Lots of public comment, most of it on LCAP.
Two speakers from Fathers & Families of San Jan Joaquin are criticizing the LCAP plan, saying it does not address needs for English Learners, Foster youth and low-income students. They haven’t come out and said it, but the hint is that the LCFF money could be funneled into Fathers & Families of San Joaquin to operate programs that help foster youth, low income students and English learners.
Some folks – and kids – spoke also. Some students in county programs – spoke on behalf of Fathers & Families of San Joaquin also. Some of the kids in County charter schools, however.
A retired educator named Ron asked for counselors to be hired to work directly with foster programs. He works now in foster services.
ACLU organizer Laila Fahimuddin also spoke. Her group has written a letter citing a lack of transparency in the LCAP process. I’ll have more from her in my upcoming story.
Teachers union president Ellen Old is talking about class sizes.
Michael Ramirez and two students are speaking without being called – it’s getting late – he said. Earlier resident Toucan Ngyuen said she missed the bus waiting to speak. Trustees weren’t sure they’d let Ramirez speak. But they did. Nguyen stood up “can I speak for 3 minutes!” She’ll go next.
Nguyen then spoke. As is her wont to do, she spoke about corruption, minorities, and some of her claimed personal illnesses. “Behave yourself,” she finished.
Rev. John Harris spoke. It was the third time he’s been here. His group PAC has 20+ congregations locally and 180+ total. They want to the district to know the group is the district’s partner in bettering schools, Harris said.
Peyton Elementary Principal Sherry Jackson spoke – said she’s served for 14 years. She spoke saying that Lowder announced retirement, and the district hasn’t named an interim superintendent. She said rumors said Julie Penn would serve in an interim but that now someone from business services might be chosen. She implores Trustees to make it happen soon.”We have a plan,” Trustee Kathy Garcia said.