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"That became a problem for us ...
"That became a problem for us this week," said Maske, who said the district had no knowledge of the allegations against Javius prior to his contract signing.
also told us the district was unaware of a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Kentucky, listing Javius as a defendant in a copyright infringement case.
confirmed the district had paid Javius $268,000 for his equity consulting services, including travel expenses, from the beginning of his contract in January 2014 until it ended on Thursday.
said it's rare to find someone with a background in education, as well as a background in educational equity, and Javius fit that profile.
Maske said when he worked with CRCSD, he was seen as an expert in his area.
helped us look at those underachieving groups, and created something called 'equity walks,' that we have done in many of our schools, as well as creating our district equity plan," Maske
said, adding Javius was able to work well with teachers and administrators while he
said Javius provided professional learning experiences for teachers, administrators, and the district's diversity committee, going into classrooms to examine if there are equitable opportunities for all students.
told us even though the district is no longer working with Javius, it will continue the equity work based on the plan it developed with Javius over the past couple years.
When we asked Maske
if this situation could prompt a closer examination of the district's hiring process, she
said the district "has policies and procedures for hiring vendors and working with vendors in our district, and we do background checks that are required by the state of Iowa for any of the vendors."
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"We have been focusing on closing the achievement gap for identified groups," said Cedar Rapids School District executive administrator of elementary education Mary Ellen Maske.
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Mary Ellen Maske, the ...
Mary Ellen Maske, the district's executive administrator for elementary education, said the Cedar Rapids Schools started using the model three years ago.
The coaches there work with building principals on curriculum and do professional development with teachers on teaching literacy.
"They are the instructional experts in the school," Maske
The news was received cautiously by ...
The news was received cautiously by Mary Ellen Maske, executive administrator for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade education in the Cedar Rapids school district.
"I'm a little bit guarded because the formula that is included in the waiver that they're going to use for looking at the rankings of schools is so complex," she
did say the rankings seemed in line with the district's belief that many Cedar Rapids schools are improving academically despite what No Child Left Behind results might indicate.
"What we're seeing is that some of those schools are exceptional and high performing because their students are making expected and greater progress," she
While the results appear to put Cedar Rapids on favorable footing, Maske
is concerned that they will be misinterpreted by the public, particularly for the 11 schools on the "needs improvement" and "priority" list, something she
has seen people do for years with No Child Left Behind.
"I think people jump to conclusions and don't have all the information they need," she