There are 31964 comments on the Dayton Daily News story from Feb 5, 2008, titled Our recommendation: Springboro voters should say 'yes' the first time to school levies. In it, Dayton Daily News reports that:
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#23917 Mar 18, 2013
Everyone, can we please get back to what our kids need? Teachers are important, but we're supposed to be talking about how to help our kids get a better education.
#23918 Mar 18, 2013
You really don't understand how the rest of the world seems to work. If your employer is paying for something for you it is coming out of your end of the compensation pool. Employers are not stupid and know how many people are vying for the same slot and pay based upon supply and demand of a particular skill set they value.
If you are selling your skills, you are in business whether you like it or not. You are marketing a product, and that product happens to be your particular skill set. You would most certainly like someone to buy that product that you offer. It might not be and iphone5, but your skills are a marketable commodity that you wish to sell. If you value your skills higher than the market wishes to pay, you will be unemployed until the market rises to your level. If you were the only teacher available you would be able to command premier prices for your services, alas that is not the case.
I do not believe you will find many people in the community who do not value their schools. And I made no such assertions that teachers were greedy or our schools are horrible. Those appellations belong to you, not me.
What I have said is that teachers are paid like everyone else, they are not special and outside the market forces that equalize things for all professions. If pay were such a high priority on your list of items that make you happy, why are you not rushing to teach in urban schools of the area? They pay more than do a place like Springboro, the reason, of course, is the nature of the work and its circumstances.
The test scores would seem to indicate that our children are not doing as well as is being claimed by many in our school system.
My simple question becomes: "Why?"
Shall I produce the latest batch of test scores?
Tell the parents how 4 out of 5 children in the 8th grade scoring below 75% on the OAA Math test is Excellent with Distinction?(That is using the same criteria as Mr. Malone uses to translate college grades from the PSEO program into percentages so he can figure the student's GPA and class ranking)
Or how about just explaining to these parents how their child can live up to their potential while mastering the material at a D or F grade level.
The system, dear friend, is broke and needs to be fixed before we sacrifice another year of children on its alter.
#23919 Mar 18, 2013
I am watching a convoluted argument being attempted that has no basis in reality. An apt reality check would be the comparison of the unions in Detroit matching wages and raises for union workers at the Big Three plants. Ford, Chrysler, and GM were three distinctly different car companies with three distinctly different sets of operations and market shares. The spiraling upward of each companies labor and benefits costs ultimately proved ruinous for two out of the three.
While the Big Three were saddled with $2000 per car of phantom costs that added nothing to the perceived value of the vehicle, the foreign competitors put $2000 of actual product, engineering, and design into their cars. The market settled the argument when free people voted with their pocketbooks while choosing a car. Eventually the bloat of the union imposed cost structure broke the backs of those car companies.
Just because someone else wishes to do something incredibly stupid,(see many California municipalities for examples of crony unionism with crony governing bodies) does not require the residents of Springboro to follow them down the path toward unsustainable finances.
While we speak of the excellence of our teachers, I would like for them to reflect that excellence with children who are gaining real knowledge. Children who are able to take a test that measures content at their grade level and master such. Some of our teachers do an exceptional job in this arena, some do okay, and some don't get the job done, just like in the outside world.
#23920 Mar 18, 2013
Unionman's projected belief, as shown through comments on this issue of increased taxes, reflects the unionmasters indoctrination of unionized politics of personal destruction to attack character of neighbors (who believe differently than union indoctrination politics) in their unionmasters severely misguided attempts to distract from the truth of the issues, and seeking to discredit those who are spreading the truth.
Unionman's comments on this blog hold true to their school of union indoctrination and domination, in the union's severely misguided attempts to silence all public opposition to union indoctrination; AND to take out of public office all elected officials, who hold true their beliefs of Fiscal Responsibility, Limited Govbernment, and Free Markets.
#23921 Mar 18, 2013
I believe in your previous post you mentioned how great the JH is doing under the current leadership and the districts high OGT scores are a result of the rigorous JH curriculum.
#23922 Mar 18, 2013
Find that post for me so I can verify the date and it was actually my post and not a fool using my good name. New information continues to bubble slowly out of the district.
#23923 Mar 18, 2013
Knew I would find it one minute the high OGT scores are a result or the JH curriculum and the next 4/5 are failing math in the JH? Make up your mind DB.
#23924 Mar 18, 2013
I know you have question in there somewhere, what would it be? If you can find it I will endeavor to answer.
#23925 Mar 18, 2013
You can't conjur up legitimate documentation to refute anything JW posted. So instead you resort to this shameless ad hominem attack? Priceless!
#23926 Mar 18, 2013
Still waiting for your clarification on your post.
If you can find the question I will try and come up with the answer.
Or you could explain to all of us why you are not defining the classification of "Proficient" on the OGT.
A helpful tutelage from the Ohio Department of Education on the scales for the results on the Math test
Limited.........0-12 points..........0-25% correct on the test
Basic..........12.5-17.5 points.......26%-36% correct on the test
PROFICIENT...18-27 points..........37.5%-56% correct on the test
Accelerated...27.5-34 points..........57%-71% correct on the test
Advanced......34.5-48 points..........72%-100% correct on the test
This is not a difficult test, take it for yourself, it is on the ODE website.
Then wonder why after two years of preparation in our "college prep" high school, nearly 40% of the children taking this test score 75% or less, and still have not mastered basic math covering what should have been learned in grades 1-9. They even let a child use a calculator and provide a cheat sheet with all the necessary formulas required to answer the questions on the test.
Seriously, who wishes to defend labeling a student who has mastered less than 56% of the math material as "PROFICIENT"?
Only our high school administration team would sit in front of the cameras and present to the community 97.4% of our students taking the OGT were "PROFICIENT" and above. And then proceed to bask in the clapping and cheering from the union and the union supporters with a straight face.
#23927 Mar 19, 2013
I don't know about any other math classes but in my son's 7th grade math class the teacher constantly refers him to penda learning or study island web sites to work on math problems. The problem is, he hasn't even been 'taught' how to work the problems. The teacher expects the WEB SITE to do that. The teacher also posts videos but they aren't any better.
If this is what math 'teaching' is today it's no wonder they are "proficient".
And don't get me started on the constant use of 'open book' tests that are given in other subjects he takes...
#23928 Mar 19, 2013
My kids hate study island, you just keep guessing until you get it right, there is no learning. They aren't teaching anyone anything and the teachers don't have to grade anything, it is done automatically. No wonder they love it so.
#23929 Mar 19, 2013
I's gots me GED. Andz me degree from a craker jack bocs
#23930 Mar 19, 2013
And your argument for failure hiding behind "PROFICIENT" would be?
2000 plus kids in this district are not getting the education the taxpayers are funding.
And that is the depth of your concern?
#23931 Mar 21, 2013
This posts hits the nail on the head. I also have a 7th grader and his math education comes from me and study island for 2 hours per night!
#23932 Mar 21, 2013
Another factual post. I could not agree more.
#23933 Mar 21, 2013
Do they have a lot of retired rehires? It has been said they have double digit retire rehires and they all make $100-179 per year. Do Boro taxpayers pay their salaries? Do they hide their salaries by charging salaries to thier various business units? Why does the county allow this to go on?
#23934 Mar 21, 2013
How much did Springboro graduates get in scholarship dollars last year?
How much did Lebanon graduates accumulate?
#23936 Mar 21, 2013
Warren County Educational Service Center Report 2012
Page 10 discussing High Schools That Work standards and our backsliding DECREASES in key areas.
Why the School Should Continue to Address This Key Practice.
According to Table 8, ONLY 43% Of SHS students have completed the HSTW recommended curriculum (Ohio Core), a 34 percent DECREASE from 2008. Although interviews indicate that this sharp decrease is the result of changes in the process for coding transcripts, versus changes in curriculum, the DECREASE is still noteworthy. Only 60% of SHS students completed 4 credits of CP English, a DECREASE of 33% from 2008. There was a 5% DECREASE between 2008 and 2010 with 77% of students completing 4 credits of CP mathematics. 80% completed three credits of CP science, a decrease of 12% from 2008. Only 55% of SHS students completed at least one concentration,
30% below the HSTW goal.
SHS still offers general level classes (Algebra 1A and 1B, physical science, US History, and World History). Thus, not all students experience a college-preparatory curriculum.
Documents provided to the TAV Team indicate that CONTRARY TO the HSTW philosophy, SHS believes that offering low~level courses is in the best interest of students.
This belief, however, was NOT SUBSTANTIATED by research or data.
#23937 Mar 21, 2013
Warren County Educational Service Center audit of the program of studies 2012.
Professional educators hired by Mr. Petrey to provide an unbiased look at our program of studies and how we are doing with the High Schools That Work program.
All pages, go to post number 23669 and 23670, February 26, 2013
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