Filed under 'DUH' is this report that the TBI will now check for warrants when doing background checks on MNPS teacher applicants.
Warrants were not included in background checks because state law requires a fingerprint-based check, according to TBI officials. To search for warrants, the applicant's name — not a fingerprint — must be searched in the National Crime Information Center database.Wonder if the MNPS has found Google, Facebook and/or MySpace yet. MNPS' first responsibility is to ensure the safety of the children. No excuses.
I will never complain about that prohibition again. Some 25% of the time Metro Police pull someone over for a minor traffic violation there's an outstanding warrant or criminal activity. Petty people who think the police have better things to do with their time than hassle folks for trivial traffic crimes need to remember this instance. This time that annoying traffic law regarding the 4th Ave exit caught someone who definitely needed catching. This catch wasn't petty or trivial:
Instead, Ronald Boykin Jr.'s teaching career ended on March 22 when he disobeyed a traffic sign. Metro police caught Boykin, 40, trying to merge onto Interstate 24 from the Second Avenue ramp. Tennessean
And further, I'm glad to read there is some accountability coming down:
And on the heels of the arrest of MNPS substitute teacher Lewis Levine's arrest let's hope this gets the attention of paper pushers throughout the system. It's not just paper---it could have serious implications for children.
Metro schools asked three employees to resign for failing to properly vet Boykin's application — [Melissa] Mundy, who as senior account clerk had first approval; her supervisor, Darilyn Mason, a registrar who was responsible for reviewing Mundy's work; and Jo Patterson, who was the director of the department and responsible for making sure procedures were being followed. Mason and Anderson plan to appeal the decision. Mundy could not be reached for comment.Another district employee, Gene Foster, director of 9-12 grade human resources, was suspended without pay for not catching the errors when Boykin made the transition into a certified teaching position. He also requested the district get Boykin a special permit, according to school officials. Tennessean
Let's just cut out the middle man, eh? MNPS BOE Chairman David Fox (District 8-Hillsboro-West End) wants to incorporate experts from various areas to consult with the BOE as they manage the Nashville public school system. Maybe, some serious recruiting of good candidates for school board might be a better plan. How about instead of making the first qualification likely endorsement by the Metro Nashville Education Association or the SEIU we examine and debate their expertise and abilities in those 'various areas'?
And from that same article the voice of experience: Considering that he reports he was unaware of his own daughter's actions managing his law firm's finances this quote from MNPS BOE member Ed Kindall (District 7-Downtown-Glencliff) is rich.
“The board of education has the responsibility by law to manage … the general welfare of the school system,” Kindall said. "My experience is that you have to be very careful with how you charge [others]." City PaperNo mercy for Arne: If you haven't been following the blog posts at http://jaypgreene.com/ spend some time there this weekend and catch up with the blistering they're giving Obama's Secretary of Education Arne Duncan especially in regards to the new study showing charter schools work and DC's charters are going to be shut down. If you read nothing else read Jay's WSJ article: "The Union War on Charter Schools". Here's a snip:
When charter schools unionize, they become identical to traditional public schools in performance. Unions may say they support charter schools, but they only support charters after they have stripped them of everything that makes charters different from district schools.Rezoning and digital TV. It appears that like the folks that still haven't figured out that television is going digital there are MNPS parents who have not figured out that their job is to pay attention and participate in the education of their child.
Metro parent Rasheedat Fetuga spoke at the board meeting and pleaded with the board to create a new plan with more community input and a marketing plan to help parents understand the changes. TennesseanBoth the rezoning and digital television have been marketed enough. We're down to an irreducible number of folks who just aren't paying attention or don't care. Let's move on.
From that same article we learn that 60% of parents chose the school closest to them. Neighborhood schools work for most families, it strengthens neighborhoods and saves transportation costs for the district and families. Can we now focus on ensuring all the schools are providing the children with a good solid education instead of what color they all are?
Don't spend it yet. The City Paper provides these inconvenient details about the windfall misnamed "stimulus package":
Metro officials have learned in the last two weeks that MNPS stands receive a total of $24.6 million in federal stimulus Title I dollars (snip)Anyone else tired of the ACLU 'demands'? Can anyone explain how any website addressing hetro, homo, bi, or trans issues can be 'non-sexual'??? I'm telling you it's stuff like this that drives families from public schools. How does access to these website ensure good reading, writing or math skills? Focus, folks. Let's focus on the essentials...mastery of skills necessary for life. Being polite and valuing all people is certainly one of them but it doesn't take Internet access to accomplish that. Wonder if the ACLU would complain if access to Focus on the Family was blocked?
MNPS will have a longer wait for Title I funds than most other Tennessee districts, due to years of being out of compliance with federal programs spending. Federal Title I dollars intended for Metro have been frozen since December due to non-compliant spending on the part of MNPS. Most money that will reach schools through the federal stimulus package will flow through Title I, and until Metro resolves its federal spending troubles, Title I stimulus money will be frozen along with the rest.
They need to do more picking up after themselves anyway. The Tennessean tells us that some 66 custodians might lose their jobs. I feel for them--really I do. A big upside to this might mean that students will have to do a better job of keeping their own schools neater and cleaner. There's no good reason that they can't push a broom every now and then, or empty a trash can or refill the paper towel dispenser. Usually that results in children who respect their space and honor the folks who have had to clean up after them heretofore. Reminds me of the joke about the girls who thought it funny to kiss the mirror and leave lipstick prints for the janitor to clean until one day he demonstrated that he used toilet water to wash the mirror. It's trendy and hip to organize an event around 'saving the planet' and carefully using resources. Let's see them walk the talk in their schools.