Sunday, September 15, 2019

Causes of Migration- Honduras

Ismael Moreno Coto, SJ

“Padre Melo” 

will discuss the root causes of mass 
migration from Central America, focusing on the ongoing human rights crisis in Honduras. 

Sponsored by
Sacramento Solidarity with Honduras Coalition

St. Francis of Assisi
Pathways for Justice

St. Ignatius Parish

Unitarian Universalist SS

Sacramento Area

Racine Dominican Sisters

Date and Time: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Location: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
2620 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 
Enter on 27th Street for Free Parking 

Cultural Presentation TBA

Reception to follow

International Human Rights Award Winner
Director of Radio Progreso and ERIC-SJ 
(center for reflection, research, and communications) in Honduras

Free Will Offering

Friday, August 30, 2019

Sac City Opens Schools Without Enough Teachers

Volume 40, No. 1| August 30, 2019
The Staffing Crisis
School Board Member Transparency and Accountability Scorecard
Sac City has a staffing crisis. Our conservative estimate is that at least 100 certificated position are unfilled, meaning that between 3,000 to 4,000 Sac City students are without a credentialed educator--or nearly 10% of the entire student population. As of today (August 30), Human Resources has been unable to provide the list of current vacancies, or the number of unstaffed classroom positions.

At CK McClatchy, for example, it was reported that classes began with 19 substitute teachers, nearly 20% of the staff. Many vacancies remain unposted. At Rosa Parks, the numbers reported were 10 of the 40 staff were substitutes, with several vacancies that were known for months only being posted Wednesday night.

Sadly, last March and April, the Sac City school board voted unanimously to lay off more than 400 educators, including the elimination of 175 certificated positions. Predictably, many of those teachers are no longer available after taking jobs at other districts after being laid off. Additionally, the District only posted the new, vastly improved salary schedules on August 13--three months after the arbitrator's decision--missing another opportunity to attract staff to take positions with the District.

Recently disclosed communications between FCMAT and Superintendent Aguilar and Board President Ryan from March, and additional communication between SCOE Superintendent Dave Gordon and Mr. Aguilar--as reported in the Sacramento Bee--indicate that the decision to layoff was based on faulty numbers and a huge enrollment error that was not disclosed to board members before those layoff decisions were finalized.

Chief Human Resource Officer Cancy McArn confirmed to us that she was not informed about the letter from Dave Gordon and Mr. Aguilar's confirmation of the mistake before the school board made the decision to lay off. She testified under oath at the layoff hearings in late April 2019, based on the inaccurate numbers.

To understand how something like this occurred and to try to prevent it from happening in the future, we asked each board member the following questions:

1) Can you please confirm unambiguously that you did not receive the March 7, 2019 exchange of emails between Mike Fine of FCMAT and Superintendent Jorge Aguilar and Board President Jessie Ryan prior to the District providing them to SCTA via a CPRA request on or about July 15, 2019?
If you did receive them prior to that date, can you please provide the approximate date they were provided to you and the manner in which you received them?

2) Can you also confirm unambiguously that you did not receive copies of Dave Gordon’s March 19, 2019 letter to Mr. Aguilar regarding questions of enrollment and Mr. Aguilar’s April 1, 2019 email response to Mr. Gordon prior to the release of the Third Interim Budget on or about May 16, 2019?

If you did receive them prior to that date, can you please provide the approximate date they were provided to you and the manner in which you received them?

Here are the responses:
To view the original letter to Lisa Murawski, the chairperson of the Sac City School Board's Fiscal Transparency and Accountability Committee, click here.

To view, Ms. Murawski's response and our follow-up, click here.

To view, the letter from Superintendent Aguilar written on Ms. Murawski's behalf, click here.

It is notable that Mr. Minnick, Ms. Murawski and Mr. Aguilar directly avoid answer the questions. According to Mr. Aguilar: he "strives" to keep board members informed but won't give a straight answer to these questions.

We're interested in your thoughts on this.
Should board members confirm whether they received this vital information?

Thursday, August 29, 2019



Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Teachers are Funding Education From Their Own Pockets

As the summer winds down, students and teachers are getting ready to head back to classrooms throughout the country. But for America’s teachers, that comes at a price: an average of $459 to be exact.

Because of a shortfall in spending on school budgets, teachers are forced to reach into their own wallets to prepare for their students, further eroding their take home pay. According to an EPI report, teachers on average spent nearly $500 to get classrooms ready: $327 in North Dakota on the low end of the spectrum, and $664 in California on the high end.

Teachers are plugging the gaps of insufficient school spending to help ensure students have materials they need for a positive learning environment. “An overwhelming majority of them—more than nine out of 10—will not be reimbursed for part of what they spend on supplies over the school year, according to survey data from the National Center for Education Statistics,” EPI found.

EPI’s report also shows teachers in high-poverty schools “are spending more of their own money on school supplies than are teachers in low-poverty schools. This gap may reflect greater needs among students in high-poverty schools and more deficient funding systems for those schools.”

Check out the graphic below to see how much, on average, teachers spend out-of-pocket in each state. Then click here to share it on Facebook. Our teachers should not have to spend their own money on our classrooms. We need to prioritize spending on education to help ensure our students and our teachers have the resources they need.
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