Saturday, December 28, 2013

Haven't You Ever Wanted to.......

Haven't you ever wanted to sound off about something? Haven't you ever wanted to shout "THANK YOU" so that everyone could hear? Haven't you ever wanted to................?

Here's your opportunity. You can be anonymous here. Will you take your opportunity?

Thursday, December 26, 2013


Where is the decision on the K-5 Language Arts program? Students will be taking the tests without the books to support the curriculum? What is the hold-up? Politics? Manny Rivera, where is your decision? What is going on with the Board of Education? I thought a decision on a program for K-5 LA was a priority????

Monday, December 16, 2013

Positive thoughts - Negative thoughts

You decide. Manny Rivera has been in Norwalk almost six months. What are your thoughts? Please be specific when discussing achievements or lack of achievements. Are you feeling positive, negative or other? Please remember to be specific. This is not about his resume, it is about what you see or hear he is doing in Norwalk.

Thank you for your input.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

New Budget and Unanswered Questions

The new three year budget plan is out for public perusal.

The superintendent  offered the $168.1 million first draft operating budget at Tuesday’s BOE Finance Committee meeting. Another, second draft, will be presented to the board at next week’s meeting.

His budget includes making the recommendations of the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) report for Norwalk’s Special Education program a priority. He also stressed a redesign of school libraries, the transition to Common Core State Standards, keeping classroom sizes small for younger students and strengthening central services (central office?).

This is a three year budget proposal through 2016-2017. Its request is  that there will be a $176 million budget request in 2015/2016 and a $182.1 million budget request in 2016-2017.

Also included in this topic are leftover questions about the Parent Portal, it's use, it's cost-effectiveness and it's cost to the taxpayers. Please feel free to comment on this here.

There is another question, as yet unanswered, about the K-5 Language Arts choice of curriculum programs. Where is the decision we were promised?

If other topics or questions have been omitted or are on your mind, please don't hesitate to add them.

Saturday, December 7, 2013


What would you like to discuss on Norwalk Speaks. Choose the topics....

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Let's Learn About Apples!

Let's discuss Apples, since one of them has decided to flood this blog with nonsense. (See the last topic's post on Apples) Seems we need to give someone "anonymous" something to do. Whoever it is, must not have a life, since this isn't the first time this blog has been flooded with Apple Sauce. Go for it, anonymous Apple. Prove you are just a mosquito in a whistleblower's blog.