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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
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Shirley and Marcel Dandeneau November 15, 2013 at 04:22 pm
I am from the old school! I see nothing wrong with children using/learning cursive writing! IRead More think it is lovely for someone to send a note/thank you etc in good handwriting. it does;nt mean that they are not going to be able to learn other things in school. I get many compliments from my script writing. Is'nt nice to be able to read a hand written note from a friend. One of the big problems nowadays , is that children are rushed through many things! My great grand-children, like to read my notes to them. stop all the nonsense of doing away with a little bit of culture!
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JW October 23, 2013 at 12:55 pm
I agree... it doesnt work for most. I let them sleep in as much as possible... but arriving to workRead More is dictated by the dropoff to schools and daycare... and that dictates when I leave work... and generally getting home each night is somewhere between 7:00 and 8:00 depending how long we chit chat at the final pickup (Grandpas). It does not leave enough time to get "recommended sleep" unless they essentially went home and straight to bed.
CowDung November 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm
Most people that I know don't get home between 7-8 pm every day. I would have thought that such aRead More schedule would be the exception rather than the rule.
Mike Fischer August 22, 2013 at 08:43 am
So you're saying that Walden, who kicks out behavioral problems or underperformers, has betterRead More average ACT scores? How unexpected! If only the rest of the district could follow their model!
Heather in Caledonia August 23, 2013 at 03:58 pm
Too bad we have to spend so much time teaching them how to take the test instead of teaching themRead More what they need to know. Shouldn't the test check to see how well they know material instead of how hard they studied for this particular test? I guess that's the problem with standardized testing.
Ed Holladay September 3, 2013 at 08:21 pm
I don't think it is that easy for most public schools Mike.
Richard Head August 20, 2013 at 09:05 pm
It is tempting - until I realize that I stand for the abolition of government controlled skools andRead More the forced property taxes required to fund them. This is just another deception by The Powers That Be to give me: 1. The illusion of choice 2. Powers of property control over others. RUSD = A sick organization in a sick society that needs to be ABOLISHED. Government Skools are the problem - NOT the answer. Let the HATE begin. "Krishnamurti: “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
Downtown Brown August 6, 2013 at 03:08 pm
Why on Earth are we adding another School that pays ZERO property taxes to Racine's lakefront?Read More It's time for Racine to put the YMCA Bldg on the auction block. while we are at it lets sell the Racine Public Library too. Privatize the Zoo and at least stop subsidizing it. Look at our lakefront almost HALF of it is off the tax rolls! From the Old Case property, the Sewer treatment plant, DeKoven, The YMCA, the library, Memorial and Festival Hall, the Water treatment plant, the Walker property, North Beach and the zoo. Our most valuable land in the entire County is on the lakefront. we should Condo's and Hotels on the lake..paying taxes rather than tax soaking entities like those listed above.
Tom Kierstyn October 22, 2013 at 06:31 pm
How about taxing some I ,mean ALL churches and the real estate they sit on
Caledonia Retiree April 29, 2013 at 10:16 pm
It really doesn't matter. The imbeciles schools are cranking out today can't make change withoutRead More the cash register telling them how much. They can't talk English either. The only words they know and use in every other sentence are "basically", "like", and "you know". Words like "saw" have disappeared. "I SEEN him cross the street", right? It's disgusting....
Alan Cook April 30, 2013 at 01:50 am
National math test scores continue to be disappointing. This poor trend persists in spite of newRead More texts, standardized tests with attached implied threats, or laptops in the class. At some point, maybe we should admit that math, as it is taught currently and in the recent past, seems irrelevant to a large percentage of grade school kids. Why blame a sixth grade student or teacher trapped by meaningless lessons? Teachers are frustrated. Students check out. The missing element is reality. Instead of insisting that students learn another sixteen formulae, we need to involve them in tangible life projects. And the task must be interesting. If we really want kids to learn math and to have the lessons be valuable, we need to change the mode of teaching. Our kids can master the math that most adults need. We can't continue to have class rooms full of math drudges. Instead, we need to change our teaching tactics with real life projects. Alan Cook info@thenumberyard.com www.thenumberyard.com
CowDung April 30, 2013 at 06:37 pm
If you want to post a commercial advertisement, talk to the Patch staff. I'm sure that they canRead More offer you reasonable rates for running your advertisements...
Heather in Caledonia April 24, 2013 at 01:19 pm
I looked at the individual scores for RUSD high schools and there's a dramatic difference betweenRead More Walden and the other 3. However, it does pay to keep in mind that there are fewer students at Walden, so the sample size is much smaller. It was nice to see, however, a high school in our area with such great scores.
Tansandy April 25, 2013 at 11:21 am
If you really want to see how horrible RUSD has become, go to this web site.Read More https://apps2.dpi.wi.gov/sdpr/district-report.action?district=4018&year=2011-12. It compares Oak Creek and others with Racine and Kenosha. Then tell me, are we really getting our monies worth? When you see this you will agree that drastic changes are needed in the board, administrators, faculty, and programs. We are terrible!!!!
Lika Phipps April 26, 2013 at 02:05 am
So I ask again. Why are the students in RUSD not performing up to par? Is it the new teachingRead More methods? Parents who don't care? Students who think they should rule the class? Poor eating habits? Not enough attention to other underlying issues? Too much bullying? You don't get a district that performs poorly as a whole, w/o some kind of problem or a set of problems that need to be looked at and fixed.
GearHead April 25, 2013 at 01:29 pm
Brian, if the 1991 ratios were held constant, we should be staffing for +/- 955 teachers today. WereRead More we understaffed then, or just grossly overstaffed now? Teachers then as now would have you believe our class sizes are still too large. Surprised?
GearHead April 25, 2013 at 01:32 pm
@Mike: You need to repair your vocabulary. They didn't leave to "baby-sit." They remainedRead More to "teach 4-K." Get with it! :P
Lika Phipps April 26, 2013 at 02:09 am
Thanks for the link. Very informative.
Kristie Formolo April 17, 2013 at 02:00 pm
Tansandy - I don't agree about the teachers not buying in. The majority of the teachers that IRead More know, go above and beyond for their students. They are hard working, caring people whose hands are tied when it comes to addressing the discipline problems in our schools. Personally, I believe the fault lies at the feet of the RUSD administration and the school board. They are the ones who ignore the problems by pretending that they don't exist. They are the ones, who continue to spend money for a top heavy administration, yet they don't know how to plan for the future.
Ed Holladay April 17, 2013 at 02:37 pm
Tansandy, that seems like a clip from Mark Belling. It was funny, but I don't think that attitudeRead More sums up my experiences with teachers. I actually know teachers in the district, and that is a horrible way to portray them (although I have to admit: I did laugh). The overall point of "buy-in" may have some validity, and maybe Kristi can speak to that. One thing I have noticed is the kids getting little tokens for doing good things: paying attention, answering questions etc... My kids have actually brought home prizes (little toys) that they bought with these tokens. Teachers I know have shown frustration with this. They claim it runs counter to previous policy, and they are fed up with constant change. These kind of 180s would frustrate anyone.
Joel April 17, 2013 at 04:48 pm
I've always had the mindset that you should be compensated fairly for the work you perform.Read More Understandably 200k appears to be high for a person with limited experience, but we all have to start somewhere and I'm okay with it. However, I believe a tiered compensation plan should have been implemented, and a starting salary much lower than the 200k, with goals and milestones in place which are tied back to higher test scores, greater graduation rates to name a few. She has an incentive to perform and we as parents and taxpayer would be more willing to accept such a salary because its tied back to performance.
Ed Holladay April 15, 2013 at 02:23 am
There is no way to justify that sort of salary. The industry (education) is on the decline;Read More particularly urban education. This woman can not do anything to stop the district's decline. We all may disagree why, but anyone would be crazy to think this district will be anything but a shell of itself within a decade. So... of course we pay some lady, with a questionable resume, 200k. In the midst of austerity we pay top dollar for a woman from the DC school system. smh
Richard Head April 15, 2013 at 10:48 am
I watched the video to see if she was wearing her DPI "Super" Tony Evers approved WhiteRead More Privilege Bracelet, but alas, I was never able to view her wrists. Oh wait!Now I remember. She's a White Woman! She carries her Educated White Woman VIP Credit card in her purse. Okay: In the department store known as The Real World, Educated White Woman is the VIP credit card. It is an American Express Centurion card with an unlimited credit limit. This means that almost all the employees in the store are more deferential to you than they would be to anyone else. They carry your bags for you. The prices are lower and you're given discounts without even asking for them. You don't have to stand in line at the register. You are simply given entry to some departments that others have to wait to get into, or are simply denied access. http://voxday.blogspot.com/2013/04/educated-white-woman-vip-credit-card.html
Cygnus X-1 April 15, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Every time I read about her I cant get the "Lolly Lolly Lolly get your adverbs here" songRead More out of my head.........
Kristie Formolo April 15, 2013 at 04:21 pm
The truth is that RUSD doesn't plan well. Instead of spending 10 million plus on an administrationRead More building, they should have put that money into the schools. Have we actually seen any savings from the move? In the meantime many of our children and their teachers spend their days in classrooms that haven't been painted in 15 years and carpeting held down by duct tape! I have been told, but still need to verify, that RUSD spent over $150,000.00 on the last search for Dr. Shaw and then RUSD thought paying him $185,000.00 a year plus benefits was going to help our school district. Dr. Shaw himself told a group of us parents that, "You have to pay well to get good people." So my question to RUSD is, "Are we better off now then we were before Dr. Shaw?" How did spending all that money on someone who was already retired help our school district? And now they once again spent a ton of money on a search firm, raised the new Superintendent pay to $200,000.00, and only brought in one candidate for the public to meet. Honestly, what the heck is going on over at RUSD! Someone needs to ask them: #1: How much did they spend on the recent search for our new Superintendent? #2: Does RUSD have any type of succession planning in place? If so, why does RUSD have to constantly hire firms to find new Superintendents? With a little bit of better planning, RUSD could keep teachers in the classroom, but instead they choose to have a top heavy Central Office.
Ed Holladay April 15, 2013 at 04:43 pm
No way to justify 200,000 on this new lady. We could have done better.
Awaken All April 15, 2013 at 11:52 pm
I have to agree with you on the above post. Every nickel possible should go to the classrooms,Read More kids, and teacher resources. When we are losing a ground war, we send in more troops and assets....when we are losing an education war, we cut back troops and hire more generals.....
Kristie Formolo March 28, 2013 at 02:12 am
And another thing - Dr. Shaw once told a group of us parents that RUSD didn't have a Grant WriterRead More and that they could look into hiring one. Are you kidding me! 17 people making over $100,000.00 a year and they can't write their own grants! I know Principals and Teachers who bust their tails all day, and on their off time have written grants!
Kristie Formolo March 28, 2013 at 02:15 am
And Ed - Thanks for the support!
Mike Fischer April 2, 2013 at 06:05 pm
Ed seems to me to be trying to make a point here, but everyone seems to be ignoring it. If a largeRead More portion of the failing kids don't care about school, and if their parents don't care about their kids succeeding in school, then there's no leverage. It's a problem most school districts don't have to deal with to the degree that RUSD does. And since most schools don't have the luxury of pre-selecting for involved and committed parents (a la Open Enrollment students, magnet school students) or the additional luxury of kicking out behavior problems and under-performing students (a la Walden), there's not much they can do. If you want to fix RUSD, fix the portion of parents who have given up on their kids, fix the community, fix our society in general. My wife recently visited my son's elementary school classroom. There was a tally board on the wall showing how many homework assignments each kid had turned in. One child had turned in zero assignments. Yes, zero. A parent allowing that to happen is quite simply engaged in child abuse. They are committing their child to a life of poverty, crime and likely, early death. What would Paris Elementary do with a student like that?
a quiet conservative March 19, 2013 at 11:28 pm
I believe that even Eperjesy has better experience reading an Audit of RUSD since Compliance forRead More companies is far more stricter than for the public education & employment arena.
Edward Willing March 30, 2013 at 02:56 pm
Absolutely. I am proud to be part of helping both Formolo and Wittke race for these seats. If RUSDRead More parents want change for once, vote for it!!!!
Edward Willing March 30, 2013 at 02:59 pm
I beieve it makes complete sense to both run for school board and support school choice. Every CEORead More or board member welcomes competition in the real world, because they know it motivates their people, keeps them on their toes and makes them better. There are 21,000+ students in the district, and yet every year, 5-7% of the students area leaving. Why? RUSD has some good qualities, but the message isn't getting out. And as for the problems, they aren't going away. Fresh blood. Wittke and Formolo. Not "Free-Brewer-ticket" Frontier or do-nothing McKenna. Let's make a change
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