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[thumbup] Good read for teachers .... who is really on your side....?
http://education-curriculum-reform-government-schools.org/w/2013/05/master-teachers-crowded-out-by-common-core-classrooms-now-high-tech-assembly-lines/1 month ago
[wink] Mrs. Burk, you are doing a terrific job as board president!
LiveinGilbert said...."I am glad you showed the courage to do the right thing for students and teachers last week - knowing those votes went against the grain of your base (similar to those state senate Republicans who did the right thing for Arizonans with their Medicaid vote).".....
Give Mrs. Burk the credit where credit is due....she researched to find the answer she decided was best for the district. The past board majority did not research much of anything.....if anything.
You also said, "If you want an easy budget for everyone to understand, go the the lemonade stand. The GPS is a complex multi-million dollar organization - Teddy has done a pretty good job of making it understandable at a basic level but to make everyone an expert on it - they probably need to go back to school and get accounting or business degrees. It's nice the board has Ms Tram on it, with her accounting degree and current position she is well versed with budgets."
Uhhhhh---not so much.....Where do we go if we want to find integrity in the budget? Perhaps it is the intention of the administration to create a budget that uses fuzzy math, or hidden agendas --- like their pay increase. Ms. Tram with all her degrees will have little impact if she doesn't pursue truth, transparency, and common sense. It never appears that she makes an attempt to analyze the budget to find savings or cost effectiveness. She seems to forego the responsibility of being the fudiciary of the taxpayer monitoring the spending. She seems to be more 'politically' motivated than the "Tea Party" board members as Mr. McClellan and some of the speakers labeled the 'conservative' board members. It is amazing how a person is negatively labeled for desiring integrity and accountability in spending--- as in money that is available.
Your referral to Expansion of Medicaid ..... show us the money.....all you sustainable people .....it is UNSUSTAINABLE.
Get a grip on reality----adding 200,000 more people is not possible. Talk about political....that is pure vote buying and it is and will continue to destroy America.
Did I say I love the depth and intelligence of this board that cares about the classroom, teachers and all taxpayers.1 month ago
We finally have a school board that is truly looking out for the teachers and the classroom. We have a board that looks at all the issues of the budget to move the money to the teachers and the classroom. We have a board that wants an administration that is accountable and transparent with the money they spend.
Thank you board members for doing a thankless job and for putting up with the rude people....some even called teachers, that jeer, talk, yell etc during a board meeting. You have struggled through the budgeting process even when you don't get all the facts or muddled facts from the administration.
Keep up the FINE job you are doing!
LiveinGilbert what Fringe element are you part of?
Mr. McClellan, what is a Tea Party Board?
As an Aside.... you said, "Now, news stories about our public schools are dominated by reports of school board proposals or efforts to reject sources of future funding, identify programs to cut, alienate long-time teachers and their chosen representatives, publicly belittle our superintendent" DO YOU MAKE UP THESE STORIES? Who is putiting this garbage out to the public as truth? The chosen representative does not represent all teachers....let's bring them all into the tent. "Reject future funding"....analyzing the budget options is not rejecting money. ...."alienate long-time teachers"....who and how? "Identify programs to cut"....do tell, what is wrong with that if the program is not viable or producing. "Belittle the superintendent"....how so---explain.1 month ago
Some of the facts regarding Common Core:
"Common Core Costs
If money talks then we had better listen!
(Some money points taken from the "National Cost of Aligning States and Localities to Common Core" Vol. No. 82, February 2012)
"Over a typical standards time horizon of seven (7) years, we project Common Core implementation costs will total approximately $15.8 billion across participating states."
These cost projections over seven years do not include:
$1.2 billion for the new assessments
$5.3 for professional development (i.e teacher training)
$2.5 billion for textbooks and instructional material
$6.9 billion for technology infrastructure and support
"We project that the annual cost of assessment for states participating in the consortia (PARCC and SBAC) will INCREASE by a total of $177.2 million PER YEAR."
Estimated professional development costs:
California $2,000 per teacher
Washington $3,087 per teacher
Texas $1,681 (Texas has rejected Common Core since the writing of these figures)
"We project that states adopting Common Core will need to spend approximately $2.47 billion in one time costs to obtain aligned English language arts and mathematics instructional materials."
Add to this....medicaid, foodstamps disabilty and more.....Where is all this money going to come from? 3 months ago
Kelly Townsend, you hit the nail on the head.....it is time to stop throwing money at education to expect a beneficial outcome when you have administrations and school boards that ignore ecomomics 101 and mismanage the funds to benefit everyone else but the teacher and the students.....the taxpayers have no clue where their money is going....the administsation makes sure of that!
And Mr. McClellan, you are the one edging the truth to promote your ideology...9 months ago
What is a Tea Partier?[wink]
So.....that means Mr. McClellan you COMPLETLEY AGAINST wise spending, accountability and truth in spending within govenment....INCLUDING the School Board.....throw fiscal responsibilty, and integrity, out the window to bring in corruption, payoffs, waste, and fraud, and unaccountability so we deprive the teachers, the students and the taxpayer of excellence within the school system and town governments. That is swell Mr. McClellan.....I guess you'll be voting for the same school board members so you can keep the corruption, the unaccountability, and more, siphoning from our schools....Nice real nice. We get what we vote for.....LOOK at what we have....pathetic.9 months ago
What it all boils down to is the the Federal Govenment has WAY TOO MUCH POWER! They need to get out of the state's business and let them decide what is good for their state. I am against legalizing marijuana, and I do believe she is right on this one.
Of couse we know that the Feds are picky on the laws they force the states to enforce/or not......they will probably ignore us on this one ---- the more stoned the public is the more this administration can get away with creating their dictatorship.May 29, 2011
Medicare and Medicaid will be bankrupt soon, while everyone complains now of a plan that will modify but save it. People just can't give up the handouts---and Medicare is one of the giants ---- at the doctors and taxpayers expense.May 29, 2011
Tom, you hit the mark! We can all see how Obama circumvents Congress on everything he does now. We can visualize the 'death panel' in action.May 29, 2011
I say it is time to replace the incumbents for overspending and trying to tax and spend some more... Not to mention the their "lovely" union support they brought to town.May 1, 2011