HISD talks make-up days; Gayle Fallon whines

Here's HISD exploring how to handle make-up days:

To the disappointment of some, Saavedra said students will have to make up seven days of school they missed. He is considering adding an hour to the school day, but has not decided on a final approach.

"A certain number of days may be waived by the state, but our principals feel we need to make up the instructional time anyway for the benefit of the students," HISD spokesman Norm Uhl said.

Here's Houston Federation of Teachers President Gayle Fallon's response:

Gayle Fallon, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, disagreed with the decision to make up the seven missed days. But if teachers are required to work beyond their typical work day, she said, they should be paid overtime.

"They're showing a total lack of consideration for their staff," Fallon said. "Do they think the staff wasn't injured in any way by this storm?"

Now, now, Gayle. Please recall what the Chron's editorial board wrote yesterday:

No one says making schools sound enough to get kids back to their desks will be easy. But HISD officials must rise to the occasion, keeping foremost in their plans what's best for the students, not their own convenience.

The teachers union must also "rise to the occasion, keeping foremost in their plans what's best for the students."

Ending question: Were teachers paid during this unexpected time off?

Posted by Anne Linehan @ 09/20/08 08:18 AM | Print |

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