Monday, June 22, 2015

BOARD UPDATES IN THE NEWS: QUESTION ARISE ON AGENDA ITEM CHANGE AND TAX INCREASE

Well some big items made the paper, which we know is unheard of, not like Dallas where you know everything by the minute.

POLICY CHANGE FOR BOARD AGENDA ITEMS
So it was reported that this step may be tabled at the meeting tomorrow since we do have at least two board members who are against it and feel that it may be against the law to some degree but most of all that it keeps voters disenfranchised and without representation.  We appreciate Trustee Sutherland and Trustee Paz for standing up for the voices on this issue.  We cannot allow the current administration and other trustees to silence the voice of thousands of voters for personal feelings towards fellow trustees.  We ask for the leaders to lead on this issue.

http://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/editorials/article24505609.html

TAX INCREASE
As the district dips into the reserves to cover what they call expenses based on growth.  We all know that it is not the only reason, they have given raises to the top, hired more people and teachers are only getting 3%.  So the taxpayers are asked for 3 cent tax hike to pay off some.

How nice!!!   Guess we can't give our 2 cents here or else they will take them.

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/education/article25076050.html


WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE TRUANCY COURT NOW?
Governor Abbott signed the bill decriminalizing truancy.  While TEA will provide the rules on how to deal with truancy, we sure need to know if we will save 300,000 now that we won't need the court. Will we stop feeding the city?

https://www.texastribune.org/2015/06/19/texas-decriminalize-truancy-after-abbott-signs-bil/

ON THE SIDE

Here we have our taxpayer dollars at work in helping our youth make gang signs with our YAP program.  YEP folks.. that's how comfortable individuals are when the President is your ally and they only have 89 more students to train.  This is the 200,000 or more price tag.


WHERE ARE THE STAAR SCORES?
Have we missed something?  Did the district ever talk about the scores even to celebrate them?
Maybe it's on the Good presentations they will make and get their gold seal from the board on how great they perform.  Ms. Moss we need you to ask SOrum if we are ready and how ready are kids were this year.  

24 comments :

  1. Way to go Ashley and Ann!!!!!!! Thank you!

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  2. Board should consider voting down the 3 cent tax increase at least until the central office raises are rescinded. Also no budget until the STAAR results are out and we know what is planned for the testing regime.

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  3. How about full disclosure on EXACYLY how much has been spent on legal fees against employees - per employee. There are many more victims in addition to Palazzolo who had had to go up against attorneys brought in by Central Office. Though I am sure the fees in his case are in excess of 5 million, there are several dozen more who have been subjected to the same treatment including under Robbins.

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  4. Speaking of raises, I would definitely be okay if only teachers receive a raise and not central office. You can scratch off my 3% raise just so as long as the top heavy dead weight people like Davie, Breed, Sorum, Cavazos, Arispe, Monge don't get a raise either. Oh yeah and the GED employees who already received their big 25% raise like Mrs. Jimenez and Gomez don't deserve another raise!

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  5. Great move to fight off the usurpation of our right to representation on the board. Another great idea of yours Ann is to hold off on the 3 cent increase until those unnecessary raises are repealed. However, we need the increase for legitimate purposes. It's been far too long since the district raised the tax rate and so long as the money goes to legitimate things, not admin raises, let's get that done. Thanks to Paz for stepping up this time for the right issue.

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  6. Sorry but we all have to sacrifice for the cleansing to begin. Hold all of the raises - hold the budget - until ALL Central Office raises and new hires are repealed. I also think you need to DEMAND that ALL litigation against employees (yes, starting with Palazzolo) CEASE!!!!

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  7. Disgusted TeacherJune 23, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Cinto tonight is your night to shine or fall flat on your face. YOU need to call for a vote to END the Palazzolo witch hunt NOW. Not one more DIME for litigation.

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  8. I appreciate your opinion Teacher and I don't wish to get into an argument with you, but I have been sacrificing for the last 15 years with this district. I have sacrificed my own time and my own money because of what's been going on starting with Tocco, then Johnson, Dansby, now LInares and the train wreck that the board has been all those years. The crooked deals used to benefit cronies, the kickbacks for hiring vendors that never delivered what they promised, the constant hiring of incompetent relatives and friends, the yoyoing back and forth of bad teachers going downtown to become specialists that try and tell me what I should and should not do in a classroom that that they failed in. And now you want me to sacrifice

    a miniscule raise of 3% until it gets straighten out. I'm sorry but I believe that I and so many others have already sacrificed enough. .

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  9. Scores have been out for weeks! Why do all of the other districts have them? Does Sorum and Breed have something to hide?

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  10. What just happened tonight. I saw democracy actually work at the board meeting. Maybe it is because Needham left early. She avoided the big items. don't like Clark from YAP but those aren't YAP kids. They serve the northside. Those kids aren't throwing gang signs you idiot. Racists. Go teach in the suburbs where you can judge black kids. Tobi was great tonight!

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  11. You're right those weren't gang signs lol! I believe that's an EASTSIDE sign which represents where he's from. Either way it's just pride silly! I'm glad you were impressed with tonight because I WAS NOT!!! What happened to our GED ladies? Well, looks like they get to add an additional 3% to their most recent raise!!!! And WHY THE HECK are we hiring outside our district for AP's? Will you never clean up HCM??? If your a teacher that gets insurance with our district, that raise won't amount to more than about $75/month. You know I could almost put up with the CRAPPY RAISE if it weren't for those GED women getting more than a teacher with a PHD and ten years experience!!!! What's wrong with you people!!! This is total bull$!!! What happened ANN? Was anything done or said??? I'm clueless why Tobi for Pres. Was so happy, I actually cried!!! Somebody please tell me I missed something, please!!!!

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  12. You are absolutely on CRACK. How hard was it to approve a raise? The hardest part was completely lost: the GED ladies and Central Office pukes kept their raises BEFORE they received this one. HCM hired AP's from OUTSIDE FWISD. Democracy in action? More like MORONS in action. Barlow was still doing Needham's bidding telling the Board the "two members- one vote" thing was legal. They need to wake up and get new legal counsel.

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  13. I'm so sad! Ann you are the only one who stands for teachers and yet I felt like crying last night! You said nothing to the public about these women NOTHING! WHY? You are already elected and if I'm not mistaken teachers helped make that happen! Even if it changed nothing, you could've tried and at the least more people would know! YOU SAID NOTHING!! By saying nothing you are just as guilty as Monge for making it happen in the first place! Now they will get another raise too!!! It's like finding out that your childhood superstar was just arrested for crack!!! I know you cannot change everything I KNOW BUT what a slap in the face to those who helped you keep that seat.

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  14. Read her Blog - its like she "drank the kool aide". I too felt like I wasted my time supporting her. As to Palazzolo, where is the demand for disclosure of the legal fees paid? Who gave the review which was helpful, if Brandt was not there? The same guy recommending the Robbins' motion?

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  15. Not defending Ann here but there's only so much one person can do. We as educators should not let this get swept under the rug. Let's keep reminding people on this blog and on Ann's blog about these bogus appointments and raises for obviously underqualified individuals. Keep bringing up the issue even if it's not related to the topic. Let's send a message to administration and Monge that this type of favoritism and cronyism will not be tolerated.

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  16. I am a supporterJune 24, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    I'm sorry teacher but it is being tolerated! I don't think anyone is delusional enough to believe that and can fix everything but she said nothing to the public about this outrage nothing! I didn't expect for her to fix it but I did expect her to say something and she did not!perhaps she was not trying to rock the boat in order to get placed on the audit committee and do good later on down the road I don't know but I think at the very least she owns her supporters some kind of explanation. Maybe now that she is head of this audit committee she can start working on resending those ridiculous salaries for those incredibly under qualified women I don't know but by remaining silent she shows complacency and that is not acceptable!

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  17. You are so wrong. They bought you off with a silly 3% increase. That is exactly why nothing has changed in FWISD.

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  18. I am a supporter butJune 24, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Teacher 2, I've never been bought off before but I'm fairly certain it has more of an immediate monetary wow! You know like the $1000 + or 25% raise that our ladies with GEDs received! You may be a bit hard pressed to FIND JUST ONE teacher that wouldn't give back half of that 3% (making it pretty much equal to last year because of insurance hike again) just to resend those overpaid ladies in HCM salary!!! Try and rationalize this math? GED+less than 10 years experience + no college=25% salary increase; or
    PHD +10 years experience =3%
    Oh yeah I feel paid off?!?!?!?

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  19. I am a supporter butJune 24, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    I meant the $1000/month raise that they received

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  20. What do you expect her to say? She can not go on camera and call out an employee that has previously been named on this blog. Ann has always stood with us, and has never let us down. We have to trust that she will stand against this atrocity, but let her do it in her own time and in her own way. We can not expect her to blaze scorched earth over every issue if we want to see action. I stand with you Ann, but please demand that teachers who have invested in a real education receive the value we deserve.

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  21. All of these comments on both sides of the issue are good. What I see is the common denominator is the person responsible for making such ridiculous appointments and salary increases. And that's Monge. Time after time HCM has failed us. Hopefully if there is an audit there will be some sort of investigation into HCM's hiring policies and appointments.

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  22. Trust? Been down that road before. The time to speak up was last night not months from now when the "Audit" position comes into effect. "Scorched earth" on "every issue"? The only issue was the GED fiasco. She said NOTHING.

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  23. Here you go

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  24. Also Ann SupporterJune 24, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    I support Ann too! Not just with words on this blog but in every way that counts AND I too want to believe that there's a method to her latest bout of silence. I'm holding out hope that she's setting the stage for some SCORCHING in the very near future! I DO EXPECT HER to speak out against the MAJOR STUFF and paying young "hotties" with nothing more than GEDS & Stilettos MORE than a teacher with a PHD & 10 years experience!!! As a matter of fact, I would expect no less from the Ann I believe her to be!!!! This isn't some minor offense YOU TWIT! Perhaps you didn't earn the degrees and years of hard work and tens of thousands of dollars of debt that some of us have because if you HAD this one is a NO BRAINER!!! I mean tell me there's no $$ and we suffer through this together, I NEVER expected to get rich in this career but this is a very loud message of THIS INSTITUTION DOES NOT RESPECT OR VALUE THE MAIN COMPONENT in this field! Uh, tell you what Mr. Monge why not let those ladies set up shop in the classroom! Also for the record I BELIEVE ANN already won her seat so WHY NOTHING???

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