Friday, May 18, 2012

War of the graphics in Upper Darby school fight

The war between parents and Upper Darby schools continues unabated.

Yesterday the school district posted a graphic on their website to demonstrate their intentions when it comes to the controversial changes in the arts in district schools.

You can see it here.

They have a long list of what is being preserved, and just two items that on the list to be changed. Those are the so-called specials, elementary school general music and elementary school general art.

That graphic did not go unnoticed.

The grassroots group Save Upper Darby Arts quickly created a graphic of their own.

It tells a slightly different story.

I've included a copy of it with this blog item. It tells you how big the gulf is between the two sides.

All of this is merely prelude to next week’s big public hearing on the school budget plan on Wednesday night.

Both sides look like they’re girding for battle.


Blogger Informed Parent said...

Technology at work.....

May 18, 2012 at 12:05 PM 
Blogger Informed Parent said...

Technology? - The Administration still has not provided a Matrix on the realignment of curriculum? How will the curriculum changes be incorporated into the classroom? What is the plan? Hmmmmmmm is there a plan?

May 18, 2012 at 12:10 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The title of the District's Graph is "The Arts that We have Saved". It is exactly the same information they have been putting out since the beginning of this debacle which is why I think the parents couldn't help but be a bit snarky about it. The title sounds rather frightening, as if these were all on the chopping block, and they saved these. Next year, who knows?

May 19, 2012 at 2:31 PM 
Blogger MediaMike said...

Upper Darby School District is in a really bad spot. They really don't have the money to do anything else, and get left hanging by a state that won't take the right steps to make sure that every child has access to a quality education.

The real problem here is that smug administrators like Dan McGarry want to lie through their teeth about everything. No separate art and music big deal we'll take away the classroom teachers planning time to do those classes. Those art and music teachers don't do any work anyway, right?

The total lack of acknowledgement of how horrible of an educational move this is on the part of the UDSD administration is a sick joke. Selling this type of shameful move as anything other than the unavoidable educational disaster that it is leaves people like Dan McGarry with zero credibility.

May 22, 2012 at 4:59 PM 

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