Monday, May 7, 2012

A poll: "Has Lathan found it, or lost it?"

"… once a superintendent loses the principals, those middle managers charged with implementing the vision, it can be game over on achieving that agenda. There is a balance to be had. Has Lathan found it, or lost it?"
PJStar Editorial
Is our illustrious Superintendent of Schools on the cusp of finding a balance? Take the Emerge Peoria poll. 

199 comments:

Anonymous said...

LOST IT

Anonymous said...

LOST IT

Anonymous said...

LOST IT

Anonymous said...

"… once a superintendent loses the principals, those middle managers charged with implementing the vision, it can be game over on achieving that agenda. There is a balance to be had. Has Lathan found it, or lost it?"

This statement is absolutely true. Principals are charged with carrying out the vision of the
superintendent. The vision cannot go forward if principals are confused with regards to the intention of the visionary.

Common sense dictates that upper management does not "beat up on" middle management. Middle management people are in the trenches. If they are shown respect and directions they will, without fail, take on the vision and execute it.

It is evident that the many public demotions from this administration has put all Principals on "pins and needles." There is no respect or loyalty for their superintendent. They are all fearful and are wondering who she will attack next.

As far as the school culture, the principal sets the tone. In the case in PSD 150, the positive and caring tone that a principal normally has created within the building with teachers, have been overshadowed by disloyalty, fear, intimidation, bullying etc.

It is no way that the relationship between this superintendent and the principals can be reconciled. The harm has been done. The hurt is toooo deep.

"GAME IS REALLY OVER!!!!

JC Friberg said...

LOST it and did so long ago.

Sharon Crews said...

LOST it before she GOT it! One of the problems is that Dr. Latham brought her middle management with her--those housed on Wisconsin Avenue. They became their own support group and the support group for Lathan. They did not find it as necessary as they should have to build relationships in the Peoria community (within District 150, especially). They have isolated themselves.

Emerge Peoria said...

Education Reform Panel TONIGHT

The Education Reform Committee helped to develop the landmark education bill that affects all of our schools. With the implementation of Senate Bill 7 and all the challenges that our schools face, I would like to invite you to ask questions that that you may have. I will be joined by Senate Bill 7 Sponsors, Representative Linda Chapa La Via and Senator Kimberly Lightford, representatives from the IFT, IEA, Sara Boucek from the Illinois Association of School Administrators and Darren Reisberg of the State Board of Education for a discussion on the state of education in Illinois.

Please join us on Monday, May 7 at 6:00 PM at ICC North Campus, Arbor Hall Auditorium, Room 261 (5407 N. University Ave., Peoria). I want you and your organization to be part of our conversation because I know views, opinions, and advocacy is very important to any discussion about education.


Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth
State Representative
92nd District

District Watcher said...

I just voted twice in your poll.

Anonymous said...

Toast!

Anonymous said...

Everybody should be seeing red flags over what happened to the 4 principals. It is just the beginning of running central Illinois people out of the district. Most of all, the BOE should see the red flags, but they would have to open their eyes and use their brains for that to happen.

Anonymous said...

One word.....GAME!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

2:45PM

Hold up at Radio Shack in Sheridan Village

Anonymous said...

Hold up at 3202 Wisconsin Ave...oh wait, that report is about 18 mos too late....

Anonymous said...

The fat lady is singing on this one!

Anonymous said...

Did anyone get a petition started to remove Wolfmeyer and Butler from the school board?

Anonymous said...

Lost it- she's fried.

D150 teacher said...

Lost it!!!!

Anonymous said...

Lost it.

Anonymous said...

She lost it for me, but what about the board?

Teach said...

Emerge, we are being told that GL was supposed to send out that invitation to tonite's panel addressing education to all teachers. But, she failed to do that. What is her job, exactly? It was hard, when asked to make sure all teachers knew about it, to type an email and hit send?

Anonymous said...

I worked with most of the current principals for many years. Lathan = LOST.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Lathan has treated principals with a complete lack of respect. She will never win back their respect. Her days are numbered!

Anonymous said...

LOST.

Anonymous said...

How can she have it when she created her own Panem Hunger Games? How many good people need to lose their jobs, be demoted, be demeaned for the board to finally stand up and say, enough is enough. Peoria is District 12- time to organize.

Anonymous said...

Who's that who just got treated at ICC North? It's Lathan. It's Lathan.

Emerge Peoria said...

1,104 people looked at the poll on Monday 5/7/2012, but only 59 took it?

Come on people, all you have to do is push a button on the poll, immediately to the right of the article.

Thank you!

Emerge Peoria said...

Apparently Lathan has LOST IT in the eyes of local legislators, many of whom came out to the Education Reform Panel meeting on Monday night and let her know.

Anonymous said...

Anybody who works around Latham t this point ashould be wondering if she is talking about them behind their back. For that reason, Latham she has lost it. How can anybody trust her? Imagine what she must be saying about board members behind their backs. That thought makes me laugh out loud.

Anonymous said...

Getting rid of good principals, true community leaders, at Washington Gifted, Richwoods, Manual, Irving, Central, Garfield, Glen Oak, and replacing them with medocre, inexperience people willing to compromise their principles for a job, or clean their image (Clark), was Lathan worst mistake.
Needless to say, SHE LOST IT.
Now we the people, need to act fast to get rid of her. The BOE will fall on its own.

Anonymous said...

Emerge webmaster,

Please place the vote botton more visible. That way every person will participate in the poll without having to look this hard.

Thank you for your hard work!

Anonymous in Ptown said...

To all the Anonymous posters that voted "Lost It"; how we know it's not the same person voting over and over again? Just saying. At least I put something in MY ID besides just "Anon".

teachingrocks said...

Lost it.

I was excited when she got here. Excited to have something new and excited to see someone take immediate action on Valda Shipp at Glen Oak. That was a situation that had been going on for far too long. Since then, she has gone crazy and the board has let her. Targeting the principals she did shows she is so far removed from what our students need. Relationships need to be built in order for change to come to our schools and students. Instead, she is playing principal shuffle/demotion and it is benefiting NO ONE! Tie that in with the missing books, many new initiatives with little to no training thrown at teachers throughout the year, and firing of teachers with NO remediation---I am not sure why she has set her sights on destroying 150 nor do I understand why the BOE continues to let her mow down our district. I have no doubt they were warned awhile ago by Michelle about what Lathan's plans were and instead of trying to save us, the BOE allowed the fear and intimidation to continue and increase.

The BOE has

L O S T I T too ! !

Anonymous not in Ptown said...

To: Anonymous in Ptown

Bravo, bravo, you put a town to your anon. You can only vote once, as far as I can tell, per computer.

The actual voting is on the right side of Emerge's page, not typing in your vote here in the posting box.

J. Schwarz said...

It's too early to tell. Here's why: in almost every city I've lived, the people hate the school board and the "super" gets run out of town after planting a stooge in every building. It's not like I have a good example on which to base performance. (However, in two cities the "super" received threats and/or was knocked off by an employee from a former out-of-state district. Must check for unusual arrivals this week before I vote.)

Anonymous said...

Anonymous #5

I don't see where to vote. The area to the right is black.

Anonymous said...

It is under Emerge's little blurb about herself, her profile. It is right below that.

kohlrabi said...

You need to click on the article title and not just the comments and it will show up.

Anonymous said...

Is it true that Dr. Lathan and Rev. Butler are moving into one of the district houses on Prospect together?

Anonymous said...

I hear they're going for an attendance record at tomorrow night's Parent University meeting. Six people would do
it. They're flying in TWO motivational speakers for the meeting. At the very least, the district is hoping the number of parents will be higher than the number of presenters. Don't hold your breath.

Anonymous said...

Yeah. I heard Linda takes all of the demotion letters to her church and prays over em.

Anonymous said...

Gee, I wonder where they are flying in from......

Anonymous said...

Wasn't there a union meeting this evening? So, when's the vote of no confidence?

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the Rev Butler will soon open her eyes. She must feel that what she is supporting is right. I have always found her to be true and honest person. I feel that is misguided on the Lathan fiasco and I hope Ms. Butler prays for the enlightment of the truth. Ms. Butler is a very good person and she is a good community leader, but she's wrong this time.

Anonymous said...

At the beginning of last school year, Butler's church Per her direction organized a welcome dinner and prayer for all of the new NC employees. It was a closed event, open only to those new NC admins and church members. NC attendance was mandatory. church members placed the NC team and Lathan in the middle of a circle and prayed over them suggesting that God brought them to town for very specific purposes.

Butler and Lathan think their actions are sanctioned by a higher being more than other people's actions. All need to
realize that connection.

Anonymous said...

That is frightening!

Anonymous said...

The word "prophet" has been used... yes it is very scary

Anonymous said...

It might be time for the good rev to do a study on false prophets and teachers.

Anonymous said...

So, did the board president or the super or both mandate that staff members attend a religious service? You know, even a cat can smell a rat.

Anonymous said...

10 people voted "Lathan has found it" that's probably the NC contingent.

Anonymous said...

Last year, Debbie was the board chair and she did not attend the religious event.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Debbie, for that information.

Anonymous said...

It is easy to understand why Lathan is expanding the Elite Program. The Elite staff yell at, intimidate, bully, and instill fear in the children of Trewyn. These are the same tactics Lathan uses to micromanage her principals. One more year on Lathan's contract. If it is renewed, the damage she will do to the district will be irreparable. Anyone with real skill and talent will seek work elsewhere, leaving nothing but the least qualified people, who have no sympathy or compassion, to teach the most needy children in Peoria.

Anonymous said...

like yourself?

Anonymous said...

Like yo mama

Dennis in Peoria said...

To the Anonymous on ELITE:

Got any undercover video to back up your accusations about ELITE's 'methods'? I have seen Carl and his staff in action, and have NEVER seen any such bullying, yelling or instilling fear in youth.

Anonymous said...

It is a misnomer that poor, minority kids need an " in your face approach" to comply. That is indeed a slave mentality and should not be tolerated.

Where are those approaches that teach self-discipline? When the ELITE program leaves a school, do the kids continue to walk in a line with shirts tucked and pants pulled up? Do the say yes Sir and No M'am? Do they get assignments done and turned in? Do they discontinue bullying and using inappropriate language? Do they continue to respect the teachers and their surroundings?

Hopefully, data supports an improved environment at this school. If there is no data to measure an improved school culture and environment, "ELITE ain't working mates."

Anonymous said...

Dennis, then you have never been at Trewyn at lunch time, for example. It happens all day, because they keep locking down the 2nd floor, for behavior. Teachers move from class to class, not the kids.

Back to Elite...the big guys stand on table, with a microphone, yelling at the kids that they either shut up or they will send them home. It is not working, unless you listen to Renee or GL. Putting the whole middle school on lockdown means it is not working. Teachers moving from class to class, instead of the students, means it is not working.

Sharon Crews said...

How awful--Lathan really doesn't care about teachers if she makes them all move from room to room. There is no way to stay organized, to teach to the bell, and be ready to teach the next class when teachers have to move. Lathan does not understand how this practice impacts academics and discipline negatively--really, really STUPID!

Anonymous said...

Instead of complaining on the blogs, why not do something to get rid of her? I saw a link on here to get rid of a few board members did anyone do anything about it? If so, start passing petitions around. Put more articles in the newspaper, get their misdeeds more out in the public. I can guarantee the board members don't want their dirty laundry aired.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the bumps on the back of Buttler's neck are snake bites.

Anonymous said...

If Butler started praying over me, I'd be the hell up out of that church for fear she'd try to eat me.

Anonymous said...

It is against the law to "send kids home". That wouldn't fly in a school where parents know the law and have the money to hire a lawyer.

Anonymous said...

How many people showed up to Parent University this evening? I heard one parent walked in, saw LuhToy, and thought the PTO was sponsoring a hotdog eating contest.

Anonymous said...

McArdle nothing, Ungrait nothing, Shipp nothing. At least those being canned aren't gettn more taxpayer money.

Anonymous said...

$500,000 Race to the Top grant with most of the money going to teachers for peer review. MOST OF THE MONEY GOING TO TEACHERS, but now lets complain.........

Lady Justice said...

Valda has to pay the districts court costs!?! Does anyone know if that include attorney's fees?

Anonymous said...

True. True. The buffoon getting the 10,000 bonuses is the one cashing in.

Anonymous said...

500,000 going to the teachers. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Good one. With Lathan at the helm - with her anti-collaboration dictatorial "leadership" style - we'll never see Race to the Top dollars. And the lawsuits have only just begun. Lathan has skirted the line thus far, but she's not smart enough or humble
enough to keep from being exposed legally.

Anonymous said...

Hope your ilk gets stuck with the court costs too!

Anonymous said...

Remember, just because the district "won" any case, doesn't mean they were RIGHT......
D150 is becoming the biggest joke in Peoria, if not already there.

Anonymous said...

I applaud Dr. Ungrait, Mrs. McCardle, and Mrs. Shipp. "It is not whether you win or loose it is how you play the game." These three women have brought awareness to the many issues that have happened and are happening in PSD 150. They may not have "won" but they sure have people talking.

I can assure you, there will be a lot of tweaking going on with regards to policies and procedures.

Why should Mrs. Shipp pay for PSD 150 attorneys? She didn't hire them.

You go girls!!!

I am waiting for the next lawsuit.

Anonymous said...

10:52AM

12 year old hit in the head with a key chain at Sterling Middle School and is bleeding in the head.

Anonymous said...

What happened at Manual yesterday, were shots fired in the school?

Sharon Crews said...

District Watch will meet at Monical's on Knoxville and Lake at 6 pm. on Sunday, May 13. We know it's Mother's Day, but hopefully some can fit DW into the day.

Anonymous said...

Anyone know who the two teachers were who got caught "in the act" @ PHS last week?

TEACH 150 said...

Child struck in the head (concussion) at Harrison a couple days ago. No ambulance called.....wanted to keep it on the down-low! Fears Lathan's wrath..... Parent picked up kid and took to hospital.

Anonymous said...

3 star basketball players taken out in handcuffs from Central today. Burglary charges. More fun with Dist 150

Anonymous said...

Ungurait decided to go contractual versus discrimination. She can still go for class action. The lawsuits aren't over.

Anonymous said...

I love when LaToy leaves snide comments.

Hey, since you're reading,
take a bath,
run a comb through that mess,
learn how to say thank you.

Better yet- quit and go back to the rock you crawled out from- it misses you.

Anonymous said...

Yes. The lawsuits are only just beginning.

Anonymous said...

There was a union meeting on Tuesday. If you are wondering what happened feel free to ask Butler's daughter. I've heard she is "sharing".

Anonymous said...

Well if anyone got caught in the closet at PHS, just give them jobs over at the admin office.

Anonymous said...

4 current inmates at Peoria County Jail are student/athletes from District 150. 3 from a current State Championship team. Seems we are valuing sports more than education and accountability in the District. Oh thats right we have a bully for our role model. My fault for expecting our children to do better!!! Thanks Grenita for your stellar leadership!!!! Take your confederate roadshow back to the South!!! We want our District back!!!!

Anonymous said...

If only our teachers taught and our students applied themselves......gosh, our District was doing so well before anyone from outside ptown got here. Please

Anonymous said...

My prsyers go out to those students and their families. Sometimes kids make poor decisions, not realizing consequences. I hope these kids can moove on with their lives after the appropriate consequences have been given.

Anonymous said...

11:15

Carryout register at Avanti's on Rockwood, just held up.

Anonymous said...

They should have beat the kid up at school - then they never would have been arrested and the event never reported.

Emerge Peoria said...

I guess they didn't know Derrick Parker had a momma who would handle her business about her child.

Anonymous in Ptown said...

The 3 basketball youth got jailed for punching, hitting another kid, because the victim had been flirting or planning to flirt with a gal that the basketball team player wanted to date. Jealousy over who's your man, or who's your woman, and fighting over it is ridiculous.

This incident had NOTHING to do with way Dist. 150 operates, same as the post about Avanti's being held up.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the celebration of the State Basketball Champions will still be included in Monday's BOE meeting, like the agenda reads.

Anonymous said...

Let's have the 3 players against Knapp, Crews, and Sierra in a cage match with the winners taking on Lathan, Butler, and Wolfmeyer in a death match! Petelle not allowed - the eyebrows are lethal weapons.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"They should have beat the kid up at school - then they never would have been arrested and the event never reported."

I agree with you. Today, at our RHS, three black girls beat a withe girl in the bathroom. It never was mentioned officially nor reports were writen. This case was handle by, surprise, the new asistant principal from NC.

Anonymous said...

Saw Lathan at the basement beauty shop two evenings ago. She was discussing going with the "Lionel Richie" for the next board meeting. Her unlicensed stylist Franz was telling her that he could certaonly pull it off but, at the same time, thought the style was a bit passé considering Butler has been sporting the Richie all year. On the way out, Lathan tripped up the stairs and started yelling at Franz that she was going to sue him. Franz just folded his hands and said, "Go on, b****. My shop is off the radar and if you try to bully me like you do those employees of yours you'll get a taste of how Franz handles his business. This ain't Eisconsin Avenue. Now get the rest of the way up them stairs and take your *** home!"

Anonymous said...

So anyway. She stuck with the finger waves.

Anonymous said...

I hear they recycle the lenses from LuhToy's glasses - use them as windshields for city busses.

Anonymous said...

There is something TRULY wrong with Dr. Lathan. She continues to make fun of employees, in earshot of others. This is bizarre behavior for a "leader".

Anonymous said...

Lathan probably doesn't know how to whisper. The district should send her for cotillion lessons.

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Anonymous said...

I hope that those hateful and inappropriate postings are not from anyone working for the PPs. Some people can be so hateful and there is no need to make postings so personal. Lathan and her crew from N.C. aren't the best so called fit for Peoria, but there is no need to be so rude in postings. Some of theose posts are on the verge of being racists. Please leave your personal opinions and stick to the facts. Let's stop all the spiteful gossip.

Anonymous said...

I agree. Leave Knapp out of it as well. The racist comments on both sides are inappropriate. Lathan dislikes anyone who disagrees with her, no matter what color.

Anonymous said...

I DO think it's okay to poke fun at people in a Saturday Night Live kind of manner. Without humor, where would we all be? EEK! However, I agree, we don't want to stoop to the level of total bitterness and (God forbid) racism. Then things just get ugly.

I have tried to think about how my humor is different from the humor of someone who pokes fun at another in a spiteful manner while plotting his / her demise. I hope I'm not (and will never be) like that.

But anyway. I must go. I have a back waxing appointment with Franz.

God bless you all!

And GOOD HUMOR!

Jeff Adkins-Dutro

Anonymous said...

I agree, some people have been extremely hard on Dr. Latham. It is obvious she is not the best fit for our community. Due to her inexperience in her position, she has made numerous mistakes. We do allow a few mistakes. We don't allow one to continue making them and thumbing their nose as they are done repeatedly.

Some comments are made due to anger and frustration. They are not intended to be racist. The only way that some people express their anger, when they have no control over the situation, is to attack one at a personal level i.e., appearance.

Let's comment on real issues.

Observation: If only Dr. Latham had trusted some of the Peoria folks who were working in the Central Office to assist her during the transition period, she would have made a more positive impact. Homegrown is not always bad. It is like being made in America.

Anonymous said...

Racist comments? What like immitating a white person speaking if you are black? She deserves to be made fun of...

Anonymous said...

To Emerge: Could this be the answer to the chaotic movement of Principals by Dr. Lathan?

April 26, 2012

In an effort to stem the flow of school principals from job to job, Guilford County School Superintendent Mo Green has proposed giving principals bonuses totaling 5 percent of their annual salaries if they stay at a school for five years. The program could cost up to $618,759 in a one-year period once principals are fully vested in the program.

The "principal stability plan" proposed by Green and Guilford County Schools Chief Academic Officer Beth Folger would address what has been a common complaint by parents – that principals move from school to school too quickly for the environment and organization of each school to stabilize.

The complaints were particularly common under former School Superintendent Terry Grier, who seemed to use frequent principal moves as a tactic to prevent principals from building up a power base of supportive teachers and parents who could question central office policy. You still hear the complaints under Green, but the moves seem to be caused more by the desire of principals for career advancement than by deliberate policy.

Source: " Rhino Times"

Anonymous said...

Wow. Just google "Terry Grier Intimidation and Fear" and look at what pops up. No wonder Gretita is the way she is. She learned from the best.

Anonymous said...

As opposed to our home grown talent who learn from each other. Look where that's gotten us - a majority of teachers who either live outside the district from where they collect a check, or send their kids to private schools. Until teachers actively and openly challenge that pattern, their credibility is zip.

Anonymous said...

OMG!!!!! The information regarding Grier is surreal. Look at this. Sounds like Latham.

Review of Superintendent Terry Grier submitted by a teacher on March 29, 2011:
Approve?: No
Review (summary): Ineffective and hires his friends to bully teachers!
Review (complete): This man has turned Houston ISD in to a total mess! He has terminated people and turns around and brings in his pals from other states to back up his terrorizing ways! He has been in sooooooo many school districts throughout the United States and everyone he has been in has bought out his contract to get rid of him. He makes all these big unproven changes that end up costing millions of wasted dollars and costing jobs for anyone who disagrees or challenges his choices! He has left a path of destruction everywhere he has been and after he is driven out the district has to spend millions dollars more to clean up and fix his mess!!!! He has been is North Carolina and many districts in California, the last one being San Diego and they couldn't get rid of him fast enough! Now here in Houston, since his arrival the entire district stands in ruins and many on the school board who hired him, now will not admit they made a mistake and so we now must live and survive with him for only ONE MORE YEAR!?!??!? Google Terry Greir if you need back up for any of this info provided because I may have left something out!!!

Anonymous said...

Similar to Royster, can't our BOE google candidates before they hire them?

Anonymous said...

Grier has results for students such as innovative school environments, high grad rates, low flight to private schools. Lathan only employes his worst elements with no payoff. He is a professional- no gossip, no demeaning.

Anonymous said...

Well, of course he has results. This is a letter he wrote in response to his school district's test improprieties when the Atlanta cheating was found:

"I am writing to let you know in advance about an article that we expect to appear in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper on Sunday that analyzes test scores from school districts across America. The story comes nearly a year after a major cheating scandal in the Atlanta Public Schools. This national exam score analysis was done in an effort to identify schools in which student test performance increased or decreased significantly from one year to the next. The newspaper interprets such shifts in performance as signs of possible cheating.

We have been alerted that The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s analysis has identified such test score spikes at campuses across America, including some in the Houston Independent School District."

http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2012/03/24/brace-yourselves-ajc-to-unveil-heck-of-a-series-on-test-scores-nationwide-houston-school-chief-issues-response/

Anonymous said...

OOPs!!!!! No harm, no foul?

Anonymous said...

Words really can't begin to describe the destruction that will remain when Lathan and her posse leave D150. It really is sad.

Frustrated said...

Lot of smoke and mirror. So much chaos that it is directing the comunity away from the real question -- Is student performance being enhanced under the current leadership? My vote would be "NO."

Anonymous said...

Okay, Lathan fans! It's that time again! BOE Love Blogging! Let me hear ya! Uh 1. Uh 2. Uh 3! Take me out to the board meeting. Take me out with the crowd. Watch LuhToy eat peanuts and crackerjacks! I don't care if I ever get back for it's 1, 2, 3 years of the contract and you're out at the OLD beeeeeeeee ohhhhhhhhhhh Eeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Stay tuned.

Anonymous said...

Abbreviated BLOG version. Stay tuned. First pitch coming to you from the unfriendly confines at 6:30.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the BOE for once again starting the meeting late. 6:34 and we're under way.

Anonymous said...

Entrails dripping from Lathan's chin like the entrails from Grendel's chin after its slaughter of the innocent Danes.

Anonymous said...

Butler sweating again. Obviously winded. Probably from trying to bully the president of the PFT into allowing her to have remote control of union meetings. Congratulations to the insiders who immediately reported that event. We'd also like to congratulate Butler for refusing to meet with the PFT unless Grenita Lathan is present. Her support of teachers is unmatched.

Anonymous said...

Costco absent. BOE recognizes PHS ball players and chess players.

Anonymous said...

Petelle looking like she has a ground squirrel super glued over each of her eyes.

Anonymous said...

Public comments begin.

Anonymous said...

Sharon Crews discussing small class sizes at Trewyn.

Anonymous said...

Sharon says Lathan tried to explain the small class sizes by saying students at Treeyn meet in small groups. Sharon says tiny class sizes at Trewyn make for larger class sizes elsewhere and set kids up for failure.

Anonymous said...

Butler picks up entire pitcher of water. Quietly thanks the Lord. Chugs it dry.


Still sweating.

Anonymous said...

Your blogging is useless and tasteless and I am NOT a fan of Latham or the board. This banter does nothing to help the arguments against people we want to oust it only puts you on their level. Just because they make fun of Peorians doesn't mean we should stoop to the same level.

Anonymous said...

Sharon says they need to reduce class sizes across the district instead of buying more programs.



(What? You mean do away with those cumbersome $100.00 Thinking Maps binders?)

Anonymous said...

This banter breaks the sheer craziness of our school district. We appreciate it tremendously. Nobody stoops to their level. Their level is way beneath all of us. Too bad you don't have a sense of humor, too.

Anonymous said...

Knapp is up. He's giving a completely objective overview of Lathan's bully mentor Grier.

Anonymous said...

Knapp points out how foolish district and district's attorney look after meeting with Jehan Gordon.

Anonymous said...

You think MY blogging is useless and tasteless? What a coincidence.

Anonymous said...

Sierra says the BOE should pay attention to Knapp. Says when the public talks about BOe they use cuss words. Says Elite program at Trewyn not working - doesn't even address dress code.

Anonymous said...

Lathan and attorney smiling throughout public comment session. (Attorney looks like he should be underneath a bridge yelling at billy goats.)

Anonymous said...

Blogger above who criticized my blogging is watching a rerun of Saturday Night Live scowling at the comedians - calling them shallow and I patriotic - for mocking Presidents and Members of Congress. Writing angry letters to Lorne Michaels.

Anonymous said...

Cloyd listening attentively. Sierra says BOE wants transparency but they never answer questions.

Anonymous said...

Donahue- looked at remarkable rules - said it said 150 is in dire financial straights. Wants to have upper administration with teaching degrees sub- pay them 100 per day and save money --he did math and in one month it cd save 13000 per month.

Looks forward to seeing Lathan and company subbing next fall.

Anonymous said...

Transportation Union President is up.

Anonymous said...

She said lathan said that at beginning of the year that transportation was a priority -that they wd be mtg all year- with 11 days left they haven't met w dr lathan yet.


Is Lathan still smiling. Eh? Eh?

Anonymous said...

President Darling is up.

Anonymous said...

Butler and Lathan join hands.

Anonymous said...

Bobby says he will be interested to see this years attorney fees. Asked why district's lawyer was at Jehan Gordon's meeting. (this is the lawyer who rudely interrupted the state senator at the meeting and got his ass handed to him by said senator.)

Anonymous said...

PFT sent letter to Lathan. Lathan responded. Bobby says he's not impressed with her response.

Anonymous said...

Bobby said he is not sure the friendship between Lathan and Butler is healthy- he hopes that butler shared what took place between bobby and butler with other bd members.

Anonymous said...

Bobby said shortly PFT will give lathan an eval and if it's unsat-she she will have 90 days to remediate--Lathan chuckles.

Anonymous said...

Devine speaking saying union has fourteen grievances out right now.

Anonymous said...

Glen Farton speaking and thanking bd for support on quest high school. Mascot will be a Little Lotto ticket.

Anonymous said...

Superintendent Lathan's response to all questions and concerns: She thanks the PFT for collaborating with her on the evaluation tool. That's all, Folks.

Anonymous said...

Jeff Adkins apparently chased off by security for trying to sell small bags of undated peanuts to BOE audience members.

Anonymous said...

Coplan discussing live broadcasting-- saying poor equipment -looking into audio no visual--checking into comcast for cost.

Anonymous said...

Martha said-"it seems like we have been checking with comcast for 2 years? Why can't we just get a number?"


Baaaaaaahahahahahahahahaha. Martha! Martha! Martha!

Anonymous said...

Maybe they could live broadcast the Parent University meetings for all of the parents who dont show up. That would be all of the parents in the district . . . minus five.

Anonymous said...

School choice update.



Dog? or Pony?

Anonymous said...

Apparently, Grenita demanded that the state championship trophy be displayed in her office.

Anonymous said...

Budget Update.

Anonymous said...

Coffers for teachers and students: Empty
Coffee for Grenita's annual $10,000.00 bonus: Brimming

Anonymous said...

Comment inadvertently omitted: Donahue thanking all who helped with soccer tournament: coaches, athletic directors, and CAPTAIN Mike Barber.

Anonymous said...

Typical dismal budget report given right before vote on transportation contract.

Anonymous said...

Transportation contract approved. Lathan told transportation union president she's open to meet. (You know, Lathan will be the one behind the locked, keypadded door behind only which a select few are admitted.)

Anonymous said...

Martha asked how board members were chosen to go to Washington D.C. Butler said the board President and vp went. Martha then asked Butler, "Didn't you go last year?". Butler said, "Yes. You can go next year of you want.". Martha said, "I was just asking the question."

Anonymous said...

Meeting adjourned.

Anonymous said...

Until a majority of teachers in D150 live and school their children in D150, ALL their whinning and carping ain't worth the commentary offered. Good teachers CAN get hired outside the district. Maybe that's why you've been left behind.

Anonymous said...

Really? The majority of the 1,100 teachers in District 150 live outside of Peoria? Where did that stat come from? What about West Peoria. That's District 150. Are you counting the Weat Peorian teachers in this "majority" of which you speak?

Anonymous said...

Or maybe there are great kids in the district and teachers want to stay

Anonymous said...

Oh, teacher-hater,

Still haven't made an appointment with a therapist yet? Of course, the first step to recovery is to admit that you have a problem. Isn't it time to mend broken relationships? Go ahead. Be bold. Take the first step. Heal those broken relationships and be amazed at how differently you view the world.

D150 teacher said...

This teacher lives in West Peoria and proud of it....

Anonymous said...

Live in Peoria and my kids attend #150 schools too.

Beth said...

Live in Peoria and ALL of my children graduated from PHS.

Anonymous said...

3 out of over a thousand. That's the Cubs world Series record, not a rallying cry.

Janet Schwarz said...

As a parent of three in the district for over a decade, my kids have been involved and a part of 6 different schools. The teachers are amazing. Only met ONE truly bad teacher, and he resigned and skipped town before I could file due process. I have also put in more than my share of volunteer hours in the classroom and know this: the teachers are doing the best they can with what they have. They truly care about these children. I see people who take time off their jobs to come in and tutor on a weekly basis, and in my opinion, are doing what's needed to help these kids. I've seen what happens when an adult takes just a few hours a month to volunteer individual attention to a student who for whatever reason is simply struggling to survive. Just a few hours a month. HUGE difference. This is a starting point for change in D150: get more adults in the community to start tutoring and mentoring. Simple eye contact and a "hello" makes an entire day for some kids. Yes, we have a parent problem. Yes, we have discipline problems. The only way to start to overcome with the statistics and demographics we are presented with is by EVERYONE helping out. In a district with different statistics and demographics, this may not be needed, yet there comes a time when it is necessary for adults to pull together and get involved. Start next school year by donating a few hours in your month to come in and work with a reading group, etc., or just assist a teacher in one classroom for a day. You'll get a real education. Anyone who knows me knows that I deal with more stress in one day outside of the schools than what most people can handle. I certainly could be doing other things than spending time at one of the D150 schools. This is one East Bluff tax-paying, homeowner mom who has not given up on a group of great teachers doing their best, and right now need the community to shut up and put actions behind words if it wants to see change. Spend a few hours in a classroom before commenting on this blog. Then come back and tell me what happened.

Anonymous said...

I love love love the humor of live blogging. Please don't stop.

Emerge Peoria said...

Thanks Janet Schwarz!

Make that TWO...

"East Bluff tax-paying, homeowner mom who has not given up on a group of great teachers doing their best..."

Janet Schwarz said...

I forgot to say: THANKS AGAIN, EMERGE, for the live blogging!! It is so good to laugh and whoever does the blogging is hilarious!!

Anonymous said...

Funny thing is to anonymous above... believe it or not not all 1000 teachers have time to get on the blogs and post, so I am quite sure there are more than 3 teachers who have students in 150 schools and live in the city. Nice try though.

Dennis in Peoria said...

Two Thumbs WAY UP for Janet!

Anonymous said...

When you work for Grenita, you are forced to lie for her. They have the equipment to broadcast. It is a simple call to the cable company.

And, if Elaine can pop up a web based audio file of the meeting, so could PSD 150.

School tube is $1200.00 a year-
http://www.schooltube.com/

Many districts host their board meetings here.

Demand it folks.

Anonymous said...

Grenita is a fraud! Did you guys see her on tv? That phony grin is just creepy.

Anonymous said...

I like the idea of every administrator including all from NC subbing one day a week to help cut costs in the district. Most of them have teaching certificates anyway. This includes having the principals sub also

Anonymous said...

You don't want NC near your kids. Trust me.

Anonymous said...

I teach in Peoria and don't live there. I chose to go to an urban district to make a difference in kids lives. Apparently the blogger who comments on teachers being inadequate or uncaring because they do no live in Peoria has never heard of work ethic. Blame bad teachers, blame out of town teachers, blame anyone you can but never admit what the real problem is. This would be the current trend in education. Would I send my kid to the school where I teach? Absolutely not. I see kids and teachers have desks and chairs thrown at them on a daily basis along with the "f bomb" dropped regularly. Send the kid to the office and the principal tells them he loves them and sends them back to class. It's a little difficult to teach and learn under these circumstances no matter where you are from. As far as the tax money I am "stealing from you" It pays for school supplies, coats, hats, gloves, and nameless other items that parents in my classroom do not bother to provide for their children. The money also pays my property taxes that funds the school in my community. You'll be shocked to know that many of those teachers do not live in my community and the school is not failing. I really don't think you are on the right track with this one.

Anonymous said...

Thank-you Janet! Have you considered running for a BOE position? We need you!

Janet Schwarz said...

I appreciate the thanks. The "anonymous" teacher above is exactly right..step into a school and ask any teacher how much of their personal money is used for the students. Just ask, then let me know what was said. I really DO believe that the teachers who work in this district are there because they hope to make a difference, whether or not they live in the district. Please respect that fact, because all the district employees I know (too many) CHOSE to be here for that reason. Don't take my word for it...spend an hour with a teacher in a classroom, better yet, volunteer to help out in the lunch room one day a week...I'll see you there, as I often use my lunch half-hour to eat with one of my kids. When I sit down with one of my sons, a crowd of kids usually join us, and these are considered the "bad kids"..they just want an adult to talk to and praise them for the little things they've accomplished that day, even if it's "not getting a card pulled". Please, take a half hour to visit an elementary lunchroom and just sit and talk to the kids for 15 minutes. If you have time to make that phone call to set up dinner with a friend, you have time to call a school to find out when lunch is served. You would be amazed at the impact you will make. For what it's worth, I taught over a decade at a notoriously "white flight" high school in another state before moving to Peoria. I knew back then I would never send my kids to such a school. That's just me. We chose this district for our children because we wanted them to deal with the real world. I'll say it again: volunteer just ONE hour in one of the elementary schools before the end of May. 1)Ask a teacher how much of their personal money is spent on the classroom kids, 2)Ask a teacher why he/she can only post as "Anonymous" on a blog like this (I haven't EVEN touched that one yet),3)Look a kid in the eye and ask him/her how life is. Don't take my word..do the research yourself and share back with the rest of us on this blog. You will be greatly appreciated. Change starts very small, even if all you can give is very small.

teachingrocks said...

Janet: I took your challenge--somewhat--and searched Michelle Rhee. I read TWO articles and, I'm sorry, she scares me. I don't understand how she got so knowledgeable and so powerful with only THREE years in the classroom. I intend to read more, but had to stop for awhile. My brain was screaming.

A thought I have been having lately has to do with why so many of our East Bluff parents are ok with what is happening to their children. The lack of any sort of punishment for any and all behaviors seems a bit racist to me. My school is mostly minority and there seems to be little to no expectations from Wisconsin Avenue on behavior. It makes me truly sad that so little is expected from my students. At schools more north of us (ya know, the "good" schools) it is understood the students will walk quietly, sit quietly, be respectful to adults, do their work, all that "normal" school stuff. At my school, it is the norm for kids to yell, curse, talk back, run the halls, flip you off, throw things, ignore adults, etc. and that is just fine. Goodness gracious, you don't expect these kids to show respect? WHY NOT?!? Why, because they are living in poverty and may have browner skin than I do, should I expect any less? I want these students to go on to bigger, better, more wonderful things. What they are currently doing in school will wind up having more police visits to the high school to handcuff them and haul them out of there.

Oh, I know our parents will yell and scream if there is a suspension or other consequence for the behavior. How come a parent who has been nonexistent in the school life of their child has any right at all to show up at the admin building and demand their child be returned to the classroom?!?? My response would be, "First, why don't you supply your child's teacher with a working phone number and then we can talk about how you are going to work on getting your child to school on time and behaving in the classroom....and that will be after he/she serves the three day suspension for throwing a desk across the room" (or punching someone in the face or screaming motherf@#%$r in the hall, or bringing a bb gun to school, etc.) When did we lose the ability to require some parental involvement in the day-to-day school life of their child?!?!?

And before I step down from this soap box, I have one more question. Is there seriously anyone in the education profession who believes for one second a teacher's abilities can be tied to student performance?!? If you have stepped inside a few of the PSD150 schools, you have GOT to know it just isn't possible. Oh, ok, you think it is? I mean look at the outstanding teachers at Washington Gifted. Those kids are at like 98% meets or exceeds. Those schools north of here....those kids are just soaring waaaaay above some other schools in Peoria. I am not putting down teachers there. I know many fabulous teachers in those schools. I am just saying, if you really, truly believe it is all about the teacher and nothing about the students or their socioeconomic background, let't swap. Bring a northend staff east or south and move the others back north. Anyone care to start a pool on what happens??

Stepping down for now.

Janet Schwarz said...

@teachingrocks: I'm completely on board with you. I don't know any of the East Bluff parents who are okay with what's happening with their kids because I'm not one of them. You said it best when saying "my brain was screaming"..I read about this stuff two years ago, before Lathan even came, and tried to warn teachers about this "stuff" (I'm being polite) coming to Peoria. No one responded. I warned them again when I saw one of our legislators meet with "Stand for Children" last January. I respect you for looking these things up because I've tried screaming about teacher evaluations being tied solely to student data for the last two years because I knew people would get fired for it, but no one in the district took me seriously. Teachingrocks, I'm totally on your side. You are correct on everything you say. I'm a parent who has seen that desk thrown by someone less than four feet tall. I've seen the restroom that's been destroyed in the blink of an eye. (Not mentioning what gets smeared in it and sits there for over a week.) I've seen the second-grader whose mouth spews the filthiest of filth because it was spewed at me. There are kids who see my "Visitor" nametag and say, "You can't do nuthin' to me.." right to my face. My point is, teachingrocks, is that there needs to be A LOT MORE PEOPLE in the community who see exactly what YOU SEE, besides me! IT'S WRONG to evaluate teachers solely on student performance, because no one can MAKE another person learn. I was at the presentation at Woodruff by the actor (I forget his name) from CSI...the one featured in the paper...not even he could get the crowd to shut up! He had to pull out $20 bills to reward correct answers from students in the crowd in order to get their attention. Even then, the chatter continued, and it didn't seem to me that the chatter was about what the speaker was saying. That's just my opinion. I am very pro teacher, very pro student, yet abhor people like Michelle Rhee who think schools can be run like a business.They can't, because when you have the PARENT problems like we have in this district, the kids are in "the deficit" before they even walk into the school. Teachers have "lost" the student before that student even walked into the classroom. That, in my opinion, is what needs to be addressed, and not blamed on the teacher. This morning at a parent forum I handed Dr. Lathan a typed sheet with 4 simple points about how to START to change this, based on my 11 years of volunteering more than my share of time as a parent at 7 different schools. I can let you see a copy of it, maybe post it here, if you'd like. I'm on your side, teachingrocks, I simply want more adults to walk into these schools and actually see what you see, BEFORE they shoot off their mouth about D150.

teachingrocks said...

Janet, you are so right. People do not truly understand the pressure, stress, and insane behaviors we teachers deal with on a minute by minute basis. They think we are whiners with too much time on our hands and nothing to do but grade a few papers and tell students to sit down. It is unbelievable the difference between their reality and true reality. The saddest part is they just continue to believe their skewed version of the truth and do not step up to your challenge to walk inside the building and see our world.

I pray there is a change coming---and coming soon because what is happening now is not cutting it. True consequences for students and parents is what will make a difference. Not more charter schools, not playing principal shuffle, not closing more schools, and not firing teachers because they teach at a low-income school.

Jon said...

Basing teacher evaluations soley on student performance, especially "meets/exceeds" performance, IS a stupid idea. And nobody does it. Michelle Rhee never endorsed anything like that, nor the LA public school district, not Arne Duncan, and NOT the State of Illinois. Measuring student IMPROVEMENT (going from a 30% to a 50%, even though 50% is failing, is more of an achievement than going from 85% to 90%) as a PART of a teacher evaluation makes a lot of sense. And I don't think anyone suggests that the PART is anything more than 50%.

Having a good teacher vs a bad one is a HUGE difference in a student's achievement. Check out the LA Times public schools study "value added". Large student improvement was consistent year in year out for certain teachers, just as it was minimally consistently for others. The data is less reliable for the many in the middle, though the goal is arguably to define the extremes (reward the very best, get rid of the very worst, as most teachers in the middle do just fine).

And for the record, my wife taught on the south end of Peoria.

teachingrocks said...

Jon, I would agree with those statements. I would also agree that the smaller the class size, the more the achievement. Also, there will certainly be more achievement if there is a system in place to have actual consequences for students who chronically misbehave. This will allow students who are at school to actually learn to do just that.

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, teachers would be more receptive to attaching their evaluation to student progress if more than one assessment was used to rate their performance. What about including the student's performance in the classroom? Attendance? Discipline Record? Homework? Project grades? Weekly test? Finally throw in their standardized assessment. Look at the teachers grading practices. Their subject matter mastery. Their ability to engage students. Does their curriculum provide enough rigor and is it executed in a manner that is easily understood.

Hopefully, with all the rambling, you get my point. It is more to teaching than the NWEA, the PSA,and the ISAT.

Janet Schwarz said...

@Jon: you make some very valid points. I'm confused, though, because I've read Duncan's speeches on the us.gov website, read his expose in the Feb 1, 2010 issue of the New Yorker magazine, and researched Michelle Rhee. Are we talking about the same people? If you could direct me to your sources, I would appreciate it because I couldn't believe what I was reading when I first researched these two. Have they changed? I'm not being facetious..I just want to have the right information...thanks Jon!

Jon said...

Here is a link to the DC public school teacher evaluation system IMPACT, which was put in place by Rhee.

http://dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/In+the+Classroom/Ensuring+Teacher+Success/IMPACT+(Performance+Assessment)/An+Overview+of+IMPACT

Read thru some of the other links on that page and you'll see that the "value added" by a teacher is 50% of their performance assessment, and that "value added" measures growth, not absolute results.

Here's an article in which Duncan praises the recent New York State teacher evaluation model, in which:

"Every teacher's evaluation will still be based on a 100-point system: 20 points based on state-determined measures of student growth; 20 based on locally determined measures of growth; and 60 based on more subjective means, primarily classroom observations."

http://www.buffalonews.com/city/schools/article733525.ece

Here's an article from the LA Times outlining the same ideas (partially based on objective test measurements, measuring growth, etc.) for teacher evaluations.

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar/23/local/la-me-0323-duncan-20110323

Anonymous said...

Jon-Spend less time researching and more time volunteering and maybe the world would be a better place.

Anonymous said...

Google Super Colider in the Texas Monthly to read about Grier.

Anonymous said...

Just read super colider article. Lathan has been taught well in the art of bullying....

Emerge Peoria said...

The super collider article I tried to access is behind a paywall. Do you have a direct link that you can provide?

teachingrocks said...

It is not a paywall. You just need to register for the site and it doesn't cost anything.

http://www.texasmonthly.com/2011-10-01/feature3.php

I just finished it as well. These are the quotes which I felt reminded me enought of someone around here that I pulled them out:

By the time he was 34, he had advanced from coach to teacher to his first superintendent post. Since then, almost all his jobs—whether in Amarillo or Akron, California or Tennessee—have been colored by a tireless work ethic but also rancor and imperiousness. His short temper could reflect his hardscrabble upbringing or simply be the effect of working for decades within a public system that doesn’t have much to show for itself. Regardless, after more than thirty years in education, Grier knows how the game is played. He knows, for instance, that a superintendent who moves too slowly is often fired for accomplishing nothing. That’s one of the reasons that all superintendents on the fast track have a novel program that attracts attention and helps them advance when the end comes, as it inevitably does.


Soon after I began to follow Grier, rumors started to swirl that the superintendent had the magnet program in his sights. Focus groups he commissioned did nothing to calm parents’ fears. At one meeting in early 2010, a North Carolina consultant hired to analyze the program seemed spectacularly ignorant about Houston’s public system. “You mean to tell me that any student can apply to enroll in any school across HISD?” she asked. Worse, when told yes, she looked at Grier and said, “You really do have a mess on your hands.” It struck at least one person in the room that the consultant hadn’t been brought in to facilitate discussions but to facilitate the dismantling of the program.


A year earlier, Grier had been greeted with resounding applause. This time, as he delivered his prepared remarks, few in the audience could summon much enthusiasm. “We were about documenting and firing people,” one former principal told me. “People were taking pay cuts to leave because they couldn’t sleep with the knowledge that what they were being asked to do conflicted with their moral compass.” Grier had not helped when, on one visit to a high school, his first question to a teacher was “So, to turn this school around, how many people do you think we’d have to fire?”

Anonymous said...

What is the super big deal going on in North Carolina which has both Grier and Lathan running there for EVERYTHING???

TEACH 150 said...

Emerge, please indulge me...
As an elementary teacher of many years in District 150, my feet have always been held to the fire regarding student achievement(I have my OWN high bar). It is MY JOB to prepare my students for the next grade. My problem lies in the fact that I have to take students from other classrooms when a teacher is absent. I may have anywhere from 3 to 8 students dropped off for the day. These students are often from other grade levels and I have to run around to find work for them, seats for them, a place to unload all their "stuff", get them pencils, not to mention making sure they get on the right bus when school gets out, etc. I don't believe that I should be responsible for a group of students when their teach is absent anymore than I believe my students should be "dumped" into several other classrooms when I am either sick or at a professional development conference. This has happened to me personally at least 15 times this year. That is nearly a month's worth of "babysitting". In addition, I often lose my prep period because the prep teacher is forced to teach in a classroom. I am not BLAMING anyone for this, just stating facts. Please do not hold me accountable for the lack of achievement from my own students when I am constantly inundated with students from other classes. In fact, the in-school suspension room is almost always overflowing so AGAIN I am asked to take one of these "wonderful" students into my classroom(almost always an upper grade student). In what way is this PUNISHMENT for them? I, on the other hand am left to watch this student and give him/her "something" to do all day. Again, I am not placing blame, we are all up against a wall. I don't feel that it is part of my job description to do all of this. I am a team player but come on, let's play by the rules. I can assure you that next year I will refuse to take any students of absent teachers since the new evaluation tool uses student achievement as a measure of my ability to impart knowledge to my students. Listen up BOE, enough is enough!

Sharon Crews said...

To TEACHER 150, please learn to document all these events thoroughly--that is paperwork that every teacher in District 150 should be doing. Unless you document such travesties, there is no way anyone will listen to you. However, school board members need to be swamped with these reports. When you say you are not trying to blame anyone, that is very kind of you. However, someone is to blame--and the board members should know what is happening on a daily basis.

Sharon Crews said...

District Watch will meet on Sunday, May 27, at Monical's on Lake and Knoxville. The board meeting will be on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Education Center at 6 p.m. since Monday is Memorial Day.

Anonymous said...

If it was the grant why didn't Central do the same, they got the same grant. Does Lathan not think they are as important as Central. Heard that the Wildlife picnic costs several thousand dollars.