Friday, January 13, 2012

Editorial "Misrepresents" Principal's Efforts

(From Greece Post - 1/12/12;
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SCATS ~~ Excuse me, Ms. Williams. Although your principal addressed the Greece school board on multiple occasions concerned about the future of her school, pressing them to make changes to the demographics of Odyssey Academy was never on her agenda!
 

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Balancing demographics in lottery system public schools is done elsewhere... not rocket science. If Dr Meiers did press the BOE to make changes and they did not then shame on them... I never heard any public statement on the subject from any faculty or staff.

In the year 2000 when Apollo and Olympia were both below 25% disadvantaged ( and OA was 5%) it probably didn't matter much academically but it sure as hell does now! Check out the numbers! The rate of change at OA is very slow... not so much at Apollo or Olympia over the past 10 yrs.

Anonymous said...

Ms. Ruth Williams - What are you thinking speaking out against the Administration publicly. You are now being targeted by your supervisors. It won't matter how many years you have in this District. I see an improvement plan,transfer for you in the next 2 years. Good luck on your new career!

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why any of the Odyssey staff would be resistant to moving. The fact that you'll now have a much larger building means that you will have the oppertunity to share your "secret" educational skills with even more kids!

Uh oh, or are we about to find out the Wizard of OZ is really just a school that's been hiding behind it's 'select population'? How are you going to tell families, that although their child attends the same building, they're not entitled to the same education as others within it? Maybe this year or even next you'll get away with it to some degree, but the curtain is slowly being lifted around you. As for Ms. Meier, I would predict a transfer to another district within a year. She will attempt to get out while her stock, in some people's opinions, is high. A year from now that won't be the case and she knows it. She's rode the great white wave to the end.

Anonymous said...

Maybe, Ms Williams, it is because the spouse of a teacher at OA and an OA dad are publicly stating that low-income families are lazy and too stupid to fill out the lottery app. (D&C comment section). It may surprise you that low-income families would have to be over-represented in the lottery pool to over come the sibling priority (50% of incoming sixth graders are siblings) which your administration has lobbied for keeping- thus ensuring the current demographics continue.
I posted some of the numbers from 2000-2010. Check it out- make a graph... see for yourself!

Anonymous said...

I make over $60,000 a year so I don't consider myself low income but still was unable to get my oldest daughter into Odyssey the last 5 years through the lottery system. Every year we receive a letter that claims we have moved up on the waiting list maybe one or two spots. She will be graduating next year! My yougest daughter will start 6 grade in two years and no way will be going to school with high school kids. It's not what or how much money you make but who you know in Greece. Can't wait to move the hell out of this insane town!!

SCATS said...

To 12:40PM ~~ Yes, who you know is at least as important as who you are. That's why they always want to know WHO you are before responding to anything in this town, school district, etc.

I think it's really fascinating that not a single person has written in to defend Ruth Williams. The sound of crickets chirping usually mean SCATS was right ;)

Anonymous said...

Have you seen this?

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20120113/NEWS01/120113013/Greece-ordered-grant-permit-Bryant-Stratton?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home

SCATS said...

To 7:58PM ~~ I had not seen that, so thank you for the link :)

Anonymous said...

It is untrue balancing demographics has "never been on her agenda" as any decent google search would show -

"Another way we might reduce disparities in schools of choice might be to create priority
attendance lists for students on the free and reduced lunch list. This process would not be
difficult, but since FRL lists are confidential, it would mean that it could not be an open, public
lottery. However, it would promote a more equitable socio-economic distribution..."

Source - letter from Sue Meier to Frank Oberg and BOE, March 2011

http://bit.ly/wYpREa

SCATS said...

To 9:28PM ~~ I listen to the BOE meetings where she has addressed them multiple times. I stand by what I said. There shouldn't be a need to have to do a Google search to find out what she's got on her mind. I think it's very interesting that you "found" that letter to the BOE posted on the PTA website. Did it take you all week to get it posted? ;)

Anonymous said...

That letter is not even a year old... the disparities have existed for some time and could no longer be ignored. She and other SOC advocates were called on the sibling rule and the problems it causes. Too little too late. And since when is the current "lottery" public and open.