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Court Issues Landmark Ruling On Teaching Tenure

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 11, 2014 by chasinthenews

 

They need to get rid of the tenure all over.  There is no solid reason for it.

As the Judge ruled it just protects bad teachers, and tenure is unfair to all students, but mostly low-income.

 

 

Court Issues Landmark Ruling On Teaching Tenure – http://huff.to/1ki9rld

Thank You Carolyn Veek Courtesy of the Evansville Review. Subject :4K and Lazy Parents.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 27, 2014 by chasinthenews

IMG_0001                         This is what I have said all along.   LAZY PARENTS THINK they need 4k.   Lazy, Lazy, unmotivated parents.    The only positive thing about Evansville now having 4k is they can STOP talking about 4k.

SO NOW that Evansville has 4k we will all expect and are entitled to see GREAT things.  Top of chart test scores,  responsible, outgoing, social children..  Children graduating early because 4k has just given them that much of a boost.

 

Because you know 4K  is going to save the world.  O.K.  maybe not the world,  but the Evansville School District.

What a joke.

 

Thank you to Kelly Gildner as well for publishing that because it’s not to often anymore that she publishes letter to the editors.  She is picky about the letters she publishes.  So thank you to her.

 

 

This letter to the editor is from the Evansville Review the week of April 21st 2014

GazetteXtra | Evansville committee to recommend three referendum questions

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on February 25, 2014 by chasinthenews

That was a nice impressive turn out of survey’s filled out.

I absolutely love that

A $900,000 referendum for curriculum/textbooks: 64 percent said “yes,” 19 percent said “no,” and 17 percent were undecided/needed more information. – See more at: http://www.gazettextra.com/article/20140225/ARTICLES/140229847/1059#sthash.OsEUDHrx.dpuf”””””
That was the highest percentage of YES votes of the questions asked.
IT also looks like people are in favor of maintenance  that came in at 49% said yes.   That is very good.
I LOVE that those who filled out the survey are kicking to the curb the request for a Police liaison.   LIKE I and many have said all along.  Make your administration behave and then you will see change.   
55% said YES to upgrading security,  which they need to do.
LOVE how athletics rounded out at the bottom of the list in terms of importance.  
I wonder if people had been given a clue about how much 4K was going to cost if they would have voted to support it??? That was a bit deceiving.  
HOW ever I think its probably time for Evansville to go the way of 4k.   I want to see them take it from the balance fund .  WHY have all that money in there? 
So I hope the board if/when approves 4k it comes from the balance fund .
IT shows those who filled out the survey KNOW true priorities.
TRY the link below for the entire story.  HOW EVER if it does not let you read it.. DO not pay for a subscription of all things JUST type in the article title
in another window and it will take you to a version you do not have to pay to read.   IT most certainly is not worth the 29.00 a month to read.
A $900,000 referendum for curriculum/textbooks: 64 percent said “yes,” 19 percent said “no,” and 17 percent were undecided/needed more information. – See more at: http://www.gazettextra.com/article/20140225/ARTICLES/140229847/1059#sthash.OsEUDHrx.dpuf

CONGRATS TO ALL WHO TOOK THE TIME TO FILL OUT THE SURVEY.

GazetteXtra | Evansville committee to recommend three referendum questions.

GazetteXtra | Let’s applaud academic achievements, too

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2014 by chasinthenews

When I picked my son up from basketball practice the other night from Madison West.  I noticed a few buses.  I counted 8 buses.  I asked my son  ..

” Why are these buses here at this time of night? ”  It was a little after 7 o’ clock.     He said  ‘ oh that’s the mathletes.”    After talking with him a bit longer I found out there was a math competition going on at West that night and its a common thing for them to have competitions.    I asked him if they the students from the math program that take part in this like being called ” mathletes.”

He said no one he knows minds it in fact the kids he knows on the math team like it.  It was clear from talking with my son that the mathletes get just as much if not more respect than any ‘ athlete.’  .  Because its true that with math not everyone can do it,  either you are good at it or you are not.

Mathletes.. pretty darn neat!!!

I really like the fact that Madison West has more academic clubs than athletic programs.

Madison West has had some athletes go on to play in the N.B.A.  and the N.F.L.    but they have had many more kids excel and reach ‘ celebrity’ status because of their academic accomplishments than the athletic accomplishments.

Academics must come first.

Applaud those schools who put academics first.

( hint Evansville does not put academics first.)

GazetteXtra | Let’s applaud academic achievements, too.

NY teachers union pulls its support from Common Core, urges removal of state ed chief

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 29, 2014 by chasinthenews

It does not matter what the government comes up with.  Teachers are never going to like it.   They got away for years without being held accountable and they do not like it one bit,  having to show they are actually earning their pay checks.

It sounds like they want more time to get ready for Common Core.  How much more time?   They also wanted more time for N.C.L.B. , and they never could get that right either.  Time did not help them.

NY teachers union pulls its support from Common Core, urges removal of state ed chief.

Dad Is (Mostly) Totally Honest On 11-Month-Old Daughter’s Daycare Questionnaire == Today 4k … tomorrow infants..

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 13, 2014 by chasinthenews

 

 

I am glad to see this dad did not take it seriously.  Good grief.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/08/dad-daycare-questionnaire-11-month-old-daughter_n_4560620.html

So has your opinion on 4k changed ? Would you send your 4 year old?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 13, 2014 by chasinthenews

The 4k discussion has once again hit Evansville like a storm.   This is at least the 3rd time in the last 7-8 years that I know of.

In years past 4k was described as ‘ glorified daycare.’

From what I am understanding the standards have changed and they ( schools, government) want 4 year olds  to be able to do what used to be
expected in Kindergarten, in other words the standards have gone up at all levels.

Are these standards beyond what a parent could teach?   No.

Are there any guarantees  or studies this makes a big difference in the long run in terms of education for these 4 year olds?    No.

Take a good look at the Milwaukee school district they have had 4k for years and years.   Just look at that district.  As they have found and it has been shown the effects of 4k are minimal.

These are 4yr old’s trying to learn the basics , not a high school student attempting to master calculus.   No teacher needed.  Just a good , involved parent or a good pre-school .   From what I understand a couple of day cares already have certified pre-k teachers at their centers now teaching 4 year old’s.  So why should tax payers pay for a service that is already being covered by the daycare’s?

The district did a survey several months ago as to why so many were leaving the district.   The need for 4k came in almost last.

How ever we seem to have so many people drinking the Kool- Aid , and believing 4k is going to make their child a genius.

Teachers will tell you that schools have pushed for 4k for years.   Really its unions who have also pushed for it.   That is worry some.

As far as their argument that ‘ every school district around us is doing it”    I do not how many times our parents, or we as parents have said  ” I do not care what everyone else is dong I care about you, my child.”    The argument that everyone else is doing it is a weak argument.   It’s a desperate argument, it has no legs.

There is a lot of false advertising with 4k.

But maybe the time has come for Evansville.  ..

IF I still had to worry about voting for 4k I would vote yes providing the following happened.

NO referendum of any kind for any reason from the school district. 

They fund this with school funds with out.. laying off teachers or cutting other programs.

They only put 4k into play if the estimated numbers support 4k for the next 3-5 years out. 

That they only put 4k into play if future 4k parents 90% of these parents  or better agreed to send their kids to 4k for the full year.

I strongly encourage everyone to research 4k for your selves there is so much varying information out there for and against.  It’s hard to commit to spending that much money when the results vary wildly.   Do your home work on your own.

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