Thank you for reviewing our West Central Tribune blog.Â We are a group of citizens in Willmar committed to Education Reform and we have modeled our new effort after the national organization making breakthroughs for students and parents all over our nation.Â Ironically, these breakthroughs are benefiting teachers in spite of negative media and in some cases, school board publicity. To read more about howÂ these changes can benefit teachers, students and taxpayers click on the link and read why & how this effort can help Willmar improveÂ education at lower cost.Â As theÂ President of world-acclaimedÂ Bush Foundation, Peter C. Hutchinson says, “business as usual strategies will not solve our education problems. We must seek gains in productivity by inventing new solutions.Â Spending more and not getting better is unacceptable”. http://www.studentsfirst.orgÂ
We urge the School Board to adopt transparency in negotiations with the Union in renewing the contract that expiresÂ at the end of June, 2011.Â We feel strongly the contract needs to be completed well in advance of any LEVY proposal the BoardÂ advances in order to inform taxpayers “HOW” their assessment would be spent.Â
Uninformed taxpayers seldom advocate to increase taxes and any levy is likely to be DOA without a finished contract demonstrating increased teacher productivity at no cost increase.Â
Willmar-StudentsFirst Position Paper is available by clicking above on “ABOUT”.Â Â It is a work in progress and changes from time to time as our group meets and discusses various education improvement topics.
If you share these values and would like to become involved, either a lot, or a little, we invite you to join us.Â We have been meeting weekly and will add you to our E-mail meeting notice if you advise us of your interest. Send your name and E-mail address to Willmar-StudentsFirst@q.com.Â Â Â Â
Negotiation of a teacher contract for 2011-2012 should begin now (May 2011)Â and be concluded by August 31st.Â To consider support of any levy in the fall will require taxpayers to know how their money would be spent.
Tough problems can be solved but not with business as usual.