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Listening or lecturing?

This evening, SCUSD Superintendent Jonathan Raymond will visit the Pocket area as part of a continuing campaign of outreach to district stakeholders. Councilman Robbie Waters, Board President Ray Grimes and Raymond will partner to present the “listening and learning tour of the district” tonight at John F. Kennedy High School from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

An opinion piece in the Sacramento Bee
yesterday urged local communities to assert a “count us in” approach by informing state legislators of the “barriers that need to be removed in order to achieve dramatic turnaround of the lowest performing schools.” The feel-good ideas of reconstitution, transformation, and culture change are bandied about, yet the crux of the matter centers on a very ugly couple of words — school closures.

Today, the Bee’s editorial page is touting the “reconstitution” of Jonas Salk Middle School (San Juan Unified) as a dramatic fix to that particular school’s problems of low API scores and chronic underperformance. The editorial, in no small way, credits the miraculous and swift turnaround to performance-based pay for teachers and a corporate partnership with Apple Computer, Inc.

Do teachers really want the performance-based pay incentive?
Do parents ultimately want corporations in their public school systems?

Given the recent pressure for Race to The Top federal funding, the local competition for economic resources, and the opinion trend on the Bee’s editorial page, the question stakeholders really need to ask is:

Should we buy what you’re selling?



Community member at Kennedy HS meeting suggests closing Lisbon.

The mood at the Kennedy meeting projected a different sense of solidarity within the community in that no one in the audience seemed concerned about closing schools.

The meeting ended early at 7:30 since there were no more questions.

Community Questions:
Why does Lisbon have 45% enrollment of resident students?
Lisbon is not attracting resident students.
Test scores are declining at Lisbon (one year – 08 -, went from 753 to 741 ed.)
Tutoring programs are not up to speed.

Community Ideas:
Consider closing Lisbon and opening a junior high in the West Area.
Add programs to Lisbon.
Make schools K – 8.

Written by scusdobserver

January 22, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Commentary: Kennedy High Students banned from graduation

On Monday, 18 seniors were banned from participating in John F. Kennedy High School‘s graduation ceremony.

The vandals allegedly caused thousands of dollars worth of damage by perpetrating acts that included dying the school swimming pool green, damaging fresh paint on school doors and writing obscene messages in chalk.

Students were warned in advance that they would be disciplined for vandalism and the consequences would include forfeiting the graduation day ceremony.

These kids chose to break the rules and they were punished by the school district. Some alleged offenders protested and showed up anyway with their caps and gowns on…while sitting in the audience.

Parents appeared at the school with a lawyer, protesting the decision.

So are these children really just entitled brats who don’t think they should be held responsible for their crimes? Are they wrongly accused? SCUSD has videotape and is unwilling to reveal the evidence citing concerns over a possible lawsuit.

Another lawsuit? Why?

These pranks cast a pall over what should be the best day in a student’s life — accomplishments on graduation day. Is litigation the only avenue to hold these individuals responsible for the crimes they committed against the entire Kennedy high school community?

The Sac City school board should hold these children and their parents responsible for the damage they’ve caused and they should make them pay for their crimes. In this time of strained budgets, it would be reprehensible for these haves to take away from the many have-nots in our school system. The district should not spend one dime cleaning up after these idiotic misdemeanors. The district should also not spend one labor hour litigating the fairness of their decision.

Written by scusdobserver

June 14, 2008 at 1:23 pm

Jump Start 21 Conference this Saturday

at John F. Kennedy High School.
JumpStart21 will connect youth with job, internship and community service opportunities for summer 2008. The purpose of JumpStart21 is to offer youth ages 16-18 an opportunity to explore internship, community service and employment possibilities in the sports and entertainment industry for summer 2008 by bringing together employers, community based organizations, public agencies and educators in a job fair and conference environment.

Written by scusdobserver

May 30, 2008 at 1:27 pm