Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Roosevelt departure/ bad seeds?

On the October "Start a new post" Anonymous wrote:

"Roosevelt's departure: Bad seeds?

Tribune Review

Now that the spinning tops are resting on their sides, some much-needed perspective on the coming departure of Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Mark ...

Good Read-Hmmm has MS BEEN OUT OF TOWN-"

- The link is: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/opinion/s_703810.html


Questioner said...

Was the "bad seed" piece written by the Trib editorial board, or someone else?

Anonymous said...

It was written by a member or members of the Trib editorial board.

Questioner said...

How different from the PG board, which seems to avoid acknowledging any type of problem with PPS.

It would be interesting to know if the Tribune has its own "sacred cows," or if it is just a more fearless paper.

Questioner said...

In this New Courier article MR says that no more new ideas are needed.


It's hard to imagine such a statement being made about a city, state or other unit of government, or even a particular school- no more new ideas needed! But PPS already has all the answers.

Also mentioned is a shift in culture in the board. It's true that except for MBrentley the board has been pretty much neutralized, in accordance with the Broad position that school boards are unnecessary. But is that progress?

Anonymous said...

So now we need to look for a superintendent who won't have any ideas.

Anonymous said...

The worst. Simply THE WORST superintendent this town has ever had. EVER. I thought Dale Frederick couldn't spell cat but he knew education, he knew kids. This guy is clueless and his ego keeps him that way.

Mark, don't let the door hit you in the ass. Hey, and take your assistants with you.

Anonymous said...

THIS should be amother blog entry sorry!

Rhee, Washington Schools Chancellor, to Resign Wednesday, October 13, 2010

It is Wednesday and another super is resigning!

CHICAGO CEO Ron Huberman




The SUPERS AS reformers or gardeners are ditching their gardens for winter-they did not plant perennials. They planted annuals.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10286/1094800-298.stm#ixzz12EOxvi6f

Anonymous said...

They came to districts in disarray, brought public relations teams, and left their districts in not only greater disarray but in complete chaos where teaching staffs are concerned.
And the best part is...they'll make more down the line. People like Brian O'Neill---a columnist with his head up his hind quarters---actually fell for the shell game.

Questioner said...

For some people, including apparently Brian O'Neill, the Pittsburgh Promise is the answer to any criticism.

But remember, UPMC made this contribution because it does not pay taxes like other businesses of its size. Does anyone really think that UPMC would have committed to contribute potentially $100M if it had been paying normal taxes? At one point in the process there was even an attempt to have the city commit in writing that if nonprofits became subject to tax, the Pittsburgh Promise contribution would offset that tax. If the money had come in as tax dollars would the city have used it on a scholarship program? Especially with no real public input until the deal was done, and disproportionately benefiting just one segment of the population? How much praise is due to someone who essentially did an end run around our system for taxing and spending?

Anonymous said...

Questioner said..@. October 13, 2010 9:53 PM

Questioner-yes, the Promise was a tax saver for UPMC WITH the IRS.
For some people, including apparently Brian O'Neill, the
ittsburgh Promise is the answer to any criticism

O'Neill’s, child graduated from Allegheny Traditional Elementary this past spring. I believe Roosevelt was a graduation guest speaker.

What can I say-

I believe he wrote an article regarding this in the June Pgh Post.

Questioner said...

Nice it worked out for him- he seemed enthusiastic about his children having a chance to attend CAPA near his home for 6-8, as well as receiving a scholarship- but there are larger issues to consider as well.

Anonymous said...

Questioner said.. @. October 14, 2010 6:01 PM

Questioner you stated –the way I wanted to state-you are 100% right.

Maybe he loves rose gardens.

You are cultivator and see the weeds and other necessitated larger issues.

I agree with you-there is a big picture.