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Tennessee Watchdog Mauls Williamson Strong

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Last week Tennessee Watchdog ran a devastating two-part series about the Strong Schools, Strong Communities movement in Tennessee. The first article focused on Williamson Strong, while the second article examined the influence Strong Schools had in Sumner County’s big property tax increase. Saul Alinsky-like tactics seemed to be a common denominator. We have been making some of these same connections for quite a while, and it’s nice to know that the truth is getting out. One of the things we found particularly interesting is the significant decline in Williamson Strong’s…read more

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We’re Sorry to Report that WCS Board Member Bobby Hullett Is Totally Out of Control

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We kicked around a number of ways to introduce this post, but we decided that we’d just let these emails speak for themselves. The first two come from WCS Board Members Dan Cash and PJ Mezera. They are written to WCS Board Member Bobby Hullett, confronting him over his most recent round of boorish behavior and irresponsible accusations at the February 1 policy committee meeting. As the emails indicate, this was not an isolated incident. Mr. Mezera’s email adds his perspective and concerns, which include what Mr. Mezera describes as…read more

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Dr. Beth Burgos’ Policy Amendment Is a Common Sense Way to Protect WCS

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What we thought was something that our school board could finally agree on—a common sense way to ensure our kids don’t receive instruction from people with ties to terrorist groups— sparked fireworks Monday night at the Williamson County Schools’ policy committee meeting. WCS Board Member Dr. Beth Burgos proposed a policy amendment that would prohibit any organization from providing supplemental instructional material that has known ties to terrorist groups, defined as “any Foreign Terrorist Organization as designed by the United States Department Of State.” The amendment is narrowly focused, stating,…read more

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A Holiday Wish for Williamson Strong

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through Strong house, Not a creature was stirring, ‘cause their hopes had been doused. Winter Solstice stockings were hung, by the chimney with care, In hopes that the New Year, would humiliation them spare. “What a year’s it’s been,” Jennifer said with a sigh, “At times things got so bad, I truly thought I would die.” From the bowels of the ship, Jen claimed Strong could be found, Now they’d sunk deeper, as the truth they kept bound. Sarah the lawyer, looking haggard…read more

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Another Day, Another Investigation Involving Williamson Strong

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These are dark days for Williamson Strong. The group that started less than a year ago with so much promise—a shiny new website, nifty technology, a co-founder employed by the SEIU and a faithful contingent of Facebook fans from Istanbul—now finds itself picking up the pieces from one misfire after another. First there was last August’s election shellacking, in which all of the Williamson Strong-backed candidates were defeated, and then came the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance hearing over whether Williamson Strong is an unregistered politically active group. It would…read more

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“Artificially Inflated” Results Give Distorted View of WCS Open Records Requests

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We’ve heard a lot of talk lately about the burden imposed on the Williamson Country Schools Central Office because of all the open records requests. We’re also aware of attempts to blame and shame some of the individuals making those requests for seeking to obtain information that by law should be available to the public. We think it is appropriate to ask again what we believe is the real question in all this: What’s going on in our Central Office that has caused so many people to feel the need…read more

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Jim “Prufrock” Cheney: The Voice of Williamson Strong – Part 2

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Jim Cheney is an angry man. And we suspect he’s pretty frustrated, too. Yes, we know he’s smiling in the picture on Williamson Strong’s website, but it was taken before the August 7 election. As spokesman for Williamson Strong, he is the organization’s voice and communications strategist. Yet last summer’s school board election went terribly awry for Williamson Strong, which must have been particularly stinging for Mr. Cheney. All four of Williamson Strong’s and Williamson Secret’s candidates lost, which makes them 0-4. If you count their support for Cherie Hammond…read more

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Jim “Prufrock” Cheney: The Voice of Williamson Strong – Part 1

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Jim Cheney is co-founder and spokesman for Williamson Strong, and the mastermind behind its carefully crafted public image. (Although co-founder Susan Drury and her Service Employees International Union pals might provide PR input to the organization as well.) Some also believe Mr. Cheney is the driving force behind Williamson Secrets, a blog that launched a series of attacks against several candidates and community members prior to the August 7 election, many of which were repeated by Williamson Strong. Mr. Cheney holds a B.A. degree in Creative Writing/English, but he is…read more

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WCS High Volume of Public Records Requests: Necessary or Unreasonable?

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WCS Superintendent Mike Looney seems kind of bugged about the high volume of public records requests Central Office is getting these days. He complains that these requests are “bogging the district to a standstill” in some departments, and he estimates they are costing taxpayers “a few thousand dollars.” To fix this bottleneck—which was covered last week by Williamson Herald and NewsChannel 5—he has proposed hiring an outside agency to help sort through requests. Are these requests unreasonable? Is the motivation of the people making these requests to create a bottleneck…read more

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Rick Wimberly to Williamson Strong’s Jennifer Smith: “Put Eric Welch on the Get Him Re-elected List”

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As further evidence of an organized effort by Williamson Strong to get certain candidates elected in last August’s school board race, we move from Jennifer Smith’s June 16 email offering selected candidates “campaign help” to her email a couple weeks earlier titled “School Board Candidate Research.” This May 30 email, addressed to District 9 School Board Member Rick Wimberly and copying Mike Looney, lists candidates by district with notations after some of them, such as “NEEDS TO STAY ON THE BOARD” after Pat Anderson’s and Vicki Vogt’s names, and (gasp)…read more

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