With much joy and no little fanfare, the preliminary budget passed by the Madison Metropolitan School District in May restored the “Ready, Set, Goal” conferences that teachers and parents found so valuable. With the opening of school less than one week away “Ready, Set, Goal” conferences are not on the schedule. At best they are on hold — perhaps until after the potential to shape those crucial days and weeks –; at worst they will not happen at all. Very disappointing.
Apparently there are contractual issues that have not been settled.
I don’t know what the issues are. I do know that with most of four months to work with, there should have been a way to make the conferences happen.
There had been or is a memorandum of understanding in place to establish “the terms… should finances become available to reinstate the program.” MTI included a desire to renew that understanding in an April 2009 negotiations update. I can’t find a copy of the memorandum, so I don’t know what those terms are/were. I also don’t know if one or both parties are seeking changes to those terms.
While on the topic of “I don’s know,” (lots of them today) I’d like to know what is being done with $267,000 cost included in the preliminary budget (since shifted to stimulus/ARRA sources).
I’d also like to know why at their last meeting the Board was told that they needed to approve $98,918 in ARRA IDEA funding and $160,576 in ARRA Title I funding for “Ready, Set, Goal” conferences in 2009 and what will happen with that money?
Mostly, I’d like to know how such a positive thing went awry.
Thomas J. Mertz