It is not uncommon for people working in a newspaper office to hear themselves described by others as having their fingers on the pulse of the town. But from where we sit, the business of community assessment and diagnosis is not as simple as that. Newtown’s lifeblood flows from myriad hearts beating, at times, in cacophonous syncopation. And rarely is it more difficult to discern what the heart of the town is telling us than in the wake of a failed budget referendum.
With the budget referendum vote taking place next Tuesday, April 23rd, now is the time to show our support for our schools and teachers. We currently have openings for principals at Newtown Middle School, Reed Intermediate School, and, tragically, Sandy Hook Elementary School. If we want to attract outstanding candidates for these leadership positions, we need to let them know that our town is committed to excellence in education.
Parents, understand that in 1962 that the United States was “first” in the world in education results, while today we are only about 23, even after increasing spending per pupil over 650 percent. To understand why we’ve failed miserably, you might be interested in the downward slope of proficiency due to our “progressive” teaching evolution pushed by the NEA.
Here are examples of how sixth grade math has been taught in public schools over the last several decades:
In a letter shared with The Newtown Bee, Connecticut Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor asked U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to grant Newtown a waiver from having to asses students annually.
If the Town of Newtown were to run on the currency of goodwill and compassion, the 2013-2014 budget would be easy to construct and even easier to pass. The town seems to be amassing substantial reserves in both accounts in the wake of 12/14. But when it comes to cash on the barrelhead for public services rendered, the munificence of local taxpayers has traditionally been a little more measured.
Commencement speakers at Western Connecticut State University’s O’Neill Center on Wednesday, June 20, said it again and again: the Newtown High School Class of 2012 is a class with a wide range of abilities and accomplishments.
“We welcome you tonight to the graduation ceremony of Newtown High School,” said NHS Principal Charles Dumais after this year’s graduating class made its way into the building, past a line of teachers, and through a cloud of applause.