District Deeds SUNDAY READS: Sunday, April 16, 2017

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

ENJOY! 

 

THE STEEP ROAD TO RESOURCE EQUITY IN CALIFORNIA EDUCATION – The Local Control Funding Formula After Three Years -The Education Trust-West

Quote from Article:  

“Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to know how districts plan to spend, or actually spend, LCFF funds.  While each district must communicate its plan and progress in a Local Control and Accountability Plan, those documents are dense and hard to decipher — thanks in part to a confounding state-required template.  Further, the California Department of Education, thus far, has not aggregated or analyzed those plans — preventing stakeholders from seeing statewide trends in actions and services. Districts don’t usually link their LCAPs to their budgets in a coherent way, and the state does not require districts to clearly show how the supplemental and concentration grant funds generated by high-need students are spent.”

District Deeds Synopsis:  The statement from the article above completely encapsulates the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) “Faullaboration” with stakeholders in the numerous fake “LCAP Planning Meetings” with virtually NO ties to the actual budget.  Here is the page:

The so-called “Budget Presentation” in the January LCAP Planning Meeting with stakeholders consisted of an 8 page Powerpoint  with page 7 having the only two budget numbers in the presentation:

To quote the presentation: “LCAP is the link between program and budget”.

To quote District Deeds: “Just another scam by SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten.”

If the LCAP Planning Committee has no access to the actual budget, the well-meaning and dedicated members of the LCAP Planning Committee are wasting their time and just being scammed…again…through fake collaboration by SDUSD Supt. Cindy Marten and her administration.

With no reported and published link by the SDUSD between finances and critical programs, and no way to tell if they have worked, no wonder so many students are not receiving the educational supports they need to succeed from the SDUSD Marten administration disaster!

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‘Passing the trash’: 2 women say the teachers who sexually abused them were allowed to continue teaching – ABC News Nightline

Quote from Article:  

“Passing the trash” occurs when a teacher accused of sexual misconduct is allowed to leave a school – through a confidentiality, separation agreement or other means – and quietly seek employment at another school without the new employer being alerted to the allegations, according to S.E.S.A.M.E. (Stop Educator Abuse Misconduct and Exploitation), an organization dedicated to the prevention of sexual abuse by school employees.”

and

“The investigation found a long-held pattern of sexual misconduct in the 14 years Koetters taught at Marlborough, including him “often using his position of authority to prompt improper discussions and invitations for further contact.””

Here is a Good Morning America report of the same case.

District Deeds Synopsis:

If you check the District Deeds San Diego Unified School District Student Abuse Report you will find numerous cases of abuse by many different SDUSD employees.

Many of those employees had moved from one school to the next during their employment.

Are we to believe that the offense that they were convicted for was their FIRST offense and that NONE of their previous administrators or co-workers were aware of their improper inclinations?

Do we believe that there is mo “Passing the Trash” in the SDUSD?

Of course not…in fact on the District Deeds SDUSD Abuse Report you will find a similar accusation that occurred at Longfellow Elementary reported by Channel 10 San Diego.

Here is a graphic from S.E.S.A.M.E. (Stop Educator Sexual Abuse Misconduct & Exploitation, Inc.):

Unfortunately for ALL of our children, as described in a recent post by Guest Writer Judy Neufeld Fernandez, SDUSD Supt. Marten has decided to turn her back on any credible student sexual abuse prevention program.

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Redefining Accountability to Treat Teachers and Leaders Like the Professionals They Are – Brown Center Chalkboard – Brookings

Quote from Article:  

“Behavioral science has identified four discrete accountability mechanisms: evaluation, identifiability, reason-giving, and the mere presence of another. Good professional accountability practices will employ all four behavioral mechanisms, though in various ways. Consider the practice of medicine: Doctors must pass a series of exams to be certified for practice (evaluation); board certifications for specializations are publicly reported (identifiability); medical rounds require doctors to explain cases and treatment plans to their colleagues (reason-giving); and surgery is conducted with other hospital staff attending (mere presence of another). These professional accountability systems not only maintain standards of practice but also help professionals improve their practice.

Outcome-based accountability in education, on the other hand, fails to use all forms of accountability. High-stakes testing uses two mechanisms to create accountability—identifying schools and evaluating them—but does not employ reason-giving or the presence of another. And by itself, it provides no tools to help educators improve their practice. As I argue in a new paper, professional accountability could be used in schools alongside other forms of accountability to promote a cycle of continuous improvement.”

District Deeds Synopsis:

Trying to find meaningful accountability measures by the by the current SDUSD Board of Education and Superintendent is impossible.

The SDUSD solution to attract and keep students is not through accountability, transparency and advanced operational management described in the article but by “better marketing” scams that over promise the “Quality School in Every Neighborhood” illusion while mismanaging finances laying off hundreds of dedicated employees and ultimately delivering a sub-standard educational product causing families to flee to charter schools.

SDUSD Stakeholders only need a new Superintendent and Board of Education to achieve the standards described in this excellent article.

It seems hopeless that we will be able to rid ourselves of the existing SDUSD Management disaster, but remember what Dr. Jonas Salk said:

Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality. – Jonas Salk

 

Have a great week!!!

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  • Your family has been injured by the San Diego Unified School District, go to the District Deeds Complaint Forms page to find instructions to fight for your Civil Rights!
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About District Deeds

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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