Molina High School jumps

June 2, 2009

We’re closing out the year at Molina High School, and it’s busier than a blogger wants it to be.  I’m way behind on blogging.  Among notable things I’ve not written about:

  • Students at Molina made dramatic gains in scores on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).  In fact, our kids jumped, from “academically unacceptable” to “recognized,” according to preliminary indications (Texas Education Agency (TEA) will post official results later in the summer).  In any case the gains should be enough to get the school off of Texas Academic Death Row.  Way to go, students.
  • We graduated the seniors last Saturday.  Nice bunch of kids, really.  Now we just have a couple of days of finals for the non-graduates left.
  • Dallas ISD is working to cut the funding for magnet schools and learning centers.  Remember this kid? They want to cut his school. Why?  Some wag thinks that the Elementary and Secondary Education Act requires that no school spend more per pupil than any other school.  These magnets and learning centers were created originally to aid in desegregating Dallas schools.  Nasty board meeting last week.
  • Dallas ISD is working to get rid of teachers with a rating system no one can explain.  My 90%+ passing rate for students on the TAKS doesn’t count for squat.  What does count?  I have to keep my door unlocked, among other things.  No kidding.
  • Dallas ISD needs money.  So the district officials propose to charge PTAs for use of school buildings.

Perhaps fortunately, the State Lege died yesterday, at least in regular session.  Alas, they didn’t get all the state programs funded.  Special session is likely.  No man’s life, liberty or property, etc.

You couldn’t make this up if you were trying to write a humor column.

More soon, I hope.

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