Briarwood parents raise red flags over classroom sizes

first_imgClass sizes at Briarwood Elementary have raised concerns with parents.Parents at Briarwood Elementary have raised concerns about class sizes at the school, specifically in the second and third grades.The elementary staffing guidelines for the Shawnee Mission School District show that 17 to 29 students is an acceptable range for second and third grade classrooms, a limit that was raised in January 2011. The Briarwood second grade classrooms have 24 to 27 and in third grade 27 to 28, but each class has an additional three students from the English Language Learners program integrated for 40 percent of the day, according to a Briarwood parent presentation to the school board. That pushes the number over acceptable levels, they contend.Kirsten Byrd was one of the Briarwood parents who spoke the school board in late September asking for relief from the large class sizes. Byrd’s presentation also questioned the fairness to Briarwood. Her data showed that Briarwood’s second and third grade class sizes are higher than any of the other elementaries feeding into SM East, while Briarwood has the second-highest proportion of economically disadvantaged students of those schools. It also has the highest non-Caucasian population of the schools, according to the data.This is not the first time that Briarwood parents have raised concerns about class sizes. As far back as mid-August 2012, they had made some of the same points. Relief, however, does not look promising for this year. Shawnee Mission School Board President Deb Zila said there are no classrooms available at the school to add a section and other remedies are difficult and costly to implement.The district “continues to review and monitor staffing and classroom ratios across the district,” according to SMSD spokesperson Leigh Anne Neal, the same response given by Briarwood Principal Dr. Kent Peach. Superintendent Jim Hinson, only on the job since July, has announced that the district will hire a demographer to get information about boundaries and enrollment trends. Donna Bysfield, the school board member who represents the SM East area, said the Briarwood concerns are “an administrative action, not a BOE (board of education) action.”Briarwood has added 82 students since 2010 bringing its enrollment to 590 this year. Few lower grade classes across the district reach the Briarwood size, so parents say it is a case of equity across the district.State Rep. Stephanie Clayton, who is the parent of a fourth-grade student at Diemer Elementary in a class of 29, says class size is “a huge tipping point issue.” It is the number one education-related complaint she hears. Rep. Clayton has communicated with the Briarwood parents and district and has toured Briarwood recently and saw “first-hand that the school is bursting at the seams.” “I was blown away by how full the building was,” she said in a communication to a Briarwood parent.The next Briarwood site council meeting has been moved so Dr. Hinson can attend, parents related.last_img read more

From France: Those close to Zidane share their slant on potential…

first_imgFollowing the 3-1 defeat at the hands of West Ham at the weekend, the number of articles sending Zinedine Zidane to Manchester United increased considerably. One of the few candidates, if not the only one, currently available on the managerial market who could take over from José Mourinho at Old Trafford, the former Real Madrid manager has kept very quiet on the subject.A lot of the rumours appear to be bits and bobs filtering here and there, and Le Parisien present a big feature on the situation on Tuesday, claiming a bunch of different things.The main article, written by Julien Laurens, revolves around Manchester United’s desire to see the France legend in their dugout, claiming he has them ‘dreaming’ about him.Seeing as this is the same journalist who wrote the piece we covered on Monday from RMC Sport, it’s much of the same, with Patrice Evra’s presence next to Ed Woodward at London Stadium mentioned once again, suggesting he could have something to do with Zidane’s arrival.Embed from Getty ImagesWhat’s a bit more intriguing is the article below, written by Antoine Simonneau, the newspaper’s correspondent in Madrid.The reason for this is because it explains how everything in Zidane’s life currently has him tied to Madrid, including his family, with whom he wants to spend more time.Dividing his time between Spain’s capital and seeing close ones in Marseille, his main occupation is going to see his four sons play football, and he doesn’t seem all that bothered about finding a job again in the near future.In fact, Simonneau states people close to Zidane are unaware of a desire to manage Manchester United because he hasn’t said anything about it, nor has he hinted there’s been contact.His well known dream is to one day return to Juventus, and the fact he doesn’t know how to speak English is another ‘hindrance’ to him potentially taking over from Mourinho.Bottom line: Manchester United want Zidane, Zidane isn’t all that bothered about Manchester United, at least for now.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Strategy Game is AddictiveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comFind out where single guys are hanging out in Tung ChungDating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoCNBC InternationalSingapore’s Freelancers Find New Income During the Coronavirus Pandemic.CNBC InternationalUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndolast_img read more

Blinded by racial lens and political fixation

first_imgDear Editor,The other day the media kindly published a letter from me in which I underscored the need for a review of the criteria and system used to identify national honourees.In the letter, in addition to suggesting that the total annual numbers should be reduced, I also identified some factors that might be considered and some that need not be, because there are other means available to take care of them. There was no iota of racial or political consideration, overtly nor implicitly, in any of my critique or suggestions.I was, therefore, flabbergasted to see that practically all the “commentators” imported and assigned their own racial/political biases into my letter; they used their standard cowardly pseudonyms to hide their own disgusting and dangerous fixation. Of course, they were liberal in their ‘personal attacks’ on me, which do not bother me in the least, but which unfortunately serve as additional fuel for the dangerous societal fires that are already engulfing this sadly depressing territory called Guyana.When, oh when, my dear compatriots, will we break out of our obsession with race and politics so that we can start realising the true potential of our ‘dear land of Guyana’ for the benefit of all Guyanese?Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more