TEAM is not a priority because, outside of the family and teachers of children with disabilities, society does not value them. It's sick and really sad. The state of Tennessee expects these children to do well on state assessments (alternative, modified, and regular) so our numbers look good, but in the end, does it really matter? The state doesn't care what happens to them after they turn 21. I really hope that the state will reestablish this program.
The last time I checked, neither the superintendent nor the school board were the ones in front of the classroom this past school year. Thank you Bill Haslam for recognizing how hard teachers work for their students.
It's really sad that this has turned into such a political circus. I am wondering where the needs of the students fit into all this finger-pointing, "he said, she said" freak show.
Dr. Scales had a tough job. A budget crisis and federal lawmakers breaking down his neck can't be easy. He was bound to piss someone off...and while Hamilton County students "aren't measuring up" the system will not see true achievement without first seeing progress.
While I agree that Rick Smith's experience and hometown ties may qualify him to lead the school system, I don't agree with the school board's decision to change the hiring policy just fit their agendas. Only time will tell if he is truly the man for the job.
Some people commend Rhonda Thurman for "telling it like it is"...maybe so, but she needs a lesson in class and respect. I also love how her own paycheck is so important that she couldn't afford to miss work to meet with Dr. Scales, yet she was a huge proponent in denying teachers a salary raise and the bonus deal last year by stating that teachers should just be happy to have a job because a lot of people don't. Hypocrite, much?
I agree that the low performing schools, both urban and suburban, need special attention. Most of them have been given that, and yes, while many are improving, a new school building, additional funds, and a brand spanking new hometown boy superintendent will not change the mindset of the school's population. If parents do not teach their children to value education then the schools will never live up to the standards that is expected from them.
Dendod-I guarentee you know nothing about teaching children with autism. If you did, then you would know that 8 hours a day of one on one ABA training has not been proven to be effective. That is what the Deal vs. HCDE was about. Research has shown that a multi-faceted program, including ABA, errorless teaching, natural environment teaching, reciprocal teaching, social skills training, and many other methods is actually more effective than one specific programming. What that child was due was an educational program with a mountain of research based practices delivered by a team of trained professinals, not what the parents believed would cure their child's autism.
With this whole bruhaha going on, I can't wait to see how employee moral is come August 10th.