Sutherland for Schools blog
Dr. Washington reported late yesterday that there are no excessively large classes and that the EOC classes (as of yesterday) exist only in five high schools. Here are the numbers as of Monday 8/13:
I received this truly shocking comment. Making teachers manage study halls?
With talk of record-keeping, lesson plans, grades, etc. . . . . This is unthinkable.
I am asking Dr. Scribner for explanation and will post what I learn.
Hello Dr. Sutherland - As I am sure you know the new 8 period day for high
school requires that we all have Enrichment Classes (a type of study hall??). Anyways I have over one hundred students in two of these classes and must therefore meet in the library of our school for those class periods (on top of 5 full classes of English). I hope that you can investigate this matter, as many other teachers are having classes to large to fit in their classroom. I have also heard that we will be required to do some sort of teaching/curriculum and grades. If this is true it adds another 100+ students to my workload which will cause me hours and hours and hours of extra work. I hope that you can help us teachers, 2018-2019 is going to be a rough year.
Like many others, I have been mystified about all the appeals FWISD is issuing, often without board foreknowledge or vote.
--$30 million moved into the central office from the schools over two years. This is equivalent to the entire teaching staff of three FWISD high schools, though a lot of this money went for things other than staff (including $9.7 million in curriculum contracts)
I received this comment which deserves its own post. See my response below.
The reason principals are not involved is Finance planning model is not metric based. Steps to smart school budgeting 1) Calculating initial funding using enrollment, poverty and mobility rates, teacher with prep, 2) Send out School toolkit for minor tweaks and then 3) Finance decides if they accept tweaks. Saint Paul Public Schools has developed the only Smart School Budgeting metric based solution in the USA..it requires integration of people, process and technology I watched the board meeting on June 26 and it was amazing how little data was given for the community to view...no transparency If principals are not engaged in process, they will not be interested in making smart school budgeting better Will be glad to show the board the Smart school budgeting model built for Saint Paul Public Schools.
Today the FWISD received a demand from the Texas attorney general asking us to provide a complete copy of our human sexuality curriculum, noting that in at least one case (McLean 6th grade), the district denied parents access to the curriculum.
Mr. Monge retires at the end of June. I've had my beefs with him but he did some great, and unheralded things which deserve note. Most notable was the oversight he provided during Dr. Scribner's early tenure. Thanks to Mr. Monge and others, the district continued to operate during these early months.
FWISD recently disclosed that in the 17-18 year, they ADDED 12 positions to the central office staff plus 6 more to maintenance.
Staff still proposes to reduce secondary school staffing by 153.5 teachers, despite INCREASES in secondary student enrollment. The data is available on my information page.