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

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Change at U Prep?

Anonymous wrote:

"New topic: 

I heard Derrick Hardy is leaving UPrep? "

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Job requirements reduced to accommodate a specific candidate?

Anonymous wrote:

"

New Post 

The Chief of Police position is now posted. Should the Chief have to have a college degree making them educated for a job in charge of an entire department? The PPS changed the position from needing an college educated chief to no longer needing a college education. Why? "

Monday, May 18, 2015

Perry HS- High faculty turnover, other issues

Anonymous wrote:

"

*New post please 

Once again I am left to wonder how Perry has managed to fly under the radar. I think it's appalling and worthy of further investigation that 60% of the current teaching staff has applied for a transfer! In fact, the ENTIRE MATH DEPARTMENT at Perry applied for a single position at CAPA! What's going on? Until this year, Perry High School had the HIGHEST TEACHER RETENTION RATE OF ANY HIGH SCHOOL IN THE CITY! Teachers who were in the classrooms there STAYED due to commitment to the kids. In one year, Principal Chakey managed to crush that statistic into dust under his heavy steel-toed boots. Teachers have had to reevaluate their priorities--staying for the kids, to whom many had committed a lifetime of service, or save their own sanity after having to teach in an atmosphere of intimidation and fear. It's time for someone to look into the number of classes currently not being taught by highly qualified teachers in that building. So many substitutes have been banned that an inordinate number of classes (left without teachers due to the extraordinary number of those out on leave) are now being covered by other teachers in the building on a period by period basis. This means that there is no consistency, no ongoing learning, and no expectation of growth. Have we marginalized our North Side youth to such an extent that they no longer matter? Perry has the highest rate of chronic absences in the city. Where is the outcry? Our black youngsters are being left to fend for themselves in a building led by a man who, when at Oliver, had so many suspensions that if you were a black male, you had a 98% chance of being suspended. Finally, the number of students attending Perry has dropped by almost 50%. How long can the district afford to keep Perry open at that rate? Is that the goal? To close the only neighborhood high school for our North Side kids? Wake up North Side parents--before it's too late! "

Sunday, May 17, 2015

"Hear our teachers"

Anonymous wrote:

"https://vimeo.com/107637092 


Hear Our Teachers 2 Minute Trailer 
from Ethan Gabriel 
Why waste money on profiteers with no classroom experience when the experts are already on salary? Hear the dangers of corporate / government control. Hear the solutions from those in the know. HEAR OUR TEACHERS. "

Compensation disparities

Anonymous wrote:

"Compensation Disparities 
http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/8353996-74/teachers-allegheny-pennsylvania#axzz3aOwu8d00 
(new topic) 
While on the surface I'm sure people will say that "of course" suburban districts have more highly paid educators, and that this is why they have high rankings. But perhaps these high ratings by U.S. News and World Report and Pittsburgh Business Times could be the result of the large number of seasoned teachers. 
One of the biggest complaints that families had previously was the high turn over of teachers in the rougher schools- and conversely the stability in thehigher scoring schools. This has been lost since 2006-- and now we try for a team of rookies (as some suburban schools sometimes refer to new teachers). New teachrs do invigorate a school, especially when combined with experienced teachers. "

Request for more African American teachers, classes

Anonymous wrote:

"New Post:Students Call For Action 
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/05/16/Black-students-teachers-call-for-more-diversity-in-classes-hiring/stories/201505160082 

Lets get behind these kids and make an impact! "