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Special meeting tonight

6:00 p.m. Closed Session
7:00 p.m. Open Session

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

6.1  Public Hearing re Provisions of the Letter of Agreement between Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) and Sacramento City Unified School District (AB1200).

6.2  Ratification of Letter of Agreement between Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) and Sacramento City Unified School District (AB1200)

6.3  Resolution No. 2627 Rescind Notice of Layoff – Classified Management.

7.1a  Approve Job Descriptions:  Chief Accountability Officer and Chief Family and Community Engagement Officer.

7.1b  Approve School Calendars for the 2010-11 School Year.


Written by scusdobserver

June 30, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Corporate restructuring

The news that Superintendent Jonathan Raymond is seeking permission from trustees to hire a chief accountability officer for SCUSD does not allay very real fears that Raymond is accelerating a push to develop a corporate education culture in Sacramento.

Consider these job titles: Chief Talent Officer, Chief Knowledge Officer, Chief Portfolio Officer…all with annual salary ranges between $125,000-175,000. New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, a strong proponent of privatization, devised this idea of “administrative restructuring.”

These executives (most who have never taught in a classroom or been a principal) make the rounds throughout the countries’ school systems while changing job titles and descriptions. It’s a smorgasboard of CEO’s. Raymond was a chief accountability officer before he was hired in Sacramento.

The ultimate goal is to run the school system like a corporation –SCUSD teachers will have continued pressure to “teach the test” and improve API scores — data will be relentlessly tracked and tied to performance by the chief accountability officer.

This reform leads to what education historian Diane Ravitch calls a huge mistake:

Teachers — not just union leaders — are unhappy, frustrated, and demoralized. So are parents, because they don’t like the high-stakes testing regime either. They don’t like that their children are losing time for the arts, science, history, geography, physical education, foreign languages, and everything that is not tested. They may not be well-informed, yet they know that their children are missing out on a good education.

Dream Money

As many school boards in the U.S. hesitate, Race to the Top dollars come under a deadline. Our school board will discuss it tonight.

In Educational Utopia, here is how our board could appropriate this money and how everyone might work together:

  1. E-21 continues as a public program without the majority of its funding coming from corporate philanthropy.
  2. Our teachers and their union work to create a pipeline with state and federal agencies to give their collective ideas more bargaining power.
  3. The poorest-ESLL (neighborhood) schools keep their doors open.
  4. Parents become administrators of district-wide programs that focus on peer-led (grass roots level) involvement.

Written by scusdobserver

January 12, 2010 at 5:11 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

Special Board Meeting today

4:50 p.m.
Item 2.2

Superintendent Roll-out Ad Hoc Committee
Asset Revenue Generation Ad Hoc Committee

Editor’s note: Ad hoc committees are created for a one-time purpose or to focus on examining a specific subject. Most are created with a deadline by which they must complete their work.


Written by scusdobserver

August 26, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Raymond emerges from closed session

Updated Friday, July 24

The Sacramento Bee updates the story about the hiring of Jonathan Raymond in this morning’s paper with comments by Roy Grimes defending the board’s transparency issues and also Raymond’s salary

Reading down to the last paragraph of the article:

“He was a front-runner,” Grimes said. “He’s low-key, but no nonsense. … He intends to be very active in this community. He has committed to have his three kids attend our schools and live in the district.”


Last night, a special board meeting introduced Jonathan Raymond as SCUSD’s next superintendent. Susan Miller, who did not apply for the position, comments in the Sacramento Bee:

“I look forward to a new superintendent coming in with fresh eyes,” said Miller, who will return to her role as associate superintendent.

Miller said the next superintendent will walk into a difficult position because of limited resources and ongoing budget issues. She said she wonders what the effect of dwindling resources will be on students.

“Can we continue to provide the type of education our students deserve and parents expect?” Miller said. “That’s a challenge in these times when you’ve cut the amount of money districts have cut.”


Written by scusdobserver

July 23, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Special Board Meeting today

With regard to the superintendent search
Agenda Here

Sacramento Bee Article
School board to narrow hunt for superintendent

Written by scusdobserver

June 23, 2009 at 1:12 pm