I forgot to mention we christened the year with words passed down from our superintendent that he had a “new strategic plan” for the district. Best I could figure, his new strategic plan is to “raise expectations” and show double-digit growth. Also, our regional supervisors are now going to be called REXOS instead of NEXOS (that move itself probably cost the district $500,000 for all the new coffee mugs and door signs).
It is a lot easier to raise expectations than funding levels. Today I found out 3rd grade is not actually going up to 27 at our school, it’s going up to 30. That’s because that’s the maximum you can legally put in there. Reminds me of Chris Rock’s joke about minimum wage. “Do you know what they’re trying to tell you when they pay you minimum wage? If I could pay you less I would, but IT’S AGAINST THE LAW.”
So, you’re going to raise my class size 150% and tell me about your high expectations and new strategic plan? I have a new strategic plan for the district. Ready? Lower class sizes back to 20. Watch the magic.
I’m raising my expectations right back at ya, schoolboard members, superintendents and politicians, all the way up to Obama. I expect better of y’all. The kids deserve better.