Schools Are The Foundation of Our Kids Future
I like Wake County Schools but I also realize there are a lot of areas that haven't changed the entire time I was a teacher from 1994 until 2013.
Being on a school board you are only a member and you will have to work through tough issues together. I enjoy problem solving and being creative. I have some questions not only for Wake County Schools but also for the state agencies.
..sometimes its good. Sometimes it's not even what
you think it is...
There is always a new training or a new name to the training you had the last time. I have heard a lot of teachers comment on this.
MOST TEACHERS WILL TELL YOU
"RACING TO THE TOP" DIDN'T ACCOMPLISH
GROWTH...SOME OF THE GROWTH LEFT THE BUILDING WITH SOME OF THE STUDENTS.
We EXPERIENCED IT...FOR YEARS.
WE "RACED TO THE TOP". I DON'T KNOW WHO MADE US RACE...BUT THE
TRAINING WAS THE SAME THING RECYCLED.
DID THE STATE COME UP WITH IT OR THE COUNTY??
THE ONLY GROWTH MOST PARENTS WOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT IS THEIR OWN
KIDS GROWTH. I SAT THROUGH MANY SESSIONS OF LOOKING AT CHARTS FROM THE BACK OF THE ROOM BASED ON CATEGORIES.
I KNeW WHY WE WERE DOING IT?It never worked nor did the race to the to top. One year my principal got mad at the back row and said move up closer. After looking a little closer, I got excited because we got a bonus for meeting growth...I said,"we got a bonus based on test scores."Every year after that was like...did we make bonus or not??
But to be honest, I was not clear as to why we spent so much time on analyzing test scores in categories. I didn't even understand how my school stayed at same place in an old building.
WE NEED TO SEE INDIVIDUAL GROWTH.Which to me means a CHILD FROM ONE GRADE TO THE NEXT.
Of course a teacher needs to be able to see their students' results, but as a parent I feel confident in teachers and schools not a grade being given to the entire school.
SO WHEN I SEE MY KIDS READING SCORES, HIS/HER REPORT CARD .THAT'S ALL I NEED...THE SCHOOL GROWTH and stats has to be available TO THE PARENTS WHO WANT TO see.When I got some mail about my kid's schools report card grade.
I said what a waste of postage and threw it in the trash. The teachers there are good. The leader is good. Waste of money to most logical parents...these teachers are qualified.
PRIVATE vs. PUBLIC
THE VOUCHER SYSTEM
The other trend that has become obvious over the past two years is private school vouchers. In my oppinion, this trend to send money to private schools while the legislature started cutting funding and stop paying master's degrees for NC teachers started in 2013.
The two groups NCAE and PENC
have been lobbying over the last two years to try to change that shift.The charter schools have their own lobbyists. There's some group and individuals...don't have a clue of the name but its there.
They build their own buildings, so they are helping the counties absorb the students and save the building funds for public schools. The funding only follows the pupil at 70 percent.
If you believe every student should have options there already several in place including magnet schools, your local school and your charter schools. The cap has been lifted so the number of charters will grow every year. They are public schools that are held accountable to NCDPI.
Why are we sending money to private schools?
I don't agree with it when the money should be going to charter school funding and your state employees. Why are we cutting the number of state employees? These teachers all of the workers that work in the schools are employed by the state of North Carolina. This strengthens the economy and educates ALL children!!
"A REAL UNION"
Even though it has nothing to do with school board, I think a union would make education stronger and keep NC teachers in our schools rather than them leaving to go other places.
I HOPE MEMBERS FROM BOTH of THESE SYSTEMS WILL BE THERE TO ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER AND MAKE US UNITED IN THE CHALLENGES TEACHERS FACE EACH
AND EVERY YEAR.
LETS GO UNION STRONG !
BECAUSE WE SHOULD GO TOGETHER FOR THIS ONE.
THESE ARE GOALS THAT SHOULD
BE IMPORTANT TO EVERY PARENT, TEACHER AND PUBLIC SCHOOL/CHARTER SCHOOL EMPLOYEE.
I BELIEVE WE CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN FOR OUR KIDS AND OUR STATE.
NCAE/PENC....YOUR BEST SPEAKER may be the lady in the video clip. I attended the conference.
SHE WAS A REPUBLICAN WHO helped with THE CHARTER SCHOOL MOVEMENT
AND TOOK HER STATE
I THINK SHE COULD HELP.
WHAT A GREAT SPEAKER!!
I REALLY PAID ATTENTION.
LET HER HELP US..SHE HAS DONE THIS AND SHE IS RESPECTED AS A STATE LEADER.
IT WAS THEMED OUT OF THE BALLPARK!
I'VE GOT NEWS FOR YOU. WE ARE ON SECOND BASE IN THE 8TH INNING IF SOMEBODY DOESN'T THROW THIS PITCH.
WHEN YOU PUT TEACHERS IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WITH A MIX
OF BOTH PARTIES AND A GREAT SPEAKER
RIGHT AFTER ELECTION YEAR PROMISES...
I think it is a possibility in 2017 for North Carolina...hopefully a step closer to where we are now. If you want the real numbers on educational spending go to these websites....not any candidate's websites. This is the reason most of the candidates won't like me!