I happily posted Leah Putnam’s account of the Michelle Obama fiasco yesterday and was only somewhat surprised to see that it served as red meat for people that I probably wouldn’t have agreed with on 99 out of 100 political policies. I realize for a lot of them, attacking the First Lady is convenient now, but that’s only because a unionized public school teacher like myself or Ms. Putnam isn’t around. I also saw a lot of tasteless comments about “Moochelle” that bordered on racism or easily crossed over that line. I do believe that telling the stories of these kids is important and I’d gladly do it again.
There’s a part of me that’s really loving this snowstorm even as I dread making my way through ten inches of snow to get to school. There’s just something reassuring that no matter how much pressure you want to put on these standardized tests, God, Mother Nature, Karma, chance, whatever has a way of messing up those plans.
“WEEKS OF community protest paid off on February 12, when the Portland Public Schools (PPS) superintendent announced her recommendation to the school board–no school closures.
Over the last month, district officials have floated several proposals for “enrollment balancing,” all of which included closing schools that serve high-minority, low-income populations. But the latest proposal, after weeks of community protest, spares all neighborhood schools from closure.”
“The district has requested bids from real estate brokerage firms to help sell its building and scout for a new headquarters location. CPS says it has cut 30 percent of its staff since 2009 and with a little more than 1,000 employees has too much space at its present location, 125 S. Clark St. in the Loop. Potential savings from a move were estimated at up to $3 million annually.”
The great Jeanne Marie Olsen takes a look at ISAT scores by demographic and shows you how to read data.
“Parents go to meetings and plead for neighborhood schools to stay open, and are promised that CPS officials will get a transcript of what the parents said. And then CPS releases a new list of closings anyway. And principals receive orders they are no longer allowed to speak to the media.”
“Our skin has become thicker
Thicker from the winters
Thicker from the corruption
The lies and double speak
From sacrifices demanded by our city
The violent sacrifices of our students”