News from Tea Party Manatee

Published Friday, September 12, 2014
Important 2014 Election Dates - Supervisor of Elections Office: (941) 741-3823

General Election:
New Registration Deadline
October 6, 2014
Early Voting Begins: 3 Locations
October 23, 2014
Early voting Ends
November 1, 2014
November 4, 2014
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Published Saturday, July 26, 2014

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please remember, every voter can vote for all 3 Candidates, even if they are not in your District. 

"School board races are nonpartisan, and all Manatee County voters can choose a candidate for each race. Candidates must reside within the district they are running for, but once elected, serve the district as a whole." 

The Manatee Education Association has endorsed two current school board members and a long-time Manatee County resident for the 2014 school board election.

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Published Saturday, July 19, 2014

Manatee Schools Fact Sheet - Summary:

1. FACT:  The audit of the MTI financial records is still open

2.  FACT:  The investigation regarding reported misdeeds is still ongoing.

3.  FACT:  Galvano did not give Manatee School District $17 M.

4.  FACT:  Galvano acknowledged having a meeting with Cantrell and Miner amongst others and says that he was misquoted.

5.  FACT:  FEFP formula was increased for ALL schools in Florida.

6.  FACT:  MCSD closed out the 2013/14 year with a positive reserve of $4 M

7.  FACT:  2014/15 year budget has a $12.5 M reserve 

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Published Sunday, July 13, 2014
"Police investigated, while the district continued to sit on its hands and its attorney at the time, John Bowen, publicly defended everyone involved. However, after an exhaustive investigation, the BPD recommended charges for Frazier along with four administrators, including then-assistant Superintendent Bob Gagnon, who'd previously been the principal at the school. Hence, the idea that Gagnon's fate was somehow a "witch hunt" orchestrated by the new administration – which had not even yet been hired when BPD launched its investigation – seems dubious at best."  Bradenton Times read more»

Published Saturday, July 12, 2014
Manatee County ended it on a high note continuing its remarkable turnaround with the 80% of Manatee District schools receiving an A, B or C grade, compared to 60% in 2013, reflecting a 20% increase.  read more»

Published Friday, July 11, 2014
In 2009, board members Kinnan, Miller, Harvey, Gause and Pfeilsticker hired longtime darling Tim McGonegal to carry on the secretive style of management and reckless funds shuffling.     McGonegal had no vision, spent most of his time doing favors for friends, ignoring audit recommendations and budget questions.    Inevitably he left in disgrace.  read more»

Published Friday, July 11, 2014
FCAT results show Manatee Schools improving.   read more»