Chuckie doesn't want to have to shoulder the responsibility of paying off his party's eight years of debt with W. He would rather the middle class take the hit than he and his rich Washington buddies have to pay!
Poor CBL! Turn Hamilton Place into a distribution center and you too could exempt from taxes. Of course all the CBL executives pay less taxes than anyone thanks to Bush tax cuts! Not having Amazon in TN is not going to stop me from buying from them! Just some other state will enjoy the jobs created by them!
"One of the big changes, he said, was that math teachers started working together more closely."
It has only been a recent measure and sparsely used in Hamilton County schools to have lateral and vertical planning. Meaning, that a teacher collaborates with the other grade level teachers and upper and lower subject teachers. If the elementary school teachers don't know what is expected of students in middle school, how can they appropriately prepare them? Also, each teacher may teach their 'own' curriculum in a class room so that students coming from one teacher may be more/less prepared than from another teacher. This seems like a really simple measure to put in place that HCDE has failed at accomplishing. Also, if a student lags behind, there are NO mechanisms in place to provide added support before he/she gets too far behind unless a willing teacher feels compelled to do so. It is not rocket science. HCDE is just caught up in the doing what they have always done. Incentive pay, support staff and tutoring programs would be felt instantaneously. Instead money gets spent on the cogs of the machine. Lowering standards and expectations may make your "high priority" schools score better, but you are not doing your students any favors. What happens when 40% of students who can't read or add enter the workforce? And we wonder why our economy is in shambles!
I find it shameful how people will act under the guise of a pseudonym online with such awful hatred and bigotry. I guarantee seamonkey and Libertarians4freedom wouldn't be so quick to yank off their hoods in person. This is really sad that we treat each other with such disdain when we should be focusing on how to build a better community.
Let the payback begin... good ole boys put in good ole positions! Looks like central office is thriving!
this behavior of our school board is so shameful. How can we expect our children to succeed while they watch the lies, antics, racist remarks and hatred from those elected to lead them? Rhonda Thurman and Fred Skillern must go!
Finally! I was wondering when the African American leaders would voice outrage over our racist commissioners and school board members! Rhonda Thurman seems proud to be a racist! I hope the voters of District 1 see that they deserve more for their children than hatred and vote her and Skillern out!
I keep thinking that Rhonda Thurman can't shock me anymore with her stupid comments, but, alas, her ignorance continues to surprise. I have seen her at meetings handing out 'literature' to undermine schools, employees, parents and volunteers (which is against Board policy) and I always wonder, "What if she put her effort toward good and helped her own District schools with the $$ she spends on trying to tear other people down?" When will Hamilton County wake up and boot her and Fred Skillern to the curb?
Funny... Rhonda didn't seem to be so quick to advocate for staff cuts when Rick Smith's job was on the chopping block...
“Rick is his own person. I don’t think he’ll be easily bought.”.... I think he just got 'bought' when Rhonda and her gang saved his job and gave him the top spot by eliminating policy. Wonder who he will be obliged to now???
At this point, all we can do is hold the 'new' superintendent and the Board accountable for what happens. It is the Board that sets policy, not Dr. Scales (@Rosebud). The County Commission has held funds in order to maintain control over the school system while our children's education was the casualty. There will have to be very swift and extreme measures put in place to rescue the condition of our schools (@rosebud, Dr. Scales couldn't refurbish schools without money) There are not enough books, no capital maintenance budget and Thurman is completely against continuing education for teachers. I sure hope that there are enough hairdresser jobs for the children that will graduating HCDE. Rick Smith will have to be held accountable for our schools since he was 'anointed'to the position. If they are not going to find a well qualified superintendent, then they will have to be held 100% responsible for Rick Smith.