Tonight, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at 5:00 pm, in the Eugene Brucker Education Center, the San Diego Board of Education (BOE) will have their chance, AGAIN, to correct ANOTHER ill-advised decision by their totally incompetent and defiant Superintendent Cindy Marten. Apparently Marten only takes direction from one BOE Trustee…Grand Jury Accused Trustee Marne Foster.
To recap for new readers of this blog, back in November, 2014 Marten had tried to bully her way to a poor decision to move the SDUSD School Year to before Labor Day for both the 2015/16 and the 2016/17 school year using a clumsy robocall and a Marten subordinate stacked Calendar Committee.
District Deeds described the Marten Manipulation and Lies here:
SDUSD School Calendar Change – Marten Manipulation and Lies in Action!
We followed up with a post on December 8th, 2015 that alerted SDUSD Stakeholders to the BOE Meeting and provided the results of the poll that showed that ONLY 37% of those polled were in favor of the Pre-Labor Day start date.
Here is that Post:
NEWS FLASH! SDUSD School Calendar Change Update- Calendar Change on Board Agenda for Tomorrow Night…WILL MONARCH MARTEN AND THE BOE RAM 8/31/15 DOWN THE THROATS OF SDUSD FAMILIES?
The positive results of the SDUSD Stakeholder outcry was the San Diego BOE VOTING DOWN the Marten recommendation for 2015/16 and sending her back for more Stakeholder collaboration on the 2016/17 school date start change to pre-Labor Day:
UPDATE: SDUSD School Calendar Change – CONGRATULATIONS! 8/31 School Start Date Pushed Off 1 Year!
In that post we lauded ALL SDUSD Stakeholders and also commended certain BOE Trustees
As the community discussions commenced regarding the 2015/16 School Start Date, virtually EVERY Cluster was AGAINST the pre-Labor Day option. We blogged a couple more posts in March after having the chance to review ALL the evidence and not just the skewed report prepared by the SDUSD. On March 25th District Deeds compiled a list of 4 reasons for the BOE to DENY the Pre-Labor Day option here:
FOUR REASONS the SDUSD SCHOOL START DATE Should Remain AFTER Labor Day
Then, two days later we had the honor of posting a Letter To The SDUSD by Ms. Heather Worms, a dedicated and committed Parent and Volunteer adding a point by point rebuttal of Marten and the SDUSD position to start pre-Labor Day here:
OPEN LETTER TO THE SDUSD: MISSION BAY CLUSTER PARENT PROVIDES a 5TH REASON the SDUSD SCHOOL START DATE Should Remain AFTER Labor Day!
Now Marten is back at her Monarchy ways again and TOTALLY IGNORING STAKEHOLDER INPUT!
The POST_LABOR DAY START was supported with a resounding 66% to 34% edge in 4,665 votes (as described in the San Diego Union Tribune article titled School could start before Labor Day in SD) taken at Cluster meetings and online from a wide variety of Stakeholders to add to similar results in the clumsy robocall poll mentioned earlier.
IT WAS A LANDSLIDE IN FAVOR OF KEEPING THE START DATE AFTER LABOR DAY!
What has the incompetent Elementary School Superintendent decided to do given the point by point rebuttal destroying her earlier position to move the School Start Date to pre-Labor Day and OVERWHELMING STAKEHOLDER OPINION OPPOSING THE MOVE TO PRE-LABOR DAY?
Marten’s recommendation is to IGNORE THE LANDSLIDE SUPPORT FOR A POST LABOR DAY START AND RECOMMEND PRE-LABOR DAY SCHOOL START TO THE BOE!
What planet is the incompetent Cindy Marten from?
In the BOE Meeting in December that denied her request for early start date in 2015/16:
- Trustee Evans who understood that there is a possibility that students can be “enriched and learn” as much from being with their loving families as they can in a sweltering classroom and began the discussion with an Amendment to push-off the decision for 1 year…with the measure passing unanimously 5 – 0!
NOTHING HAS CHANGED!
SDUSD Students CAN STILL “be “enriched and learn” as much from being with their loving families as they can in a sweltering classroom”. Family enrichment and classroom sweltering heat in 2016/17 will be no different.
Trustee Evans SHOULD vote AGAIN for the 2016/17 POST LABOR DAY SCHOOL START!
- Trustee McQuary, in his first BOE meeting, supporting the need for further discussion with the communities including the informal Cluster Congress.
THIS HAS HAPPENED!
And the resounding sentiment FROM THAT DISCUSSION is FOR the POST LABOR DAY START DATE!
THE Cluster Congress was OVERWHELMINGLY IN FAVOR OF KEEPING THE POST LABOR DAY SCHOOL START IN 2016/17!
Cluster AND School Site Meetings were OVERWHELMINGLY IN FAVOR OF KEEPING THE POST LABOR DAY START DATE!
Two Stakeholder Surveys from November 2014 to the present were OVERWHELMINGLY IN FAVOR OF KEEPING THE POST LABOR DAY START DATE!
Two members of the SDUSD Calendar Committee representing 130,000 students BOTH VOTED FOR THE POST LABOR DAY START DATE so…
Trustee McQuary SHOULD vote AGAIN for the 2016/17 POST LABOR DAY SCHOOL START!
- Trustee Beiser who remembered his request that the community was fully included and reminded Superintendent Marten how important REAL community collaboration and communication actually is.
Well…”the community was fully included” but Marten OBVIOUSLY FORGOT “how important REAL community collaboration and communication actually is.”
As indicated above, MARTEN COMPLETELY IGNORED PUBLIC COMMENT AND OPINION ON THE DATE CHANGE. In fact Marten probably wouldn’t know what REAL community collaboration and community actually is” if it bit her where…well…you know where!…AND, at this point, Trustee Beiser CANNOT BELIEVE she is capable of doing it…so…
Trustee Beiser SHOULD vote AGAIN for the 2016/17 POST LABOR DAY SCHOOL START!
On top of it all…remember the brave Parent who was willing to rebut the SDUSD justifications for the early start point by point?
Cindy Marten decided to announce the removal of the Principal where she is the PTO President ON MONDAY and had her Area Superintendent schedule the Parent Meeting to discuss the Principal replacement TONIGHT…AT THE SAME TIME AS THE BOARD MEETING!
District Deeds thinks it is just another way for Marten to combine the Principal Selection Sideshow for fake collaboration at the most inconvenient and short time frame for Stakeholders while eliminating the possibility of an eloquent Parent defeating her at a BOE meeting AGAIN!
BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE!
The only other reason for this ill-advised decision TO SUPPORT AN UNPOPULAR POSITION TO THE BOE is that it could draw attention AWAY from her other Blunders and Serious Indictments like:
The San Diego Grand Jury Report proving her as an accomplice in improper actions by Meddlin’ Marne Foster:
District Deeds Vindication! Grand Jury: SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT TRUSTEE’S OVERREACH: ABUSE OF POWER
And the ELST/ELL Student Support Disaster:
WHISTLEBLOWER – English Language Learner “Concerned ELL Teacher”: Change this Madness!!!
Open Letter To The SDUSD – ELL Parent/DELAC Member in “Utter Disbelief” Over DELAC Executive Board “Civil Rights Violation” Behavior!
Carta Abierta al Distrito—Madre de un Estudiante en Vias de Aprender Ingles (EL por sus siglas en Ingles) en “completa incredulidad” por la “violacion a derechos civiles” Cometida por la Mesa Ejecutiva del Comite Para Alumnos en Vias de Aprender Ingles del Distrito (DELAC por sus siglas en Ingles)
And the Purge of highly qualified Administrators (WHICH SHE WILL CONTINUE TO ELIMINATE 6 – 10 MORE TONIGHT!):
THE SDUSD – MARTEN “PURGE” HAS BEGUN! – Say Goodbye to Your Highly Qualified Principals and Vice Principals Before they Disappear! #survivethesdusd
Choose YOUR Marten blunder/indictment and GO TO THE BOARD MEETING TONIGHT AT 5:00 PM AT THE BRUCKER EDUCATION CENTER TO VOICE YOUR OPINION OR WATCH IT ON SANDI.NET HERE: Board Of Education Broadcast/Webcast
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i am simplu not following how this is a major issue? it isn’t as though september is so much cooler temperature-wise here in southern california. the so-called indian summer heat cranks up in july and continues most of the time straight through november…
Frank Engle said:
Mainly the issue is twofold as described in this and accompanying posts,
First, virtually EVERY argument for the early start date used by Marten and her employees and lone PTA ally on the Calendar Committee, and then parroted by Trustees Foster, Barrera and Evans were proven INACCURATE, COMPLETELY WRONG OR NOT ADDRESSED by contributors to District Deeds and testimony at Board, Cluster, Cluster Congress and other District sponsored meetings,
Secondly, all polling and sentiment shared at the meetings above were overwhelmingly opposed to the early start for each of their individual SDUSD Stakeholder reasons. In spite of that, the Marten and her cronies on the Board voted for the early start.
You may have been in the minority who either didn’t care when the start date was or was for the early start date…but those stakeholders were outvoted.
The result of ALL that Faullaboration by the District was to ignore the overwhelming Stakeholder opinion and thereby proving that the Marten “outreach” was all fake and useless effort for thousands of Stakeholders who USED to trust them to be fair and honest.
The only one who REALLY listened was Trustee McQuary.
I also am frustrated that this decision was made without accurate information.
There has to be a fiscal impact to this decision. The calendar committee waved away concerns of adding additional days of school with higher heat by saying many schools now have AC, but does SDUSD get electricity for free now? As far as I’m aware, statistically Aug is hotter than June, so a calculation of the estimated additional expenses should have been provided.
I am clueless as to why the district wanted to change other than it interfered with someone’s personal plans. The other reasons given for the change were rather baseless. I laughed at the one about improving scores on AP tests. No one I know familiar with AP tests would actually suggest a couple of days makes a difference; it’s a cumulative test!
Frank Engle said:
You are absolutely right SL! EVERY SINGLE ARGUMENT in favor of the pre-Labor Day start date was COMPLETELY de-bunked! In my opinion the MOST offensive comment was by the PTA representative who deferred to the District so-called “experts” on the pre-Labor Day start with nothing to support their case. I have heard that Marten has some of the PTA leadership in her back pocket and it made me wonder if he was one of those “collaborators”.