On Janesville School District's WKCE scores exceed state averages
Holy cow people! Test scores are below state average and you gripe that the greedy, lazy teachers should all be fired or have salaries/benefits slashed and blame the union; now, test scores exceed state average with increased cut off scores and you still aren't happy...my mom's old phrase - "you wouldn't be happy if they hung you with a new rope". For pete's sake, try to find the positive in something; it is out there!
On Turtle Creek Flooding at the Historical Five Arch Bridge in Tiffany, Wis.
On Some question school workers' benefits
So where is the information on all the other public employees' benefits? What type of sick days, vacation days, and the like do the police and firemen receive? The city and county workers? According to the chart, the teachers, who are the most important part of the education system, have the "smallest" percentage of time set aside for days off as compared to clerical! I would hope in the changing of policy that it wouldn't be the teachers who take the hit...again. And, given that these things gradually accrued over GOOD FAITH negotiations WITH the school board, it seems ridiculous to suddenly take away what had not been an issue for several years in contract talks. Change for the sake of change is irresponsible.
On Pick up that trash in your yard
frogger - agreed! I live near a food place that will remain nameless but the TRASH others leave and throw into my yard from their car windows or walking down the street is AWFUL! I actually had someone throw part of their food over my privacy fence while I was gardening on the other side and nearly got hit with it!
On Teachers union to school board: Negotiate or face lawsuit
I wouldn't be comfortable signing a contract under which my working conditions, hours, benefits, etc listed "TBD"! And then when they are determined, having to potentially pay a fine to get out of the contract? I have always had the opportunity to closely study my contracts prior to signing. And if these are individual contracts, perhaps each teacher should be able to personally negotiate their terms as in many "private" sector jobs since that seems to be all the rage these days.
On Longtime teachers await Janesville School Board benefits decision
Great teachers will be harder and harder to come by in Janesville once the ones we have are chased out.% Within the last two years, I heard reports from people within university systems saying that nearly 50% of the students enrolled in educ. programs dropped...many of the them the most dedicated and brightest. My neighbor, whose daughter is student teaching (thankfully, she says, not in Janesville), said that most of those in the schools of ed. are constantly hearing that Janesville is NOT the place to apply to if one wants a good working environment or continue to have motivation to stay in the teaching field. Maybe a handful will apply, get a little experience, and get out. We'll have a revolving door which is never good for any business or service program in terms of staffing. Very sad.
Wow. Distefano needs to be off this school board...poor effort at showing good will, gratitude, or even the slightest bit of respect and appreciation for current teachers...just horrible.
On Milwaukee County Zoo displays new jaguar cubs
Thanks for the link!
On Board faces decision to negotiate or wait
Of course not! There isn't a single workplace other than the schools where employees and employers work together on things like this! (Sarcasm)How hypocritical that the majority of the board would not practice what they ask the teachers to do...work with others (colleagues, parents, students, etc)I guess they are taking their cues from the pig-headed Congress we keep electing. Nobody is willing to compromise, budge, listen, explore...
On Teacher exams: an overdue reform
These content tests should apply to middle school teachers as well as high school ones. Sadly in the Janesville district, most middle school teachers are licensed kind. through 8th grade and do not have a specialized content area degree, unlike high school teachers. I think we have seen some real issues when teachers who are not "English" or "Math" certified are trying to teach rigorous concepts to the 6-8 population when they haven't been trained in it themselves.
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