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Bailey Jones

This will be an interesting experiment. A lottery system will test whether the success of Austin is due to its teaching methods and curriculum, or to merely skimming off the cream of Galveston's middle school students. If it proves to be the former, then those teaching methods and curriculum should be expanded to all three schools.

Roy Hughes

Written by Lynne Springer

The lottery will not be new if they really followed their own guidelines to get to this predicament. Students who had good grades, high scores on their STAAR test ( TAKS test), good attendance, no office referrals, etc. filled out a form for admittance in the past to get in. A lottery determined who would attend.I found it totally crazy that they set up their own problem. Now with a new Superintendent (well, now she is old since she has resigned) they want to change the problem that made. Who in their right mind would have shot themselves in the foot? Yep, GISD. With the amount of money they have wasted on all of their buildings after Hurricane IKE it is truly surprising they have any money left. The current problem I believe was caused by Lynne Cleveland. I think if they could hold the superintendents responsible ( monetarily) for their mistakes less of them would be made. Lynne Cleveland put the schools of choice into play. How on earth could the school district monitor those who might have been close to falling through the cracks if they had to keep up with the students who may have changed campuses each year. GISD has always been one to jump on the Merry-Go-Round band wagon: if it is a new concept it must be good as gold. When will parents understand that a building does not make students learn better, schools on different parts of the island do not improve cause students' learning to improve, computers do not improve one's learning.etc. ( Without textbooks computer might enhance their learning if they have a computer and the internet_

There has been one board member that has been there for the long haul and I thought he might have educated the new superintendent about the previous happenings from the previous board. That is not the case. David O;Neal was on the board with Lynn Hale, Lynne Cleveland, Kelli Moulton (sp.) and now the newest man from East Texas. It might be time to vote him out since he has not been educating the newcomers about the previous board and what he has voted for in the past.

When I taught there I was told that Galveston had always had a issue hanging over their heads about keeping all campuses racially balanced, L.A. Morgan accomplished that that by jumping on the fine arts band wagon.

Most district who have small numbers group the kids by grades. I do not think that is the answer.. I think the answer is to work especially hard with those they are not meeting the standard, So, as to not hold the top kids back they will need to keep them grouped somehow. May be the new superintendent will need to figure this one out.

Of course, those students who are performing at the top do not need lower students placed in their classes While one would think that they would be able to pull the lower kids up it will not work that way... it never has in Galveston.

As Laura Elfer mentioned in her article about finding a new superintendent the citizens should be more involved in that. The way the school district operates or changes their setup this must have citizen input. They have already proved that their previous plans do not work.

I think a good start would be to bring textbooks that cover the curriculum ( not the TAKS,TEKS, nor STAAR ) curriculum be good for starters. And please , please do not purchase any books written by Pearson or the current company test writing company. Pearson has already made a fortune off ( ripped off) of Texas schools.

I have studied what is expected of Kindergartners and first graders and unless these kids know the alphabet as a kindergartner they are behind when the first walk in. Good Luck GISD. You call need to set up a board and representative from the community need to be on there to make sure that you all keeping them informed . These citizens would then need to report to the community. If the community is left in the dark our kids will stay in the dark. Good Luck.

Charlotte O'rourke

I think it’s obvious the higher ranking students are skimmed off the top. All of our schools need to strive for an A ranking.

Galveston is sometimes very disappointing, The poverty level described is appalling, and the expectations are set too low.

As a parliamentary question or point of order - why was the agenda not followed?

I’m just 😞.

David Schuler

GISD new message to students: Forget that hard work and good attendance crap; your future depends solely on luck and happenstance.

Charlotte O'rourke

The message seemed to be every student counts equally, but differences of opinion and timelines existed on how to achieve equality of opportunity and education.

This is obviously a very important subject to everyone - students, parents, Trustees, staff, and the community.

For the discussion, it would have been helpful as a listener if project timelines were provided as part of the explanation and rationale provided on the motion to delay.

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