Most CCSD employees received a e-mail this week announcing that the Equity and Diversity of CCSD was bringing in a speaker to speak about Hispanic problems. It is called the Joel Garcia Townhall and it is scheduled May 10th and it lasts 2 hours.
Ok, we can debate whether CCSD needs a Equity and Diversity department and it's 11 employees. However, this is the kicker:
"COST: No Cost.
CCSD teachers will receive professional development compensation per the negotiated
agreement between the Clark County School District and the Clark County Education
Teachers will be paid about $25-30 and hour to attend this event. If 100 people attend this presentation, the cost just for the employees attending is going to cost the district at least $5000 in addition to the cost of the speaker.
These are very tough times for the district. I thin there are better ways to spend $5000+. And if this speaker is so good, why do you need to pay teachers to go see this speaker. I know if CCSD brings in a speaker I would be interested in, I wouldn't demand to be paid. If there was an inservice I am interested, I would go to the inservice without demanding extra money. That's how it is done in the real world, why should CCSD be any different?
CCSD pays speakers to come in and it pays teachers to listen to speakers throughout the school year. Since CCSD is in such bad financial shape, I think this is one area CCSD can cut out, bringing in speakers and paying teachers to listen.