The Other Side of the Magazine Coin
The karma is balanced out by this month's issue of Fast Company, which ended up with Jeff Bezos on the cover a week after he bought the Washington Post. That's happy serendipity!
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Goodnight said the Kettle Falls School District Board of Directors also undertook some bold financial moves during the economic downturn and approved the Columbia Virtual Academy at Kettle Falls to compete for student enrollment across the state.
"The financial benefits from CVA allowed the district to keep teachers for local students," Goodnight explained. "Last year, all of our students passed their high stakes math test rquired for graduation."
In 2012-13, Washington school districts report they paid salaries and benefits to private outside labor organizations for the equivalent of 60 full-time positions, enough to provide full teaching staff for two elementary schools. The funds were diverted through a budgeted account called “Duty Code 61, Suffix 0, Certificated on Leave.” Union executives received an average of $68,783 each per year in public education funds, or about $7,000 more than the average pay of teachers who worked in Washington public school classrooms during the 2012-13 school year.That would certainly be a scandal. That would also be a clear violation of state law as a gift of public funds, so if this is real (spoiler: it isn't), Liv should be filing formal complaints against every single one of those school districts for violating state law. She's got them dead to rights!
New York City has a vast public school system immersed in political correctness and enmeshed in union power. This means it is easy to complain even against a good teacher. In fact, The Rubber Room suggests that students use complaints against teachers they simply dislike.YES! You see, this is why due process and just cause matter! It's a fundamental matter of fairness, and if a group with the conservative bona fides of the Freedom Foundation can see that there may just be h.....
This also means it is hard to fire a truly bad teacher.OK, maybe I was a bit quick in sending that gift subscription to Worker's World over to the Olympia office, but we haven't gone full Pinkerton yet. I mean, of course the union would be upset if its members were being treated unfairly, and it's good to see Trent acknowledging those concerns instead of pejoratively trying to spin this into a story about lazy labor. Wait:
What to do? The politicians found a way out - one that does not upset the union or even force the bureaucracy to make decisions. The “rubber room” is actually a series of offices maintained by the school system where teachers are “reassigned” to sit at a desk all day … and do nothing.
For the bureaucracy, it was a perfect solution since it protected the powerful while only hurting taxpayers and workers. The taxpayers had no idea this was happening. The teachers should be grateful to still collect a paycheck.
For the union, it was also a grand bargain. No one forced them to spend money actually representing teachers in disputes. And as long as they keep teachers on the payroll - still plugged into “The Matrix” - the union still gets its power in money and numbers.
"School day" means a minimum of six instructional hours as defined in RCW 28A.150.205 each day of the school year on which pupils enrolled in the common schools of a school district are engaged in academic and career and technical instruction planned by and under the direction of the school. Late start, early release of students, or partial days resulting in less than six instructional hours is prohibited unless the release is for a full school day.
When you travel in my district, and when you sit with job creators that are hanging on by a thread....they're worried. When consumers don't know what tomorrow holds, in terms of what's coming down from us, they worry. It impacts decisions in families. -- Rep. Norma SmithI agree with the good representative from the 10th Legislative District, and I would encourage her and everyone else involved in governance to understand that teachers feel that uncertainty, too. When the Senate is looking to throw on more, new accountability, to change an evaluation system that was just changed last year after being introduced in 2010, when they want to make the new 3rd grade Common Core-aligned test a high-stakes test where one bad hour for a kid could mean one year of their life--that's uncertainty.
(b) An alternative school may choose to receive a school or a school improvement rating(ibid, by the way--it's an absolutely terrible cut and paste job)
2. An alternative school may choose to receive a school grade under this section or a school improvement rating under s. 1008.341.....and makes an awful lot more sense, given that there really isn't a context for the idea of a "school improvement rating" for Washington State schools. My guess is that when Senator Litzow had the bill written for him, he didn't bother to make sure it was really written to match what we do here.
(3) Each school that has students who are tested using the assessments administered statewide in reading, writing, mathematics, and science required under RCW 28A.655.061, 28A.655.066, and 28A.655.070 shall earn a school grade, except as follows:There is absolutely no legitimate excuse for this.
(a) To protect the privacy of students, schools, and district testing fewer than ten students in a grade level;
(b) An alternative school may choose to receive a school or a school improvement rating;
(c) Charter schools, unless the charter school governing board chooses to earn a school grade;
On Friday, billionaire Bill Gates took aim at school budgets and the master's degree bonus.Also picking up the lede were KOMO TV in Seattle, along with the Seattle Times.
"My own state of Washington has an average salary bump of nearly $11,000 for a master's degree - and more than half of our teachers get it. That's more than $300 million every year that doesn't help kids," he said.
"And that's one state," said Gates, the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, at a speech Friday in Louisville to the Council of Chief State School Officers. Gates also took aim at pensions and seniority.
This analysis used data from two sources. The 2003-‐04 Schools and Staffing Survey from the National Center for Education Statistics provided state-by-state figures for both the percentage of teachers with masters degrees, and the average salary of teachers at each degree level—bachelor’s or below, master’s, to name a few—for given years of longevity. This analysis used these data to compute the average percentage salary increase awarded for education credits earned beyond a bachelor’s degree. The analysis then applied the percentage increases to the more recent state-by-state average salary figures and total number of teachers from the National Educators Association’s 2008-‐09 Salary Survey, in order to compute the dollar value of the master’s bump in each state.(Personal aside: National Educators Association? You're an expert on reforming public schools, and you can't even get the name of the frackin' teacher's union right?)
Funding for this work was provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.Money well spent, Bill.