Accountability – How It’s Supposed To Work

Last night at the RCSD public budget hearings, students, parents, teachers and administrators supported BENTE members who questioned the administrative decision to decrease the number of secretaries in schools when one of their primary goals is to increase customer service.

Students, parents, teachers and BENTE members supported each other in objecting to budget cuts for Rochester’s expeditionary learning schools.

Educators advocated for administrators and civil service workers. Parents advocated for administrators and civil service workers and administrators advocated for division administrators and civil service workers. All inquiring as to why budget cuts happen most frequently at the school level and not Central Office.

A veteran educator read her resume to the Board and asked why, since she passed the civil service test for a particular position, she wasn’t told about, asked to apply for, or hired for the position filled by someone less qualified.

The Federal Register is accepting “Applications for New Awards; Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities-Leadership Consortia in Sensory Disabilities and Disabilities Associated With Intensive Service Needs.”

This application and award is to grow the number of PhD’s and administrators in the field of Special Education, not teachers for students with special education needs.

Leadership is lacking at the local, state, and federal level. Growing the number of PhD’s and cutting the number of service workers speaks to the focus of education on employing adults while failing children of our current system of education.

We have leaders in place. Hold them accountable for holding their administrators accountable, for holding principals, teachers, and parents accountable for holding children accountable for doing their individual best.

We need leaders who understand that they are role models for our children and that our children are our most valuable resource.

Our children deserve leaders who respect the value of the human spirit to overcome adversity and achieve success, regardless of needs, because their gifts and talents provide the strength, courage and self-respect necessary to face and embrace the challenges of life with a positive attitude, and problem solving skills.

Join the Movement to Save Our Children!

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