“Keep Danner”

We update the previous post about desecration of property — school buses — with a photo of what was done to one bus early Saturday morning. As an earlier source reported, the grafitti said “Keep Dana”…This photo provided by another source shows what was written:

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Woodstock Early Bird understands the sentiment expressed by the person or those who spray painted it, however, such activity is not helpful to the hopefully civil and law-abiding discourse concerning the WUHSMS 2014 budget.

We hope to hear soon of creative ways to re-adjust planned cuts within the $11.3M approved last week by the School Board.

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Diane on January 20, 2013 at 12:04

    A little more Malcolm than Martin?

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  2. “Desecration” it ain’t, unless school busses are sacred.

    What makes such graffiti unhelpful —
    even if they are a form of constitutional free speech —
    is that it gets the tut-tutters tut-tutting about
    minimal property damage,
    instead of the monumentally stupid and intellectually indefensible
    idea that getting rid of one of your best teachers
    is a rational thing for a school to do.

    Such an absurd result suggests(!?) the process is nuts.

    This is an “educational” institution’s decision —
    and what does it teach?

    Surely something more important and fundamental than
    “don’t write on school busses.”

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  3. When will people wake up to what the VT NEA teacher’s union is doing to Vermont public education?

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    • Woodstock Early Bird thinks there is plenty of blame to go around. While NEA policies may strongly be at work here, we were not impressed with the Woodstock School Board’s inability to take any responsibility for its decisions and its de facto endorsement of administrative decisions. The idea that the Board “just runs the numbers” and that’s the end of it is irresponsible. The only person on the School Board at a recent meeting willing to take responsibility for anything was Woodstock’s Alita Wilson. She made the point that everyone (all concerned, including NEA and Board) needs to step up to the plate to find creative ways to stop making non-sensical decisions. The exact quote from Wilson, “We have not done our due diligence.” As several suggested what is needed are virtual “IEPs” for teachers. If they can make improvement through documented improvement plans, great. If not, buh-bye at the next round of cuts. Such improvement plans need support of both the union and the administrators. Document progress or document failure and use such documentation to make future decisions. But, we beg to disagree that what is happening in our schools is the teachers’ fault. They’re doing the best they can and deserve the support of this community. WEB

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      • Good thoughts. And blame isn’t the point.

        When people can’t change a dysfunctional system, that’s a problem.
        There’s a lot of that going around these days.

        Something like virtual IEPs for teachers is an interesting idea.
        More interesting would virtual IEPs for administrators,
        and perhaps most importantly for board members.

        Scapegoating teachers has been a popular, albeit ugly sport
        for decades now — and it’s also profoundly irrational, since teachers
        are the grunts left to carry out decisions made by people who are
        largely invisible and with no meaningful accountability
        (Michelle Rhee perhaps being an exception).

        As a culture, we’ve lost any clear vision of what schools
        should accomplish, what “education” is or should be,
        so we end up having our schools doing a variety of tasks,
        some contradictory, with little consistent, coherent consensus.

        Seems like we’ve been lulled by rosy statistics over the years, and
        at the same time had more dubious views of actual schools.
        Make one wonder.

        Apparently it’s a fact that Vermont has one of the highest
        graduation rates in the US and the state graduates students
        who are among the LEAST well-prepared for college.
        Makes one wonder.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_Vermont

        A non-profit organization dedicated to education reform, gave Vermont the lowest ranking in the nation for college readiness programs for high school. It said that the state was doing nothing in four areas: 1) aligning high school standards and graduation requirements with college and workplace expectations, 2) administering a college readiness test to all high school students; 3) developing a data system to track students from kindergarten on; and 4) holding high schools accountable for graduating students who are college and workplace ready.[31][32]
        The state stood 42nd in 2006 for high school graduates continuing on to college, 54.5%. It was 50th in the estimated percentage of high school students going to college in their home state, 23.6%. It has the highest cost in the nation for public two-year and four-year colleges. It is second-highest in the nation for adults 25-64 with a high school degree and no college. It is 44th for two-year college completion, but 7th for 4-year college completion.[33]
        In 2006, Vermont ranked eighth in the country for high school graduation rate, 82.3%.[33]
        [edit]

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  4. Teacher’s deserve the support of the community, no doubt. In fact the bus graffiti is tangible evidence of that attitude. But there’s an obvious difference between the teachers and the VTNEA union. Union rules are solely responsible for the decision of the schoolboard to fire a Teacher of the Year. Well, hopefully she’ll get a job in the private sector where merit is appreciated and indeed rewarded.

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  5. Posted by Jen Hutchins on January 23, 2013 at 14:22

    Vandalism is vandalism, plain and simple. No one has the right to mar or destroy another’s property. The buses aren’t even property of the school district!
    While I understand the concern of the possible loss of teachers, and school budgets, I cannot condone vandalism. Basic values, that should have been learned at home, not school, SHOULD lead one to express their views and oppinions in a prosocial manner in the appropriate forum.

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