Thursday, January 12, 2012

Englewood School Board President On the List of Board Members Who Must Vacate their Seats

George Garrison III and Mark DeMontagnac failed to register for the state required "criminal background checks" as required by New Jersey State Law.

Criminal history report checks have been in effect for school employees for some time. This new law requires that school board members also submit to the same background checks. This writer totally agrees with the new law. It may help to alleviate some of the problems plaguing our troubled Public Schools.

George Garrison is the current School Board President.

Mark DeMontagnac was elected April, 2011

Get to know your School Board.  Elections are not far off. Review the campaign promises of each sitting board member. Have they delivered on the promises? Have they made student achievement the highest priority in the district?

                             How are the children?

QSAC: Governance - I8 - Prior Notice

I8. COMMUNICATIONSThe school board provides public notice prior to renegotiating , extending, amending, or otherwise altering the terms of  contracts for all superintendents, deputy superintendents, assistant superintendents and school business administrators to the Executive County Superintendent for review and takes no formal action to approve or implement such contracts prior to such review. (N.J.S.A. 18A:7-8, N.J.S.A. 6A:23A-3.1)

Back to the Future?
How many millions of dollars have been spent since December 31, 2010? There is no longer a 
surplus of funds for which we have bragging rights. How far have we actually progressed towards providing that thorough and efficient education for all children? Honestly.

QSAC Requires
o Approval letters from Executive County Superintendent
o Board minutes

                                          How are the children?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I Fought the Law, but the Law Won!

QSAC: Governance F4, F6 & F7

QSAC = The New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum. District Performance Review (DPR) 

The QSAC is an instrument created by the state to enforce the New Jersey State  Constitution and the Administrative Code, Educational Statutes and Regulations. You might say that it is the standardized test that the Board of Education, Business Administrator, Superintendent and other Administrators must take. The major purpose of the test is to make sure that the achievement of the students is given the highest priority.

Taxpayers: Parents, Community Members, Business Owners: The following is what the law promises and what our board of education has sworn an oath to supply. Is this what you see?

The school board conveys clearly and concretely, through the policies it adopts and the information that it seeks, that student achievement is the highest priority.

F. ANNUAL EVALUATIVE PROCESS - The school board engages in an annual and ongoing evaluative process.

F2. The school board annually reviews and revises, as necessary, an evaluative instrument used in the evaluation of the CSA, based on the goals and objectives of the district. (N.J.A.C. 18A:17-20.3)

F3. The school board annually evaluates the CSA and complies with all requirements of N.J.S.A. 18A:17-20.3 (a).

F4. The school board's annual evaluation of the Chief School Administrator is based on the adoption of goals and performance measurement that reflect that highest priority is given to student achievement and attention to subgroup achievement.

F6. The school board or advisory board annually undertakes a self-evaluation process which reflects that highest priority is given to student achievement.

F7. The school board or advisory board self-evaluation process includes a professional development improvement plan directed towards increasing knowledge and skills in policy making and governance for members of the board.

There are districts that understand that the QSAC is the state's assessment tool designed to evaluate the level of achievement  in the district.  Some  districts publish the document on line for all to see. 

What are the goals and objectives of the Englewood Public School District?

It brings to mind a song lyric that my Daddy sang on the back porch on occasion. I fought the Law and the Law won!
This is compliance. This is transparency. This is not Englewood, NJ.

                          How are the children?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Jersey State Board of Education/Attorney General Please Stand UP!

Newark, Camden and Jersey City school districts are run by the state. Now the push is towards privatizing the educational leadership in these districts. Has the state given up hope for these children and their parents? The "Urban Hope Act" or Bill S3173/A4426 enables these three school districts to allow private entities to manage the public schools. These privately-managed public schools are called “renaissance schools". It is said that it will stop here with these 3 needy districts. What exactly does this takeover mean? What will be different? Someone really needs to spell it out.

It is time for the voters of New Jersey to tell our elected political leaders, and the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey to enforce the Educational Laws and Statutes of the State. Stop ignoring the Constitution. It is no coincidence that at the same time this is happening there is a CAP on Superintendent Salaries and mandates for Board of Education Members to submit to criminal background checks. There is corruption. CORRUPTION. Stop circumventing the laws. Enforce them. Stop back peddling on mandates. Do what the law requires. Where is all that ZERO tolerance and TRANSPARENCY that folks have been talking about for years?

What will change when the people in charge of these same failing/minority districts are private entities? What will happen when the big land developers and Billionaire Corporations, for instance have free reign? Oh, and is Communist China going to get a piece of the pie also? Are we selling off the responsibility to educate the poor and disenfranchised youth of America? Exactly what Miracle are they expecting? The method in which the money is being misused might become more elaborately cloaked. What will that do for the children? Someone really needs to deal with that question. The welfare and the education of the children must come first. Make it so. Stop with the abject Cowardice and exchange it for integrity and gain some respect from the stakeholders who put you in office.

There is very little difference between Englewood and the districts named above. Regardless of how steeped in fantasy many of us have become, we have some of the same problems. In some ways we are in bigger trouble. At least the residents of those districts know that they are in deep sh*t.

Proposed Bill: The Urban Hope Act

Some of us are actually capable of putting 2 and 2 together without the aid of a calculator.

            How are the children?