SUSD Live – Board comments

Keenan – Thanked some teachers in common core

Smith – talked about the great graduation ceremonies

Midura – Grew up in family, youngest of six, and his parents made sure the kids ate first. He said that’s what he heard from parents – making sure kids are high priority. Shoutout to Fremont from him for 8th grade graduation. Gave shoutout to Stagg and Chavez (largest grad class at Stagg)

Varela – Went to 6 of 10 graduations. He also asked why the LCFF, LCAP discussion was on the agenda but not addressed. Trustees are going back to it.

Allen – Mentioning today’s Vagera decision (read tomorrow’s Record for more on that.) Talked about some other graduation stuff too.

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SUSD Live – Public comment

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.

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SUSD Live – New Dr.s?

Chavez Principal Will Nelson and a cohort of other administrators in SUSD are all taking courses to get doctorates in education. Sounds like the group gets a reduced rate since they’ve all signed up together.

People in the group I immediately recognize are Nelson, Michele Huntoon, Tom Anderson, Robert Sahli, and Ed Eldridge.

It’s through a college called Concordia Irvine.

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SUSD Live – AdvancePath program

Reyes Guana is presenting on Agenda item 4.2, the Advance Path in SUSD program – which is a credit recovery program.

Amasia Dugar – Student spoke about her Advance Path experience after being a troubled student elsewhere. She graduated on time – actually 3 months early. Advanced Path helped her in life and school. She’s in a college course to become an ultrasound technician now.

Carlos Castellon  – Another student spoke about attending the Chavez and Edison Advance Path programs. He said he was at Franklin when he heard about the program. He was lacking credits and had to make them up. He said he liked the school because it was four hours a day and he could get a job. He later went to Chavez after some other problems arose. Through the program, though, he graduated on time. “I really love this program,” he said.

Teachers JD Burrise and Tim Swartz also spoke.

Burrise said he’s enjoyed the job, and has been able to see for example a student who had hated math before wanted to discuss math problems.

Swartz said he thinks Chavez will have 50 graduates by the end of the summer. He said he strives to teach students why they are learning the things they are. In Advance Path, he said, students have a building block back toward life-long learning.

A couple admins also spoke about research and student “nurture.”

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SUSD Live – Agenda etc.

Getting close to the start of the public session of tonight’s meeting.

Here’s the agenda.


- The board had a 4:30 p.m. budget workshop. It took about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Most of it was CBO Michele Huntoon speaking and explaining some parts of the budget process. I’d say the workshop did very little for the public. Any and all numbers that were discussed were not available to the public.

- The workshop had LCAP discussion on the agenda. That didn’t happen. There is an LCAP public hearing upcoming on tonight’s agenda.

- Prior to closed session Attorney Bob Biegler approached the board and again asked for Lowder to be placed on leave or to resign as he continues to file tort claims of discrimination on behalf of current and former employees.

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Lincoln Unified board agenda

Lincoln Unified trustees meet Wednesday night.

Here’s the agenda.

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SUSD meeting agendas

Stockton Unified has a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, and its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

Here are the agendas: Special Meeting and Regular Meeting.

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More on the local rejection of Career Pathways money

As I reported over the weekend, a local effort that turned into the Career Pathways Alliance 2050 was denied its application for $13.6 million of state grant money. My story here. 

The denial is understandably disappointing for the group.

Up in Sacramento, education leaders are celebrating though. Here’s a Sacramento Bee story on the $21 million that groups up there received.




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Social media threats lead to arrest in Rocklin

It wasn’t here – but northeast of here in Rocklin, some Whitney High School students were arrested after school officials saw threats of gun violence on social media sites.

Here’s the Sacramento Bee’s story.


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SUSD Live – Charter school

I’m taking a break here. The charter school World Language Academy is up for a vote. I’ll write about this in the paper.

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