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Corrected data on ethnicity of 16-17 principal hires

by Ann Sutherland on 02/16/18

Thanks to all you readers on this one and thanks to Mr. Moore and Dr. Scribner for getting this right.


 

Name

Class Code

Permanent Date

Ethnicity

ADAMS, OSCAR, J

PRINCIPAL MS/ALT

7/27/2016

B

ANDERSEN, KATHRINA, L

PRINCIPAL MS/ALT

7/27/2016

W

BLACKWELL, KIMBERLEY, L

ES PRINCIPAL

7/27/2016

B

CLARK, WHITNEY, A

ES PRINCIPAL

7/27/2016

W

HANSON, CHRISTINA, L

ES PRINCIPAL

7/27/2016

B

MONTES, MARIA, A

ES PRINCIPAL

7/27/2016

H

MOYNIHAN, JULIE, D

ES PRINCIPAL

7/27/2016

W

ALBURY, TAMARA

PRINCIPAL HS

6/29/2016

B

LAYNE, MARIO, O

PRINCIPAL HS

6/7/2016

B


District says only 7 new principals were hired for the 16-17 year; most ethnically Anglo.

by Ann Sutherland on 02/12/18

Employee #

Last Name

First Name

MI

Effective Date

Approved Date

Ethnicity


MOYE

NIKITA

L

08/15/2016

07/24/2016

H


BLACKWELL

KIMBERLEY

L

08/15/2016

07/25/2016

W


MONTES

MARIA

A

08/15/2016

07/26/2016

W


ANDERSEN

KATHRINA

L

07/27/2016

07/26/2016

B


MOYNIHAN

JULIE

D

08/15/2016

07/26/2016

W


HANSON

CHRISTINA

L

08/15/2016

07/26/2016

B


CLARK

WHITNEY

A

07/27/2016

07/26/2016

W

 


Help!

by Ann Sutherland on 01/28/18

Big blunders recently in our schools.

Never mind the blotched effort to have teachers come to work two hours late because of the very cold weather.

The recent "plans" by senor staff to reduce teacher salaries for these two hours missed illustrates the failure of our leadership to manage our own affairs.  No action could possibly have been calculated to demoralize our school staffs, it is  illegal, and it was never even mentioned to anyone on the board.  

This was a move to "save" dollars, ignoring the impact on kids caused by disruption in the school climate.

We also have a proposal to spend $1.5 million on chronic absence which to me means a ton  more "workshops" featuring "sit in a group and massage your ignorances" instead of real analysis. (It's also an insult to the efforts schools and teachers are already making to help our attendance patterns.) This one came out of the fiscal office (which has a lot of smart people but NO ONE with real urban school site level experience).  

And now, unbelievably, I am hearing that some teachers in our four leadership schools are being told they are not going to get the $10,000 stipends that we offered to entice them to undertake the effort to bring up the scores!  And some, I hear, who have been paid are BEING TOLD TO RETURN THE MONEY.

Our superintendent does not have the independent support he absolutely must have to avoid these disasters.  (This is not new to Dr. Scribner.)  He isn't going to get it from the "Cabinet" or his policy staff.  

This situation illustrates what is wrong with our current staff operating procedures, including our "cabinet".  They all get in a room and one person brings up an idea and no one has the guts to disagree. 

If our district is going to avoid these and other harmful actions, there MUST be an effective independent review of these things.

That, I believe, must be done at the board level.  And that requires real independent board support.  Like a professionally trained policy and fiscal expert.  Like someone from the UT Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.  

Dr. Scribner, President Tobi Jackson axe teacher pay cuts

by Ann Sutherland on 01/26/18

One of the more insidious proposals dreamed up this January was the idea that teachers should be docked when the district directed schools to open 2 hours later.  The origins of this idea remain hidden safely in the central office bureaucracy behind cries of "gift of government funds" and other silliness.


Teachers work on a contract, not on hourly pay.

President Jackson heard of this, complained to Dr. Scribner (and to me), and he cancelled the idea.  I don't even think it is legal.

Board audit reveals issues in credit-recovery program

by Ann Sutherland on 01/26/18

Except for the superintendent, the FWISD auditor is the board's only employee.  Too often IMHO the staff is deployed counting the campus PTA and other collections.  However, sometimes the $600,000 office comes up with a real gem (remember the payroll audit in 2010?)


The latest audit has the following findings:  considering ALL absences in determining eligibility to take CR classes (that means 90% attendance), ensuring that attendance committees exist and fulfill requirements, having an appeal process, and making sure that administrators are properly trained.

Especially concerning is the use of credit recovery programs to students who are ineligible to use them because they have not attended school for 90% of the days, as is required for ADA funding by state law.

The auditor will be expanding the sample of CR course enrollment eligibility to the entire district.

FWISD improving SpEd enrollment; Texas law seems illegal

by Ann Sutherland on 01/19/18

Responding to federal criticism of Texas' special ed program, Gov. Abbott and TEA declared that districts were engaged in a "dereliction of duty" and directed Texas school districts fix the situation.

Governor Abbott failed to do his homework..  

This week, the Texas School Alliance and TASA pointed out in a major press release that the problem was caused by the legislature and TEA in capping reimbursement and failing to clarify the mechanism for identifying SpEd students.  They cited the white paper distributed in 2004 by the Texas House education committee as well as their 2004 testimony pointing out the concerns.

Reinbursement is capped at 8.5% of a district's population, ignoring the wide variation in student needs among the districts in this very large state.  Obviously this will be shown to violate the equal protection requirements of the 14th Amendment or an equivalent sources.

http://texasschoolalliance.org/2018/01/15/dereliction-of-duty/   

 Since Dr. Scribner arrived in October2015, our special education coverage has improved, increasing from 7.56 to 8.45 percent.  As teachers know, we try to avoid identifying students from PK-3 in order to avoid conflating exogenous conditions (such as English language fluency) with organic or other causes of poor performance.



http://texasschoolalliance.org/2018/01/15/dereliction-of-duty/  

Special board meeting MONDAY 12/18

by Ann Sutherland on 12/14/17

There will be a fairly short meeting on Monday for two topics plus exec session.


We will be approving the final offers for potential sites for our new Tanglewood Elementary Relief School (yucky title!)

Final approval of BBFA(LOCAL).

Public comment will also be available.

Final BBFA(Local) for vote on Tuesday

by Ann Sutherland on 12/09/17

Here is the final draft.  It was not included in the revised agenda.  The paragraphing is correct but I can't get the headings to copy.


Fort Worth ISD
220905
ETHICS BBFA
CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLOSURES (LOCAL)
DATE ISSUED: ________ ADOPTED: 1 of 1
LDU ______
BBFA(LOCAL)-X
Each Board member shall provide to the District in a timely manner information necessary for the District’s annual financial manage-ment report. [See CFA – Accounting, Financial Reports and State-ments, which includes School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (“School FIRST”) reporting requirements for expenditures on and reimbursements to Board members, gifts, and Board member business transactions with the District.]
A Board member shall not use coercive means or promise special treatment in order to influence Board or District decisions, nor use his or her position to seek personal advantage. [See also, BBF (LOCAL) – FWISD Board Member ethical standards.]
See BBFB (LEGAL) for information on prohibited practices and re-strictions on public servants under the Texas Penal Code and other legal authorities.
To make complaints of harassment or discrimination against a Board member, see policies DIA (for employees) and FFH (for stu-dents), as well as the District’s grievance policies, i.e., DGBA (for employees), FNG (for students), and GF (for members of the pub-lic).
For purposes of the Substantial Interest Affidavit disclosure require-ments set forth in BBFA (LEGAL), the Board extends such disclo-sure requirements, as follows: a local public official is considered to have a substantial interest if a person related in either the first or second degree by either affinity or consanguinity to the local public official, as determined under Government Code Chapter 573, Sub-chapter B [see DBE (EXHIBIT)], has a substantial interest as de-fined in BBFA (LEGAL). Local Gov’t Code 171.002. [See BBFA (EXHIBIT A).]
For purposes of filing conflicts disclosure statements required by Local Gov’t Code 176.003, and vendor questionnaires required by Local Gov’t Code 176.006, the Board extends such requirements by defining “family member” as a person related to another person within either the first or second degree by consanguinity or affinity, as described by Government Code Chapter 573, Subchapter B [see DBE (EXHIBIT)].
At all regularly scheduled Board Meetings, the Board President shall make a statement to remind Board Members of the legal con-flict of interest requirements, shall request disclosure for any mat-ters under consideration in that day’s agenda, and if required by law, Board Members shall then recuse themselves from all discus-sion and abstain from voting on the matter(

Board makes a hash of the proposed new ethics policy

by Ann Sutherland on 11/15/17

Yes, it's true; we really mangled the process.  However, it's not nearly as nefarious as it appears.  

First, we approved a proposed policy from our Policy Committee which was placed on the consent agenda by staff and not removed during our agenda review.  Very stupid.
Second, a couple of very serious questions arose about the policy we adopted.  
Third, we sent it back to committee for review.
Fourth, we established a special committee to recommend adjustments to the policy.
I anticipate the special committee to meet two or possibly three times before the December 12 meeting and to complete this review.  If this works the revised policy will be on the ACTION agenda for Dec. 12.  You will have an opportunity to evaluate both the new proposed policy as well as the one with the perceived issues prior to this time.

Here are the GSPOC programs that are proposed for elimination in 18-19

by Ann Sutherland on 11/15/17

This document is on the INFORMATION page of this website.  A little introduction is in order:


First, a lot of these programs are going to be morphed into the regular program (no Gold Seal at graduation).  Second, the original document ("Arlington Heights . . . 25 . . . .") contains the wrong figures; I guess the staff doesn't know how to read requests.  Third, the inked-by-hand numbers ("85") were inserted by me and are 2017-18 enrollment as of Sep '17.

Fourth, I understand that this program will be undergoing major review by senior staff.  I expect that this data will be revised to better reflect the wishes of the community between now and fall of 2018.

Five, the most interesting data is on the last page, again inked in by me.  There are 1,931 students involved in this list of programs, one-sixth of the entire GSPOC enrollment.  Also, you can tell that they left several programs with VERY low enrollment intact, although the alleged purpose of doing this exercise was to winnow out programs with very low enrollment.


No action on the cafeteria services or staff

by Ann Sutherland on 10/10/17

A number of cafeteria workers are expected to speak at tonight's meeting regarding a contemplated change in our cafeteria services. I am informed there are no plans to change cafeteria arrangements; in fact the review is over the organization of the management. I have checked this with our HCM director and I am certain it is true.

Agenda and Board Book for Tuesday October 10, 2017

by Ann Sutherland on 10/06/17

http://bit.ly/2xWSbEd 


The agenda is pretty short. We will receive a second report on the 2-3 grade progress on literacy.  Staff has been unable to provide justification for the Sept. 26 report.  (Are they creating an ex post facto explanation?  Dr. Scribner's staff refuse to provide it or even a time when it will be available.  I am sending a copy of the letter to our TEA manager.

During your various presentations of school performance levels, I have asked several times for correlations to grade level equivalents, particularly when Achieve 3000 was presented and voted on, with the STAAR tests, and again last Tuesday, when a new metric, the "FWISD Universal Screener/Progress Monitoring Tool", was used to establish student outcome goals pursuant to Measure 1.1 of our Gold Star Governance plan.  Generally, staff has informed us that a correlation to grade equivalents was not possible.


In fact, the relationships between established measures, including the STAAR tests,  and grade equivalents, are readily available online.  I attach three examples FYI.


Failure to utilize standard comparisons in reporting scores makes it impossible to adequately assess student performance, a paramount goal of public school systems.  I hope that you will employ them in approving presentations to the Board in the future.


I am looking forward to receiving the documentation on the Lone Star Measure 1 goals.  


Thanks very much.



Did they make up the numbers? How can we tell?

by Ann Sutherland on 10/03/17

During our various presentations of school performance levels, I have asked several times for correlations to grade level equivalents, particularly when Achieve 3000 was presented and voted on, with the STAAR tests, and again last Tuesday, when a new metric, the "FWISD Universal Screener/Progress Monitoring Tool",was used to establish student outcome goals pursuant to Measure 1.1 of our Gold Star Governance plan.  But staff couldn't tell us how the scores compare to grade levels.

Generally, staff has implied  that a correlation to grade equivalents was not possible.

This is wrong.  In fact, there are readily available equating charts not only for Lexiles but also for every one of the STAAR tests, AR, and some other 

 (The data regarding the scores on the 3rd grade STAAR test are correct, but we have still not moved from next to the bottom--a fact which was omitted during the presentation.  Apparently there are no plans to track this.)

What can be done to urge the district to come clean on our student performance levels?  

Did they make up the numbers? How can we tell?

by Ann Sutherland on 10/03/17

During your various presentations of school performance levels, I have asked several times for correlations to grade level equivalents, particularly when Achieve 3000 was presented and voted on, with the STAAR tests, and again last Tuesday, when a new metric, the "FWISD Universal Screener/Progress Monitoring Tool",was used to establish student outcome goals pursuant to Measure 1.1 of our Gold Star Governance plan.  But they couldn't tell us how the scores compare to grade levels.

Generally, staff has implied  that a correlation to grade equivalents was not possible.

This is wrong.  In fact, there are readily available equating charts not only for Lexiles but also for every one of the STAAR tests, AR, and some other 

 (The data regarding the scores on the 3rd grade STAAR test are correct, but we have still not moved from next to the bottom--a fact which was omitted during the presentation.  Apparently there are no plans to track this.)

What can be done to urge the district to come clean on our student performance levels?  

Your school's bond allocations

by Ann Sutherland on 09/13/17

These are now posted on our "information" page.


The first page is a list of the projects from the $750 million in the bond.  The next pages, presented in a different format, give the projects for the remaining schools and total $160 million over the seven-year period.

The additional $160 million is state aid which would not have been available without the "penny swap). 

   
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