I tuned into the October 14th, 2015 Miami Dade County School Board meeting in anticipation of what I knew would be a special show. Much to my surprise, the first thing I saw was a group of student Zumba dancers. Because apparently Miami Dade County won yet another prize for being first place in physical education! You would never guess it from that particular student Zumba spectacle. As a certified Zumba instructor, (ironically one of my top read blog posts) I would say these kids were not quite ready for primetime, but it was WLRN after all. The highlight was when the district student liaison cutie pie jumped down from the dais and joined the jam in his suit and tie. The student liaison on the School Board was a nice touch. Dare I suggest they recruit a teacher liaison for next month’s meeting? After tonight’s meeting, it was painfully clear that all is not well in the land of OZ.
In another surprise move, when UTD’s name was called, someone actually spoke on their behalf. Only it wasn’t Fed Ingram or Karla Matz since they were off campaigning for Fed’s selection as FEA Vice President. When Karla Mats’ name was called to the podium, a tall blonde took the stand.
The very astute Mr. Feldman remarked: “You don’t look like Karla Matz.”
Tall Blonde: “I’m Karen Cunningham, speaking on behalf of Karla Mats, I came to speak in support of the Superintendent’s statement about going too far too fast with the accountability system. Our children should not be guinea pigs. Time to put a stop to toxic testing. Our children warrant a halt. We are not afraid of accountability. Suspend the use for all high stakes purposes.”
A tad cliché but we’ll take it.
The Superintendent chimes in: “I usually don’t comment after a public speaker but (since I secretly asked Karla to provide a speaker to address the testing issue so I would have an excuse to launch into my heroic anti-testing soliloquy) she addressed an issue that merits being discussed. It was a position embraced by the vast majority of Superintendents and the state PTA. When Karen used the vernacular that I often use “too far, too fast” (sounds more like a line teenage girls use if they let a boy get to third base on a first date) skipping steps for reliability and validity. We have a problem. I take pride in leading the effort. I want to tell the Board and the public why:
- The administration of the FSA did not take place without challenges. I recall having to suspend the test administration online for the entire day because of cyber attacks.
- The DOE engaged in a study to determine if the technological glitches resulted in variances. We never submitted the names of the students impacted by tech glitches or the names of schools where students could not log on. A state that adopted the FSA in order to replace the Common Core PARC adopted questions from Utah, Then they rushed to administer the assessment. The administration was flawed, the statistical analysis was flawed and now we are the recipients of the results. As expected, we have seen a dramatic fall. Today’s A is tomorrow’s B. They will use the data to influence teacher VAM scores (and then we will use those scores to give them non-existent merit pay bonuses). It is the intent of the state to publish school scores. Everybody started without knowing what standard they were teaching to. (I never know what standard I’m teaching to. I still have no idea what test data they will use for my evaluation from last year. They always tell us after the fact.)
The validity study failed to deliver on rigor. They plan to move forward with the release of grades. Why doesn’t the state have learning gains? You need two sets of data. Even though the statute clearly says you need learning gains (what about all of the EOC and AP teachers who only have one set of data and are evaluated based on pass rates?).
For an elementary school 63% of the data is absent. Only straight performance will count. 75% of kids live at poverty level. This is the most important issue facing us. The state is adamant about moving forward in the face of incomplete, inadequate, possible corrupted data (dude, you’ve been inflicting this same data on students and teachers for years). Some of my colleagues have been warned about consequences for taking a position. (oh really….) We have a responsibility to be honest (I couldn’t agree more). If there was ever a time to pause, this is the time.
One of the recommendations: give every school an incomplete. Give it in incomplete or let them keep the scores they have until there were two years of data (what about teachers? Incomplete evaluations?) . What is the rush? If I sound disappointed, I am. We value our kids too much, our teachers, our schools to allow unfair practices to impact the beautiful things we do for education. What a great motivational act? What’s the point? Your school has just been labeled blank, now sit down and take a test? (Imagine how your teachers feel when they bust their busts all year and have excellent student test scores only to be labeled effective or needs improvement by VAM)
Ms. Regalado: Next year is an election year. Some members called us drop out factories. Some members of the Dade delegation who’s understanding of our system is limited at best. We have to take state action. My fear is that people who represent these areas go out and follow partisan politics.
(It should be noted that Ms. Regalado was the only member of the School Board to disappear from the dais during the public hearing portion. Even the poor student liaison stuck it out and I’m sure he had a big calculus test to study for the next day.)
Mr. Feldman: Won’t there be a group of legislators in our auditorium soon? Won’t that be a good time for members of our community to come out and be heard?
The Superintendent: “Not the best stage to bring our community together. (Now let Mr. Race to the Top get back to his anti-accountability rant). This will require some statutory change. I’m not going to be cute with words: what did the student acquire from 3rd grade to 4th grade? Even though he learned one year’s worth of learning? How about the low three to a high three? It impacts disproportionately districts like ours with high level of English language learners, poverty, and disabilities. How can they say to the world “everything is perfect.” We must be living in an alternate universe. (oh, the irony. This coming from “The Greatest Leader of the Greatest School District in the History of the World”).
Aside: At this point I had to run off and clean a poopy diaper. The following names may be omitted, spelled wrong and speeches butchered as I was frantically trying to type with three kids screaming at me for dinner, singing, dancing, wrestling and riding the family dog in front of my television set.
George Kirkman (the first of many amazing teacher speakers): “It’s not about me. It’s about my students. I’m the son of a single mom raising five boys. I had the best teacher in the world. She was not an expert. She made me believe in myself and saw me as more than a test score. My teacher drove to my house on Christmas bringing toys for five boys who would otherwise have had nothing. The most important thing is to make students find something good in themselves.
Teachers have worked harder than ever before, for less than ever before, without any complaints. The human side of being a teacher is disappearing. One test determines a student and a teacher’s worth. Do everything in your power in a cooperative effort with teachers to help teachers. Look at minimum and maximum pay scale and find a way to compensate teachers. Look at the presence of the teachers you have here today who are willing to take a stand.
(an audible round of applause is heard from the audience)
Ms. Hatman: We just had the final reading of Board policy.
Board Lawyer Man: Clapping is not allowed if it is disruptive. With regard to clapping, if you’re clapping is disruptive you will be instructed to cease. (Bad enough we can’t mention names but now we’re not even allowed to clap!)
Ms. Patti Ward: “I have one request, everyone in front of me has to turn off their cellphones. I don’t turn my cell phone on in the classroom. Let’s practice our values. I have a gift for each board member. I wanted to send Tallahassee a penny to let them know we are worth more. We’re hoping for tens of thousands of pennies. I believe we need to start here. A penny has great significance. MDCPS has been treating teachers like pennies for too long. We’re given penny raises but expected to show astronomical results. Our teachers, students, parents are not served by their officials. I leave you with a penny. My name is Patti Ward. Teaching is my passion. I never thought I would end up standing here being so disgusted with the system. My daughter is getting her master’s degree in education. Thank goodness she’ll be in Chicago making $60,000 as a beginning teacher. Why do people downtown make more than teachers? Why don’t they return my calls? Why do offices downtown have plenty of paper, more than schools. So much waste downtown but teachers are suffering. I am disgusted with the system. My former students contact me on Facebook, they say, “Thank you Ms. Ward, you taught me things that were not in the books. Can any of you say you made a difference? Your salary should be based on the satisfaction of the district. Welcome to Walmart.“
Ron Beasely: I signed up to talk about values. Leadership is always best done by example. Loyalty is a top driven thing. We’re loyal. You’re not going to find many teachers that aren’t altruistic. My school was listed as the number one middle school. I watch the teachers work so hard. But we have this problem. The UTD has not had a valid contract ratified in 6 years. It’s not legal. It’s not valid. You think the employees voted to say, “I don’t want a step increase.” How can you do the merit pay? We don’t have valid test results because we don’t have learning gains? Students are traumatized by the testing. It is sufficient to be proficient. You still do not have a rubric of examples of what is exemplary, satisfactory, and unsatisfactory.
Liz Hernandez: When I look upon the ocean of beautiful faces I see each child as the greatest child of their family. (What a beautiful line. And she spoke it in such a beautiful way. Only to be abruptly interrupted…)
Ms. Hatman: The attorney said we need to vote.
Attorney Man: There were no objections.
Ms. Hatman: Do we need a unanimous vote?
Attorney Man: The fact that it was stated makes it unanimous. One procedure is when the presiding officer makes a motion.
Hatman: I did not make a motion. It’s good that things like this happen. If they have a concern they need to say it to me.
Liz Hernandez: (waiting patiently) Can I have my full ten minutes please?
Their parents love them so much they will die for them. Tears come to my eyes. It is a huge honor. I am their parent when they are with me. They are my responsibility. Sacred. You are like parents of those you serve. You are the heads of households of the Miami Dade School District. You took from some teachers and gave to others. My raise came from stealing money from my colleagues. To wait for so long and to be told, “Sorry, rules changed.” Anger that the Board that is there to protect you, has betrayed you. Were you aware of what you were doing? In the quest to save money you shafted the teachers on certain steps. Fourteen years and my salary is $44,000. Just because we love what we do does not mean we should not be paid what we’re worth. Anyone who is not opposed to the unconstitutional scheme of charter schools has been bamboozled or they have something to gain. It is impossible to capture the essence of teaching. The products are not things on a conveyor belt. We cannot use the methods of business on assessing teachers and students. Our effectiveness lasts years. Measure that. Greed in the lawmakers has been growing. Why must Miami be the capital of corruption? Why can’t we be trendsetters in setting things right? You are the leaders, lead by example.
We have become desensitized. Maybe the public and the teachers have become a blur in your financial balance sheets. They want to develop each child so that the world that we all live in get’s better. It is your job to pay all teachers a dignified professional salary. It is your job to protect teachers. Why is there a feeling that the School Board is to be feared? It is funny that we need a union to fight for us for the same people we elected to protect us.
My father died this April at age 91 he said life is short. So how will you make your lives meaningful? Will you stand up for what you know in your heart is real and good? How will you help the whole child? Not just the mind. How will you make sure the money ends up in schools to help teachers? Together you are the head of this very large family. You have the power to help or to hurt. Are you worthy of the trust that the public has placed in you? You are the public school board, you are there for the public.”
Natasha Alvarez: “MDCPS #values matter. Does integrity exist when the leadership colluded to violate the law? Is it fair that secretaries downtown make more than veteran teachers? Honesty, my personal favorite. How can they ask us to be honest when our superintendent speaks with the media about saving tax payers money and then cries poor when it comes to teachers’ salaries? I would like some honest answers. How can we teach respect when we don’t respect the contract? Why are we being asked to score writing assessments? What about when the Superintendent talks about the personal lives of teachers at town hall meetings? Do values matter or is it just something that looks pretty?
Thais Alvarez takes the podium. Anytime Thais takes the podium you know the School Board will waste ten minutes arguing about giving her two extra minutes. Here’s a hint: Just give the girl the darned two extra minutes and save yourselves 8 in the process!
Thais Alvarez: “I know that 3 x 4 is 12. What is two more minutes?”
Ms. Hatman (I must say this month’s Hatman was much more kind and gentle then some previous meetings): “It’s not a complaint, it’s just a rule. It has to be unanimous.”
Lawyer Man: “Ten minutes has been the policy of the Board for some time. She has ten minutes max.”
Thais: “I appreciate his steadfast adherence to rules. I too appreciate adherence to rules, the US Constitution. Case law states that we can say names. I’m highly offended. My time is ticking. This is not my speech. This is a constitutional matter.
Ms. Hatman: “You are using your time.”
Lawyer Man: “The policy says ten minutes max. You can whatever else you need to say in writing.” (that way we can ignore it and not have to waste anytime listening to you)
Thais: “You are taking up my time on a technicality.”
Ms. Perez (the voice of reason and compassion on the Board): “Go ahead and speak your speech. “
Ms. Hatman: “I’ll give you your ten minutes.”
Thais: “I will be using names.”
Hatman: “I think that’s not going to happen. “
Lawyer Man: “The policy says ten minutes. She can provide the rest to the board in a written form. She did start speaking utilizing the ten minutes. The ten minute rule has been steadfastly been enforced.”
(unless it’s Zumba dancers. We’ve got plenty of time for Zumba dancers).
Thais: “There have been other speakers that have spoken for over ten minutes.”
Hatman: “Please, I cannot do it. He’s the parliamentarian.”
Thais: “You vote on it. You’re the board. He’s an advisor.”
Perez: “The clock should start at 7:20. Not a discussion Ms. Alavarez. “
My husband enters the room. He thinks I’m watching an episode of The Real Housewives of Miami based on the amount of botox and plastic surgery on the TV.
Thais: “Liberty is a well educated lamb. That’s me. America is a constitutional republic. They must govern to the existing constitution. It is not convenient for the union or board to abide by the constitution. Here is the educated lamb, me, to remind the union and the Board are illegal on many fronts. Can some say “Banana Republic”? The chair precludes speakers from using names. The Board attorney, Walter Harvey, denies speakers their first amendment rights.
Hatman: “Please say Mr. Attorney, not Mr. Harvey.”
Thais: “This board blatantly violates class size. WE the people voted for it but they spend it on Wi-Fi. This week I was at a PD with 12 teachers and six downtown employees plus the lady from Houston. In what classroom is there a 2 to 1 ratio? Both the union and the board heralded the contract as a victory. They celebrated the contract but it violates the Florida statute. The Union sent dozens of emails to vote yes for an illegal contract. Only the union could use district email. We need to terminate the corrupt union leadership before they obliterate us. I see I will not have enough time. I am requesting that the violation of my constitutional rights be addressed.
Isabella Perdomo (a middle school student): “My name is Bella and I’m a 7th grader. This past Friday in the middle of my math class my teacher had to stop teaching to answer the phone. She becomes extremely aggravated when her class time is disrupted by picture day and pep rallies. She said she didn’t want to take the call. I could see she was flustered. I later found out it was from the School Board. Couldn’t they just wait? I asked my parents why the School Board would call a teacher during class time to ask why they would speak at a meeting. They gave me a lesson about Communism in Cuba and how they persecuted their teachers. Now my father enjoys the US Constitution. Anyone can speak at a School Board meeting. It is an inalienable right. So I ask you again why did the School Board interrupt my math class? Is this a communist country?”
Jackie Perdomo (proud momma of well spoken child): “I’m here today to address several educational concerns. By the way I am the proud parent of that young girl. I knew my career would not make me rich. But now I have a family, health concerns, retirement to worry about. The step system guaranteed me financial gains. I also believed that the steps would be adjusted for cost of living. Then my salary was frozen for four years. How is it possible that I have been in a classroom for 16 years and I only make $3,000 more than a first year teacher? How is it possible that the teacher who never stepped foot in the classroom can make $10,000 more based on their test scores? What should be determining a teacher’s bonus? How about the extra 20 hours I put in? What about the band teacher that will work with my daughter after school because she lost her elective when two small classes were combined into one? Master teachers are not eligible for Best and Brightest because they went to schools in another country. Then there’s my daughter’s science teacher. These teachers are the Best and Brightest. They deserve to be compensated. The other thing I want to take up is the issue of intimidation. (She plays a video of a School Board meeting from last year after an article ran in the Herald about district intimidation of teachers that sign up to speak at School Board meetings)
The video of Ms.Perez: “Unfortunately this complaint has come to me before. Many parents were called and I mentioned it was very bad policy. No need to have their principal on a speaker phone. I do believe this sounds like intimidation.”
Ms. Perdomo: “Many of the teachers who are here today will tell you they were called on the phone or called into the Principal’s office. Why is this terrible practice allowed to continue? These are not just issues that warrant Tallahassee. What will Miami Dade do for its teachers? What about UTD? Hear us, hear me, I am a Miami Dade public school teacher and I AM WORTH MORE!”
Wendy Lopez from Chevron: (hey was this the same lady that said the Superintendent never makes a mistake)? Teachers can start entering classroom projects and Chevron will be funding them. Thank you.”
Marlen Valle Lanza: “I worked to elect a board member who is sitting on the board. You work for the tax payers who elected you. Why do you constantly blame everything on Tallahassee? Why are all these exceptionalities put into one classroom? About 8 years ago you decided to mix students with severe depression with students with low frustration tolerance and you want us to teach these two exceptionalities as one. Fourteen, sixteen students in two different grade levels is outrageous. What you have done by cutting the budget for special education is a disservice. Our children our being cheated by the decisions this board makes. Planning and grading is first and foremost. Blame Tallahassee? No, fight them. When it comes to paying your teachers. Who pays for all of those pamphlets of all your accomplishments? Who made those accomplishments? After I got paid in the retro pay I had $200 left. The money is there, it’s just how you chose to use it. I now have an enormous air conditioning unit worth $12,000 in my classroom. Flipping a switch is not such a big deal. You treat us like children. You don’t even trust us with the code.. You give us much more work with no training with the new technology. You cut IT personnel but you buy more technology. When we have a problem with a computer we have to submit a HEAT ticket. More responsibility on the teachers!
Libraries are barely functioning. It makes me sick to think that a school district has schools with no libraries. How can any school district cut personnel? Do you think students are exercising with 60 students to one adult? That’s just crowd control. Administrators are given a budget and told to deal with it. Personnel is needed. How is it possible that private insurance is cheaper than group insurance? In closing, I want to share the one rule I have in my classroom , treat others the same way you want to be treated. The passion you see in me right now is the passion I have in my work. It’s time for you to start doing the same for our children. We are all being cheated under your direction.”
Ms. Hatman: “The public hearing is 90 minutes. That’s the board policy. “
Lawyer Man: “One of the reasons for the maximum minutes is to make sure all the speakers get in 90 minutes. By Board policy the public hearing should end.”
Ms. Have a Heart Perez: “I would certainly think that if the speakers are here we should perhaps take a vote.”
Mr. Have no Heart Harvey: “That’s the Board policy. The Board would have to change the policy. “
Ms. Perez: “Can we vote on it? I make the motion that we should vote on it.”
Ms. Hatman: “Can we waive the rule instead?”
Lawyer Man: (A very reluctant) “Yes.”
Hatman: “We are going decide to waive the rule as a courtesy to the speakers. How many more speakers do we have?”
Karp: “How many people have not had the opportunity to speak?”
Ms.Perez AKA The Voice of Reaon: “It seems that all these side issues waste time. We could expedite things if the speakers could just move along.”
Ms.Hatman: “We are going the extra mile. Trying very hard. “
Sara Hayes: “Having been diagnosed with breast cancer today, I am grateful for being able to come here and speak. I am one of thousands of annual contract teachers. SB736 mandated that by 2014 that there was to be implemented two salary schedules. Each district under their Board and Superintendents were to negotiate a way to make sure performance pay schedule be implemented. The following counties have implemented the performance pay and tenure teachers can opt into this system. There is no performance pay in Dade County. The veteran teachers have had their salaries reduced. Your job was to find a way to implement performance pay. I’m not buying the latest uproar over testing. I have had my evaluation based on the biology EOC for the past four years. I’m inviting the media to investigate this important issue. Public education in Miami Dade is being undermined by the Board elected to protect it.”
Shawn Beightol: “Conditions have worsened. Take home pay has been reduced. Housing costs are way up. Evaluations are unreliable. More students crammed into our classrooms. Our union is incompetent at best, puppets of the district at worst. Last month I learned a lesson. You chose to announce the signing of a yet unvoted on contract as if it were already voted upon. The superintendent interrupted me and encouraged you to sign in advance. The union president sat silent. The Board attorney said it was negotiated lawfully. Neither do you have the authority to cut our salaries. We cannot rely on our good graces any longer. We have to announce our intention to sue you.”
Board Attorney: “Suing the Board would be a violation of the school board policy.”
Beightol: “I hope the teachers will join our Facebook group, “MDCPS teachers you are worth more.”
Isaac Castaneira: “I’ve been a teacher at Homestead for ten years. I heard the Superintendent speak in favor of the bond. Were teachers acknowledged for their sacrifice? I would not see a significance raise until 15 years. That’s if I get credit for my years. After 11 years, I’m on step 8. But I’m not on a step anymore. My years of service gone, my retirement damaged. Unless I work until I’m 87, I’ll never reach the top of the scale. When veteran teachers leave, their knowledge leaves with them. That is going to be the downfall of this district. I find myself mentoring new teachers every two years, because it’s a cycle. This district does not value my experience. Or it does value it as 1.53 an hour. Should I go to Texas or Georgia? I’m going to fight for my students. “
Jose Romano: “Assistant vice president of Baptist Church. One of the communities we serve is MDCPS. We’re here today to recognize the Superintendent and the School Board for training our students in CPR. We have a video we were going to show that shows the opportunity that you give to students in Miami Dade County (but his video is not from Miami Dade County, the Southern accents make that painfully clear).
Ms. Perez: “Time is up”. (fancy video projection is cut off).
The Baptist Duo keeps Going: “We want to present the school district with a trophy” (not sure what it was but that’s what it looked like. A petite brunette in a pencil skirt and heels takes it over to the Superintendent while lugging what looks like a gym bag).
Dominque Butler: I just wanted to ask, “When I do my evaluation I have to show how I communicated with stakeholders. How do you communicate with me? Nobody ever asked me if I had a computer before we put all the curriculum online? How do you communicate with stakeholders? We get a newsletter. How do you communicate with stake holders? How do you communicate with their parents? You love to share in our accomplishments but why don’t you ask us what we need? “
(As a side note, I pushed to get the student newspaper at my school online to save money, paper, to make it more interactive, and easily accessible to teachers, students and parents. I was told we had to print out paper copies because Dr. Karp likes to have them lying around his office. Meanwhile, none of the teachers in my wing even knew we had a student newspaper because we never see any copies.)
Steve New: “I pushed for VAM because back then it seemed like a valuable tool to know what each teacher had contributed to each student. Now we see the problems with testing. The Superintendent has suggested it might be the technology that’s messing up student scores. It might be that teachers are working two jobs. I spoke last year and was visited by a school official the next day. Many of the teachers you see here today are some of your best teachers. You should thank and talk to them regularly. The district has pulled money out of the schools, no money for lab equipment and textbooks (sidenote: teachers at one school reported that textbooks were actually stolen from classrooms in order to force the teachers to use the tablets).
Eastern European math teacher: “I’m a math teacher. I teach pre-Algebra. I’ve been rated as highly effective but maybe not for long. My students rank in the top 99 percentile. Unfortunately those excellent results do not earn me any extra compensation and my salary is one of the lowest. So even if the district was empowered to double my salary, they would still not compensate me for my time. My VAM score has been dropping for three years. My inquiries with Gisela Fields and UTD went unanswered and my calls not returned. 100% of my students earning a perfect 5 but I don’t get a perfect score myself. I was denied the opportunity to apply for the Best and Brightest because I was schooled out of the United States. “
Sandra O: “You might be aware that I filed a complaint with the assistant superintendent.”
Lawyer Man: “There are other forums for those claims to be addressed.”
Hatman: “You can talk about anything but your complaint.”
Sandra O:” It seems to be a common practice of parents experiencing retaliating tactics. I don’t know what’s going on but it’s not the way to go about. Assign a task force to alleviate these matters. Encourage people to speak out but then when they do they are retaliated against. They are just trying to exercise their rights. Can you create a task force a liaison to represent the parents, the students, and the teachers? I felt my complaints have been ignored. It seems the teachers feel the same way.”
(Maybe they can add another application in our portal called, “Hot and Bothered.” Just like we submit HEAT tickets for technology problems, we could submit “Hot and Bothered” tickets for complaints we have about the school district? Like a digital suggestions box!)
Mr. Shiny black hair Science Teacher: “I’m not here to accuse anybody of anything. I’m a ten year veteran teacher. I need you to know that I’m hurting. I had no expectation of great wealth. In the ten years I have moved twice because my rent has been rising but my salary has been staying the same. I do think that as a professional with a master’s degree that I should feel comfortable living in a home. 80% of teachers have to work a second job. Every hour they have to work a second job is one less hour they have to plan an engaging lesson, grade papers, or even rest. It represents $50 a week but when was the last time I got a raise equal to that? I see a huge amount of money spent on technology and software spent that has an untested value. “
Retired teacher: “I’m concerned because a lot of people see JROTC as a competition with PE. It is there to create better citizens. As a taxpayer I’m concerned. We have one person for three schools as a maintenance worker. Classes are starting in public schools and charters with no teachers. They’re hiring substitutes. I’m concerned when I ask a senior student what is the capital, the say “Washington” I say “Washington” what and they say “DC” and I say what does that stand for “Dade County.”
Benitez: “I’ve been teaching first grade ESOL for 11 years, I’m upset because I know my students are not going to be getting the best of me. My students don’t get the best of me. The reasons why are:
- Class size: 27 ESOL speakers in no space, six and seven year olds. Classroom management becomes a problem.
- The data analysis, parent teacher conferences.
- Money: I have been making $41,000 for the last seven years. Cost of living has gone up but my paycheck has not. My health insurance is not for free. I get to a specialist and I’m scared of the bill.
- So many baseline tests! I should be teaching and welcoming these students in my classroom instead of testing. The attention span of a seven year old is five minutes, not two hours.
A happy teacher is a happy child and that is the future of our country. “