Archives for the month of: April, 2013

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Teacher Salaries
Source:
A Nation at Risk: Where Are We Now? | Education Week | Published Online: April 23, 2013 | Published in Print: April 24, 2013, as Where Are We Now?
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Average IUFSD teacher compensation: $99,150
2012-2013

Salary: $99,150.00
Social Security $7,584.97
TRS pension: $11,739.36
Health insurance: $16,265.42
TOTAL: $134,739.75

4% average increase in teacher compensation year-to-year

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CONFIDENCE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS - GOOD

Source:
A Nation at Risk: Where Are We Now? | Education Week | Published Online: April 23, 2013 | Published in Print: April 24, 2013, as Where Are We Now?

From 1983:
A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform: A Report to the Nation and the Secretary of Education United States Department of Education by The National Commission on Excellence in Education April 1983

From today:
No Rich Child Left Behind by By SEAN F. REARDON | April 27, 2013, 6:15 pm

Affluent parents can afford tutors to reteach content covered in school.

Works referred to on AP Literature Exam since 1971

Press Release and Space Utilization Report 2013 (pdf file)

Application for Absentee Ballot | 2013
Voter Information Sheet | 2013


  • May 14, 2013 – deadline to submit an Absentee Ballot Application if you want ballot mailed to you.
  • May 20, 2013 – deadline to submit an Absentee Ballot Application if you plan to pick up the ballot in person.
  • May 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm – deadline for Absentee Ballots to be received by Elaine Cardea, District Clerk.

  • If you will be out of the COUNTY on May 21st, you are eligible to vote by absentee ballot.
  • There is no requirement that you be out of town overnight on May 20th or May 21st.
  • SO: if you work long hours in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, or any other county apart from Westchester County, you may wish to absentee vote.

  • District-estimated tax increase: 4.85%
  • Likely real tax increase (the “tax shift” due to successful tax certs): 7% to 8%

  • Percent increase in IUFSD spending: 5.7%
  • Percent increase in core PCE inflation: 1.26%

  • Actual Fund Balance (the district surplus – not committed to programs or staff): $2,046,240
  • Estimated Fund Balance 2013-2014: $2,162,800
  • Proposed spending above tax cap: $1,277,756


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Common Core | Raisin in the Sun
Common Core “Illustrative Texts”
Source:
New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy

Compare to this partial list of books Irvington 7th graders read during Fall 2011:

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IUFSD gr7 LucyCalkins books
Source:
What do home buyers want?


AND SEE:
Mark Bauerlein and Sandra Stotsky on ELA Standards and College Readiness

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS CURRICULUM FRAMEWORKS:
Core Knowledge Sequence Content & Skill Guidelines for Grades K–8

An English Language Arts Curriculum Framework for American Public Schools: A Model For use by any state or school district without charge | Chief author: Sandra Stotsky Professor Emerita, University of Arkansas | February 2013

Irvington Parents Forum at Yahoo

in The Hudson Independent:

Meanwhile, in early March the Board of Education informally approved a recommendation from Harrison to suspend the current search for a new Main Street School principal based on a consultant’s building utilization study that may suggest closing the school based on projected declining enrollment.

“I think the combination of excess building capacity and projected declining enrollment will compel us as a community to have conversations about how we use our building assets going forward,” Harrison said. “This will take a good amount of time and focus, especially into the next school year, and does not necessarily mean that change is going to occur. But it will be a very significant challenge, and perhaps our most prominent focus next year.”

AND SEE:
16 new houses, not 50
Irvington Parents Forum at Yahoo

In The Hudson Independent

UPDATE 5/9/2013:

  • Estimated tax increase: 4.85%
  • Percent increase in budget: 5.7%
  • Actual tax increase for single-family homeowners who have not won a tax certiorari case this year: 7% to 8%