Mamie Till Mobley

"There was an important mission for me, to shape so many...young minds as a teacher. God took away one child but...(gave) me thousands. And I have been grateful for the blessing." Mamie Till Mobley

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Attendance a crisis in the five persistently failing Buffalo high schools

Deputy Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Folasade Oladele agreed to include three attendance teachers in the $42 million federal grant application to the New York State Education Department when talks with union officials in the Buffalo Teachers federation reached an impasse last Friday.

Unable to reach Superintendent James A. Williams, she agreed to add the three attendance teachers to cover five of the designated "persistently failing" district high schools. How did Dr. Oladele pull the number three out from the hat when the total enrollment of (Bennett, Burgard, Lafayette, Riverside and South Park) is 3, 785?

According to Dr. Oladele these schools would share the three attendance teachers each averaging about 1,262 students. Still a large case-load, considering all five high schools average attendance rate is 78% with the lowest at Riverside 74%.

And the Joint Intervention team made up of district officials and NYS State Education Department staff found attendance a problem in these high schools, as well as, cited on the list teachers in these "persistently" failing high schools submitted as one of the resources they wanted the district to reinstate back in their schools.

There is so much verbiage about replacing administrators in the buildings yet hardly anything is mentioned about those at the top responsible for the ones in the buildings.

Yet, the ex-basketball player U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan with only a bachelor's degree in sociology under his belt no formal credentials in education except he shoots a better basketball than his boss President Barack Obama blames teachers for students in failing urban schools targets them and administrators for elimination. Yet he doesn't have the qualifications to be U.S. Secretary of Education.

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Whitney Tilson (3rd background)

Whitney Tilson (3rd background)
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