> Some Facts on Eric Jensen Wrote:
> > If what he does is worthwhile, where's the
> > justification of that?
> I don't know. I wasn't involved in the
> discussions when the decision was made to let the
> contract for his services. Were you? You also
> mentioned in your post that the sum I stated was
> not the only contract. That suggests there were
> others, and also suggests the Board felt the
> Seminars were worthwhile. If they were a waste,
> then why would they continue to let contracts.
> That wouldn't make sense - unless of course,
> you're into the idea there is some sort of
> "conspiracy" involved.
The school board doesn't hire him. Various components of FCPS hire him. Said components succumb to his marketing. It is not uncommon in FCPS. Nardos King has admitted that she hired Flippen because of his marketing.
> > He has quite a few detractors:
> > ensen-is-ruby-payne-on_31.html
> > And at least one person involved in the FCPS
> > comment process was not at all impressed with
> > results:
A LOT of people are unimpressed-nationwide. There is, of course, also the issue of his dubious credentials.
He's not a neuroscientist.
He's unaware of a large body of literature on poverty, and has refused to even look at it.
He likens personality to music, and says that "the more notes" music uses, the better it is. When challenged on this, he said someone should give him a more accurate example.
> Oh, so you found one person in FCPS that was not
> impressed. Bravo. I would be surprised if ANYONE
> got a 100% rating.
> So I think the real danger here is that you're
> throwing out a slew of "half-facts" and seem to
> have a predisposition that no one can be
> responsibly expected to spend funds wisely. I'm
> starting to get the impression you're one of those
> half-baked Glenn Beck generated conspiracy freaks
> who likes to work from half-facts and insinuation.
> In YOUR mind, the only real solution to creating
> an environment that would be satisfactory would be
> to hire a bunch of Auditors to monitor expenses
> and ensure no one is breaking the rules, along
> with the establishment of new rules that would
> become so onerous that it would take more time
> requesting and documenting the expenditure of
> funds than actually spending them. The upshot is
> that at the end of the day, probably 99% of the
> instances you're citing were discussed,
> considered, evaluated and voted on before the
> money was even spent.
> So hiring new Auditors would make our County
> budget even larger, which runs counter to your
> bent for smaller government and less taxes. And
> even if these Auditors were hired, you would
> probably claim they were in the hip pocket of the
> School Board, were being ignored, or [add your
> favorite conspiracy theory here] some other
> reason. I think you're a dumb hypocrite with bent
> for creating a big issue where there is none.
I think some kind of audit is needed when sole source contracts are given to "neuroscientists" of dubious background, and when contracts are let for a "mindfulness initiative" when the initiative's leaders own references do not support her position.
FCPS has a contracting department-but it is clear they are not checking references and backgrounds of vendors, or they would find these things.
> This was a discussion on teachers pay, but you
> have yet to identify whether you feel a starting
> teacher's salary in FFx County (a little more than
> double what a Walmart greeter gets) is fair, or
> whether you feel it should be increased. I think
> their salaries are an embarrassment and they
> should be paid much more. How about taking a
> stand on this issue.
I have no problem with increasing teachers' salaries-they are the ones who are doing what the schools should be doing. Having said that, this increase cannot take place via higher taxes. It is my position that the schools are wasteful and bloated. Let the teachers teach. Let the likes of Eric Jensen stay in Hawaii. Let instructional coaches find other jobs, and that also applies to the crowd at Gatehouse.
Marie Lemmon should NOT get her legal fees paid by FCPS, and Fabio Zuluaga should be taken to task for this-as soon, of course, as he returns from his FCPS-paid trip to Korea.