What we know about Gear Up

When I hear someone like Russ Janklow say that Noem is running a negative campaign against Jackley, you just kind of scratch your head. While I don’t agree with everything Noem has said in her campaign, pointing out the truth about the DCI coverup is not negative campaigning, it’s the truth. Why doesn’t Jackley bring up the millions in farm subsidies that Noem’s family has received over the years?

Much of the same could be said about his other scandals, like EB-5, the Mette Rape case or Gear Up.

Here’s what we know for sure about Gear Up;

• Barely any Native American students benefitted from Gear Up.

According to Michael Wyland of Nonprofit Quarterly,

“Disturbingly, while the GEAR UP program reported serving several thousand low-income, predominantly Native American students prepare for success in postsecondary education, not a single student receiving special education services was served during the 2005-2011 period. We now know the original grant application stressed equitable participation in program services and even documented the percentage of special education students in each of the two dozen schools to be served.”

• When Jackley was questioned about the missing safe at the Westerhuis’s house that could have important MCEC information in it, he said, “Jackley believes it was most likely destroyed in the fire, but could have been stolen or moved somewhere else by Scott Westerhuis.”

• Gear Up started in 2005, the GEAR UP grant did not have an effective system of collecting data or consistently tracking performance. South Dakotans simply do not know, through data, whether the millions of dollars of grant funds helped Native American students prepare for or succeed in college.

• Whatever happened to the missing millions in consulting fees?

When will Jackley really investigate this mess? If ever? Just another scandal he continues to sweep under the rug. Hopefully he will have more time on his hands after June 5th.



3 comments ↓

#1 "Very Stable Genius" on 06.02.18 at 4:42 pm

Isn’t it amazing though, that some Republicans have all a sudden discovered EB5. Where were they when we needed them?

And if Kristi is running a negative campaign against Marty, then was Bill Janklow running a negative campaign back in ’94, when he ran around to all of the Republican Lincoln Day Dinners to tell the audiences there, that then Governor Miller was for an income tax? It seems to me that that income tax allegation back then was merely the truth in time and place just as the EB5 accusations are today…. You can’t tell me that EB5 was merely a $ 2000 fine, because that sounds a little bit to much like a “third rate burglary,” if you get my drift….

The great irony, however, of the Kristi and Marty fight is that both are claiming to be the true conservative; but their last minute campaigning exposes them both as “Johnny come lately” Rhinos, where one has discovered EB5, while the other complains of the growing federal deficit which has been further exacerbated by the recent Trump tax cuts….. It just further proof that the GOP will do anything to stay in power or to acquire greater power….

#2 LINDA on 06.04.18 at 7:54 am

Isn’t it ironic all the bs negative ads about Kristi in my mailbox not mention all his negative ads. cry me a river.And no sorry we still haven’t forgotten EB5 .It is ironic Monsanto has been one of his biggest backers. It was a tacky campaign ad about marty with his shirt open and said who looks better on a horse.I admit interesting but not amused. Seemed a little desperate to me.

#3 LINDA on 06.05.18 at 7:37 am

EB5 WAS SWEPT UNDER THE RUG .HEY GO GREATER POWER. WEVE BEEN WALKED ON STOMPED ON SCREWED OVER TALKING ABOUT ALL OF AMERICA AND HOW THE LEFT WILL SUPPORT MUGGERS FUGERS AND THIEVES BEING NICE HERE LIE STEAL BREAK AMERICA FOR WELFARE AND SECTION 8 YOU NAME IT AND POOR HOMELESS VETS AND POOR FAMILIES CANT GET A LEG UP . BUT LET THUGS GO FREE FROM PRISON AND JAIL WOW FOR A VOTE. RUIN AMERICA CAUSE THEY CANT HAVE THIER WAY. I USED TO VOTE SPLIT TICKET HECK NOW IF YOU DONT DO YOUR HOME WORK ON A PERSON YOU WANT TO VOTE FOR THEY MIGHT BE LYING ABOUT THIER POLITICAL STATIS. ITS BEEN INTERESTING AND AN EYE OPENER SO IMPORATANT THIS TRANPARENCY . WE ARE JUST THE AVERAGE POOR SIOUX FALLS RESIDENT BUT TEACH YOUR KIDS TO NOT BELEIVE WHAT THE MEDIA SAYS OR TEACHER TEACH THEM TO INVESTIGATE THE FACTS ON BOTH SIDES AND DONT BE A FOLLOWER . GOSH I SEE PEOPLE WHO CANT TELL YOU WHY WE CELEBRATE THE 4TH OF JULY.THE FAMILY VALUES ARE BEING TORN APART. SORRY IM TALKING ABOUT FAMILIES NO MATTER WHAT YOUR RELIGON OR LIFE STYLES. GOD BLESS US