Friday, March 6, 2009

Call to televise school board public hearings

From Letters to the Editor in today's PG, in support of Kathy Fine's op ed "You Call This Reform?" and calling for the monthly public hearings held by the school board to be televised:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09065/953461-110.stm

Note that PG Letters are now available for comment in blog format:

http://community.post-gazette.com/blogs/openletters/default.aspx.

9 comments:

Mark Rauterkus said...

I don't think I ever got the postcard that thanked me from speaking at the last meeting. And, I made such a huge deal about wanting one too.

Annette Werner said...

You can have mine!

I have not received a response to the petition from 150 people asking for an inspection and comparison of the asbestos schools.

fixit said...

It takes money to televise. Maybe when we parents ask for something, we should cite a funding source or name what we want to give up to get what we want.

Anonymous said...

Oh I'm sure we could come up with lots of things to give up. CEP costs 5 million a year. Outside writers of curriculum are very expensive. A leaner administrative structure could be considered, or we could do without the pep ralley for teachers. Or we might decide that public hearings are more important than the new PPS TV show that is now being produced.

Anonymous said...

Oh I'm sure we could come up with lots of things to give up. CEP costs 5 million a year. Outside writers of curriculum are very expensive. A leaner administrative structure could be considered, or we could do without the pep ralley for teachers. Or we might decide that public hearings are more important than the new PPS TV show that is now being produced.

fixit said...

Anonymous said

Your answer is so good it did deserve to be printed TWICE and then printed hardcopy and carried around in our wallets.

fixit said...

I forgot, although I am not sure CEP is the right place, having a place like it could keep some families from abandoning PPS. Some parents do believe PPS could have expanded the offerings and service at Letsche rather than creating CEP.

Questioner said...

The question seems to be, what is the most effective and cost effective way to serve troubled students? Despite CEP there are still widespread discipline problems. Parents can refuse the referral to CEP. Expansion of Letsche could have been a less expensive option and a way for the district to develop its own expertise in this area rather than committing to pay this high yearly fee indefinitely.

Mark Rauterkus said...

It does not take money to televise. I've got Mark Roosevelt at the Ex For All meeting on YouTube -- and that is $0. Want a tour of U-Prep, $0.

The cable channel is already paid for by the cable subscribers. We've got the cable. No money.

I could put those meetings onto a podcast for $0 too -- using http://www.TalkShoe.com. Caputure the audio -- stream it to a computer. Upload audio file. Then it lives on the web.

Use volunteer camera operators if you must. But, the TV is less important than the capture of the audio.

To run open government costs little -- except to those in power. They pay dearly, much like what happens when the lights are turned on and the bugs scurry.