As always the results of the weekend poll were interesting. I created these polls to have a little fun and to get an idea of what was on people’s minds. If you never solicit feedback it becomes very easy to get locked into a silo. Furthermore, I find it reaffirming when you see evidence that you are not alone in your thinking. In everything I do I like to inject a little humor, some of it may be gallows humor, but humor all the same. Some of the humor may fall flat, but I try. With that said, let’s take a look at the results from this week’s questions.

The question on whether or not you would support an accountability plan that limited student achievement’s value to 51% or less produced the most interesting responses. 46% of respondents said they would support such a system with only 3% saying that student achievement scores needed to have more weight. Interestingly enough there were several responses under “other” that called for test scores to not count at all. I find this very positive because perhaps it’s an indicator that people are starting to recognize the fallacy of tests scores and we’ll see us start to evaluate schools in a more authentic manner.

Under the question of whether or not it was a good idea or not for the state to create a facilities fund for charter schools, a whopping 79% said absolutely not. Only 13% said it was a good idea. One person mentioned that if the district were able to get a charter authorizer fee out of it, then maybe it was a good deal. As a side note, I remember last year during the voucher wars asking Rep. Sargent why if the legislation cared so much about kids they didn’t help struggling districts with capital projects. He indignantly replied that the state does not build schools and for me to suggest such a thing clearly demonstrated a lack of understanding about how things work on my part. So why they would now consider funding facilities for charter schools defies my comprehension.

The last question referencing how long former director of schools Jesse Register should be held responsible for current district shortcomings was one of those tongue in cheek questions. A question that one respondent took exception to, stating that, “Your weekly poll question regarding Pinkston is hurting your credibility.” Ironic that my poking a little fun brings my credibility into question yet Pinkston’s continual transformation into a character that more closely resembles President Trump than traditional democratic leaders, leaves his intact. Some folks did get the stab at humor by replying, “Depends on who he wiretapped and when.” 62% of respondents answered in a way that indicated we are all ready to move one with only 23% answering in a way that indicated Register still bears some accountability.

Friday we’ll have another poll, I’m always open for suggestions, so if you have a question you’d like to ask, email me at norinrad10@yahoo.com. Remember if you are here in Nashville there is a ENCORE meeting on Thursday at 6pm at West End Middle School. It promises to be very informative. I anticipate having a post this week on the importance of extraciricular activities and hopely by week’s end I’ll have my interview with Jared Amato ready to drop. If you care at all about literacy you’ll want to check it out. Here’s hoping everyone has a great week and thank you for all your support.

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