"Finding ways to methodically advance student achievement..." with new computers? As a long time techie, I can assure you that the rapid changes in the technology industry has lead to countless piles of gadgets, monitors, and other computer equipment in my basement. Even my "old" iPad doesn't run half the new apps on he store, and many people are holding off upgrades on their iOS devices due to the skyrocketing cost of replacement parts. How could anyone believe that these machines which are planned to be obsolete with every new release be anything near a cost savings for our community?Finding ways to methodically advance student achievement should always be everyones goal. Implementing academic reforms will, for example, reduce the present need for so many of our students needing to take college remediation courses. This, of course, will immediately translate into money saved for parents whose students attend Ohios colleges. And, in order to meet this challenge of higher academic quality, the current school Board of Education and District are, or already have plans to, invest heavily in technology, professional development for teachers, new textbooks, as well as new computers for every teacher, plus much more.
As for training, no be on the Board was familiar with the 'Blended Learning' line item in the budget. I myself have raised this issue elsewhere on this message board, but has attracted little interest in the Anti-Union snake pit we call Topix. To truly 'blend learning,' we cannot be dependent on the high cost of combined with new technology to engage the new generation of students who are dependent on their technology. Simply offering them a link to online resources is not enough. To created a truly 21st century blended learning environment, teachers much be trained on using the classroom as a workshop to help students use the knowledge they discover online.
Why anyone would invest so much money in something that will be obsolete in two years is beyond me, especially in light of the current trend to retire seasoned professionals early and replace them with younger, cheaper teachers. The 'free market' ideals of the Board is truly astounding, that we would pursue the same philosophies that lead members of the board and many people in our community to bankruptcy. This is our public educational system which serves our community, and not an opportunity to sell our teachers out to a corporation whose only interest is providing a low cost service for the benefit of their shareholders. We are the shareholders, and the teachers are our employees.
How on earth are you going to call off your anti-levy attack dogs at the last minute in order to save our schools from your cronies at the Ohio state house who've cut funding for education? With the promise of shiney baubles? Give. The recent investigation by the Board into privatizing our schools, and the talking tour of the President where she goes around preaching free market values in our public education system, I can only surmise that the Board's support of the upcoming emergency levy is nothing more than lip service, to provide them with talking points when our schools ultimately failed. "We tried to save our school, but they've the bankrupt, offering us no alternative but to rely on my good for-profit school buddies to save us from this mess."