Education Commissioner hearings
I found an automated message on my answering machine last evening asking me to go to the legistature Tuesday and tell my senator that I don't want "another failure from the mainland" in charge of the department of Education. Does anyone have any insight into who is behind this rather organized and nasty campaign?
Another failure from the Mainland? Like the failure from Tortola we used to have? I haven't a clue who it is but obviously somebody who likes the status quo.
I haven't read too many positive things about her.
I heard tonight that a group from the states will be here to testify against her. That doesn't make any sense to me.
This was a professional job. Someone is spending some money to try to prevent her from taking the job.
So what's their alternative suggestion - the status quo?
Despite the fact that off islanders have concerns about her, she's been getting some good press down here.
Oct. 9, 2007 -- At the end of a nearly 11-hour hearing Tuesday, members of the Rules and Judiciary Committee voted to send acting Education Commissioner Lynn Spampinato's nomination to the full legislative body with an unfavorable recommendation.
The full article can be found here: http://www.onepaper.com/stthomasvi/?v=d&i=&s=News:Local&p=1201842771
First Bad press she had since she 's been down here. Looks like Halloween came early this year with the witch hunt!
Carleton Dowe said they received 26 positive and two negative letters. I was embarrassed watching the hearings. I don't know why they bothered as it was obvious from the beginning how they would vote. They were in the culture of intimidation mode they seem to favor at times.
Funniest interchange: A teacher from one of Dr S's former districts was explaining how the teachers went to professional development classes on Saturday. The legislator questioning her was incredulous, asking, "you do this on SATURDAY?"
You know what would be interesting, since there really isn't an Open Public Records Act on the VI Code. The News should do an investigative story on all committee members who voted, and see what kind or kinds of relationships they have within the Educational System in the USVI.
Yeah, how many relatives they have on that payroll as "administrators." Meanwhile, the kids don't have the books they need & the teachers have to pay for their own supplies or rely on community organizations.
I guess they figure it's not necessary to improve the schools because they can do what some ex-senators have done & just buy a degree online. /sarcasm
I was doing some research re. health and education department overlap in VI schools and I found the annual "repor" for the schools on line. I was shocked to see the disparity between grades awarded on "repor" cards and proficiency. One school had 80% approx. receiving at least a passing grade in core subjects, while only 5-11% of he students scored at 50% or more on the national proficiency tests. This kind of problem is not caused by lack of resources or money. This goes much deeper. I think the new broom would sweep a lot of clean in the Dept. of Ed.
Unfortunately, I think that the Senate Com.'s reaction to the new broom was only too predictable.
In case anyone would like to share their thoughts w/ one or more of our Senators:
MEMBERS OF THE 27TH LEGISLATURE
Sen. Liston A. Davis (ICM-St. Thomas)
Sen. Carlton Dowe (D-St. Thomas)
Sen. Juan Figueroa-Serville (D-St. Croix)
Sen. Louis Patrick Hill (D-St. Thomas)
Sen. Neville A. James (D-St. Croix)
Sen. Norman JnBaptiste (I-St. Croix)
Sen. Shawn-Michael Malone (D-St. Thomas)
Sen. Terrence Nelson (ICM-St. Croix)
Sen. Basil Ottley (D-St. Thomas)
Sen. Usie R. Richards (I-St. Croix)
Sen. Ronald E. Russell (D-St. Croix)
Sen. James Weber (D-St. Croix)
Sen. Carmen M. Wesselhoft (D-At Large)
Sen. Celestino A. White (I-St. Thomas)
Sen. Alvin Williams (D-St. Thomas)
I posted this on the other thread regarding Dr. Spampinato, but I think it's important people realize that many senators simply do not check their email (this was admitted to me by a former senator). Faxing your letter is a better way to get your point across.
They have people that check them for them.Maybe we should be contacting their office administrators?