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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The Times Union changes headline, covers for superintendent Vitti
This morning’s Times Union article about Vitti’s evaluation said, If Superintendent Nikolai Vitti attended the schools he
oversees, he’d be considered a B student, based on an evaluation Tuesday by
School Board members.
Yesterday however when the article was first put up it said, If Superintendent Nikolai Vitti attended the schools he
oversees, he’d be considered a C student, based on an evaluation Tuesday by
School Board members.
Like many teachers are coerced to
do, the Times Union engaged in a little overnight grade inflation.
Why does the Times Union feel the
need to cover for this guy? I am sure somebody at the district saw the initial
post and called to complain. I bet they started with, technically a 2.73 is a
B. As if a 2.73 is anything to be proud about especially with conflagration that
went on with his grades. Sure you are probably saying, 2.7 is in the B minus range but come on look at how he got there, which I bet took some massaging to do.
The Times Union did not, and why
didn’t they sheesh, print or link all the categories and the board members
individual scores but from the ones they did I am blown away. Safety
improvements, um like cutting over a hundred security guards and teacher morale
both got scores of 2.6. That’s the board or a good segment of them being
It boils down to Vitti did really
well, in the “we like you, we really, really like you” categories from the board
but did abysmally in the results category. Qualitatively he did well, quantitatively he was abysmal.
And inexplicably the board is
talking contract extension already? How about we get some real success before
It’s a shame the Times Union felt
the need to change the title because overall the article was pretty fair (but
where are the links???). The fact they felt they needed to do so though is very