Yet another guilty plea has been made on a kickback scheme using tax money related to convicted lobbyist Milton “Rusty” Cranford, a former Preferred Family Healthcare (PFH) executive. Duane “Dak” Kees, U.S. 380,000 from South Arkansas Youth Services (SAYS)without the authority of the non-profit’s Board of Directors. According to plea documents, the scheme involved steering the non-profit’s funds to an Arkansas state senator, to the lobbying firm of Cranford, and to a relative of Cranford. Walsh, 72, who served as the executive director of South Arkansas Youth Services (SAYS) pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan Hickey to an information charging him with conspiracy to misapply the non-profit’s funds without authority from the Board of Directors. The scheme required Walsh to provide a monthly legal retainer to the senator although the senator would not provide legal work. The payment was to use the senator to protect state contracts. Also, Walsh was to have SAYS engage a more expensive contract with Cranford’s lobbying firms and employ a relative of Cranford who would have a “no-show” job with SAYS.
262,000. As part of his plea, Walsh admitted that these payments and those to the state senator were not authorized by the SAYS Board of Directors. “This plea exposes the depths to which ‘pay to play’ politics has corrupted a non-profit organization which was formed with the best of intentions, to help children,” Kees said in the statement. “Unfortunately, there are many victims in a scheme like this. The first shoe to drop in the federal government’s investigation of Missouri health group occurred a year ago when the acting U.S. 2 million in taxes over a six-year period, federal prosecutors said. 2 million from Springfield, Mo.-based Alternative Opportunities, which merged with PFH in 2015 to create one of the largest behavioral health organizations in the U.S. Doing business as Dayspring Behavioral Health Services in Arkansas, AO operated dozens of health care clinics across the state in mostly rural areas and key urban markets. Federal prosecutors said Hayes embezzled from Dayspring from early 2011 to April 2014 by causing Dayspring to issue checks payable to himself and an unknown person not identified in court documents. Hayes, a former AO board member and the nonprofit’s internal auditor and bookkeeper, then deposited the funds into his personal checking account.
As a teacher, I know how to draw out and develop those higher order thinking skills in general conversations and through the experiences we have. My girls aren’t even aware their sneaky Mumma is creating one teachable moment after the other. If your child can read and write, do basic maths skills, know how to learn for themselves, AND have these higher order thinking skills, you don’t have to worry too much about their future. If they miss social studies and science lessons while you are on the road, they will pick up those concepts super quick when you return, and when it is relevant to them, if at all. With the way we travel, we often partner with tourism boards. This means we probably do more activities and tours than the average traveler. Trust me that sounds more glamorous to you than me as it means we’re often way busier than most travelers and have a lot more work to do.
I love it because these tours take in social, cultural studies and science concepts. A visit to the Charleville observatory, where we observed the stars, looked at the sun, stared at Jupiter and saw her many moons, taught my girls more about the Universe than possibly a whole unit of work at school! This is roadschooling at its best! On our recent visit to Flinders Ranges National Park, we went on several tours with local indigenous guides. Because of the immediacy and relevance, they were more open to questioning, listening, understanding and thinking about how it was relevant to their lives. I have a gazillion examples of how travel has empowered my children in so many different ways and how easy roadschooling, or unschooling can be. There are a ton of homeschool resources online to help you find the right homeschool curriculum. You can buy curriculum in a box, or gather resources and do it yourself.
We’re doing a mixture. My focus won’t be on social, cultural or science curriculum – unless I feel there is a gaping hole somewhere that they’ll need to know upon re-entry, then I will incorporate lessons. A quick trip to a hands-on science museum somewhere will sort that out. I can always make some of their reading lessons involve texts that talk about these concepts. Kalyra did one today learning about grasslands, forests, and deserts. Stuff she already knows from visiting the Outback, spending time in the Daintree Discovery Rainforest and the Australian savannah. We’ll be moving a LOT! Kayaking, hiking, biking, skiing, surfing and stand up paddle boarding. Kalyra and Savannah watch dancing shows and teach themselves how to dance. Kalyra has perfected cartwheels and backflips by practicing one after the other – completely self-taught. I was worried at one stage that there was something wrong with her as she couldn’t walk five paces without cartwheeling. I’m sure there will be other sports and physical activities we’ll do along the way as well.
- Builds strength and endurance
- Is my blood pressure in the normal range
- What veggie(s) would you dip in peanut butter
- Severe or long-lasting irritability or tiredness
- 5 Healthy Wraps for School Lunch
- Make time to cook at home
- Where can I get good ideas for healthy but simple foods
- If my baby has a disorder or hearing loss, will my future children have it too
Plus our membership with the homeschool resource, TestingMom gives us access to GoNoodle which has a lot of great videos with dancing and other physical activity instruction. Cosmic Kids Yoga is also a BRILLIANT free resource for kids. Art and music is about creation and self-expression, so it’s important to foster, especially if they have an interest and talent in it. The problem is, is I don’t hold many skills in either. But, in this internet savvy world of us, it won’t be hard to find a few YouTube instructional videos. My focus is on helping them learn how to learn. YouTube is a brilliant way to do that. My Mum bought Kalyra a lovely drawing art book for Christmas – that will be coming with us and will be part of our lessons – sketching our different experiences. Once we get to the US, I intend to purchase one of these art kits for them each. We may buy a guitar or something for them if they are interested in that. Kalyra did violin lessons in school, so I’m more than happy for her to pick that up again while we’re traveling.
Savannah has expressed an interest before in busking on the street to earn money so the guitar just may help her entrepreneurial spirit. The girls are already helping us to plan the Hawaii leg of our journey. We research online using Pinterest and Google to find exciting activities and experiences. I want to incorporate real life activities where they take control of budgeting and spending money. Kalyra was excited recently to buy a doughnut with her friend, to which I explained was to come out of her own money. She saw the price of it, quickly changed her mind realizing it was a poor value spend. I nearly did a cartwheel. If only she transferred that thinking when it was time for me to buy her doughnuts! Kalyra really wants to stay tat the Disney Resort in Hawaii. I requested that she research how much it would cost. She gasped when she saw the price, but went straight to justifying it with a long list of all the complimentary activities and facilities that came with the price.