Sutherland for Schools blog
$40,000 in instructional services.
Several readers have complained about the current calendar which shortens the first semester and pushes finals into the week before Winter Break.
In response to comments on this blog re the paper required for SCAs, Dr. Sorum informed me that they are NO LONGER REQUIRED by the central office.
Our bloated curriculum department has managed to cause even further problems for our teachers. Not only are they continuing to "require" the hated SCAs (which are illegal under state law as they involve more than two tests per year of TEKS), they are now "saving" money by requiring teachers to copy them. Is there a single principal with the courage to cancel this?
I watched the board meeting where ADQ stated the district was reducing testing and thus saving money from not printing tests.
However the truth is that they "ADQ" may have reduced their printing costs of tests from their own budget....but the individual campus had to absorb those costs.
Each campus has been responsible for printing student sca tests for every student ever sca........ whereas before they were printed by the district and sent to the school.
Today we are being issued individual copy numbers due to the excess of printing on campus. I believe the SCA tests that are being printed on campus are the cause of this .......
This agenda is available on the FWISD.org board page. I think it is on video on demand.
We all know that early childhood years are the most important to our children. Perhaps even more significant than our academic training are the worldview and the individual child's self-image of his place in the world which is formed during these years.
Readers, I can't get this agenda to load--sorry.
A month later and still no comment! You do realize that this just further frustrates an already poor morale? Perhaps the need for more substitutes would be diminished if we considered working on fixing what is REALLY broke around here! I remember that Dr. Scribner said, "You must earn the right to lead!" Okay, so how long must we wait for clean up? Personally, I think our district moves slower than congress! Most of us just want to know when will he reach out to teachers? Will he give us an opportunity to speak? If we plan on just continuing with the way things are, just say so and we will quit anticipating and consequently no longer bother you with requests asking for... Please just show us the respect of an answer either way.
Parents are writing about the change in the FWISD calendar and the testing regimen. See below.
These are available on the "information" tab of this website.
Based on last year's data, I estimate that 10,000 classrooms will be without substitutes this year. These classes are either placed in adjacent rooms, or filled with teachers who are having their planning hour. This happens every day, impacts every child and contributes greatly to teacher burn-out. Last year we hired 800 new teachers.