Posts Tagged ‘Teachers’

Education Declines and Teacher’s Union Gives Award

Monday, July 13th, 2009

I didn’t write about this last week, but I should have. The absurdity of the teacher’s union giving Governor Richardson America’s Greatest Education Governor Award is just shocking. It shows a complete disregard for student achievement as a measure of success:

New Mexico students did not improve their academic performance during the Richardson administration. The evidence suggests a very slight decline. The prestigious American Legislative Exchange Council, using many factors of evaluation, ranked New Mexico 48th in the nation in 2007, the same ranking it gave New Mexico in 2002. It ranked New Mexico 49th during most years of Richardson’s administration.

During the late 1990s New Mexico routinely scored in the low 40s, so the last few years represent a definite decline. And the U.S. Chamber of Commerce this year gave New Mexico an “F” in its report card for overall academic achievement, an “F” for the academic achievement of low income and minority students and an “F” for the return on investment per dollar spent.

I highly recommend reading the entire commentary written by Jose Z. Garcia.

Life Lesson Only Temporarily Avoided

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

When County Commissioner Teresa Cordova stepped in and pushed to change her son’s failing grade (subscription) to a passing a grade, she made a decision that I’m willing to bet is going to come back and bite her, not as a politician, but as a mother:

“There were some other kids that didn’t graduate,” Anita Forte said. “I didn’t fail them; they failed themselves.”

Ms. Forte, the Rio Grande High School teacher in question, is dead on with this comment. And, at some some point, Commissioner Cordova’s son is going to have to learn that lesson. Chances are the next time he fails his mother won’t be able to save him from his bad decisions, and next time, it is quite possible that the stakes will be much larger then gaining the opportunity to celebrate an undeserved graduation.

Shorten Winter and Extend Summer

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

The Albuquerque Journal (subscription) has a follow up article today on the proposed upcoming APS academic calendar. APS wants to shorten the summer and increase the winter break. Personally, my family would prefer that it be the other way around. A three week winter break is too long.

There was one rationale behind starting earlier in the summer that just struck me as absurd:

Officials said another reason for the early start is that the APS payroll department has set the first pay period from July 30 to Aug. 10. Teachers must work at least three days during that time, or they don’t get a paycheck.

I can’t believe an official put this out as a reason to change the calendar. Tens of thousands of families lives being altered to because of some bureaucratic nonsense. Tell me this system isn’t broken.

Speaking if which, you mighr want to attend tonight’s APS Board candidates forum.