Tuesday December 1, 2015
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Hey, I'm retirement age (if fact retired) and I'm very excited about it. And yes, I do think it will have great benefits to many in Payson. Keep on plugging it Roundup - and Pete. I'm with you!
While touring, it has been amazing to see how small college campuses add vitality, creativity and economic stimulus. I'm excited to see it happen. Kudos to the folks who keep on pushing in the face of what seemed to be at times overwhelming adversity. This type of perseverance is how great things are accomplished.
Tim Fruth and I suggested a K-8 system in about 2007. It was not received well. In any case, I am a huge believer in K-8. Something not to lose sight of. Remember the two years ago the middle school principal was removed and placed at Julia Randall while the Julia Randall principal was placed at the Middle school. Details around why and whether or not it was justified are fuzzy but the principal makes a huge contribution to the culture of a school and ultimately student achievement.
This article is right on. Folks need to see through the empty rhetoric. As a whole, the quality of public education available to all students is at a low and continues to decline. Politicians will point to the few "pet" schools that are doing well in an attempt to divert attention from the overall decline. It is sad to me.
The best of the best. Officer Barr was an SRO at the high school when I was principal. Simply outstanding. Kudos to you bro! Thanks for all your hard work and dedication.
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.
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