Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Updates On The Way

It's been a long time since my last post, but not for lack of work. I've taken to the more visible avenues like FaceBook and Twitter. It's a different format but has a wider, immediate reach. Of course, those are not viable venues for deeper commentary or analysis - the modern blog format is the great leveler for that type of work. To that end I will be transitioning this blog to my personal/work webpage in the near future. Now, you might say that hosting a blog on a professional website is a risky move, and there is some truth in that. I'm willing to accept that some people that might be inclined to work with me, or hire me, will choose not to based on current or past posts.  I'm ok with that.  I've always attempted to take a measured and defensible position on the issues I discuss. If I lose business because of my thoughts it's entirely acceptable outcome because everyone has the right to disagree and think my positions or conclusions are wrong.

 I would however hope that my positions are not so bombastic as to alienate even the most opposed to my commentary. After all, honest and open discourse is what moved the founding fathers to the final structure of the Republic. Surely a simple blog can be afforded the same consideration? I will always welcome opposing view points because those views are valid...even if they are wrong ;-)

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

2015 MEA Compensation Comparison

2015 MEA Compensation Comparison

Recently the annual LM2 report for the MEA was filed with the Department of Labor. This report (required by the Department of Labor) details the compensation for all officers and employees of the Michigan Education Association; you can find the simple analysis of the report here (also shown below), and the complete report here (enter file number 512-840.) There has been an obvious trend over the last few years, a significant reduction in MEA total employment. The cause for this drop can be linked to two factors, a total decrease in aggregate K-12 enrollment (yielding a lower aggregate teacher base), and an increase in teachers "leaving" the union via Michigan's Right to Work legislation. The median increase in compensation for all MEA staff was 5.64%. Once again, all top ten MEA officers continue to earn more than Governor Snyder (his annual compensation is $159,300). The TOP TEN earners are listed below this report.


If you are an MEA member, you can search these reports by name to see what your UniServe director's compensation - to find your UniServe diretor see this link to the MEA website. 



Top Ten MEA 2015 and History

A summary chart of the top ten earners at the MEA. Note, all top ten earn more that Michigan's Governor.

MEA Top Ten Pay 2015 by R1Lawrence


Thursday, July 16, 2015

One of the great things about being on this Board of Education is that when your child graduates, you get to address the class. This was a personal from the heart speech, and I regret that next year I will not be able to address her brothers class, but I'm sure he's OK with that!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

BPSYes.org BPS 2015 Bond

So we have a zero tax rate bond millage to support May 5, repeat a 0% increase. This helps fulfill many strategic plan objectives and keeps our schools and community strong. Lots of informative videos and information.

BPSYes.org

Thursday, December 04, 2014

2014 MEA Compensation Comparison

Recently the annual LM2 report for the MEA was filed with the Department of Labor. This report (required by the Department of Labor) details the compensation for all officers and employees of the Michigan Education Association; you can find the simple analysis of the report here (also shown below), and the complete report here (enter file number 512-840.) As has been the case for years, compensation at the parent organization (the MEA is the state level organizing unit of the NEA) is consistently stronger than for the rank and file teachers. This years report shows strong pay increases for staff. Compensation at the top increased by nearly 4.5%. The median increase in compensation for all MEA staff was 4.23%. Once again, all top ten MEA officers continue to earn more than Governor Snyder (his annual compensation is $159,300).

If you are an MEA member, you can search these reports by name to see what your UniServe director's compensation - to find your UniServe diretor see this link to the MEA website.
 




Total TOP TEN history:




Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Later School Start Times & Sleep Deprived Athletes

A very brief summary of how we permit our current system to perpetuate sleep deprivation in one of our "strongest" populations, our high school athletes.

That these students manage to excel is a testament to their strength of will, yet they could do much better if they only managed to avoid the sleep deprivation they have learned to live with. The question is why do we force that choice on them?

Ultimately Oakland School should take the proactive move and push high schools in the system to move to later start times. The single change will have the collective impact of improving the health, mood, academic, and athletic performance of all high school students. The research is abundant and definitive. Waiting is simply appeasement to the adults that root themselves in the status quo.





Friday, June 06, 2014

Burning Bridges and Lifting Spirits

First the burning bridges, or “How to lose credibility and wreck a relationship in four easy steps:”

First, negotiate and craft a process with your partners in “good faith” and then explicitly agree to the metrics of that process. Second, allow the process, as negotiated, to proceed. Third, flame the fires of anxiety and misperception regarding the process and its metrics while “conveniently” forgetting that you helped to craft the process and its metrics. Fourth, berate your partners in public by implying that you had nothing to do with the process or the metrics of that process.

Such is the state of relationship building today. 

Second, the lifting spirits, or “Thank you for writing!”

Today I received a note from a parent that wanted to share their experience. I will not divulge the particulars, but I have to share the heart of the message. This person’s child moved from a difficult situation into Birmingham Schools as a new student. In praising the building’s staff, special note was made regarding the principal and homeroom teacher. Both individuals were dedicated to ensuring this child not only felt safe in a new school, but helped to weave this child into the fabric of the classroom and school community. This principal and teacher worked together to make the life of this child better. In the child’s own words these two helped to “…give me the chance to be a better student.” They made a difference in the life of this child.

It does not get better than that, which makes the first half of this post tolerable.