We’re several days into the TCAPS dumpster fire, and we still don’t have complete information about what is going on. Board President Sue Kelly was quick to point out that one of the closed sessions was about the Montessori building plans. But if you try to get her to fill in the blank: “And the other meeting was about _____,” then she goes silent.
When she went on WTCM, Kelly taunted the members of the public who spoke at the public comment session. She said that the public commenters shouldn’t have been furious like they were when they didn’t even know what was going on. But then she refused to tell them what was going on.
It seems as though this may be even bigger than the Student Finance Research Collaborative. It seems like some of the chickens (student count fraud, upping Soma’s retirement pay for no reason) may be coming home to roost. The Homeschool Partnership student count fraud is finally getting the healthy skepticism that it deserves. Cardon is keeping oddly silent, scripted and superficial press releases notwithstanding, given her position as a district leader.
As it all plays out, how can you support TCAPS transparency? When hitting “like” isn’t enough, what can you actually do?
Here are 5 things that you can do to support tcaps transparency:
1. Sign the petition in support of Ann Cardon
There’s an online petition to show support for Ann Cardon. The petition isn’t anything official, and it’s not a recall petition for board members. However, it is a way to use your voice. Dozens have already signed in only a few hours. Sign the petition here.
2. Attend a board meeting
The next regular board meeting appears to be October 28. (Someone correct me if I’m wrong.) Go. Even if you don’t say anything, go and watch. You might want to be early if you want a seat. Here’s the website with info about the schedule.
3. Sign your Larry Inman recall petition
What kind of credibility with the rest of Michigan does TCAPS have left? Larry Inman, the person who helped get them $700K in pork to cover up the student count fraud is currently under indictment for bribery. Inman and former Superintendent Paul Soma are tight. Since Larry Inman is a part of this, you can help by signing your Larry Inman recall petition.
4. Write a letter to the editor
The Record Eagle accepts letters to the editor. They are in support of the TCAPS transparency movement, too. You can write a letter to the editor, and you can encourage your friends to do the same.
5. Join the TCAPS Transparency Facebook page
There appears to be a TCAPS Transparency in Education Facebook group has cropped up in the past few days. I don’t know for sure all what’s on there, but you might consider joining that.