Saturday, July 4, 2015

10 signs of a failing school district

Anonymous wrote:

"new related topic: 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/randy-turner/ten-signs-your-child-is-i_b_7698514.html?utm_hp_ref=education&ir=Education&ncid=fcbkln 

10 Signs your child is in a failing school district-- 
Wow PPS only has 9 out of the 10 
It is strangely good to know that other places and people are experiencing exactly the topics covered nicely on this blog-we arent alone,sadly"

"Teachers union blasts evaluation system"

Anonymous wrote:

"New post please: 

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2015/07/02/Teachers-union-blasts-state-evaluation-system/stories/201507020216

Finally! I hope teachers will share stories to back this up and let everyone know what a sham the teacher evaluation system is. Sam Franklin, the head cheerleader for teacher evaluation, resigned this month in typical central office fashion--create a mess and get out of town before the truth comes out! 

I am a parent, not a teacher. Please teachers, tell us the truth. Is the high cost teacher evaluation system a benefit to our district? Are teachers getting the support needed to improve practice? Does the system REALLY identify the best teachers? 

Principals, please share your stories as well. Parents can fight to repeal Act 82 but we need to know the truth."

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Return of the public safety CTE program

Anonymous wrote:

"New Post Please... 
This in this mornings Post, http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2015/06/11/Pittsburgh-career-and-technical-education-programs-get-financial-boost/stories/201506110185 

If PPS had this program in the past, why did they eliminate it? I thought this program was also at Langley High School. If it was a "robust" and "rigorous" program, why did it not survive. If it was not viable then, why do it again now? Once the AFT money dries up, will PPS continue to fund it? 
How about the instructor. Will he/she be certified? Is there a vocational certificate to qualify one to teach this program? Is Angela Mike certified to be the director? "

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Pittsburgh Promise and African- American males

Anonymous wrote:

"Questioner, will you kindly start a new post to discuss the Pittsburgh Promise and the current issue in the news regarding AA males. I would love to hear what teachers have to say. "

Monday, May 25, 2015

Grant money

Anonymous wrote:

"new post: PPS grant monies 

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2015/05/24/Pittsburgh-schools-to-get-less-than-78-million-in-announced-grants/stories/201505170001 

Wow! Look at all the money wasted. Judy Johnston and Paula Bevan got $1,800/day. This article is very eye opening. When grant money dries up, do they expect our tax dollars to pick up the slack? "

Saturday, May 23, 2015

PPS teacher refuses to give PSSA

From the PG:

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2015/05/23/Pittsburgh-teacher-stands-alone-by-refusing-to-give-tests/stories/201505250003