August Review/September Preview (2013)
I’m back after a few days off to talk about what was and what will be. July had been the most active month on the blog, but August beat it. That’s two months in a row with record traffic. Other milestones in August include the blog’s 100,000th overall page view, my 1,000th follower on Twitter, and passing 500 likes on Facebook.
She Took Her Ball and Went Home became the most popular post ever on this blog, and the first with more than 1,000 shares on Facebook. That’s pretty cool, but not nearly as cool as the fact that other bloggers – namely Rob Miller of Jenks – are getting even more traffic than I am.
This blog seems to function best when the content is more heavily weighted to things other people have said than when I simply share my opinions. I don’t know how many people have emailed or messaged me in one space or another to thank me for putting something “out there” that they otherwise would never have seen.
Usually these summaries include my top five posts from the month. I’m going to do something different this time. These are the top five clicks from my blog to external content (not counting my Twitter feed) during the month of August:
1. The OSSBA/CCOSA Candidates Forum – Superintendent Barresi joined six challengers to make her pitch for re-election to board members and administrators from around the state. She called for teachers to receive a raise with phantom money and then didn’t stick around to hear the rest of the speakers. To focus solely on her, however, is a disservice to the other candidates. Here are the times when the introductions begin on the video for all the speakers:
- 1:57 Donna Anderson
- 10:10 Jack Herron
- 19:13 Freda Deskin
- 28:55 Janet Barresi
- 37:05 Ivan Holmes
- 46:24 John Cox
- 53:17 Joy Hofmeister
2. Fox 25: Superintendent Barresi Calls for Teacher Pay Raise – This was the news piece that initially got my attention after I saw it on a friend’s Facebook page. There’s not much to the story on here, but it was the proverbial blurb across the bottom of the screen that started the snowball.
3. Carryover Funds by District (from June 30, 2011) – This was a spreadsheet the SDE provided legislators to show how much money schools were reserving to fund beginning of the school year expenses. The problem is that the financial data is two years old and the personnel data is one year old. Neither of those columns on the spreadsheet describe current realities.
4. The Journal Record: Base Teacher Pay on Performance – It’s not a piece that I agree with, but it shows pretty clearly that Barresi will fail in appealing to the base of the Republican Party by throwing around the idea of pay raises.
5. Tulsa World: Email exchange between Barresi and Broken Arrow Superintendent Jared Mendenhall – This was a reminder to readers that in 2012, Barresi was blaming schools (and teachers) for students not meeting ACE graduation requirements.
As we enter September, schools are still looking through test data to find errors. I have a message in my inbox from a reader who has students reported at the wrong school and the wrong district. Pretty soon, we will be having the conversation about A-F Report Cards again. Last year at this time, we were skeptical of the process. This year, the formula has changed, but we are more skeptical of the actual data.
It’s going to get bumpy, people.