Friday, August 30, 2013

VIVA Forum

On another post Anonymous wrote:

***NEW POST***

I know the VIVA Forum was discussed in an earlier post, but it could really use some community input. Go to this site to let your voice be heard. All of the comments are going to be compiled in a report that will be presented to Linda Lane in late September.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you don't have to give your real name or post a picture of yourself.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

All things positive

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"**New Post

Can we try a thread of "all things positive" items? I will start...

The facebook First day of School Picture posts have been fun."

Friday, August 23, 2013

Mentorship program

From the PG:

Monday, August 19, 2013

How PPS spends money

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"New Post

Can we begin to talk about how PPS spends our money?

There was a discussion at agenda review about two high schools beginning to give out student I.D. cards if the expenditure is approved at the next legislative meeting. When my first kid started high school back in 2006 I brought this up at least yearly at PSCC meetings and each time I heard that it was too costly to provide student I.D. cards. My argument was basically the same as the thoughts presented by Dr. Holley with the additional desire being to be able to get students discounts at theaters and events. We have less money now but apparently it is a good idea for a couple of our schools to issue cards?

Can it be true that additional deputy or assistant superintendents are being hired?

We have not even scratched the surface, have we?

Over at VIVA we have ideas flowing. Perhaps every idea should come with a suggestion for funding.

We also need to hear from someone in athletics about facilities. Rumors are slowly surfacing. If I had to use one word to describe why suburban districts are more successful in running programs it would have to be STABILITY. No scrambling for practice space. No scheduling conflicts."

Sixth grade mentor program expanding

On another post Anonymous wrote:

"New Post:
Does "success" for the PPS 6th grade mentoring program mean that there has been substantial increase in achievement for 2013? What is the EVIDENCE for characterizing the program as successful? What are the criteria for success? More mentors for more kids or more progress in achievement and attendance at school?
What is the data from 2012-13 telling us about 6th grader "success"?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

PIIN seeks a moratorium on school closings

From the PG:

Wallace Foundation/ Rand to assess Summer Dreamers

From the PG:

Friday, August 16, 2013

Penn Hills board members demand proficiency numbers

On another post Anonymous wrote:

"New Post:

This article deals with Penn Hills, but the same issues apply for PPS. (The comments that follow are also interesting)

Three Penn Hills school board members demand proficiency numbers
August 15, 2013 5:34 am

By Tim Means
"33Several Penn Hills school board members told the superintendent Monday that they want to see the district's hard data on academic proficiency as it relates to new state mandates. . . ."

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Friday, August 9, 2013

The Smartest Kids in the World

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Why the world is smarter than us

Book review on critique of America's anti-intellectualism when it comes to our schools

"And we should stop throwing tax dollars at school sports programs and at gadgets like interactive white boards and iPads for every child. International comparisons show that the best schools are usually low-tech and focused on academics."

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Cutting teachers via RISE

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"Questioner, I'm disappointed that you have failed to link yesterday's PG article about the new method of cutting teachers via the 'cut off' idea of RISE. Where are you Questioner? Are you still in disbelief that next summer will bring the furloughs of even more teachers but NO central administrators? Are you in disbelief that even more schools will be closed???? Where are you and Pure Reform.
Perhaps you should check Nina's letter at for a whiff of what is coming."

Sunday, August 4, 2013

"Let our teachers teach"

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Looking for start anew post and can't find it......

This is a great letter! "