David Reaves 
Member since Jan 17, 2013

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Re: “The County Commission’s Squandered Consensus

Did Luttrell write this article?

Posted by David Reaves on 06/04/2015 at 9:27 AM

Re: “The County Commission Girds for One More Battle over Rules — and Power

State Law dictates the fate of officers. The county charter refers to state law. Our permanent rules cannot conflict. If a Commissioner has a greivance they need to take it to the county or district attorney and it must meet a high threshold for ouster.

As far as adopting the permanent rules of order, regardless of whether they do so or not. The mayor can veto. That is in the charter. Let's make it real clear. Per county charter, you must have 7+1 to overrride any veto. You will be moving the power from the Chairman's hands to the Mayor's hands.

Democrats... Which one do you want?

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Posted by David Reaves on 11/17/2014 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Smarter than a Fifth Grader? Maybe Not on TCAP Test

The test itself changed and the target moved. They are not comparing apples to apples on test scores this year. The actual rigor of the test substantially increased without reading comprehension alignment.

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Posted by David Reaves on 07/24/2013 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Mike Ritz: It Ain’t Over Yet

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It finally comes out from Mike Ritz. Expansion of the board is not about what is best for children or what is the right number based upon research. His only reason for wanting to expand the board is that he implies that expansion will make deals on buildings more unfavorable.

The 7 seated board members appropriately reflect the entire community. We were elected by all race and class.

However, I can also say that when you have lost several battles in a row (like the county commission has) and you cannot win on good public policy then go to the courts, spend taxpayer money and hope you get lucky. That while the school board is firing hundreds of teachers while you continue to sue your own taxpayers. Then ultimately ,you get what you deserve.

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Posted by David Reaves on 04/18/2013 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Senate Blocks Campfield’s “Starve-the-Children” Bill, Shunts It Off to “Summer Study”

While I understand Camp field's point of view, I don't think this is the right way to do it. The legislature can control laws regarding schools and teachers and how we measure and reward them, but is there a real way to force a person to care about their child? I don't think we can legislate that.

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Posted by David Reaves on 04/11/2013 at 1:52 PM

Re: “No More Proscrastination

You speak as though Mike Ritz is authoritative and an expert at the internal dynamics of the board. You also make the assertion that it is time for the board to make tough decisions. Did you know that the SCS administration makes most of the merger operational decisions for the district and the board hires the superintendent(we already have a superintendent), approves the budget(slated to be completed like always in May), and approves policy(always ongoing due to changes in state law)? Would you be surprised to know that most of the merger work is done except for approving a few contracts and whether or not John Aitken will remain as superintendent. We know whee kids will go to school. We know what programs will be offered. We are in the middle of transfers. Not all TPC recommendations will be adopted this year. And if they are adopted, most are placed in policies. Custodians have been agreed to outsource. We ar awaiting some new bids to lower the cost. We are awaiting final RFP's on busses.

I believe that this mass hysteria about lack of progress is more about the fact that media spend more time opining based on politics that making investigative fact based assertions. And Mike Ritz is one of those people.

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Posted by David Reaves on 03/07/2013 at 11:51 AM


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