Sunday, March 09, 2014

BOE Meeting Tuesday, 6:30PM


It is anticipated that the BOE will go into an Exec. Session at 5:30PM to discuss collective bargaining, the employment history of particular person(s) & pending litigation.

AGENDA ITEMS of NOTE

Preliminary Budget Presentation

AP Program Evaluation

2014-15 School Calendar

Audit Committee Update
  

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Broken link on the AP stuff...

SCATS said...

To 2:26PM ~~ TY, it should be working now ;)

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I looked it through - pretty lame. I don't recall AP requiring all of these additional programs when I did it back in neolithic times. On the bright side, pushing for more AP (and more kids scoring 4 or 5 on the tests - let's not lump together 3s and 5s as though they equally represent "success") means leaving common core in the rearview mirror, since CC stops short of AP in every subject area.

SCATS said...

To 3:25PM ~~ YW. I don't understand how they can mandate taking a test that costs $89 each. Whatever happened to the concept of a "free public education"?

Anonymous said...

Coming from a low income family with a child that is in all AP classes, i can tell u 1st hand that they do offer financial help to those in need..

SCATS said...

To 8:28AM ~~ Is that offer of help widely advertised, or quietly passed along? How much help can one get? Realistically, these tests should be FREE if they are going to push kids into AP classes.

Anonymous said...

Yes it is widely advertised. Its even on the sign up paper they give to students for the AP test.. as a insider for the GCSD i would think u would know that!! Cost of the tests for low income families is $10 per test instead of the $89.. they offer the same program for the pre SAT. Cost for that is $20.. i also love how u remove comments that u dont agree with, or ignore them all together!!

SCATS said...

To 3:37PM ~~ How they handle the costs of the AP exams has changed several times in recent years. I'm just one person. You are the FIRST to say they give a break to "poorer families" in quite a long time.

As for your remark about comments, I posted in BOLD PRINT on that other thread: "THIS THREAD IS CLOSED UNLESS YOU HAVE SOMETHING NEW TO ADD (which is doubtful)."

If you don't bother reading it, what can I do?

Anonymous said...

To 3:37

It's SCATs blog, and as such, moderators sort what they see as pertinent. It's the option of the moderator to bias the page in any way they see fit to motivate their agenda.

If you would like to create a different perspective, create your own blog!

SCATS said...

To 6:20PM ~~ Beyond that, this is a volunteer-run operation. No one pays. No one receives pay. We call it Community Service ;)

Anonymous said...

scats, you really should investigate the bs behind the IB program,it requires a special coordinator, special training for teachers that is often out of state and in the end I know first hand that kids that only do some courses not the full IB diploma get shafted when they try to get a college to accept these credits. The IB program is a huge waste and should be stopped. Use that money to support a better, cheaper and more widely accepted (by colleges) program.

Anonymous said...

SCATS, the budget for paying for AP tests for students is prominently there in the powerpoint you lead us to. Also, quite apart fromt he monetary support, you can take the AP class without taking the AP test. You get a teacher-administred test instead, and generally get a better grade to boot (our kids do very poorly on the AP test relative to their teacher-assigned grades for the corresponding class).

Anonymous said...

I said low income, not" POORER", and quit frankly i find that offensive.

SCATS said...

To 8:59AM ~~ In addition to what you mention, I recall the Odyssey principal going on the record several years ago about the ANNUAL COST to participate in that program.

To 1:52PM ~~ Several years ago, I know the BOE made it POLICY that all students taking AP courses were required to take the AP exams. At the time, I wondered how they could require that, since it isn't exactly cheap on a per exam basis. I just looked up the policy, but I can't really be sure if it is the current one or not. If it is, then that requirement must have been quietly dropped, because it's not mentioned.

SCATS said...

To 3:53PM ~~ Defining "low income" ... when I Googled for the definition, the govt refers to the POVERTY LINE as the determining factor. Poverty line = poor, or poorer than the rest.

If you are "offended" by that word, you need to write to Obama and get the Federal Definition of Poverty changed.

Anonymous said...

The IBprogram is a waste of time and money. A majority of schools do not even recognize it when applying. The majority of colleges count it exactly the same as AP courses. A friend of mine was absolutely livid that her snowflake went through the IB at Odyssey paid a rather large sum of money and received the exact same college credits for it that my son received for taking AP courses at Athena. It does not carry the amazing prestige that they want you to believe it does. The district should get rid of the IB program, the amount of students that actually complete the program does not merit the amount of money they spend on it. I did notice that Otoole is opposed to the Idea considering she is a huge Odyssey backer. Stick to just AP at all the schools and make it fair. Why should it only be offered at one school any way? You can take the money you pay to run the underpopulated program and help ALL students with the cost of taking the AP exams not just the ones that claim a financial disadvantage.

SCATS said...

To 3:55PM ~~ I agree! In fact, I believe ALL of our high schools should offer exactly the same programs to all students!

Anonymous said...

Not a cost effective alternative, (e.g. if only 30 District students want an offered course that takes one block in one school with one teacher, don't waste dollars teaching it in all 4 schools). If parents are so dead set on getting their kids what they perceive as an edge, then let mama and papa drag them around school to school on some preferred schedule, or enroll in private facilities! Oops the first option has been determined to be illegal for public schools, i.e. old Odyssey (ha ha) Academy! So then, eliminate all education that goes beyond basic college prep. Start offering trade courses and basic education to prepare that 75% of HS students who don't attend or graduate from college. And thereby bring education back to the entirety of public school students, as was intended, instead of defining education goals for the minority!

SCATS said...

To 5:12PM ~~ Quite the contrary, regarding your first statement! (I pretty much agree with the rest of what you said, but am not quite sure what was illegal for "old Odyssey.)

If that FEW students want the class, why do we offer it at all? We are a PUBLIC school, not private. We can't be all things to all students, but all students deserve access to all courses offered.