There is a term used by Republicans to identify those among them who are really liberal, socialist and closet Democrats. This pejorative is Republican In Name Only or RINO. RINOs join the Republican Party in order to get elected, say to the school board. The idea is to deceive voters into thinking they are something they are not – Republicans.
How do you tell if someone is a RINO? That has always been the problem, because RINOs will argue they are just “moderate” Republicans. The surest way to identify a RINO is to find a Republican who is endorsed by the Democrat Party. That is prima facie evidence, a smoking gun, that a candidate is a liberal, socialist and closet Democrat.
The Democrat Party of Sarasota County, Florida has sent out its recommendations for the primary races in Sarasota County. Guess who is on their list? Jane Goodwin, candidate for school board in District 5.
Now some will argue that the school board race is non-partisan. That is true. However if you believe that Goodwin is not the Democrat favorite then you take it as the Gospel truth when President Obama says he is not partisan. The Democrats could have not made a pick in this school board race between two Republicans. So why would Democrats choose Goodwin to endorse? Let’s take a look at Goodwin’s record as a school board member. Here are just seven indicators that Goodwin is not a Republican:
- Goodwin always votes in lock step with and never bucks the district staff. She is a rubber stamp.
- Goodwin voted to submit the botched district grant application for Race To The Top (RTTT) program. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) rejected it stating, “The applicants [Sarasota County School Board] vision does not include a high quality plan and is not likely to result in improved student learning.” Read the full U.S. DOE review here.
- Goodwin voted to sell out Sarasota public school students for $3.5 million in funding with the caveat that the District implement Common Core State Standards. After the failed U.S. DOE application, the District submitted an application to the Florida Department of Education to receive funding to implement RTTT. Florida received $700 million in RTTT money in 2009. In this case the District received $3.5 million to be used over a four year period. On January 5, 2010 Goodwin, and the School Board, voted to accept the funding and agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the FLDOE.
- This MOU gives up local control of curriculum.
- Goodwin voted to measure teachers according to RTTT for Student Success. The Florida Education Association describes Race to the Top for Student Success (SB 736) thusly: Despite all the talk about local control and less government, this bill reduces a school district’s flexibility and authority over teacher evaluations, pay schedules and working conditions. This bill gives new power and authority to the Department of Education and the Florida Legislature.
- Goodwin voted to spy on students on and off campus. This new and chilling policy was part of a district staff recommendation which Goodwin voted for to implement a revised bullying policy. Goodwin is a technical progressive gathering information about students without parental notification or approval.
- Goodwin voted on the recommendation of district staff to implement Common Core, which includes the K-12 National Sexuality Standards. Page six of these standards reads, “The National Sexuality Education Standards were further informed by the work of the CDC’s Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT)3; existing state and international education standards that include sexual health content; the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Kindergarten – 12th Grade; and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, recently adopted by most states.” [Emphasis added]
As Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican, stated in his recent opinion piece in the Shreveport Times:
….when parents and teachers began to speak up in opposition to the one-size-fits-all nature of the Common Core standards and the tests that came with it, we listened. Much of the education community is increasingly concerned that the Common Core mandates will mean local school districts have less control over curriculum. Many have described a rushed process where the education bureaucrats and the folks in Washington, D.C., did an end run around parents and educators to implement these standards without proper input. [Emphasis added]
Goodwin joins her fellow Democrats Shirley Brown and Ken Marsh on the official Democrat primary ballot. Goodwin is what I call a Charlie Crist Republican. She is not what she seems. Her record as a school board member proves it. Any questions?