Thursday, February 26, 2015

What is working?

Anonymous wrote:

"New Posting: 
What is working in a PPS classroom ? 
Anecdotal stories anyone"

Friday, February 20, 2015

Now is the time to plan to speak at Monday's PPS Public Hearing

The next public hearing is Monday February 23 at 6:00 pm;  procedures are at:

http://www.pps.k12.pa.us/Page/4043

Note that you do not necessarily have to be a city resident to speak; in addition to city residents the following are also eligible:
  • Anyone having registered a legitimate interest in a contemplated action of the Board 
  • Anyone representing a group in the community or School District
  • Any representative of a firm eligible to bid on materials or services solicited by the School District
  • Any District employee
  • Any District student 

Call (412) 529-3868 by noon on Monday to sign up.

Hearings are now being filmed for wider viewing on PCTV (ch 21/47) and YouTube, so you can send your testimony to others who cannot attend the hearing.

Education task force identifies ways for the city to work with PPS

From the PG:

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/02/19/Mayor-Peduto-s-education-task-force-cites-five-ways-schools-city-can-collaborate/stories/201502190193

Monday, February 16, 2015

Significance of locked faculty bathrooms

A couple of months ago someone posted to protest faculty bathrooms being locked at one of the high schools.  It brings to mind a quote from a recent book, Hand to Mouth:

"I've got my own metric to gauge the fabulosity of a job:  ...am I allowed to go to the bathroom at will?  It's physically uncomfortable to hold it forever, and it sucks to stand by for the okay like a dog waiting for someone to open the door.  But for me, the indignity of the whole thing is less about the potential bladder infections. It's more what the requirement for that kind of notification reveals about the tone of the place.  In my experience, the jobs where the boss regulates your urinary tract also tend to demand a bunch of other degrading stuff."

It is sad for teaching positions in our district to sink to this level.

Board candidates

Anonymous wrote:

"New Posting: Researching the candidates who vie for 3 city school board seats. Lets debate their merits and leadership qualities as they compete. "