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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Broward School Board's poor budget and personnel choices continue to outrage taxpayers and parents alike, esp. the unctuous double dipping

Found the ad above from the Broward School Board in Sunday's Herald about a School Board budget update workshop on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Once again, as is quickly becoming very noticeable to me, the ad in question
was NOT available on the Herald's website on their Ads and Special Section webpage. http://newspaperads.miami.com/ROP/Categories.aspx

I just checked again at 2:55 p.m. and it is still not listed on their current list: http://newspaperads.miami.com/ROP/Subcat.aspx?cat=3328

If It wasn't for the Hallandale Beach City Commission meeting in the morning and Hollywood's in the afternoon, I'd be inclined to attend, listen and videotape the odd doings that are 100% likely at the School Board HQ.
Why would tomorrow be any different than any other day?

Hollywood's meeting will include votes on whether to place the Charter Review Comm.'s excellent questions on November's ballot for citizens to decide re term limits and staggered
terms for City Commissioners, and designating November as the only time when regular voting for City Commission races can occur


knowing that the HB Commission morning meeting will be where
City Hall tries to explain away their strange Special Meeting on Friday that never "officially" happened, seeing Notter and Co. in person has to come in a close second place. There's only so much time to see so much craziness in one day.

Within the past 36 hours, Buddy Nevins of Broward Beat has been all over the Broward School system in a way that reminded me of those heady days when I lived in Chicago in the mid-'80's, under Mayor Harold Washington, and the competitive local TV news scene in Chicagoland was fast and furious.

You honestly never knew what you'd see on TV when you got home, but you knew that it would be assertive and non-apologetic for asking the hard questions.

We need MUCH MORE of that attitude in South Florida journalism, and a lot LESS sycophantic coverage of the Miami-Dade and Broward School systems, esp. on local TV by female reporters
who don't seem very curious, which is, itself, curious.

Keep it coming!

Broward Beat

Principal Retires And Is Back, All In A Month

By Buddy Nevins
May 3, 2010

Attention teachers, school staff and legislators: Broward Schools are at it again.

Bob Crawford, who recently retired as principal of Atlantic Technical Center, is on Tuesday’s School Board agenda to be rehired….for the same job he just left.

A School Board member says candidly: “It doesn’t look good.”

That’s an understatement.

Read the rest of the post at:

Broward Beat
Widely Distributed E-Mail Attacks Principal’s Rehiring

By Buddy Nevins

May 4, 2010

The following e-mail was sent to dozens of school employees and the School Board on Monday attacking the decision to rehire a principal who just retired. The e-mail rehiring during a financial crisis ”reprehensible and insulting.
It is, in fact, cronyism at its’ worst.”

Strong stuff. Will the School Board listen?

Read the rest of the post at:

Broward Beat

Dozens of School Employees Double Dip

By Buddy Nevins

May4 , 2010

They retired from the Broward schools, but didn’t really retire.
At least 35 employees who recently retired were immediately rehired. This allowed them to get their taxpayer-paid pension and a salary – the ultimate double dipping.

And this is the school system that is about to lay off hundreds and is always begging for more money?

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