Until Rick Perry Moves, Nothing Moves

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rick-perrys-school-dazeHB5, eliminating much of the absurd testing touted by Belo Expectations, is sitting on Governor Rick Perry’s desk, awaiting his signature. Apparently the pressure brought by Bill McKenzie, Sandy Kress, Bill Hammond, and others has hit its mark. Word is, Perry may veto HB5.

TEA Commissioner Williams has posted the results of endless testing for the first ninth grade cohort, and they are making strides toward passing their ninth grade tests as they enter their junior year. Commissioner Williams has conveniently forgotten to segment the results for low income Texas high school students who now have a 50% chance of graduating on time, even if they stay the course on improving. And no one has computed the cost of adding another year of high school to the cost of graduation.

Until HB5 becomes law, Dallas ISD can make no plans for spending an extra $8 million in south and west Dallas.

Why?

If Perry refuses to sign HB5, every dime in Dallas ISD will be spent on remediating to eternity the 50% of low income high school students who have not passed the end-of-course tests currently required. If Perry adds an English III and Algebra II requirement, the end result will be the same; 50% of students won’t walk across a stage with their original ninth grade friends.

So Belo can’t have it both ways.

The repercussions to the Dallas ISD budget will be draconian. In order to fund remediation for both current ninth graders and tenth graders who face six or more years of high school in order to meet requirements for more testing, other budget items will be thrown overboard.

More trainers for high schools? Gone.

More arts supplies? Gone.

More money for west and south Dallas? Forget about it.

Layers and more layers of administrators, trustees? Better worry about the money for summer school and teachers.

Miles’ current budget allows high school and middle school classes to grow in size to fund more testing by Pearson of every class, K-12. In addition, no one on Team Miles has bothered to compute the increase in class sizes that will result from moving from a block schedule at the comprehensive high schools to having students meet all their classes daily. Miles is cutting teachers to fund his boondoggle that was supposed to be his ticket to the White House by allowing class size to slowly meander toward more than 40 students in core academic and 50 students in high school electives.

We need to thank Bill McKenzie and Mike Morath for their consistent worship of standardized tests. There is more than enough research to indicate these tests don’t improve achievement, but Morath and McKenzie are consistent in their faith in the higher power of these tests.

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Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

Rumor in Austin is he will sign it by Tuesday. Still, write him and the Dallas GOP. Make them feel the heat.

smellthecoffee
smellthecoffee

High School Teachers, please post your school's EOC scores on this blog.  We need to see how the district fared aside from District 1.

E Kim Selim
E Kim Selim

I see on this and other blogs the EOC results are filtering out and both E1 writing and E2 writing are horrible so far. English teachers, what is going on? I remember an H2SD YouTube on a teacher complaining and a blog here about a writing teacher from H2SD. This is serious if half the kids in the district cannot pass. I thought English II survived SB 5 so it still counts if Perry signs.

Haveadream
Haveadream

Brace yourselves. Rumor has another chief is leaving soon.

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

Is it true that very few scientists are Republican?  That would be a very interesting statistic.  I'd like to know the political leanings of the leading academics in the US.  

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Rename Mikey's convocation!

Indoctrination Station

Hogwash Hoedown

Disinformation Confrontation

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

Suggested Action Plan for MilesAPalooza II (Convocation 2013) - As many attendees as possible set their ringtones to Don't Believe the Hype by Public Enemy. Call each other constantly.

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

How much time have Morath and McKenzie spent inside a classroom? 

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

By the way, what are the high school EOC results? Anyone know?

retiredteacher
retiredteacher

4,300 teachers in North Carolina, along with vast budget cuts to social programs. Whatmdo Pennsylvania and North Carolina have in common? Imdon't want to be overly political, so I'll let you guess.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

OMG! Just saw the "doomsday" countdown clock at the end of the blog! Genius! What a great silent billboard of the low teacher morale in Dallas ISD.

Also love the new polling section!

Hat's off to the moderators/creators of this blog!

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

In my dreams Action Plan for Miles-a-Palooza CONvocation:

1. Monastic silence: let him play to a silent room. No talking. No clapping. No cheering. Silent pledges. Silent national anthem.

2. Dispirited: No school t-shirts. No signs. No cheering.

3. Slothful: How slowly can you move getting off the bus, walking to the hall, going up the steps, finding your seat? "All ahead SLOW"! Stop frequently to visit with friends.

4. Slothful 2: How slowly can you reverse the process at the conclusion of the "show"?

5. Weak bladders: Lots of trips to the restrooms.

6. Crackle, crackle: Everyone enjoy lots of candy wrapped in noisy cellophane.

7. Flu outbreak: Lots of throat clearing/coughing.

8. Divert Thine Eyes: Never look directly at the Medusa or its presentation screen. Count rivets in the support beams, take a head count of attendees, notice and count the number of people going to/returning from restroom; lower head in reverent prayer throughout, knit/crochet, take copious "notes".

9. No dark room: Loud booing if lights are dimmed for presentation.

In other words, render unto Ceasar what is Ceasar's: blatant and unbridled disrespect for others.

Disrupted DISD
Disrupted DISD

Rick Perry would be an absolute fool to veto a bill which passed, 147-0 in the House, and 31-0 in the Senate.  

The legislators finally heard the voice of the people and responded in a favorable way with this bill.  

I really liked what Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. said: "All session we heard from dissenting voices that said, quote, if we don't require a high stakes test, students won't learn the material and teachers won't teach it. ’I disagree. I have more faith in our Texas teachers than that."

If Perry does not sign the bill, the House and Senate need to override his veto and show him for the fool he is to vote against the will of the people.

I agree, call the Governor's office, and call your state Representative and Senator and let them know that this bill needs to be signed into law in order to protect our children from abusive testing.

Perry needs to remember that he will face fierce competition from fellow Republicans in the primary. A veto of this important bill will not go over well with the voters.

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

Get of your butts, everyone, and call the governor. Tell him you expect him to sign the legislation, and also call the local GOP offices. Tell them, that if he VETOES it, you will NOT vote for ANY Republican, at all, in the 2014 races.

That is what they understand better than BELO.

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

Well, then.  Students should have paid more attention and tried harder to meet goals.  The "bad" news went out in the last week to our students in a district other than DISD.  Students who didn't pass have to attend summer classes to bring them up to speed. This is not an option. This is a requirement.  If they don't attend they will have truancy issues. 

I had a girl who pitched a FIT and was very unhappy and hollered that she should have actually TRIED to do well.  Well, she will have to attend summer classes to make up for her laziness during the year. 

Go figure.   

That's how it works in some of the 'burbs.  What is Dallas doing?  



A is for Abigail
A is for Abigail

More EOCs = Fewer low-income kids graduating with a diploma even though they have perfectly solid skills.  

Talk about a school to prison pipeline!

Rear View Mirror
Rear View Mirror

How is it the district can't manage to get the STAAR scores to school on time, can't manage to find teachers (all year) for classes, and can't get their testing schedules straight; yet manages to plan the convocation for Aug. 20? It seems the Smiling Mike Singing and Dancing Show is way more important than actual concern for the kids he says he is "all about".

smellthecoffee
smellthecoffee

Well, for one, teachers are forbidden by Miles from having kids individually read out loud.  You are discouraged from calling on students individually as well.  Multiple Response Boards are the only way you are encouraged and praised for asking questions of students.  Ridiculous.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

The mayor? Business "leaders"? State representatives and sentators? The BOT? Members of the public that have all the answers? DISD administrators?

Everybody is a pro at education except the teachers...

hoo ha
hoo ha

@retiredteacher  posted on mydata are EOC for 3-8 for public viewing.  High school isn't posted yet, but the teachers at the schools have access to the reports when they sign into their own mydata porta site.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

All are not educators...

283 counselors

1,202 noontime aides

307 secretaries

769 supportive service assistants

89 teacher assistants (early childhood)

53 school operations officers

45 school improvement support liasons

25 community relations liasons

25 food service workers

22 special ed classroom assistants

21 conflict resolution specialists

18 non-teaching assistants

Fed up and ready to go
Fed up and ready to go

When in the world is he going to do another convocation? This year there are only 2 days on the calendar for staff development in August! Really! Smh

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@Persona non grata Slothful entry and a frenzied, near-stampede to exit are hilarious ideas, though I remember the flow of traffic being its own immovable horror for Milesapalooza I.

Nelie Shison Wormsey
Nelie Shison Wormsey

@Persona non grata Same goes for whichever trustees are there in attendance.  No clapping when they are introduced..  In fact, I say we all stand up and do an about face when they are introduced.  Let them see our backs.


Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

@Persona non grata I vote for stony silence. Cannot work silence with other stuff. Silence speaks volumes. Even last year, I sat on my hands, but idiots kept clapping.

Especially the elementary teachers. Does ANYTHING ever get you people down? Way, way too happy. :-)

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Money saver idea:

Make attendance at the Propaganda Pow Wow optional. Offer a $100 stipend to all teachers who want to attend and who provide their own transportation.

Publish the number of attendees as a teacher's Organizational Health Survey result!

Rear View Mirror
Rear View Mirror

@Disrupted DISD I think teachers taught way more than the minimum when the tests weren't so end all be all.

A is for Abigail
A is for Abigail

@Book Fairy The problem isn't always student laziness.  I know kids who work like dogs and still fail--kids with strong skills who, for whatever reason, fail the EOC by 1 question.

Also, this year's Algebra I EOC required the kids to get something like 34% of the questions right to pass and some kids still failed.  Why even bother giving a test like that?

The bottom line is that the tests exist to enrich Pearson and Pearson shills.  They want more tests (at the expense of the kids) and if necessary, they will lower the pass cutoff to 10%.

These tests are bad for kids and bad for taxpayers and are going to result in kids dropping out to avoid them and the constant drumbeat of failure they hang over children's heads.

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

@Book Fairy I want to believe you, but under what law can they FORCE a child--with threats of truancy--to attend summer school?

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@Rear View Mirror Ugh, you're right - just looked at my inbox, and there it is. What a tool! Hopefully someone gets far enough into an audit to put the mandatory Miles-a-bration on hold by then.

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@Rear View Mirror The kids should have good teachers. Sadly, the best teachers are running away as fast as they can. 


Rear View Mirror
Rear View Mirror

@smellthecoffee Most of us ignore this (and other decrees of his) and play the game when the ED comes in. He has never taught a reading class in his life - barely taught anything.

Book Fairy
Book Fairy

@Persona non grata How can folks dictating policy BEGIN to tell us what works in our micro environments?  My educational space is friendly and well populated. That has nothing to do with folks dictating policy at the state or national level. That has to do with me buying a lot of ramen noodles and offering up pencils. Both of those things contribute to student success...ramen and pencils.  Get a bowl of warm ramen in a kid and give him a new pencil and he's gained a lot of willingness to participate in this school thing.  That's when we have a teachable moment.  IMHO

hoo ha
hoo ha

@retiredteacherHere's district1   

EOC prelim results
Algebra 1 Sunset 70.4 Thomas Jefferson 57.4 Kimball 72 Carter 45
Geometry 79 80 77 83
English 1 Reading 44.2 44.2 43.2 48.3
English I writing 35 25.6 26 30
World Geo 73 57 70.5 66.2


Nelie Shison Wormsey
Nelie Shison Wormsey

@Beer in Hand @Persona non grata I'm an elementary teacher, and I sat on my hands last year.  I even booed at the introduction of all trustees except for Ranger (I clapped for her).  Albeit, my boo lasted maybe 2 seconds since nobody else chimed in with me, but it's the thought that counts.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

Yeah, let's see how happy everyone is THIS year after experiencing his jackboot on their necks during the 2012-13 school year.

Just had another thought...everyone hold up spot evaluation scorecards during his "performance". What a riot to see a sea (pun intended!) of ".5" cards!

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

And the contact for the Dallas Republicans, who are fighting like hell to keep Dallas from turning completely blue, is:

james@dallasgop.org

Beer in Hand
Beer in Hand

@mik534 @Beer in Hand @Persona non grata I think I saw you there..... ha! I was surrounded by elem teachers, and God love them, they were so, so, so  peppy.

Maybe this year, they will also join in the cynical, down in the mouth view of teaching high school teachers have? :-)

Quo Qu ohhh
Quo Qu ohhh

@Persona non grata More apt would be an image of Miles as "the White Man" handing the children and teachers smallpox-infested blankets.

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

If it's to be a Braveheart theme (I like it!), then FMM should be pictured as Longshanks and the teachers MRS would a shot of the Scottish army bent over displaying their collective...uh...gluteous maximus!

TheyVoted
TheyVoted

Why not Brave Heart war paint and have the same MRS they used as well!

Persona non grata
Persona non grata

It's YOURS!

...picturing it paired with a graphic of FMM in war paint, headdress and tomahawk...well, with full apologies to Native Americans for such an association...

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1. Disruptive Change: Mike Miles and the Crisis In Dallas ISD, which has been prepared with consultation by education academics, extensive research, review of data and education literature, and meetings and interviews with people of Dallas holding varying and sometimes conflicting points of view;

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