Board Fires Dr. McKnight

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Anonymous wrote:It's sad to see her being scapegoated for this Biedleman mess that occurred during her predecessor's tenure. The board is as much to blame for these systemic failings, but it's easier to blame her. It seems likely she had no direct knowledge of any of it. Anyhow, I hope her replacement is more focused on educating all students not just those deemed worthy of equity.


She was part of the previous administration, serving as the de facto leader when Fat Jack Smith was too lazy to do his job. SHE KNEW EVERYTHING. She was the sole person responsible for promoting him to Paint Branch while the investigation was going on. She put the priority of promoting a black male administrator over the victims of a serial sexual harasser. Did she think his behavior was going to change when he was at Paint Branch? No way, he would have continued his behavior there and then when it became problematic, he would have been promoted to central office. She deserves all the blame. She could have been an agent of change, instead she acted like a Mafia don. Good riddance to this destroyer of MCPS.


She also protected principal Joe Rubens at Kennedy after one of his students died from a fentanyl overdose. The girl’s mom said admin knew who the dealers giving drugs to her daughter were cause she told them and they did nothing.

By the end of that school year, he was promoted to CO.


And he didn’t lose his job over this? Let me guess the kid wasn’t white… So a principal can lose his job over a woman who sent him nude pics but a principal who knowingly allowed drug deals in his school kept his job. HMMMM


Kid was half-white and half-Hispanic. Her white father committed suicide years ago and she was being raised by her non-English speaking Hispanic mother. The girl's mom took her story straight to the school board with the support of community organizer Omar Lazo:

Here's her testimony:



Start at 37:00. Pay attention to the part where she talks about drug-sniffing dogs for "narco estudiantes." Omar did not translate that, but that means narco-students. And she specifically talks about how the schools hide these issues from parents. Principal Rubens was a big proponent of hiding what was going on at Kennedy.


I just listened to her testimony. (I am a native Spanish speaker and the translation was mostly good, but missed a few details.) My heart goes out to this woman, but a lot of her complaint was that information regarding fentanyl is not available at hospitals or at the school in Spanish and that is just not accurate. However, she is spot on about the schools. Lack of transparency regarding drug use in the schools. The problem is so big but at the risk of not being PC, I think it gets covered up because it affects and is affected by mostly black and brown students. Especially when you’re out of school at Kennedy, where the population is mostly Latino, it doesn’t look good to have a drug problem at a Latino school. But instead of facing the problem, they ignore it and cover it up and the people end up hurting is black and brown students.


This is exactly what is going on. MCPS is all about optics, but doesn’t actually care about our students (of any race - Black, Brown, White or Asian).

My Asian kid said the same about RM.
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Anonymous wrote:Staff just received this email:


Dear MCPS Staff,

Today the Montgomery County Board of Education and Dr. Monifa McKnight have mutually agreed to separate, effective February 2, 2024. The Board is grateful to Dr. McKnight for her many years of service to MCPS and public education. We wish her well in her next chapter. The Board will work together with staff to ensure a smooth transition.

The Board is aware of the important work ahead. We must rebuild trust, begin to heal, and ensure that our school system is equipped to serve the students, staff, and families who make up our great school community. In the coming days, we will begin a national search for a new superintendent. On February 6, 2024 the Board will name an interim superintendent to lead the system through the remainder of the 2023-24 school year. In the short term, Brian Hull, Chief Operating Officer, will serve as acting superintendent.

The Board’s priorities moving forward include upgrading and ensuring compliance with internal policies, procedures, and operations; improving internal and external communications and outreach; and most importantly, supporting schools in providing students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive.

[ Edit by Admin: I've updated the title because I doubt that the the OP is on a first name basis with Dr. McKnight. ]



So they fired McKnight and replaced her with a McKnight clone?
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Anonymous wrote:It's sad to see her being scapegoated for this Biedleman mess that occurred during her predecessor's tenure. The board is as much to blame for these systemic failings, but it's easier to blame her. It seems likely she had no direct knowledge of any of it. Anyhow, I hope her replacement is more focused on educating all students not just those deemed worthy of equity.


She was part of the previous administration, serving as the de facto leader when Fat Jack Smith was too lazy to do his job. SHE KNEW EVERYTHING. She was the sole person responsible for promoting him to Paint Branch while the investigation was going on. She put the priority of promoting a black male administrator over the victims of a serial sexual harasser. Did she think his behavior was going to change when he was at Paint Branch? No way, he would have continued his behavior there and then when it became problematic, he would have been promoted to central office. She deserves all the blame. She could have been an agent of change, instead she acted like a Mafia don. Good riddance to this destroyer of MCPS.


She also protected principal Joe Rubens at Kennedy after one of his students died from a fentanyl overdose. The girl’s mom said admin knew who the dealers giving drugs to her daughter were cause she told them and they did nothing.

By the end of that school year, he was promoted to CO.


And he didn’t lose his job over this? Let me guess the kid wasn’t white… So a principal can lose his job over a woman who sent him nude pics but a principal who knowingly allowed drug deals in his school kept his job. HMMMM


Kid was half-white and half-Hispanic. Her white father committed suicide years ago and she was being raised by her non-English speaking Hispanic mother. The girl's mom took her story straight to the school board with the support of community organizer Omar Lazo:

Here's her testimony:



Start at 37:00. Pay attention to the part where she talks about drug-sniffing dogs for "narco estudiantes." Omar did not translate that, but that means narco-students. And she specifically talks about how the schools hide these issues from parents. Principal Rubens was a big proponent of hiding what was going on at Kennedy.


I just listened to her testimony. (I am a native Spanish speaker and the translation was mostly good, but missed a few details.) My heart goes out to this woman, but a lot of her complaint was that information regarding fentanyl is not available at hospitals or at the school in Spanish and that is just not accurate. However, she is spot on about the schools. Lack of transparency regarding drug use in the schools. The problem is so big but at the risk of not being PC, I think it gets covered up because it affects and is affected by mostly black and brown students. Especially when you’re out of school at Kennedy, where the population is mostly Latino, it doesn’t look good to have a drug problem at a Latino school. But instead of facing the problem, they ignore it and cover it up and the people end up hurting is black and brown students.


This is exactly what is going on. MCPS is all about optics, but doesn’t actually care about our students (of any race - Black, Brown, White or Asian).


People are free to make their own life choices, but the thing that troubles me is how they've been closing the gap to improve optics by eliminating opportunities for high-achieving students.
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Dear MCPS Staff,

Today the Montgomery County Board of Education and Dr. Monifa McKnight have mutually agreed to separate, effective February 2, 2024. The Board is grateful to Dr. McKnight for her many years of service to MCPS and public education. We wish her well in her next chapter. The Board will work together with staff to ensure a smooth transition.

The Board is aware of the important work ahead. We must rebuild trust, begin to heal, and ensure that our school system is equipped to serve the students, staff, and families who make up our great school community. In the coming days, we will begin a national search for a new superintendent. On February 6, 2024 the Board will name an interim superintendent to lead the system through the remainder of the 2023-24 school year. In the short term, Brian Hull, Chief Operating Officer, will serve as acting superintendent.

The Board’s priorities moving forward include upgrading and ensuring compliance with internal policies, procedures, and operations; improving internal and external communications and outreach; and most importantly, supporting schools in providing students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive.

[ Edit by Admin: I've updated the title because I doubt that the the OP is on a first name basis with Dr. McKnight. ]



So they fired McKnight and replaced her with a McKnight clone?


Because all school administrators who are black women are identical?
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Anonymous wrote:Staff just received this email:


Dear MCPS Staff,

Today the Montgomery County Board of Education and Dr. Monifa McKnight have mutually agreed to separate, effective February 2, 2024. The Board is grateful to Dr. McKnight for her many years of service to MCPS and public education. We wish her well in her next chapter. The Board will work together with staff to ensure a smooth transition.

The Board is aware of the important work ahead. We must rebuild trust, begin to heal, and ensure that our school system is equipped to serve the students, staff, and families who make up our great school community. In the coming days, we will begin a national search for a new superintendent. On February 6, 2024 the Board will name an interim superintendent to lead the system through the remainder of the 2023-24 school year. In the short term, Brian Hull, Chief Operating Officer, will serve as acting superintendent.

The Board’s priorities moving forward include upgrading and ensuring compliance with internal policies, procedures, and operations; improving internal and external communications and outreach; and most importantly, supporting schools in providing students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive.

[ Edit by Admin: I've updated the title because I doubt that the the OP is on a first name basis with Dr. McKnight. ]



So they fired McKnight and replaced her with a McKnight clone?


Because all school administrators who are black women are identical?


I knew someone was going to go for this cheap shot.

The PP is calling her a McKnight clone not only because she’s a black woman, but because her equity-focused platform mimics many of McKnight’s talking points.
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Anonymous wrote:Staff just received this email:


Dear MCPS Staff,

Today the Montgomery County Board of Education and Dr. Monifa McKnight have mutually agreed to separate, effective February 2, 2024. The Board is grateful to Dr. McKnight for her many years of service to MCPS and public education. We wish her well in her next chapter. The Board will work together with staff to ensure a smooth transition.

The Board is aware of the important work ahead. We must rebuild trust, begin to heal, and ensure that our school system is equipped to serve the students, staff, and families who make up our great school community. In the coming days, we will begin a national search for a new superintendent. On February 6, 2024 the Board will name an interim superintendent to lead the system through the remainder of the 2023-24 school year. In the short term, Brian Hull, Chief Operating Officer, will serve as acting superintendent.

The Board’s priorities moving forward include upgrading and ensuring compliance with internal policies, procedures, and operations; improving internal and external communications and outreach; and most importantly, supporting schools in providing students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive.

[ Edit by Admin: I've updated the title because I doubt that the the OP is on a first name basis with Dr. McKnight. ]



So they fired McKnight and replaced her with a McKnight clone?


Because all school administrators who are black women are identical?


I knew someone was going to go for this cheap shot.

The PP is calling her a McKnight clone not only because she’s a black woman, but because her equity-focused platform mimics many of McKnight’s talking points.


Cares little for educating all students just those deemed worthy of equity at the expense of everyone else.
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Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:Staff just received this email:


Dear MCPS Staff,

Today the Montgomery County Board of Education and Dr. Monifa McKnight have mutually agreed to separate, effective February 2, 2024. The Board is grateful to Dr. McKnight for her many years of service to MCPS and public education. We wish her well in her next chapter. The Board will work together with staff to ensure a smooth transition.

The Board is aware of the important work ahead. We must rebuild trust, begin to heal, and ensure that our school system is equipped to serve the students, staff, and families who make up our great school community. In the coming days, we will begin a national search for a new superintendent. On February 6, 2024 the Board will name an interim superintendent to lead the system through the remainder of the 2023-24 school year. In the short term, Brian Hull, Chief Operating Officer, will serve as acting superintendent.

The Board’s priorities moving forward include upgrading and ensuring compliance with internal policies, procedures, and operations; improving internal and external communications and outreach; and most importantly, supporting schools in providing students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive.

[ Edit by Admin: I've updated the title because I doubt that the the OP is on a first name basis with Dr. McKnight. ]



So they fired McKnight and replaced her with a McKnight clone?


Because all school administrators who are black women are identical?


I knew someone was going to go for this cheap shot.

The PP is calling her a McKnight clone not only because she’s a black woman, but because her equity-focused platform mimics many of McKnight’s talking points.


Cares little for educating all students just those deemed worthy of equity at the expense of everyone else.


Would it be possible for them to hire a super who is focused on educating students?
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Anonymous wrote:Staff just received this email:


Dear MCPS Staff,

Today the Montgomery County Board of Education and Dr. Monifa McKnight have mutually agreed to separate, effective February 2, 2024. The Board is grateful to Dr. McKnight for her many years of service to MCPS and public education. We wish her well in her next chapter. The Board will work together with staff to ensure a smooth transition.

The Board is aware of the important work ahead. We must rebuild trust, begin to heal, and ensure that our school system is equipped to serve the students, staff, and families who make up our great school community. In the coming days, we will begin a national search for a new superintendent. On February 6, 2024 the Board will name an interim superintendent to lead the system through the remainder of the 2023-24 school year. In the short term, Brian Hull, Chief Operating Officer, will serve as acting superintendent.

The Board’s priorities moving forward include upgrading and ensuring compliance with internal policies, procedures, and operations; improving internal and external communications and outreach; and most importantly, supporting schools in providing students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive.

[ Edit by Admin: I've updated the title because I doubt that the the OP is on a first name basis with Dr. McKnight. ]



So they fired McKnight and replaced her with a McKnight clone?


Because all school administrators who are black women are identical?


I knew someone was going to go for this cheap shot.

The PP is calling her a McKnight clone not only because she’s a black woman, but because her equity-focused platform mimics many of McKnight’s talking points.


When in a hole, stop digging.
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Anonymous wrote:It's sad to see her being scapegoated for this Biedleman mess that occurred during her predecessor's tenure. The board is as much to blame for these systemic failings, but it's easier to blame her. It seems likely she had no direct knowledge of any of it. Anyhow, I hope her replacement is more focused on educating all students not just those deemed worthy of equity.


She was part of the previous administration, serving as the de facto leader when Fat Jack Smith was too lazy to do his job. SHE KNEW EVERYTHING. She was the sole person responsible for promoting him to Paint Branch while the investigation was going on. She put the priority of promoting a black male administrator over the victims of a serial sexual harasser. Did she think his behavior was going to change when he was at Paint Branch? No way, he would have continued his behavior there and then when it became problematic, he would have been promoted to central office. She deserves all the blame. She could have been an agent of change, instead she acted like a Mafia don. Good riddance to this destroyer of MCPS.


She also protected principal Joe Rubens at Kennedy after one of his students died from a fentanyl overdose. The girl’s mom said admin knew who the dealers giving drugs to her daughter were cause she told them and they did nothing.

By the end of that school year, he was promoted to CO.


And he didn’t lose his job over this? Let me guess the kid wasn’t white… So a principal can lose his job over a woman who sent him nude pics but a principal who knowingly allowed drug deals in his school kept his job. HMMMM


Kid was half-white and half-Hispanic. Her white father committed suicide years ago and she was being raised by her non-English speaking Hispanic mother. The girl's mom took her story straight to the school board with the support of community organizer Omar Lazo:

Here's her testimony:



Start at 37:00. Pay attention to the part where she talks about drug-sniffing dogs for "narco estudiantes." Omar did not translate that, but that means narco-students. And she specifically talks about how the schools hide these issues from parents. Principal Rubens was a big proponent of hiding what was going on at Kennedy.


I just listened to her testimony. (I am a native Spanish speaker and the translation was mostly good, but missed a few details.) My heart goes out to this woman, but a lot of her complaint was that information regarding fentanyl is not available at hospitals or at the school in Spanish and that is just not accurate. However, she is spot on about the schools. Lack of transparency regarding drug use in the schools. The problem is so big but at the risk of not being PC, I think it gets covered up because it affects and is affected by mostly black and brown students. Especially when you’re out of school at Kennedy, where the population is mostly Latino, it doesn’t look good to have a drug problem at a Latino school. But instead of facing the problem, they ignore it and cover it up and the people end up hurting is black and brown students.


This is exactly what is going on. MCPS is all about optics, but doesn’t actually care about our students (of any race - Black, Brown, White or Asian).


People are free to make their own life choices, but the thing that troubles me is how they've been closing the gap to improve optics by eliminating opportunities for high-achieving students.


This practice is known as:

“Closing the racial achievement gap from the top down.”

NYC did this by entirely eliminating their Gifted and Talented program.

California has done this by eliminating any possibility for any student to take algebra prior to 9th grade:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2023/10/california-math-framework-algebra/675509/


When you vote for progressives, the progressives will make their first priority:

Equity

In education, progressives will eliminate opportunities for top-performing students, to close the racial achievement gap from the top down. The result will:

- lower quality public schools, and

- more kids in private schools, which will:

- widen the gap between poor and rich.


Who will you vote for ?
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Anonymous wrote:It's sad to see her being scapegoated for this Biedleman mess that occurred during her predecessor's tenure. The board is as much to blame for these systemic failings, but it's easier to blame her. It seems likely she had no direct knowledge of any of it. Anyhow, I hope her replacement is more focused on educating all students not just those deemed worthy of equity.


She was part of the previous administration, serving as the de facto leader when Fat Jack Smith was too lazy to do his job. SHE KNEW EVERYTHING. She was the sole person responsible for promoting him to Paint Branch while the investigation was going on. She put the priority of promoting a black male administrator over the victims of a serial sexual harasser. Did she think his behavior was going to change when he was at Paint Branch? No way, he would have continued his behavior there and then when it became problematic, he would have been promoted to central office. She deserves all the blame. She could have been an agent of change, instead she acted like a Mafia don. Good riddance to this destroyer of MCPS.


She also protected principal Joe Rubens at Kennedy after one of his students died from a fentanyl overdose. The girl’s mom said admin knew who the dealers giving drugs to her daughter were cause she told them and they did nothing.

By the end of that school year, he was promoted to CO.


And he didn’t lose his job over this? Let me guess the kid wasn’t white… So a principal can lose his job over a woman who sent him nude pics but a principal who knowingly allowed drug deals in his school kept his job. HMMMM


Kid was half-white and half-Hispanic. Her white father committed suicide years ago and she was being raised by her non-English speaking Hispanic mother. The girl's mom took her story straight to the school board with the support of community organizer Omar Lazo:

Here's her testimony:



Start at 37:00. Pay attention to the part where she talks about drug-sniffing dogs for "narco estudiantes." Omar did not translate that, but that means narco-students. And she specifically talks about how the schools hide these issues from parents. Principal Rubens was a big proponent of hiding what was going on at Kennedy.


I just listened to her testimony. (I am a native Spanish speaker and the translation was mostly good, but missed a few details.) My heart goes out to this woman, but a lot of her complaint was that information regarding fentanyl is not available at hospitals or at the school in Spanish and that is just not accurate. However, she is spot on about the schools. Lack of transparency regarding drug use in the schools. The problem is so big but at the risk of not being PC, I think it gets covered up because it affects and is affected by mostly black and brown students. Especially when you’re out of school at Kennedy, where the population is mostly Latino, it doesn’t look good to have a drug problem at a Latino school. But instead of facing the problem, they ignore it and cover it up and the people end up hurting is black and brown students.


This is exactly what is going on. MCPS is all about optics, but doesn’t actually care about our students (of any race - Black, Brown, White or Asian).


People are free to make their own life choices, but the thing that troubles me is how they've been closing the gap to improve optics by eliminating opportunities for high-achieving students.


This practice is known as:

“Closing the racial achievement gap from the top down.”

NYC did this by entirely eliminating their Gifted and Talented program.

California has done this by eliminating any possibility for any student to take algebra prior to 9th grade:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2023/10/california-math-framework-algebra/675509/


When you vote for progressives, the progressives will make their first priority:

Equity

In education, progressives will eliminate opportunities for top-performing students, to close the racial achievement gap from the top down. The result will:

- lower quality public schools, and

- more kids in private schools, which will:

- widen the gap between poor and rich.


Who will you vote for ?


The people who understand that equity is not bad word because it is about removing barriers and providing opportunity not denying it. The ones who don’t over generalize and the ones who realize that DCUM is not reflective of the whole of the county.
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Anonymous wrote:Staff just received this email:


Dear MCPS Staff,

Today the Montgomery County Board of Education and Dr. Monifa McKnight have mutually agreed to separate, effective February 2, 2024. The Board is grateful to Dr. McKnight for her many years of service to MCPS and public education. We wish her well in her next chapter. The Board will work together with staff to ensure a smooth transition.

The Board is aware of the important work ahead. We must rebuild trust, begin to heal, and ensure that our school system is equipped to serve the students, staff, and families who make up our great school community. In the coming days, we will begin a national search for a new superintendent. On February 6, 2024 the Board will name an interim superintendent to lead the system through the remainder of the 2023-24 school year. In the short term, Brian Hull, Chief Operating Officer, will serve as acting superintendent.

The Board’s priorities moving forward include upgrading and ensuring compliance with internal policies, procedures, and operations; improving internal and external communications and outreach; and most importantly, supporting schools in providing students with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive.

[ Edit by Admin: I've updated the title because I doubt that the the OP is on a first name basis with Dr. McKnight. ]



So they fired McKnight and replaced her with a McKnight clone?


Because all school administrators who are black women are identical?


I knew someone was going to go for this cheap shot.

The PP is calling her a McKnight clone not only because she’s a black woman, but because her equity-focused platform mimics many of McKnight’s talking points.


McKnight's emphasis on equity is not why she had to resign and it's not why I personally wanted her out. I wish the new interim Superintendent well.
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Anonymous wrote:It's sad to see her being scapegoated for this Biedleman mess that occurred during her predecessor's tenure. The board is as much to blame for these systemic failings, but it's easier to blame her. It seems likely she had no direct knowledge of any of it. Anyhow, I hope her replacement is more focused on educating all students not just those deemed worthy of equity.


She was part of the previous administration, serving as the de facto leader when Fat Jack Smith was too lazy to do his job. SHE KNEW EVERYTHING. She was the sole person responsible for promoting him to Paint Branch while the investigation was going on. She put the priority of promoting a black male administrator over the victims of a serial sexual harasser. Did she think his behavior was going to change when he was at Paint Branch? No way, he would have continued his behavior there and then when it became problematic, he would have been promoted to central office. She deserves all the blame. She could have been an agent of change, instead she acted like a Mafia don. Good riddance to this destroyer of MCPS.


She also protected principal Joe Rubens at Kennedy after one of his students died from a fentanyl overdose. The girl’s mom said admin knew who the dealers giving drugs to her daughter were cause she told them and they did nothing.

By the end of that school year, he was promoted to CO.


And he didn’t lose his job over this? Let me guess the kid wasn’t white… So a principal can lose his job over a woman who sent him nude pics but a principal who knowingly allowed drug deals in his school kept his job. HMMMM


Kid was half-white and half-Hispanic. Her white father committed suicide years ago and she was being raised by her non-English speaking Hispanic mother. The girl's mom took her story straight to the school board with the support of community organizer Omar Lazo:

Here's her testimony:



Start at 37:00. Pay attention to the part where she talks about drug-sniffing dogs for "narco estudiantes." Omar did not translate that, but that means narco-students. And she specifically talks about how the schools hide these issues from parents. Principal Rubens was a big proponent of hiding what was going on at Kennedy.


I just listened to her testimony. (I am a native Spanish speaker and the translation was mostly good, but missed a few details.) My heart goes out to this woman, but a lot of her complaint was that information regarding fentanyl is not available at hospitals or at the school in Spanish and that is just not accurate. However, she is spot on about the schools. Lack of transparency regarding drug use in the schools. The problem is so big but at the risk of not being PC, I think it gets covered up because it affects and is affected by mostly black and brown students. Especially when you’re out of school at Kennedy, where the population is mostly Latino, it doesn’t look good to have a drug problem at a Latino school. But instead of facing the problem, they ignore it and cover it up and the people end up hurting is black and brown students.


This is exactly what is going on. MCPS is all about optics, but doesn’t actually care about our students (of any race - Black, Brown, White or Asian).


People are free to make their own life choices, but the thing that troubles me is how they've been closing the gap to improve optics by eliminating opportunities for high-achieving students.


This practice is known as:

“Closing the racial achievement gap from the top down.”

NYC did this by entirely eliminating their Gifted and Talented program.

California has done this by eliminating any possibility for any student to take algebra prior to 9th grade:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2023/10/california-math-framework-algebra/675509/


When you vote for progressives, the progressives will make their first priority:

Equity

In education, progressives will eliminate opportunities for top-performing students, to close the racial achievement gap from the top down. The result will:

- lower quality public schools, and

- more kids in private schools, which will:

- widen the gap between poor and rich.


Who will you vote for ?


The people who understand that equity is not bad word because it is about removing barriers and providing opportunity not denying it. The ones who don’t over generalize and the ones who realize that DCUM is not reflective of the whole of the county.


I think most people can get behind the intent and theories behind those who tout equity in education. In practice, however, it does result in a lot of what the PP has described.

Therefore, the burden is on equity advocates to change the narrative. There's a big gap in the way they talk about equity in education and how it's implemented and received by those who are supposed to benefit from it. Current best practices aren't working. Time to switch it up.
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Anonymous wrote:It's sad to see her being scapegoated for this Biedleman mess that occurred during her predecessor's tenure. The board is as much to blame for these systemic failings, but it's easier to blame her. It seems likely she had no direct knowledge of any of it. Anyhow, I hope her replacement is more focused on educating all students not just those deemed worthy of equity.


She was part of the previous administration, serving as the de facto leader when Fat Jack Smith was too lazy to do his job. SHE KNEW EVERYTHING. She was the sole person responsible for promoting him to Paint Branch while the investigation was going on. She put the priority of promoting a black male administrator over the victims of a serial sexual harasser. Did she think his behavior was going to change when he was at Paint Branch? No way, he would have continued his behavior there and then when it became problematic, he would have been promoted to central office. She deserves all the blame. She could have been an agent of change, instead she acted like a Mafia don. Good riddance to this destroyer of MCPS.


She also protected principal Joe Rubens at Kennedy after one of his students died from a fentanyl overdose. The girl’s mom said admin knew who the dealers giving drugs to her daughter were cause she told them and they did nothing.

By the end of that school year, he was promoted to CO.


And he didn’t lose his job over this? Let me guess the kid wasn’t white… So a principal can lose his job over a woman who sent him nude pics but a principal who knowingly allowed drug deals in his school kept his job. HMMMM


Kid was half-white and half-Hispanic. Her white father committed suicide years ago and she was being raised by her non-English speaking Hispanic mother. The girl's mom took her story straight to the school board with the support of community organizer Omar Lazo:

Here's her testimony:



Start at 37:00. Pay attention to the part where she talks about drug-sniffing dogs for "narco estudiantes." Omar did not translate that, but that means narco-students. And she specifically talks about how the schools hide these issues from parents. Principal Rubens was a big proponent of hiding what was going on at Kennedy.


I just listened to her testimony. (I am a native Spanish speaker and the translation was mostly good, but missed a few details.) My heart goes out to this woman, but a lot of her complaint was that information regarding fentanyl is not available at hospitals or at the school in Spanish and that is just not accurate. However, she is spot on about the schools. Lack of transparency regarding drug use in the schools. The problem is so big but at the risk of not being PC, I think it gets covered up because it affects and is affected by mostly black and brown students. Especially when you’re out of school at Kennedy, where the population is mostly Latino, it doesn’t look good to have a drug problem at a Latino school. But instead of facing the problem, they ignore it and cover it up and the people end up hurting is black and brown students.


This is exactly what is going on. MCPS is all about optics, but doesn’t actually care about our students (of any race - Black, Brown, White or Asian).


People are free to make their own life choices, but the thing that troubles me is how they've been closing the gap to improve optics by eliminating opportunities for high-achieving students.


This practice is known as:

“Closing the racial achievement gap from the top down.”

NYC did this by entirely eliminating their Gifted and Talented program.

California has done this by eliminating any possibility for any student to take algebra prior to 9th grade:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2023/10/california-math-framework-algebra/675509/


When you vote for progressives, the progressives will make their first priority:

Equity

In education, progressives will eliminate opportunities for top-performing students, to close the racial achievement gap from the top down. The result will:

- lower quality public schools, and

- more kids in private schools, which will:

- widen the gap between poor and rich.


Who will you vote for ?


The people who understand that equity is not bad word because it is about removing barriers and providing opportunity not denying it. The ones who don’t over generalize and the ones who realize that DCUM is not reflective of the whole of the county.


I think most people can get behind the intent and theories behind those who tout equity in education. In practice, however, it does result in a lot of what the PP has described.

Therefore, the burden is on equity advocates to change the narrative. There's a big gap in the way they talk about equity in education and how it's implemented and received by those who are supposed to benefit from it. Current best practices aren't working. Time to switch it up.


All equity has become is a way to tweak optics. They reduce opportunities for high-performing students in order close the gap. That's not helpful.
Anonymous
I was strongly in favor of firing McKnight but agreed with the pro-McKnight posters here that she inherited a lot of problems. The Montgomery County Council seems content to let the BOE off the hook and have this all be swept under the rug. That’s not fair to students, staff, taxpayers, or McKnight herself.
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:Andrew Friedson seems determined to let the board off the hook, so the schools will continue to be mismanaged and the next superintendent will be set up for failure. Friedson claims that good government and transparency are his priorities but he’s been a huge disappointment. The problems did not start or end with Dr. McKnight. She bears a lot of responsibility for what went wrong but others need to answer for their mismanagement too.


They have each other's backs. They will not do anything you think they should be doing. Read Elroch's response after McK was out. Vote out BOE member one by one as they come up for re-election. And if a district doesn't have any other than the incumbent in the election, find someone you trust to run! Deadline to file may be tonight(??). Follow the MoCo Council candidates, vote them out if they don't stand up for our taxpaying voters' voices.
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