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Anne Caruso November 12, 2013 at 11:45 am
International benchmarking and standards across the country are not bad. What's bad is pushing evenRead More more of what remains as the current 1st grade curriculum into the kindergarten. This puts many of our students at risk from the start. European countries start formal education at the age of 6 and in some countries, 7. Our children start formal schooling at age 5. Many are not coming to school knowing the letters, letter sounds, numbers, etc. The kindergarten Core Curriculum should be looked at by those who are interested in making an informed decision about the merits of the CC. Requiring kindergarteners to read long vowel words (in addition to the short vowel words already in the present kdg curriculum) puts a big burden on them when it's not necessary. It's plenty rigorous to leave the kindergarten curriculum as it is now. Unless, that is, we want to have an even narrower group of children labeled "successful" while the rest are labeled "failing".
CH-UH officials believe touring the building will help voters decide.
MichaelSchwartz October 21, 2013 at 09:29 pm
As I pointed out in the 5th post above from the top, I've produced numerous world class studiesRead More about the State Acheivement tests and why the rest of the states school districts are ganging up unfairly on Heights because they won't allow us to withdraw and make up our own tests ( No I really don't propose giving everyone an A plus, only a A). I mean really, the Heights schools should be palaces as another bright poster said on another thread, while another said she didn't care if her houses value went to zero as she loves the schools that much and will vote YES for anything that the pro levy people say to. I agree with their opinions and you should too. Education really doesn't matter anymore, bricks and mortar do though. Vote yes on Issue 81-- I know I will!
Diane Hallum October 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm
What study has the supposed Nobel-nominated writer above done to claim a link between demolishingRead More perfectly good structures, rebuilding new additions, and putting a school district into potential financial ruin, when it plans to borrow more than its assets can afford, to an improvement in the education of students?
Laura Matt Gagnon October 23, 2013 at 10:44 am
@ michaelschwartz - I am in fact enlightened to the difference between the two - I did not go to aRead More private school like Hawken, I went to a Catholic school, which if you don't know is MUCH more affordable. When I was in school it was less than $2,000 per year - and believe me many of us were not well off. My parents tightened their belts so that we could have a better education. But there are plenty of people who send their kids to public schools who have money to donate. The fact is, this is going to raise everyone in town's property taxes by around $1,000 per year. Why don't the parents of the students who are SO motivated to pass this bond, donate that $1000 per year, so that the people who have no kids, or those who already pay a lot of money to send their children to a private school don't have to foot the bill. Gary is right, they could be getting donations from local businesses, alumni, etc. Our school sold raffle tickets to win a car, which was donated by a local business, they took .50 cents from each soda sold at the football games and put it toward the cause - there was a fundraising TEAM in place to collect money to make the improvements. It's just a suggestion. I think that when you tell people how much it will affect their taxes, you automatically get a lot of "NO" votes - but find a way to do it w/o raising everyone's taxes, and people would get on board. I also agree that it will end up like Lakewood, where they pass the bond issue, start construction, and all of a sudden they run out of money and need more. It's a slippery slope.
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kwabena de la warre sankofa September 23, 2013 at 10:01 am
what is a "honey boo-boo", what does it do and why on Earth should i care?
Ted Dick September 23, 2013 at 04:06 pm
For me, the movie 'Little Miss Sunshine' addressed this issue nicely. I find it ironic that MaudRead More Chevalier organizes such pageants in France; when the Frenchman Maurice Chevalier was introduced to a broad American audience via his song - Thank Heaven For Little Girls.
The Cleveland Heights–University Heights School District has named longtime District employee Bob Swaggard as the co-leader of the Educational Services Department.
MichaelSchwartz September 3, 2013 at 07:27 pm
Another nonteaching highly paid administrator. And to boot the first paragraph announces anRead More additional co-coordinator. And lets not mention the additional one for the elementary schools referenced farther down the article. What do you want to bet these folks are at $100,000/year or better? I have nothing personally against the folks above, but I do have a big problem with the bloated top heavy administration of the Heights schools where the schools are ranked in the bottom 5% in whole State, yet the money flows freely with the BOE and it minion administration. And since the taxpayers appear to be such suckers, why not milk another $140 million or more from them to rebuild all the schools and create yet more unneeded administration. You can't make this stuff up, only in Cleveland Heights.
Mark Mendes September 4, 2013 at 07:53 pm
Well said. This is our problem in a nutshell. Anytime you hear about a job whose title tells youRead More nothing about what the duties are, smacks of warehousing to me. They don't know what else to do with these people, so they take them out of the classroom and create jobs like these. I'd love to know if positions like this exist in high achieving districts like Solon or Chagrin. Districts that spend approximately 40% LESS PER PUPIL than CH-UH. Anyone know the answer ?
MichaelSchwartz September 4, 2013 at 08:54 pm
Look at Nylajeans (the latest superindent who will be out of here another year or two like the rest)Read More groveling all over Kelly Stukus in the last paragrph and her "excellent" (?) job. I guess meeting only 7 standards out of 24 down from 8 last year and getting an F on standards by the State Board qualifies as excellent. Only in the Heights schools. At our block party a few weeks every person I spoke with is going to vote no on the upcoming school levy and/or has plans to move out of this once fine community. A true shame but I do not blame them.
kwabena de la warre sankofa August 27, 2013 at 01:38 pm
Bonnie, your frustration is shared by more than one here, but i'm thinking a more positive long-termRead More solution would be to invest those funds into education at the grade and middle school levels, before so many students fall too far behind to catch up on ten years' lost education in their remaining HS three; i know i couldn't make up that deficit in that timeframe, so it is patently unfair to ask a child to;
Bonnie Dolezal August 27, 2013 at 05:15 pm
It is really all about the teachers and their union!
Garry Kanter August 27, 2013 at 05:19 pm
[rolls eyes]
popeye August 25, 2013 at 05:18 pm
The grades are a result of the parents of the majority of the students don't care. Unfortunately,Read More for those that do care, they have to put up with the incivility. You could build the Taj Mahal for them , and the grades won't change. Its a deep rooted problem that isn't about to change anytime soon. Too bad, because the opportunity is there now.
Bonnie Dolezal August 25, 2013 at 10:41 pm
Well you are correct it won't change anytime soon so.. No more tax increases for the alreadyRead More overtaxed working people of CH/UH! There is no reason for anyone to be uninformed about the state of the CH/UH schools~! Many groups have spent a lot of money over the past many years to educate the voters, they are ignorant nor uninformed!
Garry Kanter August 25, 2013 at 10:50 pm
You Haven't Taught Until They Have Learned: John Wooden's Teaching Principles and PracticesRead More http://www.amazon.com/Havent-Taught-Until-They-Learned/dp/1885693664
kwabena de la warre sankofa September 5, 2013 at 09:30 am
i'm fairly certain that the Federal Elections Commission, ACLU, and national office of the League ofRead More Women Voters, among others, would tend to disagree; i'm thinking the national LMV wouldn't want their name tarnished by even hint of scandal the media would love to invent over just such an issue, what with local state campaigns for 2014 already starting up; perhaps even the state chapter of the Republican National Committee would like its chops to chime in on such an inequity, perceived or real, by its opposition; sometimes you have to pick up the devil's own pitchfork and throw it back at him...
Garry Kanter September 5, 2013 at 05:17 pm
I'm not going to be the one who speaks out of turn, but something very powerful is happening at thisRead More moment. Maybe more than we even know... And imho, it was talaktochoba's 7:48 am observation that made it possible. That, and then everyone else giving the LWV the hard time they deserve. But that's all I'm saying.
kwabena de la warre sankofa September 6, 2013 at 05:26 pm
my brother, of whom it can be charitably said lacks a little something in patience and diplomacy,Read More has turned his account here over to me as of last week; Grandfather, help us all... kwabena;
CH-UH Schools were honored with 10 communication awards. The district effort is led by Communication Director Angee Shaker. Photo Credit: CH-UH Schools
Garry Kanter August 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm
And yet, I feel as if nothing of substance has been communicated regarding the bond issue. Or mostRead More other matters of importance to our community.
Charles Taylor August 5, 2013 at 10:22 pm
Propaganda awards.
SPH July 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm
Per the District at a Glance calendar the 26th is faculty only. Has this changed? It is not listedRead More as having changed on the district website even though the 27th is still listed as start of school for students (subject to change).
In its findings, Triad Research Group says the district will have a challenge convincing voters to support the bond issue to renovate Cleveland Heights High School
Garry Kanter July 17, 2013 at 08:21 pm
The Usuals have already announced their pro-bond campaign c-ochairpersons. We need to be organizedRead More against the 2013 bond proposal, looking to get it right in 2014.
Glinda Smith July 18, 2013 at 12:15 pm
michaelschwartz - Ah, the old "Section 8 voters (read black voters) who don't own property inRead More this school district will vote for this bond issue/levy and get it passed because they have no skin in the game" argument. You left out the old "If they're not property owners they shouldn't be allowed to vote" canard. I'm disappointed in you!
Diane Hallum July 19, 2013 at 02:33 pm
Something to remember: This is a local-issues only voting cycle. That means only about 6,300 CHRead More residents will actually go to the polls this November out of nearly 36,490 registered voters. That's all that voted the last local-issues election cycle. Those that do vote in these type of elections are those who are usually FOR an issue because they are the ones who wrote the levy/bill. In this city, we can't get homeowners to get out and vote in these elections, so why waste time focusing on renters of any kind? A group of citizens ARE preparing flyers that hope to educate the public and these will be handed out in October. I would urge others in their neighborhoods to create their own and put them on your neighbors doors, in store windows, on car windshields. Get the facts out there - For REAL, and not just here on this web site.