school advocates have spent nearly $300,000 backing candidates for three seats
on the board of the Sacramento County Office of Education, positions that once
were considered sleepy political outposts.
providing oversight for Sacramento County school districts, the education board
reviews the charters of countywide charter school systems and hears appeals
from charter schools whose applications have been rejected by local school
recent years, the California Charter Schools Association has emerged as a major
player in supporting candidates for the board. This year, the advocacy group
has focused its donations on three candidates: Joanne Ahola, who works for the
association; Heather Davis, who is married to Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis, an
employee of the charter schools group; and Roy Grimes, a former county
education board member challenging an incumbent who has voted against
reauthorizing charter schools.
Marquez, senior political director for the Charter Schools Association, said it
views the Sacramento County Office of Education as “a really strong safeguard, a
strong backstop for (preventing) politically motivated denials (of charter
schools) at the local level.”
are happy with the board,” he added. “It’s really important right now that we
county Office of Education has so far chartered five schools – all part of a
network operated by Margaret Fortune that focuses on closing the achievement
gap between African American and other students. Fortune recently finished
serving as a California State University trustee and was an adviser for former
Govs. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis.
Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week. So some folks thought it might be a swell idea to ask teachers how “appreciated” they feel. The short answer? Not so much.
Results of a wide-ranging new survey of 3,328 K-12 classroom teachers finds the nation’s frontline educators are committed to their students and generally satisfied with their schools and their colleagues but are deeply frustrated with how they’re being treated.
Most teachers believe their voices are ignored by policy makers at the district (76 percent), state (94 percent), and national (94 percent) levels.
Although most teachers say what would really help their work would be smaller class sizes and more time for planning and collaboration with colleagues, what a majority of them report is too much emphasis on testing, especially in high- and medium-poverty schools where teachers say they are way more apt to spend more than a month on test-prep activities for district and state tests.
“A majority of teachers believe they spend too much time preparing students for state-mandated tests (62 percent) and district-mandated tests (51 percent),” the survey summary states. “Very few teachers believed they spent too little time preparing students for district and/or state-mandated tests.”
In the meantime, the tests have an impact on the evaluations of most teachers, even though a majority of these teachers say these evaluations are only minimally or not at all helpful.
The discontent teachers feel in the workplace is actually the continuation of a long and alarming trend with undoubtedly negative impacts on students.
to adopt a new guide to Mexican American (Chicano) history, (and everyone else)
Cesar Chavez and Duane Campbell 1972
social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You can not un-educate the
person who has learned to read.. You cannot oppress the people who are not
Chávez. November 9, 1984. Update. the decision was made May 19. The proposed new framework passed the Quality Instructional Materials Committee. It is most likely to be adopted as is.
will change in May of 2016 for the students of California, and in subsequent
years students throughout the nation. Teachers. Are you prepared to teach all history?
a unique opportunity to change the history books in California K-12 to
include Chicano/Mexican American history.
American/ Chicano history is currently substantially absent from public school
textbooks and curriculum in California- and it has been since 1986.
Latino student political non participation and alienation from school is
significantly caused by Latino absence from the K-12 textbooks and curriculum.
last two years the Mexican American Digital History Project and a broad group
of allies have been working for to add Chicano history to the California
History/Social Science Framework, the document that determines what goes into
textbooks in California. See https://sites.google.com/site/chicanodigital/
Bernie is coming to California on Monday and Tuesday to hold two "A Future to Believe In" rallies — don't miss this chance to see him in person! Join us for a conversation about the issues that matter: making college tuition-free, getting big money out of politics, combating climate change, and much more.
With the California primary coming up, we need everyone to get involved to make these events a success. Can Bernie count on you to join him?
A Future to Believe In Sacramento Rally Monday, May 9 Doors open at 5:00 pm Bonney Field at Cal Expo 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento CA