Sutherland for Schools blog
I'm sorry to say the laptops will not be available for some time after all. The board has to approve a fund transfer on May 13 (no, it wasn't on the 4/22 agenda) and then they have to be ordered, so two more weeks plus delivery. 200 teachers are without laptops that can synch with their Promethean boards.
Amazing. The Legislature is actually listening to our pleas for less testing. In addition to reducing the number of end-of-course test, they have restricted the number of benchmarks to TWO. The explanation of our staff's implementation is given at the Data tab on this website.
Here is Ms. Hernandez' response to a question posed here re inservice for math texts. This should help your planning for summer.
Readers, normally I post comments immediately. However, I have received a couple of charges of lawbreaking in the last few days. I am holding these comments pending a review of the legality. I will publish them soon but I think we need to give staff a chance to respond when officials are accused of breaking the law.
TEA is distributing a questionnaire all school principals who are to distribute it to teachers. It requires 30 minutes in one sitting to answer and must be completed by May 31. If over 50% of teachers in a school respond, TEA will report results to the schools. Here's the notice from Tx School Boards Assn.:
Tuesday's meeting will not include the superintendent's evaluation. That is likely to occur next week. Although the deliberation will be in executive session (and will not be divulged, by law), any changes to his contract will be voted on.
Well, maybe you do, but here's the number: the economy generates $49,800 for each man, woman and child in the country, according to the CIA Factbook.
Joe Palazzolo, who was transferred a bunch of times after he reported wrongdoing and then was fired, has had his day in court and won enough money to compensate for his lost income through his remaining working years and his retirement as well.
The board will be meeting Monday, March 31 at 6 p.m. on the Superintendent's evaluation. By law, the contents of his evaluation is confidential although any changes in his contract, including salary and benefits, must be voted on by the board. Thanks to this teacher for prompting me to report:
Ann, we are all looking forward to hearing the results of the Superintendent's evaluation. I was surprised to learn from the FWST article this morning that he already has a contract through August 2016. Considering the fact that most teachers will not learn until May or June of this year whether they will have a contract for August 2014, why do we need to extend the Superintendent's contract any farther out at this time? Shouldn't we wait to get more results (i.e., give him a chance to improve, since he has so far failed to demonstrate why he is worth $340,000 plus benefits?)
The following is in response to one of the questions appended to my post about CBAs. I think the Petroleum Engineering programm at Southwest HS also requires algebra I. The Paschal Scholars Program is a standard program of choice—there are no entry criteria—it is only by lottery. Of course to attain the Scholar Seal on the diploma, students need to successfully complete the Advanced Placement courses necessary for the Scholars Program. Typically this program is largely filled with Paschal neighborhood students—and of course, neighborhood students always get first priority. This year, after the neighborhood children were placed, there were 33 slots open for the scholars program for students outside the Paschal attendance zone. ". . .The only program that screens students out by grades and STAAR scores, as well as a number of subjective areas, is the Young Women’s Leadership Academy. TABS and Young Men’s admits students by lottery. TABS students have to have Algebra I before they start in the fall. If the student has not had this course during the 7th or 8th grade year, we have an acceleration program called A2I at which the child can take the Algebra I course."