Monday, July 27, 2009

Feds ignore laws and expand power in Education

from Laurie Rogers....

Welcome to your new paradigm, folks. Parents are not the “stakeholders” that matter to these bureaucrats. They behave as if we don’t know anything and have nothing to contribute. They seem to think we should sit down, shut up and stop bothering the true professionals. We are not supposed to take notice of their obvious disregard for inconvenient laws and policies.
This message is coming through loud and clear, and I reject it completely.


Anonymous said...

Only VIPs get served.

Anonymous said...

States can't create money - so the Feds 6have to get involved.

Anonymous said...

There are laws and there are still more laws for upholding the rights of yeoman.

"All persons in the US failing to meet national standards, including idle and dissipated persons, vagabonds and ill-schooled beggars, jugglers, or persons practicing unlawful games or plays, runaways, common drunkards, common night-walkers, pilferers, lewd, wanton, or lascivious persons, in speech or behavior, common railers and brawlers, persons who neglect their calling or employment, misspend what they earn, or do not provide for the support of themselves or their families, or dependents, and all other idle and disorderly persons, including all who neglect all lawful business, who use insulting gestures, preach without a license, and habitually misspend their time by frequenting houses of ill-fame, gaming-houses, or tippling shops, shall be deemed and considered first-order vagrants."

Anonymous said...

Each year it is a shock not only to see so many high school students that can't do math, but so many teachers unwilling to teach them. They are as content to teach algebra from any old 'board-approved' textbook, yet cannot be persuaded that it is better to teach the child well, than not at all.

Anonymous said...

Washington's education budget will be affected even worse than California's.

NCLB will eventually be dropped or forgotten because the whole thing is unworkable and expensive.

Public opinions of wrecks like Isaacs and Treisman should make reformers rethink policies through more carefully.

My hunch is things in education will only become worse... most teachers don't have the necessary skills or resources for teaching an academically illiterate society.

How did California's state budget close a $24-billion gap? How about freeze state spending for textbooks!

The State Board of Education won't approve new books for kindergarten through eighth grade until January 2016 and districts have postponed approvals of new high school books.

California's requirement that districts purchase books within two years of adoption has been waived until 2013.

How is our library coping? When students failed to bring an ID or their locator card to check out books, the library charged each student a dollar.

Lost textbooks, by the way, average about $80 per textbook. We have lots of students that can't graduate because they owe over $300 in lost or damaged textbooks.

According to ace law, all students must be given a textbook. The books aren't brought to class. Some of us teachers don't have enough books for a class set. So what do we do? Use the xerox machine.

That's called a minge.

Anonymous said...

Imagine having to use Core plus books for the next 7 years. Surgeons reap what they sow!

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Anonymous said...

Teachers in our district are getting a 15% paycut. Furthermore, if districts cannot show improvement - cuts will get even worse. Without good textbooks how can schools improve. There are already accusations of cheating in districts (especially where teachers are using 'exclusively?' discovery-based 'reform' curriculum.

The worst thing that could happen is 10% of the teachers lose their jobs and the state takes over the runnings of a failed district. OR could it be worse than I'm imaginiing?