Sutherland for Schools blog
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.
Acting on a recommendation from staff, the board approved the 2015-16 calendar with a Fall Semester of 78 days and a Spring calendar of 99 days. Questions have been raised regarding the adequacy of this grade period to evaluate student work and prepare progress reports, particularly since in some schools an entire week out of the 25 days is devoted to benchmark testing. (NOTE: this is a decision of the school site, not the board or district.)
Finally a strong voice calls for sense.
Dr. Scribner has been here a week. Not very long for change.
Teachers in some schools seem to have big classes, and I have had a great deal of trouble getting accurate data regarding the number of students per teacher in our secondary classrooms. This is unacceptable in a district of 87,000 students and a general fund budget exceeding $700 million.
For high schools, which provide one teacher for each 150 students in tested content area and one for each 180 students in the other areas, multiply the number of enrolled students by 23.1.
Staffing is controlled by ratios for several different job classifications. The current staffing ratios are available on the information page at http://bit.ly/1RnyJ3s . (The link is for 2014-15 but the ratios are the same this year.)
Last week our blog received a query regarding the rules for allowing school-based organizations to solicit advertising from local businesses to be placed at athletic fields. The purpose is to raise money for school activities.
I would like to comment for Dr. Scribner: Teachers in our building are treated with zero respect! I love what I do and I'm passionate about it and sometimes that means working an extra couple of hours to make sure that I have everything together for the week. So after our training today we were given about an hour to work on literacy stations or basically anything that we never really have time to do which in theory is an incredible idea. However after 45 minutes at approximately 345 we were told that we needed to exit the building by 4 o'clock or that security would be called. I'm not looking for a thank you but it would seem to me that a true leader would appreciate any teacher willing to stay the extra hour or two to get the job done rather than get booted out without so much as more than 15 minutes notice! This was so disrespectful and downright rude! I did not even have time to clean off my work table in my classroom or put anything away.
Tuesday will be Dr. Linares' last meeting. The short agenda features a presentation on our professional development training and a promise to get Promethean Board repair going better. If yours is languishing and doesn't function, send me an email [firstname.lastname@example.org].
See the information tab for the agenda.
Schools receive a lot of federal Title I money and also some state funds to address the needs of low-achieving students. The total for our schools is 22 million. The data is on the information tab of this website www.sutherlandforschools.org/data.html
We need to take action where student behavior is persistently unacceptable. One period "suspensions" and office referrals are sometimes not enough. As a consequence, student conduct is continuing to deteriorate.