Sutherland for Schools blog
There is no Santa Claus, and there's no hope for this district either. Neither for our purchasing nor for our educational support.
After getting us in a huge hole over an issue affecting a handful of people, I have to admit it: Dr. Scribner has produced a fine, balanced regulation which should satisfy anyone who wants a solution, aided by attorney Brian Newby ans his staff.
An alert reader of this blog relates it to the Alcohics Anonymous motto.
We had a recent controversial reassignment of one of our principals, and it is reported elsewhere that it involved a raise. I have checked the settlement agreement and there is no raise.
Things are changing fast because of successful lawsuits from California, Minnesota and New York. Courts in these three states say teachers can't be fairly evaluated by tests. http://wapo.st/29eIGmH
Houston goes to court on a wrongful-termination case in Sept. claiming their data is based on erroneous calculations based on EVAAS. FWISD uses the same test to determine whether teachers are competent.
Texas State Teachers Assn. is suing TEA over Texas' teacher evaluation requirements which include these worthless tests.
Six years ago, I asked our curriculum staff how EVVAS, which determines our school rankings, calculates these green, yellow and red bars. They didn't know. They still don't know because the firm that created EVVAS, the test used to determine these "success" bars, claims the method is proprietary information owned by the EVVAS firm. We pay this firm and an associate provider upwards of $500,000 per year for these services.
I was assured yesterday by HCM that these would be posted for teachers to review prior to the close of business on July 1 on the "news" section of the FWISD.org page. I will check again on Tuesday.
The number of school site workers comp claims, most of which involve student incidents, appears to be growing:
The budget for the 2016-17 board meeting will be voted on Tuesday. The agenda will be posted shortly (the board book is too large to load). Of special interest is a $1.3 million item for the superintendent's leadership project, none of which has even been presented to the board. This may be a continuation of the $1.6 million project the board approved in March. Hired for this project was Action Learning Systems of Pasadena, run by Gary Soto. Soto has close ties to EQCA and EQCAI, the premiere California advocacy organizations for LGBT.
The board book and the agenda for the new board Equity agenda are on the information page of this website. Included are campus administrative appointments; however, they are not yet available to us (Friday 5:40 PM)
Citizens often become incensed because of some small thing one of our government agencies does. But we rarely tackle the big issues, because they are so hard to identify.