Thursday July 30, 2015
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I'm afraid they are right on regarding this one.
I have been saying this would happen for awhile now but have been interpreted by some as "sour grapes". It turns out that ALA is for real. It's a good one with high academic standards. Usually what happens after this is the creme de la creme parents who are serious about their students' academics enroll their kids. Guess what this leaves in the traditional public school. Like what I have to say or not on this, it is what happens.
I think it's a great story. Well written, witty and certainly conceptually pertinent. Enjoyed reading it. When it comes to a community newspaper, writing like this absolutely belongs.
I hope you will flex with me a bit on this one. I understand and support what you are saying relative to basic math. Though we don't want kids to have to rely on calculators for basic math, graphing calculators and efficient utilization of technology applications to mathematics are kind of a must have in this day and age.
Once again, a school does not "achieve" Title I status. Title I status is not an achievement. Title I is a designation for a school with a high percentage of students from what is considered an "underserved" population. A major component relative to this designation is the percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch (Is this an achievement?). The school then responds by creating a program that utilizes federal Title I funding to better serve that population. JRE did not achieve Title I status. JRE created a Title I school wide program, hence they are a Title I school.
Agreed. Dr. Wyman nailed the reality on this one. I can give you a reliable example in terms of financial expectations relative to career (real numbers, not an indictment on PUSD because AZ districts are all in the same boat): 25 years, masters level placement take home pay $878 every other week.
If these are numbers for a veteran, imagine a beginning teacher. Then imagine a beginning teacher or better yet a college student looking ahead to those numbers.
Now, take a look at a beginning engineer, 60K+ with benefits, quarterly opportunities for financial advancement and end of year bonus.
So, here you are a young person with a head for math and science: Math Teacher? or Engineer?
Now here is the next reality that will make it even tougher on Arizona educators The agenda and push from the Gov. and Leg. is to expand charter schools. We work with a number of charters. The teacher pay is generally lower simply because they are generally "for profit" entities.
I am thankful for this article, but particularly the last four paragraphs. To be honest, I have had a fair amount of grieving over the loss of advanced classes, hence loss of opportunities for our students. Thank goodness for a superintendent who "gets it" and pushes to raise standards and offer advanced opportunities. I suppose it should go without saying, but shame on the persons(s) who pushed the easy answer schedule changes, limiting advanced academic opportunities. It was a four year step backward. Next fix: Get back to a K-5 model at the elementary level.
I suppose I'm fortunate. I've been involved in public schools at every level for thirty years. I still consult with public and charter schools in Arizona but out of state schools as well. I see it a little differently. The political systematic dismantling of traditional public education in Arizona is doing a disservice to the future of our state, academically, culturally and (consequently) economically. Anyone who knows me, will already know I am very concerned about academic opportunIties for students. However, I am particularly concerned these days about the deleterious effect on extra-curricular opportunities including clubs, the arts and athletics. Make no mistake about it, the day to day participation, practice and training encompassed in these areas significantly contributes to student's overall skill level, competency and ability to contribute to a community.
It saddens me that the vision cast for education in Arizona by the legislative leadership and governor is a mirage - a rosy picture with a reality of dry bones. I'm with you on this one Mr. Aleshire.
Go to: http://www.pusd.k12.az.us/pages/Payson_USD_10/Departments/Board_of_Education
Click on Governing Board Agendas and minutes. Then click on March 9, 2015 agenda packet. Scroll down to Expense Summary.
Mr. Wyman's comments are accurate. The concern in regard to the teacher shortage is legitimate and disconcerting. Students benefit a great deal when they learn another language. The lack of language program punctuates a decline in the overall quality of education available to our Payson students. I would like to see them find a quality Spanish teacher and eventually offer Spanish 1, 2, 3 and Advanced Placement Spanish. All would fit into a plan to raise the overall rigor, thus providing greater opportunity for Payson students.
Students might even learn some accurate linguistic/historical/factual information...like Shiite and Sunni are religious not linguistic in nature, hence they are not "dialects". Certainly this would assist our students in not embarrassing themselves and others when writing in a public arena.
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