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David Hall, who lost the Plano ISD, Place 5 race, asked me to post the following:
Based on my review, I believe that the Plano ISD is better than any other Independent School District in Texas, and that is the key to taking care of next year's $14 million shortfall. First, although I think that 2.5% of students not graduating is unacceptable, I think that a 3% revenue shortfall is almost nothing (every person is INFINITELY valuable whereas money is only a medium of exchange that represents people's HARD work). In case anyone is wondering if I know anything about finances large organizations, I worked for Price Waterhouse for many years advising Fortune 50 clients, had my own business for many more years, and have worked in places like Russia and South America for American and foreign companies so I KNOW business and only started working as a Math Teacher 4 years ago and an Administrator 3 years ago because I want my Grandchildren to live in the BEST society possible of well educated people of good character.
The proposed plan to take care to the shortfall has three steps as follows:
1. Allow ALL Plano ISD parents to enroll their students in any school they wish at no cost as long as they are willing to take care of the transportation, there is room available, and after the assigned students have been enrolled.
2. Publicize that Plano ISD is willing to allow students from other school districts to enroll as long as their is room at a facility, they will handle transportation, the student would not be allowed to play varsity sports the first FULL school year, AND the parents and student sign an agreement covering things like attendance / work ethic / behavior.
3. For the students that wish to enroll that cannot be accommodated in the current facilities, begin adding temporary buildings / renting open retail space (there is too much around Plano) / find other ways to accommodate the demand, begin a hiring program for the teachers needed, and begin more non-traditional approaches to education.
Simultaneously, we should begin lobbying the Legislature, State Board of Education, and TEA to help us get back more of the money they are taking from us. One approach would be for them to pay us a premium on the students that enroll from other school districts. Last but not least I am willing to volunteer to help make all of this happen using capabilities, approaches, and templates that Responsive Education Solutions has been developing over the last 10 years (we get far less money per student than the ISD's but we are in very sound financial position which the TEA will confirm).
David Lee Hall
According to my calcualtions with 1500 more students we will receive over $14 million in ADA from the State of Texas above our local taxes. (I have asked if my math is correct but have not yet received an answer.) Since Plano has about 54K students I believe that serving them will not be a burden, instead they will raise our schools, and simultaneously eliminate our revenue shortfall.
California uses his method. I lived there. You had thugs from apartments and low-income housing going to schools surrounded by $800K homes.
It would be a disaster if they implemented this. I move to a nice neighborhood and pay extra to do so because it means my schools are good and there is very little crime.
I'm guessing these positions he holds is why he lost.
Mr. Hall has started his own blog at http://www.dhall-planoisd.blogspot.com.
While I have written Mr. Hall and told him that while I was happy to allow a former candidate an opportunity to express a point of view, I must confess that, in many respects, I find his perspectives on education to be abhorrent.
His bio says that he is a math and physics major, and he posts a goofy equation that attempts to prove that 1=2 (by illogically dividing by zero).
His political views are, in my opinion, no more reasoned than his equations. For example, is latest post equates the entire American scientific community with Nazi era eugenics.
He seems to have been beguiled by extreme right-wing fundamentalist theories of eduction, while working for a company that manages charter schools with public funds.
Thank you for your blog, for expressing your opinions, and allowing me to express mine.
I will be pleased to post your comments on my blog. There must be something to your statement that I am a kook. Eventually, I believe you and I will reach a consensus if we continue to have open communications.
Please note that I asked anyone that did not know the logic error in the math to email me.
The ENTIRE Scientific Community does not believe in Darwinism.
Darwinism is a BIG part of the Nazi, Communist, and American Eugenics movements which people in those movements will confirm.
Government – USA
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
– Laws of Nature
– Big Bang
Religions – Judaism, Christianity, Moslem
Movements – Nazi, Communist, American Eugenics
– Entropy (Law of Nature) is reversible
Religions – Atheism
Public schools (including Charters) in Texas are not allowed to charge tuition. However, there is some amount paid by Texas for each student that attends during a day. That amount for 1500 students would cover the Plano ISD $14 million shortfall.
The approaches that prevent students from enrolling that are not willing to be contributors include: upfront interview explaining what will be required, full information prior to enrollment, and contract with parents and student that spells out everything. I believe that Plano ISD would attract the best and brightest students.
That makes no sense, Bill. Wealthy people send their kids to private schools, especially when they live in a North Dallas neighborhood with bad public schools.
I don't want anyone touching PISD. It's working really well.
Another religion, that of the Church of the Flying Speghetti Monster, has the same issue. Theirs is a religion based upon revered ancient texts which also explain the creation of our universe in a manner similar to yours. You will most likely find them to be allies of yours since they too, are advocates of promoting creationism in school, theirs as well as yours. I am sure you would find this most fair.
Thank you for reviewing my information regarding Education, Darwinism, and other important matters.
My thoughts about public schools are based on Creationism just like our Declaration of Independence. I believe that EVERY person is INFINITELY valuable because they are created in the image of God (Spiritually) so it is PAINFUL for me to see people who are not as productive as they are able. EVERY person is able to contibute good to ALL other people.
Please let me know how you reconcile Darwinism with Entropy. Part of my education is in Physics. If there is something wrong in my logic then I am willing to consider changing my mind.
You may email me directly at email@example.com if you would like to correspond. However, I will continue to visit this site to respond to any questions. Thank you again for your input.
Dear Plano ISD School Board,
Darwinism is not good science. It requires violating a law of nature Entropy. Therefore, it cannot be true any more than the proof on my website that 2=1, where I follow all of the Math steps, but violate a law of Math by dividing by zero http://dhall-planoisd.blogspot.com/2008_03_01_archive.html.
Darwinism should only be taught in proper context of the things it has spawned. Nazi Germany was a government where survival of the fitest was tested by fire. This approach was not only found to be less fit but it is also abhorent to ALL people.
Darwinism is the basis for a Atheism. This is a religion just like religions that are based on Creationism inlcuding Judaism, Christianity, and Moslem beliefs. Therefore, if teaching Creationism constitutes establishing a religion then teaching Darwinism does the same.
However, Creationism is THE basis for our Nation, THE reason our slaves were freed, and THE reason we continue to exist as a Nation.
Therefore, I request that you file suit against the TEA for including Darwinism in the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS) as part of the Science requirements. I am confident that more than sufficient money will be donated to cover the cost of this lawsuit, and I volunteer to begin raising that money and/or arranging for pro bono services, as soon as you approve moving forward on this IMPORTANT matter. Thank you for your service to the Plano Community.
David Lee Hall
I am truly thankful that the voters got it right this time in defeating Mr. Hall's bid for a PISD Board position. He is "off the deep end". I find it extremely troubling that he is an educator, being paid with tax dollars to teach our children.
He is a great example of what is wrong with the Texas Charter School program.
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