What Issues Need to be Considered? Share In the world of hotel sales and purchases, the Novation Deed holds a particularly important role where a hotel is being sold subject to the rights and obligations of an independent hotel operator pursuant to an existing hotel management agreement "HMA" although similar issues also arise where a hotel franchise is on foot.
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It opened up our world from the classroom we were teaching in, or the school we were leading. The class brought together building leaders, teachers, school psychologists and social workers from urban, suburban and rural settings who were all trying to finish their degree in leadership.
I took the class 10 years ago, but never forgot about the importance of discussing issues, even if they were difficult and the people in the room held differing opinions.
As educators we should always be able to debate our profession. The problem we have, as does anything that involves politics, is that we cannot seem to move forward together. There are state and national leaders so consumed with being right that they cannot, and will not, budge.
Hopefully, all of that will change this year. After the past few years of increased accountability, budget cuts, arguments and infighting, will be a different year for all of us In education there are some very large issues that we have to contend with, and they are not all about accountability and mandates.
Top 10 Critical Issues Critical issues are those issues that are important to education. They are the barriers that get in the way, or the important elements that we need to focus on in order to move forward and offer better opportunities to our students.
Common Core State Standards - 46 states may have adopted the standards but around a dozen states are backing out or considering backing out of using them. Regardless of how people feel about the Common Core they have led to many hot debates about education, and will continue to do so in Technology - Even after all of these years technology is still a hot button issues.
In addition what makes it complicated is that some schools seem to have endless resources, while other schools have to use what wealthier schools disregarded as old.
Social Media - Twitter has exploded over the past few years. Twitter chats, EdCamps, etc. Social media will be, and should be, part of a huge discussion in Politics - Politicians have long mentioned education in their speeches but the past two years it seemed to have happened more than ever.
Many politicians seem to focus on how schools are failing, and their only solution is standardization, accountability and high stakes testing.
Many governors, like Andrew Cuomoare running for re-election this year and education will no doubt make or break their campaigns. How many politicians, like Cuomo and Christie, have spoken about teachers is deplorable and this is the year when teachers continue to take control over that conversation.
High Stakes Testing - Not sure if you have heard of this before but schools across the country have to give high stakes tests to students. Some start it in kindergarten, while others begin in 3rd grade. There need to be different methods used to assess student learning, and none of it should be "high stakes.
In addition, school leaders understand that they can have a positive or negative impact on their school climate, and too many still have a negative impact.
Pre-service Teaching Programs - How can we get the best teachers into our classrooms when so many politicians and policymakers cry that schools are failing? Under those circumstances, who would want to go into the profession? Additionally, pre-service programs need to improve because many of the graduates do not seem prepared for the profession.
The real question for is how can K schools work with these programs to build a community of learners who are prepared for the profession? A little less accountability tied to testing would go a long way to improve this issue. School Climate - A few days ago Secretary Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder announced new guidelines to stop the school to prison pipeline and improve school climate.
This critical issue is not just about bullying, but about creating an inclusive school climate where all students can achieve their maximum potential.
Many of the schools that try to educate these students lack the proper resources, and the communities where children in poverty live often lack the same resources that wealthier towns have. Poverty is an issue that is one of the most critical issues of our time, in and out of schools.
In the End We have many critical issues facing education this year, and the larger question should be How are we going to work together to solve them?To use the legal vernacular, rights can be assigned but obligations can only be novated - hence the need for a deed of novation as opposed to a deed of assignment.
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