Here is the link to the District's Imagine 2014 strategic plan draft. Check it out and post your reactions.
it's an awfully long list of things they want to do, without any priorities. I don't object to most of the specifics. The cost would be huge. Even if they had the money, I don't see how they can get even half this done in 5 yrs.
The School District has a habit of not listening and we do know what works: small classes and real discipline. That's why Mastery has less than 300 students per school. Why are we paying Ackerman that huge salary so she can hire others to do what she should do? Instead of closing schools and increasing class size in the remaining public schools, decrease the class size and institute real discipline just like the Charters do. The School District is putting emphasis on eradicating a union before the needs of children. As a result, all are suffering, including the taxpayers who could obtain the same results for hundreds of millions less.
Since the students that have the highest achievement are of the Asian
Pacific Islander race, maybe the teachers of color to be recruited should be these Asian/Pacific Islanders. Maybe the best students would make the best teachers.
LOL! They photoshopped an Asian girl's face onto an Anglo body!!!
Guess the stock photos are low on "diversity" shots. How bout just send a photographer out?
But here's my critique:
1) "Support" for the lower 40% of K-6 students is undefined. It should say pull-out remediation programs.
2) No mandated tutoring after school. All kids don't need to stay an extra period. But those who are failing or missing work SHOULD HAVE TO!!!
3) There is no indication anywhere that English Language Learners will begin to see appropriate programs implemented or reimplemented. Many students learning English as a Second Language are having their needs ignored as they are mainstreamed before they have achieved adequate proficiency. What sort of training is being done to train teachers how to accommodate for ESL kids? Jump into 7th or 8th grade in China and think about how well you would do in your content area classes without being allowed to use English. Seriously...
4) There are no standards for behavior that STUDENTS are held accountable for. In other words, kids can continue to disrupt classes all day and teachers will still be asked to meet AYP. So the kids and families are off the hook when they contribute to creating dysfuntional classrooms. Until chronically disruptive kids are taken out of general public schools and placed in REAL alternative programs (possibly charters), the vast majority of kids will lose countless opportunities to genuinely learn.
Unless you hurt someone and they have to go to the hospital, or you bring a weapon, you can't be kicked out of a public school. Its unbelievable. No other school district in the region would allow one child to sabotage 25 other students' education. It just doesn't make sense ethically, educationally, economically, however you cut it.
Who's going to do something about this? 96-98% of the kids in our troubled schools (meaing more than 50% of the kids are at below-basic proficiency levels), they're waiting for the opportunity to really learn and not have to worry about being threatened, assaulted, and denigrated for wanting to do the right thing.
btw: the photoshopping is on page 5.. Am I wrong for saying that this is a sad statement? This is after "the" official public document. I don't even believe it, but the edgy scissor job they did on the front photo really gives it away.
What are you talking about?
I don't understand...I would like to be on the funny joke...please explain...
THIS IS THE LINK TO THE PUBLIC DRAFT (WITH PHOTOS!!!) on the SDP Site currently...
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