GPS School Board – For Better or for Worse… You decide!! Then Vote accordingly…

Consider a situation that a long time teacher in the GPS district had to say at a board meeting and has repeated several times since. Glen Frakes, a beloved instructor of World History for decades related the following:

Imagine a day when all school administrators failed to show up for work. Imagine the . . . → Read More: GPS School Board – For Better or for Worse… You decide!! Then Vote accordingly…

Is the Gilbert Education Association gone?

“Union” is a word that most GEA leadership prefers to avoid, and it appears to be a concept that GPS school board member Daryl Colvin along with board President Staci Burk and board Clerk Julie Smith feel GPS are better off without.

In a 3-2 vote on a substitute motion (board members Lily Tram and . . . → Read More: Is the Gilbert Education Association gone?

GPS District Retaliation …and a former board member’s HUGE mistake

This article is personal for me on so many levels. I’ve stewed over this one for months… what to share, what not to share in the hopes of positive change. I apologize in advance for the length of this article. I’ve tried to summarize as much as possible and still it is quite lengthy.

A . . . → Read More: GPS District Retaliation …and a former board member’s HUGE mistake

GPS – School Board Mtg – Jun 28, 2011 @ 7pm, District Offices

$301,671,504 is what it will cost taxpayers to educate students in Gilbert Public Schools for 2011-2012. $93.5 Million in revenues from where? $23.9 Million for debt service and $14 Million for Federal Projects? Teen Dating Abuse presentation to the public. . . . → Read More: GPS – School Board Mtg – Jun 28, 2011 @ 7pm, District Offices

Stipends vs. Supplemental Salaries

Not all teachers are equal… some are more equal than others. . . . → Read More: Stipends vs. Supplemental Salaries

AZ Statutes – School Policies – How They’re Made?

Far too often emotional issues will spiral out of control and well-intentioned citizens will petition their state legislature for new laws that could more easily and more appropriately been addressed at a more local level such as the school board or school administration. . . . → Read More: AZ Statutes – School Policies – How They’re Made?

NCLB – No Child Left Behind, What it is… and isn’t!!!

NCLB stifles growth, kills incentive, and celebrates mediocrity!! So why do we embrace it? If our kids are so important to us and TEACHERs are the most valued resource in education, then why is they are paid so poorly on average with other certified employees? . . . → Read More: NCLB – No Child Left Behind, What it is… and isn’t!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Best wishes to all in 2011. May this year bring more joy, peace, and happiness.

Got Conflict? Part-2 LOBBYING

Tax dollars spent on lobbying??? Should tax dollars collected for education purposes be spent paying for lobbyists and campaigns to raise more tax dollars? . . . → Read More: Got Conflict? Part-2 LOBBYING

Half-Day vs. Full-Day Kindergarten

Solving the dilemma of unfunded All-Day Kindergarten. The solution is easier than you think. . . . → Read More: Half-Day vs. Full-Day Kindergarten