[QUOTE=copernicus;4500989]It is time diverted away from all other events that could be going with a total focus on this "investigation."
My school focused on test prep for standardized exams for just about the entire school year. All resources were devoted to it and any other issues became a far second. No field trips, sports days, or assemblies. Nothing enjoyable about school. Important issues like mold and sickness in my school was totally on the "back-burner" becasause testing at the time was just too important.
Worst time to be a student in America hands down. Bush, Obama, Bloomberg, Christie, the whole bunch are to blame.........[/QUOTE]
As you like to tell us, because we aren't teachers, I will tell you because you are so NYC centric that you don't see it. You are wrong, these are not the problems of AMERICA's schools, these are the problems of your school system. My kids public school has sports, art, music, band, school trips (2 major trips per year plus a few local ones and an 8th grade overnighter to Boston), field day, drama (2 plays per year), tons of assemblies. We also have parental involvement, personal responsibilities, repercussions for bad grades and behavior, etc.
As a parent, if I thought my kids school had a maintenance issue like mold or a safety issue I would organize volunteers to help or a fund raiser to pay to have it fixed if money were the issue. The school you work in is obviously a pit. Get out while you can or be the person that takes a stand as a leader and fix it.