Saturday, July 23, 2016

UTA IS THE NEW TCU: SWEET DEALS UNDER THE TABLE (BARBARA GRIFFITH)

Well can we get someone to check this out at HCM, Dr. Sutherland?

It seems that our hiring practices continue to benefit friends of the administration.  Here we have Kristin Sullivan, the apparent new Executive Director of Collective Impact under Sherry Breed.  It seems that Ms. Sullivan was celebrating her leave from UTA around July 5 or so and the posting for the position came online on July 19th and closes August 2nd.  Unless the job is incorrect, something if fishy.

The other part is that Barbara got her kid a full ride scholarship from UTA and well the picture tells you who may have helped seal the deal.  While the kid may have earned or not, with all the money Barbara makes could she have left the scholarship for someone who does not have the " who you know" privilege?  Of course not, its benefitting the very few.

How many people were interviewed?  Did we miss her at a board meeting?

Anyone with information let us know.




Friday, July 22, 2016

SCORES? (silent) THE UNFORGOTTEN REASON THE DISTRICT EXISTS

Well while we are going through the diversions of the scandals that plague the district, scores are posted and no public comment from what we hear so far.  So we will comment and look for the district to respond to the dismal results.

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article89943297.html

Take a look
*The first thing that caught our eye were the low results of the Dual Language scores.  These were the scores that were supposed to show greater results than any others.  The promises were broken because FWISD has never been able to do it right.  It would be interesting to take out the GT students and Benbrook area, Tanglewood students and see what the data tells you.  The district admin does nothing!

District didn't meet measure in 7th Math, 7th Writing----

We are basically just making the cut even when they lower the standards---sad!

You would think that this would be the biggest concern for the admin and it's not.  They are more interested in their national spotlight than anything else.  Same old stuff!

DII- A WASTE OF FUNDS WITH NO REALISTIC GOALS FOR STUDENT SUPPORT

We saw the cost of training and implementation of this new DII or Direct Instruction something...
It sounded like having coaches before like Reading and Math.  While some have already trained, principals are next and then teachers.  So we were able to obtain some information that principals obtained at training to basically show us that this is a complete joke.  We know we have some bad apples in our profession but this is something that doesn't feel right because of the nature of the expectations that you can read below.  Some of the biggest ones that caught our eyes is the "royalty" treatment that the DII coaches are to receive, the only thing they can do is be a "teacher peer" and help during testing other than that, principal's cannot ask them to do crap.  So we thought that they would help the teacher by at least helping students but they are not to work with children....

So Scribner, the DII coach cannot talk to the principal about the teacher they are helping, they report to the leaders at central, etc. etc.  So if they cannot discuss progress then how can the principal make decisions on anything, basically going blind.  The training is horrible, paying thousands for people to get up and say stuff, you can do that in a video and save money.  We see this as another way for central administration to take control of the campuses and not allow the principals to lead or at least the ones they don't like.

So is this model about improving instruction with strategies and resources or is this basically let me tell you what you are doing wrong and not help improve anything at all.  There is a lot of accommodating for one person when the funds or additional personnel would really help the campuses.  What about a reading interventionist that can pull students who are struggling?  What about true PD that supports teachers based on their need and not some mundane approach that gives you nothing.  Another program that is being pushed on everyone else and money down the drain.... as you read that laugh at the expectations like the evaluation of the DII coach, how can you provide input when you won't be able to share information with each other? Why can't principal's choose the coach?  Working extra time even on Saturdays?  Guess they are milking it with no additional money...

#12--- say what?

THANKS BOARD FOR YOUR SEAL OF APPROVAL THAT THE PRINCIPAL'S HATE!




Thursday, July 21, 2016

BOARD MEMBERS CAN GIVE THEIR OPINION ABOUT AN EXECUTIVE SESSION MATTER

During the Palazzolo situation, the district has always maintained that Sutherland, for example, could not speak of anything or even give her opinion.  The Open Meetings Act never states nothing about saying you disagree with the agenda item.  You cannot disclose the facts of the matter.  Here is an Attorney General opinion back in the day that discusses the issue of the first amendment and how it violates a board member's right to exercise speech.

Brandt has been lying to the board for years and wants to make sure that he gets his way.  Sutherland, keep on talking, it's your right!

So read up

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B58nQYNsVgwwZ1owNWk3c0oxSU0/view?usp=sharing

BOARD MEETING REVIEW: INTERESTING!

Here are few snippets of the board meeting this past Tuesday.

The more interesting ones are:

Stand Fort Worth is ready to go after Districts 1, 4, 9 and others this next election.  FWISD CIVIL WAR coming!

The student from YWLA discusses Mia Hall and her way of mistreating students and how they had to fight her for their rights.

DII- the presentation seemed like at the 4th grade level, scripted with no substance.  When you can't explain it and have to rely on your script then it tells you that you don't get it.  We know the real sentiment of the people having to go through it and it's not positive.  Another program upon many programs that have come and go.

We shall see how the newbies in Curriculum do, either they stand out or get eaten.  They are outsiders from Spring ISD and Tomball ISD.  Spring ISD is not a progressive district so we shall see how this person does in a district that doesn't progress at all.

STAND FORT WORTH- COMING AFTER BOARD MEMBERS-

MIA HALL THIS IS FOR YOU!!

OUR KIDDOS COULD OF DONE A BETTER PRESENTATION!  NO SUBSTANCE JUST SCRIPT!

SUTHERLAND SAID IT BEST: WHAT WE HAVE SAID FOR YEARS!


Just like this election year, civil war is about to hit FWISD.  You have Stand for Fort Worth ready to battle the board and while we don't like it based on the Transgender issue, the point is they need to go.  But as you can see, Sutherland has summed up how we have felt, that there is NO HOPE FOR CHANGE, can we make it a hashtag?  The district has hit rock bottom if there is such a thing because of the self-interests of the mass and not doing what they are supposed to do.  So much talent has been lost and/or purged for many years and here are the results.  DII is a joke, a service to the good ol boy system among many programs that have come through FWISD.

THE PURGE NEEDS TO OCCUR!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

WORKPLACE BULLY AWARD

Here we are highlighting Ms. Barbara Carter Taylor of Mitchell Boulevard.  She met the criteria for bullying of employees.  There are only 8 teachers returning, who in HCM is checking turnover rates?

Scribner, can we can a check on this please?