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Governing coherently

At tonight’s school board meeting, the trustees will be discussing and acting on the idea of coherent governance. Also on the table is the approval of the Capitol Collegiate Academy Charter School, the 2011 budget, and a reduction in force of classified and certificated employees.

Public comment is scheduled for 10:17 p.m.


Hmong charter school gets unanimous board approval

At last night’s board meeting, trustees voted to grant the Hmong community school charter petition. Yav Pem Suab (pronounced Yah Bay Shooa) will begin educating children K-6 this fall in the Meadowview neighborhood.

The academy will be a dependent charter, which means its teachers will be district employees.

Written by scusdobserver

March 19, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Board Meeting Thursday Night

Here’s what’s on the agenda.
Teach for America placement in the Supt.’s priority schools list

Preliminary review of a new charter school: Capitol Collegiate Charter 
Review and action on the Yav Pem Suab Academy (Hmong) charter school


Written by scusdobserver

March 17, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Fairytale Towns

The Washington Post offers up a story on Michelle Rhee and Kevin Johnson‘s romance in today’s Style section.

According to the article, Rhee is going to save D.C.’s schoolchildren and Johnson is going to save Sacramento. Johnson attests that their relationship is based on their mutual love of political and social reform.

The best part of the online story, however, are the web comments that follow it — many people, both in Sacramento and D.C. don’t quite believe the fairy tale as it is portrayed.

Written by scusdobserver

March 10, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Special Board Meeting — Tuesday

Under review: An $18 million budget deficit and review of a charter school’s application.

Agenda here

Tuesday, January 12
Closed session begins at 5:30 p.m
Open session begins at 7:00 p.m.

Serna Center
5735 47th Avenue
Sacramento, Ca 95824
Tennessee Community Room

Written by scusdobserver

January 11, 2010 at 1:47 am

Leave the money on the table

While politicians and pseudo-educators clamor and compete for the Race to the Top funding currently working its way through the California legislature, it would behoove the SCUSD Board of Education to keep one thing in mind:

Money often doesn’t fill a vacuum, it creates one.

Some California school districts will opt out of the take because the Race to the Top mandates will be difficult to implement and fund with a one-time payout.

The best option for our school district is not to enter in to this financial arrangement with the government — in the long run, Race to the Top is a bad bargain.

‘I believe that this program abandons our neighborhood schools, the children that live there and the people nearby,” said Assemblyman Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch. ”Even worse, it abandons those very schools that are most in need of our help.”

Written by scusdobserver

January 6, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Let’s really be bold

On the editorial pages of the Sacramento Bee recently, writers have touted the successes of local school districts that have acted “boldly” in turning around our failing schools.

The reconstitution of Jonas Salk Middle School is cited in one editorial as the brave action that San Juan Unified took to improve its test scores.

Another laughable puff piece in the series displays the Bee’s continued insistence that Sacramento Charter High School has been transformed by the St. Hope Corporation into a successful school with glowing reviews.

Well, we won’t go there at the moment…

Instead, let’s offer up some real alternatives on how to improve schools that show deteriorating test scores — if that truly is the measure of how we are failing to educate our children.

For instance, the concept of building Smart Education Systems aspires to promote and sustain high-quality student learning on a grass-roots level — at the school, in the home and in the local community. A smart system requires partnerships among the school district, other city agencies, cultural institutions, community groups, and businesses.

Examples of Smart Education Systems

Unlike the Bee suggests, we cannot close down schools and reestablish them again in leaner configurations. And we cannot solely abdicate our public responsibility to the corporate pressures of charter school reform and not expect to pay a high price for that surrender.

Another glaring omission in the Bee’s editorial equation is the urgent need to involve parents as education advocates. The concept of Parent U-Turn is succeeding in The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Where is a similar implementation model for SCUSD?

The solutions are out there. We need to open our eyes and roll up our sleeves.

Written by scusdobserver

October 27, 2009 at 3:04 pm