On Some question school workers' benefits
MikeF you make me laugh. Good one!
I was one of the nine who used all of my sick days...because I had a baby and used them to cover unpaid maternity leave days. I know of at least one other of the nine for whom this was also the case. Sometimes people forget about these instances and assume that it was frivolous use of sick leave. I just wanted to clarify.
On Bill requires teachers, staff to report bullying
The problem may not be a lack of reporting as much as it is a lack of consistent and severe consequences. Zero tolerance has been traded for a lower expulsion rate it seems.
On Homeless experience opens Gazette reporter’s eyes, heart
Best article I have read in the Gazette in a long time. Nicely done.
On Janesville School Board debates setting dress policy for teachers
"Welcome to the real world"? Really? You don't think that working with high school age kids for 15 years and raising my own family on the side has allowed me to see even a glimpse of the "real world"? Thank you for belittling me once again, Mr. Feldt. If you want me to appear as a "professional" (which I do every day, by the way, as I believe in appropriate dress at work), please don't treat me as though I am some clueless, out-of-touch entity.
On Janesville church features drive-in services
The church is not a building.
On Could Janesville's students be nicer?
"Cargile wrote that teachers and administrators must set firm standards of behavior."One of my biggest frustrations in the past year (consequently during a time of focus for the district on REDUCING expulsions and an initial year of reduced staffing) was the lack of serious crack-down/follow-through from administration on behavioral issues within our building. Although I have a tremendous amount of respect for our administration, it seemed either they were stretched way too thin to effectively deal with some problems, or following a directive to somehow reduce harsh punishments (suspensions/expulsions), which often does NOT help either the offending student OR the students around them in the long run. That made it especially tough for me as an educator to try to deal with repeat offenders especially; they began to notice that there was little to no consequence for their actions/behavior and my calling them out began to mean nothing to them over time.
On Gov. Walker changes teacher-pay rules
I meant PRIVATE sector, not public, when talking about my sister. Sorry.
My sister works in the public sector; she earns pay raises for additional coursework and training, as well as support for attaining higher education within her career field. How is this new rule for teachers helpful in the long run? (beyond saving the almighty dollar for Gov. Walker) Additionally, am I to understand that the DPI will no longer require teachers to continue taking expensive courses for license renewal since continuing education apparently has little value to the governor? I wish I had had the foresight to see that spending 12,000 on my master's degree three years ago would only be more of a financial burden for my entire family in the long run, rather than a small pay off after a lot of hard work and money were spent.
On Wis. GOP names fake Democrats for recall primaries
It is no wonder that it is becoming less common to see integrity upheld as a high priority moral character trait in some of our students today. Leading by example has a far greater impact than leading with words. I just shake my head at leadership such as this that is ultimately condoning dishonesty. Kids aren't stupid; they can see what is really happening.
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