Saturday, April 26, 2014
Vitti switching course on policy decisions.
From a Reader
Dr. Vitti Beginning to Reverse Course
It began with the news item that he was thinking it made financial sense to pay a fine rather than hire the necessary number of classroom teachers to meet the class-size amendment.
Previously, his stance was that DCPS wasn’t constructing master schedules correctly and he would show them how so that they could meet class-size requirements without additional personnel and resources in the schools.
What that meant was that principals looked for non-classroom personnel who could be given classes and found them in Support Facilitators. This year, when teachers are desperate for help with ESE students, they are on their own because Support Facilitators are teaching classes and are not available to work with the ESE students, which should be their focus.
Now, in his latest budget proposal, he is thinking about reducing the ranks of instructional coaches, whereas one year ago, he said if his leadership of DCPS was going to make transformational change in our schools, it would be through the work of instructional coaches.
I’m not going to argue for or against the role of instructional coaches in this brief post, I’m simply noting the change in thinking.
Will we soon see the picture of the former superintendent on billboards around the city with the caption, “Miss Me Yet?”