Category Archives: CUEE 2011-03-24

Steven H. Prigohzy, All-Star and Best-Paid Educator!

We have an all-star athlete class educator advising us, with an all-star athlete salary! Hm, I wonder how much CUEE is paying him?

A Sun Life Financial press release of 26 February 2011, Exceptional Students & Nonprofits, All-Star Team of Pro Athletes, Corporate & Education Leaders Tackle Lagging High School Graduation Rates at Sun Life Rising Star National Summit,

“Steven H. Prigohzy, education advocate and developer of one of the country‚Äôs first open magnet schools.”
Well, that sounds like the Steve Prigohzy of CSAS in Chattanooga, whose Public Education Foundation advised the consolidated school system there.

What about this, is this just a coincidence of names? Empire Center for New York State Policy put out a press release of 8 October 2009,

According to the data, the highest paid non-professional school employee (outside New York City) was Steven H. Prigohzy of the New York Institute for Special Education, who was paid $230,000.
It turns out it’s not a coincidence. In a paid death notice in the New York Times, BLOOM, FRANCES R., 18 January 2005, Continue reading

Videos of CUEE’s idea of a “public dialog”

Here are videos of CUEE’s idea of a “public dialog” as Alex Jones correctly put it in quotes.

The March 2011 CUEE Kick-Off meeting “dialog” conveniently omitted Rev. Floyd Rose’s question, which I believe was about what will unification do to improve education.

The “public dialog” at that meeting consisted of written questions being selected by CUEE. Even so, the answers sufficed to demolish all of CUEE’s main selling points, including CUEE’s own hired expert said

“If you believe in the end that running one system is cheaper than running two school systems. If in the end you are going to cast a vote for a single system because you think it would save money, I wouldn’t cast my vote. I do not think it will save money.”

The Kick-Off meeting was used to roll out the education committee, to paper over the little problem that CUEE has no plan to improve education. If anything was said of it reporting before the referendum, I must have missed it.

Here’s a playlist. Perhaps someone can point out where they said that. Continue reading

Will school unification improve education? —CUEE

The real answer is in the first sentence after A: in this FAQ by CUEE:
Q: HOW WILL UNIFICATION OF OUR SCHOOL SYSTEMS IMPROVE EDUCATION?
A: School unification, by itself, will not improve the quality of education for our children.
Unfortunately, CUEE didn’t stop there. Their FAQ continues: Continue reading

What is the county’s view on consolidation? Q to CUEE 24 March 2011

What about county voters, and what about the combined budget?

Q: “What is the county’s view on consolidation?”

A: CUEE Chairman Leroy Butler answered:

“We did no poll of individuals in the county, so we don’t have any; anything we say would be speculation.”
Remember, only one of CUEE’s board is from the county outside the City of Valdosta, and nobody outside Valdosta gets to vote in the referendum. They don’t know what the county thinks, and they don’t care, because legally they don’t have to: if Valdosta votes to give up their school system, the Lowndes County school board has no choice but to pick up the pieces.

Here’s the video:


Kick-off meeting, Community Unification for Educational Excellence, Inc., CUEE.
They’re for consolidation of the Valdosta and Lowndes County School Systems.
Videos by John S. Quarterman for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange.
http://lake.typepad.com/on-the-lake-front/cuee/

There’s another question in this video: Continue reading

School consolidation: CUUE kick-off event tomorrow night

Do you think the Valdosta and Lowndes County School Systems should be consolidated? I don’t, but CUEE does, and they’re having an “official kick-off” 6PM tomorrow, 24 March 2011, at the Gazebo Room, James H. Rainwater Conference Center, 1 Meeting Place, Valdosta.

Note at the top of the invitation:

It’s Your Decision. It’s Your Choice.
Well, not if you live in the county outside Valdosta, it’s not. CUEE is promoting a referendum for Valdosta voters in November 2011 for Valdosta to give up its school system: Continue reading