Sutherland for Schools blog
Superintendent's contract is at
Brian Rosenthal of the Houston Chronicle is working on an analysis of the reasons Texas is underidentifying children for special education. While the national average of identified children is 12%, Texas is identifying at 8.5% and Fort Worth is a full percentage point below this.
You can lead a school district to find money for substitutes, but you can't make them fill our classes.
Tuesday's meeting features:
Here is the respose from our superintendent:
I received the following post from a teacher. Hard to believe that we would do this after the $1.6 million debacle of DII (is it working yet?).
A teacher sent me this comment, which is troubling. Teachers in Pk-4 with over 22 students per class are given a compliance sub, uncredentialed, and they don't even have any say in who they have.
I just wanted to say something about a comment you made at the last meeting. You mentioned how you do no support teachers receiving extra money for being out of compliance. You should understand that all help is not good help. We do not get a choice in who our compliance sub will be. In many cases they are more of a hinderance than a help. These subs are not certified teachers and in many cases may not have adequate experience working with children in urban schools.
Yes, the omniscient staff at TEA are going to lecture us about how to run our school district in order not to have four unacceptable schools with records of repeated failure to pass the mark. Then they will check to see if we have done what they have told us to do.
This short article, an interview with Jerome Kagan, is one of the most
This is posted on the information page.
One of the most hazardous pieces of legislation enacted by
· Education Code Chapter 21–educator contracts, due process, and salary guarantees; teacher certification standards; appraisal rights; planning and preparation periods; duty-free lunch; disability leave.
Chapter 22–employee immunity from liability; employee personal leave and assault leave; the right to voluntary payroll deduction of professional dues.
· Chapter 37–the right of classroom teachers to remove disruptive students; procedural rights of teachers and other school employees as well as students in discipline cases.
· Many other safeguards, such as class-size limits in Chapter 25 and the law upholding teachers’ grading authority in Chapter 28 can be set aside as well by a “district of innovation.” The same goes for parental rights in various parts of the Education Code, including all of Chapter 26.*
--From the Texas AFT
See the information page for this letter. Schools are John T White, IM Terrell, Maude Logan and Forest Oak Middle schools.
Staff prefers we not publicize the results of audits our taxpayers pay over $600,000 for.