District Deeds SUNDAY READS: Sunday, April 9, 2017


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Here are some interesting articles District Deeds received and discovered during the past week…



Black Students Who Have At Least One Black Teacher Are More Likely To Graduate – Johns Hopkins University Hub

Quote from Article:  

“Black students matched to black teachers have been shown to have higher test scores, but we wanted to know if these student-teacher racial matches had longer-lasting benefits. We found the answer is a resounding yes,” said co-author Nicholas Papageorge, an assistant professor in JHU’s Department of Economics. “We’re seeing spending just one year with a teacher of the same race can move the dial on one of the most frustratingly persistent gaps in educational attainment—that of low-income black boys. It not only moves the dial, it moves the dial in a powerful way.”

District Deeds Synopsis:

A great article with the full working paper attached that proves the importance of diversity in all areas of education.

Unfortunately the current San Diego Unified Supt. Cindy Marten administration has turned its back on the San Diego Association of African American Educators (AAAE) and has ignored SDUSD Board of Education agreements that, as described in the AAAE purpose, provide “equity in educational opportunities and outcomes for African American students.”

Kansas School Head Quits Over Student Newspaper Probe – BBC News

Quote from Article:

“The students discovered that a private for-profit school in Dubai where Ms Roberston served as principal had its licence suspended in 2013 by the United Arab Emirates government, following years of “unsatisfactory” ratings.

The Booster Redux also found that a Corllins University, where Ms Robertson received her master’s and doctorate degrees, was not accredited by the US Department of Education.

The college – which does not appear to have a physical address – has been accused of being a diploma mill, where people can buy degrees.”

District Deeds Synopsis:

This article describes how both the School District and the Principal did the right thing when a probe of a Principal’s credentials turned up discrepancies that lead to the Principal’s resignation.

Quite a contrast from how San Diego Unified Superintendent Marten PROMOTED a principal despite proof of the same type of “diploma mill” credential as we described in Fake San Diego Unified Supt. Cindy Marten PROMOTES Crony Serra Principal with Fake PH.D!“.

Set Your Alarm: Des Moines Could Set New School Start Times Tuesday – Des Moines Register

Quote from Article:

“Over the last two decades, researchers have found that later start times for middle and high school students not only align with their physiological needs, but also positively affect their academics and social choices.

Teens who get the proper amount of sleep engage in fewer health-affecting activities such as using alcohol, drugs and cigarettes, said Kyla Wahlstrom, a senior researcher at the University of Minnesota who pioneered research on school start times.

Across the nation, more than 300 districts in 44 states have switched secondary school start times to 8:30 a.m. or later, she said.

District Deeds Synopsis:

For the past two decades the SDUSD has made token efforts to adjust High School start times and have gone down in defeat despite overwhelming evidence of its benefits.  Although the SDUSD leadership is intent on jamming the school year start dates down the throats of SDUSD families with no proof of any benefits, they ignore this beneficial school day start time change.  Pretty typical for this dysfunctional Marten Administration.

Local Control Formula Closing Funding Gap But Not Equity Gap, Report Says – EdSource

Quote from Article:

But an infusion of funding hasn’t translated yet into improved opportunities for low-income students and English learners ­– and may not achieve that goal without tighter disclosure rules and more innovative approaches to distributing districts’ resources, a student advocacy organization said in a report published Thursday.

“We need more clarity on where money is going. Without transparency, community stakeholders, policymakers and the broader public are left to wonder whether this massive public experiment and investment is paying off,” said the Education Trust–West in “The Steep Road to Resource Equity in California Education.”

District Deeds Synopsis:

In the SDUSD, there is not only an equity gap but also a financial management gap by the current administration that makes the equity gap even larger since the schools with the largest needs are losing the most supports.

Numerous attendees of the San Diego Unified LCFF/LCAP “fauxllaboration” meetings have told District Deeds that hardly any budget detail or transparency has been shared at the planning meetings.

This article correctly identifies the critical areas of transparency and tighter disclosure rules that can force the SDUSD to show how they are spending the millions of dollars they receive in the LCFF.



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Mr. Engle is a blogger dedicated to investigating the San Diego Unified School District. His blog, District Deeds, strives to create transparency to the "deeds" the SDUSD hides from the SDUSD Stakeholders - Students - Parents - Teachers - Administrators - Community Members

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