Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FWISD vs. TASB COMPENSATION



So we learning just how our leaders have fared throughout the many raises received at rates that are not on par with even our teachers.  You tell me if any of this money has translated into high student achievement.  Tell me what someone else would be capable of doing had we spent the money to attract new talent as the reason behind TASB salary adjustment.  So to answer Ms. Moss' comment of, when will we see things change, Ms. Moss, let's start with compensating success!

I am sure with the new state evaluation tying student achievement to teachers, then it should bode the same for all administrators who are the ones forcing teachers to teach as they want and not as they should.  Now we see why they don't worry what happens on the ground at campuses, they got the money secured.

Salary 1/1/12

Salary 2-28/13

Salary 7/1/13

Salary 7/1/14

$$ increase

% increase







1/1/12-7/1/14 (%

Sammy Monge Chief HCM

130,000

151,000

164,001

169,098

39,098

30%

Sherry Breed Chief Lrng Student Supp

145,110

162,470

169,970

175,067

29,957

21%

Connie Berry Admn asst to CFO

49,695

59,502

59,501

63,751

14,056

28%

Brenda DeLeon  (promotion)

56,100

62,400

64,896

81,669

25,569

46%

Max Ates, Sr. officer payroll

108,499

124,665

129,653

134,678

26,179

24%

Michael Sorum Deputy

173,000

181,680

197,628

203,746

30,746

18%















Note:  TASB Compensation study indicates the following






*Chief Human Capital Management

exceeds median by 6%





*3 deputy superintendents

exceed midpoint by 3%





*Chief leadership learning student support

exceeds midpoint by 1%






FWISD VOTES TO SUE TATUM

Read on and let us know what you think.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SO TEACHERS WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR LEADERS & MORE TESTING?

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Citizens-In-Action-FWISD/280699678798717?ref=hl



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Brief comments were posted while Sorum and Company presented their spill on ways to improve district achievement.  Of course they do not have the details and I am sure most of you don't have them either.  So you will get to watch a video that will explain his wants and needs on information that can be done informally by you.  If they would get themselves to the classroom and truly evaluate the culture of the campus they would see how some campuses don't advance because of the leadership.  Not only is it about teacher capacity Board Members, it's also about the support you receive and the trust that you are a college graduate and know what you are doing.  Year after year we get prescribed curriculum, mandated assessments at the time that they want them not necessarily based on the needs of the students.

Moss had a few things right, year after year we hear the same presentations of new initiatives.. just play the videos each time and you hear how wonderful things are with what centrally they created.  The only input teachers get is working for them to create tests and the curriculum, you don't hear we went to the campuses, spoke to the teachers and asked what they see as good ways of assessing or knowing where students are.  There is no sense of urgency.. hence the final realization by Sorum and Company that only working with those students who are close to passing the test won't work.  Well duh!!!!!  For years we have expressed it to you at meetings and you have not listened.

10 questions on a test based on how many weeks or is it based on one to two TEKS taught?  Remember that some TEKS take 10 days or sometimes a full week depending on what you teach?  So have all tests been created for each content from Elementary to High School?  Will that include AP courses?  So once the tests are given, teachers will grade them or you will scan them onto the portal? At what part of the week will they be given and since you said PLCs will be used to look over it, what if my classroom is not like the other classrooms?   Will I be allowed to intervene for my students or what I am told to intervene on and with?

Thank you Dr. Sutherland for standing up!  Once again we are let down by Board Members who just bless Sorum and move on.  A few things said by Paz about concerns at the campus level.  What they don't understand about Baldrige is that if you have no buy in it won't work.  You are more worried about having something to present but yet you dress it up and it looks the same.  We think in this case if you have nothing to say then just keep quiet and don't look dumb.  Most of you Members have not substance or background to ask questions, some of you just showing up does not show anything.  As Ramos says that he doesn't understand much.. so that tells you that we have the blind leading the blind.

We too would like to know specifics on schools and how they are performing and not lumped up.  We know special choice schools will do well but yet East Side continues to lag behind and yet nothing said other than do the same thing for everyone.  SCAs may work for some schools but with schools who are not performing is more of a drag and not a specified plan for the needs of the campus.  Not once did we hear parents involved so again we do what we want to kids and move them on.  How sad that the people seated around have less education knowledge than most teachers who teach their hearts out.  Just wait teachers they will be demanding things because they have to prove that it works, so get ready for added work, longer hours, more meetings on top of meetings and stress.

As Sutherland said, we hope we are wrong but we have been let down so much that hope is dismal.  We thought our new board would help us and listen more to us but disappointed yet again.

Let's speak up!!!

Let's see.......
Blueprints and data points are meaningless if we cannot see where students went wrong.  We know we have to teach the entire TEKS but sometimes it helps to see where we may need to improve.  By not releasing questions or allowing viewing then we don't know how aligned they are to the curriculum.  We have always said the CBAs are written poorly.  The ones who have doctorate degrees should know that unless test writers are fully trained and calibrated, many are going by their own experiences or what they believe is a high level questions.  If you have not calibrated the questions or field tested them prior to full implementation then they mean nothing.  As we said, all these degrees and the basics of statistics are missed.  Yet they get the big raises.

Monday, August 25, 2014

JUST THE FACTS MAM


In doing our due diligence we came across some interesting web connections between individuals on the board and the attorney's who represent FWISD.
In particular Judy Needham who seems to be in the middle of everything and has her ducklings follow in a straight line or all over the place as they always seem to be.

Well the press release stated that it was "a lower court ruling" that decided this case and facts are it was a Jury of their peers that decided for palazzolo.  The jury indicated that there was no justification for the termination and awarded $2.4 million.  They basically stated that it was retaliation.  The district says that the judge made the award and it was a jury.  So we know that Benjamin Barlow and his group are in-house counsel for the district at $37, 500 dollars a month, we just checked payroll checks to make sure.  So we go back and find in Needham's deposition that she worked for Win Hooper and David Joeckel, Barlow and Gardner.  Well it so happens that there is a Barlow, father, who worked for the firm and looks like he retired in 2008.  So coincidence that the son is the counsel for the district who also was in the audio taping that is the basis for the Dansby Defamation suit.  Oh the webs just keep on giving!!!



So Needham has friends who are working hard to cover up as much as they can and now are moving forward with an appeal that was not cast on a vote and will end up hurting the district in the future.  Board members we will hold you responsible for everything that happens because of your dereliction of duty that you swore upon a Bible.  Start asking for forgiveness soon because God don't like ugly and ugly it's going to be.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

FWISD APPEALS PALAZZOLO CASE WITH NO PUBLIC VOTE

It looks like the FWISD Board, perhaps not all, have agreed to allow the lawyer to appeal the case.  You can read their press release which of course was not posted on the FWISD website. WE checked but did not find anything.

This only proves that the board makes decisions behind closed doors and hide under executive privilege.  They know this decision is incorrect, one about Palazzolo and two because they are not following the law.  We would like to know what specific law allows them to secretly make decisions and not be held accountable by the Open Meetings Act.  Where is the accountability?  Who runs the district?

Here we have elected officials who have decided to go above the law and also the constituents of the district.  What kind of example are you setting for the district?  You boast high integrity and your actions speak louder.  The majority of this board is full of lies and lacks integrity.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/17ydLvfQM-fK0yeJkXjhPVvvSI16C2V9qBN_pn5-HK8s/edit?usp=sharing



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Saturday, August 23, 2014

FWISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES TAKE A LOOK AT NEW COMPENSATION PLAN

We are asking our board members to look at the new compensation plan and ask questions.  Our employees who are on the salary scale of minimum to maximum informed us that the midpoint salary does not reflect what individuals are being paid now.  According to some the difference is 8000 to 10,000.  We welcome input and some examples on individuals who are being affected.  We want to make sure that increases in salary are adjusted to make sure everyone is paid at the right level.

Remember that an increase by the board should be adjusted and also because of the conducted salary audit salaries rose for some 10,000.  We hope administration can provide information at the board meeting and address the concern.  We hope they won't just rubber stamp it without questions.  We did our homework!

Anyone with more information comment and let us know.  You can also email to ciafwisd@gmail.com

Great to hear employees are looking after each other.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

UPDATE: A Tale or the Truth About Same old Hiring Practices at FWISD?

UPDATE 8-19-14

We received word today that co-workers verify the story regarding how things unfolded at the Juvenile Detention Center and the personal issues that resulted from all of this and an innocent victim in the middle.  If someone else has other facts to provide, we welcome them because we know there are two sides to every story.  Some have indicated that this is going too far into a personal issue.  We say that if it was us teachers that were involved in something similar we would be fired on the spot.  We want everyone to be held accountable.  We are talking about the integrity and what an individual represents and presents to the public.  The situation occurred in the capacity of a public official or representative of an entity.
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As you watch the board meeting we stand vigilant on making sure we hold board members accountable for what they do and say on behalf of the district.  We will make sure we get as many facts as possible and thanks to citizens who are sharing information.

So now I take you to a comment made by a reader regarding an employee named Claudia Martinez.  The comment alluded to some influence by board member Ramos as to the reason Ms. Martinez got hired and placed under Raul Perez whom we know is a supporter of Mr. Ramos.  To offer some background, Ms. Martinez worked at the Juvenile Detention Center where she and Mr. Ramos worked.  Apparently she got fired and was pregnant at the time.  Right after the election Ms. Martinez was hired by FWISD.  From all indications Ms. Martinez and Mr. Ramos have a long history together at Camp Community.  According to sources this caused a personal family situation for both individuals.  Ms. Martinez went on to marry another man while pregnant.

Individuals who have seen photos of the child, which we will not post, indicate that the child has a strong resemblance to Mr. Ramos.  When we look at the picture we notice the eyes, the nose and basically the facial features when comparing.  Again we are just comparing and noticing the similarities but obviously we do not know if this is true regarding a relationship that may have resulted in the hiring.  We will leave this to those that know anything but we wanted to respond to what a reader stated because we want to make sure ethics is upheld.

Let us know if this is a bunch of nothing or some truth to it.  Many looked forward to the new people ending the connections to obtain employment and instead use the merit of their expertise.  We shall see.