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Cindy A. Rose

November 30, 2017
Picking the Next Board of Education
Cindy A. Rose

It’s that time of year again, election season – specifically for the Frederick County’s Board of Education. Four seats will be open in 2018, and we, classical education lovers, must win all four seats. Why? It takes four votes to accomplish anything.

September 27, 2017
One Reason to Reject Afzali for County Executive
Cindy A. Rose

As a conservative, let me tell you why you should not vote for Kathy Afzali for county executive. Actually, there are too many reasons than my limited word count will allow in this column, but here’s a sample. Perhaps I’ll write about others in future columns.

September 8, 2017
Teacher’s Political Views Have No Place in Classrooms
Cindy A. Rose

Culture wars and social justice learning aren’t just for colleges anymore. They have reached the K-12 classrooms. Actually, it’s not really new there, it’s just not as hidden as it once was.

August 14, 2017
FCPS’s Own Truman Show
Cindy A. Rose

I’ve recently discovered the Weinberg Center for the Arts in downtown Frederick is not the only place where good theater comes to life and the community gets invited to participate.

June 23, 2017
Subjective Emotions v. Objective Law
Cindy A. Rose

June 14, 2017. Remember this day as the day Frederick County traditions and respect for the rule of law came under assault from the progressive left.

June 9, 2017
School System to Parents: Take A Hike
Cindy A. Rose

Schools are no longer headed by teachers and parents. Social activists, business entities, philanthropists and professional associations have control over our policies and classrooms. If you aren’t a special interest group with deep pockets, or a bullhorn, you’re out of luck.

June 2, 2017
A Policy That Isn’t Needed
Cindy A. Rose

Frederick County Board of Education Policy 443 – “Creating Welcoming and Affirming Schools for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming students.” This is a policy being debated in Frederick County Public Schools right now. Are you familiar with it? If you aren’t, you should be.

May 5, 2017
To Enforce The Law or Not?
Cindy A. Rose

Since it’s Common Core (Partnership for Assessments of Readiness for College and Career assessment (PAARCC), testing season, I thought it a good time to update the public on Common Core and where we are since the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

March 28, 2017
Arc of Maryland (& Frederick) Derails “Ben’s Rule”
Cindy A. Rose

It is with a heavy heart, and a lot of frustration that I have to report HB 705 (Ben’s Rule) did not make it out of the House of Delegates’ Ways and Means committee.

February 13, 2017
How to Get a Big Raise from Taxpayers
Cindy A. Rose

Last month I questioned whether or not we were losing “free” public education. I pointed out how Frederick County Public School (FCPS) children were being asked, more and more, to fund participation in their own learning.

January 30, 2017
Education No Longer ‘For the Children’
Cindy A. Rose

While Frederick Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Alban is asking  taxpayers to spend another $60 million to bring the teachers’ salary pay scale up to speed, she’s also asking students to pay $30 per semester for the use of the brand new Chromebooks.

January 13, 2017
An About Face by School Board Members
Cindy A. Rose

On August 24, 2016. The Frederick County Board of Education passed an amendment to Assessment Policy 511 recognizing the right of students to refuse – and parents could bar their children – from participating in state mandated testing.

December 28, 2016
FCPS Data Breach Cover-Up
Cindy A. Rose

By now you’ve undoubtedly read that Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) suffered a data breach. About 1,000 student’s names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth were posted on a foreign website.

December 8, 2016
Teaching “Rights” and Responsibility
Cindy A. Rose

If you are like me, you are appalled by the recent flag burnings, those who disrespect our law enforcement officials, and the general ignorance of “rights.”

January 25, 2016
Time for a Rosa Parks Moment
Cindy A. Rose

I have to say goodbye to my readers until April, or if successful, November 2016. I have decided to run for the Frederick County Board of Education. It had been my intention to watch from the sidelines and share my opinions on the candidates and issues, as I saw them.

December 30, 2015
Another Hat in the Ring…
Cindy A. Rose

As of December 28, 2015, we have another Board of Education candidate: Lois Jarmin. She is currently a Frederick County Public School teacher. She plans to retire in July 2016, whether she wins a spot on the General Election ballot in the April primary or not.

December 15, 2015
New Menu for Public Education
Cindy A. Rose

While education activists, like Diane Ravitch and Joy Pullman, are busily sounding alarms about the dangers within the current corporate takeover of public education, Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) propaganda machine is out there signaling to everyone: “stand down.”

December 8, 2015
A 2016 Task Is Already At Hand
Cindy A. Rose

After I saw a Facebook entry that Jay Mason is running for Frederick County Board of Education, I moseyed over to the county’s Board of Elections to see if there are any other candidates. Mr. Mason is the first candidate to throw his hat in the ring.

November 16, 2015
All Aboard the Doomed Train
Cindy A. Rose

While Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Theresa Alban is busy rolling out the Partnership of Assessments for Readiness in College and Career (PARCC) propaganda train and drumming up public support to deny parents their right to exempt their children, PARCC is in a death knell.

November 9, 2015
A Failure of Leadership
Cindy A. Rose

It is with mixed emotions I have decided not to appeal the Frederick County Board of Education’s decision to affirm the policy of Superintendent Theresa Alban to deny parents the right to exempt their children from state testing requirements.

October 26, 2015
Explaining – and Continuing – “The Fight”
Cindy A. Rose

Have you ever been severely let down in your life? Have you so utterly misjudged the character of a person that you became physically ill? Minus becoming physically ill, but getting pretty darn close, I recently have.

October 8, 2015
Another Exclusion for Parents of FCPS Students
Cindy A. Rose

On August 25, 2015, subscribers to Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) “Find Out First” notifications, received one titled: Bringing Food to School.

September 21, 2015
Down Education’s Primrose Path
Cindy A. Rose

In my last column I left you pondering if Gov. Larry Hogan was pushing us toward non-local education, i.e., education influenced, created and guided by outsiders. More specifically, corporate outsiders.

September 9, 2015
The Path to Privatizing Our Schools
Cindy A. Rose

Some of you may have noticed my absence from opining on It was not for loss of interests. I needed to lighten my load because I was, and still am, fighting what I consider the civil rights issue of our time – education policy.

November 26, 2014
Slaves to the State and/or Federal Government?
Cindy A. Rose

Represented or ruled? Which do you feel? I don’t know about you, but I feel like I have to get permission from government for the silliest of things.

September 15, 2014
Rotten to Its Core
Cindy A. Rose

I was an “Apple Ballot” voter. I believed “the teachers” chose the candidates on that ballot. I believed politics was not involved. Raise your hand if you, too, were an “Apple Ballot” voter. While your hand is in the air, promise to NEVER again vote the “Apple Ballot.”

August 29, 2014
When Being “Fair” Isn’t
Cindy A. Rose

Let me start with a disclaimer. If the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision shouldn’t have conferred the rights of “individuals” to corporation, then unions don’t get the rights of “individuals” either.

April 7, 2014
Expecting The Differences
Cindy A. Rose

Well golly, gosh, thank you Maryland legislators for permitting the teachers and schools in your realm not to be held accountable through the new Partnership for Assessments of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) evaluations for the next two years.

March 24, 2014
“Free at last”…Not So Much
Cindy A. Rose

If you think you are a Born Free American, think again. Newspapers and social media from across the states are reporting you are anything but “free.”

March 10, 2014
Suspended for No Legitimate Reason
Cindy A. Rose

I recently filed an emergency petition with the Circuit Court here in Frederick County. What horrible thing was being perpetrated on me and mine that moved me to such drastic – if not costly – a measure?

February 10, 2014
A Display of Disrespect
Cindy A. Rose

If you want to know what dysfunctional, elitist-minded government looks and feels like, you don’t have to go to Washington, D.C., head on over to Annapolis and pop in to one of the committee hearings.

January 27, 2014
Common Core Deficits
Cindy A. Rose

Common Core was predicted to be a failure by Common Core survey participants in March of 2010 (1). From Common Core’s website and the survey: "Few respondents believe the current education system is well prepared to meaningfully implement the Common Core State Standards.”

January 13, 2014
Promises Made, Promises Unkept
Cindy A. Rose

The kick off to the 2014-2015 Frederick County Public Schools budget propaganda season has official begun. Let the guilting, intimidation, misrepresentation, fudging, obfuscation, manipulation and sidestepping begin.

December 30, 2013
Whence Goeth This Country?
Cindy A. Rose

The moment many of us have been waiting for is almost upon us – 2014! It’s not just a new year, if you are anything like me, you see it as an opportunity for America to tell the world [I’d say Congress, but they couldn’t care less] … to tell the world America is tired of feeling beaten down by the federal government.  For us Marylander’s, we’re tired of being beaten down by our state government.

December 2, 2013
Taking Back America
Cindy A. Rose

If you vote for anything other than a conservative in 2014 or 2016 you are a fool. Conservatives need to hold on to the House and take back the Senate in 2014 if this nation is to have a chance at recovering and continuing the America our Founders envisioned.

November 18, 2013
Common Core’s Boogeymen
Cindy A. Rose

Del. Michael Smigel (R., Eastern Shore) posted on his Facebook page Sunday that he has “pre-filed” a bill and “… will be leading the charge to repeal "Common Core."

November 5, 2013
What happening to us?
Cindy A. Rose

I’m tired, frustrated and my nerves can’t dare take another syllable coming from some liberal do-gooder who believes government will save us from everything.

October 21, 2013
A Pastoral Scenario for Today
Cindy A. Rose

It was with great frustration and anger I tendered my resignation from the “Grand Old Party.” It left me long before I left it. Actually I may have never belonged to the Republican Party that ended slavery and segregation.

October 7, 2013
Pointing in the wrong direction
Cindy A. Rose

Get ready for the 2014-15 Frederick County Public Schools budget battle.  What, oh what, will get thrown under the bus first? What will frazzle the parents most and send them screaming down to Winchester Hall?

September 23, 2013
Why Support “Maintenance of Effort?”
Cindy A. Rose

It would be appreciated if the Frederick County Board of Education and the superintendent, Dr. Theresa Alban, would stop blaming the Board of County Commissioners for the budget pinch and start looking in the mirror.

September 11, 2013
Delaney Comments Deserve An Apology
Cindy A. Rose

In case all you’ve been thinking about lately are the Frederick City elections or the Common Core Town Hall or where the heck summer went, I’m here to tell you there’s a movement afoot for the five conservative Western Maryland counties to split from the more liberal eastern ones.

September 9, 2013
An Open Letter to the Ravens
Cindy A. Rose

As a once proud supporter of the Baltimore Ravens, it is with a heavy heart I hand you my resignation as a fan of the purple and black.

August 12, 2013
Big Brother Turns International
Cindy A. Rose

There was a time when print news was the Watch Dog for the American citizen. When did the shift from American Protector to American Debilitator occur? Is everyone aware now of what exactly the role of the American print media is? They are, right?

July 29, 2013
Unique and Different Out the Window
Cindy A. Rose

In case you missed it, on June 25 the Maryland Board of Education unanimously adopted the Next Generation Science Standards created by Achieve, Inc.

July 8, 2013
Common Core Assaults “Freedom”
Cindy A. Rose

So, you’re not worried about the “metadata” the government is collecting on you? You hear it is benign information that won’t tell anyone anything specific about you.

March 18, 2013
Do Your Duty: Get It Right The First Time
Cindy A. Rose

“The right structure does not guarantee results, but the wrong structure aborts results and smothers even the best-directed efforts.” So says Peter Drucker.

February 18, 2013
Another Common Sense Proposition Shot Down
Cindy A. Rose

Frederick County Board of Education rejects $138 million dollar return. Will that be the headline in The Frederick News-Post, or will our current education leaders have the courage and fortitude to do what is right for the students, staff and our over-taxed neighbors here in Frederick County?

February 4, 2013
Societal Takeover In Our Future
Cindy A. Rose

I finally understand what President Barack Obama meant when he said he planned on “fundamentally transforming” the United States of America. Instead of a limited government with limited powers delegating the majority of authority to the states, he wants to transform the United States into the United Departments of Social Service (foreign and domestic).

January 21, 2013
School System's Insulting Propaganda
Cindy A. Rose

Heart strings, shoe strings and purse strings, what do they have in common? They are the instructions on how to get the community to request more money on behalf of Frederick County Public Schools.

January 7, 2013
More Money, Broken Promises
Cindy A. Rose

Factoid. Do you know what that is? If you’re a Frederick County Public Schools parent, and you sign up for the Find Out First e-mails, I’ll bet you're tired of seeing them?

December 24, 2012
Whither We Go…
Cindy A. Rose

With all the sadness around us lately, I wasn’t sure what to write about just before Christmas. Is it wrong to rejoice in the happiness of our lives while others are suffering so much tragedy?

December 10, 2012
A Giving and Thankful Community
Cindy A. Rose

How blessed we are to be in America, one of the most giving nations in the world. Not only do we give daily, but we even have a “season of giving.”

November 26, 2012
To Ban or To Parent?
Cindy A. Rose

Song of Solomon. If you don’t know that’s the title of a controversial Frederick County Public Schools book for required reading, you need to get out more.

November 12, 2012
A New Campaign Model
Cindy A. Rose

I disagree that American conservatism is dead or dying. I wholeheartedly disagree that the “makers” of the country have been overwhelmed in number by the “takers.” I do not see it that way; and I don’t think the recent election was an indication that that is the new reality.

October 29, 2012
A Big Heart in the Wrong Place
Cindy A. Rose

It’s tough to get a decent crowd of people to a local debate. Let’s face it; it's hard to compete with the San Francisco Giants vs. the St. Louis Cardinals, the last presidential debate and the thing that almost kept me home, The Voice.

October 16, 2012
Taking Parents Out of The Equation – Part 2
Cindy A. Rose

Marc Tucker’s vision of the American education isn’t American at all; it’s a German model of dual education.

October 15, 2012
Taking Parents Out of The Equation – Part 1
Cindy A. Rose

Beginning today Frederick County Public Schools will be hosting a series of education nights to familiarize parents with The Common Core Standards.

October 1, 2012
Sinking to New Depths
Cindy A. Rose

Less than a day after Fox News breaks the story that the Obama Administration knew 24 hours after the attack that it was terrorism, the main stream media ignores the importance of this fact.

September 17, 2012
The True Path to America’s Ruination
Cindy A. Rose

With the recent events in the news, my column has morphed several times. Originally this was going to be about the importance of the local Board of Education race.

September 3, 2012
Do Your Own Homework, Then…
Cindy A. Rose

Bibbity, bobbity, boo while a spoon full of sugar helps Jack Sprat, who eats no fat and whose dish ran away with a spoon.

August 20, 2012
Friends or Foes? Sometimes or Always!
Cindy A. Rose

I admit I’m disheartened by Superintendent Dr. Theresa Alban’s presentation of the Frederick County Board of Education’s decision regarding the appeal of Social Studies Alive.

August 6, 2012
Too Much Shade Under This Tree
Cindy A. Rose

Because of his recent comment on Facebook: "Poor Jill, poor Gary P., poor Cindy, nobody pays any attention to their gibberish. Yawn, Yawn," Tom Shade should remove himself as a candidate for the Frederick County Board of Education.

July 23, 2012
Non-Partisan Isn’t Always That
Cindy A. Rose

After having read – and briefly participated in – the heated discussion about Democrats not being allowed in Republican tents and Republican’s defacing free Congressman Chris VanHollen fans, all I can say is, really?

July 9, 2012
Allocating, Not Rationing? My Foot!
Cindy A. Rose

If you’re anything like me, you’re angry over the Supreme Court’s healthcare ruling; and it has nothing to do with insurance. I’m concerned for my children.

June 25, 2012
Overboard with the Food Police!
Cindy A. Rose

A little light reading over the past week had me wondering what the heck’s wrong with Nanny Bloomberg, the mayor of New York. Doesn’t he have bigger fish to fry?

June 11, 2012
Misplaced and Misguided Emphasis
Cindy A. Rose

If you want to see the future of Frederick County Public Schools regarding teacher compensation, all you need to do is look north to Pennsylvania.

May 28, 2012
Parent Controlled Schools vs. Union Controlled Schools.
Cindy A. Rose

I ran for the Board of Education because I felt students and parents had little representation. We are down to April Miller, Brad Young and Jimmy Reeder. Even with those three, I still have concerns; we need a fourth to protect parents and students.

May 14, 2012
When is enough, enough…?
Cindy A. Rose

After reading Margarita Raycheva’s excellent article in The Gazette (May 2, 2012) about the woman who just received an interest free home through Habitat for Humanity I’m left puzzling over what we now consider “needy” and “poor”.

April 30, 2012
Questions That Require Answers
Cindy A. Rose

Technology in the classroom; is it the solution, the crutch or the nail in the coffin of the public education system as we know it?

April 16, 2012
Time to Wake Up Educationally
Cindy A. Rose

The trouble with an elected board of education is that only a select few have any idea for whom they are voting, and they are easily swayed by a red apple. I don't blame the public. I blame the way the apple is presented as the teacher's choice.

April 2, 2012
Excuse Me! But paaaleez…
Cindy A. Rose

I’m all for free speech and objectionable song lyrics because we are do not have to purchase the CDs and we can turn the radio off when these songs come on.

March 5, 2012
It ain’t rosy, but certainly efficient
Cindy A. Rose

Frederick County’s January 2012 unemployment numbers won't be ready until mid-March, but the national unemployment numbers are lower than last week. The stock market is up, but so is gasoline. None of this is indicating all is right in our little corner of the world.


February 6, 2012
Sick and Tired of Politics
Cindy A. Rose

When former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney made the unrehearsed comment that he wasn’t worried about the poor, did anyone really think that’s exactly what he meant?

January 23, 2012
How We Got Where We Are
Cindy A. Rose

Before we get all warm and fuzzy over Education Week reporting Maryland is ranked the #1 school in the nation, take a closer look at the list of criteria to get that #1 ranking.

January 9, 2012
GOP Candidate Countdown on Education
Cindy A. Rose

If you care about education then the next president of the United States should be…...... I have no idea. Maybe Alyson Klein, of Education Week, might shed some light on the Republican candidates.

December 26, 2011
The Death of Integrity?
Cindy A. Rose

I really have been disillusioned by the cavalier attitudes regarding Brad Young's broken promise to Donna Crook. Everyone keeps yammering on about how the position is no big deal, yet Brad seems determined to retain his presidency.

December 19, 2011
Drawing the Line in the Sand…
Cindy A. Rose

With atheists, agnostics and other such unaffiliated groups coming out of the woodwork to chip away at Christian American culture and custom, it’s time to look at some statistics on the religious makeup of the United States.

December 5, 2011
Reinstalling Christmas and Easter
Cindy A. Rose

If you're anything like me, this is the time of year you take a minute to recall the holidays of your youth. I remember our Christmas tree falling on my sister while she continued to unwrap her presents.

November 28, 2011
On the other hand…..
Cindy A. Rose

My friend and colleague, Steve Berryman penned a recent piece in The Frederick News Post entitled "Occupy the Lazy Boy." Frankly, I'd like these protesters to Occupy Reality, a Job, a Shower, some Dignity and most of all their own Homes.

October 31, 2011
The Wrong Direction!
Cindy A. Rose

Put your left foot in if you’ve heard the phrase “global society.” Put your right foot out if you’ve heard the phrase “education that is multicultural.” Congratulations you’re doing Frederick County Public Schools’ Education Hokey Pokey because that’s what education is all about now.

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