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Newport News Public Schools may cut 150 teachers, 80 other posi...

There are 18 comments on the WTKR story from Jan 29, 2010, titled Newport News Public Schools may cut 150 teachers, 80 other posi.... In it, WTKR reports that:

Newport News classrooms may have more students and 150 fewer teachers next year as part of a district plan to $15 million to $20 million from its budget.

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Concerned parent

Virginia Beach, VA

#1 Jan 29, 2010
Take a look at South Morrison's safety and incident record and then take a look at Sedgefield's safety and incident record. South Morrison has double, nearly triple of the incidents in some categories....
I specifically bought a home that was NOT in South Morrison's district to avoid that school and their problems. I mean look at their disruptive behavior incidents alone compared to Sedgefield's? How are the kids that are left behind at Sedgefield suppose to learn anything with all the incidents going on??? You can get each schools' state 'report card' on the school district's web site. In that report, there is a safety and incident report for each school.
Larry Sylvester

Chesapeake, VA

#2 Jan 29, 2010
Change you can believe in! Mmm, mmm, mm...
NNCitizen

Carrollton, VA

#3 Jan 29, 2010
How about we quit busing students from one end of the city to another? That would eliminate the cost of gas, number of buses and bus drivers needed.
Russell

Meridian, ID

#4 Jan 29, 2010
NNCitizen -- busing means integration .. where the kids of different social and cultural aspects are forced to learn together.

first, eliminate summer school. If the kid needs to be held back a year, maybe they will try harder.
second, seperate the walking/bus/pick up students departure by 15 minutes each. This allows the walkers to head home first, since they aren't costing money in busing. Then the buses can go and then the parents can pick up their kids. If a parent doesn't want to wait, the kid can walk 2 blocks down the road.

I say to do this because traffic around schools is a nightmare .. may not save any $$, but it will save on the local population stress level.

Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#5 Jan 30, 2010
I know personally that South Morrison hires teachers that are unqualified. The Administration hire minorities and friends they know. Many of the NNPS from Magruder to Lee Hall do the same. Cutting 150 teachers, unqualified, will not be missed. The problem, teachers who know the Admn. will keep their jobs and the qualified ones will get the ax.
Mr Franklin

Yorktown, VA

#6 Feb 21, 2010
Murdock75 wrote:
I know personally that South Morrison hires teachers that are unqualified. The Administration hire minorities and friends they know. Many of the NNPS from Magruder to Lee Hall do the same. Cutting 150 teachers, unqualified, will not be missed. The problem, teachers who know the Admn. will keep their jobs and the qualified ones will get the ax.
bingo.
KST757

Hampton, VA

#7 Mar 12, 2010
NNCitizen wrote:
How about we quit busing students from one end of the city to another? That would eliminate the cost of gas, number of buses and bus drivers needed.
How about the Newport News Public School Administration cut the following frivolous spending:(1) Start buying textbooks the teachers will actually use instead of allowing these same textbooks gather layers of dust. For example, my daughter's entire class only uses 2 of the 6 textbooks as they cannot read the other brand new books. I wonder how many textbooks in the other classrooms and schools are gathering dust??(2) What about having teachers teach the techniques on how to "read to learn" or comprehension techniques and by not having the students wait until middle school to learn how to write complete sentences. The aforementioned examples cost more money in the long run.
Lance

AOL

#8 Mar 13, 2010
KST757 wrote:
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How about the Newport News Public School Administration cut the following frivolous spending:(1) Start buying textbooks the teachers will actually use instead of allowing these same textbooks gather layers of dust. For example, my daughter's entire class only uses 2 of the 6 textbooks as they cannot read the other brand new books. I wonder how many textbooks in the other classrooms and schools are gathering dust??(2) What about having teachers teach the techniques on how to "read to learn" or comprehension techniques and by not having the students wait until middle school to learn how to write complete sentences. The aforementioned examples cost more money in the long run.
It won't matter. Schools are run by minorities & women. Science & Math scores are well below 20+ other countries. Most kids don't know a star from a planet. Now math. Then N.C.T.M. is a utter failure. You get credit for showing your work, not the right answer. It is based on cognative psychology. Oh Susie, "When you said the square root of 100 is a billion, were you thinking positively?" Very good Susie. Keep trying. Now here is a B+ for your efforts and a smiley face sticker.
KST757

Hampton, VA

#9 Mar 14, 2010
Lance wrote:
<quoted text>It won't matter. Schools are run by minorities & women. Science & Math scores are well below 20+ other countries. Most kids don't know a star from a planet. Now math. Then N.C.T.M. is a utter failure. You get credit for showing your work, not the right answer. It is based on cognative psychology. Oh Susie, "When you said the square root of 100 is a billion, were you thinking positively?" Very good Susie. Keep trying. Now here is a B+ for your efforts and a smiley face sticker.
So true. For example, somehow my daughter received a B in reading - she can't comprehend, but through 30-40% participation, 10% for testing, and 60% for writing. I was told this is by district rules. Where is the "reading grade portion"? The only thing her teachers did was make her feel good with the "false kudos."

Since: Mar 10

United States

#10 Mar 15, 2010
Here's just a thought....how about starting at the TOP with the outrageous salaries that some of these higher ups earn?
Lance

AOL

#11 Mar 15, 2010
Principals are sucking the system and tax payers dry. I know that most middle schools have anywhere from 3 principals and 3 asst. principals. That is at least a half million dollars and only just 1 school. High schools are worse. I would have 1 principal for each school and cut her salry by 60% to start.
Finally, school districts have millions of dollars full of tech., smart-board, pythr. boards that are collecting dust. I could balance the budget in 1 week and the student's scores would not be affected, maybe increaed. And the music and art supplies are in the millions when you count 40 or more schools. A total waste of money. Gov McDonnell should have cut 1 million and the local cities 50 million or more. Get these freeloaders out of the classrooms.
Another Concerned Parent

Virginia Beach, VA

#12 Mar 15, 2010
My child attends Sedgefield and I know for a fact that his teacher uses their smartboard quite often. I've observed her using it oftentimes. I love Sedgefield. The teachers are wonderful. The kids seem to be well-behaved, and things seem to be fairly calm there. Why can't the school system just leave a good thing alone? Gotta' go and mess it up? What I want to know is why make the teachers at Sedgefield leave? It seems the teachers at South Morrison aren't doing a good job there...it seems they can't control the kids at South Morrison, so if a change must be made....add the kids from South Morrison to Sedgefield, but at least keep the same teachers (from Sedgefield) at Sedgefield, and make the South Morrison teachers go and find somewhere else to work and transfer to. Maybe the teachers at Sedgefield can do a better job with the kids from South Morrison. Us personally, we're considering homeschooling. Newport News Schools are going backwards...need to change that motto....NOT A CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN! The ones getting those high-paying salaries in the board office need to take some paycuts, at least temporary ones so we can continue giving our kids a good education...they aren't worried about loosing their jobs in the job cuts. Where are all the teachers from Sedgefield going to go? Don't a lot of them have continuous contracts? Where are these job openings for them in the other schools? Are they going to become floating teachers? So, then we have to provide them with cars from the motor pool and pay for gas? It just doesn't seem well thought out to me...
A worried parent

United States

#13 Mar 16, 2010
My two childred attend Yates and both me and my husband attend PTA meetings. Last year all parents were told that Kilgore was going to pay a retired city attorney $100,000 a year to work part-time. It was our understanding this arrangement was for only one year. Now we hear that she is going to do it again this coming year. Her conduct should be criminal. Take that money and pay two teachers and a bus driver. My god this is wrong. I called to speak with the city attorney but never received a response from that office or from Neil Morgan, the city manager. Wow, what can we do?
A worried parent

United States

#14 Mar 16, 2010
My two children attend Yates and both me and my husband attend PTA meetings. Last year all parents were told that Kilgore was going to pay a retired city attorney $100,000 a year to work part-time. It was our understanding this arrangement was for only one year. Now we hear that she is going to do it again this coming year. Her conduct should be criminal. Take that money and pay two teachers and a bus driver. My god this is wrong. I called to speak with the city attorney but never received a response from that office or from Neil Morgan, the city manager. Wow, what can we do
To worried parent

Virginia Beach, VA

#15 Mar 16, 2010
Good luck getting them to call you back...the only thing that works is exactly what you're doing....contact the local news and suggest a story on it or investigation....that seems to get them moving. The attorney never called us back about a few things either--with some problems the neighborhood is experiencing with a business and some patrons of that business on Jefferson Ave., but I heard it finally went to court this past month/week...still didn't get my return phone call from the attorney or the city reps....just keep getting passed on the next person and the next person, and so on (good 'ole boy system, maybe???). What you're saying is the first I heard about that....I'd like to hear more about it. I wish the news channel would investigate and do a news story on it....
Hidenwood Res

AOL

#16 Mar 17, 2010
A worried parent wrote:
My two children attend Yates and both me and my husband attend PTA meetings. Last year all parents were told that Kilgore was going to pay a retired city attorney $100,000 a year to work part-time. It was our understanding this arrangement was for only one year. Now we hear that she is going to do it again this coming year. Her conduct should be criminal. Take that money and pay two teachers and a bus driver. My god this is wrong. I called to speak with the city attorney but never received a response from that office or from Neil Morgan, the city manager. Wow, what can we do
NO! Take the 100k and give it back to homeowners via refund like Dom Power and its' organized corruption.
FUKSOLs

Newport News, VA

#17 May 14, 2010
I can tell you from teaching in NNPS for 5 years now. The people running the show are unethical and corrupt. They are pushing graphs at the expense of your children's education. They do not care about the future of your students...they only care about their name and their paycheck. NNPS forces a micromangement business model, thereby stripping the power and voice from the well qualified educators in the efforts to push their own multiple agendas. Yes, the statistics show that NNPS, especially Woodisde High School, are great schools. However, please be advised, the numbers are forged by egocentric minds. And they dare say SMART, SAFE SCHOOLs...makes me laugh!
Concerned teacher

Newport News, VA

#18 May 18, 2010
I agree! Parents and the local news need to investigate these facts. There child's future depends on it. Also, I can share from experience that all of the highest quailified teachers leave NNPS as soon as they find out the low level of schooling that is really occuring here.

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