Welcome to our new Interim Deputy Superintendent Harriet Monroe-Morgan who has come out of retirement from Rush-Henrietta to help Superintendent Vargas forward his vision for our district.
The Excellence in Student Achievement meeting concentrated on Teacher/Administrator evaluation or the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR). This new regulation is titled 3012-b and requires a 60-20-20 evaluation process.
Sixty percent of the process is union negotiated and based on a points system. Twenty percent is local assessment, also being negotiated, and twenty percent is the State assessment which is non-negotiable.
A topic of concern was student attendance with regards to the State evaluation piece of the process. State officials have posited, that if student attendance is considered applicable, teachers will encourage low performing students to not come to class so that their scores will not be part of the evaluation process.
The reason the State deems it necessary to intervene in the evaluation process is because, as Commissioner White so aptly stated, “We have dropped the ball for many years. . . One of the reasons why people can make money [in education] is because we have a jacked-up system and we have not attended to our kids.”
This is an interesting statement since our system of education depends largely upon our School Board which has, for years, been told by members of this community that our system of education is in dire need of widespread, fundamental change.
Members of this community have united and worked diligently to provide the Board with solutions to the problems that our children face and have offered to work with the district, voluntarily, to bring about the change necessary to create a successful system of education for our children.
Unfortunately, our Board has sought out experts who know data while disregarding parents, teachers, and community members who know children. They have paid and continue to pay six figure salaries to individuals with no accountability for success while our children fail, paying with their educational lives.
The door to profiteering is open because our Board is closed to the needs of our children.
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