Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I can't get mad about Trewyn getting much needed attention.

For generations now, Peoria District 150 has underserved the children of Peoria. The disservice to the black community has been and/or is vast. From what I can see, the NAACP and/or the ACLU could have instituted a class action lawsuit against the District for the violations against student civil rights and the inequality in the schools. They did not/they have not.

Today, to hear people complain about what they call “special treatment” that the students at Trewyn are getting saddens me. These children and their families are the very people who have been done a disservice by this District and this City for generations. Sure, they appear to be getting a little extra, but it’s still a drop in the bucket when you consider how long the education of black children in this City has been neglected.

While the complaints about the arrogance of the Superintendent may be well founded, the big stick that the Superintendent is welding is directly related to power that was given to her when our District violated student’s civil rights with an unequal education.

Many may not like it, but the Superintendent is doing a great job of CYA for District 150, which is exactly what the BOE wants/needs for her to do. Sorry folks, but as long as she is protecting the civil rights of the children who have obviously consistently received the least in this City, her power will remain intact.

99 comments:

Sharon Crews said...

Emerge, I do understand your concerns about criticism of the special treatment given to Trewyn.

tls1995 said...

What is CYA?

Anonymous said...

Passionfruit;

Covering Your Ass.
That's what it's all about. Get your hands dirty and then find the one Hail Mary to save face in the eyes of the public assuming that we are naive enough to not know the difference.
Typical political screw over with anyone who has to much power over peoples life and no one to have to account to but someone even more devious. A whole lot of jack-asses running this town and will continue to do so unless everyone start standing up to them.
Time to vote peeps. Vote every time for any vote election that come up for the city and and town. Keep on top of what is going down and take it beyond the talk. Take It To The Street and To The Meet. Raise your voices and sing what you believe in.

Vonster said...

Black kids need different schools than white kids?

Thanks for defining separate but equal.

HORSEPUCKEY!!

SHAME ON YOU!

Sharon Crews said...

Vonster, that is not what Emerge is saying or implying. I am not going to try to explain her thoughts--she can do that for herself, but I do understand that she is not asking for "different."

Vonster said...

The level of education in predominantly black schools is because of the students, not the teachers. The bar is lowered to let black students who don't apply themselves still graduate. THAT is the failure. My daughter was in a black school in Springfield, IL where the standards were LOW. It wasn't until she got into Limestone HS in Bartonville that she got challenged.

District Supt. Harvey Burnett said...

Vonster,

You said:"The bar is lowered to let black students who don't apply themselves still graduate. THAT is the failure."

That's the problem my friend. Black students don't need the bar lowered. We need those that are dedicated to raising the bar and using the modern means of education to do so.

Unfortunately, the schools has become a place where social skills must be developed as well. To an extent that's what public education has always been about, but the problems are exacerbated by poverty, crime, and ever changing moral and social issues etc.

Every student isn't incapable of learning simply because of where they live or their social graces or lack thereof. However, this Dist. is QUICK to label and stereotype.

Speak to some of these young men and young women. You'll be surprised at how some of them have given up on this system ever benefiting them and turned a deaf ear towards it. I know that's not right, but it takes the courageous to challenge them and say I'm not letting this go and that we see the potential. It is there and it needs to be challenged constructively, not destructively as it has been in times past.

Thanks!

Vonster said...

I just wonder when race will stop being used as a crutch?

Sharon Crews said...

I have begun to use Facebook to track down some of my students from my career--most of whom are black. I am so pleased with the kind of adults they have become. Quite honestly I don't believe the bar was really lowered until the late 1980s and early 1990s in Peoria. That is just my perception. The first bar that was lowered was that of standards of behavior and academics naturally followed.
I have long said that having willy-nilly rules for black students is a disservice to them--to me what I've seen happen in District 150 is an attitude that seems to imply that lowering the standards is the only way we can expect black students to succeed--that they can't be expected to succeed without expecting less of them. I have watched while a misguided compassion has replaced a fair, firm, and friendly system that expects students even to rise above their circumstances if necessary.
Yes, I do believe that at the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, when I started my teaching career, I did see much unfairness in District 150. Frankly, I believe that those of us who were teaching on Peoria's southside at the time were the most prepared for the Civil Rights Movement because we had already been teaching black young people who were not allowed to go beyond the segregated southside. We had already seen their potential. Certainly, I believe that those of us who taught at Roosevelt Jr. High just before Manual became a 4-year high school, truly loved teaching those kids and I believe they returned the sentiment.
Also, Emerge, I am beginning to see a bit of my own prejudice that I brought to this whole discussion of Trewyn. Please remember that in those early years of my career, Trewyn was the all white school; Roosevelt was the all black school. It was those two groups that came together for the first time in 1969 to go to the same high school. I still firmly believe the junior high system had been set up in only the southend so that most black students could be held back and "encouraged" not to go on to high school. Whether or not that was the plan, it certainly worked out that way until 1969.

Frustrated said...

Special treatment is fine by me. Whatever it takes to get the job of educating children done.

I am fine with students at Trewyn getting some extra resources if it helps them become successful students and citizens just like I am in support of those with strong academic ability being challenged by tailored curriculum to meet their needs.

Nothing is ever exactly fair and equal in life. Many parents of all different economic backgrounds are not able to guide their children in in areas of academic and career development. The District needs to do a better job identifying those that need additional support.

Emerge Peoria said...

"I just wonder when race will stop being used as a crutch?"

The day you and people like you stop using it (eg the crutch) to be beat people over the head with it.

Sharon Crews said...

Vonster, race will stop being used as a crutch when you recognize the damage that racism has done and still does to people. And please don't hand me any nonsense about the unfairness being over, etc. No, I don't like it that black children are often raised to believe they are victims--for their sake, not for yours. How will it hurt you to recognize and acknowledge even the possibility that there has been and still is unfairness in this country? I was raised to believe the Biblical command to bear others' burdens. This is one burden that I didn't recognize until I faced it as a teacher--since then I have believed it is my obligation to speak out in the defense of those who still see unfairness. I especially don't understand why we can believe that 40 years of some progress erases 200+ years of inhumanity.

Sharon Crews said...

Frustrated, this discussion began because of a report I did that shows that Trewyn's class sizes are much, much lower than class sizes at the primary schools: Whittier, Glen Oak, Harrison, and Roosevelt. And middle schools: Coolidge, Lincoln, Lindbergh, Rollling Acres, Sterling, Roosevelt, Washington, and Glen Oak.
My main complaint is that Dr. Lathan has never mentioned that lower class sizes are part of the plan for Trewyn--especially, lower than other inner city schools. I would be much happier with the class sizes if I knew she was going to do a study of the effect of low class sizes versus high class sizes.
Until Emerge pointed it out, I hadn't realized that my conclusions could be seen as a complaint that an inner city school was given special treatment. I only care if Dr. Lathan decides to take credit for any success at Trewyn without acknowledging the importance of class size. I want her to admit that class size does make a difference. Class size is a great detriment to progress in many of these schools--and saving money by raising class size is not saving the educational system in District 150.

Anonymous said...

Latham has done more for minority students in the short time she has been in Peoria than Donald Jackson has ever done.

Anonymous said...

Really? How's that? Give me a couple of examples...oh, wait, I'll give you some examples. Junior terrorizing his classroom to the point his teacher is on blood pressure medication and fearful of having a STROKE, so she writes him up and writes him up and writes him up, and he finally gets to spend the day at HOME with MOMMA.....no, no, no! MOMMA goes to Wisconsin AVE. complaining that her dear child has NEVER had a problem till this year.....blah, blah, blah(LIES), and guess what? no more suspension and Junior is back the next day saying ha, ha, ha, you fat bitch! Yep, she shore is helpin these FINE YOUNG MEN, showing them responsibility. You are an IDIOT!

Anonymous said...

P.S. Her name is LATHAN, try to get it right next time...

Sharon Crews said...

Please, please Anonymous who constantly defends Lathan, tell me how allowing a child to destroy a class helps the other children (probably minority children) progress educationally? I get it that you want teachers to sufffer and to be punished. But how do you justify such disruptions to the educational process? Are there really enough available unemployed teachers to take the place of all these teachers who are having discipline problems? If you are blaming teachers for the problems, where are you going to find enough teachers to replace all of them?

Anonymous said...

Sharon, I was a white student back in the early 70's at Trewyn Junior High School. How was it set up for the blacks to be held back? I am only asking, no ulterior motives. It seems to me back then it was at least partly white. Having been there at that time, I would like to know, thanks and please, as a former student of yours, please keep up the good work you are doing. Oh, and don't grade me on this.

Sharon Crews said...

I'm glad to answer that question. Yes, there were a small minority of white students--but predominantly black. The same was true in reverse at Trewyn. I was a new teacher and came in toward the end when the racial situation had begun to change. However, if you check out Manual's black population during the 1950's when I was in high school, you will see that Manual was predominantly white. There were no junior highs in other parts of District 150--just in the southend. I came to this conclusion on my own--no one ever admitted or ever would have admitted to such a plan. Remember that there were few black students at Woodruff (not so sure about PHS). When I was at Woodruff from 1951-55, there were 2 black students because blacks were segregated to the southside. I learned that those who desire to make decisions based on racial discrimination didn't announce their intentions, so there is no way I can say with certainty that keeping Manual white was the purpose--but it certainly worked out that way. Also, remember there was no special ed and very little research on the developmental learning, etc. Therefore, kids who were slow learners were just held back until they were sixteen and then they just dropped out.
Thanks for the words of encouragement--call me any time--number is the phone book.

kohlrabi said...

Sharon - I'm confused. In the 50's, Manual was predominantly white, Woodruff had 2 black students - and this was all because blacks were segregated to the southside.

Sharon Crews said...

You say you are confused, but you don't say why. You have reason to be confused if you are wondering where the black students were--obviously, they weren't in school anywhere. If you are skeptical, find a year book for the year Adrian Hinton graduated from Manual. He was a little younger than I am--but I was astounded to look at how few blacks were at Manual in that era.
Of course, it's true that up until the 50's many young people didn't go to high school or didn't finish high school.
I can tell you this much, many Manual teachers (the old guard, so to speak, who had been there many years) were very unhappy when Manual became a four-year school. The obvious reason is that the population of black students suddenly increased with the entry of freshmen--too young to drop out. My own memories of that era are very clear. That is one of the reasons that I built such strong relationships with the 1972 and 1973 Manual graduates because we came to Manual together into an enviroment that wasn't all that welcoming. In fact, the new faculty from Roosevelt and Trewyn were told that they could not park in the 1st two rows--they were reserved for the "Manual" teachers. It didn't take too long for us all to become acclimated but obviously something new happened at Manual in 1969--and it was the influx of black students.

Sharon Crews said...

I would like to hear from some of the blacks who lived during the era before Manual became a 4-year school. It would be interesting to piece together a history of the black experience in Peoria. There is no doubt that as a young teacher, I wasn't aware of much that was going on around me--too busy just figuring out how to teach. It is only in retrospect that I began to get an idea of what was happening in society during my youth.
I hope you can understand that black families in the 1940s and 1950s weren't used to the idea of encouraging their children to go to high school (certainly not college. Now we expect them to prepare their children for school--that process is understandably taking a few generations.

Vonster said...

Racism will continue as an issue so long as the minorities involved can use it as an excuse for their failures.

It will also continue to be an issue so long as race pimps like Al Sharpton can make money from it.

Vonster said...

Sharon, stop making a fool of yourself.

Anonymous said...

Latham was overheard in central office telling another North Carolinian that white Peoria doesn't want black children to succeed b/c then blacks might have a fighting chance to get out of Peoria. She is one of the most racist people on the planet- second only to Laytoy. She openly mocked white principals by imitating or demeaning them in front of others.

Now if this was a white person doing this to black administrators, or saying this about white kids, he/she would be FIRED. But, its ok for her to act ghetto, create smoke and mirror programs in the name of helping black kids while just making excuses.

Also, this theory of helping black kids get out of Peoria completely disregards the role that their families played in the living off of the government, drug abuse, gang abuse, disengagement from education, etc. and places it on the shoulders of so many of white folks who donate in droves to the myriad of social services found in Peoria.

She is a tyrant that cares only enough for Peorian black or white children enough as leverage for the next job. And, she only got this job b/c of her race versus experience.

Fraudulently using funds to support Trewyn, putting in a program completely at odds with the needs of the students, treating teachers and admins like shit (a majority white btw) is not leadership.

Anonymous said...

She told central office staff that if they didn't like her changes, they could get on the next bus to Pekin implying to go where the white people are. She is awful.

Anonymous said...

Is it ok to steal for kids at Trewyn? Ask the Whittier PTO.

Anonymous said...

Emerge: Disappointed in you. Your pic is racist.

Sharon Crews said...

Vonster, if fighting views like yours make me a fool, then I'm quite content with that label.

Sharon Crews said...

As to the situation which is being discussed with regard to Whittier and Trewyn, that issue was resolved amicably last year, I believe.
Lathan's racial views may or may not be as some of you say. I see her more as a person who reacts negatively when anyone regardless of his/her race gets in her way or threatens her security in any way. Good teachers are still teaching and caring about kids and the best of them are doing so without constant references to race and the faults of parents, etc. It's a simple rule of life that if you want people to stop blaming you, you need to set the example. That's one of the reasons that I get myself involved in some of these situations--trying to fight the battles for others since I have nothing to lose. The worst that can happen to me is someone like Vonster calls me a fool. :)

Billy Dennis said...

"She told central office staff that if they didn't like her changes, they could get on the next bus to Pekin implying to go where the white people are. She is awful."\


We have one anonymous person quoting another anonymous person overhearing something.

Sorry, I call bullshit.

Emtronics said...

I don't get it either. The school is there. The doors are open. Teachers are there and good ones at that with qualifications. So what exactly has been done to disservice the black community? Why does someone have to hold their hands? The school has ex prison guards roaming the halls. Why does the black community always always hold someone else responsible for the shortfalls of their race?

This is bullshit. My kids went through these schools and got a hell of an education because they applied themselves. We as parents made sure they had what they needed for school and we backed the school staff. We showed up to the school for events and meetings. The only time I saw more than 5 sets of parents at Trewyn is when they offered free food. That is the problem. No matter what you teach, how you teach it, what is taught, it is all gone when the kid goes back home to a parent that doesn't give a shit other than where the next bag of drugs is coming from and how much is on the Link card. If this district is going to throw money at the schools, then they should develop a program the requires parental involvement in their child's free education. Focus on the idiot parents and cure them, and you'll cure the next generation of students.

Anonymous said...

Lathan is finally bringing accountability and structure to the district and those who aren't capable of actually doing the job are being found out. Now that one or two anons realize their lethargic work habits will no longer be tolerated, they come here to vent. Hopefully they are at least near retirement. I shudder to think they are recently tenured turds that can't be fired. No more tenure! Earn your keep or be vanquished, like the rest of us!

Anonymous said...

Dear Teacher-Hating Anon:

Please share with us in what area you earn your keep or be vanquished. Sounds brutal!

Anonymous said...

I think the Whittier PTO might disagree, Sharon.

Sharon Crews said...

You could be right about the Whittier PTO, but I was told last year that things had been resolved--because I was interested in pursuing the issue further. In fact, I was told that some of the items had been returned to Whittier.

Anonymous said...

This has nothing to do with Trewyn but just an observation of why there are generation after generation of people on welfare. The current thing now for parents is to have a teacher sign a form stating that their child is ADHD, bi-polar, etc. take it to the SS office and then that child gets on SSI. So not only do these parents have a link card, but they also now have extra income from their child on SSI. They live better than the average income person. Everything is free for them.Their children will never learn any different. I wouldn't hesitate to say that over 40% of the students in the district are on SSI because of this. Teachers should not be allowed to fill out the forms. Then the government wants to cut SS for seniors, this is the reason why there isn't any money.Not only do students get SSI, but if you are a drug addict, alcoholic, bi-polar and any other mental problems you get it. It is very hard for a physically disabled person to qualify, but for the above problems it isn't.This doesn't teach the children anything except there are free handouts.

Anonymous said...

My question would be..why wasn't the Whittier/Trewyn issue reported to the police, Sharon? or anyone for that matter.

Emerge Peoria said...

Anonymous said...
This has nothing to do with Trewyn but just an observation of why there are generation after generation of people on welfare.

Well Anon - this must be one of those "which came first the chicken or egg" scenarios, because if the District wasn't passing IEPs out at the door of every inner city school like they were candy, the students wouldn't qualify for SSI. If the student is IEP worthy - then that student qualifies for SSI, the school BETTER sign the form if they want to keep getting their money. So who is pimping who?

Anonymous said...

With all due respect, anon, children do not qualify for SS just because they have an IEP. It depends on the diagnosis.

Also, ADHD is not necessarily a diagnosis for special education. Students with ADHD usually have a 504, which is not an IEP, and is tracked on a different level. Students with 504's are not usually in special education classes. Here is the site: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/resources/factsheets/504.pdf

Kids with ADHD do qualify for special education services if they have other disabilities, such as a learning disability. They then have a second diagnosis of OHI=Other Health Impaired for ADHD symptoms.

I have signed very few forms for SS in my years of teaching students with disabilities.

Emerge Peoria said...

Anonymous said...
With all due respect, anon, children do not qualify for SS just because they have an IEP. It depends on the diagnosis.


Thank you for the clarification...

Sharon Crews said...

What kind of idiocy would suggest that the Whittier PTO should have called the police? These items were probably taken to Trewyn by the former Whittier teachers who transferred and had the items in their possession. I think clarification came when some items were returned because they had been supplied to Whittier, not to the teachers. I think any teachers who had these items in their possession just didn't think about it--just packing up to move.
As a teacher, I was sometimes asked to fill out forms for SSI--in general, I refused because I didn't feel qualified to make the judgment (I had no access to test results, etc.). Also, I was aware that this is one area where abuses do take place. I think 40% is a much too high guess as to the number of students on SSI.

spikeless said...

As to items being transferred from one school to another -
Many, many years ago, when my spouse and I were PTO officers for a number of years at a D-150 grade school, the PTO considered the purchase and donation of various movable expensive items, the PTO offer was warmly received but it was made clear that any such purchases would be donations to the District and not the school itself and as such there was some possibility (which actually sounded to be more a likelihood than possibility) the items, or a portion, might be transferred for use to other schools.

Anonymous said...

I hear Latham (might as well end it with an "m") is drawing so many people to her neighborhood meetings that they have been standing room only. That Bjork Flowers guy must be doing something right. How many people attended the last two? Like two and a half people TOTAL?

Respect the apathy.

Anonymous said...

One of Lathan's people said the other day that "these black children are running all over these Carcasian teachers." She couldn't pronounce Caucasian. It was said during a phone conference in front of around fifteen teachers. The implication - a bit further into the discussion - was that people / teachers with "white"skin couldnt relate to children / students with "black" skin. So, in her mind, ALL "black" children are "running all over" ALL "carcasian" teachers. What a sweeping generalization. How dumb. How insulting to the students. How insulting to the teachers. Wow. Further, how elitist to think that it's the mentality of all African-American children who happen to live in the inner city to "run over" teachers. It goes without saying that the District 150 administration and board have made no or hardly any efforts to recruit and retain teachers from varied cultures and ethnicities. Their hiring practices are PATHETIC as far as that is concerned. But to have Lathan's people making blanket statements that are unfounded and that are based not upon teaching and learning but upon skin color alone - inexcusable. Are we going to wake up one day and have a directive that only white teachers can teach white children. Only mixed teachers can teach mixed children. Only Latino teachers can teach Latino children. Only "other" teachers can teach "other" children. I expect a much more sophisticated approach based upon providing our students with varied experiences provided by a culturally varied teaching staff. Not a doltish approached founded in racism.

Anonymous said...

Quit trying to concoct some bs reverse discrimination story. Either buck up or bow out. if it's too tough, go teach elsewhere. our neediest students deserve dedicated teachers. Most are. You, not so much.

Anonymous said...

If it weren't for tenure, the district COULD replace apathetic teachers with engaged minorities. Guess you think there hasn't been any pink-slipping the last several years. The district can't even keep good young teachers of ANY culture because of antiquidated tenure policies. Change that and you WILL change hiring opportunities.

Anonymous said...

The last contract only benefits those close to retirement (hello union officers), not students, the district, or most of the teachers. Can you say self-serving.....

Sharon Crews said...

Was this phone call (as I heard about it) some sort of "professional development" for some PHS teachers via a phone call with someone from North Carolina? What a stupid idea--a phone call instead of face to face interaction. I'm trying to figure out exactly how I feel about all of this. During the Civil Rights era, we had many such sessions--I didn't think those were done with any malice and I did learn from them.
If the goal is to help teachers understand and relate to black students, that's one thing but if they are meant to intimidate teachers and treat them as though they are inadequate, then much harm will come of it.
I do believe there is a chance that young teachers who have grown up in an environment of schools, etc., away from inner city black children, there is a chance that some kind of training, discussions, etc., could be helpful. I would hope that all colleges are already preparing students for teaching in the inner city--I know that in my era I had no such training whatsoever and I could have benefited from it.
However, the goal should not be for teachers to adapts to bad behavior. The reason students are running all over teachers in District 150 is the fault of several consecutive administrations that have the idea that compassion on the part of teachers is all that is needed--and that teachers adapt to the resulting chaos.
Here are a couple of other thoughts to consider. I believe that there are many black teachers who have been raised in middle to upper middle class families who know very little about children who grow up in the inner city. They may have a "natural" affinity for black children; however I've seen some black teachers who did no better at handling the chaos--and, in fact, black children are often more prone to taking advantage of black teachers.
Also, if the assumption is that white teachers have problems teaching and relating to black children is the reverse true, also--that black teachers cannot relate to white children. Of course, I don't believe either is true.
Something has to be done to bring everyone to the table because there aren't enough black teachers to take over all positions in District 150. As I've said before, the best thing for kids is to watch black and white adults getting along and liking each other every day, all day. This administration is not fostering any such thing.
Nothing will change until the board members wake up.
And don't forget that I have said and firmly believe that racism has no role in the classroom. No point in pointing fingers at those who don't follow that precept--just take care of yourself and your students will notice.

Anonymous said...

Reverse discrimination was the basis of the Trewyn teacher's lawsuit, isn't that right? This district's administrators need to be careful before other teachers feel the same way. Hopefully, the BOE (snide remark) makes sure that is not happening.

Anonymous said...

Oh. So tenure has prevented the district from hiring a multicultural workforce for the PAST TWENTY YEARS? Somehow, I don't think that's the root of the problem. And discrimination is discrimination. Period. Reverse descrimination means not discriminating, right. If you "reverse" discrimination. And you base a teacher's teaching ability based upon what she writes on a blog. You should join the current administration. You'd fit right in with your "if you agree with me you teach well and if you don't, you're not a dedicated teacher.". Good one.

A believer of the Kitty said...

Hello Kitty has found a great sale at a local store on Jean Nate. $1.99 a gallon!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I get it bootleg from a guy with a patent leather brief case in the parking lot of the Walgreens on Western.

Anonymous said...

How's that cooking program of LuhToy's going?

Anonymous said...

District 150 is a mess. Very sad. Lathan's behavior is anything but professional. I sure do not want her as a role model for my children. I want someone with class to be an example for them.

Anonymous said...

then you should leave

Anonymous said...

I spoke to several board members after reading these comments and they indicated that Dr. Lathan was charged with implementing the District stategic plan with "fidelity." To a person, they felt she is carrying it out to the best of her ability and that any personnel changes are "well documented." Change is hard peop;e. Some of you who complain here all day long still vote for our congressman, who did more harm in his short tenure than most will admit. Last years scores will be her benchmark. I will judge accordingly. Some of you "professionals" ought to ask yourself if you are teaching to your fullest capability. Given your tired rhetoric, i'd say your no better than a union line employee who likes to "throw a wrench in it" to stall production.

Anonymous said...

To the last anon:

"i'd say your no better than"

You can't even spell;another NC transplantee who hangs with Lathan and the BOE. Sorry, lost interest when reading your post with spelling errors, especially one that should be a contraction.

Anonymous said...

To the last anon:

"You can't even spell"

Who gives a dang? We understood what she/he was saying. Typing errors while talking about something you're feeling passionate about is not uncommon. Look through the comments all post on this and other blogs and you will find more than you can count in a day.
Come better and quit putting bloggers on blast about typing errors.
I agree with she/he totally, but that just our opinion. That's what matter.
Count these.

Anonymous said...

What is really infuriating is his denial that he was attacking the Tea Party. He was “only reading a WSJ article” on the floor of the Senate. Hannity could have done a better job of hammering on THAT giant piece of brazen hypocrisy.

Anonymous said...

You North Carolinans give yourselves away.

Anonymous said...

Peorian for over 40 years a$$wipe. One who is tired of teachers complaining of their lot when they turn out generations of unproductive adults while threatening strikes unless hours are cut and forcing taxpayers to pay more and more for retirement benefits they don't fund. It ain't all the states fault either, honey.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry - meant to say gasbag. My bad.

Anonymous said...

Anon said: That would be me:

"Who gives a dang?"
Never been in NC. Did go on the out skirt to the mountains a few times though. Beautiful clear waters, perfect for swimming.
No cops all weekend, just me and my friends doing what ever we want all weekend. Talking about a tail gate party! Tu huk,

Anonymous said...

Latoy and company read this blog several times a day.

Anonymous said...

They would be stupid not to. The also know who all you anonymous scared teachers are by the way you all shiver and bow down your heads as if in prayer when they walk into the room.
Dear Lord give me the strength to not scream out "It Was The Kitty In Me!".
HaHa

Anonymous said...

I apologize. Trying to spread a little humor.You teachers are in a situation that the best of use would crumble under in our jobs. Especially with the economy in the mess in which it is. I applaud you all for your services and staying in there with things being what they are right now. I cant imagine having to get up to it every morning.
Thank you and hang in there.
You all will be well rewarded.

Anonymous said...

Dear Teacher-Hater,

You still haven't shared with us your profession. I believe that the school counselors could help you with your anger issues. The Kitty will forgive those who forgive others!!!

Anonymous said...

I am leaving. Just wait...

Anonymous said...

Union bargaining for lower hours? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. We just added time this year. Willingly. It was Uncle Mapleton who took away instructional time for his Wacky Wednesdays. Oh. And naw. There wasn't any compensation for the time added. (Side Note: did you know that your beloved administrators get reimbursed for mileage? For driving, say, from the administration building to Richwoods and back. Bahahahahahahahaha. How dumb.). You must work at a job at which you have to kiss your boss's fat ass all day. Can't imagine why else you'd be so bitter.

Anonymous said...

I heard LuhToy is suing Coach because they don't make heels in her size. Apparently, she read on Urban Dictionary that only scrubs wear velcro Pro Wings. Tried to upgrade. Got denied. Lawyered up.

Anonymous said...

If it's true that Lathan's administration team read these blogs several times a day I am wondering what is the argument about? Who in the world making a 6 figure salary has time to read and talk on blogs. How pathetic are the North Carolinian's lonely souls? I would say that they need to get a life back in North Carolina, because Peoria doesn't want you. It's time for all of them to throw in the towel. But hey they are from North Carolina they will stay til the "fat lady sings" Know any? Please SING!

Anonymous said...

Time was cut years ago as benefits were increased. It is only with the most recent contract that some time was restored. Fact check.

Anonymous said...

Yeah. Time and salaries were cut so the district could save money. They didn't cut time and pay more. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Anonymous said...

Scabs,

Methinks it's time to resurrect the jack rock.

Love,

Jeff Adkins-Dutro

Anonymous said...

Hey, Laura. The National Baseball League called. They wanted me to tell you that you're supposed to wear eyeblack under your eyes, not over.

Anonymous said...

Is that Bjork Flowers guy Chumbley's son?

Anonymous said...

I'm not a fat lady, but I will sing to get the whole North Carolina crew on a bus home!

Anonymous said...

If one doesn't trust the Kitty nor the school counselors, one could always ask the Rev what the good book says about forgiveness.

Anonymous said...

I thought what happens in executive session stays in executive session.

Frustrated said...

Emerge - Did you read the PJS about the RHS editorial fiasco?

Anonymous said...

From the BOE agenda for Monday:

14. ISSUANCE OF NOTICE OF PROPOSED RECLASSIFICATION OF KEVIN CURTIN
Proposed Action: That the Board of Education adopt the resolution of Proposed Reclassification of Kevin Curtin to another
position in the district.

15. ISSUANCE OF NOTICE OF PROPOSED RECLASSIFICATION OF ANNETTE COLEMAN
Proposed Action: That the Board of Education adopt the resolution of Proposed Reclassification of Annette Coleman to
another position in the district.

16. ISSUANCE OF NOTICE OF PROPOSED RECLASSIFICATION OF GLORIA COX
Proposed Action: That the Board of Education adopt the resolution of Proposed Reclassification of Gloria Cox to another
position in the district.

17. ISSUANCE OF NOTICE OF PROPOSED RECLASSIFICATION OF MICHAEL SMITH
Proposed Action: That the Board of Education adopt the resolution of Proposed Reclassification of Michael Smith to another
position in the district.

Sharon Crews said...

I am assuming that all these demotions take place immediately. If so, please someone give me some logical reason why these schools should be disrupted with new leadership for just 2 months of school, especially since the teachers who serve under these principals are happy with their leadership--or maybe that's the problem: teachers shouldn't be happy? This kind of action is so obviously meant to punish people with absolutely no regard as to the damage that can be done to a school with yet another change in leadership--remember, of course, that these schools already changed leadership at the beginning of the year. Not to mention, of course, that there may be further disruptions if these people are placed in classrooms now--is it possible there are four random classrooms that don't have a teacher? Or maybe these former principals will have to be subs for the rest of the year.

Anonymous said...

Michael Smith came from Central, did he not? If he is losing his job it is a direct action from Renee Andrews. So far, she's gotten everything she wants. She took things from Whittier when she left with no repercussions. She took whatever she wanted from Garfield, coming in that school at 7 AM before the regular teachers were there.

She has Perkins sitting down there telling her how to run things. How much are we paying for that? There is a stench in District 150 and it runs deep. Glen Oak is such a mess, but it is in no way Coleman's fault. She was set up for failure. Is she the only black person losing her job in this fiasco?

Ungurait was booted out early on. How much has this cost us? We paid for the move and now the lawsuit. What employee in their right mind would not want out of this mess? And is it true Lathan is changing all aides from full-time to part-time. I do not know the logistics of this. Is it even legal?

Time for a vote of no confidence from everyone in this district and the taxpayers of the city. Now, how do we get rid of this board?

Anonymous said...

Is psd150.org website down? It gives me a runtime error. Anyone else having this problem?

Anonymous said...

More Charters, year around school, longer days, better vocational. Absolutely! How will the teachers help make that happen?

Sharon Crews said...

Why would teachers help create more charters? There are others who will do that? How much longer do you want the school day--the high school day was lengthened this year. How much longer do you think the primary school child's attention span can handle? District 150 can't afford year-round school, but it should be able to resume a full summer school program (so that students can fail classes and make them up at their own expense, not at the taxpayers' expense). Also, summer school provides year-round school for the students who need the extra time to catch up with the students who are already on track. If all students go to school year round, the students who are behind will never have the chance to catch up because the others will stay ahead.

Sharon Crews said...

Frustrated, yes, I was glad to see that the Richwoods student and parent decided to go public with that fiasco. How embarrassing for a school district to go on record as opposing student comments on discipline in their school! Of course, the students' observations do not match the dishonesty with which the administration and board present discipline problems. Now maybe everyone can understand the motivation behind Wolfmeyer and Cloyd going to all the high schools to talk to 5 or 7 students who refuted any negative perceptions of discipline problems. They weren't satisfied with the report already presented by students in the editorial that had been banned.

Anonymous said...

"If all students go to school year round (I won't correct an English teaccher - bad form), the students who are behind will never have the chance to catch up because the others will stay ahead". If ever Jon needed another quote to show Sharon, although well intentioned, has lost her grasp of the challenges, ding ding ding ding!! But hey, it's not about advocating for union biases, it's about the children........please. If a longer day was documented by none other than God himself, the union would expect to be paid more. When will the teachers quit being so self-serving and COLLECTIVELY do what is right?

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the teachers will do exactly what is right. Right by the children that is, and all vote NO in their no confidence vote. I am still appalled the board allowed this ying yang to bring her cronies into our city and conduct a raid.

Then, we can bring Kherat back as Superintendent, if she'll have us!

Anonymous said...

C'mon. Sharon was a great primary teacher, but - really? That's the "plan?" Might as well promote Jeff "jack-rocks" Dutro-Askisn.

Sharon Crews said...

Feel free to correct my spelling and grammatical errors. I am not offended. I assume you do know the difference between a grammatical or spelling error and a typographical error. I'm not sure why you disagree with my statement about summer school. I do believe summer school, especially for primary students, would help those who are behind catch up with their peers.
I have read research that does advocate summer school for exactly the reason I just stated--what have you read to the contrary? Why is summer school not a good idea--it does extend the school year and it does help the students who need help.
For instance, without summer school, high school students who fail a class must take the class during the regular school year. How does it make sense to force a student who has trouble with a particular subject--English, for instance--to take two or three English classes during the school year? If the classes have high expectations (as they should), the student will not be able to keep up with all the homework, etc., for more than one English class.

Anonymous said...

Yes, i am problems with website as well. It is doing weird things and I am not able to see the agenda.

Anonymous said...

Just went to the site and navigated without a problem.

Sharon Crews said...

I, also, didn't have a problem with the site--just looked at the agenda. I am wondering about the amendment to the Quest contract to buy Loucks and Columbia is about? Is this a new development?

Anonymous said...

Hey did you hear about Teacher A who inherited Teacher B's enriched students while Teacher B was battling cancer? Then, once Teacher B was healthy again, Teacher A refused to return the enriched students. No? Perhaps that is because no matter how lazy and ineffectual teachers may be, I do not believe most teachers would resort to such heartless tactics in order to earn their keep and not be vanquished. However, If one did, then that teacher would be well suited to a profession in finance, don't you think?

Anonymous said...

Gloria Cox is the 7th/8th grade principal at Manual and has only been there since August. Why get rid of her and keep the other inept ones at Manual; and the others are really poor administrators? Doesn't make sense. It still seems like Lathan wants to keep the worst principals and get rid of the good ones.

Vonster said...

Just a note: There is no "reverse discrimination". Discrimination is the same no matter who it's against.

Anonymous said...

Hot topic!!!!! Whether or not Lathan said those statments will never be revealed. Are some people racists, you betcha. But it happens are both sides. The students disrespect all teachers regadless of the teacher's skin color. Until some Afro-Americans stop blaming others for their failures, progress won't happen. I mean you don't hear about Bubba from the trailer park screaming bout he can't get a job cause society calls him trailer trash. Y No one can make you feel inferior but yourself.