San Diego Unified School District, San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten
Thank you to the San Diego Chapter of the NAACP for the following letter regarding “SD Unified’s Inadequate and Inappropriate COVID-19 Response”…another strong example of the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Education Pandemic—
The SDUSD Sandemic
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We completely agree with all of the NAACP assertions.
The NAACP Letter points out 4 key inadequacies and lack of proficient senior leadership oversight in the SDUSD under Elementary School Superintendent (ESS) Cindy Marten during this Coronavirus Pandemic:
- Porter Elementary Principal using SDUSD ZOOM account to send out Virtual Social Hour Wine Wednesday invitations to her Staff.
A total lack of proficient senior leadership oversight in the SDUSD under Elementary School Superintendent (ESS) Cindy Marten during this Coronavirus Pandemic.
This Principal and Staff ZOOM “skill” is contrary to “District officials” assertion in the UT story we profiled in yesterday’s Sunday Reads that “it will be difficult to switch entirely to distance learning, partly because it will require preparing teachers who have been trained to provide classroom-only instruction for their whole careers.”
Obviously this principal has mastered “distance Learning” for drinking wine with her staff…now her and her staff just need to apply this concept to the Porter Students…minus the wine.
2. There are not enough schools opened to distribute food in the Southeastern San Diego areas.
District Deeds recognized this issue ourselves and tested out the perception.
As a starting point We chose the SDUSD Central Office location which is right next to Birney Elementary which has a 94.2% Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Student (SDS) population,
Let’s surmise that a Birney SDS family with (1) Kindergartner and (1) 2nd grade Student was looking for the closest SDUSD food distribution school site. They would discover that Cherokee Point Elementary is the closest location…2.7 miles away
Cherokee Point is almost 3 miles away and takes an adult almost an hour to walk there. Since the parent, who has no vehicle and no money for a City Bus that might be Coronavirus infected, must bring the Students with them to get food, the 5 and 7 year old Students must walk also. This will slow the pace considerably…at the very least extending the walk time by 50% to 1.5 hours one way.
Through ESS Marten optimal “strategy”, this is a daily 3 hour, 5.5 mile walk with two young Elementary Students to get a bag lunch and breakfast.
And this is just a single example. There are thousands of SDS families in the same situation all over “Southeastern San Diego areas”.
Rushed, poorly designed service deployment is a classic characteristic of an incompetent senior leader like ESS Marten and, as the NAACP letter asserts, this shows deep socioeconomic bias by ESS Marten and her Senior Staff and a total disconnect from the Stakeholders that they are supposed to serve.
But what are we to expect from a School District Superintendent with Elementary School Principal skills?
Be on the lookout for an ESS Marten Virtual Social Hour Wine Wednesday invitation!
3. The NAACP is calling for an audit as to where this (ADA) money is going.
The gross financial mismanagement by ESS Marten evidenced by a recent $124 million budget deficit and the current $73 million deficit DEMANDS that a full forensic audit be deployed by a completely independent Audit firm annually. The only way to protect our neediest Students and Families from ESS Marten incompetence and bias is to have to have full financial transparency and independent oversight in the SDUSD.
4. Superintendent should invite our Parents to her meetings (i.e. Computer distribution for distance learning) and have us give her input on our reality instead of excluding her most needy clients which only proves her complete lack of understanding of at-risk Students,
We agree completely with the NAACP that theoretically ESS Marten could much better understand the “reality” of her “most needy clients”, the “at-risk Students”. Tragically the biased, secretive insecure ESS Marten has been proven to be incapable of real honesty in her weak attempts at Stakeholder collaboration. The reality is that ESS Marten (who knew she wasn’t qualified for the Superintendent job when she accepted it) is not just the phony Public Relations “Poster Child” of the dysfunctional SDUSD, she is also the “Poster Child” of The Peter Principal.
“The Peter Principle is thus based on the logical idea that competent employees will continue to be promoted, but at some point will be promoted into positions for which they are incompetent, and they will then remain in those positions because of the fact that they do not demonstrate any further competence that would get them recognized for additional promotion.”
ESS Marten has been proven by the NAACP “Inadequate and Inappropriate COVID-19 Response” that she has truly risen to her ultimate level of “Peter Principal” incompetence.
ESS Marten Motto:
Hardly Work, Act Blind, Lie Big, Make Excuses
- 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!
- YOU ARE TIRED OF THE COVER UPS AND LIES BY SUPT. CINDY MARTEN…
Please Click the Link Below and sign the Petition Today and READ the COMMENTS to Support the REMOVAL of Marten by SDUSD Stakeholders!
Francisca Salcedo said:
I hope you and your family are well, all things considered. Thank you for shining a light on the district’s practices that harm mainly the students whose parents are least able to advocate on their behalf. My second grader is receiving special education services, he was just reclassified to English proficiency, and we are a low income family too. My son, like the rest of the district’s students, was sent home on March 13th. with nothing but a few worksheets. There are many parents who cannot speak English, other families are suffering homelessness, some students are in foster care. These are the students who need the most help, but based on the district’s actions up to now, I know they will not receive it. Additonally, many students were left without before and after school supervision; while we can give the district leeway because of the unprecedented circumstances, it’s funding was not suspended so it should still be held accountable. We are very grateful for the distribution of school meals, but just like you mention, only a few sites are making scool meals available. We need to take a trolley and a bus to get to our closest site, Clark Middle. I’ve only been able to take my son twice so far because I have asthma and a heart condition so I am trying to avoid taking public transportation as much as much as possible. Our faith in Jesus Christ is very strong and I know that this is His battle, but I also want to speak up and hopefully an attorney can help all families affected.
Thank you again Frank and thank you to all who advocate for the most vulnerable children in our community.