Teachers are Not the Problem

“Let’s hold teachers accountable.”

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Political propaganda, teachers have no control over education as the government provides the rules to dumb down the students. Busing has been a failure as big schools that take children away from walking to school. Integration will not happen in schools and putting children on public transit has destroyed education and cultural integrity. Teachers average the lowest IQ of all college graduates. Many quit in the first few years. Without experience in success in the private sector teachers become professional students with a goal to please the administration.

Hold administration accountable. Measure student success by if the can demonstrate skills projects in their inspirations. The student should be able to function in society and start a business by the time they graduate from H.S. They should have morals and ethics of the community and be able to qualify to enter college.

Stop hiring teachers and start hiring mentors as most everything can be found on the web. The model of the classroom is not fit for every type of learning style. Stop grouping children by age and group students by ambitions and abilities.

Teachers are not the problem the system is the problem.

Ethics, Morals?

“The software developer, in his 40s, is thought to have spent his workdays surfing the web, watching cat videos on YouTube and browsing Reddit and eBay.

He reportedly paid just a fifth of his six-figure salary to a company based in Shenyang to do his job.”

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Unless we pay world wide equal pay for equal work we will not have peace. The world’s 7 billion people can not all live middle class lives because there simply are not enough resources to have that much energy use or housing, food and entertainment. Today 3 billion people live on less than $2 a day as 5000 children and 23000 adults die from lack of clean water or food each day, why? Unless the world address the population problem that causes much of the other problems the quality of life will continue to decline for everyone except those who can afford all the security such as corporate leaders.

Why are we so focused on training children for jobs when they have no idea of the reasons of life? Why are we not ashamed to buy from China?

AIRPORT’S FINANCIAL MORASS

Morass is defined as something that traps, confuses or impedes. The Tupelo Airport Authority’s (TAA) budget, profit and loss budget statement, leases and other financial statements are certainly that, a morass!

The Terms and Conditions of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants require that every effort be made by airport officials to make their operation self-sufficient. TAA was a balanced, sustaining operation four years ago but is not even close today.

Their debt to the City of Tupelo taxpaying citizens is nearing $200,000. The following issues have contributed to this mismanagement of airport funds and accounts:

• Unbalanced operating budget that includes capital revenue without any corresponding expense.
• Overhead photography shows that extensive rock and metal plates are being used to repair and prevent further damage to Universal Asset Management’s (UAM) leased property. Cost to TAA for UAM’s destruction of the infrastructure is estimated at a minimum at $30K.
• Hidden start-up costs and false capital improvements to Airline Maintenance Services of Tupelo LLC resulted in over $40K in costs to TAA.
• Financial documents hide true balance since revenue sources (capital and operating) are included in the same document but the related expenses are missing. This funny math guarantees that the bottom line will be positive.
• Huge salary increases for management (15% plus) even though airport progress has regressed. This has added nearly $100K in expense in four years.
• Airport has gone from $150,000 cash in the bank to $200,000 in debt, contributing to a negative net worth with no end in sight.

Despite the growing debt, the TAA quietly added a $500,000 project that will cosmetically enhance the Fixed Base Operations (FBO) facility. The FBO is the full service gas station for the airport. These unnecessary improvements are to be funded by a $300,000 MDOT Multi-modal grant and a $200,000 MDA loan. That’s right, it is more debt. All this for a facility that the TAA Board has publicly announced it will provide to a private business in the near future. It’s well known that it is a pay-back project promoted by a not often seen Board member. TAA Board should review State ethics rules on Authority Board members having contracts for hangaring his/her aircraft even in the general population. TAA should also check out AMS Management Lease anomalies for FBO:

• FBO “Allowable Monthly Expense” Account is a conduit by which the private management company can spend public money without routine oversight.
• Incentive Fee, amounting to 40% of Operating Surplus for FY 12, was paid to the FBO Management company, AMS, however, what happened to the 60% TAA share?
• AMS Management (private company managing the FBO) has been posting an average $50,000 to the “Allowable Operating Expense” even though the large expenses like fuel, labor and a management fee are paid for by TAA without oversight.
• AMS Management Agreement provides exclusive buyout right including a lease for the FBO facility (with the $.5M upgrade) and for the business at a purchase price at more than current buyout debt. A government organization cannot offer such agreements without competition.

Recent statements by the Executive Director further highlight the lack of his AIP and financial knowledge. When boardings fall below 10,000 in a FY, the loss of the $1M entitlement doesn’t occur for an additional two years. If boardings improve during that period above the 10,000 number, then the system resets.

And why is the reason for Silver’s poor performance placed primarily on weather? Weather is not going away so why would one expect any improvement in the numbers? Still hiding the facts? What nonsense! Wake up Tupelo! The regional flying public does not deserve such incompetence?

Dansette