Friday, January 05, 2007

SP Middle overhaul approved (12-21-06)

Recently published LTE. Look for the new edu-speak buzz word: ed-specs. Apparently the Teachers Union is trying foist a standard minimum classroom square-footage on the tax base. Adherence to agreed-upon ed-specs will require school jurisdictions to gut perfectly good schools and reconfigure them to meet the ed-specs.

First it was class size. Then it was teacher pay. Now teachers MUST have a minimum of 940 square feet of classroom size in order to teach effectively. Beware the ed-spec!

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From: Mike Netherland <>
Date: Dec 21, 2006 11:33 AM
Subject: Severna Park Middle overhaul approved (12-21-06)
To: "Letters, Kapital" <>,

Why am I always surprised that the Kapital concoctions published as "news stories" continue to toe the Teacher Union line? Regarding "reporter" Ryan Bagwell's lede on the Anne Arundel County School Board's decision on Severna Park Middle School "that parents say doesn't go far enough to meet students' needs," ( I have to ask: What parents?

What parents did he interview? How do they know the Revitalization plans does not meet students' needs? I am a parent. I have no clue as to how many square feet a classroom needs in order to meet my children's education needs. These "parents" may indeed have kids, some may indeed attend or will soon attend the school, but I believe their interests are more aligned with their place of work: The School. At the meeting arranged by Councilwoman Cathy Vitale, Mr. Bagwell was there along with me and all the teachers and adminstrators at the school, members of the Citizens Advisory Council, the County Council and the School Board. It was not a meeting for the parents. The discussion was laced with the edu-speak that the Teacher Union has been using to bamboozle elected officials and voters for decades. I think it was at this meeting that Mr. Bagwell drew his sources for a follow up "story."

The main concerns of the "parents" were the "ed-specs" calling for a certain amount of squarefootage per classroom. Now I as a real parent could not care less about classroom area "ed-specs" (this should have tipped you off, Bagwell, that you were in a automatic transmission seminar attended by a bunch of hydraulics engineers dressed up as a community meeting). I suspect that most real parents feel the same. The current "ed-specs" were good enough for my son and it will be good enough for my daughter in a few years, too.

Mike Netherland
Right across Jumpers Hole from the School
Severna Park, MD 21146

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