Thursday, August 31, 2017

Superintendent found to be "proficient"

Anonymous wrote:

"New Post
Hamlet's "achievable stretch" constitutes "proficiency".
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/08/25/Anthony-Hamlet-Pittsburgh-Public-Schools-job-evaluation-proficient/stories/201708250217

Ha. Has PPS become a yoga class? If so I'm all for 'downward-facing dog'. It's rejuvenating and there's no hiding in how to achieve the pose."

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Less time to be spent taking PSSA's

Anonymous wrote:

"New Post: Complete Education - critical thinking skills - PSSA Testing.
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2017/08/14/Wolf-announces-reduction-in-classroom-time-for-taking-PSSA-tests/stories/201708140091

In reducing the amount of classroom time students spend taking standardized exams are we in fact reducing the amount of "critical thinking" skills that we deem important?

An anonymous op-ed in defense of these PSSA Exams ( length and merits ) would be timely here as the changes go into effect next spring. "

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

HR reports missing from Board meeting

Anonymous wrote:

"NEW PLEASE: Human Resources? Anyone know why last night's board meeting didnt include HR reports? Traditionally this has been a big HR board meeting "

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Suspension policy for elementary students

Anonymous wrote:

"New Post
Watched the June legislative meeting to hear about the suspension policy for elementary education and the plans for the future. Somebody please tell me I misunderstand, have kids been suspended for not being in uniform? That just can't be!! Unfair on so many fronts not the least of which is that not all buildings are uniform-wearing schools. Any numbers are not legitimate and should never be the basis for any comparisons. "

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bonuses

Anonymous wrote:

"New Post: How can the Union allow the district to give out bonuses up to $6,000 to teachers for scores that can't go anywhere but up, yet ironically, some of these teachers receive bonuses and their scores went down. The district pays 30% of the tab, which equates to nearly $300,000. If you taught in one of these elementary schools, you would know why scores go up from 4th to 5th and from 5th to 6th. Because that the teachers' skill levels are so low from K-4 in ELA and Math, any teacher in middle school teaching fifth or sixth grade has to improve scores. In my case, I previously taught in high school. So, when I went to middle school, my scores doubled and tripled. I also had six students who were advanced out of 18, and four of them never saw advanced before in their lives. In fact, if it weren't for me, the school would have been about 10% in ELA in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, or even worse, 1% like they were in Math. Where's my money? Where's my bonus? Guess what, don't answer. I don't want the money. The day I take $6,000 for scores that are only 60% to 70% proficient/advanced in my class is the day I say Esposito deserves a bonus."