Friday, September 19, 2014

Shots fired at U Prep student

On another post Anonymous wrote:

"* new post**

Maybe this should be new post. Things are looking worse for u prep. Apparently shots were fired at a student on way to school today

http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/6828302-74/spokeswoman-district-hill#axzz3DoTygJlm

Very alarming news"

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Teacher seniority and the African American community

On another post Anonymous wrote:

"
new topic please-- Seniority and the AA community
http://www.aplusschools.org/stay-informed/state-legislators-hold-forum-in-pittsburgh-to-discuss-seniority/

Please do not be fooled by the Gates funded A+ schools. Since 2006 this administration has done nothing to help the schools-- but it has especially hurt our African American community.
In destroying seniority you will leave administrators and principals (PELA principals!!!!) choosing the cheapest, least educated teachers they can get. These teachers will have no commitment (past the two years as in TFA to move to a better job) Read through this blog and realize that the like of D. Hardy and the PELAs will be choosing your teachers. Half the reason that there is no other is that the highest seniority teachers got chucked out. The other half of the mess is that the principals are t old to dump back on the new rookie teachers- so indeed, new science teachers quit.
Show me what A+ has done for the AA community. Most members of that community are the first to say-- things were better before Roosevelt-- not perfect-- but better than today."

Evacuation of three schools

On another post, Anonymous wrote about evacuations reported for schools in Brookline:

"ew post?

I am aware that the district is dealing with a serious situation with three schools evacuated today, but at some point can we hold a debriefing here on the blog? no criticisms, just observations and suggestions for what might be improved in the next occurrence. there are likely logical explanations for every step taken today but from an outsider's position we won't know unless we discuss it. it is true that the district could hold a press conference or parent gathering to answer questions but frankly, this blog is more real-time and therefore more accurate."

Saturday, September 13, 2014

PPS presentation on some AP and IB results

 Presentation to the Board:

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2014/09/09/Pittsburgh-schools-to-make-big-cuts-in-testing/stories/201409090234

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Class sizes

On another post Anonymous wrote:

"Hey! I don't want to post on this topic. Can we have a new topic of Class sizes? There are huge discrepancies at Whittier Elementary. 68 students in two classes of kindergarten. Yet in third grade there are two classrooms with a total of 22 in the grade level and in fifth grade there are two classrooms with 26 total in the grade level. These teachers refuse to combine and change grade levels and the principal is not doing anything about it. So you have two wonderful kindergarten teacher working them selves crazy and they are not receiving any help or support."

Sunday, September 7, 2014

U Prep administration

On another post Anonymous wrote:

"New Post

Are the Administrators at U PREP good for the school or not? Why or why not?"

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Assistant superintendent

On another post Anonymous wrote:

"* new post please*

Does anyone know anything about Dr. Allison Huguley? She has been around my building stopping in classrooms and introduced as Assistant Superintendent. I looked back at the info that was posted and released in PG about staffing changes and saw her name for a position of chief academic officer or something like that. No where was any info naming her as Assistant Superintendent. I thought Micheaux was Deputy Super? How is Assistant Super different and not redundant??!! I checked in my staff handbook and Dr. Huguley is listed as Assistant Super. So does anyone know when this came about or any info about this person? All I can find is that she is a recent grad and doesn't appear to be from Broad's academy, which is shocking. Anyone know anything?"