2016 Superintendent and School Board Candidate Interviews

Marions United for Public Education met with the 2016 Marion County Superintendent and School Board candidates. The results are now available to share. 

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Marions United Testing Task Force

Join the movement to fight the over testing of our students. We are meeting at Ft. King Presbyterian church Monday Nov. 16 at 6:00.

We hope to see you there at the red door at the corner of Ft. King and NE 36th Ave.

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Our Recommendations For The Independent Citizens Financial Oversight Committee

At yesterday's Marion County School Board workshop, Marions United co-founder Ray Seaman presented our recommendations for the "Independent Citizens Financial Oversight Committee" authorized by the passage of the one mill school funding referendum earlier this month.

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Announcing Our School Funding Referendum Scorecard

Where do candidates for school board stand on the issue of Marion County's critical school funding referendum? We wanted to provide voters a comprehensive overview of where candidates stood on this important issue and why. We're proud to announce our School Funding Referendum Scorecard.

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"Stuff The Bus" For Students In Need!

Did you know Marion County has more than 2,000 children identified as homeless? Since 2002, Marion County Public Schools' "Stuff The Bus" program has helped thousands of homeless and needy students get the school supplies they need to learn. This year, the program aims to help 2,500 students.

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Join Us At Our 2014 School Board Candidate Forum

Marions United For Public Education is hosting a non-partisan candidate forum for all Marion County school board candidates The forum will be held at First United Methodist Church's Family Life Center in Ocala starting at 6:30pm on Thursday, April 26th.

You can sign up and let us know you're coming by doing any of the following:

  • Sign up through our website.
  • Sign up through Facebook.
  • Text FORUM to 1-352-578-3081
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Marions United's Proposed School Funding Referendum

While some minor changes may be made to the final language, here is Marions United's proposed one mill referendum. The proposal, if passed by voters this November, would help meet class size standards, put certified teachers and assistants back into the classroom, and restore essential programs. The Marion County School board will vote on this proposal at their Tuesday, January 14th meeting:

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Marion County Is Ready To Support Our Schools

As the Star-Banner reported Friday, Marions United commissioned a poll earlier this month to gauge our community's views on a potential school funding referendum. The results were positive.

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Time For The School Board To Get Serious

Make no mistake, the Marion County School Board has some tough decisions to make this year (and probably next year, too). They have no choice but to cut, furlough, and substitute their way to a balanced budget. Why is this? The immediate reasons are (1) "new" funds from Tallahassee are specifically categorized for teacher raises and can't be used for anything else and (2) a half mill referendum that could have pumped an estimated $7 million into our schools was narrowly defeated last August. After six years of cuts to reading coaches, art and music programs, and more, further cuts will continue to directly damage the education our children receive.

It's clear to anyone paying attention that a boost in community investment towards our students and our teachers is going to be needed at the earliest and most practical opportunity. We believe it's critical for the school board to get serious about a long term solution that does exactly that. Sign our petition to the school board today.

Below the fold, check out the email we sent out to our supporters today:

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Some Teachers Re-Hired Due To High Number Of Resignations and Retirements

Official news broke earlier today of a number of teachers who had been laid off in May getting re-hired by the school district. Superintendent Tomyn noted that more will likely be hired back in the coming weeks. What made these re-hirings possible? A high number of resignations and retirements according to the Star-Banner article.

Nancy Noonan, President of Marions United for Public Education, released the following statement in response to today's news:

We're very thankful and grateful that many teachers laid off less than two months ago have their jobs back. However, the fact that these jobs were only made possible due to a high number of retirements and resignations should clearly demonstrate that our schools remain in a dangerous and unsustainable position.

The truth remains: the Marion County School Board must develop a long term solution that increases community investment in our schools. Anything less is a disservice to our students, our teachers, and our community.

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