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Charles Dennis June 12, 2014 at 06:02 pm
In wealthy districts you will have few complaints about the quality of teaching and educationRead More because there are funds-private-that can bolster the needs of educational professionals. The majority of districts don't have this capacity, nor do parents have the means to address the myriad of needs of their children. They are just getting by, or not even getting by. The affects of poor nutrition, broken homes, and delinquency fall on the shoulders of teachers and school administrators. Teachers would have the opportunity to actually teach if their students' parents had-health insurance that didn't cost an arm and a leg, a steady well paying job that had reasonable hours and safe neighborhoods to live in. Increased funds for schools-currently California ranks almost last nationwide in per pupil funding no thanks to Prop 13-would also have a positive impact on the quality of education in our state. Teaching is challenging; anyone who comments on this blog and has not taught is really speaking out of ignorance. Teachers voice opinions; my most inspiring teachers, the ones who really got me thinking, had strong opinions, ones that might run contrary to parent's personal values. Tenure protects those teachers ability to express opposition. The author of this lawsuit is a wealthy CEO, someone used to getting his professional needs met by simply getting rid of opposition. That is not the way to solve our educational shortcomings in this state. Charter schools have not demonstrated significant gains in student test scores, if you think that student testing is the best way to measure success-another topic that needs discussion.
Allen June 12, 2014 at 06:26 pm
Tenure was originally intended to protect intellectual and political discourse. But a second gradeRead More teacher with 2 years experience?
Deanna June 26, 2014 at 11:29 am
Charles I get your point where classroom needs are concerned, but I can tell you with absoluteRead More certainty, teachers do not always get paid more in wealthy districts. In fact it's often quite the opposite. It is often true that teachers make 10 thousand or more less, but still have deal with the cost of living in wealthy districts.
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Michael June 11, 2014 at 11:06 am
there has got to be a way to control use of cell phones while driving via use of technology. ManyRead More humans will simply NOT STOP texting and using phones (holding) while driving. We as a society must find a way to protect ourselves from these thoughtless, selfish, dangerous people. Arrogance ("I will do whatever I want") and ignorance (idiots like Oakland's Mayor Quan who actually believe holding a phone while driving so she can check out directions is LEGAL!) are out of control related to cell phones and driving. How many more will need to die before we as a society act on this. Teens are only part of the problem.
novato 3per June 11, 2014 at 11:32 am
Michael, I agree that something must be done about the distracted driving epidemic, but am unsureRead More if we want to usher more technology into our personal spheres -careful what you wish for, NSA, BiG BROTHER, etc. I am no fan of Quan, however, a recent decision , SPRIGGS, did affirm the use of smartphone as GPS device was not a violation of the law. ( http://blogs.findlaw.com/california_case_law/2014/03/smartphone-gps-and-other-tinkering-while-driving-allowed-by-court.html. )
Hopkin June 11, 2014 at 01:26 pm
Michael, there no doubt is, but one issue with it would be that it wouldn't discriminate betweenRead More casual use and emergency use.
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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
Roger May 1, 2014 at 07:06 am
Suzanne: I think the gap is the US with other countries, like Finland and Japan. I have been at RossRead More Common when that school ended for the day, and the students were all white. I think Novato's K through 3rd grade is half Hispanic this year.
Tina McMillan May 1, 2014 at 10:37 am
None of these schools has a significant population of English Language Learners or SocioeconomicallyRead More Disadvantaged students. We can see by API statistics that the real struggle in public education is effectively teaching ELL and SED students. If the only schools honored are those with the least diversity then the award is really a pat on the back for doing little with a lot. ============================================http://school-ratings.com/counties/Marin.html This link provides stats for all the schools in Marin so you can compare scores to different groups of learners. ============================================ Dixie: 5% ELL and 5% SED========================== Bel Aire: 2% ELL and 3% SED======================== Reed: 2% ELL and 2% SED========================= Ross: 0% ELL and 0% SED========================= Wade Thomas: 7% ELL and 13% SED================== ============================================Out of the schools listed Wade Thomas is the only one that has any relative population of ELL and SED students. In Novato, by comparison, Hamilton School is 33% ELL and 59% SED and Lynwood is 33% ELL and 65% SED. If you go to each Novato school you can see the significant changes to teaching that must go with a highly diverse group of learners. Until we acknowledge that curriculum reform is essential we won't be able to overcome the challenges our own district faces. ============================================ Awards that measure the success of schools with few to no impacts as a result of diversity and poverty, are simply telling us that education is successful when students come from families where food, housing and language are not an issue. The districts from which these schools receive funding are all basic aid which means their property taxes more than cover the costs of education while in Novato we rely on the state to make up the difference and so receive significantly less per pupil funding. =========================================== How about an award that measures success based on the challenges associated with teaching a diverse array of learners on a shoe string budget.
Hopkin May 1, 2014 at 11:10 am
No, Tina, they get measures that award more tax dollars!
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DCMLAW October 9, 2013 at 10:38 am
At Neil Cummings, Principal Leo Kostelnik led a group of walkers and a dozen parents volunteered toRead More escort students who biked and walked from various neighborhoods. Safe Routes to Schools co-volunteers David Macpherson and Michael Koeppel provided Clif Bars Kid Z Bars, apples and stickers to the students. With 166 bicycles on campus and many more walkers, it is likely that more than half the student population arrived at school without being driven!
Jim Welte October 9, 2013 at 10:39 am
That's fantastic news - thanks for the update.
Susan Cluff May 29, 2013 at 06:18 am
Wish more hard numbers were available for COM, particularly those who go on to four year collegesRead More and what happens to those who don't stay on. With enrollment down to 6,620 in 2013, less than 400 graduate with a two-year certificate?
Syrah May 29, 2013 at 07:39 am
I did my time at COM and went on to get my Masters in Psychology.
c May 8, 2013 at 02:40 pm
I couldn't figure out the map...how about simply listing the Marin High Schools and their rankingsRead More in the text ?? Don't you think readers would like to know that ?
Derek Wilson May 8, 2013 at 03:16 pm
Unfortunately, Redwood and Tam are the only two Marin schools on the list.
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