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Geez Louise

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Jul 5, 2011
 
Well, he's at it again. Calling a special meeting on a Thursday for a "budget workshop". Only problem is the whole agenda is really about hiring, firing, and resignations. See he thinks us Luling hillbillies won't show up for a budget workshop. But if we knew which of our friends, neighbors, or relatives he's got on the chopping block, we just might pack the joint. I'll be glad when the school board and the rest of us wake up to what Davis is really all about and send him packing on one of those freight trains that comes ripping through town.
lovin hillbillies

Porter, TX

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Sep 2, 2011
 

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Well, the hillbillies of Luling won!! Yippee, we finally got rid of Davis-took long enough.
Would have happened much sooner, but considering the fact that he has his "act" polished pretty well, it took a while for the Board to see through him.
I wonder if another district will fall for that fake smile and wimpy handshake when interviewing Davis-be forewarned.
The emotional damage that he and his family inflicted on this district will take years to repair.
Closer Look

San Antonio, TX

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Mar 30, 2013
 
lovin hillbillies wrote:
Well, the hillbillies of Luling won!! Yippee, we finally got rid of Davis-took long enough.
Would have happened much sooner, but considering the fact that he has his "act" polished pretty well, it took a while for the Board to see through him.
I wonder if another district will fall for that fake smile and wimpy handshake when interviewing Davis-be forewarned.
The emotional damage that he and his family inflicted on this district will take years to repair.
Prophetic words considering the new developments.
SSDD

Lockhart, TX

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#4
Mar 30, 2013
 
Some things never change, LISD administration is back to bullying good teachers who live and want to work in Luling into submitting their resignations. The reason they bully is because they cannot use the proper teacher appraisal system to non-renew their contracts because the teachers are doing their job!
GPM

San Antonio, TX

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Mar 30, 2013
 
SSDD wrote:
Some things never change, LISD administration is back to bullying good teachers who live and want to work in Luling into submitting their resignations. The reason they bully is because they cannot use the proper teacher appraisal system to non-renew their contracts because the teachers are doing their job!
Be more specific. Who is the bully and who is being bullied? The contract issues should be over with by now. And resignations are just that, resignations.

The only teacher that I have heard of that claims to have been forced into resignation is running for the board. But then I also hear this ex-teacher resigned due to illness. So, what do I believe?

But if there is something that needs to be brought up, this is the place to do it. But be specific-not name wise-but what is being done to run teachers off?
ANW

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#6
Apr 1, 2013
 
@ GPM, you must not have very close ties to the school and some of the current administration, teacher contracts have not been presented or voted on by the board. Details cannot be given on the bullying situation because those who speak up for themselves and others are labeled as troublemakers and become targets!!! GPM, if you do have ties with the school in some way, pay attention to the resignations that are presented in the coming weeks, what is being done to some of them is not fair. I pray that the good, hard working, caring teachers find a way to stay in Luling and keep their job.
GPM

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#7
Apr 2, 2013
 
ANW, let's get one thing cleared. My post never cited anything about pending contracts. I stated that "contract issues should be over now." Issues affecting the outcome of finalization is not a final determination of an educator contract by the board.

Now about the "bullying" you allege. Why don't you come out of the shadows and reveal your collected documentation, or evidence, that administrative "bullying" is going on, and who is victim and perpetrator? Because right now, it's just hearsay with no feet. It's just another attempt to create fear and intimidation by using terms like fear, troublemaker labels, and people becoming targets.
And believe me, after appearing before the board for almost 2 years attempting to get them to focus on his official misconduct, and being rejected in my efforts and called an "out of town troublemaker", I am an expert in that arena.

I also see your post as a veiled threat by using mass resignations to impress fear on this board. I may not agree with all the decisions this current board and administration makes, but I support their valid efforts to bring this district back into lawful operation and compliance.

I might also suggest you ask Davis how did it work out for him when he tried the same threat tactic?

But using your statement to make all those terrible outcomes appear as an excuse won't hold the water.
We are long past the excuses.

Now what we do have is a board and administration who has the stones to "fix" what is broke, and that means some employees and their administrators can be part of the "fix", or resign. That's always the freedom option, now isn't it.

Unfortunately, there is the use of a position of employment to engage in petty, backstabbing, internal politics to further one's career, or save a career-which I find rather petty, and selfish. It's not a "fix", it's just more business as usual from people who should know better.

What you need to do is enlighten us all on the continuing problems from misappropriating Federal Stimulus Funds to certify a non-district employee. Or misapplication of Grants Monies. Or loss of revenues due to not paying attention to State Statutes. Or failures to report misconduct, or to allow others to report misconduct as the statute law demands. Or worse, attempting to cover-up all the above.

If you care to come into the open and debate my concerns, your concerns, I am willing. But please don't sit behind that anonymous keyboard if you want to be taken serious.
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Ballwin, MO

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#8
Apr 2, 2013
 
Hmmm, now we possibly know why the CFO was reassigned?
you think

San Antonio, TX

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#9
Apr 2, 2013
 
Seems there might be a leak. Imagine that!
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Apr 3, 2013
 
you think wrote:
Seems there might be a leak. Imagine that!
What leak are you thinking about?
ANW

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#11
Apr 22, 2013
 
No veiled threats from me. There will be a few resignations from teachers who live and are a part of the Luling community because those teachers were given a "choice" to resign or to be non-renewed by their administrator, no teacher wants a nonrenwal on their record so it's not much of a "choice" for a teacher who needs a job to support their family. I hope they find employment where they are appreciated for their hard work and support of their students.
Awaiting Answer

Richardson, TX

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Apr 26, 2013
 
ANW wrote:
No veiled threats from me. There will be a few resignations from teachers who live and are a part of the Luling community because those teachers were given a "choice" to resign or to be non-renewed by their administrator, no teacher wants a nonrenwal on their record so it's not much of a "choice" for a teacher who needs a job to support their family. I hope they find employment where they are appreciated for their hard work and support of their students.
Your few resignations wouldn't have anything to do the test scores reported Monday night, would they? I saw scores from two fifth grade classes and two eighth grade classes. One fifth grade and eighth grade class did great. But he other two didn't do so well.(By the way, test grades are what has caused Luling ISD to be continually monitored by TEA and FED).

But back to topic. Answer me this. Why can two teachers get their act together and get the job done, while two others couldn't-yet they teach at the same grade levels at JH and Elem.?

Back in 2010 the local Luling newspaper printed that ISD employees didn't own their jobs within the district. If you don't agree with that way of thinking, why didn't you post a rebuttal then?

I hate to see politics played at this level.
No clue

Ballwin, MO

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Apr 26, 2013
 
Was the data presented as student "growth" data? If it was just data on how students performed on the staar and without reporting things like:
Where students were performing at the beginning of the year or which teachers had the GIfted, English language learners, or Special education students because those sub populations are clustered into classrooms, then that data means nothing when comparing teacher to teacher data!!!
My guess is that those two classes did not BEGIN the year at the same level...who is a better teacher in your opinion? A teacher who takes her class from 20% at the beginning of the year to 50% at the end OR a teacher who starts with 65% and ends at 70%?
Those that report the data can always make it say what they want unless people know the right questions to ask!
If I was a teacher whose data was presented in comparison with a fellow teacher, I'd make sure that the data was also presented of where our classes stared the year, and how many Gifted, English language learners and Special Ed students we each had because that makes a difference.
TOMMY TAKS

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Apr 27, 2013
 
We finally have a voice of reason and wisdom in the house!
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Apr 27, 2013
 
No clue wrote:
Was the data presented as student "growth" data? If it was just data on how students performed on the staar and without reporting things like:
Where students were performing at the beginning of the year or which teachers had the GIfted, English language learners, or Special education students because those sub populations are clustered into classrooms, then that data means nothing when comparing teacher to teacher data!!!
My guess is that those two classes did not BEGIN the year at the same level...who is a better teacher in your opinion? A teacher who takes her class from 20% at the beginning of the year to 50% at the end OR a teacher who starts with 65% and ends at 70%?
Those that report the data can always make it say what they want unless people know the right questions to ask!
If I was a teacher whose data was presented in comparison with a fellow teacher, I'd make sure that the data was also presented of where our classes stared the year, and how many Gifted, English language learners and Special Ed students we each had because that makes a difference.
Let me get this straight? You are saying that two fourth grade, and two seventh grade classes took these recent test, as fifth and eighth graders, and that one class jumped from 20% to 50% due to the teacher. But the other teacher who had a class at 65% ending with 70% had it easier? I would think that the teacher with the 20% incoming group had a much larger advantage room for improvement-right?

And if I was a teacher who was being compared to another teacher, I would have been at the school board meeting defending myself had I known that the report was going to compare classes on the orange to an orange basis. I wouldn't have relied on a keyboard poster like, "If I was a teacher", to be my defender.

But then you "oops".

"...where our classes started the year, and how many Gifted, English language learners and Special Ed students we each had because that makes a difference." Sounds to me like you are a teacher-maybe the teacher.

You also posted, "Those that report the data can also make it say what they want unless people know the right question to ask." Why weren't you at the meeting to ask the "right questions" instead of playing 'post reporting games' with the keyboard now?

Just asking?
True Texan

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#16
Apr 29, 2013
 
GPM, you seem to be quiet the Glover cheerleader. I find it hard to take you seriously when you flip flop like John Carey. First you were against CSCOPE, now you support it. You need to support that algebra teacher running for board. Worst thing Luling did, chasing off that man. Maybe he can bring some commen sense into Luling. By the way, you've been meddling in Luling business for a number of years now. By your definition doesn't that make you part of the problem?
GPM

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Apr 30, 2013
 
True Texan wrote:
GPM, you seem to be quiet the Glover cheerleader. I find it hard to take you seriously when you flip flop like John Carey. First you were against CSCOPE, now you support it. You need to support that algebra teacher running for board. Worst thing Luling did, chasing off that man. Maybe he can bring some commen sense into Luling. By the way, you've been meddling in Luling business for a number of years now. By your definition doesn't that make you part of the problem?
I am not a real big fan of C-Scope. And if it makes a difference to you, I have made that clear to Tim Glover. I believe in letting a teacher teach in the classroom, by lecturing, with the use of good old textbooks and homework. But how do you put the full brakes on a system mandated by TEA that the taxpayers are paying for?

I really don't know much about the algebra teacher running for the board. I do know about the current board members. These were the people who finally stood up to a bad superintendent-one who has gotten into more trouble by the way, and are now trying to bring the school district back into compliance before TEA has had enough and initiates a merge. They have made some difficult decisions, some good decisions, some necessary decisions, and some not so popular decisions. If I thought it would make a difference, I would drop the whole load of problems I found right in your lap-then ask you why you, a citizen of Luling, didn't know about them, but I, the out-of-town trouble maker did?

Now as to my meddling. I have a son and daughter who live in the district. They both pay property taxes to the district. I had two grand children go to school there, and graduated from there. Back during the depression, my grandparents lived in Luling-means my dad went to elementary school there. Drive down 183 a bit, to Gonzales, and that's where my great grandmother was born-she was a Cude.

Now on occasion, I frequent many of Lulings businesses-even been to the Sandwich Shop. None of those folks ever told me to mind my own business.

Now tell me why I am part of "the problem?"

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