Two Irresponsible End Of World Predictions: Richard Branson’s “Global Warming ‘Hurricanes Are The Start Of Things To Come’”…Right Up There With Meade’s “Earth Will Be Destroyed Saturday By Planet Nibiru”

HMS Hector and HMS Bristol in the hurricane of 1780

short link: http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=930

(Cover Photo: “ HMS Hector and HMS Bristol in the hurricane of 1780 – October 10, 1780, the most violent Atlantic storm on record cut a path of destruction across the Caribbean islands of Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique and Saint Eustatius. Scientists estimate that it was a Category 5 hurricane accompanied by drenching rains, a massive storm surge and winds in excess of 200 miles per hour—strong enough to strip the bark off trees. By the time the “Great Hurricane” finally dissipated, whole cities and naval fleets had been destroyed, and at least 22,000 people had been killed. ” http://www.history.com/news/the-deadliest-atlantic-hurricane-235-years-ago )

This is not about apocalyptic prophesies…I just thought Richard Branson’s unqualified, unscientific, and unsupported utterance about global warming causing more catastrophic hurricanes (http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/19/us/branson-new-day-cnntv/index.html ) deserved to be placed alongside David Meade’s numerological/pseudo-theological predictions of the end of the world this Saturday, September 23rd, caused by the Meade’s predicted approach of mythical Planet X/Nibiru (https://www.amazon.com/Planet-X-Arrival-David-Meade-ebook/dp/B01BLXPE3M ).

Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Atlantic/Virgin Group, (foolishly?) rode out Hurricane Irma in his wine cellar on his billionaire “Necker Island” in the British Virgin Islands.

This, and his billions of dollars, apparently give him a pulpit from which he is allowed to contradict the “agree to disagree” divided meteorological community on the relationship between hurricane numbers and intensity and global warming.

By this I mean that, though climate and meteorological scientists are in agreement the world is warming, they are not able to reach consensus on the effect of these rising global temperatures on the number and intensity of hurricanes. Dr. Jeff Masters of Wunderground.com summarized the general state of affairs regarding the link between climate and hurricanes with: “Hurricane experts are divided on to what degree global warming has affected the number and intensity of hurricanes, and a recent consensus statement by 125 hurricane scientists (see below) concluded: Though there is evidence both for and against the existence of a detectable anthropogenic signal in the tropical cyclone climate record to date, no firm conclusion can be made on this point.” https://www.wunderground.com/education/webster.asp

Perhaps one of the most outspoken and leading proponents for more intense and more numerous (controversially at odds with many climatologists over the latter) hurricanes as a response to global warming is MIT’s Dr. Kerry Emanuel.

Emanuel published a letter “Increasing Destructiveness of Tropical Cyclones over the past 30 years” just days before Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. With Katrina’s destruction, this paper found a ripe audience, suggesting an increase in hurricane power and longevity as a result of global temperature increases that would consequently wreak more and more havoc with the increasing population in coastal communities.

Masters responds to Emanuel’s suggestions with “however, more recent scientific research has raised serious questions about the validity of these results. A new policy statement regarding the unproven link between stronger hurricanes and climate change was adopted by the World Meteorological Organization in December 2006, in response to the recommendations of a meeting of 125 hurricane researchers that attended a meeting in Costa Rica.” See http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/G3.html

Dr. Masters provides a summary of the disagreements to Emanuel’s position:
1) “Dr. Bill Gray of Colorado State University, who is famous for his successful long-range hurricane predictions and nearly 50 years of hurricane research and forecasting, wrote: ‘I do not agree that global Category 4-5 tropical cyclone activity has been rising, except in the Atlantic over the last 11 years. The recent Atlantic upsurge has explanations other than global temperature rise’.”

2) “Dr. Chris Landsea, Science and Operations Officer at the National Hurricane Center, chaired a standing-room only session exploring the hurricanes/global warming connection at the 2006 meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). He presented a talk with additional evidence supporting Dr. Gray’s position.”

3) “Dr. John Knaff, a hurricane researcher at the NOAA/Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere Colorado State University, has performed an extensive re-analysis of Northwest Pacific typhoons, and questions the intensity estimates used by Webster et al. for typhoons during the period 1966-1987. His paper, “Reexamination of Tropical Cyclone Wind-Pressure Relationships” has been accepted for publication to Weather and Forecasting, and” can be found here: https://doi.org/10.1175/WAF965.1

Masters continues: “Global warming in the past century has increased ocean temperatures about 1°F (0.5°C) which should correspond at most to about a 2.5% increase in hurricane wind speeds. If this theory is correct, an upper-end Category 3 hurricane with wind speeds of 130 mph–like Hurricane Katrina at landfall–owes 2-3 mph of its sustained winds to global warming. Hurricane wind speeds are estimated to the nearest 5 knots (5.8 mph), and one can get a general idea of what percent increase we’ve seen in Category 4 and 5 hurricanes due to global warming by looking at the number of high end Category 3 hurricanes (winds of 130 mph) and low end Category 4 hurricanes (135 mph winds). If we assume a 2-3 mph increase in winds of these storms is due to global warming over the past 35 years, one would expect to see a 5% increase at most in Category 4 and 5 hurricanes. An increase this small is not detectable given the current accuracy of estimating hurricane winds, and the relatively few number of of these storms that occur each year. This expected maximum 5% increase is quite a disagreement with the 80% increase found by Webster et al!  So, either the measurements are wrong, or the theory is wrong–or a combination of the two. I believe it may well be a combination of the two. The fact that the originator of the intensity theory (Kerry Emanuel) is one of the scientists who is advocating that the theory may be in error, is reason enough to doubt the theory. ”

Perhaps one reason the slight increase is far below the predicted increase is offered by a paper submitted by Vecchi and Soden that determined that climate models predicted higher wind shear with increased global temperatures, having the opposite effect on hurricane intensity (wind shear tears hurricanes apart). http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2006GL028905/full

In 2008, Smith, Montgomery and Vogl criticized Emanuel’s methodology pointing out a major deficiency of his theory being the “tacit assumption of gradient wind balance in the boundary layer, a layer that owes its existence to gradient wind imbalance in the radial momentum equation. If a more complete boundary-layer formulation is included using the gradient wind profiles obtained from Emanuel’s theory, the tangential wind speed in the boundary layer becomes supergradient, invalidating the assumption of gradient wind balance. We show that the degree to which the tangential wind is supergradient depends on the assumed boundary-layer depth. The full boundary-layer solutions require a knowledge of the tangential wind profile above the boundary layer in the outer region where there is subsidence into the layer and they depend on the breadth of this profile. This effect is not considered in Emanuel’s theory.” http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/qj.241/pdf

As recently as July 2013, Mother Jones Magazine summarized climatologists view of Emmanuel’s work predicting higher frequency high intensity hurricanes with global warming (at odds with many climatologists) with “The debate over Emanuel’s new results has just begun—but already, the work has been challenged. The divergent findings, says hurricane expert Greg Holland of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, ‘indicate that care needs to be taken in being too explicit with climate predictions of changes in tropical cyclone frequency at this stage.’ ” http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/07/hurricanes-global-warming-kerry-emanuel/

Consider the NHC/NOAA storm and NASA temperature data I have compiled and compared below. Figure 1 compares 500 years of specifically observed and indirectly reported hurricane data versus Loehle’s non-tree ring derived temperature data.

Figure 1: I’ve circled 3 regions that seem clear that the number of hurricanes does not correspond with global average temperatures.

Figure 2: Shows clearly that between 1940 and 1995 that increasing temperatures did not increase the number of major hurricanes (category 3-5).

Figure 2 compares NASA global average temperature anomalies (from the frequently referenced 1951-1980 average) with the number of hurricanes and major hurricanes (category 3-5).

Finally, figure 3 looks at the accumulated cyclonic energy (ACE) each year (the total amount of energy from all storms for a year) with respect to the global average temperatures (here the ACE data is treated the same as the temperature data: the standard average was taken over the period from 1951 to 1980 and annual values were subtracted from this average to find the delta value. Once the delta value was determined, both the delta ACE and delta Temp were normalized by the largest value in each data set).

Figure 3 : Suggests the ACE appears to vary cyclically rather than as a function of global average temperature.

Seems like whenever there’s a natural disaster, the prophets of doom come out and find an audience. This includes bad hurricanes (“bad” because it produces major damage like Katrina, Harvey, Irma, Maria), giving billionaire hurricane survivor Richard Branson a pulpit to predict what many scientists are unprepared to predict.

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MDCPS Owes Each Teacher, On Average, $3000 Per Year Since 2014…And This Will Continue Until Corrected

Dear Colleague: 4/24/17
(This is a short letter of the longer version here: https://goo.gl/gwwT4u )                  shortlink:  http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=901

It is likely MDCPS owes you and all of our teaching colleagues an average of $3000 since Fall of 2014 in underpaid salaries. Left unaddressed, this amount will be lost annually for the rest of all of our lives.

Consider that the Herald has just published a story on the impossibility of teachers in Miami-Dade to buy their own homes – because salaries have been depressed below cost of living:
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article145688984.html

Consider that MDCPS HR department sends out a letter each year explaining to teachers how to properly apply for foodstamps: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1TEO563R6ywekFGc3hSZ1ozakU

MDCPS Impoverishes Teachers.  Sends Annual Welfare Letter

MDCPS Impoverishes Teachers. Sends Annual Welfare Letter

Consider that between 2009-15, MDCPS diverted $127 Million from salary to construction and failed to raise sufficient taxes to cover negotiated teacher steps/raises from an available $500 Million tax base.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tDNOuh3wMrGZnKPGCMeLv_4K8v4lWVSqYg

MDCPS Tax Documents between 2009-2015 Reveal $127 Million Diverted from Teachers while $500 Million in Untaxed Sources Leaves Teachers Struggling to Survive.

MDCPS Tax Documents between 2009-2015 Reveal $127 Million Diverted from Teachers while $500 Million in Untaxed Sources Leaves Teachers Struggling to Survive.

Consider that SB736 required the salary schedule in effect July 2014 to become the permanent schedule for veteran teachers and that it would dictate the annual salary increases of Annual Contract teachers between $3000 and $6000 per year – enough to give incentive to PSCs to switch over to Annual.

Is it any wonder that teachers are applying for welfare and trapped without economic power to buy a house to live in in the communities where their students live comfortably in their own homes?

You are a are a potential leader in a system that has been broken for decades – broken between selfish superintendents and board members and ineffective bargaining (after all, how did they miss the diverted $127 million and the $500 million in untaxed resources for salary?).

You have the opportunity to be a leader – to look at the available information and make a decision to share a solution with your colleagues – there is a group of teachers who hired a team of lawyers to challenge MDCPS’ unlawful actions described above.

Prerequisite charges were filed in Florida’s court for Public Employee issues – PERC. After hearing our case, PERC ruled that they would only hear such charges from the bargaining agent against the district- that we as individual teachers had no standing to file in their court.

Contrary to rumors, teachers did not lose the case, but were told to take the case to civil court as individuals so they could file as a class action lawsuit to protect all teachers’ pay.

If you would like to join and help certify for the class action lawsuit, Click here for the retainer agreement: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1TEO563R6ywY3pSdS03aF9SX1k

To donate to the fight for your steps and back pay, to help defray costs of the new round of legal battles in the civil court, click the blue donate button here on our Facebook page: https://goo.gl/ZfY1Is

Please forward this to your teacher friends.

Sincerely, Your teaching colleagues fighting for all of our steps, back pay, and future pay.

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While MDCPS Says “No Money” For Salaries, It Diverts $127 Million in Salary Money to Construction (While UTD Parrots the Lies to Gullible Members)

Shortlink:  http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=852

Between 2009 and 2016, Miami-Dade County Public Schools diverted $127 Million in Salary Money to Construction/Capital…yet told teachers that there was no money to advance employees along the annual salary step progression.

Transcript from Grandfathered Trial Shows Hundreds of Millions in Salary Money Diverted To Construction, While Hundreds of Millions in Tax Money Left Untaxed While Teachers Turn to Welfare

Teachers’ “union” (more of a 6 figure country club for its officers who are washed up teachers – consider its Vice President, Anthony “Snow” White, – 2 time arrested narcotics criminal), United Teachers of Dade, complicitly parroted back to teachers the lies that the School District was “maxed out in its funding.”

That the district would not pay employees is bad enough (consider the district annually advises teachers how to apply for welfare in the correct manner – as the districts compensation philosophy impoverishes more and more of its “in the trenches” employees while enriching the fat cat stuffed suits who either failed out of the classroom…or never even set foot in a classroom).

That the so called “union” collecting money from teachers would join in the lies and tell their membership that the school district just didn’t have enough money to honor the contract is a crying shame, if not fraud and all kind of other criminal designations.

Teachers have suspected for years this to be the case as we heard District administrators say out of one side of their mouth “we have no money to fund quality teacher salaries” (yet found money to make all kinds of technology toy purchases…wonder how many perqs, dinners, trips to exotic cities for “conferences,” and kickbacks that generated? Purchases made with the money diverted from our salaries) and out of the other side of their mouth “hey, community, we cut your taxes – vote for me when I run for mayor (or congress…or whatever office they used the school board as a stepping stone to reach).

Annual millage document filed by MDCPS shows 1) they don't have a shortfall in taxes caused by Miami VAB - the PPFAM pays any loss the next year 2) MDCPS refuses to levy hundreds of millions of dollars to cover negotiated salary increases and 3) MDCPS has diverted $127 Million in salary money to construction with UTDs support (tens of millions each year) - all while a billion dollar construction bond was passed!

In 2014, the school board decided to ignore a 2011 statute that was passed to change the way teachers were hired and paid. In order to be lawful to the aging veterans hired under the old system, the statute (FS 1012.34) “grandfathered” the existing salary schedule as of July 2014, allowing the veterans to retire over the years under the pay system they were hired under.

Problem is, MDCPS chose to ignore, or worse, to unlawfully redefine the term “Grandfathered” and has changed the salary schedule 3 times since it was legislatively protected.

A group of teachers, including this blogger, joined together, hired an attorney, and filed a lawsuit to regain the $60 million (to date) taken from teachers.

We call ourselves the “Grandfathered Inc” and the following video highlights one of the startling revelations of our court hearings – that not only has MDCPS denied its teachers $60 million in compensation between 2014 and 2017, but that it also diverted $127 million from teacher salaries to construction during 2009 to 2016…this later diversion is especially heinous in light of the fact that the district passed a $1.2 Billion Construction Bond during this period…but the district kept taking the salary money for construction.

Or, Click here to view this video on youtube (the testimony from the  court hearing):  The Grandfathered Inc Uncovers Diversion of Hundreds of Millions from Salary to Construction

Help us fight this – join our class action lawsuit by signing and sending this to the address on the signature page:  http://shawnbeightol.com/GrandfatheredRetainerFinal.pdf

Help us defray the court costs by donating here https://goo.gl/2JcCGC

A word about financial liability:
First, our attorneys will be paid out of the settlement, you will not be billed for their service.

Second, all court/legal fees have been paid by donations  - not one bill has been sent in the year we have been working with the attorneys because donations have covered it all

Finally, the civil lawsuit will be filed in a manner that will shield plaintiffs/class members who sign the retainer from liability for the opposing party’s legal fees in the unlikely event that the court sides with the employer – in other words, you do not have to be afraid of being stuck with the legal fees of the school district.

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Educational Marshmallow/Sarah Palin Double and Twice Narcotics Arrested Thug Named President and Vice President of United Teachers of Dade

Press Release                                              shortlink:  http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=831

United Teachers of Dade (UTD) Declares the Sarah Palin of the Education World Leader of One of the Largest Bargaining Units in the South

UTD has Karla Mats – An Intellectual Marshmallow – and Her President of Vice, Antonio “Snow” White, “Win” 2:1 in the Latest Election of UTD Officers – NOT 1 OPPOSITION ELECTED?!

Miami, FL, February 17, 2016: In what is sure to be a bellwether election of officers for the bargaining agent of the largest employee in Florida, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (55 thousand employees, see https://www.linkedin.com/company/miami-dade-county-public-schools ), United Teachers of Dade, thousands of employees stand to be negatively impacted by the apparent declaration of the victory of the Frontline Caucus (see http://www.utd.org/news/new-utd-officers-elected ), including the twice narcotics arrested Vice President, Antonio White.

Was Antonio White's Arrest Like This?

Bellwether, because the 2010 Election Fraud Case of Geno Perez vs. UTD is still dragging on with every indication that UTD has something to hide from the number of delays and motions it has filed to prevent computer data from being released (21 motions!). Perez’ seemingly well founded allegation is that a small number of Union controlled computers generated the majority of internet votes tallied:                   Geno’s Case

Bellwether, because the 2013 election data suggests that more votes than ballots were cast according to a study done by former UTD member Isaac Castineira.  In Isaac’s words, “there were 7602 votes cast for president but only 7238 ballots collected.”  See https://youtu.be/q2mE7X69CVY or  http://shawnbeightol.com/2013utdelection.pdf

UTD Officer Tweets Haircut While Teachers Labor at Educating Children

Karla Mats, the president “elect” for the Frontline Caucus, is the educational equivalent of Sarah Palin.  She rose from nowhere and seems to think a tweet of herself getting a hairstyle is of educational significance: Karla’s Educational Hair

Antonio White, the vice-president elect, is more appropriately the president of vice elect, with 2 arrests for narcotics involving marijuana and cocaine, losing his teaching license for the latter.  See http://shawnbeightol.com/antoniowhite.jpg and http://www.myfloridateacher.com/discipline/icmsorders/990-1591-FO-012616120855.pdf and http://takebackourutd.blogspot.com/

Was Antonio White's Arrest Like This?

Has the Teachers’ Union, UTD, been compromised and with it, true collective bargaining in the name of educational “reform?” – Every election since 2003 and most contract ratifications have been legally challenged, with several court affirmations of cheating.  The 3rd DCA found MDCPS and UTD to be complicit, generating membership for the union and WHAT for the district?  http://www.3dca.flcourts.org/opinions/3D11-0163.pdf

Contact:  Shawn Beightol (not affiliated with ANY of the candidates or UTD) beights@yahoo.com

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Why You Should #DropUTD: Once Again, They Waste YOUR DUES ON FRIVOLOUS ACTIONS FOR SHOW, Rather Than Obtain Results

Subtitle: UTD and MDCPS knew within a month of filing by expert testimony their lawsuit was pure hollywood show.

shortlink: http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=820

If you didn’t know, teachers’ “union,” United Teachers of Dade (better, “Untied Teachers of Dade”) filed a lawsuit in December 2014 against Miami-Dade Mayor Gimenez for “underfunding the Value Adjustment Board (VAB),” the board established to review property values so that accurate taxes – upon which the school board receives its “required local effort” portion of its budget – might be collected.
MDCPS hired 2 expert lawyers – former Federal Judge Honorable Thomas Scott and Mr. Edward G. Guedes, a highly respected and experienced constitutional attorney with the Weiss Serota law firm – to analyze the merits of UTD’s case.
What they found was that UTD was a joke and wasting its members’ money.
Read on:
I wrote about this fiasco here:
http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=754 where I wrote:
“December 5th, 2014, United Teachers of Dade filed a lawsuit in Miami-Dade County against Miami-Dade Mayor Gimenez…on the grounds that he isn’t funding his office of Property Appraiser sufficiently to raise sufficient property tax to properly fund education…”
My analysis of this was: “This Lawsuit introduces and paves the way for [Fed’s] successor at UTD, his current Secretary, KARLA HERNANDEZ-MATS”
and,
“ Either way, it is not the teachers’ union job (UTD) to sue the city. It is the statutory responsibility of the School Board to raise the millage on property tax sufficiently to pay their employees and operational costs.
UTD should have sued MDCPS multiple times for failure to do this.
The fact that UTD is suing the city shows me that it is once again an operational extension of the MDCPS system to do the “dirty” work, protecting those in power from a public “black eye” of raising taxes.”
These conclusions that I wrote about almost EXACTLY 1 year ago, before MDCPS retained the high cost retired Federal Judge and his colleague for their legal analysis below. See http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=754
Before I highlight the most damning excerpts from the legal analysis of UTD’s BUMBLING, RIDICULOUS LAWSUIT that just begs the question: “WHY THE HELL ARE YOU MEMBERS OF THIS COUNTRY CLUB FOR IDIOTS THROWING YOUR MONEY DOWN THE SEWER?”
I include a quote from defendant & mayor Gimenez regarding his own legal analysis of the joke of a lawsuit:

“This unfortunate and frivolous lawsuit is political in nature and fails to recognize state and local laws.
Unfortunately, UTD leaders did not participate or ask to be invited to the various meetings we have had throughout the last year at both County Hall and in the Superintendent’s office. Had they participated, UTD leaders would understand that the Property Appraiser is a constitutional officer elected countywide whose budget is approved by the Florida Department of Revenue – a state agency. Furthermore, the Value Adjustment Board is a creation of the State of Florida and not under the jurisdiction of Miami-Dade County.” – Mayor Gimenez, http://www.miamidade.gov/mayor/releases/2014-01-12-statement-on-united-teachers-of-dade-complaint.asp
More Damning is MDCPS own legal analysis of the merits of the case:
” Preliminary observations as to the Lawsuit:

What becomes immediately apparent from even the most cursory review of the complaint is that UTD has failed to name an indispensable party to the Lawsuit, namely, the County Commission. The Lawsuit, at its base, urges the court to compel Mayor Gimenez to “appropriate sufficient funds in the budget to adequately fund and staff the VAB Process.” However, such relief, absent the participation of the County Commission, is illusory; since any amounts allocated through the budgeting process are subject to final approval or rejection by the County Commission. Courts do not render advisory opinions based on hypothetical circumstances. ”
“At present, though, with only Mayor Gimenez named as the defendant, we do not believe it likely that Chapter 164 would be deemed applicable…Additionally, section 164.1051, which addresses the scope of Chapter 164, provides exemplars of disputes that are subject to the dispute resolution mechanisms of the chapter. All of them are decisions ultimately the responsibility of the governing bodies of governmental entities, rather than of any single governmental official.”
“More fundamental problems with the Lawsuit:

Unfortunately, there are other more fundamental problems with the Lawsuit that seriously undermine its viability. As the complaint implicitly recognizes, the legal remedy available to compel an official to take specific action is an action for mandamus relief. An action for writ of mandamus seeks to compel a government official to perform an act that he or she has a clear legal duty to perform…if performance of the act requires the exercise of discretion or judgment, mandamus is not available as a remedy…
…The Florida Supreme Court has recognized that…even when a county commission’s funding determination is wholly arbitrary and capricious, mandamus will not lie to compel that specific funding be provided; at most, a budget may be remanded for further consideration in light of concerns that the funding decision was arbitrary and capricious.””
“In the Lawsuit, UTD has failed to identify a specific statutory or constitutional provision that mandates that Mayor Gimenez fund the VAB at a specific level of funding.”
“[UTD's] reliance on Article IX, Sec. 1 of the Florida Constitution is misplaced… Article IX, section 1, imposes no clear and unequivocal legal duty, whether general or specific, on Mayor Gimenez (or, for that matter, even the County Commission) to ensure adequate funding for school districts, or to fund any County office or department the operation of which might conceivably and indirectly have an impact on the Legislature’s ability to fulfill its constitutional obligations.”
“the Lawsuit [does not] state a viable cause of action.”
“UTD conspicuously fails to identify at what level the VAB process should be funded in order to avoid the VAB Problem. Would an increase of five hearing officers suffice? Would ten? The absence of any meaningful criteria to answer that question merely highlights why mandamus would not be an effective or available remedy. If UTD is not prepared to indicate what the appropriate funding level is supposed to be, then how could the preparation of a corresponding budget be purely ministerial in nature?”
Damning Footnotes:
“l Even in this most generic sense, the Lawsuit may not align with the reality of the VAB budgeting process.
3 While the complaint indicates that the Mayor has the duty to “supervise collection of revenues,” Complaint at 4, it fails to explain how such a duty requires that he fund the VAB at a particular level.
4 Morever, the complaint provides no guidance as to what level of adequate funding would be necessary to ensure that the VAB Problem ceases to occur. This lack of specificity becomes relevant to the viability of any mandamus relief. See Section B(3), infra.
5 The Lawsuit is analogous to suing the President of the United States because he has failed to adequately budget for the proper functioning of a particular department under his direction and control when the power to actually fund that department rests exclusively with the United States Congress.
6 There may also be questions raised as to UTD’s standing, collectively, to bring the Lawsuit. At times, it appears that the complaint seeks relief on behalf of the School Board, even going so far as to refer to the “Plaintiff School Board.” Complaint at To 5, 21, 22, 30, 45. The individual plaintiff named indicates she is a teacher and taxpayer, but not a parent of a child enrolled in public schools. Usually, these lawsuits name individuals who are parents of school-age children.”
http://www.miamiherald.com/latest-news/article6552291.ece/binary/Read%20the%20county’s%20legal%20opinion

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Does the Management Manipulated Organization Posing as a Labor Union Dismantling Union Contracts Dating Back 50 years, Undermining Union Collective Bargaining, and Unraveling the Essence of Public Education Signify that the School Board/Administration Itself Has Been Compromised by Anti-Public Education Proponents Posing as Educational Reformers?

(this is not fully developed)
Sub-Title: Double-Talk UTD’s Fed Ingram  Stated in 2013 “The Contract will be compliant with Senate Bill 736″ but in 2015 Says of the Same Contract “If we maintain [this] step schedule, we would be out of compliance with the law” (see http://www.utd.org/information/what-a-yes-or-no-vote-means vs. http://www.utd.org/news/tentative-contract-agreement-reached ).

Shortlink: http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=808

Question:  If you wanted to erode public education and educational unionism that defended public education, would you do it with a frontal assault?  A direct attack?

Or would you try something more covert?  Would you infiltrate the very organizations upon which public education rested locally and work covertly from within?

Which method would be resisted more vigorously?  Which method would spread and wreak havoc more completely before being discovered?

Is it possible that right wing opponents to public education have infiltrated the school board of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the administration of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and the teachers’ union staffed and paid by Miami-Dade County Public Schools?

I have already shown that the president of UTD declared that Race to the Top (RTTT) participation would jeopardize our contract and undermine collective bargaining:
We are strongly opposed to DOE’s complete disregard for the needs of our students and teachers. I want you to know that I will never sign an agreement that puts our contract in jeopardy and ignores the voices of educators.” – Karen Aronowitz, Dec 2009

“Aronowitz briefed the Board regarding Race to the Top stating that…after carefully reviewing the MOU from the State, ‘there is no way we can sign the document – it undermines our collective bargaining agreement.‘ – UTD Executive Board Minutes, January 2010″

In RTTT 1, Florida was rejected, in part for lack of union support.

In October 2010, UTD through its president Karen Aronowitz, signs full participation in the very RTTT she had rightfully declared a threat to our contract and collective bargaining, the core of unionism.

Who, or what, turned UTD’s Karen Aronowitz?

Now it has been revealed that our “union,” UTD and its president, Fed Ingram, have endorsed the abolishment of the age-old “step schedule” that veteran teachers were hired under and protected from favoritism, cronyism, “the old boy network,” the very schedule declared “grandfathered” by Florida Statute 1012.22.  UTD states:  ” If we maintain the step schedule, we would be out of compliance with the law“…when in fact, the law provides for the PROTECTION of the step schedule in place July 1 2014 and in abolishing it UTD and MDCPS now stand in VIOLATION OF THE LAW (see F.S 1012.22).

This step schedule which UTD through president Fed Ingram has abolished, the one he says on August 24 2015 is “out of compliance with the law” he said in October 2013 (when it was finalized) “The Contract will be compliant with Senate Bill 736 and other state and federal statutory provisions while maintaining protections for employees.”

So, which statement is true?  Which statement is false?  How do you know when Fed is being true or being false?

Who, or What, turned UTD’s Fed Ingram?

Regarding Fed and other anti-public education “deformers,” former Georgia Senator Kenneth Fuller says:

In recent years, local anti-tax groups, conservative politicians, and proponents of performance-based pay systems have attacked the [step] salary schedule for teacher pay, such as we have in Georgia — portraying it as an anachronism and an impediment to advancing student academic performance. Such claims have no basis in fact.
The [step] salary schedule is an objective method for determining teacher compensation and has been our law for more than 50 years. It removes biases associated with grade level, race and gender. It recognizes the contributions of all teachers irrespective of the subject matter taught. And it guards against subjective and inconsistent evaluations of performance…
…What lies behind this unprecedented assault on teachers? And, even more important, what can we do about it? We believe that these attacks are part of an effort to dismantle public education and that we need an effective, collaborative strategy to combat it…
…If [improving education] were the goal, we would see demands for adequate, equitable resources and funding for every student in every school — demands, for example, for quality early childhood education programs, full-time librarians, robust arts and physical education programs, mandated caps on class size, and enough time for teachers to prepare and collaborate
.”

So, yet another voice declares the actions of UTD to be ANTI-PUBLIC EDUCATION.

I propose to you that at the very least, UTD, if not MDCPS controlling UTD, have been infiltrated by Administrators and Board Members secretly funded and backed by organizations bent on destroying collective bargaining and the very foundation of our free and democratic nation, public education.

It is the only logical conclusion to the series of actions that have led to the impoverishment of teachers driving out the most experienced, most ambitious and creative, the undermined contracts, the erosion of collective bargaining and the abolishing of the tried and true step schedule that for decades has protected against favoritism, cronyism, the “old boy network.”

Perhaps you can trace the line of UTD & MDCPS administrators, lawyers and board members, connecting the money and their political trajectories…

…”Follow the money…”

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Annual Contracts Teachers: Vote this down and MDCPS MUST Comply & Give $7512 Bonuses. PSC’s: Vote This Contract Down and Save Your Lifetime Earnings and Keep Your Pension at the Level You Hired on For!

Shortlink:  http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=790

First, administrative duty:  PLEASE HELP REPORT YOUR SCHOOL’S RATIFICATION COUNT BY ENTERING THE NUMBER OF YES  AND NO VOTES HERE:   http://mbcurl.me/13PYD
We need observers present, record the tally, then send it to the website.
Please recruit pairs of observers at other schools.
I will provide 6 people with the link to the results (view only) so they can provide accountability.

The proposed contract for MDCPS teachers is illegal and harmful…not just to PSCs…but to ALL.
Here’s why:

1) No matter what Fed says in his long emails, he negotiated the salary schedule 2 years ago, October 2013. HE. DID. not Karen, not Tornillo. FED INGRAM.  see http://miamitimesonline.com/news/2013/oct/17/utd-gets-new-deal-worth-70-million/

To turn around and say it is bad means we can’t trust what he does one day to the next. How do we know what he proposes now is good? We don’t from his own deceitful actions.

2) This schedule is the grandfathered schedule under fs 1012.22. It is immutable. That is what “grandfather” means legally. It doesn’t change until all affected are dead. The school board and union are attempting to break the law and thought you were too stupid to catch them. Why?

3) The grandfathered, immutable schedule guarantees “sunset” raises at the end of our careers to provide a reasonable retirement pension – Fed says so himself in his letter of today. The need for this hasn’t changed and highlights the anemia of the schedule he has perpetuated. Standing up against the district’s and UTD’s latest violation of the law will give you a better lifetime earning and better pension plan.

4) The problem the district has is that it binds them to providing $7512 bonuses to AC teachers who are deemed highly effective. it dawned on me today that if we get AC teachers to stand with us in blowing the whistle on this attempt to violate 1012.22, vote it down and the 10/13 contract remains in place – they earn $7512 bonuses each time they are highly effective! not the target $2k (or whatever) bonus these guys are trying to slip in by turning our contract to a 2 year cycle with annual salary revisions.

BAM! WIN-WIN for all of us. Vote it down or join our lawsuit. Everybody wins but poor Alberto and his do-boy FED.

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Recent Salary Proposal from UTD and MDCPS is Illegal and is Set to Defraud You of Your Statutorily Established Step System.

shortlink:  http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=782

Subtitle:  This Proposed Salary Schedule is Illegal and Will Result in a Class Action Suit against UTD and MDCPS by Employees Involuntarily Removed from the Grandfathered Salary Schedule of October 18, 2013.

Senate Bill 736 implemented in part (regarding pay schedules) to Florida Statute 1012.22(1)(c)1.b. “‘Grandfathered salary schedule’ means the salary schedule or schedules adopted by a district school board before July 1, 2014” (http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=1000-1099/1012/1012.html ).  It is described thusly by UTD’s documents:  “Grandfathered salary schedule- The current schedule(s) adopted before July 1, 2014 – Established as the basis for paying all school employees hired before July 1, 2014” (see www.utd.org/file_download/390/SB736-RTTT.pdf ).

On October 14th, 2013, a day MDCPS and UTD declared “momentous” in their jointly issued press releases proclaiming a “salary model [that] will facilitate a seamless transition from the existing salary schedule to grandfathered and performance-based schedules for the 2014-2015 school year” (http://news.dadeschools.net/releases/rls13/216_utd.html ).

The effect of the press release is seen in this Miami Times article based on the release:  “According to school officials, the tentative salary model will facilitate a seamless transition from the existing salary schedule to grandfathered and performance-based schedules for the 2014-2015 school year” (http://miamitimesonline.com/news/2013/oct/17/utd-gets-new-deal-worth-70-million/ )

This was the last salary schedule agreed upon before the July 1, 2014 deadline.

It is our “grandfathered” step system and is guaranteed by law until you or I INDIVIDUALLY OPT OUT.

The current proposal is a deceptive and illegal (if implemented) effort to reduce MDCPS’ financial obligation to issue $7500 bonuses to performance system employees…as well as grandfathered step system employees.

Rather than seize this opportunity to negotiate aggressively knowing that the district is so opposed to this obligation that they are risking an illegal and involuntary removal of grandfathered step system employees, our “union” traipses along behind MDCPS sheepishly proclaiming that this is their only option.

Aside from the continued loss of academic respect and professionalism, this contract represents an illegal and involuntary effort to relieve MDCPS management of its financial obligations.  A financial obligation expressed through a step system pay scale proclaimed 2 years ago as the means to satisfy SB 736 measures… yet now they state “The problem centers on the lack of funding and a salary schedule we have had for over 40 years… It was not possible…to fund a salary schedule that keeps our current steps…If we maintain the step schedule, we would be out of compliance with the law” – even though our “union” and management negotiated this schedule…not 40 years ago…but 2 years ago bragging that it would bring us into compliance with the law (see http://www.utd.org/news/tentative-contract-agreement-reached for the reference).

It is important to note that in a year that MDCPS receives $84 MILLION EXTRA, the only pertinent reduction in funding to MDCPS is the self-proclaimed (though craftily hidden in technical language) tax break the MDCPS School Board voted this past summer.  In a county where rising property values have produced 3 years in a row of surplus tax revenue allowing other entities (E.g., City of Miami) drawing from the same funding sources as MDCPS to fund extravagant wish list items, MDCPS has reduced the millage rate and tells the public “our funding has been cut”:   “a $38M revenue decrease that resulted from a drop in the funds the District levies…http://financialaffairs.dadeschools.net/ES15-16/ES15_16.pdf See my blog entry at http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=763 to read more about the deception of the public by United Teachers of Dade and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Allowing MDCPS and UTD to rob employees of promised and planned for large steps toward the end of their career only serves to increase the severity of the pay disparity identified by the recent study on teacher pay in the US by The National Council on Teacher Quality.  Here they found Miami to place 90th out of 125 large districts across the US, stating that Miami and “Florida’s other large school systems, rank poorly on a new teacher pay study” (see http://www.nctq.org/dmsView/Smart_Money and http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-teacher-pay-florida-study-post.html ).  In the study, and in direct contradiction to the repeated emphasis by UTD and MDCPS on starting teachers’ salaries, “A key factor in higher earnings for teachers, the study found, was not starting salary but how quickly pay increased.”

Current proposed step system changes are not only illegal because they damage the existing “grandfathered” step system, they are bad policy for producing a teaching environment that attracts and retains high quality educators.

It is a shame that teachers in Miami are so unaware of their rights and the “goings on” around the state with their colleagues in other counties to not realize that the “wool is being pulled over their eyes.”  Note that Duval County is fully funding its current step system along with the performance pay system – it must, under Florida Statutes (see http://mbcurl.me/13NG9)

My suggestion is to VOTE NO to this illegal piece of fraud and deception.

In fact, I would recommend stapling a resignation letter to UTD to your ballot when you put your NO vote in the ballot box (see last page for sample). Make sure you fax an additional copy to the provided fax number.

What kind of “union” would do this to its employees?

The same kind of union that bragged to employees and the public 2 years ago that this step system was what we needed to bring us into compliance with the new statutes in exchange for a surrender of academic rights (see http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=591 ).  The same kind of union that told us in 2006 that the biggest raises in history were going to be ours…but failed to tell employees that this was dependent only upon receiving $350 MILLION in extra funds…and as we sadly discovered, UTD was WRONG.  The same kind of union that was wrong in 2011 for incorporating RTTT/736 language into a CONTRACT when the courts overturned the requirements of the law but told us we would have to honor out contract because it was voluntarily agreed upon…  see here (http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=778 ) for additional evidence of incompetency and complicity with management by the union half of our ranks still pays hard earned dollars to to be screwed and betrayed by this Judas organization whose officers all make more money than you and have better benefits than you.

The question is, then, “why should we believe UTD now?”

Should we believe them now?

Even if they sincerely believe they are right, they now have a track record of making DEVASTATING errors and assumptions that history is showing to be unwarranted and foolish.

Why should we trust them this time when they have gotten the last 3 contract negotiations and amendments WRONG?

Do yourself a favor – VOTE NO on this deceptive salary proposal.  Attach the following letter to your NO vote in the ballot box:

Fax Cover Sheet

To: United Teachers of Dade

FAX: 305-576–7761

From:__________________________________________

Date: __________________________________________

Total Pages: 1 of 1

RE: Termination of Membership

Message:

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to terminate my membership, effectively immediately. Below you will find the information needed to process my request.

My name is: __________________________________________

My employee number is: __________________________________________

I thank you in advance for your time and assistance.

Signature:  _____________________

read another excellent article on the proposed schedule:  https://kafkateach.wordpress.com/2015/08/29/kafkateach-does-math/

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On The Question of “Is UTD Cowering under the Shadow of Miami-Dade County Public Schools Management? Or Is It a Charade?”

shortlink:  http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=778

UTD’s performance is and has been brilliant. They project to be a labor union, when in fact it is an orchestration by MDCPS management to give the state, voting public and teachers the appearance of collective bargaining. Proof has accrued now over the years to show that this is the case:

1) from UTD’s prez Aronowitz submitting as her 2006 contract Rudy Crew’s bonus requirements ($40k starting salary at END of 3 year contract http://shawnbeightol.com/supestargets.doc );

2) The 2007 revelation that MDCPS was subsidizing Aronowitz’ staff and officers to the tune of $1.2 million. see http://goo.gl/e72P9

3) The 2008 healthcare increase – published by United Healthcare as 13.1% by Sept. 2007. UTD portrayed this increase as being anywhere from 50% – 254% increases. A dramatic back and forth series of “negotiations” is published and suddenly UTD announces they have negotiated a 13.1% increase. The audacity of such a fraudulent claim of negotiations is hard to overstate. See http://pdfs.dadeschools.net/Bdarch/2007/Bd121907/agenda/E66rev.PDF vs. http://web.archive.org/web/20071121063510/http://utofd.com/UTD_News/Property_Tax/healthcare_increase_unacceptable.htm

4) The UNANNOUNCED surrender of the 2010 raise while voting on healthcare costs: See bottom of pages 3 & 4 of the agreement found at http://www.utd.org/news/impasse-agreement-protects-jobs-and-insurance-ratification-vote-june-3-7-2011

5) The 2010-2011 orchestrated and FAKE drama shown in the alleged negotiations and legal fights between UTD and MDCPS (see http://www.utd.org/news/letter-to-superintendent) yet when MDCPS committed an unfair labor practice by emailing members directly (bypassing the bargaining team which is the legal route of communication) UTD did NOT respond legally or file a complaint (see http://shawnbeightol.com/UTDReWeismanStatements.pdf and http://shawnbeightol.com/Enids1726_001.pdf )

6) The 2011 CONCERTED rejection by UTD AND MDCPS of a judge ordered raise and no increase to healthcare! after the special magistrate appointed by the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission recommended a 1% one time bonus to UTD bargaining unit members, UTD did NOT pursue this. Rather, UTD filed an objection to this along with MDCPS, effectively terminating the process until someone requests the MDCPS school board resolve this. Why hasn’t this been done? Instead, UTD quietly pushes on behalf of MDCPS the suspension of the automatic step increase without raising alarm among members. Who does this represent? Management or membership? see http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/10Minutes-aComplicity.pdf

7) My 2011 court victory PROVED concerted actions between MDCPS and UTD to deprive employees of statutory rights (yet you continue to pay dues to these crooks?): The question I raised is, what did the district get in return for taking such an illegal risk? See http://www.3dca.flcourts.org/opinions/3D11-0163.pdf, p.2 where the courts uphold my allegation that the contract was complicitly negotiated to provide both parties with illegal benefits: “Shawn Beightol… argues the District did not act alone, but rather UTD “caused” the District’s action, and UTD’s actions were unlawful within the meaning of sections 447.501(2)(a) and (b), Florida Statutes (2010). After taking testimony, a Commission-designated hearing officer agreed with Beightol. The Florida Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) found competent substantial evidence to support the recommendation of the hearing officer and entered a final order adopting the recommendation. We affirm this order.” In short, UTD & MDCPS worked together to create a system that fed members into UTD and gave MDCPS WHAT in return?

8) The deceptive and nearly hidden ratification vote of contract changes in the 2011-2012 contract affecting the MDCPS evaluation model IPEGS needed to bring MDCPS into compliance with their Race to the Top (RTTT) application. MDCPS tells employees the contract has been changed manditorily by Senate Bill 736 (though the changes exceed SB 736 requirements and are actually changes to make MDCPS practice compliant with RTTT application). NO ONE, MDCPS nor UTD explain that the contract changes are pending ratification. In fact, the terms of the 2010 performance pay are announced POST-FACTO at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year and are attached disjointedly and illogically to the end of the contract language change for the 2011-2012 contract describing teacher evaluations (IPEGS). Most of the language is crossed out with no explanation of what the replacement language is. Teachers are told that voting Yes to this gets them a bonus while voting No would jeopardize the bonus. See http://www.utd.org/file_download/447/RTTT-Yes-No8-19-11.pdf . Such a disjointed, illogical application of “performance pay” for a year gone by attached to a contract change for the upcoming year can only be a reward for ratifing the contract change – a bribe. A bought vote.

9) furthermore, UTD disastrously included the IPEGS changes into CONTRACT rather than merely amending the IPEGS manual, guaranteeing MDCPS’ ability to maintain the draconian RTTT/IPEGS policies knowing that they were being challenged in court and likely defeated (and they were): “UTD in Miami, FL has already undermined the value of the judges decision by unwisely signing on to RTTT applications that paralleled and even EXCEEDED the legislation like SB736 in Florida.” So while the courts have declared the invalidity of the legislation, they will still require teachers to be evaluated by instruments in many instances MORE stringent than the legislation as a consequence of their lack of leadership, aggressiveness, and/or strength in opposing such travesties: “This decision does not mean that teachers’ 2011-12 performance evaluations are invalid under the bargained evaluation systems already approved by the DOE for Race to the Top purposes” – Judge Van Laningham (http://feaweb.org/fl-judge-invalidates-state-education-teacher-evaluations-rule ).

10) The January 2012 Healthcare announcement REPEATS the SECRET/NON-DISCLOSED surrender of raises for the 2nd year in a row (from my blog on that): “UTD once again wants you to surrender your raise that you should have gotten in the Fall of 2010 and again in Fall 2011 (surrendered by UTD’s May 2011 E-vote on 2011 Healthcare June 2011, overturned by Beightol’s challenge of E-vote at PERC). See D.1, p.29: “The 2010-2011 salary schedule will be maintained and employees will remain on their current step.” – This surrenders your right to a raise based on your growing, annual experience. It surrenders your raise for 2010-2011 (which UTD tried to do in June 2011, but my court challenge overturned UTD’s trick) and it surrenders your 2011-2012 raise – 2 YEARS’ RAISES, gone without a conversation, without UTD even pointing this sacrifice out to you. http://www.utd.org/file_download/651/TentativeAgreement-January27-2012.pdf

11) Prior to the May 2012 COURT-ORDERED re-ratification vote, opposition UTD stewards pooled their money and resources and paid a telemarketing company to send emails and robocall the UTD membership to vote NO to the hidden rejections of raises buried in healthcare votes. UTD fails to file requested unfair labor practice complaints against MDCPS for the coercive meetings, scripts, robocalls, and emails in the last days before the vote. UTD in action SUPPORTS MDCPS denial of contractually provided, court approved raises.

12) UTDs and MDCPS’ joint November 2013 deceptive introduction of the Cigna Local Plus (gutted and worthless ) healthcare option with NO information about its terms and conditions (from my blog on it): The Local Plus option was ABSOLUTELY OMITTED FROM THE DESCRIPTION OF THE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT TO BE RATIFIED. It was absent from the district webpage until AFTER I announced it and challenged staff or UTD to publicly say where this information was made available to the voters. It has since been added to the district webpage (see today’s page: http://shawnbeightol.com/MDCPSMainpageEditPostSpeechtoShowLocalPlusInsExpl.jpg ), but I took pictures (with dates) of the district pages PRIOR to my speech and this information is missing (see http://shawnbeightol.com/MDCPSMainpageLackingLocalPlusInsExplNov4.jpg ). I am going to state this again to be clear: Aside from the premium/cost column at the end of the agreement, Local Plus information was NOT provided as part of the final Tentative Agreement materials made available to the bargaining unit. It represents a major change from last year’s plan. The description was added to MDCPS website AFTER the vote, as far as I can tell, AFTER MY SPEECH and letter to [the board]…I am embarrassed that when I stood to speak at SP-2 and challenged ANYONE on staff or UTD to tell the public WHERE the link to the information for Local Plus could be found, there was nothing but silence. To argue that SP-2 wasn’t the place to respond to an already passed SP-1 item is hollow – UTD’s Fed Ingram followed my 2 simple questions with his own round and round general SP-1 speech that never came close to answering my question “Where is the link to Local Plus” information so that the voters could have cast informed votes.

13) The December 5th, 2014, United Teachers of Dade lawsuit filed in Miami-Dade County against Miami-Dade Mayor Gimenez…on the grounds that he isn’t funding his office of Property Appraiser sufficiently to raise sufficient property tax to properly fund education. Sounds good at the surface, right? The problem is, 2 related reviews of property taxes in Miami-Dade County THIS July (2014), just prior to the inking of UTDs/MDCPS’ labor contract for teachers, show that Miami-Dade is sitting on an OVERAGE of property taxes collected THIS year (2014) of $28 MILLION and projected OVERAGE of $112 MILLION for 2015. The Lawsuit sets up MDCPS with grounds to reneg on its bonus/prorated stipend this year and/or next year, either to reduce it or cancel it (I guess we’ll know today, Thursday, 12/11/14 if this will happen this year…I doubt it since it would raise the ire of so many already pissed off teachers). Either way, it is not the teachers’ union job (UTD) to sue the city. It is the statutory responsibility of the School Board to raise the millage on property tax sufficiently to pay their employees and operational costs. UTD should have sued MDCPS multiple times for failure to do this. The fact that UTD is suing the city shows me that it is once again an operational extension of the MDCPS system to do the “dirty” work, protecting those in power from a public “black eye” of raising taxes.

14) and finally, the latest in this 9 year string of complicity and collusion: UTD continues to deceptively inform its members that MDCPS’ funding increase that would pay for teacher raises and steps (steps cost nothing, but adjusting them for Cost of Living would, and both are needed!) has been wiped out by a fictitious “shortfall” in Miami-Dade Tax Collection: http://www.utd.org/news/august-6-2015-bargaining-update and see my commentary here: http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=763

It is time for people to see the reality of the THOUSANDS of DOLLARS WE HAVE WASTED ON DUES TO AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS FUNCTIONING TO PROMULGATE MANAGEMENT’s POSITION. The evidence has mounted sufficiently to file a class action law suit against UTD to recover ~$800 per member per year of membership for the last 9 years ($7200 if you have been a member this whole time)

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MDCPS Claims State Increase in Funds Erased by Tax Collection “Shortfall,” While City of Miami Increases Labor Expenditures Based on Same Tax Source

short link: http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=763
UTD’s News Release on Negotiation Status (on a contract that was expired July 1 of this year…come on guys, July 1 every 3 years is schedulable…not unforeseen, let’s get this contract out) explains on behalf of management why there isn’t sufficient money for your step (http://www.utd.org/news/august-6-2015-bargaining-update ).

Yes, that’s right. Your dues are paying for representation of management’s position, not yours.

And once again, the cloud of smoke to distract you, the voter, is a “tax collection shortfall.”

As I have written before, there is no tax collection shortfall in Miami. In actuality, there is a surplus. The shortfall is a play on words accomplished by the district claiming to expect more money than what is known to be levied by the county – an amount in surplus the last few years. (see article references at end of this post as well as my earlier blog post on this http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/2014contractCaveats1.jpg )

UTDs lawsuit against the Miami-Dade Tax Collector is misplaced and a misuse of members’ monies. The SCHOOL BOARD should use its legal resources and grounds (see below) to litigate the county…IF THERE WERE ACTUALLY A VIOLATION.

UTD’s lawsuit would be a better expenditure of members’ dues monies if the suit were against MDCPS for violating FS 1001.42(12) that authorizes MDCPS to levy sufficient tax to carry out its educational mandate (see pertinent excerpt of statute below).

MDCPS actually states, in black and white, in its own document, that there is a short fall because it chooses NOT TO LEVY SUFFICIENT TAX, thus violating its own legal responsibility (see below).

******************statutory requirement to tax sufficiently***********************

1001.42 Powers and duties of district school board.—The district school board, acting as a board, shall exercise all powers and perform all duties listed below:
(12) FINANCE.—Take steps to assure students adequate educational facilities through the financial procedure authorized in chapters 1010 and 1011 and as prescribed below:
(c) Tax levies.—Adopt and spread on its minutes a resolution fixing the district school tax levy, provided for under s. 9, Art. VII of the State Constitution, necessary to carry on the school program adopted for the district for the next ensuing fiscal year as required by law, and fixing the district bond interest and sinking fund tax levy necessary for districts against which bonds are outstanding; and adopt and spread on its minutes a resolution suggesting the tax levy provided for in s. 9, Art. VII of the State Constitution, found necessary to carry on the school program adopted for the district for the next ensuing fiscal year.

*******Excerpt from 2015-16 Executive Summary of the Budget*************
Yet, MDCPS explains away an increase in funds of $84.2 million by stating “This increase in revenue is partially offset by a $38M revenue decrease that resulted from a drop in the funds the District levies to account for the now annual tax collection shortfall. ” http://financialaffairs.dadeschools.net/ES15-16/ES15_16.pdf

Now, whose fault is this “drop in the funds…?”

the sentence continues “…funds the district levies…”

You see, AC is at his word game again and again.

There is money for a step (and in truth, when steps are granted regularly, they do not cost the district more since each step will have relatively the same proportion of the workforce distributed and the budget doesn’t care about names of people on each step, just numbers, a fairly stable number over the years around 23000. it is only when the district withholds steps and the union allows this that employees distribution becomes skewed – new hires “pile” up on the initial steps, causing a large mass of employees on that step so that the district claims it to be cost prohibitive to advance…but even this is a lie, because the cost is caused by the district spending the money “saved” from the withholding of the step advancement. Money that is owed the workforce and money the union – UTD – should recover for us).

One final question…if AC and MDCPS are correct about tax collection shortfalls…why isn’t every government agency funded by the same source affected the same way? For example, why does the city of Miami continue to meet increased labor costs due to increased property values, the same property values that AC/MDCPS claims are in shortfall?

“Rising property values helped soften the blow of higher labor costs…No matter the property’s location, individual tax bills are likely to be higher, since property values themselves are up about 8 percent this year.”
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article2144721.html#storylink=cpy

And
“Posted Wednesday, July 8th 2015 @ 8am
Miami-Dade County’s latest budget proposal is bucking the trend of cuts and layoffs.

That’s because Mayor Carlos Gimenez’ newest $6.8 billion plan calls for an expansion in some parks and library services — and even an extra $1 million for police body cameras.

The latest surplus coming because property values jumped more than expected.

The 9% increase leading to an additional $48 million in property tax money to spend in 2016.”

Read more: http://www.wiod.com/articles/wiodam-local-news-122821/miamidade-mayor-unveils-2016-budget-proposal-13741722/#ixzz3iUKzDFGj

Once again, it seems we have been lied to by both our employer and our union.

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