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The plot grows thick legs…

Today, an eye-opening 62-page report was released by two Republican members of Congress, (Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, and Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley) who directed their staff members to gather factual evidence and investigate the June 11, 2009 firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin.

The report also suggests that Michelle Rhee, the school chancellor in Washington, intervened on behalf of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, her current fiancé, who was under investigation by Walpin.

“The facts outlined in the referral give rise to reasonable suspicions about potential hush money payments and witness tampering at a federally funded entity,” the congressmen wrote.

The entire document merits a thorough read.

Find it here


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November 21, 2009 at 2:50 am

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.

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October 27, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Board Meeting Thursday evening…

On the agenda:

Charter School Quarterly Report
St. HOPE public schools
Charter Facility Use Agreements


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August 18, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Fired Inspector General Gerald Walpin speaks out

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June 15, 2009 at 12:06 am

KJ gets excuse note from Obama

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June 12, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Why Is the Sacramento Bee Withholding St. Hope Audit?

Labor and civil rights leaders and immigrants rights groups will hold a press conference today in front of the Sacramento Bee office on 2100 Q Street at 11:30 a.m.

The Communities of Color for Accountability and Change
will demand that the Bee release an Audit Report they have obtained from the Sacramento City Unified School District regarding the Sacramento Charter High School St Hope’s audit’s findings. Citizens want to know what the 2008 St. Hope Audit findings reveal before the November 4th election.

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November 3, 2008 at 2:53 pm

School Board approves a one-year agreement for St. Hope

In last night’s meeting, the SCUSD Board acted to approve a draft Facilities Use Agreement that grants a one year contract of non-exclusive use of the Sacramento High School campus by the ST. HOPE Corporation.

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September 6, 2008 at 12:19 am