rare video where they get to see their sheriff. He does not face the media and make statements regarding crimes and arrests of criminals in Lake County. As recent as last Sunday night when a man attempted to buy sex from a 14 year old girl in Eustis who refused his advances. The man choked her unconscious, kidnapped her took her up to Umatilla and ran over her several times crushing her hips and legs and fleeing the scene. Thank God Marion County sheriff’s deputies for the suspect later that night and arrested him. Our Sheriff Borders left him in the Marion County jail until Wednesday morning. Sheriff’s are supposed to protect the public.

    Investigate crimes and make immediate arrests on heinous crimes committed. Not turn their heads and allow the suspects meander off on their way.

    You nuts don’t realize the reason Borders can’t stand still and is as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs is he’s never quiet sure which one of those mothers might be the mother of a son that either he abused or covered up for some of his friends than abused them. The list is long as many of you other scum friends of his know only too well.

    Gary Borders wouldn’t make a pimple on a sheriff’s rear end and everyone around here knows that.

    He was anointed into the job of sheriff of Lake County not because he was qualified to be sheriff but because he was one of the boys and friends with Don Brown who was friends with Jeb Bush and since Borders had already been involved at the secret Green Isle Boys ranch project they knew he was morally challenged enough not to be a problem with wanting to really enforce the law, but while he plied his search for his next young boy, they could be doing the drugs and other schemes they do without having to worry about having an honest sheriff in town.

    I know one thing for sure he sure has been talking sweet nothing to Sgt Chip Ray right here in the dining room and some others trying to sooth them down cause things don’t look so good around here right now, they all know about the lawsuits.

    I here tell the victims have private investigators working for some big law firm from way out of town about to subpoena a bunch of witnesses and working on filing a bunch of suits on behalf of Green Isle victims. If that is true they are going to be looking for all these witnesses and you are going to be one of them. Since someone using your name is a defense witness who says the little boys who claimed to have been raped by Gary’s little friend Tyler must be lying because that person says nothing wrong ever happened at Borders Green isle Ranch. Better ask your buttie Gary if he’s going to provided all you guys a lawyer like he did Robert Myers and some of the rest of them when they got into trouble?

  5. What facts? The malcontents who post here using vulgar,offensive, and foul rhetoric, void of intelligent commentary and begging for some sort of recognition are a confused lot. Their interpretation of the facts is nothing more than innuendo and a wish list of what they want, it’s like wanting 2+2 to equal 5. Any intelligent person knows that’s wrong but the malcontents continue to show their arrogance and ignorance by insisting it’s right. And ever notice that the malcontents are to cowardly to put their names to what they write? By the way, if you had gone to any of the candidate forums you would know Carpenter lost because he was nothing but a blow hard..

  6. Saying “None of us need to do any homework because you so skillfully educate me and the rest of the readers of RSOL” is in itself a remark of ignorance.

    That remark simply goes to prove the writer is “educated beyond their intelligence.” Head full of formulas. Like with Algebra you have all the answers you just can’t figure out how you arrived at them. So now you have to go back and figure out the questions.

    No one can “educate you” that is an accomplishment that must be done by each individual. As the old saying goes “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink.”

    Another old saying goes like this “it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

    A bunch of people are waiting for you people to rebuke or defend the facts presented to you and the rest of the RSOL readers. You can’t because they are FACTS. You just want to make them go away, but they never will until they are properly, constitutionally and legally addressed by those in authority to protect and serve the honest real people who are forced to live these hell’s at the hands of the powerful.

    It is true “ignorance is bliss” if you think only one person who knows what’s going on within our local government is blogging on this site you are sadly mistaken.

    While I for one do not know exactly how many bloggers “share their education” with the readers of the RSOL , what I do know for a fact is the numbers of people with personal interest, research and concerns for the future of Lake County reach into the thousands.

    You are the sickest of the scum that infests the earth. You and your kind support and condone the abuse of “our employee’s and the people of Lake County at large.

    Why? Because you chose the higher road. You will not lower yourselves to seek the truth. It’s easier to “fit into the system.” Live in Howey so you don’t have to see the poor, abused and down trodden. Many who is employee’s of the Sheriff by the way.
    On October 5th the Lake Republican Party Elite (REC) will meet at the Mission Inn Resort for their annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner. Oh Yea! Members of the North Lake Tea Party are invited to “gather as the organization table.” All they have to do is contact Andy D. for more information.

    Why not invite all republicans? That’s what the Democrats do. But, not you Republicans; you are special, socially elite – you can only associate with the powerful movers and shakers and the pretty people.

    Not that you people care or even have enough intelligence to see what’s going on right before your noses, But when you buttie Gary Borders had his re-election Mission Inn blow out last year; on of his prime sponsors was none other than medical marijuana supporting and ambulance chasing lawyer John Morgan. Oh and let us not forget that John Morgan has stored out CharLIE Crist since he lost his last spot at the peoples pig trough just waiting to put him back in the Governor’s Office.
    And don’t you repubs aka (tea baggers out to save the world) be surprised if ole CharLIE makes a comeback. One limp wristed governor is just as good as another and at least CharLIE don’t look like Casper and act like an unfriendly ghost.

    By the way as to your remarks “Why have you not gotten rid of “a perverted sheriff” and why have you not run against the “corrupt” tax collector?

    Lake County has had some very good and honest public officials. They always seem to get indicted or worse if they don’t sign on as a card carrying member of Lake’s culture of corruption.
    Just last year a very good and real qualified law man with real law enforcement experience “not a career jailer” with no road experience ran against Gary Borders for sheriff. Sandy Carpenter. The same man that Gary Borders supported in 2004 when Carpenter ran for sheriff of Lake County.

    Despite an open election because there was no general election candidate and Democrats whole heartedly voicing their support of Carpenter he lost the election.

    But then every one around the sheriff’s office and the round courthouse started talking about “no wonder Carpenter lost” because “they” stored the absentee ballots in the old tunnel that runs from behind the supervisor of elections office over to the sheriff’s office. Talk about delivering the hens straight to the fox’s house.

    You say some honest person should run against the godfather Tax Collector Bib McKee?
    Where would you find him anyway? He’s MIA. I was at his office last week and he was not there. He has been laying low since all his dates of birth hit the internet most right next to his own signature too!

    You blood suckers just keep right on sucking until all you have left is the turnips and even their roots are gone.

    You can manipulate, lie, squirm and lie some more while you and your elite friends protect each other here on earth. And obviously no one has skillfully educated you on the here after. But some of us still believe in judgment day and if we just happen to be right only about one-third will make it past that judgment day without going to the pits of hell.

    So go right ahead and make fun of the victims of you and your friends. After all we are used too it, that’s all we have ever received. We don’t even get invited to the elite Republican Party parties unless we are members of the North Lake Tea Party.

    If you people were really honest, the open letter from Lake Commission Chairman Leslie Campione is in itself enough to open the eyes of those who have not the intelligence to see something is bad wrong here in Lake County government.

  7. None of us need to do any homework because you so skillfully educate me and the rest of the readers of RSOL.You seem to have all of the facts regarding Lake County and you know all of the ways we need to be fixed. The only thing I haven’t seen is solutions and I am surprised that if you are correct in all of your assertions that you have not found the way to fix all of these issues. Why have you not gotten rid of “a perverted sheriff” and why have you not run against the “corrupt” tax collector?Could you not break up the bunch including Conner and Baker? Is there no way for you, in your infinite wisdom, to bring ethical candidates to run in Lake County.
    I have a vision of you, an impotent little man, unable to act or engage in society. Because if you were able to engage with any semblance of intelligence and Lake County were truly as corrupt as you say, I believe you would have found a way to bring the ethical people with whom you associate to turn this county around.

  8. Name Marie Dubois @ September 24, 2013 at 3:56 pm.

    Yea, all you tea baggers set out to fix the world,. the problem is you forgot to do your homework.

    The first thing that happened was the politicians sucked your esteemed leader right into their political web by convincing her she could go to Washington. Problem is she didn’t know anymore about what to do if she had got there that Obama does. Like Obama someone would have had to tell her what she thought and what to say. And trust me they are ready and willing to do that.

    So now this same bunch including you and your spouse have taken over the Lake County REC. the tea bagger leader is now the state committee woman; no wonder so many people that know the truth like Ed Havill did have left the GOP (too bad he come back to run run the last time and let them set him up for the take down) with people who claim to “want Limited Constitutional Government, Free Market Solutions and Fiscal Responsibility.”

    People with brains know people like you and Riker and the crowd are absorbed by the system and let us not forget we are all known by the company we keep. VonGunten and others proudly pictured sucking up with Borders at the Day of Prayer event. Richard Riker defends every move Gary Borders makes and has made including taking up for Borders on the shooting death of an innocent man defending his castle against unknown invaders as well as the cover ups of the brutal rapes and attempted suicides of five little boys at Borders Green Isle Boys Ranch.

    Actions speak louder than words! But your words are only “want Limited Constitutional Government, Free Market Solutions and Fiscal Responsibility.”

    You never said a word about the fact that you support “honesty, morals, integrity, transparency in our government and demand the same from those who are supposed to be elected, appointed or otherwise represent the real people.

    And yes, you are probably way too intelligence challenged to have a clue, but there is absolutely a nazi like movement within the United States to take control of many facets of our lives beginning much like Ernst Julius Günther Röhm helped Adolph Hitler form the Brown Shirts with such initiatives as Common Core which you say you do not support. Are you intelligent enough to realize the back up plans they have in place when people fail to support Common Core?

    Many of you folks are good people. You mean well, but the problem has always bee you can not see the forest for the trees.

    If you really want to do something good for Lake County talk to some ling time sheriff’s office employee’s and seek out the truth about what is really going on at the sheriff’s office. We have so many employee’s around here that have been abused and their lives destroyed forever because out sheriff’s wants them to be his next boy toy. Out sheriff spends more time picking out his next special deputy than he does enforcing the law. Everyone around here knows these facts and we see someone like Richard Riker taking up for this pervert. That means Riker too is a pervert in our book.

    If you so called conservatives want to do something good for us demand an honest investigation into Bob McKee and his four dates of birth and Gary Borders and his jail inmate sex and 20 years of cover ups of the little boys raped at Green Isle.

    If you don’t care about this you stick your noses a little deeper where you have them and go with the flow and every thing around here goes deeper and deeper into the pits of hell.

  9. Except for the fact that you name a few local private schools and give some current financial details your solution sounds like it was written by Jeb Bush.
    Bush’s agenda is outsource (privatize) everything to the private sector; except with Jeb Bush the private sector has got be his friends and family. They have a named plan for everything and when all else fails they also have various stages of backup plans.
    This is what Jeb has been trying to accomplish with his parent trigger bill that has gotten lost in the senate on a tie vote for the last two years in a row. To empower the parents to demand the local school boards convert at least a certain percentage of their public schools to charter school which would then be run by for profit charter school management friends of Jeb Bush and the Bush family. Some of thee like the Gulen Charter Schools are Muslim faith based.
    PARENTS, TEACHERS AND OTHER WHO JUST PLAIN CARE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY SHOULD DO SOME RESEARCH ON THE GULEN MOVEMENT:

    One of the most controversial aspects of these schools has been the public denials made by Gulenist administrators that there is any connection with the Gulen Movement. There are compilations of evidence that a strong connection exists. Interested parties should explore additional issues of concern about these publicly-funded schools. An online site, A Guide to the Gulen Movement’s Activities in the US, has more information about the Gulen Movement in general, as the charter schools are only one aspect of this movement’s growing influence in our country and around the world.

    We would certainly hope that the RSOL and their suggestion to outsource education is a satire designed to make the parents, teachers and other concerned parties wake up and realize there is in fact an organized movement not only full strength but also running in high gear to overtake the public school systems in the USA by various methods the end goal of which is to control the education of the youth of the United States of America and program (not educate) our youth for the New World Order.

    Regarding education in the State of Florida where better to start than that old Florida Constitution that no one ever reads and like the old USA Constitution is outdated and old fashioned anyway.

    By reading the Florida Constitution in search of support for those who like to save our public education system and our honest. Moral teachers and support staff’s who have dedicated their lives to public education; one of the first tools to provide us a safety net is found in the Superintendent of schools. As we all know after years of screaming and yelling at our last duly elected Superintendent of schools then School Board Chairman Jimmy Conner led the push for the voters to abolish that elected position and allow the majority of the School Board to appoint and anoint that Superintendent of schools so that person would be only beholding to the majority of the school board. Therefore the culture of corruption that runs Lake Schools must lust like the BCC maintain at least the ownership and control of at least three members on the board to have full control over the Superintendent of schools. This they have done quiet well with the help of Lake godfather Bob McKee.

    “When provided by resolution of the district school board, or by special law, approved by vote of the electors, the district school superintendent in any school district shall be employed by the district school board as provided by general law.”

    The solution is: “The resolution or special law may be rescinded or repealed by either procedure after four years.”

    The problem is the people who know what is really going on around Lake County know that even if the people collected the number of signatures and/ or jumped through the hoops to get the issue on the ballot to rescinded or repeal this appointed puppet who marches in lock step with the godfather and his cronies. When election day come the special law would fail by a margin of 51% to 49%; in favor of keeping the anointed Superintendent of schools.

    And, “payment of the costs associated with reducing class size to meet these requirements is the responsibility of the state and not of local schools districts.” SO WHY HAVE WE BEEN BORROWING BOND MONEY TO BUILD MORE SCHOOLS???

    AND LOOKIE – LOOKIE IN: “SECTION 6. State school fund.—The income derived from the state school fund shall, and the principal of the fund may, be appropriated, but only to the support and maintenance of free public schools.

    SO WHY ARE WE THE TAXPAYERS FUNDING SUCH THINGS AS: Neil Bush and his IGNITE LEARNING? The private ONLINE K 12 (dot)com and so many others?

    Every time a lawmaker makes a law they seem to have friends and elatives ready to take advantage of that law.

    WHEN THIS LAW TOOK EFFECT: :The early childhood education and development programs provided by reason of subparagraph (b) shall be implemented no later than the beginning of the 2005 school year through funds generated in addition to those used for existing education, health, and development programs.”

    THE SOLUTION WAS: The Then Senate President and His Brother Formed:
    “The Early Learning Coalition” BUT REMEMBER “It’s always for the children” !!!!!

    For those who are truly interested in saving the Lake County and State of Florida Public School system they solution to do so might be found right here in the constitution. But, first we must insure that the computer systems are stopped from selecting not only our public officials, but our issues such as whether or not to elect our own Superintendent of schools.

    CONSTITUTION
    OF THE
    STATE OF FLORIDA

    AS REVISED IN 1968 AND SUBSEQUENTLY AMENDED
    ARTICLE IX
    EDUCATION
    SECTION 1. Public education.
    SECTION 2. State board of education.
    SECTION 3. Terms of appointive board members.
    SECTION 4. School districts; school boards.
    SECTION 5. Superintendent of schools.
    SECTION 6. State school fund.
    SECTION 7. State University System.
    SECTION 1. Public education.—

    (a) The education of children is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida. It is, therefore, a paramount duty of the state to make adequate provision for the education of all children residing within its borders. Adequate provision shall be made by law for a uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free public schools that allows students to obtain a high quality education and for the establishment, maintenance, and operation of institutions of higher learning and other public education programs that the needs of the people may require. To assure that children attending public schools obtain a high quality education, the legislature shall make adequate provision to ensure that, by the beginning of the 2010 school year, there are a sufficient number of classrooms so that:
    (1) The maximum number of students who are assigned to each teacher who is teaching in public school classrooms for prekindergarten through grade 3 does not exceed 18 students;
    (2) The maximum number of students who are assigned to each teacher who is teaching in public school classrooms for grades 4 through 8 does not exceed 22 students; and
    (3) The maximum number of students who are assigned to each teacher who is teaching in public school classrooms for grades 9 through 12 does not exceed 25 students.
    The class size requirements of this subsection do not apply to extracurricular classes. Payment of the costs associated with reducing class size to meet these requirements is the responsibility of the state and not of local schools districts. Beginning with the 2003-2004 fiscal year, the legislature shall provide sufficient funds to reduce the average number of students in each classroom by at least two students per year until the maximum number of students per classroom does not exceed the requirements of this subsection.

    (b) Every four-year old child in Florida shall be provided by the State a high quality pre-kindergarten learning opportunity in the form of an early childhood development and education program which shall be voluntary, high quality, free, and delivered according to professionally accepted standards. An early childhood development and education program means an organized program designed to address and enhance each child’s ability to make age appropriate progress in an appropriate range of settings in the development of language and cognitive capabilities and emotional, social, regulatory and moral capacities through education in basic skills and such other skills as the Legislature may determine to be appropriate.
    (c) The early childhood education and development programs provided by reason of subparagraph (b) shall be implemented no later than the beginning of the 2005 school year through funds generated in addition to those used for existing education, health, and development programs. Existing education, health, and development programs are those funded by the State as of January 1, 2002 that provided for child or adult education, health care, or development.

    History.—Am. proposed by Constitution Revision Commission, Revision No. 6, 1998, filed with the Secretary of State May 5, 1998; adopted 1998; Ams. by Initiative Petitions filed with the Secretary of State July 30, 2002, and August 1, 2002; adopted 2002.

    SECTION 2. State board of education.—The state board of education shall be a body corporate and have such supervision of the system of free public education as is provided by law. The state board of education shall consist of seven members appointed by the governor to staggered 4-year terms, subject to confirmation by the senate. The state board of education shall appoint the commissioner of education.

    History.—Am. proposed by Constitution Revision Commission, Revision No. 8, 1998, filed with the Secretary of State May 5, 1998; adopted 1998.

    SECTION 3. Terms of appointive board members.—Members of any appointive board dealing with education may serve terms in excess of four years as provided by law.

    SECTION 4. School districts; school boards.—
    (a) Each county shall constitute a school district; provided, two or more contiguous counties, upon vote of the electors of each county pursuant to law, may be combined into one school district. In each school district there shall be a school board composed of five or more members chosen by vote of the electors in a nonpartisan election for appropriately staggered terms of four years, as provided by law.

    (b) The school board shall operate, control and supervise all free public schools within the school district and determine the rate of school district taxes within the limits prescribed herein. Two or more school districts may operate and finance joint educational programs.

    History.—Am. proposed by Constitution Revision Commission, Revision No. 11, 1998, filed with the Secretary of State May 5, 1998; adopted 1998.

    SECTION 5. Superintendent of schools.—In each school district there shall be a superintendent of schools who shall be elected at the general election in each year the number of which is a multiple of four for a term of four years; or, when provided by resolution of the district school board, or by special law, approved by vote of the electors, the district school superintendent in any school district shall be employed by the district school board as provided by general law. The resolution or special law may be rescinded or repealed by either procedure after four years.

    History.—Am. proposed by Constitution Revision Commission, Revision No. 13, 1998, filed with the Secretary of State May 5, 1998; adopted 1998.

    SECTION 6. State school fund.—The income derived from the state school fund shall, and the principal of the fund may, be appropriated, but only to the support and maintenance of free public schools.

  10. Name says:

    This billion dollar want list is the same thing as the previous half-billion want list they had a few years back when they built all the new schools.

    It has nothing to do with child education and everything to do with MONEY.

    Yes! Anything private that is not a government run vendor and run honestly that does not have to laundry money can do anything cheaper if you can keep the government leeches out of it.

    They need all this money because that $562 million they borrowed back in 2004-05 and all that interest has long been eating them up. Over extended and robbing Peter to pay Paul only works for so long. Sooner or later you have to pay the piper.

    We have long heard the story shared by the virtual students parent about the filling out forms for reduced school lunches so that the county can gain the additional state funding no matter whether the student gets the meal or not.

    That is fraud pure and simple committed by Lake School officials; fraud against all the taxpayers of the State of Florida. This should he investigated and those who commit the crimes and order those crimes committed should be prosecuted. And if local authorities including SAO Brad King don;t want to enforce the law he should be arrested and charged as an accessory to the crimes.

  11. So, a person that has just commented has a problem with Richard Riker hides behind the name “Riker is a paid mouthpiece for the culture of corruption.” Wow…that is brave.And one of his remarks is very telling.. The person I will call RIAPMFTCOC has a disagreement with Mr. Riker about his opinions and grassroots activism regarding the North Lake Hospital District.This leads me to wonder if this comment was not written , in actuality, by the admin. of this blog. Those of us informed on the topic of the Hospital district are aware of the admin.’s interest in keeping those taxes at whatever rate the hospitals desire.
    I am quite certain that many of the assertions made by RIAPMFTCOC are either totally false or false in part.Also name calling of labeling all of us who want “Limited Constitutional Government, Free Market Solutions and Fiscal Responsibility” as his band of merry men and women teabaggers shows a lack of intelligence and understanding of the TEA Party movement.
    As a proud Tea Party member, I am opposed to Common Core, Am not particularly a Jeb fan,and do not embrace the idea of New World Order.I also am not in favor of impact fees or the new garbage deal.
    I doubt that Richard believes much of what you have assigned to him.But, I will let him speak for himself on issues.
    I am just so weary of your tired smears, falsehoods and lazy rhetoric.

  12. First of all we have to consider that this blogger Richard Riker is a paid mouthpiece for the culture of corruption that “ruins” Lake County and right on up the pecking order to the Bushwhackers. Remember he was a firm supporter of Gary Borders and saw no wrong when Borders gestapo shot and killed an innocent man who answered his door gun in hand in the middle of the night to a bunch of gestapo who failed to announce “police” and who actually lied that they were looking of an attempted murder suspect when in fact they were looking for a man who had been in an altercation with the son of their Lt. Scoop Jackson. Richard Riker believes in the Nazi Gestapo like actions of law enforcement and government and is supported by his handlers to lie and attempt to spin truthful articles away from the facts at hand. Absolutely nothing he says is the truth.

    Everything these people and do is 100% from the truth and what they are and what they stand for.

    Richard Riker and his band of merry men and women of the local tea baggers have over taken the Lake County Republican Executive Committee and are marching forward with the Nazi like goals of their leader Jeb Bush.

    When Riker says “Private schools are not required to build new schools when the student population increases, if they don’t have the room they simply don’t admit any more students. The State requires counties to build new public schools.” Really?

    He says “Outsourcing = Bad Idea.” When his hero, mentor and leader Jeb Bush is the privatization king of America. Richard Riker loves Gary Borders so much Riker doesn’t care about Borders and all his privatization and defends Borders every time their Green Isle pedophile ranch is mentioned.

    And then low and behold this old nit wit of the lesser caliber goes on to say:
    “Why not outsourcing the education of our students?”

    “That’s a simple one to answer and it can be answered with another question.”
    “Do parents want to relinquish the control they have over education in the county?”
    “By outsourcing education parents would relinquish their control. over who sits on the School Board which governs the schools.”
    Well rollie pollie round man which is it? You say “if they don’t have the room, The State requires counties to build new public schools.” So our local board doesn’t run our schools.

    But, if we somehow move to private or charter schools which is the goal of your boss and mentor Jeb Bush along with his Nazi plan A Common Core movement or plan B ACT Aspire both of which are NWO youth programming for your Nazi like friends, “By outsourcing education parents would relinquish their control. over who sits on the School Board which governs the schools.”
    So, if the state (as you say) is telling the districts when to build more schools which do we need with a local school board anyway. Just more waste of money huh?

    When your New World Order friends take over and nationalize education (which is really already a done deal) we won’t need the local school board or the State DOE, all the rules will come from Washington just like ObamaCare and it will be about as good as when you have to check in to Florida Hospital Waterman and they see the name Rickard Riker and say that’s that old fool that tried to stop us from taxing the people for hospital services, just pull they plug on that old sucker if Obamacare don’t cover his opticalrectumitis.

  13. Name Taxed says:

    The point that this article demonstrates is that the amount of money the school system takes in should be more than is necessary to provide the service and that private systems have proven they can do it on less. I don’t know what control Mr. Riker thinks parents have over their children’s education in public schools, but as a parent, I found it best to opt out and try the Lake County Virtual School in order to gain some control. Even here it is all about money and the only control I could gain was by providing perspective to my children’s interpretation of the content presented. We have been subjected to things such as screen blocks that required our filling out forms for reduced school lunches so that the county can gain the additional state funding. I don’t believe they will be delivering our lunch. Offer us half of the $6500 per child to educate our own children and I would bet that there would be little concern with school overcrowding for many years to come.

  14. Hey Name Joe Taxpayer –

    If there was enough honest people in Lake County they would start by demanding THEY return the honest FBI agents back here to finish the job they were run out of town on. That is if they can still find a couple of honest FBI agents. If they did they would shut down the entire Lake County government including the so called just us system and their schemes at room 105.

    Our Tax Collector Bob McKee has used at least 4 different dates of birth on government job applications and fingerprint cards. The documents obtained directly from public records requests are available for inspection on line. He says he is untouchable and he must be because no one has ever done anything about all his resume lies and dates of birth. But one thing for sure the sucker has been lying low since the facts about him hit the internet and come full circle.

    Gary Borders run a pedophile ranch for his Florida Department of Corrections Vendor butties for 20 years and covered up the known rapes of the boys that finally leaked to the media.

    Everyone knows all of this. But with their powerful friends in high places and their paid robo bloggers like Nazi Riker and his New World Order handlers they always pile enough sand on it to make it political like it’s coming from the other political party! That is how they survive, because they know most people are to stupid to figure out the truth

  15. First of all we have to consider that this writer is employed by the building industry, so his agenda is colored by his allegiance to that industry and they certainly don’t want any impact fees..They don’t care about education in Lake. they only care about their bottom line and anything that impacts that negatively they are against.
    Now, lets consider the current tuition rates that are quoted here. On the surface they seem to bolster the main theme of this article which is the public schools spend to much so they don’t need the money they are requesting. But when comparing these fees to the money Lake County is requesting is comparing apples to horses. Private schools are not required to build new schools when the student population increases, if they don’t have the room they simply don’t admit any more students.The State requires counties to build new public schools.
    Outsourcing = Bad Idea.
    Why not outsourcing the education of our students? That’s a simple one to answer and it can be answered with another question. Do parents want to relinquish the control they have over education in the county? By outsourcing education parents would relinquish their control. over who sits on the School Board which governs the schools.
    I’ve charged this blog and writer before and I will again. The blog and writer are selfish. I’ll say it again SELFISH. The article isn’t looking out for the citizens of Lake, it’s looking out for the writer and his employer.

  16. It is absolutely absurd that we (the taxpayers) are now facing a one billion dollar budget shortfall in this county. Only through mismanagement, greed, political ambition or embezzlement could we now find ourselves backed in to a corner to try to squeeze the taxpayers for yet more money and now to the tune of one billion dollars !

    We the people need to wake up and take back control of what is happening here in Lake County politically by means of direct involvement in county affairs.

    It has been proven time after time that it can not be left in the hands of these individuals whose main goal to become elected or appointed was for egotistical objectives and financial advancement for themselves, their families, their friends and political cronies.

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