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B20/20: Who and What Are We?

Bloomfield 20/20 is a non-partisan grass-roots organization of BHSD taxpayers who value public education and transparency in local government.

Bloomfield 20/20 was founded in 2003 by Four Bloomfield Hills School District taxpayers who realized that the school board was not listening to them.

Bloomfield 20/20 became active for this purpose: 

To raise awareness among taxpayers about serious flaws in the educational outcomes and financial management of our schools.

Bloomfield 20/20 has grown to become a "watchdog" group; we work to make school board activities known to taxpayers.  We provide much needed financial oversight in our well-funded district.

At that time, a plan for a single new high school was being formulated by the elected school board and a group of citizens who had been privately selected by the Superintendent.  (The Mega School.)

At that time, Bloomfield 20/20 raised $100,000 and was able to persuade the board to "permanently table" the Mega School. Bloomfield 20/20 also endorsed three candidates who won seats on the board in one of the district's final "stealth" elections, on Monday, June 14, 2004.

Bloomfield 20/20 is non-partisan, it is privately-funded, and is NOT subject to the open meetings act or to respond to requests under FOIA.

Bloomfield 20/20 is a grass-roots organization of volunteers and meetings are held in private.

Today, Bloomfield 20/20 has extensive contacts and influence within the community and is recognized as a "force to be reckoned-with" in local school politics.

On Nov. 2, 2010, Bloomfield 20/20 and it's supporters were able to control the outcome of a vote for a $73-million bond proposal intended for the construction of a new high school and administration building at the Andover site. Bloomfield 20/20 deemed the proposal to be unreasonable, and 12,000 voters agreed.

As of today, the school board is still "not listening to us," and therefore, B20/20 will support the efforts of private citizens who have filed petitions for RECALL of all seven trustees, which the Oakland County Election Commission approved.

All seven of our Trustees have acted in open defiance of the majority of voters who said "NO" on Nov. 2, 2010.

Bloomfield 20/20 is a reference to vision. Bloomfield 20/20 has a "vision" for our schools that the board does not recognize;

We want GREAT schools;  top-ranked schools, well-maintained and efficiently managed. We want transparency in board business. We do not necessarily want NEW schools.

I am proud to be a member of Bloomfield 20/20.

 

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Marvin August 09, 2011 at 06:33 PM
Jenny, 1. School board activites ARE known to taxpayers - meetings are open AND televised. It's the uninformed voters who are, well, uninformed. 2. Are you for ALL the taxpayers in the district, or just your group? If for all, why aren't your activities available for those who don't want to join B20/20 and why don't FOIA requests apply to you? (Your group certainly uses the FOIA for your own purposes.) 3. Why do you hold meetings in private? What are you hiding from district taxpayers? 4. "Control the outcome" of the $73 million bond proposal? I think you influenced it, but I think there are many taxpayers who can think for themselves. 5. The school board is still "not listening to us"? Didn't you control the outcome of the last bond proposal? 6. Your reasons for the recall effort (mostly, the board consolidating the two high schools), is incorrect. That is not what was on the ballot. It was about the money, NOT the consolidation. That decision had already been made. 7. We HAVE great schools, top ranked schools. We do the best we can with the facilities we have. (The teachers, staff, administration, programs are all top-notch.) We NEED a new high school building. But now, thanks to you and your "vision", yet more will spent, in money AND in time. This process has been going on FAR too long - being the fault of BOTH the district and groups like yours. 8. "Bloomfield 20/20 and it's supporters"... there is no apostrophe in "its". Maybe you need to go back to a good high school.
Linda P August 10, 2011 at 04:04 AM
If it were not for the attention that B2020 has placed on the management, er, "mismanagement " of our school district....the voters may likely have been swayed by the propaganda .....this school board can't make up it's mind, first proposing one then two mega schools and now pursuing and spending on a new plan that was soundly defeated at the polls. The simple truth is our taxpayers are extremely generous but have gotten meager returns for their investment dollars from this board. Thank you to the founders of B2020 for opening the doors to transparency and focusing on our schools...they want ....excellence in education and wise and prudent use of homeowner tax dollars..... Furthermore I am furious that our school board board decided several years ago to extend their own terms from 4 to 6 years without any taxpayer approval.....
Linda P August 10, 2011 at 04:20 AM
Please do not demean the author with trite vocabulary lessons......it's boring
Marvin August 21, 2011 at 01:39 AM
Please - everyone - stop calling it a mega-school. (Please give me your definition). It's not a mega-school. It's a new high school, appropriately sized for the number of high school students in this community. B2020... choosing words trying to scare people. You're all just too much.
Casey August 29, 2011 at 04:25 AM
I think B20/20 has a lot of influence In September this was posted... http://bloomfieldhillsforum.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/the-issue-is-education-jenny-greenwell.pdf Mrs. Greenwell states : "Hello, my name is Jenny Greenwell and I have run for a seat on the Bloomfield Hills Board of Education before. I am running again. Why? Because our current board continues to be fixated on "facilities." ...... If our board requested $50-million to build a new high school for 1,600 high school students, I could stay home. I would approve a reasonable plan like that. " Now B20/20 and Jenny Greenwell are leading a recall for proposing such a plan.
wendy Passer September 16, 2011 at 05:06 PM
Jenny, take your grass root efforts to Lansing! This is who you should be watching. Make good use of your organization. Lobby on behalf of your public school district. They need each and everyone of your members to fight on their behalf, not against them. There is a paradigm shift happening in today's public educational environment. Please help to be part of the solution.
Cara McAlister September 19, 2011 at 03:38 PM
The comments at the Sept.15 Board mtg revealed the lack of character of the Bloomfield United group.. Referring to taxpayers in Bloomfield basically as sheep, who "have been duped, threatened" to sign the recall petition reveals the arrogance by those speakers, who don't think the taxpayers have the intelligence to decide for themselves whether to sign a petition or not. It was very revealing. Bloomfield 20/20 obtains our info straight from the Bloomfield school district under the Freedom of Information Act. So, challenge their facts, not ours. Jenny Greenwell and I, Cara McAlister, are proud members of B2020, activists on behalf of our taxpayers, many of which we have talked to personally. If not for us, all of you would be rubber stamping each others spending. And, by the way, some day your kids will be grown and you may still be a taxpayer and care about the schools. Lack of fourth graders in the house has nothing to do with anything. You are the ones who sounded very angry. I am very happy with what I'm doing.
Cliff September 19, 2011 at 04:11 PM
What I heard from 20/20 outside the township hall last week was not true. They continue to fight a battle against a superintendent who has left, Board decisions by members who are no longer there, and proposals that have long since been abandoned. They did not reflect the current policies or proposals of the current administration or Board. As such, they were misleading and less than truthful. They were also misleading and less than truthful in their hair trigger calls to police, which wasted taxpayer money and police resources. 20/20 has divided our community long enough. It is time for us to move on and leave this toxic rhetoric behind.
Cliff September 19, 2011 at 05:05 PM
Cara, were the comments to which you object made by OBU members? Or are you calling everyone who disagrees with you an OBU member? Please use your labels carefully. I will gladly support the school district, with or without children in the schools. Bloomfield's greatest asset is its schools, and my property values depend on maintaining their quality. It does no one in Bloomfield a service to send new families to Rochester, Birmingham or Walled Lake when they are house hunting.
Linda September 21, 2011 at 02:52 AM
Oh Cliff just turn off CNN and get plugged into your community. This is a democracy and I frankly like good rousing debates about policy....B2020 has rightfully awakened a community duped into spending 22,000 per pupil per year to achieve mediocrity in my opinion. Thank God we have involved caring fiscally responsible residents like Mrs. Greenwell. Keep going Jenny!!
-Elizabeth- September 22, 2011 at 01:39 AM
It sounds as if Cliff is plugged into his community. Cliff and Linda please come to the Financial committee meetings or if you can't, the board has asked each of the committees to present at a meeting so tune in. I have trouble accepting your opinion about our students' achievements. I can't even type the word because I think you are just plain wong. You are not the only B2020 person to use that word in reference to our students and schools. That bothers me, because, the students I know are bright, energetic, and certainly NOT mediocre. I understand that this is your opinion, but I believe you are disrespecting our hard working and high achieving students.

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