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Spring Chickens and Seasoned Birds (Updated)

March 10, 2011

This post has been categorized as “humor” but to be honest, it’s no laughing matter.  Denver Public Schools initiated its ill-conceived plan to “turn around” 6 schools in the Far Northeast.  They’re even trying to think of a cutesy name to apply to the project.  Meanwhile, teachers, children, families, and schools have been disrupted tremendously.  The disruption continues as teachers (at least 400) look for jobs and the district in its infinite wisdom has decided to move principals around from current jobs to their new (shell game) jobs immediately after Spring Break.  Here is a rendering of the job fair provided on Monday, March 7th for displaced Denver teachers.  (Human Resources had promised workshops to assist with portfolio and resume building but they were not available in Pandora’s building.  Maybe that was another benefit available to the privileged few.)

Next year, Colorado schools will be expected to begin to evaluate each teacher, each year.  Teachers deemed “ineffective” may be shown the door. Plans suggest that principals will eventually be subject to the same process of evaluation.  Unfortunately, this costly venture will be rolled out as significant cuts to education in Colorado take effect.  See links for more information on the Colorado SB 191 process, coming soon to your state, if it hasn’t already.  Oh, yes and don’t forget to thank those responsible for Race to Nowhere, oops, the Top.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 11, 2011 11:38 am

    Yeah, this is what real school reform looks like…headless chickens!

    I am so sad for Far Northeast Denver kids and teachers. This isn’t reform, it’s a sideshow. How can we allow this? Who can possibly think this is the best way to staff and improve schools?

  2. mariasallee permalink*
    March 11, 2011 8:20 pm

    Oh, yes, should have included Colorado’s renowned Mike-the-headless-chicken. I’ll find a place for him yet.

    • March 12, 2011 3:26 pm

      What an interesting satire. Very creative. It is important to stay positive in the midst of many changes to our school system structure.

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