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Ending 8 Years on the Flagler School Board, Evie Shellenberger Endorses Raven Sword

Ending 8 Years on the Flagler School Board, Evie Shellenberger Endorses Raven Sword

Citing Raven Sword’s clear vision and analytical abilities, Evie Shellenberger said Sword was preferable to John Fischer’s poor grasp of issues and misunderstanding of a school board member’s role.

Sue Dickinson, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

Sue Dickinson, Flagler County School Board Candidate: The Live Interview

Sue Dickinson is one of four candidates in two races for Flagler County School Board in the Aug. 14 primary election, which will decide the winners: all Flagler voters, regardless of party affiliation and address, may cast a ballot in these races.

Dear Gov. Scott: “We Are Going To Start Losing Teachers.” An Ex-School Board Member’s Plea

Dear Gov. Scott: “We Are Going To Start Losing Teachers.” An Ex-School Board Member’s Plea

Evie Shellenberger, the former Flagler County School Board member, writes Gov. Rick Scott to warn him of despairing teachers and a generation of students left behind by Florida’s neglect of vocational education, and invites him to a one-on-one sit down discussion.

School Chancellor, in Flagler, Touts Higher FCAT Standards as State Board Drops Them

School Chancellor, in Flagler, Touts Higher FCAT Standards as State Board Drops Them

Florida Public Schools Chancellor Pam Stewart’s 75-minute appearance before the Flagler County School Board, teachers and others Tuesday afternoon lent more PR than insights into the state’s latest FCAT fiasco, satisfying few locally.

No Lawsuit Against the State Yet, But Flagler School Board Warms Up to Actionable Anger

No Lawsuit Against the State Yet, But Flagler School Board Warms Up to Actionable Anger

Ronald Meyer, the attorney who’s been challenging imbalances in Florida’s educational system for years, told the Flagler school board Tuesday that building a case will take more time, analysis–and public awareness.

Conklin Is Fired From State-Backed Job After Talk of Suing the State Over Education Funding

Conklin Is Fired From State-Backed Job After Talk of Suing the State Over Education Funding

Colleen Conklin has been an outspoken advocate for education as a Flagler County School Board member for 10 years–and as the COO of a largely state-funded education foundation for the last four. One job cost her the other.

But Should They Be Paid? Flagler School Board Members Defend Their Salaries

But Should They Be Paid? Flagler School Board Members Defend Their Salaries

A Florida Senate proposal would replace school board members’ salaries with a $100 per-meeting stipend. Retirement and health benefits would be eliminated, too. Savings would exceed $10 million a year.

State of Education Forum in Flagler: Anxiety and Advocacy as District Braces for Shock

State of Education Forum in Flagler: Anxiety and Advocacy as District Braces for Shock

If the state of education in Flagler County is strong, it won’t stay that way if state policy continues on its budget-slashing course, advocates and school officials told a large crowd at an education forum Thursday evening.

A Morning Memorial on A1A for Jigme Norbu Before His Walk Resumes By Other Steps

A Morning Memorial on A1A for Jigme Norbu Before His Walk Resumes By Other Steps

The Dalai Lama’s nephew’s body was flying back to his home in Indiana as a group of friends and supporters gathered at the accident site in the Hammock before resuming his Walk for Tibet-Florida, ending in West Palm Beach later this month.

Former School Board Candidate Raven Sword Joins Livingston & Wolverton Law Firm

Former School Board Candidate Raven Sword Joins Livingston & Wolverton Law Firm

In her first political campaign, Sword lost to John Fischer. By joining Jay Livingston and Jim Wolverton, the trio is now one of the larger law firms on Flagler County.

Evangelical Women, John Fischer and the Right’s Problem With Paul Krugman: The Live Wire, Nov. 16

Evangelical Women, John Fischer and the Right’s Problem With Paul Krugman: The Live Wire, Nov. 16

John Fischer is begins asking questions as a school board member, evangelical women and submission, the right’s problem with Paul Krugman, Malcolm Gladwell on tax bliss, and more.

Kent Sharples on Firing Line, Texting Rubio Hype, and 80s Madness: The Live Wire, Monday, Nov. 15, 2010

Kent Sharples on Firing Line, Texting Rubio Hype, and 80s Madness: The Live Wire, Monday, Nov. 15, 2010

More hype on texting and cyberbullying, Rubio’s roll-out, Ted Koppel on Olbermann and O’Reilly, Malcolm Gladwell’s Tax Bliss, and more 1980s.

Starry Saturday: Theater, Art, Grit and Glitz from Bunnell to Palm Coast

Starry Saturday: Theater, Art, Grit and Glitz from Bunnell to Palm Coast

Staring with FPC’s courageous thespians, the visual and performing arts had a fabulous Saturday in Flagler, with two gallery openings and two local theater productions. That’s what the county’s unbound cultural scene should be about.

Uniforms in Flagler Schools? Data Show Dress-Code Violations To Be a Negligible Issue

Uniforms in Flagler Schools? Data Show Dress-Code Violations To Be a Negligible Issue

The dress code in Flagler schools remains a hotter topic of discussion, especially on the school board, than it is a problem, especially in schools. Yet the arrival of a new school board member may prompt more talk of uniforms.

Fischer, Proctor, Mica, Craig, DuPont and Thrasher Win; School Tax Approved; Democrats & Amendments 4 and 8 Sink

Fischer, Proctor, Mica, Craig, DuPont and Thrasher Win; School Tax Approved; Democrats & Amendments 4 and 8 Sink

In Flagler County, all precincts are in, including absentee ballots and early voting. John Fischer, has won the school board seat being vacated by Evie Shellenberger, defeating Raven Sword with a 58-42 margin.
The continuation of the 25-mill school tax is approved, with 61 percent approval, which should boost the school board’s confidence.
Amendment 4, the most […]

Skyping in From Cairo, Delbrugge Joins School Board’s Farewell to Shellenberger

Skyping in From Cairo, Delbrugge Joins School Board’s Farewell to Shellenberger

Evie Shellenberger ended her eight years as a school board member Monday evening with a parable and sponsorships of Afghan girls’ education in her fellow board members’ names.

Conklin Triggers Mockingbird Appeals Committee, Likely Enabling Play’s Revival

Conklin Triggers <i>Mockingbird</i> Appeals Committee, Likely Enabling Play’s Revival

Unearthing a district policy on “the appropriateness of books or materials,” School Board member Colleen Conklin appealed the decision to cancel the play. A committee will be appointed to handle the appeal.

Before School Censors: When Mockingbird‘s Harper Lee Spoke Proudly of Flagler County

Before School Censors: When <i>Mockingbird</i>‘s Harper Lee Spoke Proudly of Flagler County

In 2002, Harper Lee addressed Flagler County proudly when her book was the centerpiece of county-wide events. The school district’s censoring of the play this month contrasts sharply with that progressive history.

Campaign Notes: Dwyer Backs Craig, Sword and Fischer Vie for Teachers’ Attention

Campaign Notes: Dwyer Backs Craig, Sword and Fischer Vie for Teachers’ Attention

Craig and Horrox in the circuit court race and Sword and Fischer in the school board race make their final pitches with radio appearances and a television ad from Sword, while others continue to press for the ballot measure on continuing the .25-mill school tax.

In School Board Race, a Clash of Clarity And Fact Between Fischer and Sword

In School Board Race, a Clash of Clarity And Fact Between Fischer and Sword

John Fischer makes wild, often incoherent claims and exaggerations, betting, correctly, that his audiences won’t verify what he says. Sword is about clarity and rational analysis.

In Palm Coast, Another Dud Turnout At School Tax Town Hall

In Palm Coast, Another Dud Turnout At School Tax Town Hall

School officials had thought (and feared) that the tea party throngs would turn up at Monday’s town hall on the proposed $0.25 mill school tax referendum. They didn’t. What those tea leaves say is not clear.

School Board Members Talking to Empty Benches at Town Halls on Tax Levy

School Board Members Talking to Empty Benches at Town Halls on Tax Levy

School officials think most people have already made up their minds about Flagler’s .25 mills school tax levy. They just can’t tell which way they’ll vote.

Inaccurately and Incoherently, Fischer Opposes School Tax Measure; Sword Favors It

Inaccurately and Incoherently, Fischer Opposes School Tax Measure; Sword Favors It

The two school board candidates differ sharply in their awareness and understanding of a proposed school tax referendum on the November 2 ballot, with Fischer calling himself “confused” about it.

School Board Approves $166 Million Budget; Tea Party’s Response Is Mostly Decaffeinated

School Board Approves $166 Million Budget; Tea Party’s Response Is Mostly Decaffeinated

The school board’s final budget adoption hearing was better attended than most ion previous years; questions and comments didn’t necessarily have much to do with the budget.

Tucker Wins, Fischer and Sword in Runoff; McLaughlin Beats Abbott; Dwyer and Nowell Out

Tucker Wins, Fischer and Sword in Runoff; McLaughlin Beats Abbott; Dwyer and Nowell Out

FlaglerLive will provide updated election results in the 2010 primary in all races relevant to Flagler County voters, including olegislative and statewide races.

The Money Race: Five Flagler School Board Candidates Raise a Combined $32,900

The Money Race: Five Flagler School Board Candidates Raise a Combined $32,900

District 5 candidate Raven Sword is the fund-raising leader when candidates’ own money is excluded. She also drew the largest number of contributors by far, with 130.

The Live Q&A: School Board Candidates In Their Own Words (and Occasional Evasions)

The Live Q&A: School Board Candidates In Their Own Words (and Occasional Evasions)

The FlaglerLive Q&A was designed to draw candidates away from campaign generalities and cliches and to compel clearly stated positions on a dozen relevant issues.

Raven Sword, School Board District 5 Candidate: The Live Interview

Raven Sword, School Board District 5 Candidate: The Live Interview

Raven Sword, an attorney, is running from District 5 with the backing of former school board member Jim Guines.

Peter Peligian, School Board District 5 Candidate: The Live Interview

Peter Peligian, School Board District 5 Candidate: The Live Interview

Peter Peligian, running from District 5, a retailer, cagey on two serious, previous issues, remained cagey in his interview.

John Fischer, School Board District 5 Candidate: The Live Interview (2010)

John Fischer, School Board District 5 Candidate: The Live Interview (2010)

John Fischer, running from District 5, is a Knights of Columbus field agent whom Evie Schellenberger defeated when he challenger her four years ago.

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