Letter: District 308 Administrators Untruthful on Scope of Audit
Sep 24, 2014 10:58AM ● Published by Steven Jack
UPDATED AT 8:15 P.M. WEDNESDAY
Since last spring, Dr. Wendt and his administration have been targeting the Dual Language program to be dismantled without any clear reason why.
Each person attending a focus group was shown a copy of the auditors’ Scope of Service which clearly states the audit focuses exclusively on Dual Language. The three questions the auditors must answer for the administration are: How are the students chosen for the DL program? What are they learning? And How much does the DL program cost? Our “budget-conscious” administration is spending $34,000 to get answers to only those three questions, even after the BPAC insisted on adding more questions.
I greatly appreciate the two Board of Education members who asked Dr. Wendt to explain this, but Dr. Wendt brushed the concerns of Matt Bauman and Alison Swanson aside without even acknowledging them. Will we allow him to dismiss the educational needs of our EL students as well?
This last-minute bait-and-switch tactic with the auditors is proof of this administration’s lies, and that they are directly targeting the Dual Language program, without an intent to improve the educational achievement of the EL students in our district.
EDITOR'S NOTE: In response to some of the questions raised in this letter, a district spokesman issued the following statement. This statement is also included in the latest Ask Dr. Wendt column on the School District website.
Focused on dual language programming, an EL audit is being conducted by a third party organization. Researchers will be responding to two primary issues: (1) academic achievement of students enrolled in the dual language program, and (2) costs of the dual language program. To the extent possible and considering the timeline, SD 308 has requested the audit include consideration of other EL programs. It is possible, may be even likely, the audit is a “phase I” step as SD 308 works to consider ways to improve services for our EL students. I look forward to the results presented to the Board of Education in November.