Greg Copeland, East Sider, Conservative, Should take the Tom Conlon Seat on School Board

This post is from the SPRCC website–Admin

There have been a number of articles written about Greg Copeland the Endorsed Republican Candidate for the St Paul School Board of Education (ISD 625).  We just wanted you the voter to be able to get all those articles in a single place.  So this post will be all the links to the various stories about the beliefs and some of the posts of the Candidate Greg Copeland.  We will embed the Achievement Gap Forum video so that it is something that won’t have to hunt for to learn about who this East Sider Conservative is.  ~~ Publius Jr.

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St Paul School Board Forum on the “Achievement Gap”

 

Park Bugle October 22, 2013 article by Kristal Leebrick

East Sider Greg Copeland, St Paul Public Schools Board of Education Candidate

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The Time to Embrace Our St Paul Youth is Now!

St Paul Ward 1 Candidate Forum Video Oct 15, 2013

This video was posted on the St Paul Republican City Committee website saintpaulrepublicans.us.  The Republican Candidate Paul Holmgren wasn’t at the first forum probably due to his long commute from Richfield, MN.  The SPRCC did post an interesting breakdown of what they call “DFL Darkness,” of the candidates assembled at this forum.  Here is that post:  Underwhelmed!.  It is interesting to note that the commentary is helpful because the lack of a microphone for candidates to speak makes it hard to hear over the shuffling and coughs of the audience assembled.

One should note that Kazoua Kong-Thao had been on the St Paul Public Schools Board of Education for 8 years and her lack of ability has helped to create a severely underperforming school district.  Electing her to Ward 1 City Council can only spell disaster for the poorest of the 7 wards of the City.  She ties herself to Chue Vue on her website as well as Chue Vue’s website.  It is like passing the baton of mediocrity from one token candidate to the next.  They tout Mayor Chris Coleman’s attention to eliminating the Achievement Gap, the one they’ve helped to make worse.

Noel Nix tells the audience that he got out of the private sector largely because he couldn’t hack it.  That’s exactly what we don’t want in government, people without expertise, but are looking for a steady paycheck.

Dai Thao should have swept the floor with the other candidates but he kept on name dropping and telling of all his endorsements.  He was really quite disappointing, from all that we had heard about him.  Perhaps he is a bad debater or that he doesn’t talk well in front of a group…or that we couldn’t hear him due to poor planning by the League of Women Voters.

Mark Voerding as well as all the other candidates were championing the jobs created because of the “green” line. He works as an assistant to Janice Rettman, the Ramsey County District 3 Commissioner.  He couldn’t say enough about the Light Rail line.  Though they must be doing “new math” because they forgot to subtract all the jobs lost due to businesses losing their customers due to Light Rail Construction.  He did bring up the dreaded “Bostrom Ordinance,” that basically has created a problem with vacant housing all over the city especially in Ward 1 and Ward 6 (Bostrom’s Ward).

Debbie Montgomery has been a Ward 1 City Councilperson and yet she couldn’t expound upon previous successes, because there weren’t very many of them.  She did seem to understand the crime problem being the first female St Paul Police Department policewoman.

Out of this group assembled the person who stood out was Johnny Howard.  He has a big heart, has stopped negative influences in the Frogtown neighborhood, but he relies upon socialism to fix the Ward 1 problems.  Socialism is the root cause of what’s wrong with St Paul.

Paul Holmgren was not present at this forum, but the fact that he is a Conservative Republican says all we need to know.  A system that rewards people who take risks is what this city needs.  Risk takers are not always successful, but without someone taking a risk to invest in a business or in a new way of doing things we are left with government subsidies of everything.  Look at the Light Rail, it is subsidized by not only state money, but from the Department of Transportation in Washington DC.  So people in Florida are subsidizing this project.  No city that has a light rail system has praised it for creating an atmosphere of economic opportunity.  The St Paul Saints ballpark in Lowertown is basically a subsidy from the State and the residents of St Paul, who never had a vote on whether the ballpark should be built and where.  Instead the Mayor’s office took money from a Republican controlled Legislature and gave it to a contractor in a no-bid deal.  When people sued the City of St Paul about the no-bid contract, the project was put out to bid and oddly the no-bid contractor got it again.  With Paul Holmgren on the City Council, will it make a difference in the final vote?  Probably not.  There will probably be a lot of 6-1 votes, but it is a start.

St Paul School Board Candidates Forum Video October 17, 2013

This was just posted at the St Paul Republican City Committee website. It is about the School Board Candidates Forum.  This video is from the SPNN website.

Jean O’Connell did a poor job in this forum.  Chue Vue didn’t say anything other than that people should vote for him because he is Hmong and that he agrees with everything Jean is saying.  John Brodrick doesn’t define what the “Achievement Gap,” is and doesn’t say anything definitive that you should re-elect him on.  He does say that he was the only, “No Vote,” on the Racial Equity Policy in the summer of 2013.  He explains that he wasn’t against it.  A kind of John Kerryism of “I was for it before I was against it.”

Jean O’Connell said that while data at the national level suggests that poverty is the cause of the “Achievement Gap,” the data at the St Paul level is about race.  Greg Copeland says earlier that some people want to make it about race.  Jean seems to underline her racial bias against non-white children.  It is funny because the building they are in is part of Martin Luther King Jr Community Center.  Rev Martin Luther King Jr was an advocate of a colorblind society.  Jean says that she is NOT colorblind.

Maybe she should NOT be re-elected for her racial prejudices.  12 years for John Brodrick, who had been a teacher for more than 3 decades, seems like 3 terms too long.  Re-electing either O’Connell or Brodrick is a dereliction of our civic responsibility to the next generation of children.  Not having a properly educated society and workforce will doom St Paul to an increase in people selling their homes to live elsewhere.

Only Greg Copeland deserves to be elected after seeing this forum.  Terry Bushard replies in frank and honest ways, but his reply about the Racial Equity Policy was ill-prepared for the forum at best.  Because there have to be 3 elected to the school board, perhaps Terry should get elected and maybe the blank slate of Chue Vue, the other two have helped to create a declining graduation rate of 64% and where the 25% population of white students outperforms the non-white students by 40-44 points.  This isn’t an Achievement Gap, it is a colossal failure to teach students across the board.  This is a system set up to cater to DFL card-carrying union tenured teachers and an administration that could care far less about the students than they do about padding their wallets and resumes.

Shutdown lesson: The Political Class Doesn’t Represent You or Me

This story was copied from the www.twincities.com which is the Pioneer Press’ website.  It has not been altered in content.  ~~ admin

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Joe Soucheray: The Washington class stands for something. It’s not you.

By Joe Soucheray
jshoucheray@pioneerpress.com

POSTED:   10/05/2013 10:57:01 PM CDT | UPDATED:   4 DAYS AGO
Joe Soucheray

The government is partially shut down, by which we are to understand that mostly the symbolic parts of government are shut down — national parks, memorials, museums and the like. These kinds of attractions are apparently considered nonessential. And to my understanding, the employees who work for the parks and the museums and the memorials have had their paychecks placed on hold.

We are essentially shielded from the thousands of people who work for the Department of Labor Statistics or the Environmental Protection Agency or the Department of Energy, which has never produced any energy, but put a Smokey Bear hat on somebody and we snap to attention.

Our veterans, God love them, having inconveniently arrived in Washington during the so-called shutdown, shoved aside the barriers and visited the World War II memorial anyway. They are America. Why, if it wasn’t for them, those memorials would never have been built and federal workers would be speaking German.

In any event, members of Congress are working, haltingly and not efficiently. That means they are standing around and either taking or making a phone call once in a while. We think that they are not very good at what they do, what they do having gotten away from us over the last 60 years or so. They approve $1 million green flushless outhouses for a national park that is now closed and they might designate a national insect and they were careful to keep a few thousand employees at the Internal Revenue Service so that money might still be collected.

Just not paid out.

By logical reasoning, the members of Congress are non-essential and therefore should not be paid. But they are being paid, even though they shut down the government that pays them. I guess they can walk down the hall to the payroll department and say, “I still want to be paid.” They have the option of not being paid, but not before they instruct their aides to call a news conference so that they can tell the rest of us saps that they are donating their paychecks to charity.

We, the employers, are being told by our employees that they can be paid, even though they shut down the apparatus we hired them to maintain.

It is appalling and embarrassing and chilling.

Why is it chilling? Well, if you look at what has happened over the past 60 years or so — an arbitrary length of time that seems to capture the dynamic — we have allowed the political class to exist as not a part of America life, but a class of people running parallel to it. The career attracts to it people who, generally speaking, have not participated in typical American pursuits and, in fact, might find those pursuits disagreeable. Their holding political power is a means to correct the behavior of those of us running on a parallel track — what we drive, what we eat, how we work, how we should insure ourselves.

A local example would be light rail. Not many of us wanted it or asked for it, but we have elected mayors and council people who, once ensconced, are building light rail because they believe that our traditional means of transportation, the automobile, is irresponsible.

I do not feel represented by any of them right now, locally or nationally, Democrat or Republican. They exist only to serve themselves and the parallel life that a political career has allowed them to carve out in America, a life of their power, their imagined importance, their insulation from economic downturn, the soapbox they stand on to lecture the rest of us who are working and paying taxes and raising families and who only wish not to be constrained at every imaginable fork in the road.

Out of this mess might come a great awakening. We need to elect people who like us and who like the America we are striving to maintain.

Joe Soucheray can be reached at jsoucheray@pioneerpress.com or 651-228-5474. Soucheray is heard from 1 to 4 p.m. weekdays on 1500ESPN.

St Paul Street Vitalization Program

this story was written by the mysterious writer known as Publius Jr. at the Saintpaulrepublicans.us website, the official site of the St Paul Republican City Committee.

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There were a lot of people viewing the articles about the Highway 36 and English Street Construction in the last few days.  So upon looking for St Paul Road Construction projects this RSVP program popped up.

RSVP is not a reply to an invitation to a party, but rather street, curb and sewer replacement and assessments.  RSVP stands for Residential Street Vitality Program.  It started in St Paul in 1996 and the program website says that they have 88 areas and they’ve done about 60+ projects so far.  They do 3 to 4 a year and expect to be finished in 2024-ish.

The City of St Paul just wants you to know roughly how long one of these projects takes to do…they estimate about 14 weeks at the RSVP Timetable Website.

Here is a map that shows the Current and Future RSVP sites .  When you click on the map, it is a big map, so the legend on the bottom has color codes of what year each RSVP area is being done.  The 2013 areas are in the Royal Blue colors.  Next Year 2014 is below that and it runs to the year 2020.

The 2013 RSVP areas are as follows (links included):

Arlington Ave / Rice St Area

Hatch/ Agate Area

Madison / Benson Area

Raymond Ave Reconstruction

Montreal Ave

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Mayor Chris Coleman has Serious Snow Removal Problems

This story is from the saintpaulrepublicans.us website.  This is a different writer than the normal Publius Jr writer.  Written on FEBRUARY 23, 2013 AT 1:53 AM by 
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Chris Coleman’s got problems- Inept Mayoral Leadership When it Comes to Snow Removal, for Starters

I don’t often make it out of town.  With family and children, and all the work small children entail, travelling outside the metro is a rare occasion, especially when school is in session.

But that’s what we did.  We got away up north.  Not up north Minnesota, but up north Wisconsin.

It snowed, and snowed, and snowed.  It’s a 20 mile drive to shop for essentials, but there are good shops and plenty of amenities too in the 70 square mile town we enjoyed this past week.

The strangest thing, though.  The twenty miles in every direction we would travel up here, no matter how much it snowed, the streets were plowed to the pavement.

Then it was time to traverse the two lane country highways back home in a snowstorm.  I wondered how bad it would be, how much longer it would take to get home.  Would it be like the three hour commute from the Midway to the East-Side I’ve endured on more than one occasion because of the total idiocy of Mayor Chris Coleman and his inability to manage the basic essentials of city government?

On the contrary, the plows were out.  The thousands of miles of roadway were cleared by the crack of dawn.  No snow emergency.  No towing of vehicles to collect revenue for the city.  Just Clean and Safe winter roads.

Not one time did I see dangerous ruts on residential streets or highways.  Not once.

I didn’t really think about how bad a job Chris Coleman does as Mayor when it comes to providing the essentials of government service to good people, many of them poor families, that rent their homes for thousands of dollars a year from Mayor Coleman in the form of 4, 5, or 6 thousand dollar tax bills, while also paying a mortgage, utilities, and maintenance.

Sure enough, though I really for some reason already forgot what a bad job the City of Saint Paul does, and all the lame excuses they give for doing such a rotten job, I rode into town to hit roads that could only be described as death traps.

DEATH TRAPS!

Huge ruts in the main arterial routes caused cars to spin out and become stuck.  Then there were the two- not one, but two- buses that were stuck in the ruts and the poorly managed corners so that they couldn’t safely navigate turns and streets.

I thought to myself, families all over the city are carrying precious ”cargo” in the back seats of their car, children we live for and would die for.  Hundreds of Bus Drivers, likewise, have in their care the children of others and would sacrifice themselves for the safety of their passengers.

But Mayor Chris Coleman doesn’t give a damn.  He doesn’t have little ones he drives around.  He’s got a Limo.  He’s got a driver.  He makes sure his streets are plowed first.

When streets and highways in rural Wisconsin Counties and cities are pristinely plowed in what seems to be the most efficient work I’ve ever seen on plow budgets 1/20th the size of Saint Paul for 20 times the miles of pavement, it becomes all too clear that St. Paul, under Coleman’s leadershp these last few years, is a total embarrassment to the entire state of Minnesota.

Yes, I’ve heard all the tired excuses, all the explanations, all the talking points that come from the pock nosed Mayor’s desk in between rounds of Martinis, but if Chris Coleman cared about the lives of the citizens he was elected to represent in elections bought and paid for, he would spend more time focusing on the basic essential functions of government, and less time planning his next sculpture garden.

The thing is, in Saint Paul, Chris Coleman talks about why the streets aren’t plowed (and we at least deserve plowed streets for the amount of taxes we pay him), in most other places, the streets just get plowed.  The people are safe.  Cars aren’t stuck in snowbanks.  Children don’t have to switch busses while the one they are on continues to slide down a hill.

It wasn’t just the frustration of turning onto the mangled and impassable roads of Saint Paul today that scared and frustrated me after an iddyllic vacation, it was the fact that we are being ruled by fools who hold the balance of life and death in their hands by how they allocate their resources, putting non-essential governmental fiddle faddle at the top of the Mayor’s list, and the safety of our babies and our grandmothers at the bottom of the list.

It’s time for Chris Coleman to change his mind about running for another term, and time for him to fire the high school BUDdy he hired to head his wholly inadequate and inept St. Paul Streets and Sanitation department- even if he is only acting solely on the direction of the Mayor.  After all, it is “mn nice” Saint Paul politics to fire the guy who is trying to do his job rather than vote out of office the guy who does all he can to make it impossible to do the job.

SPPS 30% Property Tax Hike Wins, St Paul Residents Lose

This was from the Saintpaulrepublicans.us December 1, 2012 post:  

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SPPS Board of Education Rejoice with Win; Taxpayers looking to escape Tax burden

by Publius Jr.

St Paul Public School Board of Education members, and the Superintendent Valeria Silva seem overjoyed that the 30% Property Tax Hike passed.  Meanwhile St Paul Property Taxpayers are thinking of how to “Escape from St Paul” with the declining value of their homes, while they have to pay for a Saints stadium and the high cost of teaching children to be more ignorant.

There are many cities outside of St Paul that had school board tax levies that asked for less than what they currently tax, that passed.  So that means there might be a lot of people loading up the Mayflower, U-Haul, or other moving company trailers and forming a Conestoga line out of St Paul.

Here is an excitedly-put-together report by Superintendent Silva that lacks details about how the money that they have the power to raise in the next 8 years will go.

http://boe.spps.org/uploads/supts_report_11-13-12v3.pdf

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A case for Voting NO on the St. Paul School 30% Tax Hike

Published in the St Paul Pioneer Press

Greg Copeland: A case for voting ‘no’ on the St. Paul school levy question

By Greg Copeland
Posted:   11/02/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT
Updated:   11/02/2012 06:05:37 PM CDT

Elections are about who we want to govern us. Referendums, however, ask voters to decide public policy for themselves. This is the case for voting “no” on the $312 million St. Paul Schools tax levy ballot question.

Voters will decide if they can afford to raise their own property taxes by $9 million, which is a 30 percent increase over the expiring 2006 school levy of $30 million. An annual property-tax levy of $39 million, plus an increase for inflation, is being proposed in each of the next eight years, through 2020.

The proposed “excess operating levy” is a property tax that is in addition to the General Education levy set by the school board. The St. Paul school board has increased general education property taxes by 17 percent over the last three years.

All these tax increases come against harsh economic times for many St. Paulites. With 10,000-plus jobless residents, St. Paul has the highest unemployment rate, 7 percent, in the metro region. There are more than 950 vacant single-family homes registered with the City of St. Paul, and hundreds more duplexes and apartments. The estimated market value of the median-value single-family St. Paul home fell 10.4 percent, from $149,000 to $133,000 for taxes payable in 2013.

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How much is Enough? Soucheray opines about the SPPS Tax Levy

this post was taken from the Pioneer Press, Joe Soucheray a local columnist for the Pioneer Press, and known as the Mayor of Garage Logic wrote this.  He is not part of St Paul Votes No to 30% Tax Hike, we just like his sensible columns, the color and underlines are added for emphasis:

Joe Soucheray: Schools won’t stop asking for more until we say ‘Enough.’

By Joe Soucheray
Posted:   10/30/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT
Updated:   10/30/2012 09:34:10 PM CDT

Voting “yes” for the children is an agreeable sentiment. The “yes” yard signs are cheerful and evocative of wishing only the best for our children. Not to mention that voting yes, or advising others to vote yes, is an example of virtue that speaks to what is presumed to be the wisdom of an engaged citizenry and a cheerleading business sector.

Voters are being asked to approve an $821.55-per-pupil levy, which folds a new $175-per-pupil increase into the existing $647-per-pupil levy. If the levy passes, local property taxes will bring in $133.5 million toward the district’s budget of $652 million a year.

But only one conclusion can be drawn from such a request. It isn’t enough; it never will be.

The majority of the levy from 2006 resulted, we are told, in first-graders arriving better equipped to learn because of early-childhood programs funded by the levy. Test scores are up. Dropout rates have been slashed. Proficiency is on the upswing in math and science and reading. This was reported in Monday’s Pioneer Press by Michael Newman, chair of the St. Paul Public Schools Foundation.

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Rev Conner: Achievement gap likens it as “St Paul’s Educational Apartheid”

this post was from the saintpaulrepublicans.us site, the post is not changed in any way, except to underline or color for emphasis:

A 30% increase in school taxes would hurt struggling families disproportionately

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“I have serious misgivings about putting the levy renewal and an increase all together in one question,” said Keith Hardy of the Saint Paul Public School Board.  “I just can’t turn to my neighbors and ask them to pay more.”

Hardy, like most voters, realizes that it might not be a good idea to take away the preschool programs that families have come to depend on in Saint Paul, but was skeptical when he voted on the referendum language a few months ago.  “Isn’t there something else more effective we can spend this extra money on,” he asked.

Mila Koumpilova reported today that districts across the state are already connected to online, customized learning, and the open-source server-side software Moodle, envisioned and created to expand educational options for children in 3rd world countries, is the platform of choice.  At just about $4,000 dollars a year, the software is highly customizable.  You can incorporate video, powerpoint presentations, customized testing that takes a students’ abilities into account, and a robust class discussion platform both in facebook style messaging and real time chat.

Online learning platforms are big business, though, with software developers competing for multimillion dollar contracts to customize platforms for individual districts for hefty price tags.  The highest estimate Koumpilova discovered in the state of Minnesota was $734,000 for license and customization for a district comparable in size to Saint Paul Public Schools.

So why does the School Board need 9 million dollars a year in additional revenue for a platform that could cost as little as $4,000 a year, $104,000 a year if the district hires their own technical support engineer?

600 million dollars in unfunded pension liabilities that the Saint Paul Public Schools has failed year after year to address in effective comprehensive ways is one reason such a large increase is needed.  500 million dollars in deferred maintenance of district properties is another reason they need the money.  If you read the referendum language carefully, the word technology is not mentioned once.

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