Well, isn’t this rich.
It turns out the district has hired yet another out-of-towner to come in and do something that doesn’t involve ever interacting with actual children for what I can promise you is a hefty, 6-figure salary while kids sit crammed in classes of 40 so the district doesn’t have to pay for an extra teacher.
The new guy is from Los Angeles and worked with John Deasey, the Broad superintendent Los Angeles finally got rid of after an expensive iPad disaster and accusations of incompetence, fraud, malfeasance and other bad stuff.
Broad and Deasey are all you need to hear. Those 2 words perfectly convey the type of person the “reformers” are lining up to replace Failing Floyd now that the STAAR scores and the latest-latest financial scandal are in the news.
In the comments section of the DMN article heralding this newest “public servant,” Mike MacNaughton expressed his understandable dismay at the Deasey/LA connection of the new hire and Todd Williams popped back, saying, “Nothing like judging people before you ever met them.” (The grammar is his, by the way).
Interesting that we hear from Todd now, a week after the dismal STAAR scores came out and provided pretty conclusive proof that his supe pick Miles isn’t living up to all of the big promises. Too bad Todd’s comment didn’t address the lack of student achievement under Miles.
Does it make sense to anyone that bad STAAR scores result in crickets, but a comment questioning the wisdom of hiring another out-of-towner affiliated with Broad people results in an immediate response?
Not to me, it doesn’t.
I was happy to see that MacNaughton replied, “Todd, stuff it. This isn’t about public education or “the children,” it’s about district politics and positioning your favorites in a succession plan. Your efforts to insert yourself as the savior of the district is wearing thin.”
I mean, really. Haven’t we had enough of Todd Williams? He supported Miles and look where Miles got the kids. The achievement gap between DISD students and the rest of the state is widening alarmingly. At what point does an adult step in and tell Todd to go play somewhere else? Why would anyone listen to him?
Since Todd doesn’t work in an actual school, allow me to fill him in on the conditions: chaos, unhappiness, failure, suffering. This is what DISD has devolved into since Miles arrived and the numbers back that statement up. Thanks, Miles’ supporters!
Naturally, perhaps because the topic isn’t Miles’ glaring failure and his support of Miles, Todd countered.
He wrote, “I’ve never met Mr. Bravo, and our city and our school board is tired of watching and listening to your relentless, continued negativity attempt to poison the district, which you evidence by publicly disparaging someone you too have never met (nor know anything about) in the hope that your small but vocal “echo chamber” is reading. It’s not about you Mike. It’s about the 160,000 kids in this system who desperately need the adults to stop treating school improvement as a battle to be “won” or “lost.” (Again, the grammar…)
I laughed out loud. Really, Todd? That’s certainly rich coming from you.
I’d say the students in DISD desperately need adults who call themselves “reformers” to stop treating schools as personal ATM machines.
Todd, if you care so much about school improvement, how about we halve the salaries of these bureaucrats who bring nothing but failure and start spending the money on more teachers, art supplies, science supplies, tutors, more school psychologists, more food, toilet paper, copy paper and replacement furniture for the kids?
I don’t know Mr. Bravo but I do know this: if he comes in and thinks he’s going to bring more of the same without pushback, he’s fooling himself.
This country is fed up with Broad and Pearson and testing. The wave is on the way to eventually excise these people from our schools like a cancer.
So allow me (and about 9,000 teachers) to join with Mike MacNaugton in saying this: Stuff it, Todd. After what the students, the parents and the teachers in this district have been through with one Broad acolyte, we don’t want a second helping.