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Re: request for interviews



Thank you Ken. These are excellent questions.



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From: "kber" <kber@EARTHLINK.NET>
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Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2002 3:43 PM
Subject: Re: request for interviews


> some additional thoughts to add to what Juanita sent
>
> Speaking as
> a) a teacher
> b) a former student
> c) a citizen and a taxpayer
>
> not as a parent
>
> 1) what is the staff turnover? over the last three years, what
percentage
> of the staff is new? Did those who left leave to retire or to go to other
> schools?
> 2) when do staff members arrive, and when do they leave? are they in
the
> building beyond the mandated hours?
> 3) do children spend time with teachers at lunch [and here I am not
talking
> about detentions] -- this can be very indicative of a positive
environemtn
> at the middle school level
> 4) take a look in the library - how well equipped is it? Are students
> there before and after school, and during their lunch?
> 5) if there are security or policeofficers assigned to the school, what
is
> their relationship with the students? Do the students weem firendly
towards
> them, or is there a coolness or even hiostility evinced when one of thses
> adults comes into view? A school came be safe without being dicatorial,
and
> if students are not comfortable with those responsible for safety, those
> adults will not find out what is really going on!!!
> 6) are after school activities accesible to all students? is there
either
> an activities bus, or public transportation, or some way for children to
get
> home after activities? What percentage of children in the school
participate
> in the activities? Are there are diversity of activities (not just
football
> at the expense of so-called minor sports, and not just sports at the
expense
> of music, or art, or chess, or other activities?)
> 7) this will sound weird, but one indication that a school is good is
that
> people try to sneak their kids into the school - that is, how many
students
> are removed because they are attending illegally (from outside the
attendance
> boundaries)?
>
>
> these are just afew thoughts at the end of a fairly draining academic
quarter
> - we have a teacher prep day tomorrow, but don't see our kids until Monday
a
> week.
>
>
> Ken Bernstein
>
> pretty hard to reach by phone, but e-mail off-line and I'll give you my
phone
> number.
>
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