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Another week, another disastrous San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) educational outcome for students and families.  From having the SDUSD Propaganda Department provide unsubtantiated enrollment numbers to threatening families with Child Protective Services for not enrolling their kids, the lying and corruption by Supt. Cindy Marten and her White Woman Mafia senior leadership is already in full disaster mismanagement mode only two weeks into the new 2020/21 school year.

This Sunday Reads highlights an article that provides proof, like we said in Sunday Reads last week and the week before,  that there is a financial SURPLUS in the 2020/21 budget despite never ending begging and pleading for more money by Marten. Tricky Dick Barrera and the rest of their school board trustee flunkies.

Provided below are the most SDUSD relevant excerpts from the article but we urge our readers to click on the title and read the full article for themselves.

BE WELL…TAKE COVID 19 PRECAUTIONS!

Sacramento Schools Now Looking at Surplus Instead of Bankruptcy

Quotes from article:

The Sacramento City Unified School District said last month it would be $40 million in the red. On Thursday, the school district said it is now closer to having a more than $20 million surplus.

While the novel coronavirus pandemic has wreaked financial havoc on many families and businesses, the shutting down of schools has saved millions of dollars for Sacramento City Unified. District Superintendent Jorge Aguilar said the surplus is a small, one-time sum.

Four percent of the total $540 million budget is $21.6 million. Those cuts and savings come from a long list of items — mostly from students not using school facilities.

And…

“So we didn’t have bus trips, we didn’t have utilities, water savings — we’re not flushing toilets as much,” Aguilar said. “So, we had some savings in water and some utilities — not so much in electricity, but that’s also an area. We didn’t have as much field trips for example, registration fees.”

Aguilar said they saved in transportation costs as well, including buses, drivers, maintenance and gas.

And…

The Sacramento City Teachers Association was critical of the surplus, saying this is the eighth year in a row where district officials were “wildly inaccurate” about the financial projection.

“Parents, teachers and business leaders have been bombarded with ‘sky is falling in’ messages coming out of the budget office that is parroted by both the school board and the Sacramento County Office of Education year after year,” Union President David Fisher, who is also a school district parent, said in a statement Thursday. “Every year, SCUSD goes through this exercise of telling the public that it is running out of cash and better cut programs, only to end with ‘never mind, we actually ran a surplus.'”

And…

Aguilar believes the best way to prevent the district from bankruptcy, and forcing it to borrow one of the largest loans of its kind from the state in history to stay afloat, is for the district to renegotiate its benefits contract with the Sacramento City Teachers Union.

Aguilar said both sides are in talks and he’s hopeful they can reach an agreement.

Fisher said in the statement that the district needs to use the surplus funds by redirecting resources back into the classroom.

“Especially now, with the added educational challenges that the pandemic brings, we need to employ more school nurses, lower class sizes, improve special education services and provide help so that our teachers can tailor virtual learning to the needs of each student,” Fisher said.

District Deeds Synopsis and Commentary:

A very good article that mirrors the financial “sky is falling” financial con job annually deployed by the corrupt SDUSD lead by Supt. Cindy Marten and Trustee Tricky Dick Barrera.

First of all let’s compare the SCUSD with the SDUSD,

The profile of the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUFD) is as follows:

The SDUSD in 2020/21, according to the most recent Propaganda Department Press Release,  has approximately 100,348 (unsubstantiated) Students and 6,000 Teachers.

This data means that the Sacramento school district is slightly less than half the size of the SDUSD.

There are obvious similarities between the SCUSD Superintendent and SDUSD’s Marten,

Both have large, diverse districts to manage.

According to Wikipedia,, Sacramento is “America’s Most Diverse City.”

The Civil Rights Project at Harvard University conducted for TIME magazine named Sacramento “America’s Most Diverse City.”[7] Accordingly, SCUSD’s student population is reflected as 36% Hispanic or Latino, 18.3% Asian; 16.3% African American; and 19% white. About 7% of students are of two or more races. Residents within SCUSD speak more than 40 languages; 38% of students do not speak English at home.[1]

SDUSD is much the same according to the district website:

And apparently both whine endlessly about needing more money year after year without any actual proof:

SCUSD:

“Parents, teachers and business leaders have been bombarded with ‘sky is falling in’ messages coming out of the budget office that is parroted by both the school board and the Sacramento County Office of Education year after year,” Union President David Fisher, who is also a school district parent, said in a statement Thursday.

SDUSD:

From the Union Tribune on July 1, 2020

Earlier this year San Diego Unified, the state’s second-largest district with 102,000 students, had projected an $84 million shortfall for the current 2020-2021 school year. That deficit was eliminated largely thanks to coronavirus aid that schools have been allocated from the state and federal governments.

San Diego Unified expects to get an additional $92 million from the state specifically for mitigating learning loss due to COVID-19, as well as $31 million from the CARES Act federal stimulus.

The big difference is that the Sacramento Superintendent is actually TRYING to be transparent with the SCUSD Stakeholders regarding the budget:

While the novel coronavirus pandemic has wreaked financial havoc on many families and businesses, the shutting down of schools has saved millions of dollars for Sacramento City Unified. District Superintendent Jorge Aguilar said the surplus is a small, one-time sum.

Four percent of the total $540 million budget is $21.6 million. Those cuts and savings come from a long list of items — mostly from students not using school facilities.

And…

“So we didn’t have bus trips, we didn’t have utilities, water savings — we’re not flushing toilets as much,” Aguilar said. “So, we had some savings in water and some utilities — not so much in electricity, but that’s also an area. We didn’t have as much field trips for example, registration fees.”

Aguilar said they saved in transportation costs as well, including buses, drivers, maintenance and gas.

Conversly there has been absolutely ZERO transparency from Marten or Barrera about the Covid 19 operational SAVINGS in the SDUSD…so let’s do that calculation for them!

If we take the same calculations as the Sacramento Superintendent, add the new Covid 19 money described in the Union Tribune article and add the OVER payment due to paying the SDUSD for student enrollment from last year with fewer students this year, we come up with the following totals:

4% “Sacramento Style” savings from the SDUSD 2020/21 $1.3 billion budget: $52 million

4% overpayment for students not attending SDUSD School we described on September 6, 2020: $52 million

UT described California State additional contributions: $92 Million

CARES Act additional funding: $31 million

Grand total:

MINIMUM $175 MILLION BUDGET SURPLUS IN 2020/21 !!!

That huge budget surplus INCREASES with every 2019/20 Student that doesn’t return or leaves the SDUSD in the 2020/21 school year which could amount to tens of millions of additional surplus dollars this year.

But did this stop the corrupt, greedy and financially incompetent Marten and Barrera from repeating their outright lies while begging for more money?

Absolutely not!

In fact as recently as the SDUSD Propaganda Press Conference/Bus Stunt on September 3, 2020 they continued to beg the Federal government for more money with support from fellow financial beneficiaries  SDEA (Teacher salaries/union dues/school board campaign contributions) and PTA (PTA Executive Salaries paid by membership dues from the poorest families in schools without wealthy foundations).

Here is a picture of that stunt with our “slight” modifications:

The fact is that while there is enough money to fully and equitably serve the educational needs of ALL Students and Teachers, there WILL NEVER be enough money in the Local, State or Federal governments to satisfy the corruption and greed of Marten and Tricky Dick.

The truth is that since Marten was improperly appointed as SDUSD Superintendent, the SDUSD has been completely financially mismanaged with negative educational results and that financial mismanagement has only gotten worse with the districts’ bungled Coronavirus Pandemic response.

It’s time to add that item to the long list of Sandimic (SDUSD Educational Epidemic) “strategies” that negatively impact SDUSD student education:

  • ZERO Operational Budget Transparency used to hide TOTAL Operational Budget Mismanagement.
  • ZERO Transparency of SDUSD performance BEFORE and DURING the Coronavirus Pandemic.
  • ZERO Accountability for SDUSD LACK of performance since BEFORE and DURING the Coronavirus Pandemic.
  • Phase 1 Educational Supports denied to tens of thousands of the most disadvantaged Students
  • OPTIONAL Boot Camp Professional Development for Teachers – FAIL.
  • Individualized “disadvantaged Student” supports with NO Equity Rules, Standards or Tracking.
  • Every Cluster, School, Principal, Teacher and Student for themselves “custom” school site  “strategy” by incompetent Supt. Marten creating gross inequities  from classroom to classroom.
  • Only 3 hours per day vs 5 hours per day of live teaching.
  • Only 3 periods per day vs 5 periods per day of live teaching.
  • No Teacher Evaluations.
  • No Smarter Balanced tests in Math and English language arts.
  • No California Science Test
  • No Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)
  • Minimal California (ELPAC) for English learners
  • Minimal California School Dashboard

Finally, in an interview on local TV station KUSI, on October 9. 2014, current Board of Education Trustee/President John Lee “Empty Suit” Evans said the following:

“We want to come up with our own San Diego definition of what this really means to have adequate funding,” Evans said. “Rather than just going and asking `Please give us more money’ we need to show them what we can produce with what we were given.”

and

“What we’ve all said is we have inadequate funding, but we haven’t defined what inadequate funding means,” Evans said.

There was no definition by “Empty Suit” Evans of that “San Diego definition” of what adequate or inadequate funding actually is in the SDUSD at the time of or since that statement…only endless empty excuses for budget deficits and relentless begging for an unlimited amount of money.

After more than 6 years of fruitless waiting for equitable, robust educational leadership, District Deeds has decided to provide exhausted SDUSD Stakeholders and “Empty Suit” Evans the REAL SDUSD definition of “adequate funding” rhetoric epitomized by the corrupt actions of current Superintendent Marten and Board of Education Trustees,

Presenting our SDUSD “adequate funding” definition Quote of the Week:

“Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.” – Erich Fromm

SDUSD Stakeholders are exhausted with the greed of corrupt Marten, Barrera and their cronies gobbling up student support money for their own financial and political gain with virtually ZERO equitable education proof or satisfaction.

SDUSD Stakeholders – Students, Parents, Teachers, Staff, Taxpayers – will NEVER reach adequate educational funding or equity until the current Superintendent and Board of Education are removed and replaced with honest, transparent and truly collaborative educational professionals.

Meanwhile…

#MARTENSGOTTAGO

#BARRERASGOTTAGO

#PAYNESGOTTAGO

#EVANSGOTTAGO

#BEISERSGOTTAGO

McQUARYSGOTTAGO

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