Friday, October 31, 2008

Too Cute

reminds me of wee one, he even had the same shirt

Monday, October 20, 2008

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Games

I love word games. Crossword puzzles, even the occasional math puzzle.
Being that I love word games I spend time when I have with the game text twist. Wee one comes to talk to me a lot when I am choosing my words and 8 out of 10 times he gives me the answer to the six letter word before I can come up with it. That boy sure is smart.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Dear Whoever thought up extended day

my child will no longer be attending extended day because
1) I went to pick him up early and he was running across the stage in the audiotorium
2) he told me he cleans the classroom.
3) he does nothing.
Great management of time.
Just a question though, do you think they learn more when the teacher has to bring the children down the stairs, release the other chldren in the classroom and then bring said extended day children back to the classroom. Is that why extended day ends at 3;17 and a half?
a half are you effin kidding me?

Chancellor Announces Arts in Schools

Psst, Joel, yeah you. I hear that Arts in Schools are doing just great. You big fat liar. I see your pants and they are on fire. The report that apparently (yes I did read it) arts education in ALL ART DISCIPLINES have increased. Yeah really, have they Joel, have they. Lets see. I have said it a few times in this blog but my sons school does not have art at all, and I know his is not the only one, because unlike you I talk to parents, and I listen to them. You got rid of Project Arts. Remember that program the one that provided schools with a budget to bring Arts into the schools. Without Project Arts schools don't have the budgetary funds to enrich the children with a well rounded art program. Which increases a child's learning.
Let me ask you this Joel, like you care, but just how to you pick and choose which school is deserving of an arts education? As far as I see it ALL schools should receive an arts education. After all this is New York City. You know the city that has Broadway, Off Broadway, Galleries and hmmm some of the greatest Museums in the country. If you can hit your friends up for stupid yes stupid ways to invest their monies to help education. Well it doesn't really help education but you see it as helping. Cough Leadership Academy cough.
Since you have been in control schools have gone from worse to just the same. There have been no major improvements that I can see.All the lying and fake reports you put out are only fooling the uninformed. The people that don't have a child in the system.
Stop lying already Joel no one is buying it.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Things

pardon the interruption, but my bitchometer has been broken. I have been annoyed by the shenanigans over at the DOE but my snarkiness has been held down while I have been pondering the following:
Wee one's schools funding or budget has been slashed (like his is the only one), with about a dollar left for toilet paper. With the loss of the funding we now have lost our art program. Yipee now more time for test prep. Which we all know is all important since not only are students going to be graded, so are teachers. Nice job there Randi.
The DOE has decided to cut budgets, freeze spending unless you work at Tweed. Uh just how the bleep does that work? That is like me, my hours were cut at work, because we all know that Real Estate rocks right now. But the silver lining in this all is I got a hefty pay raise and my salary has not changed one iota. Uh, wait, that only happens in the world of Mayor Mike and Uncle Joel (or Lehman executives, and I am neither).
So, since budgets have been cut and spending has been curtailed the geniuses over at Tweed thought it would be grand for CEC's to take out of their measly budgets, raises for the AA's. They can't pay out if the DOE budget since it has to look like spending is down. Hey just like the graduation rates are up and so are test scores. Oh and while you are giving the raise you also have to pay for the incidentals. Nice little scheme you have going there,. Tell me how do I sign up?
Next item:
Term limits. It seems to me a few years back there was this little referendum on the ballot to ask New Yorkers to vote on term limits. You7 know to see if we wanted them, and by golly we did. But all of a sudden Dictator Cesar Bloomberg and his billionaire friends ( the same or different) who have Charter schools, etc. decided Mike still needs to be be Mayor because they have not lined their pockets with enough tax breaks or whatever else they have been taking from us mere peons. So the City Council things this is a great idea. Screw us and our voice. Seems to be the same scenario that is being run over at the DOE. Just remember to sit down and shut up is the new motto.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Commission on School Governance

Please make a trip over to NYCPublicSchoolParents, and read Steve Koss assessment of the Final Report on School Governance. I agree with him 100%. I have only read the beginning of the report, I will finish it today, but so far I have not seen any true changes that they want to make.