Marquette School to be axed?

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Postby Nick Berigan » Sat Mar 10, 2007 11:05 am

Ed Blume wrote:I'll never be satisfied with a school district that has for 20% of the white third graders and 46% of the black kids failing to read.


To the point where you would continue to support a porgram wherein...

"....the Education Departmentâ??s inspector general has found that federal officials may have violated prohibitions in the law against mandating, or even endorsing, specific curriculums. The reports also found that federal officials overlooked conflicts of interest among the contractors that advised states applying for grants, and that in some instances, these contractors wrote reading programs competing for the money, and stood to collect royalties if their programs were chosen."

This sounds familiar to other Bush Administration delivered initiatives in and outside the education realm. Please answer whether you continue to support adding these programs and funds to our curriculum and budget.

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Postby Robert Godfrey » Sat Mar 10, 2007 11:13 am

Ed Blume wrote:The numbers used in the New York Times article do not correspond with the data on the DPI Web site. I'm going to go with the DPI numbers.

I'll take the analysis of the New York Times anytime over Ed Blume's reading of a table off of a "DPI Web site."

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Postby Ed Blume » Sat Mar 10, 2007 12:06 pm

Robert,
Don't believe me or the NTY. Go to DPI's Web site and look for yourself.

Nick,
The inspector general's report faulted the program's administration, not the research underlying the program.

Additionally, Congress passed the law to change the way schools teach reading, not fund the status quo. So we shouldn't be surprised that the program's administrators tried to push for changes.

Finally, to both Robert and Nick, how do you explain the superintendent's plea to be allowed to apply again for program funds? Not a single federal rule or statute changed the nature of the program since Rainwater rejected the funds. Why does he now want the money?

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Postby Robert Godfrey » Mon Mar 12, 2007 3:51 pm

Ed Blume wrote:Nick,
The inspector general's report faulted the program's administration, not the research underlying the program.

Additionally, Congress passed the law to change the way schools teach reading, not fund the status quo. So we shouldn't be surprised that the program's administrators tried to push for changes.

Finally, to both Robert and Nick, how do you explain the superintendent's plea to be allowed to apply again for program funds? Not a single federal rule or statute changed the nature of the program since Rainwater rejected the funds. Why does he now want the money?

Here's a little something to take care of that anti-MMSD pixie dust that Ed likes to dazzle us with. This whole program is yet another Bush administration outrage, not nearly up there with the unfunded mandate of NCLB or the efforts to privatise education in America, but worthy of appropriate scorn nonetheless. I'm sure Ed will have a response, he always does, but I'm done.

Letter to Madisonâ??s Washington Delegation regarding Reading First
http://www.madison.k12.wi.us/budget/fed ... 061101.htm
â??Two years ago, Madison turned down resources to continue in the Reading First program after being told we had to use one of the preferred reading packages authorized by USDOE...In light of the government audit of the federal Reading First program contending that USDOE ignored the law and violated ethical standards to steer money the way it wanted, I am asking that Sens. Kohl and Feingold and Rep. Baldwin request reinstatement of the lost resources due to USDOE's faulty conclusions that the audit makes obvious. Despite the fact that over 40% of the district's students come from low-income families, Madison schools have made great strides in reducing the academic achievement gap.â?Â

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Postby Nick Berigan » Mon Mar 12, 2007 4:01 pm

...and tomorrow, I will be able to post in Ed's style...

"It's now been over four days since I asked Ed if he still supports this program..."

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Postby Ed Blume » Tue Mar 13, 2007 3:41 pm

Yes, I support the reading program and the efforts of the feds to get schools to use it.

See how easy it would be for Marj to answer.

She won't, I presume, because she doesn't have an answer.

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Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Mar 28, 2007 2:20 pm

Plan G just announced.
http://www.channel3000.com/education/11 ... etail.html

Sherman stays open. Blackhawk closes. Marquette still absorbed by Lapham. Affiliated Alternative programs go to the former Marquette. Some parents still pissed.

Is plan H next?

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Postby david cohen » Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:42 pm

Well Henry, since you asked...Plan I makes Lapham a K-5 and Marquette a K-5. And there is even a crowd on the east side calling for a recall campaign against 4 incumbent school board members. Incredible amounts of tension in our community, hell, within many of our own homes. I hope the board and Rainwater can find some other budget cuts to keep neighborhood schools open. The best idea I heard tonight was to cut all athletics, then go to referendum to restore the athletics' budget...now THAT might actually work!

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Don't trust Ed? How about your own eyes?

Postby psycho » Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:57 pm

Robert Godfrey wrote:
Ed Blume wrote:The numbers used in the New York Times article do not correspond with the data on the DPI Web site. I'm going to go with the DPI numbers.

I'll take the analysis of the New York Times anytime over Ed Blume's reading of a table off of a "DPI Web site."


Read the data yourself:
http://data.dpi.state.wi.us/data/graphs ... ow+Schools

This is third grade reading data, but the gap is there for every grade level and every year. I don't see any evidence that we've been successful in improving minority performance.

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Re: Marquette School to be axed?

Postby Eastsider » Wed May 02, 2007 12:15 pm

Eastsider wrote:Rumor has it that a school is on the chopping block again, and this time the target is Marquette.

Truth or Trial Balloon?


A: Truth.

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Postby everywoman » Tue May 08, 2007 6:08 pm

whats the latest word?

what sort of influence do these changes at marquette have on that 'hood? (not that it should)

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Postby harrissimo » Mon May 14, 2007 7:10 am

I heard on the news that Bob Queen is offering $250,000 to keep Marquette open. Is that his own money or is it from some community group or something?

Will $250,000 solve the problem long term?

Personally, I wouldn't mind if they shut down the school. The little bastards would stop littering my front yard with their school lunch garbage.

Maybe they could convert the school to a casino?

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Postby Chuck_Schick » Mon May 14, 2007 9:19 am

harrissimo wrote:I heard on the news that Bob Queen is offering $250,000 to keep Marquette open. Is that his own money or is it from some community group or something?

Will $250,000 solve the problem long term?

Nope. Might keep the facility up and running for another year. Not much longer than that.

And Bob Queen isn't just giving this money away, mind you. He's offering to buy four lots that currently make up part of the school's playground so he can develop them.

I'm no real estate maven, but I'm pretty sure that's prime real estate. In my opinion, you'd have to be a huuuuge sucker to fall for this gambit.

More info here.

Seriously, folks, it's time to reform how we fund schools in this state. The fact our politicians are able to consistently ignore this issue bespeaks great ignorance on the part of the John Q. Public. So much bitching, so little political action.

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Postby harrissimo » Mon May 14, 2007 2:09 pm

I owe you big time for that link Chucky. Since I live right across the street from the playground and where Bob Queen wants to develope.

I will tell you this - they would have to develope that playground over my dead body. I'm serious! It's one thing that they are destroying Willy Street, turning it into CondoRetailLand for Joe & Sally Yuppie, but not where I live.

I'm sick of this shit. This is too close to home for me. They better start reinforcing the swat team because there will be fucking war on Spaight Street if they tried to pull this crap.

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Postby nevermore » Mon May 14, 2007 2:17 pm

harrissimo wrote:They better start reinforcing the swat team because there will be fucking war on Spaight Street if they tried to pull this crap.

AHHHHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!


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