San Diego Unified Board of Education, San Diego Unified School District, San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten, SDUSD Trustee John Lee Evans, SDUSD Trustee Kevin Beiser, SDUSD Trustee Mike McQuary, SDUSD Trustee Richard Barrera, SDUSD Trustee Sharon Whitehurst -Payne
As an ongoing feature, we will show the progress, or total lack thereof, of the SDUSD leadership via relevant LOCAL news articles that focus on the SDUSD. We will also post the name of the reporter (if available).
Below is an interesting local article from a local reporter.
BE WELL…TAKE CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS!
Quote from article:
The San Diego Unified School Board voted to ban future “willful defiance” suspensions for all middle school students and to implement a host of other reforms at an online school board workshop on racial equity on Tuesday.
California currently prohibits willful defiance suspensions for elementary and middle grades, but there is a five-year sunset on the ban for middle grades. The district will discuss banning such suspensions for high school students in the future.
Among other promised school reforms announced by district officials Tuesday were commitments to:
- Write a new de-escalation policy and require de-escalation training for school police by the end of next month
- Require all use-of-force incidents by school police be formally reviewed, including by the school police chief
- Train all educators on anti-bias and cultural responsiveness starting next month
- Train panelists who hire staff for schools and district departments in mitigating bias
- Increase the number of diverse candidates chosen for positions
- Change grading policies to give students chances to correct their work or improve their grades
- Increase enrollment in ethnic studies courses and enable students to enroll in AP courses not offered at their school
Racial disparities for Black and Hispanic students are evident in the four areas the board workshop focused on: staff diversity, curriculum, grading and discipline, district officials said. The disparities are not unique to San Diego and are part of patterns that extend statewide and nationwide.
For instance, Black students made up 8 percent of San Diego Unified’s enrollment in 2018-2019 but 21 percent of its suspensions, according to state data.
District data from the 2018-2019 school year show 5 percent of teachers were Black while about 8 percent of students were Black. Only 18 percent of teachers were Latino while 44 percent of students were Latino. About a quarter of students were White, but 66 percent of teachers were White.
More district data revealed Tuesday show that Black students, Latino students, English learners and students with disabilities are all significantly more likely than White students to receive D and F grades.
Black and Latino students receive D and F grades roughly 20 percent of the time. White students receive D and F grades 7 percent of the time, which is below the district average of about 15 percent.
The district’s planned reforms switch the focus from punishing students to developing trust and giving students chances to correct mistakes.
For example, district leaders said they want to change F grades, which mean failure, to be “not yet” complete, which means a student will have a chance to master topics and earn a better grade.
District leaders also said schools must support students before pushing them out of school via suspensions or expulsions. For example, schools can give students chances to change their behavior, teach students mindfulness, provide mentors and examine whether a student was referred for discipline due to racial or gender biases.
The district also is expanding the number of ethnic studies courses; it already decided to make ethnic studies a graduation requirement by next school year. It also is training teachers on how to teach in a culturally responsive way, officials said.
Some students had called for the complete defunding of the district’s school police department, saying that many Black and Latino students don’t feel safe with police on campus and that police show biases against people of color.
The district is focusing on reforming the school police rather than removing it.
“We wanted to step back and take a broader look at what is the proper role of police in our schools,” said San Diego Unified School Board President John Lee Evans.
The district will form a committee of students and staff, including school police, to recommend changes to the school police department.
The school board also voted Tuesday to create an independent citizens oversight committee to regularly monitor and report out the district’s progress on racial equity. Board Trustee Richard Barrera proposed forming the committee to hold the district accountable.
“We’ve had this conversation so many times before — I think, not to the degree that we’ve had student voice in this conversation tonight — but … these are not new issues and these are frankly not new strategies and these are certainly not new data points,” Barrera said.
District Deeds Synopsis and Commentary:
Thank you to San Diego Union Tribune Reporter Kristen Taketa for the excellent reporting of the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Racist Ouroboros.
The quote by corrupt SDUSD Board of Education Trustee Richard “Tricky Dick” Barrera says it all:
“We’ve had this conversation so many times before — I think, not to the degree that we’ve had student voice in this conversation tonight — but … these are not new issues and these are frankly not new strategies and these are certainly not new data points,” – Tricky Dick Barrera
That statement by mental midget Tricky Dick completely negates ALL of the Students and Staff contributions during the propaganda event.
Remember, Tricky Dick was first elected in 2008 and has obviously learned nothing in 12 years.
Like the Ouroboros symbol represents and Tricky Dick says, the same “conversation” “issues”, “strategies” and “data points” are the “eternal cycle of destruction and rebirth” of systemic, pervasive and persistent racism every one of those 12 years he has been in office.
Barrera, Marten and the rest of SDUSD leadership promising impressionable Students the hope of racial equity with no intention to do so is the pinnacle of racism, child abuse and cruelty!
The responsibility of racism, even towards his own race, in the SDUSD is directly related to the corruption and incompetence of Tricky Dick and the corrupt and incompetent Superintendent Cindy Marten he illegally appointed 7 years ago.
“Trustee Barrera, the rest of the School Board and Superintendent Cindy Marten have done just about everything possible to undermine any and all efforts to effectively address racial and gender problems in the district . . . including dismantling a team of leaders who specialized in this very specific work.”
From another post by Mr. Roosevelt Blackmon, Lincoln Cluster Chair / Gompers Preparatory Charter SSC Chair and a single father of two children who attend two SDUSD District E schools:
“Please stop and take your knees off our children necks with unfair racial policy and inequity toward the Southeastern Division/District E.
Fortunately for SDUSD Stakeholders, Barrera and Marten are equally incompetent in covering up their own racial equity corruption.
One of the data points in the Taketa article related to Teacher ratios:
“District data from the 2018-2019 school year show 5 percent of teachers were Black while about 8 percent of students were Black. Only 18 percent of teachers were Latino while 44 percent of students were Latino. About a quarter of students were White, but 66 percent of teachers were White.”
This data sounded vaguely familiar…from 2010!
According to a page still available on the SDUSD website, in 2010, Tricky Barrera actually voted for the following:
On November 9, 2010, the Board of Education was updated on the progress of the Task Force and approved in concept the Blueprint to Accelerate Achievement of African American and African Students by the Association of African American Educators (AAAE).
District Deeds Note: If the SDUSD decides to delete the evidence, here is a link that will always work: Blueprint to Accelerate Achievement of African American and African Students by the Association of African American Educators (AAAE).
Here is the BLUEPRINT
Focus Area 1 says:
Focus Area #1: Implement educational policies and
practices, including personnel assignments, training, and
evaluations that advance and promote educational excellence
for all African American and African students.
Here are the items related to hiring and promoting racially diverse Teachers:
c. The District must develop goals for and implement
strategies that increase the number and percentages of
African American employees selected for all levels of
certificated and classified positions. This includes
mentoring, retaining and promoting these employees once
selected for a position.
d. Human Resources must implement effective recruiting
programs to attract/retain certificated and classified
African American applicants and employees.
e. The District must require incoming personnel to
demonstrate their involvement with service organizations
that serve diverse populations—(African American and
f. All teachers and administrators must enroll in
universities/colleges/District classes related to the history
and contributions of African American people to our
This is one of the original Tricky Dick anti-racist propaganda vehicles to scam all SDUSD Stakeholders into thinking that he and his cronies were actually concerned about racism.
This “Blueprint” apparently didn’t really get started until 12/12/13, just a few months after Elementary School Principal Cindy Marten was promoted to her position.
All of the “Focus Areas” items on the Blueprint have been completely ignored by Barrera and Marten for the last 7 years and only periodically recycled when necessary The last gasp on the Blueprint was in 2016 when the Association of African American Educators (AAAE) provided a plan to Barrera, Marten and their White Woman Mafia which they totally ignored.
The propaganda event described by Ms. Taketa is just the most recent version of Marten/Barrera Stakeholder betrayal.
This Spring. 2020, caught completely complicit in violating the goals of the current “Black Lives Matter” movement and ignoring SDUSD systemic racism, the Dumb and Dumber Twins, Marten and Barrera, decided to exploit well meaning and earnest Students in a propaganda event with the same recycled racist promises and “plans”.
What makes it even worse is that the other Trustees, including District E Trustee Sharon Whitehurst Payne, (whose district is the epicenter of systemic racist practices) supported this exploitation of Students to cover up SDUSD leadership educational crimes.
In mentally playing with and abusing SDUSD Students through a meaningless anti-racism charade, how much more disgusting and reprehensible can self preservation actions by Marten and Barrera and Payne get?
How much longer can SDUSD Teachers, Principals, Staff, Parents and Guardians allow the disgusting exploitation of Students through these racist, self serving propaganda events by Tricky Dick, Trustee “Major’ Payne, Supine Cindy, and her White Woman Mafia?
Where is the Marten “be kind” to the thousands of SDUSD Students of all races with the SDUSD leadership knee on “our childrens necks”.
And who will be the next group of vulnerable Stakeholders for them to exploit?
Tricky Dick, Trustee “Major’ Payne, Supine Cindy, and her White Woman Mafia have got to go if we want REAL racial equity in the SDUSD.
Now for our Quote of the Week, dedicated to Tricky Dick, Trustee “Major’ Payne, Supine Cindy, and her White Woman Mafia
“Why does shame and self-loathing become cruelty to the innocent ?” ―
- 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!