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    Default Changes Coming to Pueblo City Schools

    Superintendent talks of performance based pay for teachers and doing away with tenure.
    http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/78567227.html

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    Let's see how the Teacher's Union handles that!
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    The school board is dancing around the 800 pound gorilla. I understand they have discussed the closing of Central High School along with several elementary schools and closing of Corwin Magnet School and moving it to East High School. They talk about custodial outsourcing and saving a nickel here and a dime here, They cut several admin jobs (Kevin Romero for one) and then restructure the position with another name as a "consultant". When they have to publiclly announce school closures, the proverbially ship is going to hit the sand.

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    They're going to have to justify the layoff of Teaching Staff . . Close a School, bingo, you've done that . . At high school levels, class size hasn't proven to be much of a factor in results . . so back to the 35-40 pupil classrooms and agonizing from the CEA/NEA . .

    Basically, the Cadillac is being repossessed . .
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    Its about time someone does away with tenure. Now if they would cut from the top, but they wont.
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    Basically, on the Admin costs, you're right Buster . . The New Supt. makes more than the Governor of Colorado. And based on what I've read (and heard from some teachers) she has skills to actually do neither . . at least to earn the $185k they're paying her . .
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    Essentially, educators claim they can supply the right stuff to create any educational experience - IF - the taxpayers supply money, time and resources. The money and resources are getting painful and no end in sight.

    In addition, educators argue parental involvement is the most essential ingredient. Hmm....? Who needs teachers if that is the case?

    Consider home schooled children are on the increase in the best higher education establishments in the world. This is accomplished by performance on standardized achievement tests, ACT and other measurement instruments.

    Home schoolers get their performance at about 5% to 6% of the cost of a government school. Obviously fantastically more efficient. If they had access to even a quarter of what a government student gets methinks it would be amazing what they achieve.

    Surveys of home schooled children and their government schooled peers are astounding. They are twice as likely to be actively involved in their communities and civic affairs, have double the happiness quotient of their government trained peers.

    Young adults vote about 2 1/2 times the rate of their government schooled peers and as mature adults homeschoolers vote at a rate almost double their government schooled peers.

    I do not intend this as a condemnation of government schools and a rant about how great home schooling is. Increased enrollment in parochial and private schools are reported as well. Parents pay out of pocket for these schools.

    The increase of middle and upper class participation in home, parochial and private schools is a dire indicator that government schools are becoming increasingly viewed in a negative light.

    #1 reason: The child will get a better education at home.

    Other top reasons: Government hostility to religious people. Government activist social engineering. Dangerous school environment regarding physical and psychological damage. Other arguments abound.

    There is nothing on the horizon to counter these arguments. Government employees, (administrators, teachers) are soldiers that must follow government regulations, red tape and the rules.
    Last edited by Marc.N; 04-01-2011 at 10:42 AM. Reason: spelling & grammar

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    Quote Originally Posted by large View Post
    Basically, on the Admin costs, you're right Buster . . The New Supt. makes more than the Governor of Colorado. And based on what I've read (and heard from some teachers) she has skills to actually do neither . . at least to earn the $185k they're paying her . .
    The working rumor is that she was brought in, not for her administrative skills, but to do the hatchet job on schools and teachers. A Pueblo native would fear for her/his life if they suggested closing Central High school, while an out of town administrator can run back to Colorado Springs with most of her new hire administrators and "consultants".

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    BRAVO!!!! @Marc

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    I remember being home and public school schooled nearly seventy years ago in rural Colorado. Both did a great job on me and my friends. There weren't many of us, just about fifty kids, k-12. Wonder why small rural schools today in Colorado are outperforming urban Colorado schools. I suspect it's because they are still being home and public school schooled. Takes two jobs or more in urban America to keep beans on the table. Rural kids home school in the old days was a curriculum of before and after school chores, summer work, and outdoor play at home, and public school was a curriculum of three R's, learning how to walk a fine line, respect for teachers and adults, and getting your work done as an individual and no freeloading group work.
    What do urban kids do with their free time---------------------you got it.
    --------and they love public school group work----guess work is the wrong word here.
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