I – LIES, HALF-TRUTHS & EXCUSES
Whenever anyone shirks his or her responsibilities or does wrong, he or she invariably uses “Lies, Half-Truths & Excuses” to facilitate their Duplicities! Shirking one’s duties and doing wrong cannot exclude that ‘threesome’ under the most cursory of examinations.
For evidence of this Truism, I refer you to Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Clifford Irving (false autobiography of Howard Hughes) and Anthony Weiner – to name just a few of an interminable List!
We’ve heard all the Excuses!
“We don’t have enough money!” – The Budget for the coming School Year is $60 Million! That’s enough to pay Gina Talbert $190,000 annually for doing next-to-nothing 3-days-per-week, but not enough to buy Textbooks for every Student. I thought B.O.E. mean ‘Board of Education’, NOT ‘Board of EMPLOYMENT’!
“Students might lose their Textbooks!” – Let’s say 1 of 20 Students loses his or her Textbook(s) during the year – for the sake of Argument. This means we should PENALIZE all 20 of 20 by prohibiting them from studying their Textbooks at home (particularly on weekends)? Does this make good sense to you? It doesn’t to me!
“Students can use the Internet and Computers to compensate for no Home Set!” – That only works when Students have everything (each Textbook) on their Home PC – WHICH THEY DON’T! And that only applies in ‘single-child homes’. What happens if the Home has multiple Students, all using the PC. Who has to wait and for how long? Sharing in general may be a good thing, but not when it comes to studying on the ‘single Home PC’! And what about those Homes without a PC, let alone Internet access! This is Wyandanch we’re talking about, folks; lots of Homes in Wyandanch don’t have telephones or landlines, let alone a Family PC.
“Wyandanch has NOT been letting its Students take their Textbooks home!” – And have you seen the WYANDANCH New York State Test Scores for the last 10 years!
In the eventuality you have NOT seen the NYSED ‘Report Card’ for Wyandanch for 2012, go to:
For heaven’s sake, please DO NOT COMPARE Wyandanch’s ‘Report Card’ to other Communities’ ‘Report Card’! “It is unfair to compare Wyandanch Grades against Schools that permit their children a ‘HOME SET’!” – The Final Sophist’s Excuse!
II – IMPACT OF PERSONAL GREED ON
I mentioned Gina Talbert above. The WIFE of Bishop Michael V. Talbert, former President of the B.O.E. (that’s Employment, not Education), earns $160K for 3-days-per-week Grants position and another $30K for supervising the 2 Elementary School Principals.
Then there’s the VENETTES! The B.O.E. discussed forgiving the $64,699.00 (assessed billing for allowing the Venettes to use one of our schools and destroy the wood flooring).
Sherman Roberts got a $500,000.00 Negotiated Settlement in 2012 and $32,000.00 in 2013 (courtesy of his buddy, former B.O.E. President, Bishop Talbert)
The 4-schools used to have 2 Principals under President Denise Baines. Now the 4-schools have 4 Principals and 4 Vice Principals (courtesy of Bishop Talbert again, former President of the Board Of Employment).
RETREATS cost anywhere from $12,000 to $20,000 each. The B.O.E. loves RETREATS – Fun & Games for themselves!
Let’s not forget those Trips to Louisiana, California and Albany! The Board loves those too because each member envisions him- or herself getting some of those!
So the Board can always find a way to spend every penny of that $60,000,000.00 on TRIVIALITIES and themselves, but can’t find the Ca$h to buy Textbooks for the Students.
And that’s just the ‘tip of the iceberg’. The B.O.E. spends money foolishly and haphazardly when it benefits them or entertains the children. But they argue fiercely over paying Teachers on Maternity Leave or buying a full set of ‘Home Set’ Textbooks for the Students. In my day, we used to say, “The Wyandanch B.O.E. is pennywise and pound foolish!”
Attend a School Board Meeting and you will hear them discuss everything under the Sun – even our ‘Black’ President, but nothing (Nada) about CURRICULUM!
III – DEFINITION OF ‘CURRICULUM’
1. All the courses of study offered by an educational institution.
2. A group of related courses, often in a special field of study
Please note that definition says NOTHING about Retreats, Maternity Leave, Lawsuits, 3-days-per-week gigs, field trips, gasoline mileage, dance companies, Jobs or anything else the B.O.E. loves to chat about!
IV – WE’VE GOT THE B.O.E.
At the August 14, 2013, B.O.E. Meeting, the Board actually discussed Textbooks! (Please bear with me while I recover! Just writing that sentence made me a little dizzy!)
The Impetus was led by Yvonne Holder Robinson and Charlie Reed! The other 2 attending Trustees didn’t seem totally convinced.
V – WHY YOU PARENTS ARE
Throughout the months of July and August, the audience has been limited to yours truly and one or two others. This turnout is DEPLORABLE!
Parents, who do NOT ATTEND during the summer months, miss the Point ENTIRELY! This is when Major Decisions on things like Textbooks are decided – and you DON’T EVEN ATTEND!
Reading what I write is Excellent – but you have no effect on Board Actions! How could you! You’re NOT ATTENDING BOARD MEETINGS!
If things don’t change – and IMMEDIATELY – your children are doomed in the Future as they have been in the Past to be UNDEREDUCATED, MENIALLY EMPLOYED, POOR & SUFFER FROM A UBIQUITOUS AND HORRENDOUS (BUT DESERVED) REPUTATION!
You don’t need me to recount war stories I have about Wyandanch’s perception by those, who are fortunate NOT TO LIVE IN WYANDANCH!
And, if you are NOT a Parent, that jaded Reputation itself should be enough to motivate you to attend B.O.E. Meetings anyway! Remember, when the B.O.E. votes to spend money, it’s your Tax Dollar$ too! If you do NOT ATTEND, you CANNOT COMPLAIN – regardless of what the Board does or does not do!
Tabacco: I consider myself both a funnel and a filter. I funnel information, not readily available on the Mass Media, which is ignored and/or suppressed. I filter out the irrelevancies and trivialities to save both the time and effort of my Readers and bring consternation to the enemies of Truth & Fairness! When you read Tabacco, if you don’t learn something NEW, I’ve wasted your time.
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