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Karen Blake June 12, 2014 at 06:50 am
My experience in industry is a little different. I have seen forced ranking of everyone in theRead More company. Those who ranked low are cut. This way, the best and brightest.
Walt Bishop June 12, 2014 at 07:57 am
At least the governor gave billions, from this year's state surplus, to the teacher's union pensionRead More fund. No wonder teachers support a union that will not distinguish between good and bad teaching. Besides the taxpayer sustaining the cost of the "same old same old" public education system there is the added cost of a court to make the distinction. Bummer the teacher's union is not required to reimburse the tax payer for this two year legal battle. Now, it is going to cost the tax payer more for the appeal(s).
Courtney Carreras June 12, 2014 at 08:47 am
Having an effective and objective way to "grade" teachers is a complex issue, but I doRead More believe that the current system is not working. I have seen personally how its basically impossible to fire a teacher who is grossly ineffective - having such feedback from parents and students year after year after year. Any situation that gives automatic tenure and is unable to hold employees accountable is going to be problematic.
Ann Huff June 1, 2014 at 07:25 pm
I think its wonderful that Mark Zuckenberg donated to our schools, but I predict it will never reachRead More our classrooms. The district will spend it on more "coaches" and specialists, more teacher training programs and technology. Meanwhile we will still have a high percentage of combo classes, jammed with 31 -32, English language learners, poverty, high needs students.
Judi Mahoney June 6, 2014 at 05:48 pm
Hope the RCSD is watched like a hawk. Commenter Huff is absolutely correct in her assessment. HowRead More many "donated" Ping golf club SETS have disappeared from Kennedy Middle? What happened to the sewing machines from storage areas? RCSD needs to be absorbed into a larger district so the children get the full benefits from donors.
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 07:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
Cabrillo Unified School District, Half Moon Bay
Phillip Bailey November 13, 2013 at 04:18 pm
It is even WORSE for HS Sports. Coastside HS players need to carpool to various off site gamesRead More especially if the sport they are playing is a team sport that does not have HIGH team-total numbers. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER in justice. Football teams of course get top billing but the yellow school buses should be used for all HS team sports. If there are EMPTY seats then so be it. Cabrillo, Jefferson, San Mateo, Sequoia HS School Districts are all different. SMUHSD lets their baseball players drive their own cars to games. Others say NO WAY.... All HS players on HS Sport Teams should NOT have to rely on a mother or father or family member to drive players to games in cramped family cars. Get it together Please!
David Vespremi November 14, 2013 at 01:02 pm
Thanks everyone for the thoughtful responses. When I brought up the prospect of exploring the useRead More of Measure E funds as a way to restoring our school bus service, I didn't realize the level of support this idea would garner. I've received phone calls, emails, and been approached by folks, many with a story to tell - some truly heartbreaking (school children abandoned after hours by SamTrans buses at bus stops miles from home, small children that were never picked up to begin with, and more). I've encouraged each of these parents to come and share their stories with the school board tonight. Our motivation was more one of wanting to replicate for our children an experience that I grew up with here on the coast - the simple act of being able to walk to a bus stop together with other children from the neighborhood and ride a bus to school - but others had more dire and pressing stories based on recent experiences. In any event, I'm not entirely convinced that we'll ultimately be able to tap into Measure E funds specifically, but I am convinced that just as with saving the Moss Beach playground, a vocal community of concerned parents and commuters can potentially make this happen. I have had a number of sources point out that removing the bus service by the district was improper based on the distance between our communities and the schools served by them, and I suspect that there may be something to this theory since the district still owns and maintains the busing infrastructure even if it is not being put to use (why was it not dismantled and cashed out unless there was some obligation to keep it in place? Surely they could have trimmed the fleet down substantially if the only obligation was serving a couple of affordable housing sites). Let's now work to establish a ground swell of support for bringing the buses back so that we can let the district know that we expect them to come to the table recognizing this as an urgent priority and expend some of their own time and energy identifying ways to make it happen. Thanks again for the support and please send letters in to the school board and show up tonight to make your voices heard. -- David
David Vespremi November 14, 2013 at 01:02 pm
Thanks everyone for the thoughtful responses. When I brought up the prospect of exploring the useRead More of Measure E funds as a way to restoring our school bus service, I didn't realize the level of support this idea would garner. I've received phone calls, emails, and been approached by folks, many with a story to tell - some truly heartbreaking (school children abandoned after hours by SamTrans buses at bus stops miles from home, small children that were never picked up to begin with, and more). I've encouraged each of these parents to come and share their stories with the school board tonight. Our motivation was more one of wanting to replicate for our children an experience that I grew up with here on the coast - the simple act of being able to walk to a bus stop together with other children from the neighborhood and ride a bus to school - but others had more dire and pressing stories based on recent experiences. In any event, I'm not entirely convinced that we'll ultimately be able to tap into Measure E funds specifically, but I am convinced that just as with saving the Moss Beach playground, a vocal community of concerned parents and commuters can potentially make this happen. I have had a number of sources point out that removing the bus service by the district was improper based on the distance between our communities and the schools served by them, and I suspect that there may be something to this theory since the district still owns and maintains the busing infrastructure even if it is not being put to use (why was it not dismantled and cashed out unless there was some obligation to keep it in place? Surely they could have trimmed the fleet down substantially if the only obligation was serving a couple of affordable housing sites). Let's now work to establish a ground swell of support for bringing the buses back so that we can let the district know that we expect them to come to the table recognizing this as an urgent priority and expend some of their own time and energy identifying ways to make it happen. Thanks again for the support and please send letters in to the school board and show up tonight to make your voices heard. -- David
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Richard Whitmarsh November 10, 2013 at 12:47 pm
Catherine - Why would you write an article about the pros and cons and promote the article with aRead More picture that highlights the opposition? The Common Core is nothing more than the flavor of the day... Schools have always been focused on Math and English as yardsticks for achievement...The CA High School Exit Exam has two parts: Math and English... These are basic skills. Students will still have the opportunity to enroll in elective courses and to expand their horizons in art, music, theater, etc. The big push with the CC testing is to have students demonstrate their understanding by constructing responses and having that response rated, instead of having a 1 out of 4 chance of guessing the correct answer... If only we had 4 chances at a job interview... I certainly don't know how it's all going to shake out, but I don't see any reason to be protesting the Common Core at this point. The new tests are no piece of cake, and this generation of students in the transition period may be in for a shock. Demonstrating competence beyond guessing should be a good thing
Richard Whitmarsh November 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm
Catherine - Why would you write an article about the pros and cons and promote the article with aRead More picture that highlights the opposition? The Common Core is nothing more than the flavor of the day... Schools have always been focused on Math and English as yardsticks for achievement...The CA High School Exit Exam has two parts: Math and English... These are basic skills. Students will still have the opportunity to enroll in elective courses and to expand their horizons in art, music, theater, etc. The big push with the CC testing is to have students demonstrate their understanding by constructing responses and having that response rated, instead of having a 1 out of 4 chance of guessing the correct answer... If only we had 4 chances at a job interview... I certainly don't know how it's all going to shake out, but I don't see any reason to be protesting the Common Core at this point.
Dee November 11, 2013 at 08:33 am
I agree, the art chosen for this piece is misleading but the article does do a great job at showingRead More some of the pros and cons of the Common Core. And yes, here we go again: the Common Core is nothing more than the flavor of the day. I do think this younger generation of students need more project-based learning but I am concerned about teachers and schools having the wherewithal to implement these changes especially with funding issues. Moving to a digital platform for testing is a huge feat because it's a massive burden being put on school districts, many of which are dealing with antiquated technology. Also, many kids do not have access to technology at home, do not know how to type. This puts them at a big disadvantage when it comes to testing and the great divide between the haves and have nots widens even more.
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