Gee, whiz. Can’t the Crapola-Journal get anything right? Their education reporter, Toni Baloney, was/still is(?) in Michigan culling some feel-good stories about JCPS superintendent candidate, Dr. Christine Johns-Haines, while we’re left to Google this nice lady and find the truth for ourselves.
Looks like investigative journalism is dead. Or maybe the C-J and the Jefferson County Board of Education are happy to just play patty-cake and hope nobody is paying attention to what’s really happening in Dr. Johns’ school district, Utica Community Schools.
This morning, I received a super-terrific gift in the comments section for the June 6th post, “Utica Community Schools: A five-year-old crunched the budget numbers and somebody’s dog ate Dr. Christine Johns-Haines very recent three-year contract extension”
The information in this Utica parent’s comment confirms that our board of education will absolutely love Dr. Johns! There’s talk of high schools graduates who aren’t prepared for college-level work, teachers receiving raises despite bad academic and budget news, funny things happening to money or what we in Jefferson County like to call, business as usual.
Here’s his/her comment and the bold is mine:
“The Michigan House passed teacher tenure reform today. Rep. Tim Melton, D-Auburn Hills, was one of the few Democrats who voted for the package. On the House floor, he told colleagues of a school in his district where only 5 percent of students were understanding math at grade level, and only 11 percent were reading at grade level. “Yet every teacher at that school was rated ‘exemplary’ by the school administration,” he said. “That’s an insult to educators.” From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110610/POLITICS02/106100382/House-targets-teacher-tenure#ixzz1Osj7wq5p
Almost every teacher in UCS is “well qualified.” It is noteworthy that at Utica High School, with a graduation rate of 98 percent, less than 17 percent of students were deemed college ready. Eisenhower High School, which scored the highest in the Utica district with a 29.5 percent college readiness rate and a 99 percent graduation rate, was No. 20 in Michigan. After the layoffs and school closures, guess what, the remaining teachers get an INCREASE in pay because, you guessed it, their contract says they get MORE MONEY per student over their comfort level. Yes, they get paid more where they state they can teach less. I know, it sounds crazy, but that is the way it works in the education industry. Everyone just plays along and takes their share of the $260 Million Dollar pie.
And then there is the cuts to education and creative accounting. Utica Community Schools said they cut $65 million since 2002, but audit reports say they will spend $53.5 million more in 2011 than in 2002. Is that an honest, candid discussion of the budget cuts?
UCS has some of the highest paid teachers in the state and Dr. Johns is, I think, in the top three in pay for a school district superintendent in the state. The kitchen is getting hot in Michigan – it is produce or be fired. Once the emergency financial manager is appointed, the entire crazy train will finally, thankfully, come to a screeching halt.”
I know. That “crazy train” reference sounds like I wrote it, right?
Well, here’s the parent’s IP address:
And here’s the IP address lookup info:
Thank you to the Utica parent who took time to give us this great comment. Big hug to you!!
P.S. An IP address look-up doesn’t tell me where you live, it provides no personal information.