Saturday, March 30, 2024

Missouri Freedom Initiative Livestream!

 The Missouri Freedom Initiative goes live at 7:30 p.m. tonight. School bonds, the Silver and Gold bill in the Missouri Legislature and perhaps a little about the Education Bill SB727. Also, Patrick Holland of the MFI talks about more deceptive school bond language below.


The more you know!

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Patty Quessenberry on "Social Transitioning"

From: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery on X

 By Gretchen Garrity

At last Tuesday's candidate forum in Ozark, a woman named Amy Cooper asked the candidates their opinion of Rep. Jamie Gragg's bill (HB 2885) that would make it a crime for a teacher to assist a child in their desire to transition from one sex to the other. An impossibility, of course. The term "social transitioning" is not what is happening. This is what is happening, and that's not the worst of it.

School Board member and president-elect of the Missouri School Boards Association, Patty Quessenberry, answered out of her "Christian" sensibilities. It's a doozy. Her pastor needs to help exorcise the progressive tendencies she expressed in her answer.

To suggest, as Quessenberry did, that a Christian is not supposed to make a judgment regarding the emotional and physical mutilation of troubled children, but to make sure they feel safe in their delusion, is depraved. She does say the right words at one point--that it's not for teachers to help a child to "transition," but her overall answer was anti-christian in its intent.

Quessenberry then defends teachers and says she wants teacher retention in Ozark. Okaaaay. What does Ozark teacher retention have to do with Rep. Gragg's bill? What is she saying?

God will ultimately hold her accountable for her "non-judgment" of the diabolical and profit-driven gender movement that is deeply harming the psyches and bodies of children. Is this the type of individual who should get another term on the Ozark School Board? For more on Quessenberry go here.

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UPDATE: Example A of why our local school board elections are vital: Joe Biden has declared March 31, 2024 as Transgender Visibility Day. Gender ideology is a top-down imposition on our local communities. Resist.

Friday, March 29, 2024

School Choice--Where Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows

Special interests--the big bad kind--are pushing HARD for school choice.

Public school boards, superintendents and staff should understand the implications for them if school choice is passed. This is one of those rare times when people usually on the opposite spectrum (like homeschool advocates) can come together to oppose an awful bill (SB727). It needs to go down in flames.

Read about it here: MO Lobbyists EPIC MELTDOWN 🔥

The Jeff City RINOs love to hate Mo Education Watch. If you are on Twitter, give this account a follow.

How Schools Suppress Free Speech

Spokane school board candidate Ed Unger speaks up about the onerous rule regarding free speech at the Spokane R-VII School District, a rule adopted in July 2022.
Here is the actual rule that is suppressing free speech in Spokane R-VII School District. It is very similar to other local districts. It's time to insist on our rights of free speech. If your school district has similar rules, it's time to let the school board know it won't be tolerated. Voting is one way to have your say. Local elections are Tuesday, April 2, 2024.

Thursday, March 28, 2024

It's for the Children!

Missouri School Rankings: Clever School District

By Gretchen Garrity

When it comes to spending taxpayer dollars, school districts have the winning refrain: It's for the children!

This mantra is so common it deserves to be examined. Variations on the theme include: Do it for the kids! You can never do enough for the children! The children deserve the best we can do for them! I would do anything for the children!

These common "arguments" have been used for many years to browbeat and gaslight overburdened taxpayers into agreeing yet again to another raid on their pocketbooks. School personnel and elected officials often use this mantra as they push a bond for yet another project that must be funded because...the children!

Has anyone ever asked these questions: Why can't the school district plan and budget for improvements? Why do they have to go into debt to big financial organizations to do repairs and maintenance, or even add classrooms?

Isn't there an ongoing maintenance plan for the school districts? Aren't they making sure the infrastructure is inspected and maintained? When they see a problem, why don't they make provision for it? Is it reported to the school board before it becomes a big problem? Is the school board even aware of how the buildings are being maintained and on what kind of schedule?

Why doesn't the district use the tax revenue they receive from the citizens to fund improvements? By continuing to borrow millions of dollars from big financial organizations to fund improvements, renovations, and capital projects, the school district keeps taxpayers on the hook for ever-increasing loans and interest to bankers. 

To add insult to injury some school districts, like the Clever School District, take their internal bond debt (otherwise known as Lease Purchase Debt) that is paid from the Capitol Projects account. This account can have a portion of the property tax levy associated with a school, especially if it is a large amount of debt. This is generally PAID BACK through the base levy for Operations--the permanent tax you pay to the school through property taxes. 

Lease Purchase Debt does not require the approval or vote of the community. So in asking voters to take on all or a portion of this debt if the $16 million bond is approved, the school district gets to loosen their belt, while asking the community to continue to tighten theirs. It allows them a get-out-of-debt free card to just do it all over again in time for the next generation.

This is not living within one's means. It is the proverbial "borrowing your way out of debt," only it is the taxpayer who ends up paying for the fiscal irresponsibility of the school district.

The school district should be looking at the whole community when thinking about bonds. We are all in this together, and taxing the elderly out of their homes, burdening homeowners with ever-increasing property taxes actually harms children in the long run. The 20-year bond debt that gets rolled over will affect students as they move into home ownership, careers and families.

And what are taxpayers getting for their constant "investment" in more and better school buildings? How are academic scores in your school? In Clever, academic scores are declining. According to Missouri School Rankings, the Clever School District is ranked 316/535. It has an overall GPA of 1.50/4.0.

Read it and weep. In 2018-2019, Clever ranked 301/516. In 2020-2021, Clever ranked 138/516. In 2021-2022 they ranked 238/552. Now they are ranked 316/535. What accounts for these numbers--the sudden rise and then the steep decline?

Clever currently has a student to teacher ratio of 15:1. This is ideal. Why are academic scores so terribly low?

Missouri School Rankings: Clever

The question must be asked: How is a $16 million school bond going to bring up the academic scores in Clever? How will it benefit the children's minds and reasoning skills?

You know who really benefits by keeping school districts in a perpetual debt cycle? The financial institutions that parasitically feed off the community by loaning school districts millions of dollars, and the associated companies that are standing by to design and construct the plans for new weight rooms, covered walkways, and so on.

They are the MAJOR beneficiaries. The lender stands to make over $8 million in interest alone. It's for the children! 

No, it's for the lenders and the companies that are hired to do the design and construction.

Parents and taxpayers, it would be one thing if our students were succeeding academically. In fact, new science labs are a good thing, as well as needed renovations. But it doesn't take $16 million to build five new classrooms. A reasoned, well-thought out plan that takes into account the needs of the whole community is requisite. It's time to go back to the drawing board, to come together in a way that holds our schools accountable for the mission they are tasked with--to turn out educated individuals.

If the school district is failing to turn out students who can read well, write well, do math well, and reason well, then the focus should be on academics and not weight rooms or performing arts centers.

Are citizens aware that the organizations who are helping the school district to sell these bonds to the voter are associate or business members with state trade organizations like the Missouri School Boards Association or the Missouri Association of School Administrators? In Clever, it is Raymond James who desires to be the lender to the school district. They are a business member of MASA.

The plan designer is Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective who are members of the Missouri School Boards Association Business Connections. These professional trade connections help drive the school bond issues that plague communities all over our nation.

School districts lose sight of the fact that they serve the taxpaying citizens as a whole--families, elderly, homeowners--and must keep in mind their first mission is to adequately EDUCATE the children entrusted to them and to properly and morally steward the money they are provided by the taxpayer.

It's for all of us. We're all in this together.




From: MSBA

By Gretchen Garrity

 David Rice writes about Ozark School Board Member Patty Quessenberry, who has served on the board for 27 years--and she's running again. Quessenberry is also the president-elect of the Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA) about which you can read here, and watch below:


Rice writes: "Mrs. Quessenberry’s loyalties are not to you. At the very least, she is loyal to the MSBA which is buried in DEI and wants to increase school debt so they can make their Bank overlords happy. Is it possible her loyalties are to the businesses and organizations that stand to make the most money off the district? Even if all she gets out of being a board member is a massage to her ego, is it worth so many students failing?"

Rice shares the crux of the matter--that low academic scores are the elephant in the room that school boards avoid talking about at all costs.

Because of professional relationships, as well as the policies and guidelines pushed by groups like the MSBA and the Missouri Association of School Administrators (in connection with DESE), academic scores have taken a nosedive, as well as the mental and emotional health of students and staff. Also, these organizations are associated with lending organizations (like Raymond James and Stifel) that stand by to help school districts (taxpayers) get into debt through never-ending bonds for school construction projects, renovations, etc. Both Raymond James and Stifel are associate/business members with both the MSBA and MASA.

Citizens should check into the relationships with these professional organizations and how they work with local school districts to pass bonds and keep the taxpayers in perpetual debt above and beyond the tax levies. Follow the money.

Citizens must not lose sight of the abysmal academic scores. For parents and taxpayers the Return on Investment (ROI) is not there, but for financial organizations it's a never-ending windfall of taxpayer dollars.

The organizational relationships that school board members and candidates have has a lot to do with the decisions they make on the local level. Vote accordingly on April 2.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Stifel -- A Big Local Lender with Ties to the WEF


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More $ Does Not Mean Better Schools



The Receipts: National Center for Education Statistics


A Matter of Misplaced Trust

 By Retha Holland

I keep hearing from those that are in favor of these school bond proposals, “I trust our board members” or “I trust our administration to know what’s best.” This trust is based on the emotional connection with the school, meaning the teachers mostly.

These people are a part of the community that we put our faith and trust in to educate and keep the community’s children safe for the hours they have them.

While the community trusts these people, the community is asleep in the passenger seat. Parents manage to make it to the games and performances of their children but so many do not take an interest in the education, indoctrination or even grooming of social beliefs of their child, let alone pay attention to increasing funds paid by the community to the school.

Just as the people “trust” their board members and administration, they are being led by the ear of organizations they are a part of such as MASA (Missouri Association of School Administrators), and MSBA (Missouri School Boards Association). Your board members and superintendents trust these organizations to know best, along with the unions and bank representatives that are associated with them.

With that being said, if you look at the organizations' missions and legislative priorities and statements you will find little on education; it’s about body count, it’s about getting legislation to get more money from the community and state. It’s about legislation to make it easier to fleece the community for more funds through taxes, and oppose any reductions or relief on bills presented in the Capitol. These organizations lobby our representatives at our state capitol, all on your dime with the funds you pay to the school with the member fees associated with the MSBA and MASA

From: Raymond James

These organizations have partnerships with the lending banks, like Stifel and Raymond James that finance these school bonds. MASA does “free” seminars to help superintendents get more success in getting bonds approved from the community.

 MSBA and MASA are NOT state government organizations, they are private. They too have an agenda and interest for ever-increasing revenue along with reducing the ability of the community’s influence or voice. It’s about the money, it’s about control, it’s not about education. These are organizations your board and administration trust to know best! This is who is leading them! These organizations don’t care about the community, they don’t care about the education of the students or the school as a whole. For them the bigger the dumpster fire the better for implementing more control and garnering more funds with ever-increasing services.

Your board, administration and teachers are being misled, with the “trust” and partnership they have with these organizations and unions all working in lockstep. These organizations and affiliations have connections with federal and WEF agendas, all while the community is trusting their administration and board members

From: WEF

See a pattern? Good people can be misled, many good people will toe the line without question, and good people don’t know the monsters with motives behind the curtain. 

 Did we learn nothing from the shut down? “Two weeks to flatten the curve.” 

At the end of the day public schools are GOVERNMENT schools, they want to feed and grow like all government does, so they should always be met with scrutiny, along with their associations with outside influences.

It’s time to email your ELECTED board members with the expectations from the community, otherwise these organizations will take up the slack to continue to influence our schools.

This is up to the community to do so, otherwise the people they trust with the education of our community’s children will continue to be lead by bad influencers.

Monday, March 25, 2024

Fairy tales, indeed


 David Rice seems to have found that it's a fairy tale to believe your school is not infected with gender ideology. Go here to see the video...and how it was edited to exclude the transgender "Mama Bear."

Just like the Christian County Library is infected with gender ideology books for tots, so apparently the Nixa Early Childhood Education Center has its own problem with normalizing this dangerous ideology.

From the article: "Nixa Public Schools is editing videos to hide their support of Transexual ideas in their Early Childhood Education Center."

Parents, do not stand for it. I would highly suggest querying the candidates for school board before April 2, 2024's vote. Ask them if gender ideology should be promoted in the Early Childhood Education Center. Ask them how they would handle this situation. Ask them how they will prevent it from happening again.

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Missouri Freedom Initiative Livestream Tonight


From the Missouri Freedom Initiative:"We will be live tonight at 7:30 PM on Rumble, Twitter (X), Odysee and You Tube. Firstly, Isaac joins us again tonight with information on use taxes coming up on the Missouri ballots. Also, Retha and Gretchen will be joining us tonight as well with new findings linking school lenders to the NWO and WEF right here in Missouri. We’ll cover knock and Shock from the 11th of March and the trip to New Hampshire."

Friday, March 22, 2024



Missouri Freedom Initiative : the truth a out school bonds!!!

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Clever Residents: Points to Consider Before Voting

(From: Clever School District)

Guest Post by Retha Holland

The Clever R-V School District has requested voters approve, on Tuesday April 2, 2024, a bond for $16 million for acquisitions, improvements, construction, and renovation at their various school buildings.

Voters should consider these points when deciding to approve or disapprove the proposed bond:

1) Will the proposed bond help increase student academic scores? Clever  has among the lowest student scores in the county, despite having an ideal teacher to student ratio of 1:15.

2) Is the additional tax burden justified and reasonable? The Clever School District levy is currently at $4.6394 per $100 of assessed valuation of real and personal property, with $3.1636 of that going toward district operations, and the rest--$1.2758--going toward debt service (additional account that services the bonds). Currently, this alone represents over ¼ paid to Clever Schools in property taxes.

3) Does the Clever School District currently have bond debt? According to the estimated tax collection the district could be within $100,000 of all debt paid on their bonds. Currently the collection of tax for the levy associated with the bond account is nearly $1.4 million in revenue. However, knowing they were close to paying off the bond debt, the District refinanced the 2017 bond at lower interest rate, but in doing this kicked the can down the road to 2026 before they could call it for payoff--which means they extended the loan with interest. Let that sink in.

4) Has the population of students in Clever increased or decreased? There has been a reduction in student population in recent years; for example, in 2021-2022 there were 1,351 students, while according to January 2024 school board minutes we currently have 1,309 students. Surrounding schools are also slowing or stagnant in student population growth, even though the population as a whole has increased.

5) How much local tax revenue has the school district received and is it increasing or decreasing? Total local revenue in 2022 was $4,563,636. The estimated current tax year revenue is $5,015,274, an increase of $451,638. Additionally, tax reassessments of property (not counting new construction) is up over 6%, which means more money for the District. Note, the local tax effort increased from 2020-2021 through 2022-2023 by $782,192. Combined, this is over a million dollars in extra property tax revenue in four years. Remember, this is just local tax revenue!

About 2,750 homes serve the school district with property taxes. The median income in town is $53,000, while total median household income serving the Clever School District is $63,295. The median for Christian County is $66,500. Yet we have the highest property tax levy associated with the school district in Christian County. (Income obtained from Clever Schools RSP presentation stats for 2022.)

6) What are the payments and interest going to be on the $16 million bond? Take a look at the repayment plan (Bond Debt Service) that is on page 17 of the Raymond James Public Finance company's "Financial Overview of the District." Over the term of the loan, the interest payments on the $16 million bond would total nearly $8.8 million and would not end until 2043.

Taxpayers can get a copy of the plan by emailing the Clever School District and requesting a copy of the "Financial Overview of the District" by Raymond James.

Page 17 of the District overview

7) Is there an itemized or estimated cost for the projects proposed? To date, there has been little concrete project plans and projected costs shared with citizens. The language on the ballot allows the District to use the bond money for just about anything. They are borrowing millions of dollars without a clear cost plan for any of the school facilities.

8) Does the language on the ballot matter? It does! It says, "If this proposition is approved, the debt service levy of the District is estimated to remain unchanged at $1.2768 per one hundred dollars assessed valuation of real and personal property." The language should read "to remain unchanged," which protects the taxpayer from any levy increases during the contract. For instance, if tax revenues would decrease for whatever reason, the District might not be able to make their payments on the bond, and would have to increase the tax levy, thereby burdening taxpayers in perpetuity. The use of the word "estimated" gives the District the wiggle room to increase the levy. "Estimated" means taxpayers could be subject to levy increases if needed to pay the debt. That $1.2758 could turn into $1.40--all based on a forecast of 4% increase in property values, averaged.

Additionally, the ballot language would allow the District to push off some of their internal debt (called lease-purchase debt) onto the taxpayer. It is made unclear how much that will be; as of last fall the total internal debt was $5,985,000.

9) What about renters who don't pay property taxes? If renters ever wonder why their rent is raised every year, and thought they had a greedy landlord, they should realize that when property taxes go up, the landlord is paying more for the rented home, and thus must raise rents in order to keep pace with taxes. Additionally, a percentage of the personal property tax that everyone pays on their vehicles also goes to the schools. Everyone suffers from ever-increasing property taxes!

10) What about SB 190, the tax freeze for seniors? That bill caps assessments on property for those eligible for Social Security, but it does not protect elderly homeowners from a levy increase. It only caps the value of the property.

11) Why should I vote? Nothing ever changes. While our national votes don't seem to matter much, your vote in local elections has major impact. Few people vote in off-year elections, so those who do vote have an outsized impact on what happens in your community. It can and has come down to a single vote that can elect a new mayor or alderman or approve/disapprove a bond issue. Your vote in a local election has a direct impact on you and your community.

12) What about the Hancock Amendment? Clever Schools has been taking advantage of the loophole in the Hancock Amendment that caps property tax increases to 5% for the District's Operations Account. The District has been  transferring a portion of the levy funds from the Operations Account to the Bond Account (which pays down the bond debt). This is a type of legal but unethical "shell game" to keep any and all of the increase over the 5% excess revenue on existing property, instead of returning it to the taxpayer. (Last year was over a 6% increase.)

13) But it's for the children! We all want our schools to be able to have what they need to function well. When we lead with emotional sentiment it can cloud judgment of what is appropriate or reasonable. This tax affects everyone, low income, fixed income, even the children who will be paying off this bond debt for 20 years! Stop and think about that. These loans last about 20 years, and when we approve them, the payments and interest will affect the next generation of students.

14) Is there a better way? Yes. I have found nothing stating that we cannot save money through a tax levy in the District's Capital Projects Fund, where not only can the debt be for a shorter stated period, but with a reduced levy rate the school gets all the property tax revenue that is collected instead of 33% (over $8.7 million) in interest going to the bank and putting our next generation in debt. It would remain our approved debt with a clearly defined contract. It is a win for everyone. We can navigate the needs of the school in a more productive, clear and efficient way.

For example, a 50-cent "saving levy" in the Capital Projects Fund would be approximately $500,000 per year currently in tax revenue. If approved, for say, five years, it would be $2.5 million for stated projects. Currently, according to the Raymond James contract of the proposed $16 million bond, the interest alone over the next five years is higher than the proposed example.

We should live up to our name and be more Clever in how we do things. 

Additional Resources:

Clever Schools Bond Issue

Clever Missouri Hold on to Your Wallets

City of Clever Elections Page

Christian County Election Calendar

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Controlled Programming


By Gretchen Garrity

Tuesday night (March 19, 2024) there was a Nixa School Board Candidate Forum. It was hosted by the Nixa Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and the Nixa Teachers Association (NTA). Held in the Media Center, the forum was well attended.

The sponsors had selected questions and given them to the candidates ahead of the forum. Therefore, the candidates' answers were about as vanilla as they could get. They were canned. They were rehearsed. I'm not blaming the candidates. Who wouldn't want to be spared inconvenient questions, or questions that one had no answer for? Who would want to be confronted by an upset parent or voter?

The forum was what is called controlled programming. You, the voter, have no voice (unless you managed to get a submitted question chosen and even then you couldn't talk). If you arrived at the meeting early enough to meet and shake hands with the candidates, you might have been able to ask them a question. Or, if you lingered afterwards you might have gotten a question in. 

But the formal process of a citizen squaring off in public with a declared candidate, a citizen positioned as an equal able to query and expect answers from the person who is asking for their vote, was missing.

In general, these forums are how the System checks off boxes. Public meeting? Check. Candidate forum? Check. Voter information? Check. Public duty? Check. 

It's all for show.

How much is really learned about the candidates? Having sat through a couple of these types of events, the candidates pretty much said the same things as at the other times. The forum last night was recorded. Whether it was live-streamed or will be released online I don't know. If it was live-streamed or released, I would've saved the time and energy of being a mere spectator needed to fill the audience.

I had questions. They weren't the questions in the prearranged forum. They were tough questions I wanted to ask two of the candidates. 

A question for current school board president/candidate Josh Roberts: "You mentioned that the school district is currently consulting with a psychologist to decide whether to provide an on-campus psychologist to teachers. Can you tell me what has changed in the last decade or so that would warrant teachers needing a psychologist on campus?"

A question for school board candidate Megan Deal: "Can you give your opinion of trauma-based education?" And a followup, "Would you agree that parents should be provided an opt-out form if they decide they don't want their children participating in any type of data collection via surveys, questionnaires or evaluations that refers to their child's feelings or beliefs or attitudes, especially those relating to sexual behavior, orientation, or gender identity?"

Civic participation in the election process is so important that events like the PTO/NTA forum ultimately prove unhelpful. What has happened to debates, and open forums, where voters can get a real idea of the candidates' suitability for public office? To preempt questions from the citizens and give candidates the questions ahead of time is a disservice to the community when there is no other avenues for public discourse.

We are being controlled by a managerial class of government workers and their associates who may not even be aware that the processes they implement are not in the spirit or letter of a free exchange of ideas. Citizens deserve to be able to interview the candidates in order to determine which one best deserves their vote.

I would ask the Nixa PTO and NTA to change their format during the next election and allow a period of time for the citizens to actually participate in the forum. Allow questions that might bring up uncomfortable subjects such as Social Emotional Learning and Diversity Equity and Inclusion, and how those agenda--implemented from both the federal and state level in our local schools--are causing behavioral issues in students.

Instead of calling for more social workers and psychologists and more government programs, perhaps a truly open forum would allow citizens to engage on a level that would actually bring both enlightenment and change to our school boards and ultimately benefit the students and staff.

I'm inserting this video of an interview of Abigail Shrier, author of Bad Therapy: Why the Kids Aren't Growing Up, to give you an idea of how important ideas are not being shared with our candidates, or others in the audience. It's fascinating, and our community needs to know that there is a very different narrative to the one we are exposed to by the System, which is always and only a call for more programs and more staff:

One last point. We the People of Christian County is the only group I know of (please tell me if you know of others), that had local school board candidates come to speak...and take unvetted questions from the citizens. I would say a couple of the candidates were probably sweating by the time they got out of there, but they came and took questions. Thanks to Josh Roberts and Megan Deal of Nixa, and to Jason Shaffer in Ozark and Edmund Unger in Sparta. And a big thanks to We the People of Christian County.

Monday, March 18, 2024

Get Over the Paradigm


The Problem with Friends



By Gretchen Garrity

The oft-repeated line that the Missouri Legislature has a Republican super majority is a terrible hindrance to the truth of the matter. When some Republican legislators vote, on average, about 50% of the time with the Democrats, that is not a super majority of Republicans. 

That is called the Uniparty. And the Uniparty's interests do not align with the vast majority of citizens in Missouri who vote (often vainly) for Republicans who hopefully represent their interests.

This is also a problem on the local level with school boards and other elected offices. Uniparty influence easily reaches down to locally-elected positions. How else are their vast interests going to be implemented in local schools, health boards, city councils and libraries?

Citizens need to awaken to the understanding that the candidate or official you have known for years, who attends your church, whose business you frequent, or whose children go to school with your children, may not be the best person for the local school board or city council.

It is vital that you become educated on how they view the world, how they will or have vote(d), and what organizations and individuals they are affiliated with. For instance, the Chamber of Commerce is not what it used to be. It has been co-opted by globalist interests that seek to implement worker programs in the schools. They are more interested in worker bees than an educated populace.

Many local schools are deeply intertwined with the local chambers of commerce. School board members, past and present, and even superintendents are members of the local chamber of commerce. They represent the public/private partnerships that purport to have a mutually beneficial relationship that helps students as well as the chamber. 


The chamber is a business-oriented entity. It desires what most benefits businesses in the area. Do the benefits of a culinary program outweigh the negative aspects of turning a school into a business that churns out workers and not educated citizens who can reason and determine their own future?

There are plenty of culinary schools around. Why start a program in a high school? Ask yourself the hard questions. Who benefits most from a bunch of kids that know how to work in hospitality, typically a relatively low-income career? Why aren't schools turning out kids who can read well, write well, and do mathematics? The scores are awful in many local districts, yet programs that ultimately benefit business are an expanding focus. Why?

On a similar note, David Rice has written an excellent article about Dustin Kirkman, a candidate for the Ozark School District School Board. Rice asks some important questions and he exposes some important information. His article deserves to be shared around.

From his article: "Dustin Kirkman has made questionable statements about schools, has supported two men who had felony charges against them (and in Christian County, they received a slap on their wrists), and belongs to an organization that does good and services, but leans left and doesn’t believe in absolute truth. Even the ancient Greeks understood truth better than Rotarians seem to understand it."

Incidentally, there will be a radio spot at 91.1 FM KSMU tomorrow at noon (March 19, 2024) with Ozark School Board candidates sponsored by the Informed Voter Coalition (Show Me Christian County).

Saturday, March 16, 2024

"Bondemic" Bond(age)

 Retha Holland was was a guest with Kyle Wyatt of All Out Law on KSGF 104.1 this morning. The subject was the "bondemic" that our school districts are attempting to impose on taxpayers. Take a listen. Clever, Springfield, Nixa, and Ozark are all mentioned.

Holland explains how schools propose more bonds just as previous bonds are due to be paid off, basically keeping taxpayers on a rolling schedule of never-ending debt. Always couched as "for the children," these bonds are often 20-year obligations, which means that performing arts center for today's students will be paid for by those same students as they join the workforce in years to come.

Take a look at your ballot on April 2. Chances are you will see a proposed school bond. After listening to Wyatt and Holland you will understand that all is not always as it seems with school bond debt.

Friday, March 15, 2024

The Art Club Movie



This is a must watch documentary about a family whose lives were turned upside down when their daughter's school began transitioning her without their knowledge. It all began with the Art Club.

"Kevin Lundberg, along with the Lee family, have spent the last year producing this first-hand account of their family’s experience with public school indoctrination and the transgender social contagion.

This film takes an intimate look at this important issue, incorporates expert testimony, and offers advice for any parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or friend to protect the children in their lives and stand up for truth."

Link to the film on YouTube. It is also available on Rumble.

There is also a companion website: Stop Gender Ideology.

Saturday Screening of Eric Metaxas Film


Tuesday, March 12, 2024

The Politics of Compliance

 James Lindsay knocks it out of the park in this 15-minute talk on how Maoism is being forced upon us through the "politics of compliance."

If you have been told that you have to adhere to a narrative of non-partisanship, that you have to be positive in all interactions with the opposition, that you can't say certain things even if they're true, then you are a victim of the politics of compliance. Watch to the end for Lindsay's antidote:

It's All Connected

From: EveryLibrary

By Gretchen Garrity

 The intrepid Dan Kleinman, founder of the World Library Association and author of the blog Safe Libraries, has exposed yet another aspect of how the American Library Association (ALA) and its sister organizations like EveryLibrary reach into local communities to undermine their values and indoctrinate children.

Their latest effort is called "Fight for the First!" which is designed to get activists, students, and citizens behind an effort to "protect" the First Amendment. To the ALA, the First Amendment means that children have the right to read smut. They have the right to find it all over the shelves of the children's section. They have a right to have it hanging it out in the teen section like little mental bombs to confuse children and deprive parents of their rights to curate what their children see, and when they see it.

According to Kleinman:

"You know, if ALA is bribing local acolytes with money to affect local political issues, shouldn't the public be able to obtain Freedom of Information Act requests from ALA, FTRF, EveryLibrary even if they aren't government bodies?  It's Sunshine Week, so I'm asking.  Anyone know?  All this money is being spent to sway public law.  Isn't the public entitled to see this?

Nowadays the method of bribery (but not the bribes themselves) is out in the open, and its detailed.  Money.  Consulting.  Online fundraising tools.  Media attention.  Training and resources "that you need to win."  And by "win," ALA means the community loses.  All free.  
It's all a fake facade, all astroturf.  'Nearly 100 communities have launched campaigns against book bans.'  Click on the links in the ALA/EveryLibrary tweets to see if your own community has been corrupted with ALA bribery.  Mine has."
Go here to read it all and see what kind of support is given to local activists to usurp our community institutions: ALA Details Bribes to Convince Governments to Sell Out Children

And what do you know, Christian County has its own start up group, The Nixa First Amendment Defense Group, aka U-turn in Education:
From: Fight for the First

U-turn in Education has been very active in opposing the relocating of materials unsuitable for children out of both the public library and local school libraries. In fact, the name of the individual who has signed on to "Fight for the First!" is a local parent affiliated with U-Turn in Education. She was quoted in 2022 in a News-leader article:
"Jeanne Coburn, a parent and part of the U-Turn group, said she supports parents being actively involved in schools and the education of the their children. But, she resents parents pushing to restrict or remove books from an entire library.

"It's a parent's right to decide what their children are exposed to," Coburn said. "But it's not some (other) parent's right to decide what my child is going to be exposed to.", Coburn doesn't understand that placing explicit, vulgar, and other such books in a school or public library IS giving others the right to expose your child to them. None of these books are banned. They are widely available elsewhere. Parents have a reasonable expectation that a taxpayer institution will follow community standards and leave such books to parental guidance on their own time and their own dime.


The ALA has thrown everything into the "Free Speech" bucket. Granted, it gets traction with unaware citizens. However, there are enough activated community members in many areas who understand the lies inherent in the ALA agenda.

It has nothing to do with free speech. It has everything to do with the Marxist fist you see in the tweets linked in Kleinman's article. If the ALA and its allies in libraries cannot get their agendas into the hands of children, they won't get the revolution they are seeking.

Demoralizing children and youth is a feature, not a bug. If it wasn't a huge deal to the Marxists, they wouldn't be pushing so hard to make sure Critical Theory and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion brainwashing is in the schools and public libraries.

The dots all connect. This is a top-down operation that citizens in Christian County are experiencing. Why did RTWO receive a mountain of gibberish data when requesting public information about communication between the ALA and its subsidiaries and the Christian County Library last year?


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Moses the "Superintendent"


"Moses' Hands Held Up," detail of a 19th-century wood engraving by Frederick Richard Pickersgill (Wikimedia Commons/Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Detail of a 19th-century wood engraving by Frederick Richard Pickersgill

David Rice does a great job of exposing the worldview of Nixa School Board candidate Megan Deal, who recently spoke at a local meeting. It is vitally important to understand where candidates are coming from.

They can say many right things, they can be Christians, they can be articulate and pleasant. But if their basic understanding of the world is not in line with your values as a voter, you have a decision to make.

In order to really get at their true opinions, you have to spend time digging. Rice does that. He's showing the reader what the press will not--the truth.

From his article:

"[Megan Deal] spoke alongside other school board candidates and she talked about the emotional and mental health needs of the students who are being overlooked by the system. In other words, she claimed she was looking for the marginalized children in schools. 

She seems to be focused on her narrowly focused project of finding the students during relaxed times at school (like lunch or transitioning from classroom to classroom). She thinks the board should be there speaking to the students during those periods and learning from the overlooked (marginalized) students.

She also spoke about being like Aaron to Moses, trying to lean on her Christian background for her candidacy. She referenced Exodus 17:12-13, when Aaron and Hur lifted Moses’ arms so that God’s power could still work through him. She described the school board trustees as the Aaron to the Superintendent’s Moses."

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Skewing the Stats


"There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies, and statistics." -- Benjamin Disraeli

By Gretchen Garrity

We the People of Christian County held a candidate forum in Nixa on March 4, 2024, where an oft-repeated statistic was shared with citizens by Nixa School Board President and candidate Josh Roberts. He said, "We’re fiftieth in the nation, fiftieth in teacher pay. It’s embarrassing, but the local community--we pay more than most other communities--so we are doing our part. It needs to come from the state and federal level to increase teacher pay and not from your pocket.” Roberts was wise to read the prevailing winds, since local taxpayers are increasingly fed up with property tax increases for schools.

Currently, total funding for public schools in Missouri looks like this from the Missouri Budget Project:

Click on image for clarity

 As you can see, local property taxes make up a very large percentage of funding for government schools compared to national percentages. Even though, according to the Missouri Constitution, "Art. IX, Sec. 1(a). Free public schools...the general assembly shall establish and maintain free public schools for the gratuitous instruction of all persons in this state within ages not in excess of twenty-one years as prescribed by law."


But we are going to concentrate on the startling statistic that Roberts shared. How can Missouri be so terribly low in salaries for teacher pay? Dead last? As everyone knows, statistics can be manipulated to show just about anything. Before we go on, ask yourself where did this stat originate?

If you go looking for it you will find it widely reported in the press: "Missouri ranks last in nation for average teacher starting salary." The "News" has helped to spread this narrative, which the linked article sources as the NEA, the National Education Association, the largest labor union in the United States. Here is the Missouri NEA's Salary Benchmarks and Rankings. Not light reading at almost 200 pages, and who can trust them?

This very short video (one minute) shares how government schools are funded:


According to the Show Me Institute in an article titled "Breaking: The Actual Starting Teacher Salary According to DESE," by James V. Shuls, “The NEA report calculates the average starting salary of Missouri’s more than 500 districts. It counts small, low-paying school districts the same as it counts large, higher-paying school districts.

If the Middle Grove School District, which according to the Missouri State Teachers Association is the only district to start teachers at the state minimum of $25,000 and has just 35 students, were to hire one teacher, and the Parkway School District, with more than 17,000 students, were to hire 20 teachers at the starting salary of $44,250, the NEA report would count each district once and say the average starting salary was just $34,625. In reality, the average of those 21 new teachers would be $43,333. This is a difference of more than $8,700.”

“The NEA reports Missouri’s starting salary as $33,234. But what is Missouri’s actual average starting teacher salary?

According to data I have obtained from DESE, the average regular term salary for a first-year teacher in Missouri was $38,367.33 in 2022. This figure was provided directly by DESE after my request. The increase of more than $5,000 would move Missouri up to 37th on the NEA report.”

Do read the whole thing (not long).

There are numerous sites with statistics that rank Missouri anywhere from the bottom to somewhere in the middle of the pack of fifty states:

Education Data Initiative

USA Facts

Congressional Research Service

Missouri School Rankings

Study (teacher salaries by state)

Zip Recruiter (Teacher salaries in Missouri. This is fascinating since this site has no educational agenda)

Zip Recruiter (Teacher salaries by state. Here Missouri ranks 21)

Lastly, as you look at the statistics from the different organizations, you will see that often the differences in salary are only a few hundred dollars from state to state.

As long as we allow the narrative to be about dollars alone as the major comparative, taxpayers will keep taking the hit through manipulation by both the news and school districts. 

What about academic scores? What about cost of living? What about each community's differing needs and wants?

In an article titled "Follow the Money" by Susan Pendergrass, the question is asked, "Do you ever wonder where more than $250,000 spent on a classroom of 20 students goes? So did we—so we built a website to help answer this question."

The website is excellent and helps citizens to understand more about the labyrinth of school spending in Missouri.