Few things that caught my ears and eyes this morning:
LAUSD decided to buy out Supertinendent Brewer’s contract and he will be leaving the position at the end of this month. It is recommended that Mr. Ramon Cortines should take over and finish his term. [LA Times]
First of all, two years ago, it was the school board who decided to hire Brewer who has no experience in education. Two years later, the same people decided to offer him half a million to leave his post stating that he is inefficient. I wonder if Brewer is the person who needs to leave or the entire school board who needs to leave. What if they decide on the next guy and then buy out his contract again? Ridiculous!
Secondly, I have actually met Mr. Cortines. He walked into my classroom twice, once for observation and once to check up on how our department was doing. I definitely like the guy. He is brutally honest and very supportive of teachers. I also feel that he has a very hands-on approach to improving schools. The two times he was in my classroom, he seemed to be a very caring man evidenced by his approach towards the students and teachers. I am looking forward to seeing him as the new Supertintendent of LAUSD.
NPR is having its first layoff in 25 years. [nytimes.com]
I started listening to NPR a little over a year ago. Due to the long drive and the mundane things being discussed on the music channels, I seeked out NPR, hoping to increase my IQ a little bit each day. And I have actually grew to love it. I love business news in the morning, hearing if the market went up or down in early morning trading. The stories on Somalia’s piracy or Burma’s situation, it is amazing how much you can learn. So this is quite disappointing news to me. I don’t know if I can tell the difference with NPR from now on, but it certainly saddens me that people are losing their jobs. It is expected that philanthropic givings would go down in the time of economic crisis. However, when it hits so close to home, you can’t help but worry. The best estimate this morning is that this economic crisis will continue until the end of next year. *sigh*
Since I started blogging again, here’s a blog that I find very interesting. It certainly reminds me of Hanoi and all its quiet beauty: Vietnamese God