Sunday, March 04, 2012

New Way To Waste Money

I just heard about a new assistant principal position-- DATA SPECIALIST.


In this day and age when there is so little money available for students, when classes and services are being cut left and right, where academic administrators are not being replaced, big money is being spent on a DATA SPECIALIST, a person who will sit in an office and sift through papers and numbers finding ways to make things come out in a way to benefit the school.

Mark Twain said, "There are lies, damn lies and then there are statistics."  I never thought I would see the day when education was replaced by these phony numbers and the people who supposedly care about kids are leading the way.

7 comments:

Ricochet said...

We have added 5 faux administration positions to deal with data. They give us meaningless assignments to justify their position and wonder why we aren't thrilled to do the crap they want.

Mike said...

I'm out here in California and in my district we have a data specialist, a testing coordinator whose sole job is to handle the state testing in the spring/benchmark tests from the district, and a morale coach.

Pissed Off said...

A morale coach? Morale is so low you would neee a crane to even attempt to lift it. No one in the city cares about teacher morale:

Sweet Girl Tracie said...

morale coach?!?!!?!?!?!?!?

Are you kidding me?

The teachers who I talk to in NYC have no more morale anymore because they being scapegoated to up to the wazoo from the Charlotte Danielson observations...

Mike said...

The morale coach. They come up with these campy team building activities that we do before each staff meeting as ice breakers. They get to go to all of these conferences on best techniques in teaching. Best of all, the gal leading it at my school only has 3 years of teaching experience and doesn't want to be in the district herself because it is low income and she talks poorly about the kids and other staff.

Mike said...

I should mention each school has a data specialist and testing coordinator; all secondary schools have a morale coach in addition.

Waste of money?

Anonymous said...

The testing coordinator and data specialist in my school are teachers who do these job on top of their other jobs with no extra pay! They stay in school late and sometimes come in on weekends for fear of losing their jobs!