Accountability, Admin, Teacher Shortage, Vision: 2020

Don’t Lower Standards for Next Librarian Director

We are pleased to report an update to this story. We have heard that this item will be coming off Tuesday night's agenda. Advocacy works!   Dear JCPS, Tuesday night, the JCPS Board of Education is looking to revise the minimum job requirements of library director for JCPS, just in time to replace our current… Continue reading Don’t Lower Standards for Next Librarian Director

Accountability, Admin, Privatization of Public Education, Teacher Shortage, Vision: 2020

@JCPSKY needs to tackle the BIG R issues that get in the way of education

Dear JCPS Board of Education, In February, I wrote to you as a parent of a Maupin student with my concerns about the possible impacts of an audit on Maupin Elementary after being placed into “priority status”. My original concerns, quoted below this letter in many ways have not changed. The only thing that has… Continue reading @JCPSKY needs to tackle the BIG R issues that get in the way of education

Accountability, Admin, Privatization of Public Education, Teacher Shortage, Vision: 2020

Resignation Letter From Maupin Teacher

This letter was from 2015. It reveals that the Catalpa school was not receiving the support it needed from the beginning. And that the administration was trying to change instruction back then, as well. Tonight's vote is more of a matter of asking the board to rubber stamp a defacto decision the district has been implementing… Continue reading Resignation Letter From Maupin Teacher

Accountability, Admin, Privatization of Public Education, Teacher Shortage, Vision: 2020

Maupin Parent: Give The Catalpa School the Chance It Deserves

Letter from Maupin parent to Board Member Chris Kolb: Chris, Again I can't thank you enough for all the time that has been spent trying to help us when you didn't have to.  When I read your comments yesterday, I was starting to be okay with Maupin possibly losing this program.  It was not until… Continue reading Maupin Parent: Give The Catalpa School the Chance It Deserves

Accountability, Budget, Privatization of Public Education, Teacher Shortage, Vision: 2020

Taxpayers Deserve Answers, Action and Accountability

Dear JCPS Board of Education Members, On November 30, I spoke before the board and asked for follow-up data with regards to Adam Edelen’s audit. To date, I have not received a response. In particular, I am interested in knowing how the following numbers look today, relative to what was identified by the audit several… Continue reading Taxpayers Deserve Answers, Action and Accountability

Accountability, Admin, Privatization of Public Education, Teacher Shortage, Vision: 2020

I Want an Apology from Dr. Hargens

Dear JCPS, I don't want an apology from MAG. I want an apology from Dr. Hargens. To make a public spectacle about cutting teachers' pay (and being forced by the union to grant years-of-service Steps) based on erroneous data is unacceptable. ( Why weren't the figures given to department heads to compare to actual payroll… Continue reading I Want an Apology from Dr. Hargens

Teacher Shortage

Teachers being pulled from classrooms to fill district level support

This letter was submitted via our Open Letter Form.   Dear JCPS, Is there a solution for the number of classrooms without teachers? Recently, several teachers have been pulled from classrooms to fulfill district level positions, which allows them to "support" schools from Gheens Academy. This has left thousands of students without a teacher in… Continue reading Teachers being pulled from classrooms to fill district level support

Accountability, Behavior/Discipline, Challenger Learning Center, District Boundaries, Privatization of Public Education, Standardized Testing, Teacher Shortage, Vision: 2020

#BringBackTheColonel, Please?

This is an email that was sent by an Academy @ Shawnee Sophomore to Dr. Hargens on Sunday, Nov. 27. She asked that Dear JCPS publish it our our open letter forum. Dear Dr. Hargens, I wanted to follow up with you in regards to my speech that I gave at the JCPS Board meeting… Continue reading #BringBackTheColonel, Please?

Accountability, Privatization of Public Education, Standardized Testing, Teacher Shortage

When it Comes to “School Choice,” Consider the Whole

Trump’s latest appointment is the Secretary of Education. She is pro charter school. Making my career in education I think I’d like to weigh in on this and give my opinion. Having been subject to the deluge of opinions and memes over the past two weeks, why not throw one out there myself? This post… Continue reading When it Comes to “School Choice,” Consider the Whole