Sutherland for Schools blog
Tonight's meeting includes a presentation titled "Instructional Planning and Development Update". I'm hoping there will be a change in the 8-period day.
School Enrollment Total cost Cost per student (site only)
Anne Darr, running for District 6, wants to know your views on major current issues. She will publish the results. Here is the link:
Readers will remember my earlier post on the national story that our STAAR tessts are not normed on national standards. To the extent they actually measure the level, the norms are TWO YEARS above a given student's grade level. The AFT reports on a hearing last week:
The earlier comment re spending on the Palazzolo case is mis-directed. The ORR requestor asked for all expenditures from the Brandt firm, but did not single out requests on this old lawsuit. Any payments to Brandt's firm were for other purposes.
Trustee Ashley Paz's rude interruption of my comment clarifying that schools of choice spend twice as much money per child as children at traditional sites is a drop in the budget compared to Dr. Scribner's refusal to answer legitimate and very significant questions about our budgeting.
Mrs. Darr will be having a fundraiser but the date is not yet set. Meanwhile, readers can make a contribution at the following portals:
(but first, let me remind readers that Dr. Scribner refuses to allow a vote even though this is clearly a policy matter, which, by law, is the board's responsibility.)
I'd hoped for a strong candidate to take over my seat on the FWISD board when the time came for me to retire and I am thrilled to have Anne Darr step up to the plate. She's a former elementary teacher and now special ed consultant for Region 11. She's a real Texan whose kids who have gone through our schools--one still at Paschal and another at TCU. She was even a Teacher of the Year!
The draft agenda for Feb. 25th does not include a vote on the 8-period day. Also the district has refused to provide a copy of the organization chart or the grade-equivalents as I requested.
I have asked Dr. Scribner and President Jackson to place a vote on discontinuing the 8-period day on the agenda.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress says Fort Worth 8th grade readers are significantly behind other large urban districts.
I don't think I've ever give a shout-out to a single school but I will now.
Thanks to UEA for keeping at the climate survey. Here are some of the results: