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traileraide July 23, 2014 at 11:33 am
We need more like you Sue. Nicely said.
jill quinones July 23, 2014 at 11:38 am
The Opinion written by Chris Frank states, “The best teachers are those that inspire andRead More challenge our kids every day, and those that themselves are continuously and intensely trained, supervised, and developed as educators.” I couldn’t agree more and I, and most teachers I know, strive to do that every day. The challenge, however, is to develop a metric that measures those concepts appropriately, particularly the “inspiring” and “challenging” such that level of performance can be determined. I work in a school district that does not have a standard lane/step salary schedule – and the sky hasn’t fallen – but I am truly stumped on how to best operationalize merit pay for teachers. I am not against merit pay at all if merit can be articulated in a way that all teachers can understand what they have to do to get a raise and strive for it. I know Districts around the country are working on this collaboratively with their teaching staffs and I look forward to seeing some models. Teachers have already seen a shift in how they are evaluated and the criteria they must meet. Whether this criteria alone translates into a useful merit pay system or not has not really been looked at in scientific way to determine whether they are the appropriate criteria or not. And bottom line, to be successful the teachers and/or the administrator supervisors should be part of the process of determining what goes in to defining expected, deficient, and outstanding performance and how it ties to raises. Top down culture changes are rarely successful.
Linda Burke July 23, 2014 at 12:09 pm
The answer, of course, is that no one objects to merit pay, although the definition ofRead More "merit" will need to be negotiated. The problem in District 86, as so skillfully explained by Steve Gilmer, is that under the board's current proposal no teacher would ever get a raise, ever, and most would receive a drop in pay when the huge increase in health care cost is factored in. Under the board majority plan, scheduled raises plus the maximum merit bonus never rise to the level of the CPI. A teacher would face a lifetime of declining earnings under this plan. From attending almost every board meeting and every committee meeting, I've heard discussion of how the present majority wants to define "merit," and it includes an evaluation process that is likely to be subjective and highly politicized, along with student test scores--problematic for other reasons. All this is an open door to board members' micromanagement of curriculum, when they are not the experts. To give just one example, I watched Mr. Corcoran utter a bullying rant to school administrators on just what our teachers would and wouldn't be allowed to teach about the new solar panels, if he has his way. Last time I looked, Mr. Corcoran's field was waste management, not solar energy. Also, doesn't scientific inquiry begin with an open mind? If this majority has their way, could a biology teacher lose her bonus for refusing to teach creation science, because it isn't science and it isn't on the AP test that students need for college? That could be next. The closer we look at merit pay, the more it is concerning, and not the panacea that some would have it be. It would need to be carefully defined and carefully negotiated. Again, we now have a board majority that rose to prominence via a hate campaign against a teacher, complete with hundreds of threatening emails, most from out of district, in September 2012. Teachers need an objective salary schedule for the protection of all concerned, as well as a fair definition of merit pay.
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 09:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 03:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 03:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
A Kentucky Armory Club T-shirt got Chris Borg, 18, of Hinsdale, suspended.
Linda Burke May 15, 2014 at 07:32 pm
to quote Mr. Pipal, "Freedom of speech is not a 'catch all' right to express what you want toRead More express anywhere you want to express it." I am actually familiar with the first amendment and even with some of the case law related to the first amendment as it applies to students in their high school. Rightly or wrongly, there have been limits approved on free speech for students in the high school setting. A first amendment case could be made for no dress code anywhere. I respect the consistency and zero hypocrisy of that position. If we allow for any dress code within a high school, then the image of a Kalashnikov rifle is not appropriate for student attire. Yes, that is common sense. I think this young student has many promising qualities, but he also chose to defy a reasonable request made by a teacher, within his high school, without being willing to accept the consequences. He obviously has some growing up to do, and the best way for that to happen is for me to terminate my contribution to his fifteen minutes of fame for this behavior.
Patrick Scott May 15, 2014 at 08:08 pm
While many have "feeling" about this issue, the dress code is not that specific...onceRead More again one has assumed a lot or was in contact with the teacher/administrator to know how they created the initial decision on this. Student dress code is a moving target...one judge/administrator allows students to wear another country's national emblem while blocking students from wearing the US Flag on their clothes claiming that in so doing the students wearing US material will incite a riot...now that's a legal liberal stretch. Another Judge decides that uniforms in public school is enforceable. Lots of twists and turns by judges. Apparently no one decision fits all situations and I guess that's how the 1st Amendment works.
Bob Vey May 31, 2014 at 09:01 am
As Chris said in the article he wore the shirt "at least 10 times" before & nothingRead More was ever said or done about it ; that sets a Precedence. Why all of a sudden did they decide to do something about it???? Schools are there to Educate the students as Rick Pipal has stated on May 15 at 6:22 P.M. What ever happened to tolerance???? There is way to much Political Correctness in this Country!!! No matter what you look like, say, or do, it's going to Offend someone, somewhere. Political Correctness is making people to Damn Sensitive!!!! People have to learn to grow the hell up & toughen up!!!
A parent April 26, 2014 at 09:02 am
I couldn't help but to do some comparison between Stevenson and DHS as a resident in Deerfield,Read More since district has put up the news on the website. Operational spending per student is $16,839 in Stevenson and $20,821 in DHS. STEM ranking, #37 for Stevenson and #145 for DHS. I have been very disappointed in science teaching in DHS. Now I believe that there is some truth in the rankings.
Ying Shen April 27, 2014 at 10:05 am
WLA May 1, 2014 at 07:18 am
I don't think magnet schools should be included. All the other schools have to take all students inRead More their district, magnet schools can pick and choose best students.
Orange County Sheriff's deputies conduct a bomb sweep at San Clemente High School earlier this month. | Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
David Greenberg March 28, 2014 at 11:46 am
"Virtual walls"? Geezus... GPS spoofing is but one way around the geofence. The otherRead More is simply walking up to someone and saying "HEY *(&*(^^#&*(Y($*() !!!!!" Or use a different app created with a bogus email account... *sigh*. Sticks and stones people... sticks and stones... Walk it off and move on...
Stu Pidasso March 28, 2014 at 12:37 pm
thats for sure, this country is turning into a bunch of pansies!!
Stu Pidasso March 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm
my kid tells me that his buddy who lives over in Europe has a math book that shows a drawing of anRead More obese American eating a Cheeseburger with Plumbers Ass , as if we are a bunch of slobs over here!!! Is that nice or what???
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dbmorse January 22, 2014 at 11:20 am
A big "Thank You" to Principal Sontag for leading with such a positive perspective. WhileRead More this is an unprecedented situation, fraught with complications, it has to work. Principal Sontag has the right attitude to make this a success.
Dave Carter January 22, 2014 at 01:29 pm
I think it is great that the community can come together to help each other out but I think thatRead More this solution is foolish in that we now have doubled the number of school families impacted by the HMS issue. If this were going to be a long term issue it would make sense to do something. But for a week, it's just compounding the chaos and will result in a substandard learning environment for that time period, again for two schools instead of one. Get HMS fixed and keep the kids in school for a week longer. That's the best solution.
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Josephine cozzi December 19, 2013 at 09:19 am
I would like to thank the board for standing firm against being Taxed Enough Already. The decisionRead More to vote against the 1.7% new tax levy is very much welcomed. In addition, their commitment and decision to spend $27K to make sure our tax dollars are funding students who live in the district is also the right thing to do. May the new fiscally conservative board remain ever vigilante against the tax and spend crowd. Someone needs to be held accountable in allowing non-residents admittance to District 86 schools. Thank you President Manley, Mr. Corcoran, Mr. Cassini and Dr. Scoda, Jo Cozzi, P.S. In my humble opinion, Mrs Gallo should have recused herself from voting on the new tax levy, since she accepted funds from the Teachers Union.
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