Friday, May 22, 2015

Everyone is Quitting

We have lost more administrators than in any time in Norwalk's history. What is going on?

Thursday, May 21, 2015


We have read about the racial slurs that the CEO of PROACT has allegedly made. We have read that the Board of Education in Norwalk is not going to fire this company. We have read that at least three school districts have fired PROACT recently.


Monday, May 4, 2015

The Truth

Mike Lyons
May 4, 2015 at 12:14 pmMarj, I confess — for the first two in over two years of back and forths here, you turned out to be right on something. I apologize for my error (I wasn’t lying, I just didn’t know the accurate contract amount). In the earlier posts you had referred continuously to grants, and that’s what I had focused on ($47,000 from GE supports this contract), not the contract. When I got the contract I saw that it was for over the $100,000, so your source in central office (for once) was right. Of course, my previous statement that this funding is not available for other uses remains correct

--------------------------------------This "apology"???? By Mike Lyons refers to a long debated issue on a Memorandum of Understanding. It was debated here and on Nancy on Norwalk.We thought our readers would be interested in some of the salient points.
Mark Chapman, on Nancy on Norwalk, published the link to the MOU.
Guess what? The consultant WAS paid over $100,000 for writing the standards just from December 2014-June 2015. She has a three year contract! Check out the link. It may surprise you to learn what exactly she was accountable for and how much she was paid. Check out that she was also paid from the budget surplus. 

Stay informed! Read this document.
Comments welcome.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Shirley Mosby, The Board of Education, The PTOC.........Will it ever end?

It seems that the Shirley Mosby narrative has received more attention than almost any other story coming from our local Board of Education. We have to admit, here at NorwalkSpeaks, that we feel this continuing saga has gone way way way over the top. Now the PTOC is involved. PTOC/Partisan stance? Please weigh in with your feelings.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Two Timely Topics

I propose that we discuss two topics.
TOPIC # 1:
The Board of Education
The Board of Education really has no checks and balances.
The Board is comprised of non-educators who make decisions on curriculum, policies, budgets,  hiring, firing and so on. They seem to have the right to hire a superintendent with no real input from the community or from the professional educators on the final choices available. There are no representatives from the community or from the educators who are even privy to the information regarding the finalists. Budgets are voted on by these same folks. The public is invited to hear about budgets, discuss budgets, but the ultimate decision for recommendation belongs to the Board of Education.
Although I am not certain, it appears that foundation grants can be allocated for spending by a select few. Are we, the public and the professional educators, allowed to know how this money is spent? Wouldn't you like to know if there were secret consultants hired (as has been suggested) and what they were paid? All of this seems un-American. Is this the way public schools should operate? Let's have a conversation!

Common Core Curriculum and Testing are very hot topics in New York. I have heard of schools where over 70% of the students opted out of testing. Did you know you could have your child opt out of testing?
I have also heard that, due to Common Core teaching, there are major holes in students' learning. We have a Swiss Cheese education in this country. Teachers must move on with the curriculum even if students don't grasp the concepts. Learning is no longer enjoyable. Teaching is. No longer enjoyable.
Care to comment on these opinions?

Monday, April 6, 2015

Other Topics

What is on your mind? Should we discuss student achievement for a change? Up to you......