State Education Department to visit Academy School 44
by Buck Quigley - posted 6:00 pm, June 9, 2008
Responding to a May 15, 2008 memorandum sent to Albany by Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore, the State Education Department is sending “a team of subject area experts in math, Social studies, reading/English language arts, instructional technology and technology” to Buffalo for two days this week to check up on Academy School 44.
The SED is proposing a “three-fold action plan” to increase student learning at the school. Step one “will include, but not be limited to: observing the teaching and learning process; interviewing school administrators; teachers and non-professionals; and reviewing educational documents.”
Next, curriculum specialists will make specific recommendations for improvements at the school. The third step of the process will take place next school year, when representatives of the team will return to see if their recommendations are being implemented—the aim being to improve student achievement.
Recently, the school received harsh criticism from Rumore, who cited teacher surveys that were critical of ResulTech, the Maryland company that has provided technical support at the school since 2006.
As the State Education Department arrives in town to look into the matter, we thought it was a good opportunity to take a walk down memory lane by reading the initial ResulTech proposal, circulated by then Associate Superintendent of support services Diane Collier, dated June 8, 2006. (resultech-proposal)
Compare it with the actual contract signed two weeks after that (resultech2006-contract), and compare that one with the current contract, signed and ready to go once it gains school board approval—which it has not yet received, since being pulled off the agenda at the last minute on May 14. (resultech-2008-contract-proposed)
Now, with inspectors from Albany arriving to study the school this week, it seems like a difficult time for the administration and school board to push through the contract extension for ResulTech, which is for $1.7 million dollars next year. The company has already received $5.4 million for the first two years.