Martinez wants to grade schools

Martinez wants to grade schools

There are 29 comments on the Alamogordo Daily News story from Feb 15, 2011, titled Martinez wants to grade schools. In it, Alamogordo Daily News reports that:

SANTA FE Gov. Susana Martinez's proposal to give every public school a letter grade of A through F gained political momentum Monday, as state senators endorsed it.

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SomeOtherGuy

Cloudcroft, NM

#1 Feb 15, 2011
Math and English. Screw everything else. That's what's going to happen. Instead of all this meddling, how about they fully fund our schools instead?

“Our nearest star”

Since: May 09

Alamogordo, NM

#2 Feb 15, 2011
SomeOtherGuy wrote:
Math and English. Screw everything else. That's what's going to happen. Instead of all this meddling, how about they fully fund our schools instead?
What about science?

Since: Oct 08

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#3 Feb 15, 2011
SomeOtherGuy wrote:
Math and English. Screw everything else. That's what's going to happen. Instead of all this meddling, how about they fully fund our schools instead?
How much money is enough?
just thinking

United States

#4 Feb 15, 2011
Schools cannot educate children whose parents
don't care. Caring means active involvement in,
and choices made, for kids' best. I see lots
of parents who are far more concerned with their
own love life, or their kids entertainment, or houses or cars or sports, than with the education of their kids. No clever scheme, or money will change it.
sjgds23

Alamogordo, NM

#5 Feb 15, 2011
Isn't there already a grading system for schools: http://www.aps4kids.org/files/news/report_car...

why can't they use that to help determine the schools that need support.

Since: Oct 08

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#6 Feb 15, 2011
"How much will be enough? Can't be answered.
How will you know when you have spent enough? Can't be answered.
Can we be given an exact number? No. Can't be done.
What is true is that there is no evidence that indicates or proves that money spent on education equals academic achievement. We have been increasing spending on education over the years. Is there evidence that it has
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worked, if by worked, we mean more and more high achievers are leaving the classroom?
Also true is this: A kid from an engaged, interested family can get a splendid public education. It happens all the time. Money can't fix what is wrong with public education's highly advertised failures. Money can't fix the uninterested parent.
But a kid coming out of an engaged home, a place where they eat together, read, talk to each other and ask about school, is a kid who will do just fine. "
TempNewMexican

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Feb 15, 2011
We as parents get involved in our child's education as much as possible, at school and at home. But when you get teachers who only care about the 'UNion', there lies the problem. The days the kids were off because of the weather, those days should be made up, well the union is not going to. Their contract says they are to work from this date to this date. So the kids are denied the 182 days their suppose to be in school. What a bunch of BS. If they cared for their profession, those days should be made up. If because they won't teach beyond the contract days, then they should have been at school those days that the kids couldn't because of the weather.
Haha

Ivins, UT

#8 Feb 15, 2011
TempNewMexican wrote:
We as parents get involved in our child's education as much as possible, at school and at home. But when you get teachers who only care about the 'UNion', there lies the problem. The days the kids were off because of the weather, those days should be made up, well the union is not going to. Their contract says they are to work from this date to this date. So the kids are denied the 182 days their suppose to be in school. What a bunch of BS. If they cared for their profession, those days should be made up. If because they won't teach beyond the contract days, then they should have been at school those days that the kids couldn't because of the weather.
Do you have proof of this? I thought school days did not have to be made up since Martinez declared a state emergency?
just my opinion

Las Cruces, NM

#9 Feb 15, 2011
Skuttlebutt wrote:
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How much money is enough?
So keep the budget at current levels, but deport all the illegal alien kids. Then there should be plenty of money available to teach all the rest everything at the university level.
TempNewMexican

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Feb 15, 2011
Haha wrote:
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Do you have proof of this? I thought school days did not have to be made up since Martinez declared a state emergency?
I was told this by a teacher.
Edumacation

Alamogordo, NM

#11 Feb 15, 2011
If they would have gone the entire year, it was only 170+ days not 182
Marie

La Luz, NM

#12 Feb 15, 2011
But it isn't teachers faults that all those days are scheduled! TEACHERS want to have more time with their students: talk to administration down town and the scheduling committee and the legislature...
TempNewMexican

Albuquerque, NM

#13 Feb 15, 2011
Marie wrote:
But it isn't teachers faults that all those days are scheduled! TEACHERS want to have more time with their students: talk to administration down town and the scheduling committee and the legislature...
Really? the teacher that said it was elated. There is a snow day that has not been used and their still going to have it off. What's the point in having these 'snow days'?
teach

Santa Fe, NM

#14 Feb 15, 2011
TempNewMexican wrote:
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Really? the teacher that said it was elated. There is a snow day that has not been used and their still going to have it off. What's the point in having these 'snow days'?
Actually, if a teacher does stay home on that snow day, he or she has to take leave.

And I AM a teacher. I'm upset that we lost those teaching days, including the forgiven ones. Maybe I just care more about education and my opportunity to be part of it.
teach

Santa Fe, NM

#15 Feb 15, 2011
Marie wrote:
But it isn't teachers faults that all those days are scheduled! TEACHERS want to have more time with their students: talk to administration down town and the scheduling committee and the legislature...
Thanks. I absolutely agree that contact time is very important and that most teachers want to have as much time as possible in classrooms with their students.
teach

Santa Fe, NM

#16 Feb 15, 2011
TempNewMexican wrote:
We as parents get involved in our child's education as much as possible, at school and at home. But when you get teachers who only care about the 'UNion', there lies the problem. The days the kids were off because of the weather, those days should be made up, well the union is not going to. Their contract says they are to work from this date to this date. So the kids are denied the 182 days their suppose to be in school. What a bunch of BS. If they cared for their profession, those days should be made up. If because they won't teach beyond the contract days, then they should have been at school those days that the kids couldn't because of the weather.
By the way, they locked my building up and wouldn't let teachers in. And on inservice days, I allow kids to come in during my lunch, as I do almost every day anyway, to give them extra help. Don't judge the rest of us by your teacher friend.
Just The Facts Maam

Alamogordo, NM

#17 Feb 15, 2011
TempNewMexican wrote:
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I was told this by a teacher.
Well... there's your problem -
Just The Facts Maam

Alamogordo, NM

#18 Feb 15, 2011
teach wrote:
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By the way, they locked my building up and wouldn't let teachers in. And on inservice days, I allow kids to come in during my lunch, as I do almost every day anyway, to give them extra help. Don't judge the rest of us by your teacher friend.
Teachers have friends?
Just The Facts Maam

Alamogordo, NM

#20 Feb 15, 2011
Let's look at the relative performance of the school systems in this country that are most locally controlled and therefore the least like the socialist (state run) model versus those that are most state and federally controlled:

Local Funding %: SAT/ACT Scores %: Grad. Rate:
National Average 43.9 100.0 71.5
10 Most Locally Funded 60.1 109.4 75.4
10 Least Locally Funded 21.2 95.3 66.4
New Hampshire 90.7 103.5 73.3
Vermont 60.6 101.0 78.0

10 Most NH, NB, OR, VT, SD, Ml, WY, WI, IL, CO.

10 Least HI, NM, WA, AK, AL, DE, MS, KY, WV, NC.
Just The Facts Maam

Alamogordo, NM

#21 Feb 15, 2011
Here's the thing...

Teachers unions, one of the three or four most powerful forces in our politics today, enjoy support among their members because they protect teachers from the heavy bureaucracy under which they suffer.

At the same time, those running the unions are closely aligned with that bureaucracy, and strongly support the status quo that teachers despise. It's a clever arrangement.

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