Here’s what the Williamson County School Board is up to these days.
This is where we started:
(images via Williamson Strong)
And this is where we landed:
Don’t ask the teachers how we feel about the Common Core State Standards. We have “enough on [our] plates” without a poll. (Candace Emerson – District 8)
“The teachers were polled – it’s called an election.” (Dr. Beth Burgos – District 10 + newly elected Vice-Chair)
- Mezera elected chair; citizens pour in to meetings to hear board debates – Williamson Herald – October 17, 2014
- WCS Board wrestles with policies on public comment, textbooks – Brentwood Home Page – October 17, 2014
- WCS board unanimously passes Common Core resolution – Franklin Home Page – October 20, 2014
- School board’s option to hire separate staff discussed – Williamson Herald – October 20, 2014
- It’s a Matter of (Dis)Trust – Alvey on Education – October 20, 2014
Dr. Mike Looney, WCS Superintendent, in an exchange that pretty much characterizes this whole thing happening right now:
“In every other district I’ve worked with, the board and superintendent work as a team. I think the sooner we get there, the better off we will be.
“My impression would be it would be extremely problematic if the board hired a PR firm. We don’t have a PR firm; we have a communications department and their focus is on communicating about kids and not about the grown-ups.”
“I think part of it is understanding. I don’t mean to be rude — that you don’t have any authority. The only time you have any authority is when you are in session and voting. Please don’t take this as disrespect, but you can’t call Carol [Birdsong] up and say, ‘I want you to do a newspaper rebuttal on this or that.’ That’s not how it works. I think some of that will go away when you have had board training and understand what the law allows you to do.”
Really fun when I hit command f: and “kids” [not found] “children” [not found] “students” [not found] “boys and girls” [not found]
Have fun on your upcoming board retreat.