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).


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.


It is beyond “not helpful.”

If MCPS continues its equity agenda to remove opportunities for the best performing students, how do you think parents in this Uber-wealthy county will respond?

- send their top-performing kids to private schools. That is what’s going to happen.

Then what’s left of MCPS? It will eventually become like inner-city Baltimore public schools, where no child receives an education.

And through “social promotion” kids will graduate high school not knowing how to read.
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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.


It is beyond “not helpful.”

If MCPS continues its equity agenda to remove opportunities for the best performing students, how do you think parents in this Uber-wealthy county will respond?

- send their top-performing kids to private schools. That is what’s going to happen.

Then what’s left of MCPS? It will eventually become like inner-city Baltimore public schools, where no child receives an education.

And through “social promotion” kids will graduate high school not knowing how to read.


Which opportunities for "the best performing students" have been removed?
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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.


It is beyond “not helpful.”

If MCPS continues its equity agenda to remove opportunities for the best performing students, how do you think parents in this Uber-wealthy county will respond?

- send their top-performing kids to private schools. That is what’s going to happen.

Then what’s left of MCPS? It will eventually become like inner-city Baltimore public schools, where no child receives an education.

And through “social promotion” kids will graduate high school not knowing how to read.


Which opportunities for "the best performing students" have been removed?


CES magnet school lottery pool eligibility for elementary school kids from low FARMS schools who score in the 95th percentile nationwide despite kids from high FARMS schools scoring in the 80s qualifying.
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The student in the 90th percentile nationally at a low farms school is one of many and there are probably quite a few students at their school scoring higher than they are (in the 95th- 99th) . The student in the 80th percentile nationally at a high Farms school may be one of the highest performers at their school. It seems like they are giving opportunities to the highest performers at each school. Since map measures what has been taught, it’s more a reflection of exposure than ability. It’s hard to feel sorry for kids in low Farms schools that many in this board regularly say are superior to other schools and have more opportunities both in and out of school. I have no problem with this practice.

I do have concerns over hiring people because of who they know and are friends with not what they know. I do have concerns about creating layers and layers of administrative positions that have long, complicated titles and few job responsibilities while teachers and others struggle to get everything done.
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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.



That's right, it was only a few years ago, when it was illegal for brown and black kids to take honors classes.
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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.


It is beyond “not helpful.”

If MCPS continues its equity agenda to remove opportunities for the best performing students, how do you think parents in this Uber-wealthy county will respond?

- send their top-performing kids to private schools. That is what’s going to happen.

Then what’s left of MCPS? It will eventually become like inner-city Baltimore public schools, where no child receives an education.

And through “social promotion” kids will graduate high school not knowing how to read.


Which opportunities for "the best performing students" have been removed?


CES magnet school lottery pool eligibility for elementary school kids from low FARMS schools who score in the 95th percentile nationwide despite kids from high FARMS schools scoring in the 80s qualifying.


Also parental punctuation trainings, apparently.
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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.


It is beyond “not helpful.”

If MCPS continues its equity agenda to remove opportunities for the best performing students, how do you think parents in this Uber-wealthy county will respond?

- send their top-performing kids to private schools. That is what’s going to happen.

Then what’s left of MCPS? It will eventually become like inner-city Baltimore public schools, where no child receives an education.

And through “social promotion” kids will graduate high school not knowing how to read.


Which opportunities for "the best performing students" have been removed?


CES magnet school lottery pool eligibility for elementary school kids from low FARMS schools who score in the 95th percentile nationwide despite kids from high FARMS schools scoring in the 80s qualifying.


Also parental punctuation trainings, apparently.


Oh man, you really got him with that one!
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Anonymous wrote:The student in the 90th percentile nationally at a low farms school is one of many and there are probably quite a few students at their school scoring higher than they are (in the 95th- 99th) . The student in the 80th percentile nationally at a high Farms school may be one of the highest performers at their school. It seems like they are giving opportunities to the highest performers at each school. Since map measures what has been taught, it’s more a reflection of exposure than ability. It’s hard to feel sorry for kids in low Farms schools that many in this board regularly say are superior to other schools and have more opportunities both in and out of school. I have no problem with this practice.

I do have concerns over hiring people because of who they know and are friends with not what they know. I do have concerns about creating layers and layers of administrative positions that have long, complicated titles and few job responsibilities while teachers and others struggle to get everything done.


The question asked to identify opportunities that have been taken away from high performing kids in the name of equity. Not how you personally feel about them being taken away. But cool story.
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Anonymous wrote:The student in the 90th percentile nationally at a low farms school is one of many and there are probably quite a few students at their school scoring higher than they are (in the 95th- 99th) . The student in the 80th percentile nationally at a high Farms school may be one of the highest performers at their school. It seems like they are giving opportunities to the highest performers at each school. Since map measures what has been taught, it’s more a reflection of exposure than ability. It’s hard to feel sorry for kids in low Farms schools that many in this board regularly say are superior to other schools and have more opportunities both in and out of school. I have no problem with this practice.

I do have concerns over hiring people because of who they know and are friends with not what they know. I do have concerns about creating layers and layers of administrative positions that have long, complicated titles and few job responsibilities while teachers and others struggle to get everything done.


So most of corporate America, private industry, and government.
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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.



That's right, it was only a few years ago, when it was illegal for brown and black kids to take honors classes.


True, but these days it's morphed into things like honors for all which is just a way to dumb down school to improve optics on the achievement gap.
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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.



That's right, it was only a few years ago, when it was illegal for brown and black kids to take honors classes.




And this kind of idiocy is why no one wants to be a teacher.

Imagine dealing with parents like this every day
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Why is Munsey still an employee of mcps after being intoxicated at work. Why is the Damascus principal still around and the coach after a child was sexually assaulted under their watch? Why is the QO principal still around after sexually harassing several subordinates? She even married her subordinate. Why are several leaders still around that have done way worse than Beidelman and McKnight? Kids have died and been assaulted and they get a slap on the wrist. It doesn’t matter how diverse MCPS tries to become in leadership those who don’t like it continue to make sure to take down any leader who is not of their own kind.
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Anonymous wrote:The student in the 90th percentile nationally at a low farms school is one of many and there are probably quite a few students at their school scoring higher than they are (in the 95th- 99th) . The student in the 80th percentile nationally at a high Farms school may be one of the highest performers at their school. It seems like they are giving opportunities to the highest performers at each school. Since map measures what has been taught, it’s more a reflection of exposure than ability. It’s hard to feel sorry for kids in low Farms schools that many in this board regularly say are superior to other schools and have more opportunities both in and out of school. I have no problem with this practice.

I do have concerns over hiring people because of who they know and are friends with not what they know. I do have concerns about creating layers and layers of administrative positions that have long, complicated titles and few job responsibilities while teachers and others struggle to get everything done.


The question asked to identify opportunities that have been taken away from high performing kids in the name of equity. Not how you personally feel about them being taken away. But cool story.


They turned all honors classes into regular programming when they created honors for all. There is no longer an honors track just regular English etc.
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Anonymous wrote:Why is Munsey still an employee of mcps after being intoxicated at work. Why is the Damascus principal still around and the coach after a child was sexually assaulted under their watch? Why is the QO principal still around after sexually harassing several subordinates? She even married her subordinate. Why are several leaders still around that have done way worse than Beidelman and McKnight? Kids have died and been assaulted and they get a slap on the wrist. It doesn’t matter how diverse MCPS tries to become in leadership those who don’t like it continue to make sure to take down any leader who is not of their own kind.


Two things can be true:
1. McKnight and Biedelman needed to go AND
2. It's despicable that White employees who violate policies have gotten a pass
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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.


It is beyond “not helpful.”

If MCPS continues its equity agenda to remove opportunities for the best performing students, how do you think parents in this Uber-wealthy county will respond?

- send their top-performing kids to private schools. That is what’s going to happen.

Then what’s left of MCPS? It will eventually become like inner-city Baltimore public schools, where no child receives an education.

And through “social promotion” kids will graduate high school not knowing how to read.


They've only accelerated this transition since the pandemic. More and more staff are allocated to the task of tweaking equity optics and the only way they've found to reduce the achievement gap is to undercut the high-performing students.
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