Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Southbridge School Committee Meeting - October 6, 2015

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  1. It is amazing that there has been no comment on the MCAS Scores. Even if it is just to say that the savior Bliss is back in town.

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  2. Maybe we shouldn't be stating excuses, or be argumentative with the state. With all the administrators and staff at each school, your saying nobody could act on or even discuss the scores all summer, and half of the first quarter. Perhaps they figure with most students scoring so low why discuss individual students. It's a real disgrace for sure, and completely neglectful.

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    1. Jess maybe the state should be accurate and not presenting lies about the district not using mcas data. English Data that wasn't available until July and Math data wasn't available until August. Clearly not in June as the state said. Its not neglectful on the part of the district It is NOT FACTUAL on the part of the state.
      BTW get ready here they come - they want a takeover.

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    2. A state takeover would be our best chance of turning the district around. It would give us a clean slate, wipe out the union contracts that are slowing progress. The school committee would no longer be making decisions instead there would be trained educators running things.

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    3. Mr. Curtin didn't lie... Preliminary ELA comes out to Admin in June along with Math raw scores... final scores come in early August. They don't want a takeover... but the SC is a joke and so is Bliss (look at how he left last 2 districts and now on leave... where was that comprehensive search?) so I hope they do take over for the kids and families of Southbridge.

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    4. I agree it, the state didn't lie.

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    5. Let's look at the state record. How good are the districts doing where the state "took over"? What is that track record like??? Not much better than where they started.

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  3. Maybe a whole school season ought to pass before we return to the dark days of the Council and the distressed demanding change, as if the SC has anything to do with the problem?

    Most of our teachers are not going to be useful not matter who runs the administrative offices.Double the budget, there will not be a 10% improvement.

    If you close the schools and pay for the kids cable and internet at home, and use the Cable Access channel for daily instruction, the scores will increase.

    The teachers are the problem, the teachers are the problem.... hey, did you read what I wrote? The teachers are the problem.

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    1. You are so ignorant. It is not the teachers. There might be one or two that are unsuited for the profession. That had been the case as long as I can recall. Regardless of your community, situation, etc. , there's always a couple of outliers that have some blame. This community and this Country have not yet accepted the real reason for the demise of the educational system in this country. Wake up America.

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    2. Yes, we should take the word of the math department head at the middle high school, that it's not the teachers or the district. A teachers job is to teach, if you are lacking what you need to teach you should be speaking out and getting what you need.

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    3. Save our Schools --SOSOctober 10, 2015 at 6:47 AM

      It is much too easy to blame the teachers, especially in Southbridge. They have been doing it for years and years. I think the people who hold this position really think that you can drag a horse to water and make it drink. If it were the "teachers' fault", then you would have thought that with all the teachers that were shown the door or left because of harassment and new ones brought in that all the problems would have been solved and the data would show progress.

      However, that is not the case. The district lost some really great educators, at all levels, since the new school open. Educators who were making a difference, especially at the high school level. The scores were on the rise and Southbridge High School (not Southbridge Middle High School) was a level one school. This was accomplished by a dedicated staff, under the leadership of Bill Bishop, who identified critical problems and worked hard to solve them. Then, not to beat an already dead and decomposing horse, we suffered from a succession of poor administrators and administrative decisions.

      Much of the fault lay in the hands of these micro-managing failed administrators. However, not all of the blame for the condition of the Southbridge Public Schools can be laid at the feet of these incompetent administrators. It has to be shared by the powers to be at the State, the general "testing" culture in the nation, but most importantly at the feet of both the parents and students.

      In closing, the climate of "Blame the Teachers", is akin to blaming the private in the foxhole for losing the war. The private has no choice but to go and do as he is ordered. Until we allow our teachers to teach and our students to be both students and children this generation will be lost . . .

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    4. Jess, nobody is forced to take my word. However this is a forum where I can post as long as the host approves it. My former position has nothing to do with my right to freedom of speech. You only choose to attack me because 1) I put my real name instead of a fake name and 2) not sure on number two because if you knew anything about me you would know that I am all about helping kids. What is your name, job position, and place in the community? Oh wait, we can't tell because you are just "Jess".

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  4. Why is he on Leave? Is it true that he sent an ultimatum to the S/C to end the search or he was out the door because he wasn't going to go through the process?

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  5. Also JESS, I did speak out about what I needed to get the job done and I payed a big price for it, as did others. Get your facts straight.

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    1. I don't work, I'm a lazy pajama pant wearing drug addict with 6 kids who all have different dads. I don't care about my kids I just use them for money. Wait never mind that's just what the majority of the teachers in Southbridge think of most families in Southbridge. That's what I think is wrong not that the teachers can't teach but that many don't like our town or the people in it. The kids and families know this is how some of the teachers feel. Especially being one teacher was quoted in Turtle boy sports about how awful the students and families are.
      You are right though that I don't know you and that obviously not all the teachers are in the wrong.

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  6. Save our Schools --SOSOctober 13, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    Scott Lazo's long-winded rebuttal of the MCAS score and the State's review is as expected and boils down to: It was the other guy's fault -- the previous school committee and administration.

    But now how are we different? With Bliss out on Medical Leaves we now have another interim superintendent for a (still) interim superintendent (because he has not signed a contract) And, the one that Lazo has so much faith and confidence in is none other than the one that was trashed all last year -- Stanton. So, tell me how are things going to change when the people in charge are just another mimeographed copy of the ones that have come before?

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