WCSD Superintendent Race

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  1. Independent Thinker

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    You are absolutely correct WaltonParent, accepting responsibilty for a mistake. That's not something a politician will do. Mrs Ragle has shown a lot of class with all of her post here, I really think she is the real deal.
     
  2. DaleDalbey

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    Okay, so most of us have already agreed that the idea of an "A" school has been skewed and is relatively meaningless in determining the quality of your child's education, right?

    The poster boasts that Walton County is a High Performing School District. This is correct. Let's take a look at the state law as to how one gets designated as such.

     Earn a grade of “A” for two consecutive years, beginning with the 2004-05 academic year and have no district-operated school that earned a grade of “F.”
     Comply with the class size requirements.
     Have no material weaknesses or instances of material noncompliance noted in the school
    district’s annual financial audit.

    This comes directly from the Florida Department of Education. Nowhere in these standards are academic excellence or high school graduation rates measured. So what really matters to us? An arbitrary designation that allows leaders to pat themselves on the back, or an educated population?

    Walton County's graduation rate is only 1.2% higher than the state average. The most recent numbers are around 82%. Okaloosa County is will over 90%. Santa Rosa is the same. More troubling is that Walton County is not even up to state averages on FCAT test scores while our neighboring counties exceed them. Only 57% of 10th graders at South Walton High School passed the reading portion of the test. Only 5 percent of the students scored in the top quintile (Highest 20% of scores) while 11 percent are in the lowest quintile -- and of course 43 percent failed. Tell me on what planet does that mean we are an A system educating our kids properly.
     
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  3. hkem1

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    South Walton High School has only 14% of its students qualifying for reduced lunch. The state average is 46%. It also spends about $9,500 per student, $1,000 more than the state average. 55% of teachers have a masters degree, as opposed to the state average of 32%.
    Despite these advantages, FCAT scores are not that much higher than average.

    Forget all the made up ratings and statistics. Just think about the students you know. Many students who want to attend four year colleges right out of high school are forced to supplement their South Walton education with something else. Whether that be FLVS, Niceville, Choctaw, Dual Enrollment--the prevailing attitude is that you can't just go to SWHS, and be prepared for college. That is what needs to change.
     
  4. DaleDalbey

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    My point exactly Spartan1. Thanks for the post.
     
  5. mjohnson32459850

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    I can say that I usually do not vote for Democrats but I will not vote for Anderson this time. Her administration grows each time she gets mad at an employee it seems and the latest news is that it is acceptable to just run off an employee when they do not agree with the way a school is ran whether they are right or not. Perhaps Andy could conduct some interviews to see if this information is correct. Maybe the local Principals won't lie or be ordered not to cooperate with the media.
     
  6. meggiemom

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    Mrs. Anderson surely didn't win the primary by a landslide. Somebody isn't happy with the school system.
     
  7. Hopelessly Hopeful

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    I can be silent no longer. I am a Republican, and I am for Ragle. Who’s with me??!! Republicans for Ragle!!
     
  8. Jessie Floyd

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    I'm with you. Republican for Ragle!
     
  9. Daydream Believer

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    This was a former post that I made:
    “I am a parent who is friends, neighbors, and church members with many teachers. From what I hear, Carlene’s campaign manager is intimidation. Teachers are too scared to speak out against her in public, and believe you me, they have LOTS to say. I am shocked and appalled at the vindictive, revengeful actions that Carlene takes. Because of these actions, teachers are too scared to campaign against her, put a sign for Ragle in their yard, tell their first hand stories, etc. This week, my daughter had to go to an anti-bullying assembly. Perhaps it would be beneficial for Carlene to do the same. This is America. “The Dictator” should be a funny movie that we rent from RedBox, not the daily reality with which teachers live their lives!!!!!
    Well, I should have included substitute teachers in the list of those living in fear. Yesterday, I asked a friend of mine who substitutes to put a Ragle sign in her yard. She supports Ragle, but refused the sign because she is so afraid that if the sign is seen in her yard, she will not be asked to sub. Really!!! Please!!! Can we stop the reign of terror??
    And yes, I am a Republican for Ragle.
     
  10. j p nettles

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    I too am a Registered Republican although I prefer to think of myself as a semi-Libertarian. I'd be glad to put up a Ragle sign in my yard but I've been such an outspoken critic of the school district and have rubbed so many people the wrong way, it might not have the desired effect. Somebody might ride by and say "if that nut is for somebody, I'm voting for the other candidate".
     
  11. Jessie Floyd

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    Check out Ragle for Superintendent facebook page. She posted a nice video.
     
  12. Independent Thinker

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    I have noticed that some of Mrs. Ragle's signs are missing in some areas, one day they are there, a few days later they are gone. I've noticed it's just her signs, not other signs posted in the same area. Stealing is bad enough, but this is pond scum doing this type of theft.
     
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    That's an insult to pond scum. :floor:
     
  14. meggiemom

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    Maybe it's the same person who removed Trisha Hutchison's signs and putting up all those extra Anderson signs.
     
  15. Andy A

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    There is a simple answer here. Ignore the signs completely and vote for Ragle.
     
  16. meggiemom

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    I noticed that there is going to be a presentation by Rep. Marti Coley at the regular school board meeting on Tuesday. I guess that'll be good for a headline and a free ad for Mrs. Anderson.
     
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    [h=5]Posted on Ragle for Superintendent

    Monday, October 22, 3:30-7pm

    Join us at the Coastal Branch Library community room, 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach for a public Meet & Greet with Rosemary Ragle. Refreshments and door prizes will be available for everyone. We would like to extend a special invitation to all teachers, and we will have goody bags for kids and teachers.
    This is your opportunity to meet Rosemary Ragle, candidate for Walton County Superintendent of Schools. Rosemary has been involved in public education for 36 years, with 22 years in the classroom, and 14 years as an administrator. Please join us and meet with Rosemary to discuss your questions and concerns about the education of our children, and her plans as Superintendent of Our Schools in Walton County.[/h]
     
  18. Rosemary Ragle

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    Please join me next Monday afternoon. Teachers and parents, come for a snack and door prizes - children are welcomed and a treat awaits them.

    We welcome Republicans, Independents, and Democrats. Remember, it takes a village!

    Those of you whom I have not met, look for a slightly older woman than pictured in my newspaper ads. I could not resist the eight- year-old photo.

    Those were the "good ole' days."

    See you soon,


    Rosemary
     
  19. Jessie Floyd

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    You can listen to a recording done by WZEP AM 1460 which airs a forum that took place this morning between Rosemary Ragle and Carlene Anderson. Unfortunately, it cuts off Mrs. Ralge just as she begins her closing remarks, and if her earlier comments were any indication, I would have really enjoyed hearing her closing remark. Anderson asked that we not judge her based on each individual decision she has made as Superintendent, but rather how the District performs as a whole. If she is not responsible for her own decisions, who is responsible for them? Maybe we ought to give credit to teachers, paraprofessionals, and parents for how the District has performed as a whole.
    https://sites.google.com/site/wzepam1460/






     
  20. Daydream Believer

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    They cut off Mrs. Ragle’s statement?! That’s convenient. The good ole’ boy system strikes again. WZEP, your partisanship is showing!
     

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