Tuesday, March 23, 2010

An Idea Whose Time Has Come ...


Yes, we CAN !!
  • REDUCE the budget
  • RAISE academic outcomes
  • KEEP schools-of-choice

In June of 2009, I wrote a BLOG titled: " The "Secret" To Odyssey's Success Is Out!"
I attempted to make the point that if we model the other high schools after Odyssey then we could expect academic improvement by having a streamlined program that focuses more on academics and less on the extras. Well, I want to revisit that idea now. Why? Because the school-of-choice advocates don't want to lose any of their transportation or kindergarten or anything else, but the budget is still out of control. I think my plan will both reduce the budget AND raise academics across the district. Of course, it will also go a long ways towards making schools-of-choice a lot less "special" too ;)  Here's the highlights of that BLOG revisited :)

I think I've finally hit upon the "secret" to Odyssey's success! On another thread someone pointed out Odyssey has so many "disadvantages" by not offering a full selection of courses. Someone responded that the cited "disadvantages" were actually an advantage because it let's everyone focus on less. I think that is a very astute observation! It's easier to be successful when you have fewer directions to tend to. Fewer sports programs, fewer extra-curriculars, fewer foreign languages and fewer electives helps keep Odyssey students, teachers and administration focused on ONE GOAL ~~ EDUCATION! And the best part of all is that it should cost FEWER DOLLARS because it requires FEWER RESOURCES :) Think about it! We could cut the budget by at least one-third, maybe half and get ALL FOUR HIGH SCHOOLS ONTO NEWSWEEK'S LIST!
   

11 comments:

SCATS said...

Just imagine that the football teams (and their parents) blame Odyssey for the fact they lost their teams ;)

Anonymous said...

And let us not forget the original deal...no sports at Odyssey, period.

Anonymous said...

Why are you so anti-sports? Because you are so out of shape yourself SCATS and the only exercise you get is in your fingers? Or your mouth?

SCATS said...

To 5:40PM ~~ I'm not anti-sports. I am PRO-EDUCATION.In Greece, people seem confused about the difference.

As 3:59PM pointed out, there wasn't supposed to be a sports program at Odyssey. That was the promise ;)

SCATS said...

Besides 5:40PM, I have a secret desire to watch the sports boosters and the school-of-choice groupies have to battle it out for survival :D Who do you think will win a contest like that?

SCATS said...

Anonymous said ...

Susan Meier for Superintendent!
3/23/2010 5:24 PM

I unintentionally hit the delete key instead of the publish key on the comment above. Sorry!

For the record, I'm ALL for it. She stated sometime ago (when we were hiring Achramovitch, I think) that she wasn't interested in the job. Has her mind changed?

Anonymous said...

O Yea, and Meier can hire her husband, with all his construction knowledge (according to her)
to fix all structural problems.
Then she can hire him as the district Athletic Director cause he coaches for her Odyssey girls basketball and he knows more than anyone. Then She can hire her children to be the next teachers or better yet, principals!

Anonymous said...

Why does this board refuse to take up any difficult issues. I am certain there are enough intelligent people workin for this ditrict that in the span of one week they could estimate the costs for a complete restructure.

All elementary schools become local and K-5.
All middle schools become local.
All high schools become local.
Extend the maximum walk distances.

Estimate what that costs. Subtract that number from the estimated cost of the current system and tell us the difference.

SCATS said...

To 8:27PM ~~ The BOE refuses to take up any difficult issues largely because they:

1 - LACK COMPETANCE
2 - LACK CREATIVITY
3 - LACK COURAGE
4 - PERSONALLY BENEFIT FROM THE STATUS QUO
5 - COULDN'T FIGHT THEIR WAY OUT OF A PERFORATED PAPER BAG!

6 - All of the above?

Anonymous said...

8:27, remember the line: "You need a spine to face the whine!"

Simply put, our BOE ain't got it. Every one of your thoughts is right on mark, but... (insert the line)!

It's much easier for these clowns to float a huge increase out to voters, and hide behind the booths waiting to see what happens. THEY FREAKIN CRUMBLED IN FRONT OF A TAME CROWD AT WEST RIDGE! Weaklings with special interests, nothing more.

Anonymous said...

Odyssey has the highest scores because they have hand picked kids. Lucky Athena gets the two low income apartment complexes. Doesn't seem right to me.