I've added another problem to the SageTex: Limits page. The screenshot is above.
Here are some current events that caught my eye recently:
- Who hasn't heard about the Marysville shootings?: Local new station Q13Fox has extensive coverage here.
- NY Daily News has a story on the 3 Colorada high school students who skipped school and headed to join IS. The FBI was alerted ..."when they discovered the girls' passports — along with $2,000 in cold, hard cash — were gone."". They were stopped in Germany and returned to the US and, as the article says, "It was not immediately clear whether the girls will face charges."....$2,000 just sitting around the house?!?
- Interested in making a lot of money teaching? The NY Daily News tells us about The Equity Project Charter School where teachers start at $125,000 and "...can also qualify for bonuses of more than $10,000". After four years of data, the schools' students, "...achieved scores on state exams as if they had received an extra 1.6 years of math instruction and an additional six months in science and reading instruction, compared with kids from similar backgrounds at neighboring schools.". So $125,000 for (not counting holidays) less than 9 months of teaching. Is it safe to assume that the vacancies don't come around often there?!?
- Time Magazine is under attack from the teachers' union for a "malicious" cover that is anti-teacher. The hysterical nonsense from the teacher unions is hard to take. The cover claims that ""It’s Nearly Impossible to Fire a Bad Teacher. Some Tech Millionaires May Have Found a Way to Change That.”". The article itself says, "Critics say that the nuance of the article itself is steamrolled by the magazine's anti-teacher cover...". The American Federation of Teachers is demanding an apology. One of those interviewed states, ""It's not true that it's 'impossible to fire a bad teacher,' whatever that means," she said. "Unions give people due process."". Seriously? The cover said it was "nearly impossible" to fire a bad teacher and that's been documented for years. Read about "rubber rooms" in the New Yorker from 2009. It was such a big deal "The Rubber Room" even became a documentary movie. The New Yorker describes in lots of detail about all the money that is paid to teachers for not teaching precisely because it's too difficult (some might say "nearly impossible") to get rid of a bad teacher. These are teachers that fail by nearly every measure but, a key sentence from the New Yorker article says, "“If you just focus on the people in the Rubber Rooms, you miss the real point, which is that, by making it so hard to get even the obvious freaks and crazies that are there off the payroll, you insure that the teachers who are simply incompetent or mediocre are never incented to improve and are never removable,” Anthony Lombardi says.". But that was years ago, right? That couldn't still be happening? Wrong. Check out the NY Post article from 2013, "One year on the job, 13 years in rubber room earns perv teacher $1M". Or how about the NY Post article from just a couple of weeks ago on teachers getting disability for school related stess? Read about one teacher who was sent to a, "...rubber room after investigators watched her helping in her husband’s Staten Island deli on two days she called in sick. The DOE tried to fire her, but a hearing officer fined her two months’ pay. She then filed for disability.". The money paid out was, "...$48.5 million last year to 2,299 teachers on ordinary disability retirements.". A private school approach would eliminate the expensive cost of removing bad teachers. It would also mean the end to excessive and expensive layers of administration that help drive up the cost of education while adding little value. Perhaps if less money was spent protecting incompetent teachers then good teachers could earn a good salary that would keep them teaching. If not, there's just The Equity Project Charter School.