Save R-12 Schools Committee

Save R-12 Schools Committee

Just Say No To “Proposition SPS”!

"Expensive, Ineffective and Wasteful"

First, there are tangible and prospective consequences to the tax increase this proposal requires. This request must be considered in the context of forthcoming reassessment, ongoing burden shifting, competing claims, and existing local effort.

Second, there is, at best, no clear causal or correlative relationship between facilities and positive academic achievement and social outcomes.

Third, there will be unavoidable adverse neighborhood impacts if this proposal is implemented.

Fourth, this proposal clearly values buildings over teachers and reveals a distorted view of education.

Fifth, the scale, scope and sweep of this proposal are astonishing and, because of its enormity in impact and resource allocation, will preclude all alternatives.

  1. New facilities do not ensure academic excellence.
  2. Teachers are more important than buildings.
  3. Buildings: Repair, rehab, renovate (if necessary). Don’t reduce to rubble or replace.
  4. Proposal: Reject. Reconsider. Reimagine. Redo.
The SPS bond proposed, to be voted on April 2017 is the wrong solution to the problems faced by Springfield Public Schools; it is a profligate and unfocused overreach that will impoverish neighborhoods, deprive the system of future investment opportunities and whose methods have proven entirely ineffectual when implemented.
We urge you to vote NO on April 4th 2017
There are more effective routes to improving the quality of education in our city.
Analysis
Data
Media

We don’t pretend that doing the right things is easy.

Constructing new buildings is easy. Holding a shovel to break ground in a photo-op is easy.
These things give the impression of activity and improvement and are easy.

Adopting and implementing a rigorous, high expectations curriculum is hard. Recruiting, developing and retaining a corps of superb principals and teachers is hard. Assigning the best personnel where they are needed most is hard. Providing truly small schools for those students who need them most is hard. Providing very small class sizes at the earliest grades for those students who benefit most from them is hard. Adjusting attendance boundaries to maximize economic integration is hard.

We don’t pretend that doing the right things is easy.
We do contend that just doing easy things is wrong.

Letters To The Editor

Analysis : News-Leader Letter “SPS bond plan a disaster for low-income kids” by David S. Awbrey (3-18-2017)
Analysis : News-Leader Letter “SPS bond plan a disaster for low-income kids” by David S. Awbrey (3-18-2017)
It’s disappointing when advocates for low-income students support measures that would seriously harm those very...
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Analysis: News-Leader Letter To The Editor – Steve Hoots (3-14-2017)
Analysis: News-Leader Letter To The Editor – Steve Hoots (3-14-2017)
An often repeated but seldom heeded aphorism warns us that "Those who do not remember...
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Analysis: News-Leader Letter To The Editor – David Awbrey (2-28-2017)
Analysis: News-Leader Letter To The Editor – David Awbrey (2-28-2017)
It’s disappointing when advocates for low-income students support measures that would seriously harm those very...
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Analysis: News-Leader Letter To The Editor – Fred Ellison (12-10-2016)
Analysis: News-Leader Letter To The Editor – Fred Ellison (12-10-2016)
The Springfield R-12 school board wants you to jump on board the $375 million Bond...
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Digest and Share

Recent articles and posts, which include raw data, analysis, and media coverage of the committee.
Media: KSMU (NPR) : “How Supporters, Opponents View the Impact of the SPS Bond Issue” (3-30-2017)
Media: KSMU (NPR) : “How Supporters, Opponents View the Impact of the SPS Bond Issue” (3-30-2017)
Article Originally published as: http://ksmu.org/post/how-supporters-opponents-view-impact-sps-bond-issue#stream/0   Audio (20mins)   Major...
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Media: Audio – “No Magic Elixir”
Media: Audio – “No Magic Elixir”
An Open Letter To Springfield from Ralph Plank
An Open Letter To Springfield from Ralph Plank
An open letter to Springfield from Ralph Plank, former...
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Analysis: The Alspaugh Study, The SPS Commissioned Study That Determined The Negative Correlation Between School Sizes & Academic Achievement, And Which Cost The Author His Job
Analysis: The Alspaugh Study, The SPS Commissioned Study That Determined The Negative Correlation Between School Sizes & Academic Achievement, And Which Cost The Author His Job
Introduction: Attached below is a report that SPS officials...
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Media: News-Leader “A Neighborhood Needs A School”
Media: News-Leader “A Neighborhood Needs A School”
Original Article: http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/education/2017/03/26/neighborhood-needs-school/98878024/ Author: Claudette Riley criley@news-leader.com From a church...
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What is Proposition SPS ?
What is Proposition SPS ?
The Springfield R-12 School Board has placed a $189...
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Media: Remember the past failure of new buildings to reform schools – Steve Hoots (3-23-2017)
Original Article: http://www.news-leader.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/03/23/remember-past-failure-new-buildings-reform-schools/99564766/ Appeared on the News Leader 3-23-2017, Author:...
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Media: KSPR 3-22-2017 – “Both Sides of Proposed $189 Million Springfield School Bond Issue
Original Article: http://www.kspr.com/content/news/Both-sides-of-the-189-million-SPS-Bond--416797813.html SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KSPR) - The Springfield School...
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A Non-Partisan Opposition

For us, this is and ought to be a trans-partisan issue. It is a conservative issue in that it requires careful examination of the efficacy of proposed new spending. Is it effective and frugal? It is a progressive issue in that it requires careful examination of the effects of the proposal on the “least of these.” Is it just and equitable? It is a populist issue in that it requires careful examination of the derivation of the proposal. Is it in the public interest or an elitist scheme?

It is not an issue that, only by fervency of support, gauges the depth of one’s love and affection for this community’s kids or dedication to public education.

About Us

What Is, and Who Are “Save R12 Schools” ?

 

The Save R-12 Schools Committee is a trans-partisan coalition which is registered with the Missouri Ethics Commission and operates as a campaign committee under the regulations of that public body.

The leadership team of the organization is comprised of former teachers, a former SPS Board Member, former members of individual school Site Councils and District Committees, and veteran advocates for poverty alleviation, children’s welfare, fiscal responsibility, and improved local public education. Some have also served in various capacities in non-profit service agencies, community collaborative endeavors, and neighborhood associations.

Most of this core group worked together in the successful effort to obtain an independent State Audit of SPS.

It is the committee’s view that this scheme, based on a false notion that facilities are the foundation of academic success, will not benefit the children of our community but will cause harm to many neighborhoods throughout our city.

The committee believes that such a counterproductive allocation of funds, expended on a massive program of building closures and consolidations, will ultimately undermine support for public education.