Tonight is the night…the night that the woefully inexperienced and inept Superintendent Cindy Marten gets her annual Performance Evaluation for the disastrous 2014-2015 School Year
This 12 month “snapshot” in this “Year of Failure” by the inept Elementary School Superintendent Cindy Marten does not even SCRATCH THE SURFACE of ALL the collateral damage done to individual Stakeholders – Teachers – Parents – Students – Principals – Staff – Community Members.
The only Superintendent “Rating” grid provided by the SDUSD Board of Education(BOE) is the following:
・ Beginning – The Superintendent has launched the work and there is no evidence of progress yet.
・ Developing – The Superintendent has launched the work, is continuing to develop the implementation, and there is some evidence of progress.
・ Accomplishing – The Superintendent has accomplished the implementation of the work and progress is evident.
・ Extending – The Superintendent has accomplished the work and significant progress/impact is evident.
Given ALL the evidence provided…due to the betrayal of VIRTUALLY EVERY SDUSD STAKEHOLDER through her deceit and ineptness, the destruction of any semblance of TRUST and REAL COLLABORATION and the total lack of any degree of TRANSPARENCY District Deeds decided there needed to be a lower rating than “Beginning” for the rookie Superintendent Marten.
We decided to use the “Edu-Speak” that Marten loves so much.
For the 2014/2015 School Year, District Deeds gives Marten the Rating of:
“REMEDIAL” – Definition: Concerned with the correction of faulty study habits and the raising of a pupil’s general competence for backward and slow learners.
As a primer and a reminder to the Board of Education (BOE) and ALL San Diego Unified School District Stakeholders, the following issues are just a fraction of the major blunders and improper actions by Marten and her Crony Inner Circle:
- Marten Lies About Providing A “Superintendent Marten Scholarship” to SDUSD Graduates
Marten went on a marketing blitz on TV and in print right after she was hired to announce a NEW scholarship that she would personally fund. Numerous attempts by SDUSD Stakeholders asking details of the “Superintendent Marten Scholarship” resulted in cover-ups and NO NEW SCHOLARSHIPS. The denial has been continued this year where there is, AGAIN, NO EVIDENCE OF A NEW SCHOLARSHIP. There are indications that Marten may try and “re-name” an existing Scholarship under her name through an SDUSD non-profit but OBVIOUSLY that is not NEW…just a re-branding of an existing program.
- The MRAP Debacle
Marten…without any input or authorization by the SDUSD BOE decided to unilaterally militarize the SDUSD. After major negative blowback from both the SDUSD Community and the BOE, Marten was forced to return the MRAP at SDUSD Cost and at the expense of educational programs for SDUSD Students
- Accomplice to Improper Board Member School Site Intervention by Trustee Marne Foster
The first hints of the unholy alliance between Marten and Foster was uncovered by District Deeds when following up on the improper removal of Principal Mitzi Lizarraga at SCPA. We discovered that the same improper methods were used at Lincoln High School by Marten and Foster with Principal Esther Omogbehin. The result of the improper intervention was a Grand Jury Report implicating both of them for improper actions and with both Principal Lizarraga and Omogbehin getting MUCH BETTER JOBS AND PROMOTIONS in their new positions in Los Angeles and Houston…to the detriment of the SDUSD.
- The “Butcher Knife Stabbing” at Lincoln High School
The strict guidelines and protocols for campus safety by Principal Obogbehin were unceremoniously dumped after her dismissal by Marten and Foster through their handpicked Principal which resulted in a NATIONAL NEWS STORY exposing the ineptness of the SDUSD leadership to provide a safe learning environment for Students…a NATIONAL BLACK EYE for the SDUSD.
- ELST Removal Disaster and Betrayal of the ELL Community
The first line in the District Deeds blog posting says it all:
“Highly dedicated and involved Community Members and Teachers at the Board Meeting called the Marten ELL Plan a “pack of lies”, a “farce”, Racist, not transparent, non collaborative and a “money grab” that will “miserably fail our children”.
Ultimately the so-called “Marten ELL Plan” resulted in a successful “Grievance Settlement” by the SDEA and MULTIPLE UNIFORM COMPLAINTS by ELL Stakeholders from negatively impacted schools.
- SDUSD Principal Institute: Marten Teaches Principals to Lie
Marten’s attempts to “mentor” Principals that have, in some cases, FIVE TIMES MORE ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE was reported to District Deeds as a TOTAL JOKE by attendees. District Deeds has learned that this year Marten has brought in re-enforcements to mentor the Principals.
This summer apparently Marten had the SDEA President INSTRUCT THE PRINCIPALS WHAT THEY COULD AND COULDN’T DO on their school sites. Since the SDEA OWNS Marten and the BOE, we guess that it is actually more efficient to JUST CUT OUT THE MIDDLE MAN AND HAVE THE SDEA (TEACHERS UNION) TELL THE PRINCIPALS WHAT TO DO DIRECTLY!
- Marten Begins the “Calendar Change” Betrayal of OVER EIGHT SEVEN THOUSAND STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
Marten attempted to jam a Calendar Change down the throats of an OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF SDUSD Stakeholders. As it turned out, the BOE rejected her attempt to change the SDUSD School start date to BEFORE Labor Day for the 2015/16 School Tear and asked for more community input before a decision on 2016/2017. In typical Marten fashion, she did just the opposite of what the BOE instructed and ram-rodded the change through in the spring despite ANOTHER OVERWHELMING STAKEHOLDER MAJORITY IN OPPOSITION TO THE EARLY START DATE!
A perfect example of Marten Fauxllaboration
- Marten Presents “Rotten to the Common Core” State of the District Speech
District Deeds pointed out that in her 12 minute speech, Marten DID NOT MENTION EVEN ONCE THE WORDS “COMMON CORE’.
HOW could the rookie Superintendent whose ONLY credential was supposedly curriculum develop NEGLECT TO EVEN MENTION the PRIMARY CURRICULUM INITIATIVE facing the SDUSD?
The District Deeds Answer: Inexperience and avoidance of transparency and accountability to ALL SDUSD Stakeholders.
- The Marten SPSA Education Code Violation Begins
The blunder by Marten to remove ELST’s in June, 2014 during Graduation Week virtually DESTROYED California State Education Code and Federal Rules regarding SSC Approved SPSA’s required for EVERY YEAR PRIOR to the start of school. Marten did not submit the 2014/2015 SPSA’s to the board and her frantic removal of ELST’s for budget reasons not only violated the rules mentioned earlier but also IMPROPERLY REMOVED ELL SUPPORTS AND FROZE BUDGETS UNTIL JANUARY, 2015 FOR THE NEEDIEST SCHOOLS IN THE SDUSD!!!
There are MULTIPLE Uniform Complaints and Appeals STILL in process over these violations created by Marten.
- Due to the Poor Leadership of Superintendent Marten, the SDUSD experiences a MAJOR BRAIN DRAIN!
A HUGE number of highly skilled Senior Administrators, Principals, Vice Principals and other SDUSD personnel HAVE RAN AWAY from the SDUSD due to the TOXIC environment created by Marten and her Crony Inner Circle. In fact, even her Grand Jury co-defendant Marne Foster mentioned the Brain Drain during her meltdown in a recent BOE Meeting.
- The Marten PURGE Begins ADDING to the Brain Drain
The Marten strategy TO ELIMINATE ANY AND ALL COMPETITION BY FIRING SDUSD Staff that ARE MORE CREDENTIALED THAN HERSELF continued in April of 2015. Many Principals and Vice-Principals who were not “reassigned” by Marten fled the SDUSD to more positive work environments….many times taking a CUT IN PAY just to get away from Marten and her Cronies.
Marten was successful in “DUMBING DOWN” the SDUSD to her experience level.
- The Marten PINK SLIP and STUDENT CONFIDENTIALITY BLUNDERS
Marten, through her total lack of large School District experience DOES NOT EVEN KNOW HOW TO IMPLEMENT UNIVERSAL CONFIDENTIALITY PROTOCOLS for STUDENTS, FAMILIES or EMPLOYEES!
What DOES Marten Know?
She knows how to run a 600 student elementary school with 15-20 employees.
- San Diego Grand Jury Determination: Trustee Foster “Abuses Power” with assistance by Martin
The BOMBSHELL that Foster intimidated Teachers and Staff at SCPA to improperly gain access to and change her son’s records with the assistance and knowledge of Cindy Marten destroyed any remaining credibility Marten OR Foster had to claim transparency or collaboration with SDUSD Stakeholders. The SDUSD response to the Grand Jury is pending.
The Marten LCFF/LCAP “Shell Game”
On June, 9, 2015, with Incomplete and inadequate transparency and collaboration with EVERY group of SDUSD Stakeholders, Marten tried to push the “Draft” of the LCAP/LCFF through the BOE. NUMEROUS stakeholders…from ELL to GATE, from Counselors to the PTA, from the Scripps Ranch Cluster to representatives of Homeless and Foster Youth…accused Marten of inadequate outreach and transparency.
The only “full” Version provided of the LCFF and LCAP plans were in English…ALL the “non-English speaking” Stakeholders WERE EXCLUDED AND DID NOT get to read the full version.
The decision by Marten and the BOE two weeks later was to ram the LCAP and LCFF through with NO ADDITIONAL outreach to speak of.
That just about sums up Cindy Marten in 2014/2015
If it doesn’t get any better soon, Marten’s next “denotation” MUST be “Fired”