Bravo! This is a great start. Kudos to Van White and all who worked so hard at creating this. Pay attention this is how a school board should be run. The days of watching the titanic sink are over. Vargas it's time for you to lead. We are watching and will NOT let something so important as educating our children die. No politics, distracting mind games will be tolerated. Like many parents, I take education seriously. This collaboration gives me hope for positive change. These kids are craving to find even a little scrap of hope. Let's all keep our eyes on the prize. Our children's education will not be played with.
I'm actually hopeful. We are getting closer to the truth. The white elephant is finally being acknowledged. Until the real truth is exposed( thanks to City News- having the guts to shine a light whereas main stream media will NOT) this mess will stay a mess. Thank you city newspaper, Howard Eagle and Van White for not giving up. We all now must put our work in to save our valuable children. We owe them a chance to succeed.
This is the best that these so called business leaders could think of? The school district is in utter chaos and the root cause is principal salaries? Has anyone ever thought of asking educators with no business (ex: charter schools- whose intent is to collect as much money from federal funds- shameless poachers) and dubious politicians ( Vargas right hand gal patty malgieri ) ties for input. We know that Vargas cares little about input from the community. To be fair, the district started to shut down ties between the community when it abruptly ended the parent university program that was directed by the very capable and dynamic Charmaine Cohen-- long before Vargas was chosen as the super. We are obviously entering a very dysfunctional, corrupt era in education. If you really care about the future of our children, pay attention, get angry and BE HEARD!
What were some recommendations?
Questions concerning ISS (in school suspensions)
1) what happened to the PM schools? Back in the spring of 2013, the RTA highlighted that the PM school will be offered to violent offenders. Instead staff and students are suffering with these violent repeat offenders in the school. Resources are being used up to "do something with these kids" with dire results- hence the Douglass campus fiasco.
2) why were teachers removed from the ISS room? I thought the purpose was for ISS students to receive instruction . If they're not receiving instruction what is the purpose?
School needs to focus on education - not babysitting services. Let some other overfunded program deal with giving these kids what they need. The district is overburdening its schools with ridiculous expectations that they know is impossible for buildings to keep up with. Vargas: stop padding your cabinet and staff your buildings efficiently. Or are you too overwhelmed ( your words) to even do this. I put my money on van white- the only individual who has the guts to fix some of these problems.
What a backstabbing phony. If teachers think that their unions are not part of the APPR/ common core/ charter school boom power hungry crooks - you are sadly mistaken. She was on board with this APPR nonsense- the bill gates (take over the world) foundation gave the ATF MILLIONS of cash. Why would the union make deals with the devil? Throwing rocks (boulders) and then hiding your hand. She wants teachers to believe her rhetorical lies. The whole system is a sham. Making it worse by taking dues from hard working teachers. Ms weingarten I'm not buying what you're selling. Dear.
So it takes a college professor to tell us how poor attendance connects to kid not learning. How did this dumb- numbing information make it to print? Nothing else going on at the lowest ranked school district?
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