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Just Do The Right Thing Cory Green, Senior Director Division of NCLB Program Coordination, TEA
Reasons to do the right thing … lessons learned from the past five years of SIP implementation
Reasons to do the right thing Calling the TEA SIP staff and getting your answer, then emailing the same staff and asking the same question, then calling another SIP staff, and then another, and then the SIP Director, then the division director, then calling your ESC staff to call us and confirm our answer takes time away from assisting other campuses.
Reasons to do the right thing Failing to (or choosing not to) use the required TEA parent notification letter causes TEA to require you to send a second, or maybe a third, letter of notification to parents.
Reasons to do the right thing Forgetting to remove the instructions in the letter or forgetting to change the campus name in the letter requires you to send multiple letters to parents.
Reasons to do the right thing You do not want to explain to the press why you cannot spend the school improvement funds provided to you or why you spent the money the way you did.
Reasons to do the right thing A strong focus on instruction and student learning has a greater impact on meeting AYP than purchasing large amounts of capital outlay items…furniture, iPods, tractors, garage for school van, barbecue grill, etc.
Reasons to do the right thing Playing card games during the SIP orientation meetings and SIP trainings does not improve student academic achievement or assist the campus in meeting AYP.
Reasons to do the right thing Blaming the campus’ SIP status on a group of students or on one particular student is never the right thing to do.
Reasons to do the right thing Notifying the parent of school choices that do not exist does not increase parent involvement.
Reasons to do the right thing You are required to use the TEA Parent Notification Letters as they are written. Spending hours trying to “unlock” the letters wastes time that could be spent improving the campus.
Reasons to do the right thing Parents, and their students, deserve to have all the choices available to them…for school choice options and for choosing supplemental service providers.
Reasons to do the right thing Supplemental Educational Services providers can file a complaint against the district and TEA will investigate the complaint.
Reasons to do the right thing Contracting issues with Supplemental Educational Services providers is not an acceptable excuse for denying services to students for months.
Reasons to do the right thing Your district documentation must be detailed because you never know what Supplemental Educational Services provider will be interviewed by USDE during the audit visit.