One city, two schools. Time to close the inequity gap

Some kids are learning robotics on iPads, others have a chemistry lab from the 70’s. Same city, same school district. Why do we tolerate this inequity?

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6 Responses to “One city, two schools. Time to close the inequity gap”

  1. Andy Goldstein

    Reflections of an Annual Contract Teacher from Palm Beach County (published with permission):

    Are you there District? It’s me, just a teacher…

    This year more than ever there seems to be little time to do the many things that need to be done to support students. In order to be an effective teacher, a HIGHLY effective teacher, you must be able to share between 40% of yourself toward students’ emotions and social needs and 60% toward finding new and creative ways of getting old standards to present as new benchmarks and still keep students engaged enough to surpass all goals. This year for me at least, there seems to be several changes or additions to my equation of teaching and learning. I am attempting to infuse a new curriculum, toward a new state test, with new-aged, social-media students that are the product of entitlement.

    While the equation presented seems challenging to some and maybe not be worthwhile on a teacher’s salary, truth is I live for this job! I live to come to wok daily and see my students. I live to hear the words they have to say and the words that show me who they are in the moment – giving me a glimpse into who they will be in the future right before my very eyes.

    I would not trade the call to teach for another career in the world BUT, I do have to work two or three extra jobs just to support my desire to keep teaching. Sounds crazy? I said I have to work 2-3 more jobs aside from my full time teaching position just to have the opportunity to work with my students each day, hear their words and watch them grow into self-sufficient human beings. Now, let’s add on the job of parenting and taking care of a home to the equation and that is 3-4 jobs on top of my full time teaching position. Is this a complaint? Not in the least! This is just a ventation (not a word) but the best way for me to make light of my frustration.
    Each day I discuss with colleagues whom are in the same boat of LOVING teaching but confused and tired from having to supplement a salary by taking on the other jobs in order to keep teaching. What a world!?

    Instead of just working one job as a full time teacher and getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night, I can only get 3 hours of sleep after taking care of a family and then having to go to my next jobs. Truthfully, I am happy to find supplementary jobs so I can make extra money. Again, this is far from a complaint. Just truth and reality of the average teacher today.

    Truth to the fact that if I and many thousands of other teachers were given the opportunity to just work one job teaching full time without taking on any extra side jobs, our students could get a whole teacher that was not too tired during the day. Our students could get a whole human being who might be able to be more than highly effective as a teacher. Without having to work 3-4 jobs, many teachers could reach a new standard of teaching. A whole teacher could EXCEED highly effective status because sleep could then be a part of the crazy equation we know as the career of teaching. Just think! Whole teachers teaching whole students.

    Are you there District, it’s me, just a teacher….

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  2. David Malone

    In principle, i agree. Is the point of the video to say the funding isn’t equal between two schools in one district? Why is this? Is this simply one older school that needs repair? One could walk into our middle school where I teach (completed in the late 90’s) and see a newer ‘stuff’ then walk across the parking lot into the high school, built in the mid ’70’s (where I also teach) and see older stuff. I could also find a computer or a older type of water fountain, take pictures and talk about inequity. To help make the point, please give more data that supports the idea. A bit touchy/feely for me.

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  3. Andy Goldstein

    Dear Mr. Superintendent…Opt Out our Entire District!

    http://youtu.be/Oi6Tpq5s9YE

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  4. Ebony Johnson

    I’m sure that the schools that don’t have all of the resources and need a little more love, are also those that are in impoverished areas and the majority of the students are minority. Segregation in public schools was declared unconstitutional in 1954, and in 2015 inequality in education is still unconstitutional. While schools are not legally segregated, one can guess the adequacy of education students receive by the zip code in which they live, and the predominate race of those zip codes…It is unconstitutional. If we are truly all created equal, a child’s education and their zip code should not determine their adequacy of education, which will have a huge impact on their career options in the future, which will in turn, determine the zip code in which the live, and the type of education that their children will receive. “The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.”- Plato

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  5. Brandie

    I am a teacher in Arkansas, and if they didn’t have independent school districts it could save them SO much money. Several other states have school districts with one Superintendent over SEVERAL schools. I live in a town of about 15,000, and we have two separate school districts with two separate well-paid superintendents. One school has nice technology and a lot of money, and the other school rarely has technology and lacks the funds.

    When are we going to say enough is enough?

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