Wednesday, March 9, 2011

WARNING:You will find no solutions here....

However, you will find my perspective on the impending funding issues that all of education seems to be tortuously awaiting.
With the inevitability of increased strain on districts and schools at every level, it is important to think about how the decisions of state and local ed agencies will impact the learning of students who fall into our "at-risk" categories.
Whatever cuts we are subject to, integrated and exceptional student services MUST NOT be included. This includes taking any budget reduction in special education, mental health, English language, and alternative programming off the table. The higher the strain placed on our capacity to create access to excellence for these student populations will only, in turn, increase the difficulty to meet the state and federal mandates for all of our students. The taxing nature of reduction in staff and services in these areas will not reduce the needs of the students. In fact it may do just the opposite. Yet a reduction of significant magnitude, as proposed at both federal and state levels, will place an aggregate burden on districts, and possibly more so on the communities in which they service. The struggle to compensate for lack of funding will only deepen the divide that exists for students with exceptionalities.
Current legislative initiatives, including rumored changes to the ESEA compel educators to "close the achievement gap". It is my belief that a reduction in funding to special education programs, and other valuable intervention initiatives will predictably decrease achievement in areas where we seek to increase it. The strain on the system would be tremendous.
We've written and implemented policies, directed emergent systems change, dictated agendas, and in so many places forced compliance. It's time that we begin to see the fruits of our labor, even if it comes in small portions.
Thanks for reading, please don't hesitate to share your thoughts too.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Seth's Blog: A linchpin hierarchy

  1. Do exactly what the boss says.
  2. Ask the boss hard questions.
  3. Tell the boss what your best choice among the available options is. Insist.
  4. Have co-workers and bosses ask you hard questions.
  5. Invent a whole new way to do things, something that wasn't on the list.
  6. Push and encourage and lead your co-workers to do ever better work.
  7. Insist that they push and encourage you.

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