As I understand it, the Roane County School Board recently passed the resolution below. Basically, it says they like education reform in general, but that it is going too fast and the money coming to the district is not keeping pace with the mandates of reform. It’s frustrating teachers and creating a negative climate.
I’m wondering if more districts will pass similar resolutions ahead of the 2014 session of the General Assembly.
Here’s the Resolution:
Whereas, the Roane County Board of Education recognizes Governor Bill Haslam’s commitment to education and appreciates additional funds provided by the state and the efforts to raise the academic standards for our students, and
Whereas, the Roane County Board of Education strives to provide a quality education for every student of the county,
Whereas, Roane County’s teachers are diligent, motivated and capable, and
Whereas, teachers and administrators are frustrated by the time restraints placed upon them to implement mandated programs, and
Whereas, required additional funding is not provided for such mandated programs, and
Whereas, the system’s leaders welcome open dialogue with those on the local and state level concerning issues that impact education, and
Whereas, the concerns of the educators and system administrators are not being heard by the Commissioner of the State Department of Education.
Therefore, be it resolved that the Roane County Board of Education, on behalf of students, parents, teachers and administrators, ask the Governor and the General Assembly to address the disconnect that currently exists with the State Department of Education.
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Chairman of the Board Date Director of Schools Date
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