Sutherland for Schools blog
I'm not sure just what to say to add to the title, except that we are receiving over $60 million in new funds this year,which have not been budgeted. This per this moning's FW Star-Telegram, which I can't seem to bring up online despite having been a print subscriber since 2004.
Thanks to the Texas AFT for this presentation.
Put the money in the classrooms, not in the bank!
Board president Tobi Jackson was sworn in for a third term and a likely continuation of her presidency, accompanied by new board members Anne Daar, Quinton Phillips and C. J. Evans. Though this was a pretty dirty election, the good guys won big. Thanks to the many many hands that contributed time and money. It will be worth it.
"The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things . . ." *
As of today, the board has not received data showing the portion of the projected 2,000 student reduction is in total district enrollment. But we do have some data on staffing cuts
So it's the day after Income Tax and we're having another budget workshop. That's workshop, not hearing. In the back room, with no cameras. It appears that public comment will not be possible until well into May.
There's been a lot of angst about an unusual complaint against a former AP at Daggett Montessori School by a parent who is also a teacher in the district. The issue appeared to be whether the AP threatened to harm the career of the parent/teacher. Unfortunately, when one of the board members (me) asked staff whether they agreed this was the issue, Mary Ellen Hicks, the grievant's representative, lashed into an egregiously abusive take-down over the silliness of the question, amplified by Cinto Ramos' helpful assertion that the question was improper.
The Texas State Teachers Assn. rep has formally complained to FWISD about disparate treatment of African American bus drivers at the Clark bus lot. He has received a number of complaints about harassment.
Someone sent me a complaint three weeks ago about a coach who, though remaining otherwise employed at the school, was stripped of his coaching duties.
I am posting this because I was informed at Anne Darr's fundraiser last week that some teachers are being assigned seven. If you are asked to teach seven, you should call your employee representative.
Major study of NY city public schools: Climate "deteriorated rapidly" when schools were prevented from suspending students without central office approval.
Interruptions to Instructional Days in Math 2018-2019
Total Student Days = 176
First week of school (First 5) 5 days
MAP Testing BOY 4 days
MOY 3 days
EOY 3 days
Interim Assessments (4) 8 days
Benchmark Testing 4 days
TELPAS Writing (class samples) 2 days
College and Career Readiness Curriculum 3 days
Play Days (fundraisers) 2 days
Suicide Awareness 1 day
Math Pullouts for 7th grade (wonderful by the way) 5 days
Social Media safety 1 day
STAAR 3 days minimum
Finals (Fall and Spring) 10 days
2 Teacher tests/6 weeks (required by district) 12 days
2 Teacher quizzes/6 weeks (required by district) 12 days
Total full non-instructional days 78 days/176 possible days = 44%
Not included in this accounting are the interruptions that only affect some students, and interrupted class time that is not a full day. Examples include: district requirements for Band, Choir, and Orchestra that impact other classes (which total at least 24 days, mostly during Feb/Mar), absences (students and teachers), field trips, assemblies, course selections, online testing for TELPAS, and many other minor disruptions that add up to even less real instructional time, especially as we try to prepare students for STAAR.