Red Apple Mom

September 23, 2011

Red Apple Mom on Fox 5 Morning News Re: Dale Retire Announcement

Filed under: Uncategorized — Red Apple Mom @ 6:09 pm

Thank you Fox 5 Morning News for inviting me to discuss Superintendent Jack Dale’s retirement announcement.

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  1. Red Apple Mom was right on target in this interview.
    Meaningful input of both parents and teachers have been ignored over the past six years under Dale’s reign. As a result, our students have suffered.
    She rightly identified that a multi-million dollar PR machine can make anyone look good (Can you imagine how many needy students all of that PR money could have helped?).
    Her astute observation that many of the senior members of the current school board have enabled the superintendent and the current climate is important with elections coming up.
    I hope people understand how critical it is to elect a school board that will take back control, and allow the future of our schools to be crafted collectively by all of its stakeholders.
    It is time for a change. I do not know if we can wait another two years.
    If administrators, parents, teachers, and students are allowed to participate equally there is no limit to what can be acheived in FCPS.
    Thank you for having the courage to say it, Red Apple Mom.
    The teachers appreciate how much you care.
    Steve Greenburg
    President, Fairfax County Federation of Teachers

    Comment by Steven Greenburg — September 23, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

  2. You rock, redapplemom!

    Comment by Corrie Phillips — September 24, 2011 @ 9:53 am

    • Well you just made my day – Thanks Corrie!

      Comment by Red Apple Mom — September 24, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

  3. Outstanding insights into the political, self-serving move on Dr. Dale’s part of announcing his retirement 2 years ahead of time. I totally agree with the points made in the interview that it is a move to disrupt the momentum of the changes coming to the school board with the upcoming election on Nov 8. That momentum is unstoppable due to the dissatisfaction built over Dr. Dale’s entire tenure in Fairfax County. Our stellar reputation is tarnished by his poor service to taxpayers, parents, teachers and community organizations. The general tenor of communication with Dr. Dale and his staff: agree with my ideas or you will be stonewalled, ignored and disrespected. We have been coasting on a success rate achieved before his arrival and continued more by the talents of our teachers and the efforts of our students.
    Our test scores overall for minorities (according to our own county minority task force) have been stagnant for the last 5 years, therefore no progress on closing the achievement gap contrary to Dr. Dale’s claims. By taking away the middle tier of honors when an AP course is available, he has increased the appearance of higher achievement but conveniently leaves out the facts: pass rates are below par, high achieving students are crashing and burning by being forced to take too many AP college level courses, many former honors students defer to gen ed level therefore jeopardizing their GPA and college admission status (check the real data, Dr. Dale!). On average approximately 60% of our students countywide do not have the appropriate learning options suited to their skills. Parents and teachers are routinely excluded from any opportunity to provide input on discipline and curriculum policy. At public meetings, Dr. Dale shows a consistent disdain for the concerns of parents and students. ‘Bright Flight’ is occurring with both students and top teachers, in spite of the economic downturn.
    We can’t wait for July, 2013. Our children and teachers can’t wait that long for errors to be corrected. Every year wasted can never be regained. We need change to begin now from kindergarten and the lower grades on up. Raise the bar from the beginning school years so our children will be prepared for real higher achievement rather than falsely inflated achievement at the expense of their education. Start now with a clean slate- school board candidates, new or incumbents, who put children and teachers first.
    Kate Van Dyck
    Parent and Public School Teacher
    with advocacy group – RESTORE HONORS COURSES

    Comment by kvandyck — September 24, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

    • I love when teachers provide feedback on this blog. You ARE the experts! Thank you for commenting!

      Comment by Red Apple Mom — September 24, 2011 @ 8:35 pm

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