Barnett, Barrera, Cindy Marten, Evans, Foster, San Diego Unified School District, San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten
Cindy Marten is in the top position in the second largest school district in California.
Lots of pressure…lots of complex issues…lots of moving parts.
Precisely the reason that only someone fully armed with ALL the credentials, experience, education, Integrity, aptitude and ability listed in the job description should be placed in that role.
Marten seems to be a decent human being and by some accounts, brilliant in many ways. According to her biography on the SDUSD website, her positions prior to assuming the Superintendent role in 25 years as an educator include:
Poway Unified School District approximately 15 years:
- Elementary School Teacher
- School-wide Literary Specialist
San Diego Unified School District – approximately 10 years:
- Elementary School Teacher – 3 years
- K-5 Elementary Principal – 4 years
Essentially Marten has spent only 4 years out of her 25 year career managing a group older than 10 year old students...and that was only managing approximately 25 teachers and staff, 800 Students, with a budget of $5 million!
Here is the Central Budget: Central Elementary Budget 2011-2012
The first line under “Education and Experience” in the “Superintendent of Public Education” job description says:
“Experience which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities equivalent to at least 5 years experience in senior management of a large and complex organization such as a large, culturally diverse urban school district.”
Here is the full description: SuptofPublicEducation
It is obvious that her credentials do not qualify as “equivalent to at least 5 years experience in senior management of a large and complex organization such as a large, culturally diverse urban school district.”
There are many of the 1/3 of the SDUSD principals that Marten “re-assigned” in the last 13 months that have credentials that put hers to shame…including the Principals at SCPA (https://districtdeeds.wordpress.com/2014/07/11/attention-superintendent-cindy-marten-board-members-beiser-barnett-barrera-evans-foster-principal-credentials-required-at-scpa/) and Lincoln.
How in the world do those credentials qualify Marten for the SDUSD Superintendent position over 13,559 Employees including 6,500 Teachers, 112 Departments and 132,000 Students*? (*source: http://www.sandi.net/page/21) and a budget of $1.2 BILLION!
To give some context on this HUGE disparity between her credentials and the experience requirements to be successful, the following is a chart I call “The Marten Leap” that show how many times larger the Superintendent positiion is than ANY experience she has had in the past:
|THE MARTEN LEAP|
|Central Elementary||SDUSD||Times Larger|
Another way to look at it is the following comparison:
Using the LOWEST ratio above, the Student population disparity of 165 times larger, promoting Marten from Central Elementary Principal with 800 students to SDUSD Superintendent with 132,000 students is equivalent to…
Promoting the President of San Diego City College with 15,558 students to the Chancellor of the California State University System which includes 23 campuses (including San Diego State, CSU Northridge, San Jose State, etc) and 446,530 students…AND THEN MULTIPLYING THAT STUDENT POPULATION 5 1/2 TIMES TO 2,475,000 STUDENTS! (source: http://www.calstate.edu/as/stat_reports/2013-2014/f13_01.htm). The sad thing is that the President of City College would actually be better prepared than Marten in the corresponding role because she at least would have administrative experience over multiple non-education related departments (Facilities, IT, Custodial, Contractors, etc) and complete budget oversight WHICH MARTEN DID NOT WHEN ASSUMING HER NEW ROLE.
So why would the SDUSD School Board push Marten, clearly unprepared and unsuitable for the role, into the Superintendent position in a “highly unusual – virtually unheard of” way as described by the extremely SDUSD friendly Maureen Magee at the San Diego Union Tribune (http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/feb/28/tp-board-picks-principal-as-unifieds-new-leader/) with virtually no community input or search procedure?
And why would a smart, successful educator choose to accept a position that was clearly beyond her credentials and capabilities, proven by almost every ill advised action taken in the past 13 months including removing 1/3 of the Principals (many of which have better credentials than Marten) and victimizing the poorest and weakest voices in the SDUSD-the ELL and Free and Reduced Lunch Students while advocating for the most well off – the La Jolla Cluster Association?
NEXT: Anatomy Of A Failed Superintendent – Part 2A – Decisions – Board of Education
Not to nitpick, but you are giving Cindy Marten more credit for public school teaching experience, than she should get.
Cindy got her elementary credential in 1990.
Cindy began teaching at Beth Israel Day School in University City. She stayed there until 1997.Looks like an elite school. Class size is 8 to 1…Nice gig…
Then 1997 to Poway. Five years there. Then the “9-11 soldier for education” moment, when she decided to bring her “La Jolla Country Day School” education she received as a child to Central Elementary…
Central..2002…Staci Monreal was Central principal. After a few years,Cindy became a VP.. Then Staci, her best friend, was sent to Los Angeles and without an Administrative Credential (see: The full Cindy Marten Interview..New Chiefs Whole Take on Her Big Task) Voice of San Diego, June 2, 2013.Scott Lewis…(.Cindy mentions she did not have an administrative credential when she became principal..that was issued Feb. 2, 2009 according to Ca State website: teacher look-up.).Helps to have friends in high places.
Total teaching experience, less than 10 years…
First thing Cindy did when appointed, pay back Staci Monreal by making her Chief of Staff…Cindy was from the lowest achieving school in the district, the three years she was there..had only elementary school experience…
Crony appointments are not illegal, just unethical. Both Marten and Monreal received crony appointments.
Frank Engle said:
Thank you so much for this great info. I also read your postings on the Ravitch blog…good stuff. I have an idea I would like to run by you…email me at email@example.com and we can chat.
Above should read…Staci Monreal had only elementary experience and was from the lowest achieving school in the district, for the three years she was at Marshall Elementary…2010 until 2013…
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