Tuesday, February 3, 2009

This makes sense

In an effort to cut costs the DOE in there infinite wisdom decided that teachers need to grade the ELA during school hours and Principals are forced to hire subs in the place of classroom teachers. Okay so we don't want to pay the classroom teacher more money but does it not cost money to hire a sub? I know my Principal told me it is costing her $46,000 out of her meager budget. So it still costs money now doesn't it?
Wee one's teacher is one of those who is out grading tests. She equated it to jury duty. I get her point. She rather be in the classroom with HER kids. Wee One has another test coming up, the little note came home in his folder telling us 3rd grade parents what the children need to study. Last week he had two tests and a report to do. When I picked him up last week his teacher would give me a little report on how he is doing, that his social studies book was in his backpack keep it home etc. Yesterday he came out of extended day. Yes I put him back in extended day. He likes it for some unexplainable reason. Just running out of the building, I noticed the sub. The sub who has no invested interest in the children or the classroom. Yes she will do the lesson plan, but she does not have a stake now, does she? So my child will be taking this new test this weeek with no one to remind him or gently guide him that his book needs to be with him.
Children First my ass.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Why didn't they just hire the subs to grade the exams and leave the teachers alone? Do they think that the subs are not competent? Gee, I see incompetence as just part of the DOE culture, don't you? Packeminanscrewem High School has offices in closets and classrooms in offices and it's already pretty dirty. Oh! I forgot! The cleaning staff has to run their used car business too. But not enough money for toilet paper? And did you notice all the publicity about the huge success of ARIS? A couple of hackers could have written that program within a month at a cost of about $200,000!! But a friend of the mayor and/or the chancellor made a killing of $80,000,000. Some attendance gets sent to some company for "data tallying" in Binghamton, NY. Pre- K applications were sent to some company in Pennsylvania for "processing". The waste and corruption is utterly breathtaking. The press sits and kowtows to money and power, demonizing teachers and all unions in general. Keep on bloggin', PO'ed Mom!! It's a pleasure to read a very informed parent who is on the teachers' side and sees the reality of the DOE.