SCUSD Observer

Sacramento, California

Congratulations to the Adult Education Teacher of the Year

…unfortunately in her acceptance speech before the board this evening, ESLL Teacher Marge Matoba shared that she has been pink slipped. And the adult education programs in the city? Under threat from budget cuts.


Written by scusdobserver

March 19, 2010 at 5:51 am

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  1. As I watched the SCUSD Board Meeting last night I keep hearing Tom Peters, the organizational guru saying “if you are not confused, you are not paying attention”. The most striking thing was that the Adult Education Teacher of the Year that was awarded a plaque for excellence and a pink slip after 32 years of successful teaching. Then there were the 700 teachers that received pink slips, of which 132 or so were rescinded. which was coupled with the proposal to hire Teach for America teachers for around 3 million which amounts to about 10 percent of the 30 million dollars that needs to be cut from the budget. Understandably SCTA ask “what the ???? and the Board seemed more than perplexed.”. I believe it was Dr. Houseman that stated the obvious “timing is everything and Superintendent Raymond said “now is the time”. The TFA presenters answered to most questions with” what we do works and it needs to be done”Most of this confusing and contentious debate was focused around process. My two favorite process answers and the premier parent stoppers when trying to understand why we do things the way we do:” Oh it’s ok, it’s in the Ed code” and “we can’t talk about that …it subject to negotiation”. Yet it didn’t appear that the negotiation process was working and the district legal advisor assured everyone this or that was legal and complied with the Ed Code. And no one was happy.The only thing that I heard that promised hope was one word: Waivers. It is time for all of us to venture outside the box that we have built around California education and think what can we do to make it work? The discussion needs to be public and we have to find ways to make it work. The projection is for at least 3-5 years that budgets will continue to fall or not return to precession levels. Fighting and posturing will not cut it. It is time to think out of the box. It is time to heed Mark Twain’s advice: “Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”


    March 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm

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