Moments ago, we received the following comment which we are posting as our Comment of the Day. Below it we have pasted text from the D181 Board meeting summary to save our readers time in accessing the portions that are referenced in the comment. While in fairness to the administration, the summary does use the word "concerns" that Board members expressed on the Math plans, nothing in the summary indicates the strong level of discontent the majority expressed, a level that has not been exhibited before by this board. We also agree that there is no reference to the actual information -- Student Names, Grade they are in, School they attend, Parent's Name, Address, Home phone number, Cell phone number, Email Address -- that was released to the political group before the board intervened and demanded a reversal by the administration on the amount/type of information that should have possibly been released (if any) -- limiting it to email addresses.
Our only comment after reading this summary is that we are really sick of all the administrative spin. Are you? Sound Off!
Comment of the Day:
The Administrative summary of Monday's meeting has been emailed to parents.
As expected, it is a total sham. While there is brief reference to the board's discussion on the the Release of Information issue and the Math Trajectory discussion, there is absolutely no indication that any board member criticized the administration on either important topic. When a MAJORITY of the BOE slams the administration and demands that they follow board directives (on math) and reverse course on a sloppy/shoddy decision to release student information en mass to a political organization, this should appear in the summary. In my opinion, the fact that it is glaringly absent proves once and for all that the Administration wants to keep the community in the dark. For goodness sakes, this was a five hour meeting. Parents might actually go to the podcast and listen if they learned that there were actual concerns raised by their elected officials. Keeping us all in the dark continues to be par for the course.....
January 15, 2016 at 11:16 AM "
Quotes from the Administrative Summary:
"Members Share Concerns Related to Advanced Learning Opportunities in Mathematics
Podcast Recording: Approximately 03:22:55
As part of the Board Learning Committee Report, Board members discussed concerns with information prepared for the January 6, 2016 Learning Committee meeting that outlined a trajectory of math courses and options by grade level. Board members discussed previous Board direction with regard to advanced learning opportunities, flexible ability grouping, and criteria for placement. Board members discussed that historically as many as 1/3 of District 181 students were receiving advanced or accelerated math instruction and want consistency across the District, particularly as it relates to middle school course placement and the chance to complete Algebra or Geometry as 8th graders. Board members requested that Superintendent Dr. Don White work with the Department of Learning to revise the plan further."
Podcast Recording: Approximately 02:12:45
As part of his Superintendent's Report, Dr. White and Board members discussed a recent request for "Directory
Information" from a citizens group that formed to support the referendum for construction of a new middle school. Board members shared concerns with the data that was provided by the District and the manner in which approval to provide the information was granted. They agreed on a number of action steps to consider revisions of the District's procedures, including a possible change to Board policy, updated handbook language, and revised registration materials. The Board also agreed to advise any individuals or groups who already received the data file to destroy the information, and to seek the committee's confirmation that only the email addresses provided by the District would be used."