For The Kids - Really?

For The Kids - Really?

 

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

          -Albert Einstein

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January 2012 WPC Public School Accountability Index

By Liv Finne, Director, Center for Education

Washington Policy Center’s Public School Accountability Index rates the quality of more than 2,075 public schools across the state. The Index is based on data compiled by the State Board of Education’s 2011 Achievement Index, using results from the 2010–11 school year.

The purpose of the Index is to determine whether and to what extent school officials are fulfilling their paramount duty to provide a quality education for every child residing within the borders of the state. The Legislature stated:

The SBE [State Board of Education] has responsibility for implementing a statewide accountability system that includes identification of successful schools and districts, those in need of assistance, and those in which state intervention measures are needed.

For the past two years, the SBE has been working on accountability, and on January 15, 2009, it adopted a resolution to develop an accountability index, work to build the capacity of districts to help their schools improve, establish a process for placing schools and districts on Academic Watch, and continue to refine the details of the accountability system.

Read more: January 2012 WPC Public School Accountability Index
 
What if the “vote yes for kids” signs actually said...

Note: Laurie Rogers has provided permission to reprint her words, but is not affiliated with Citizens for Responsible Taxation, and has not endorsed the "No on Levy's Campaign".

I do believe taxpayers should vote for school levies IF the dollars are critical to student outcomes, and IF the district is efficient, academically sufficient, thrifty, accountable, truthful, honorable and law-abiding. Does your district fit these parameters? What if the “vote yes for kids” signs instead said:

  • Vote yes for administrator salary increases and benefits
  • Vote yes for an unproved, unfunded, arguably illegal federal takeover of public education
  • Vote yes for union political activity that goes by its own rules
  • Vote yes for wasted dollars, on things that don’t help children learn
  • Vote yes for deceitful presentations of student outcomes and manipulative district behavior
  • Vote yes for substantial remediation for your child at the local community college

Levy dollars definitely drive the district trains. Those trains are going in a happy little direction for the adults, but – for the kids – they are seriously, woefully off the tracks. This year, for the kids, please ask questions, please weigh the veracity of the answers you get, and then please vote by Feb. 14.

 
Yes, vote for kids by asking the adult questions about school levies

By Laurie H. Rogers: Betrayed - Why Public Education Is Failing

Note: Laurie Rogers has provided permission to reprint her words, but is not affiliated with Citizens for Responsible Taxation, and has not endorsed the "No on Levy's Campaign".

In Eastern Washington, voters are being asked to approve school district levies in a Feb. 14 election. Spokane residents might have seen one or two or 10 billion signs about it strategically placed around the city. I saw a “vote yes for kids” sign at City Hall, tacked to the incoming side of the city bulletin board. I mentioned it to a woman at the counter, and she took it down.

Twice on its front page, The Spokesman-Review published pro-levy material that (to a journalist), can only be seen as full-page advertisements. First was “Anatomy of a Levy.” Then there was “Faces of a Levy.” Where can it go from there? Ears of a Levy? Elbows of a Levy? Butt-cheeks of a Levy?

Meanwhile, the union president published a pro-levy article in the KIDS Newspaper, and the school district helpfully delivered that pro-levy article to elementary schools and students across the city.

Clearly, the district, union and newspaper want us to support the levy. Some local advocates would rather we not. Whatever you decide, please don’t just stay home. If just three people vote on the levy, it will pass or fail based on the three votes. As you’re bombarded with a heavy emotional campaign to “vote yes for the kids,” however, here are a few things to consider.

Read more: Yes, vote for kids by asking the adult questions about school levies
 
Spokane-area dropout & graduation numbers improve, without new program & taxes

From the Washington Policy Center:

Fewer students are dropping out of Spokane-area schools, and taxpayers didn't have to spend an extra $30 million to make it happen.

Spokane Public Schools says its on-time graduation rate improved by almost 8% in 2010.That means the district's graduation rate increased to 70%.

Other Spokane-area school districts saw similar improvements, including East Valley, which saw its graduation rate improve an astounding 27%.

Last year, advocates tried to pass a property tax increase to create a Children’s Investment Fund. They said an additional $30 million was needed over the next six years to improve Spokane's dropout problem. The measure failed by a 35-65% margin, and yet the graduation and dropout numbers are improving. How could this be?

Read more: Spokane-area dropout & graduation numbers improve, without new program & taxes
 
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School administrators’ pay among highest in county

Public-school administrators remain among the county’s highest-paid public employees. Spokane, Mead and Central Valley school districts together have 133 administrators who earn more than $100,000 annually, according to records obtained by The Spokesman-Review.

Top adminstrator pay for various districts

Administrative position Salaries
2010-11
Spokane Public Schools
Superintendent
$241,765
Deputy/Assist. Supt.
$186,475
Deputy/Assist. Supt.
$175,295
Deputy/Assist. Supt.
$169,043
Deputy/Assist. Supt.
$153,427
East Valley School District
Superintendent
$182,116
Deputy/Assist. Supt.
$131,204
Professional
$121,736
Other School Admin.
$121,636
Other District Admin.
$121,136
West Valley School District
Superintendent
$211,771
Professional
$172,375
Deputy/Assist. Supt.
$159,608
Other District Admin.
$119,728
Director/Supervisor
$86,204
Central Valley School District
Superintendent
$169,933
Elementary Teacher
$142,733
Deputy/Assist. Supt.
$133,284
Deputy/Assist. Supt.
$130,330
Other District Admin.
$128,907
Director/Supervisor
$128,802
Mead School District
Superintendent
$183,687
Deputy/Assist. Supt.
$129,801
Director/Supervisor
$124,978
Other District Admin.
$124,978
Other District Admin.
$124,978
Other District Admin.
$119,187
Cheney School District
Superintendent
$141,398
Deputy/Assist. Supt.
$135,563
Director/Supervisor
$114,366
Other District Admin.
$107,271

Note how many earn more than $100,000 per year, when the median family income in Spokane county is less than $50,000.

Top adminstrator pay for various districts

Administrative position Salaries
2010-11
Deer Park School District
Superintendent
$124,347
Other District Admin. $106,838
Professional
$103,533
Other District Admin.
$99,197
Other District Admin.
$99,196
Nine Mile Falls School District
Superintendent
$118,442
Other District Admin.
$104,387
Director/Supervisor
$102,563
Other District Admin.
$98,818
Medical Lake School District
Superintendent
$159,342
Other District Admin.
$127,243
Other District Admin.
$121,065
Director/Supervisor
$120,028
Other School Admin.
$97,412
Riverside School District
Superintendent
$149,612
Professional
$115,269
Director/Supervisor
$76,213
Director/Supervisor
$72,073
Director/Supervisor
$65,914
Liberty School District
Superintendent
$114,844
Director/Supervisor
$75,602
Director/Supervisor
$65,954
Professional
$53,329
Freeman School District
Superintendent
$134,675
Director/Supervisor
$85,632
Director/Supervisor
$83,138
Director/Supervisor
$65,314
   

Note how many earn more than $100,000 per year, when the median family income in Spokane county is less than $50,000.

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