Sutherland for Schools blog
Just after a teacher was written up for celebrating "A Day without a Woman", SHHS principal Dorothy Gomez was returned to her post last week. I cannot comment on the propriety of this as she has been dedicated to her students without fail and very helpful to me, but when the accusations include, among other issues, attendance fraud, bullying of teachers, student cheating on Odyssey with the open support of the teacher, and massive teacher resignations or transfers last summer, one has to wonder about balance and equity.
Celebration of this day was marred by FWISD when Michael Menchaca ordered the principal of a young woman to write her a letter of reprimand for placing a poster of the event on her facebook page, saying that she would be working but would be doing as little as possible, with three hashtags.
The sole remaining administrator who did not live within the FWISD boundaries.
In this district, no adverse personnel action should ever be taken without legal review.
Not one penny for teacher raises. The "love" isn't so hot either.
I received this email from HCM Chief Cynthia Rincon:
I will ask HCM to respond to this powerful letter:
"I am responding to your concern about the lack of substitutes for FWISD. In addition to pay, it is also respect. As a retired FWISD teacher, I have seen how substitutes are treated on some campuses by principals. They are treated like you are nobody. There is no respect on some campuses. Principals treat substitutes with disrespect like providing no lunch break, no planning period while they cover other classes with no substitutes. On one campus they were not allow to partake of treats and lunch left for teachers in the lounge. “No, that’s for teachers!” was the comment by one principal.
The students don’t respect the substitutes and will tell you “You are not my teacher so I don’t have to listen to you!” and will walk out of class to the office and complain. The principal will side with the student leaving the substitute with no recourse. Students who do this are not much different than the principal at the school. May be that is why these schools are low preforming.
There is no union for substitutes to go to for help. One particular substitute tried reaching out to Mr. Monge then to Mr. Mendoza and lastly to Dr. Scribner but to no avail. The superintendent would not even bother with an appointment with her. She was referred back to the executive director of Human Capital Management. Needless to say she left the district.
The mission for the HCM department is to support the learning environment by recruiting, hiring, and retaining the best employees and provide exceptional service to all of customers.
As you can see Ms. Sutherland, substitutes are treated with disrespect with no rights at FWISD. Just ask a substitute who has or is working for FWISD.
In conclusion, I send you my one letter to stand up for the many substitutes who do not have a voice and respect at FWISD."
Last night at their dinner, our superintendent lauded our 21 Academic Teachers of Excellence for their heart and commitment to FWISD's children. Yeah, they have it, that's for sure.
The Feb 28 agenda features a lot of purchases plus another vote on the Equity project. Exec session will include a review of the open meetings rules as I complained bitterly last time at being cut off and not allowed to ask questions. It is likely that I will comment at the end of the meeting on the changes which will be made to our meeting rules.
Again, there have been some allegations that FWISD is under funding our most needy schools. Generally, the data shows this not to be the case.
I believe the key to credible school management begins with fair budgeting of school allocations. My earlier post regarding significant variances on school by school budgets was questioned by some readers who pointed out that the TEA report has different data. The data posted on the "information" page is budgeted data. A better yardstick uses actual expenditures, as the TEA uses (though their data is always an extra year old).
Finally! Last week the district hired and trained 50 more substitute teachers at its hiring fair.
NOTE: Presentation is now available at the "information" page of this website.