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Jimmy Dean July 22, 2014 at 10:21 pm
So happy you had a pleasant experience with KCSEC. Some of us who have not had the wonderfulRead More experience you have described, can't recommend your Opinion posting. Seeing this "Opinion" posting after having read the June 25th article about District 308's intention on leaving KCSEC makes this posting look made up, because everything you describe that was wrong in your past school district example, is the treatment that other families actually get in the Oswego school district from KCSEC. Changing IEP's, the paper shuffle and every other bad experience you describe and then some. Why are you so special to be treated so good? While others are not being treated as good as you? Maybe if everyone did their job, the rest of us wouldn't sit here, reading your Opinion, and have to call BS. But if you were treated so good, then bravo to you. Now, the rest of us, not getting this treatment, will hold them 100% accountable to the higher standard of treatment that you are describing for their remaining time at District 308. Because you say that this wonderful experience of your is possible, I will expect the same for my child. Forcing kids into a certain school in the district based on their disability because that school is better equipped to handle that student? Why aren't all the schools prepared to handle every child? They receive money from the state and federal government, but to save that money, they round em up and herd some into certain schools or just force them to be home bound because paying for an Aid for the child costs money, nurses cost money, special arrangements so a child with a disability can go to school costs money. Because educating a child who is physically disabled, mentally disabled or a child who has emotional problems, costs money and sometimes its more cost effective to just do the wrong thing and so many just deal with it because they are not informed and take the wild haired lady at her word. I know how it works and how the KCSEC operates, compared to your sugar coated Opinion. I am a parent who has been to many many IEP meetings. I know other parents with children who have IEP's and how they're treated, lied to, backdooring their kids out of school into home bound. Nothing like what you describe. If these folks actually did what you describe, I'd be more than happy to recommend your post. But, until I see the day where all the kids are treated as good as you, I'll just call it as i see it, based on what I have seen and what our children and other children I know have experienced. All I can say is this "Opinion" looks timed and fake to me, only because everything you say you have gotten, I've seen alot on the opposite side from KCSEC. I believe a little house cleaning over there at KCSEC is in order, from the top on down, because the leadership is very poor. Just my Opinion
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ayar July 15, 2014 at 12:18 pm
Are you a type 75 [management], Paige ? It sounds like it. The "real agenda" in part is toRead More cut costs, I'm sure. $cha-ching$. @Linda, thank you for bringing up the very point I was bringing up next. Isolation. This one is for you, Dr. Koos http://digitalcommons.conncoll.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1030&context=psychhp
Marie G July 16, 2014 at 08:21 am
As a parent in 308 who will have a daughter needing a more flexible school schedule in high schoolRead More due to competitive sports, I welcome this addition. Colleges and universitis already offer courses online, so it would make sense that the high schools are structuring their educational offerings to mimic that of what collegs might offfer. I think allowing high school students to take classes online teaches them accountability and time management - something that is sorely lacking when they graduate and move on into the real world. I welcome this change, and hope it moves forward and continues into the future so that my daughter and others out there who need a more flexible education system are able to still get the classes and credits they need.
Jared Ploger July 17, 2014 at 08:51 am
@Linda Porter-I agree that this would be very beneficial for students obtaining college credits too.Read More I believe it is a goal but we need to push for that. What I hope this doesn't turn into is merely a way to alleviate crowding high schools. Proper oversight is key to the success of this program. Our Board may have issues getting the waiver, however, if we continue to limit parental involvement and move without concrete plans. If we do not receive that waiver, it will be because of those two issues. Guess we will be receiving an informal audit from the state.
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Louisa Growler June 12, 2014 at 07:52 am
The superintendent is absolutely on track with this one! At the building level, communicationRead More between co-op and district staff is pretty good. However, the coordinators and other higher-ups do a terrible job of communicating. Showing up for a meeting every few weeks is NOT communicating, nor is telling someone how they are going to do their job. The coordinators, I think, have gotten a little too big for their britches over the years, and the lack of true communication that has developed as a result (co-op telling district staff how to do their jobs and limiting the availability of necessary services, district staff getting frustrated with having their hands tied at the service level) is the death knell of this partnership. I feel sorry for all of the building-level co-op staff, and hope that the district will give them ample opportunity to interview for positions within the new district-run program.
Meta Damm Mueller June 13, 2014 at 01:22 am
The superintendent seems to have some communication issues. He leaves parents out of the decisionsRead More quite frequently.
Paige Koos June 13, 2014 at 10:29 am
A separation from the coop is long overdue. Coop's were created to assist smaller districts inRead More meeting the needs of kids with low incidence disabilities. If done correctly, 308 could separate from the coop and create programming that is far better than what the coop has provided the district to date. 308 would then "own" the responsibility of educating 308 students with disabilities. Indian Prairie district 204 never belonged to a coop. They always took responsibility for their own students. As a result, their student scores and programming are far better than 308. This is based on ISBE reports - not opinion. Good for Dr. Wendt and Mary Redding (308 special education director) for making a bold decision that will hopefully result in better programming for our students!
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ayar June 18, 2014 at 12:35 pm
I have to admit, while rudely put, the program would be better served if it were more than justRead More one, excuse me, "two" languages. For example, China owns a lot of our debt currently, [the money and the jobs] and the Asian population in the U.S. is also a significant one. Pulling in Mandarin Chinese as an additional "immersion" language would allow for a good opportunity for students to practice their immersion skills since both Spanish speaking and English speaking students would not hold an advantage over the other in the study of it. They would be on equal footing. Having students able to negotiate with China companies directly would be a significant advantage "for the kids".
Monica Ploger June 19, 2014 at 08:06 am
Hi, Ayar. Mandarin is absolutely a language choice we should have available in our schools! TheRead More purpose of the DL program, however, is to get the kids who are native speakers of another language to speak English. The best way to do that is to teach them to read and write in their native language as well (they outscore kids in English who don't learn this way by the time they leave elementary)...the half of the class that are native English speakers (like my son) benefit from also becoming biliterate (and outscore other English speakers in English by the time they leave elementary). There have not been enough native speakers of Mandarin coming into Kindergarten in a year in the district to have this particular type of Mandarin opportunity available, but that doesn't mean that we can't advocate for Mandarin at younger ages. You'll want to educate the public quite a bit though on the value of Mandarin. I say this, because I teach world languages in a middle school in Indian Prairie School District; and we tried offering middle school German, Mandarin, Spanish, and French for three years and didn't have enough students enroll in German or Mandarin any of those years in any of our 7 middle schools so now just offer the other two in middle school but all four in high school where there are more students. If you are looking for Mandarin for your elementary level child, there is a Mandarin Saturday school program (teaches traditional method) at Jefferson Junior High in Naperville (uses their space but not a district program.)
Ruby Reveles June 24, 2014 at 07:26 pm
Thank you to everyone in the community who signed the petition! It was submitted to the BOE andRead More Administration at the 6/23/14 meeting with a total of 2,108 signatures!!! Very impressive to have gathered that much support in only 3 weeks. We thank you for the support.
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JimmyJ June 21, 2014 at 02:16 pm
@Kyle....not sure how old you are, I'm 50. I've worked in the corporate world and done my share ofRead More ladder climbing. When it's about money and getting as much as you can it ends up being more about politics and less about the goal other than the goal of your own wallet. I left the private sector and now work in the public sector for about half of what I made before and I can tell you I am VERY happy. I don't need a Tesla or a Cadillac, I'm quite happy with my Hyundai. I don't need a mansion I'm happy with my condo. I look forward every day to helping the people I'm fortunate to see. Many are HS age. The reward is seeing then go from troubled kid to successful adult. It's not about money. The saying used to be there is no money in education. To a degree that's true, it's in administration and I don't know of any administrator who directly effects an ACT score, which isn't the sole measure of what someone knows. Six figure administrator salaries are not what determine the success of students. If an administrator is there solely to make money, they are misguided and should seek employment in a different sectors that's not to say they shouldn't be fairly paid. My guess is you are a parent or a student or grad of OEHS as you seem solely interested in that one school. That's fine. But OEHS is a part of the whole not an island to itself. I was here before OEHS was even a dream. Frankly I find a lot of us versus them attitude on that side of town which is unfortunate.
ayar July 9, 2014 at 03:50 pm
@JimmyJ - congratulations, you looked through the other side of the curtain and found the wizard ofRead More Oz and his smoke trail - the difference between the "an employee is a light bulb to be replaced when it burns out or gets too old" and the "employee is there to make a DIFFERENCE" is a real awakening. Sadly, I have to agree with a lot of what you said. Not in all cases, but I noticed a huge gap between the teacher and the Manager [admin] in terms of philosophy, which is sad since the goal is to educate the kids.
ayar July 9, 2014 at 03:53 pm
oh, and Kyle, when you get into 3 figure salaries, special contributions, and such we're notRead More underpaying. Not by a long shot. That's Corporate-level pay compensation. Like JimmyJ said, something else is going on.
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 09:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 03:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 03:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
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