If you want to see a really — and I mean REALLY — pissed off adult, mess with her/his kid. Nothing brings out the protective instinct like a perceived or real threat to a child.
In this case, the Parents United to Save the Cincinnati Public School System is a whole pack of pissed off parents you do NOT want to cross. This group is pulling no punches when it comes to tackling the issues being faced by CPS, and their Web site proves it.
Check "Clowns of the Week" and "Ways to Save CPS Today." The former grants the title of "The Clowny" to a familiar cast of characters — with one surprise:
• Rosa Blackwell, outgoing superintendent – dubbed “one of the most incompetent, inept and out of touch administrators in town, which is saying a lot!”
• Janet Walsh, information officer, singled out for “her lack of respect for parents”
• The entire board of education – all members, including the newly elected reformers, for failure to respond to the parents’ concerns about the school sign-up process
• An “unknown CPS Psychologist” – who told a parent her child would have to be “a genius” to get into kindergarten early, after saying, “I don't support this program.”
The criticisms are delivered with an e-mail address, phone number and/or snail-mail address for sharing your displeasure. Even though speaking out is recommended, under the call to action for saving the school there’s a warning up front about being ignored, specifically by the board of education.
Something that did stand out amid the obvious frustration and ranting is number two on the “Ways to Save CPS” list:
“Write Jeanette Oxender, chief of staff for the State of Ohio Department of Education. Ask her for an official state investigation of CPS's negligent fiscal polices, the continued violation of the law by CPS's refusal to address public records requests and the endangering of parents’ lives through the failed sign-up process that forces parents to camp outside for days on end in the middle of the winter. Ms. Oxender's contact information is:
Jeanette Oxender, Chief of Staff
Ohio Department of Education
25 S. Front Street, Mail Stop 704
Columbus, OH 43215 ”
Sometimes it takes getting outside the I-275 loop to shake things up a bit.
— Margo Pierce