Monday, April 14, 2014

Awards to PRC teams

From the PG:

"...educators at Allderdice, Brashear and Carrick high schools received a total of $169,660 in bonuses -- 70 percent from federal funds and 30 percent from the district -- as a result of success in the Promise Readiness Corps, in which teachers work with the same students in grades 9 and 10."

Friday, April 4, 2014

Minadeo minutes

On another post Anonymous posted minutes from a Minadeo parent/school meeting, a candid look at the process of addressing some challenging issues.  It is at least clear that these are not just EFA meetings.

Anonymous wrote:

"Minedeo Part one.
At the beginning of the meeting, the panel consisted of Mrs. Wagner and Ms.
Hollis. The discussion opened with a comment from a parent whose children
are in the 5th and the violence in the school seems to be escalating. Mrs. Wagner responded
that she and Ms. Hollis are looking at the data from the referral process. They
are looking at which grade levels are involved, what area of the school does
the behavior occur in, what are the major behaviors, which days of the week
do behaviors occur most, which students have an increased number of
referrals, and what the triggers are for problem behaviors particularly for the
students that are most often receiving office referrals. Fights are often
occurring during transition times. Mrs. Wagner said they are working to make
the transitions a more tightly controlled process. There have been fewer fights
during lunch. Most fights are occurring towards the end of the day during the
Response To Intervention (RTI) transitions. There are groups of students who
are moving to other classrooms for RTI that are largely unsupervised. Mrs.
Wagner stated that they are using a variety of things such as in-school
suspension, the time out room and out-of-school suspension to address
behaviors. They are using the School Assistance Process (SAP) to evaluate
behaviors and get families involved. Ms. Hollis said that one of her goals is to
increase community outreach programs and to get more parents involved.
She stated that working with parents is key. They need to be involved with

A parent shared a personal story and stated that parents have to be involved
in the process. The teachers and the school cannot easily undo what is being
taught in the home.

A parent asked what is being done to engage families of children who have
behavior issues. Mrs. Wagner stated that it is not mandatory for parents to
work with the school, to seek therapy or medication for their children and that
the school continues to reach out when parents are not initially engaged.

It was noted that the approach to kids is important. Yelling and screaming is
not as effective. Concern was expressed for how adults in the building treat
the students.

Ms. Hollis noted that it is important to look at the root cause of the behavior
and to teach children to know what is socially acceptable. "

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pittsburgh teachers and officials explore community schools

From the PG:

"Community schools -- called community learning schools in Cincinnati -- use the public schools as a hub for a variety of services for students, families and the community."

Sunday, March 30, 2014

West End schools for sale

On another post Anonymous wrote:

"The Sunday PG carries an article on the schools in the western area of the city up for sale. I am sure this is difficult for the people who attended these schools or worked in these buildings.

What is the right thing for education here? Small schools, neighborhood schools, mega schools?"

Friday, March 28, 2014

Propel Hazelwood

On another post Anonymous wrote:

"can someone refresh my memory, isn't the propel to open in hazelwood because the admin failed to participate in the appeal process? i know the appeal might have been approved anyway but was there any explanation?"

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Pittsburgh online academy

On another post Anonymous wrote:

"To anyone who has cildren at Pittsburgh Online Academy or any online educational delivery system.In K-12 the student needs to see teachers face to face, learn through the classroom environment, create and learn and build build friendships, meeting deadlines and basically how to navigate a structured environment.Not many legal careers allow you to do what you want when you want. Their first job is not the place to learn those skill sets.You have Investors targeting your school districts who PPS pays over $12,000 to the charter more than it takes the school district to educate in the online charter. The quality and delivery method have been proven diasterous with a huge turnover rate. Some kids have to even repeat a grade. If a student goes to charter outside PPS they pay about a little more than $12,000 a year.Dr. Lane opens up an educational delivery system she known as flawed. It called Pittsburgh Online Academy. This is their second year. They have 15 out of about 95 doing year 2. The school district pays a company to staff this. This year they are at about 132 students. The principal Shemeca Crenshaw had a reign of terror at Weil and Westnghouse prior to going to the online academy. Teachers were begging for transfers out. She built quit a reputation suspending record numbers of students. Now Westinghouse was VERY low performing school with an huge attendance problem and now you add on more days for the student to miss to show her authority. I assume she never heard of detention because are the at risk kids that can't afford to miss.

She ended up at Pittsburgh Cyber Academy this year, She launched Pittsburgh Online Academy.This Year she has 132 online students. The first year this was reported by Eleanor Cute in April 2013 " While the Pittsburgh Online Academy has had 144 students in grades 6-12 since it opened last fall, only 47 are still enrolled. That includes only 17 of the original 55.

But I have had some interctions with her upfront and personal.She told a student less than a week ago she taped all his phone calls. Thats against state law unless she gets permission and she accuses me of falsification since she did not get the release for me to get information she provided me.This was at Pittsburgh Online Academy. Then I got information on the previos PSSA testing it was so bad I wasn't helping him stay there.

VLN Partners is the vendor that provides all the equipment and works with the school on curriculum. VLN hires adjunct teachers with no benefits, very young and inexperienced and ususlly zero online education education in teaching online typicly pays $30,000 and they get a 1099. The company only has 7-10 employees.

So PPS pays VLN $5000. If they had to pay an outside charter here is a quote from the Post Gazette Charter schools are public schools for which the home school districts pay a fee set by the state. For Pittsburgh residents, the district must pay $12,871 a year for a regular student and $27,924 for one in special education.o what that means is the PPS set up an online charter and knows it will NEVER deliver acceptable numbers just to get the bodies back at a savings of $7,871. The school should be educating parents on results nationwide, they always finish below standards. 100% of online students finihed below standards based on a University. Someone needs to exlain that this delivery system is the worst of all available measures, but no they open one"