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Exrepublican September 19, 2013 at 02:49 pm
Yes, more so about the relationships however ACT 10 has emboldened the administration of all schoolRead More districts. The financial concessions have been made as a result if ACT 10. The issue here seems to be that some school districts are working with the teachers on compromise and some are not.
CowDung September 19, 2013 at 03:37 pm
It should be the administrations right to determine how much they are willing to compromise orRead More not--after all, they are ultimately the ones in charge and the ones held responsible for the performance of the schools.
Exrepublican September 19, 2013 at 07:18 pm
True. But now the teachers are in free agency and districts that don't choose compromise are losingRead More out as we see with the Tosa exodus to places like Elmbrook
BleedingHeart617 August 30, 2013 at 10:33 am
Someone is playing hardball with the Wauwatosa Education Association (union) and the people who loseRead More are the children and the community. I don't want my taxes to go up any more than anyone else, but the quality of education was why I moved here back in 1989. Teachers leaving for better communication with the administration and better money is BAD for everyone. Education is important to the future economy here in Wauwatosa. Many of my neighbors have moved north and west.
BleedingHeart617 August 30, 2013 at 10:39 am
Also, the staff of East (teachers, counselors, coaches) is about 40 (yes, I went on the website andRead More counted). If you lost over half of your staff in one month in the private sector, would anyone call that "normal"?
ContagiousCreativity September 23, 2013 at 10:06 am
I would like to be part of a discussion on why this is happening and how we as a community can help.Read More
Carrie Sgarlata, who resigned to leave the Tosa Schools, addresses the Wauwatosa School Board on Monday night. Those in the background of the photo are not board members but heads of administration departments.
Tom Gaertner June 27, 2013 at 01:34 pm
Don't mean to be picky Tosa720 - but when you say..."When the effort to denigrate publicRead More schools and promote charter schools is connected across many states " did you intend to say VOUCHER or PRIVATE schools? Charter schools are PUBLIC schools.
Random Blog Commenter June 27, 2013 at 02:44 pm
Tin foil is dangerous, especially when made into hats.
Tosa720 June 27, 2013 at 09:15 pm
Yes - voucher schools - sorry for the mis-term, however here in Milwaukee, - where one of my goodRead More friends works as the accountant - the school is a voucher school and she and the teachers there constantly call it a charter school. They have received so much money that they have an excess of $100,000 and are trying to figure out how to spend it. Their teachers do not have degrees, and they are teaching some classes that are very questionable. In advance of possible future requirements for money, on-degree teachers have 4 years to get their degree now.
The University of Wisconsin is under fire for 'unethical behavior.'
Greg Huegerich June 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm
The illegal $2.3 million appears to be for future service, no? That seems like something that can beRead More remedied pretty easily. The rest of the accusations appear to be refuted. Conducting an RFP to continue and extend service based on what you already have is not in any way a sham. That's what most businesses do because its practical. You scope the RFP based on current capabilities and future needs, both in terms of growth and competitive pricing. It's up to the competitors to compete, not for the legislature to bid rig the process for higher taxpayer costs and more profits for their campaign contributors.
Bill McClenahan June 24, 2013 at 02:22 pm
It was illegal before the RFP. UW does not get to choose which laws to follow and which laws toRead More ignore, but that is what it has been doing.
Greg Huegerich June 26, 2013 at 02:16 pm
The payment? Yep, that seems like something that should absolutely be corrected. However, the RFPRead More process itself seems perfectly legitimate, and exactly how most businesses and IT groups would approach it. That republicans are griping that a different firm didn't get the business at the margins they wanted isn't really fair to taxpayers. I do understand that the current vendor seems friendly to the other side of the aisle ... but changing that out, shouldn't come at taxpayer expense.
Tom Thaney won a 'Tommy' award in his last year as East High theatre director.
Jonathon Leubner June 16, 2013 at 04:25 pm
I wonder if there is a Bonehead Award for high school principals & school districts who possessRead More the ability to fire some of their finest & richest assets; a teacher, who year after year has positively touched & enriched the lives of his students & our community with his unwavering professionalism, selfless dedication to inspire & mentor, and who have been a positive gift & role model for the good to be better & the better to be best, in all aspects of his students lives. The "shock and sadness" of Mr. Tom Thaney's sudden & unexpected dismissal after 16 solid years of dedicated service to the Wauwatosa East High School community is utterly classless. I & my entire family wish to thank you, Mr. Thaney, for all that you have done & contributed in providing my children with such a deep & meaningful educational experience. You are a class act & richly deserve an encore. I personally wish you well in all of your future pursuits and endeavors. As for "The Bonehead Award", let the nominations begin.
Joan Riggin June 17, 2013 at 07:51 am
I completely agree with Jonathon! and second the bonehead award. Dedication, expertise in theaterRead More arts, plus the ability to instill in our children "be all you can be". Our thanks to you Tom, you have given the students and us the parents - great theater! Your class act will be hard to follow!
Tim Buban June 18, 2013 at 10:41 pm
Tim and Sue Buban Tom Thaney will be impossible to replace as theater director at WauwautosaRead More East High School. Our family has not missed a Tosa East production in over 10 years, not because our children were students of the school, they weren't , in fact we had no connection to the school at all. What we did have was a connection to the arts, and in that sense Mr. Thaney was an irreplacable asset not only to Wauwautosa but to the entire Milwaukee area. I am not familiar with the circumstances surrounding Mr. Thaney's unexpected termination, what I do know is that our family has lost a tradition of outstanding theater every Fall and every Spring. Tom Thaney not only brought out the best in the students of his school, he brought out the best in his audience as well.
Random Blog Commenter June 11, 2013 at 04:39 pm
According to this columnist at WauwatosaNOW, the Tosa School District had the first offer to sponsorRead More this school and declined. Seems a bit disingenuous on their part to agitated at the last minute. http://www.wauwatosanow.com/blogs/communityblogs/211028031.html
Tom Gaertner June 11, 2013 at 04:54 pm
Nobody has implied that there are failing schools in Tosa. The FEC approached the Wauwatosa BoardRead More of School Directors to Charter our proposed school and they declined. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – championing a dozen successful Charter schools in Milwaukee – was very interested in our proposal and enthusiastically embraced our plan. University Lab School is an opportunity to bring a significant asset to our community and the region. By repurposing the Eschweilers it is also an elegant solution to a vexing problem. What is there about this picture that is not to like? The efforts of everyone working to make this a reality should be applauded.
Lex Parsimoniae June 12, 2013 at 11:12 am
Competition scares the bejeezus out of any govt. entity, as well as the unions in their back pocket.