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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Mallory: Send Me The Best Educators

Mayor Mark Mallory announces that he's starting something new to honor people who contribute the most to Cincinnati Public Schools.

There'll be one winner a month of the Mayor's Recognition of Educational Excellence Award for six months and each will be honored at a City Council meeting as well as featured on the mayor's Web site. Anyone working in a field that directly affects the life of CPS students is eligible, including teachers, administrators, volunteers, PTA members, etc.

The award was created by the mayor's Young Professionals Kitchen Cabinet, a group he established to advise him.

“Teachers are creating the next generation of leaders for our city,” the mayor said in a statement from his office. “Everyone has at least one teacher who changed their life. The award will recognize those teachers who go above and beyond.”

Applications, available at http://www.mayormallory.com/, are due May 30 to the cabinet and can be sent to mayorsypkc@gmail.com.


at 3:53 PM, May 17, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Less than Zero, from Zero himself.

at 5:40 PM, May 17, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

How 'bout an award for taxpayers? They contribute until it hurts and it's still not enough.

at 6:16 PM, May 17, 2008 Anonymous Kent Evans said...

To the above: Get with the program! Your cynicism is boring Anon 3:53. It's also profitless.

at 7:14 PM, May 17, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please somebody, tell me this is another one of Mayor Zero's bad baseball tosses. Another easy way out for this do-nothing guy.

I think he needs to knuckle down & find out why the kids aren't staying in school. Most of the clowns one sees hanging out on the sidewalks all day have a 9th, 10th grade education at best.

Yeah, the teachers have made a difference in their lives. We've got a bunch of problem people choking the living daylights out of peaceful residents.

Anon 3:53 & Anon 5:40, I hear you & I'm with you on this one. Evans 6:16 can go sit down & peel a grape.

at 8:03 PM, May 17, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Kent,
If you didn't attend the CPS board meeting this week , you're just another talking head who feels he's entitled. You need to get with the program; vouchers for all would put CPS out of business and you know it.
Problem is, smart kids would flee CPS in droves and the rest would be left to play like they do today.
Get a life; times are changing and CPS is doomed.

at 10:00 PM, May 17, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


I am glad to see that you have all of the answers for CPS students and families. However, I suggest you do your research prior to making a post, as you are incorrect about school vouchers. In several CPS schools, students are offered vouchers. However, most parents prefer Cincinnati Public Schools, as they realize all of the wonderful things that are happening. I encourage you to visit the schools and witness first hand why parents are choosing Cincinnati Public Schools.

at 8:53 AM, May 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yes. Wonderful things are happening at CPS. How soon will consumers and market forces realize this and cause people to move to Cincinnati because of the demand for good schools? Don't hold your breath. The school system sucks and everyone knows it. You can trust the market, not the spin & hype coming from CPS or its goggle-wearing cheerleaders.

at 10:32 AM, May 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Parental involvement is the key. Schools with attentive parents (Walnut Hills, Clark, SCPA, Fairview German, N. Avondale, Sands) are good schools. Schools where parents don't care will be a failure no matter how pretty the new building is. Cincinnati Public has half the population as it had in 1970. This shows that families are not flocking to CPS. (And we realize that the Cincinnati [population has dropped - but not in half)

at 10:57 AM, May 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 10
Dream on. People are moving out of Cincinnati to leave the CPS system.
My non-Catholic friends are sending their children to Catholic schools for the discipline and respect for authority being taught there. The Catholic schools may not have the ammenities of CPS, but the overall education is perceived as being much better.
CPS has an image problem that will be hard to improve. Continually running tax levies to throw money at the problem is not helping.

at 12:15 AM, May 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some people just don't want to give up those old broken-down ideas to see what's going on in CPS.

CPS kids are in school;
--the graduation rate has increased to 80% today; significantly more in some schools.

CPS kids are learning;
--maintained Continuous Improvement status for three years and may advance to Achieving level for this year;
--achievement gap between black and white high schoolers virtually eliminated;
--highest achieving urban district in Ohio.
--CPS seniors earned $28 million in scholarship offers last year.

CPS teachers are doing marvelous things in the classroom;
--CPS has more teachers that are NTE Board-certified than any other district in Ohio

Drop the preconceived notions and take a close look at CPS today. You will be surprised.

at 9:13 AM, May 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what type of silly quotas will be placed on these "awards"?

Will they work to try and make sure there is racial or gender representation? Will they work to make sure not all of the good teachers come from the same building?

What happens when government tries to do things like this is that the people that truly deserve such awards are brushed aside for the government to choose people based on physical characteristics or other criteria that is not public.

Then, to bolster their phony-baloney picks for awards, they overblow their "accomplishments" and make them sound more important than what they are.

Why would government destroy the little morale left in CPS by creating awards, some of which will undoubtedly be given to less-than-deserving folks. It's simply the way government works.

Oh, and it wastes time, money and resources.

at 10:02 AM, May 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. I opened this comments thinking "Who could possibly complain about an award for teachers?" Some of the most negative people in the world are on this blog - I feel bad for you guys. Do you also hate orphans and puppies?

at 2:54 PM, May 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why limit this to CPS?

Doing so only waters down its significance since there are many, many, many excellent private and parochial teachers who get results with students dealing with poverty and its consequences.

Bill Stone, OTR

at 3:14 PM, May 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why limit the awards to those that get results with students dealing with poverty? How about rich kids?

at 3:46 PM, May 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would anyone not like this? It costs nothing, only a blurb on the mayor's website and a little recognition for going above and beyond.

How is this a bad thing? I gotta tell you, "Mayor Zero (I still get no explanation behind that name, and frankly it's really lame and annoying)" is doing good things.

Good for Mallory and good for the YPKC!

at 4:15 PM, May 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

YPKC was created to be preyed upon by Mayor Cougar Zero.

at 11:35 PM, May 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must've mis-read the Enquirer today about the brand new CPS school in OTR that went directly into the dumper ... and their black principal jumped ship.

I missed something??

at 8:28 AM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did CPS "work" the numbers to claim an 80 percent graduation rate?

How many leave and never come back after 9th, 10th, or 11th grade?

at 8:35 AM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mallory proves the easiest way to keep your office these days is todo nothing.

at 1:30 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

CPS didn't "work" anything: it's what the state reports as the graduation rate.

Why do people who have no clue about the district assume the worst? Come in and see. I'm proud of my children's school and the great work they're doing in other schools across the district.

Is it perfect? No. Does it have a ways to go until all schools are achieving at the levels they should? Yes. But the district is working hard, the teachers and students are working hard, and that effort is paying off. Whether jaded critics admit it or not (and that includes the Enquirer).

at 8:09 PM, May 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

CPS kids are in school;
--the graduation rate has increased to 80% today; significantly more in some schools.

Huh. Really?

Then why is it the Judges are asking the criminals how far they got in school, why they quit & if someone at CPS advised them that's it's not a wise idea to drop out of school? Why is that???

The Judge asked Chuckie Criminal that today. Chuckie Criminal said that no one from CPS talked with him about the negative impacts of leaving school to hang out on the street corner & deal drugs. BTW, Chuckie lives with his girlfriend, she works at a very low-pay job. They have 4 children & the 5th is on the way. Mr. Criminal told the Judge that he did get his GED while he was in prison on a prior stint for dealing dope.

Perhaps those of you who think taxpayers should continue throwing their hard-earned money to the school district might want to stop the car on the way home & ask the dudes on the corner why they dropped out of school. As the weather warms up, there will be more than enough for you to quiz to get a good sampling of responses.

at 4:35 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

cincinnati wouldn't know what to do with them, except sit them in the principals office all day with the criminals

at 4:49 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. maybe the red cross can help the ailing cincinnati educational system
2. during interviews, have teachers recite their abc's
3. change the no-child-left-behind law to read: no-idiot's-rights-screwed-with-for-usa-market law
4. take away all licensure out of the state of ohio: engineering, nursing, doctor, law, etc.
5. make sure kids are reading at least 5 minutes a day in class (hell it's 5 more minutes than they already are)
6. take, math, science and reading out of the curriculum
7. rewrite the 10 commandments
8. beat kids senseless
9. don't waste taxpaper money on pencils and paper
10. let the mold grow as long and as fierce as it wants to and is able; we can change the school into a corn field or golf course eventually
11. let the washington, dc system help us out
12. threaten to send kids to detroit if they don't behave

at 4:49 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

there's a program?

at 4:50 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:14 pm
drugs, sex and boom boxes

at 4:51 PM, May 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

is this mallory's last ditch effort to stay in office? i kind of miss what's his face's whining

at 11:11 AM, May 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mayor Mallory, if you are looking for the next group of leaders and the best educators, just visit St. Xavier High School. That school utilizes a no-nonsense approach to education and their IQ and test scores prove their approach works year after year.

at 8:56 PM, May 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're talking about rich white males on steroids, right whose fathers work in corrupt/corporate america?

at 9:44 AM, May 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess you don't work and just suck the government teat? If you do work, thank corporate America for your luck, because your logic is faulty.

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