Sutherland for Schools blog
Election of Officers is the last item on the agenda. Prior to this, we will
Here is a partial explanation for the recent switch to Odyssey, which readers complained about. According to Michael Steinert, the 2nd semester switch which was criticized by readers was necessitated by Plato's withdrawal of support for the existing system which teachers and supervisors had worked to revise to meet our expectations. My review of the change-over suggests that the reasons for this shift at the beginning of the second semester (so roundly criticized by readers) was necessitated by Plato's removing support for our earlier system.
The special meeting is for the purpose of certifying the election and swearing in the four of us who were re-elected. However, as of Friday afternoon, the county had not provided the necessary documents, so that part of the meeting may have to be postponed.
If you listened to the discussion last night about the seven new associate and assistant superintendents, you surely would have thought there was no new money involved. But you should have been skeptical . . .
|TOTAL for five||806614.40||849109.00||54494.60|
|Average raise given to five||$10,898|
I am concerned with an item being presented at tonight’s Board Meeting - TOPIC: APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF WEB-BASED CURRICULUM FOR RETRIEVAL, RECOVERY, ACCELERATION, AND BLENDED LEARNING I strongly urge you to look further into the recommendation of Odysseyware before making a decision, specifically requesting documents provided to Mr. Christopher Riddick last year. These documents were the result of an investigation in which it was found that students were able to fulfill graduation requirements after spending a mere 30 minutes for a credit using Odysseyware software.
In addition, it was discovered that campus staff had the ability to physically change a grade in the system in order for a student to graduate. An example would be a student that scored 50’s and 60’s on all work and received and 85 for their final work. It was found that Odysseyware is incapable of tracking who changed the grade.
It is my understanding that the results showed that a minimum of 20 students graduated fraudulently using Odysseyware software, and that the investigation was halted at that point and all Odysseyware software was pulled from the campuses for a period of time. I am baffled as to how and why they would now recommend this product. As a FWISD taxpayer and voter, I was appalled when I learned of this investigation and I would hope you feel the same. I urge you to investigate further before making a decision. Furthermore, I urge you to investigate the possibility of a conflict of interest between Odysseyware and personnel in the Student Services/ Student Engagement departments.
Last year, Supt. Dansby gave a bunch of his senior administrators 2-year contracts (he hid them in the middle of the Chapter 21 list). This year the action is more open. These changes must be left open for our new superintendent.
Readers, thank you for stepping up Saturday! We won by 450 votes mostly because of election-day votes, although we were also ahead by a smaller amount in the mail and early voting totals.
Here is a comment that is more important than my posts:
Ann, I am sorry you have had to endure Ms. Speer's mudslinging. On one of her mailers, she actually claims superiority because she says she "treats others as she wants to be treated." I think it takes a lot of gall for her to make this claim. If she did such a great job when she was entrusted with student safety, why these issues: * Student shot on campus at South Hills HS * Cutback in campus monitors. During those years, I was horrified to visit my son's middle school campus cafeteria and not see ONE adult in the cafeteria with the students at lunch time. I was told, "Don't worry. The campus officer is watching on a video monitor." * Outbreak of Swine flu, resulting in death of one student. When some of us parents reported unsanitary conditions in student bathrooms (which still exist today, not part of either bond program), we were treated with dismissive, delayed response. By the way, it is STILL, after 2 bond programs, physically IMPOSSIBLE for young students to wash hands properly in older bathrooms--some faucets require you to touch and hold water on with one hand while trying to rinse the other hand; no hot water heaters; frequent lack of soap and paper towels; very short restroom breaks/locked restrooms during passing periods--very unhealthy for young kidneys. * If Ms. Speer is so concerned about "vulgarity and profanity" in our schools, why were students using the F word WITH IMPUNITY during my years as a sub. Instead of knowing I would receive support from the front office when a student cursed me and walked out after I asked him to put away his phone, on which he was blaring rap music with the N word, I had to fear that by reporting the problem, I would be placed on the "Do Not Call" list for lacking classroom control. I took a risk and did report it, and the administrators shrugged their shoulders. * Why are students not allowed to use the seat belts on the buses that finally have them? * Why is your blog our only outlet for anonymous reporting of problems? Ms. Speer presided over a department that allowed Coach Perry at AHHS to use awful language with STUDENTS as well as to misuse booster funds and brag about her sexual exploits. This created an UNSAFE environment for staff and students alike, and yet the District has spent over $3 million dollars defending the indefensible, and as school board member, I believe Ms. Speer would vote to continue this fiasco. * Why do teachers continue to fear retaliation and workplace bullying? * Ms. Speer claims she is committed to full support of our FWISD teachers and administrators. What happens when these are mutually exclusive, which is most often the case? Who will make the administrators accountable? Ann, you have been a courageous champion for teachers and students. Thank you for your willingness to continue serving. You have my vote!
A parent asked me to find out the summer school rules. I apologize for the wait time but here is Mr. Riddick's answer:
1. Seniors who did not complete the necessary course work for graduation at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.
2. Students enrolled in Web-based Curriculum Program (Plato/Odysseyware) during the spring of 2015 who did not complete the course by the end of the semester.
3. Students who can recover credits and achieve 12th grade status for 2015-2016 (at least 18 or more credits )
4. Students currently enrolled in Project Reach program
Students who meet the above criteria will not be charged tuition.
Any other students who do not meet with above criteria may enroll in Web-based Curriculum Program (Plato/Odysseyware) and will be charged a user fee of $90.00. Priority will be given to: 1) students who have an opportunity to graduate at the end of the 2015 summer, and 2) students who did not complete Web-based Curriculum Program (Plato/Odysseyware) courses during 2014-2015 school year. Enrollment is limited to the availability of space on each individual campus.
Each regular program high school campus will receive $5,000 for the Web-based Curriculum Program (Plato/Odysseyware) summer school. Each campus will complete a plan for how their Web-based Curriculum Program will run for summer school.
The Web-based Curriculum Program (Plato/Odysseyware) can begin summer school as early as June 15, 2015
At the "information" tab, which is still technically "data".