among others. As an adult I have often wondered what would have happened had I
been forced to take an extra hour of reading as the state wants to do with 300
schools and the county with 50. I might have felt like it was a punishment and
it might have impacted my love for reading.
required. It’s probably great for families that need it and want it but
probably the opposite for those that don’t.
Holiday Hill will be able to opt out which begs two questions, why wasn’t an
opt out option available from the beginning not just at all Holiday Hills but
all the schools and this is where the district wanted to draw the line with
of reading, which is weird because sending kids to school on time and
regularly, having them provide the basics and being involved with their kids
academics up to now had been optional for way to many of our parents. Who cares
about all that and so much more but they had damn better send their kids for an
extra hour of reading.
parents know best with their kid’s education options, so they can justify
vouchers and charters, are often the same people that point out that all to
many parents have abdicated their responsibilities.
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Florida may lose more than $130 million a year because so many teachers leave the profession or at least move to new schools, according to a new national study. The nation likely loses more than $2 billion a year because of teacher attrition, the study found, a problem that most hurts schools in low-income neighborhoods.
Not so fast.
So called experts say all the time, teacher quality is the number one “in school factor” determining how students do, to which I respond, duh! But the truth is there are much bigger factors out there, poverty anyone? Furthermore the evidence says merit pay reflects the quality and motivation of the student and not the quality and motivation of the teacher.
If it sounds like I am frustrated it’s because I am. We could really turn things around here in Duval and reach our potential but instead of doing what we should be doing, what the evidence and research says, we’re trying pie in the sky solutions based on the guts of wealthy donors and a super either to weak or to uninformed to insist we do things the right way.
but not before throwing the entire community into upheaval. Then there is the
constant turnover of senior staff with dubious or often zero reasons given,
like the Simac-Davis switch that leaves ESE without a director, so soon after a
major investigation into the department. Throw in the half hearted attempts at
discipline and making sure kids have electives and the QEA initiatives which I
don’t think are all supported by data but which also led to the greatest amount
of surpluses in Duval history and I can’t help but feel we’re making things up
as we go along either that or we’re doing to much at one time.
Foundation for Northeast Florida. In general, education policy research
nonprofit Jacksonville Public Education Fund serves as the grant-writing arm
for the funds.
administer the incentive program funds to teachers and who would collect on
them if teachers or principals failed to keep their end of the bargain.
Board Chairwoman Becki Couch asked. “Who is now the collection agent? Would it
be the district or would it be the district or would it be the Community
details on how that would happen still needed to be worked out.
on how to do that,” he said.
incentive pay would count toward teachers’ retirement benefits.
the money would not count towards retirement. Originally, the district expected
that it would, she said.
language, we discovered that it could not be,” she said.
Terrie Brady. Brady said the union was under the impression that the extra
money would count toward the employee benefits when it entered into an agreement
with the district to implement the program. The memorandum of understanding was
also never revised to reflect the change, Brady said.
fees would be attached to the administration of the funds.
that? I know JPEF charges a 6 percent administrative fee for anything that is
passed through,” she said.
President Trey Csar said the group does not charge any fees for writing grants
tied to the QEA funds due to a previous agreement entered between JPEF and the
specifying how money for the performance incentives program would be
administered has not been finalized yet.
school board has had on the matter, so far.
of the box that the superintendent has done with creating this initiative and
working with partners,” she said. “There’s a lot of oversight that the
board needs clarity on with payment schedules and the money flowing into the
district because that does fall under the purview of the school board.”
The point of Tuesday’s questions was to raise those concerns ahead of time.
be honest we don’t have flawless openings here in Duval, even before all these
changes, transfers and class changes are more the rule than the exception at a
lot of schools even weeks into the new year.
be done but to be honest I wish we slowed down and made sure we did some stuff
right before heading to the next big thing.
giving more money to public schools “throwing money” at the problem, but giving
more money to charter schools and private schools “investing” in the future.
of them have been created by starving schools of resources, attacking and
marginalizing our teachers and by ignoring poverty. Getting rid of work
protections for teachers and doubling down on the expensive and untested Common
Core is not going to fix poverty my friends. Florida has in effect handicapped
our public schools, ignored societies problems and then blamed our schools and
teachers for not being able to fix those problems.
to institutions that care more about the bottom line, charter schools or that
resist accountability, private schools that take vouchers. The solution should
be to address and fix our problems, many of which were created by individuals
and politicians who now seek to privatize our schools and profit off our
you should know I had a judgment from the state against me and I was on five
years of probation. Two things, I really think I got hammered compared to other
judgments I have seen and where I didn’t think it was fair after two years of
wrangling with the state I just gave up and agreed. So when Davis says he just
went along, I can see it, though at the same time, people go to jail and are
forced to register as sex offenders for doing what he was accused of. I may
have fought that a little harder
Vitti points to his promotions as evidence that he did nothing wrong it makes
me laugh a little. This is Florida and Jacksonville in particular, often
promotions have nothing to do with ability and everything to do with whom you
the end of the day it’s Vitti on the line and not Davis. He obviously wanted
somebody he likes and feels he can trust and Davis fits that bill. I still
think many of his appointments are random and many don’t make sense but I guess
that’s his bosses prerogative but think about this, if people were still
infatuated with Vitti, then nobody would care about this transfer.
Vitti’s wearing thin with a
lot of people. I thought Pratt-Dannals was terrible as super, though I hear he
was a great guy at a party, and one of the reasons he lasted so long was he
flew under the radar. Vitti on the other hand is out there constantly and
usually at the center of a controversy. Maybe that’s a byproduct of so much
being needed to be done but maybe it’s a byproduct of him not having a handle
on how to do things. The fact his quotes in the media often deflect blame from
himself and dump on teachers and principals probably doesn’t help either.
The latest Rick Scott television ad about his fondness for education and teachers surely is enough to motivate anyone who cares about children to act. This most recent commercial purports to have “teachers” praise some type of educational funding increase fantasy. Can they really be serious? Are they really teachers, or paid spokespersons?
In my 8 years in Duval, it never seems to matter who takes the “top” positions. They could put my cat in the position, and students would perform how they would with or without the cat. They don’t care who is in charge. These obsolete positions are useless and a waste of millions of dollars. They will never solve the real problems, and if Vitti were smart, he would eliminate them. He should talk to the principals himself, or better yet, he should just let principals freedom to enact change within their schools without so much insignificant oversight.
All of the “changes” he is making will not mitigate the issues many of our children face. Until he understands that the real issues are not school-based, he will continue to make decisions that mean nothing. Make some good changes.
1. Limit class size for the most struggling schools.
2. Allow teachers to be leaders in their own schools, not merely peons of the system.
3. Provide more counselors for the most struggling schools; most of our kids want an academic future, but they and their parents don’t know the process. We have 4 counselors for 1800 students. That is 450 per counselor, which is insane!
4. Put a social worker and a psychologist in EACH struggling school.
5. Have a graduation coach for each grade level, not just 12th.
6. Revert 8 classes every other day to 4 per semester.
7. Encourage students to participate in after school clubs and provide some supplements for sponsorships.
8. Require every parent to complete OnCourse training, so they can help their children.
9. Take away ISSP and implement detention after school. We have after school buses; we may as well get our money’s worth.
10. Provide more, not less security.
11. Eliminate academic coaches and allow experienced teachers to have a planning period off to provide support to those teachers. It would be a fraction of the cost of an academic coach.
12. Eliminate ALL intensive reading classes, and allow ELA teachers to teach double-blocked classes, so ALL students have more time to practice their literacy skills.
Trust me, I have more, and guess what? They don’t involve useless people who walk around as if they are actually doing something for students in some abstract way