Reason: A cause, explanation, or justification for an action or event.
The power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgments by a process of logic.
Excuse: Attempt to lessen the blame attaching to (a fault or offense); seek to defend or justify.
A reason or explanation put forward to defend or justify a fault or offense.
There is no reasonable explanation as to why School Board members have accepted the failure of the Rochester City School District to provide its students with an excellent education.
They have attended countless retreats and utilized millions of educational dollars on consultants that are supposed to increase their managerial skills and help them make sound decisions.
We are told by School Board members that it is not their responsibility to manage the district yet they are willing to spend $360,000 in educational funds to contract with the McKenzie Group to learn how to do just that.
The Superintendent, in conjunction with the Rochester Teacher’s Association, have provided teachers with a vast number of professional development opportunities and administrators are constantly provided with in-services to guide them in managing their individual schools.
The RCSD Division of Teaching and Learning spends more than $30 million dollars in educational funds teaching teachers how to teach.
The result of all these expenditures, our children’s failure.
The problem is not the lack of education provided to adults, it is the unwillingness of our current system of education to place the focus of education on our children.
The research shows and educators know that a child-centered, developmentally appropriate, experiential education that promotes high expectations for achievement and that concentrates on developing the gifts and talents of all children results in the personal and academic success of the children engaged in this process.
Models of success exist within the district and are quickly being turned to failure by a system that is wrought with excuses. Poverty, racism, lack of funding, bad parenting, and poor teaching to name a few.
These are our children and they deserve an excellent education.
NO MORE EXCUSES!
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