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Another week, another disastrous San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) educational outcome for students and families.  Between Parents protesting and demanding the San Diego Unified School  District (SDUSD) produce a reopening timeline that obviously doesn’t currently exist to the botched SDUSD website “facelift” gone horribly wrong, the total leadership incompetence, inexperience and corruption of Superintendent Marten, Trustee Tricky Dick Barrera and Trustee Empty Suit Evans is undeniably evident to all SDUSD Stakeholders north and south of Highway 8.

This Sunday Reads highlights a local article that describes the Parent reopening plan protest and our observations of the stunning similarities of that protest compared to other recent community complaints and protests.

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.


New Parent Group Demands That San Diego Unified Set a Reopening Timeline

San Diego Unified, California’s second-largest district, has no tentative reopening date

By Kristen Taketa

Quotes from article:

A new parent group is demanding that San Diego Unified School District set a reopening date, as several other local school districts move forward with reopening.

Parent Gina Smith said she started the group called Reopen SDUSD last week because she is frustrated that other San Diego County districts have set reopening dates and many private schools are already open with safety measures in place. Meanwhile San Diego Unified, the state’s second-largest district, has no tentative reopening date.

“They have timelines, they have target dates, and we have not received any response from San Diego Unified as far as any definitive plans to reopen,” Smith said.

Del Mar Union, Rancho Santa Fe, Cajon Valley Union, Alpine Union and Solana Beach are among the school districts that have already reopened. Other districts, including several in North County, have set reopening dates for late September or October.


In San Diego County, districts in areas with high COVID-19 levels — mainly South County — are staying closed longer.

Sweetwater Union High, the county’s second-largest district, announced Monday that it will stay closed and offer distance learning through the rest of this calendar year.


California currently allows day camps, child care providers and schools to provide small-group, in-person distance learning support, even in counties where schools are barred from reopening for regular classes.


San Diego Unified School Board President John Lee Evans said he wants schools to open as soon as it is safely possible, but the district needs to figure out how to make COVID-19 testing available to students and staff first. Evans was primarily referring to testing for symptomatic individuals as well as some regular testing for asymptomatic individuals.

“We know when we go back there are going to be cases, and we don’t want to open and close and open and close,” Evans said. “We need to have some system in place to test and trace our students.”


The district will start its first phase of reopening in about a couple weeks, Evans said, when it invites special education students with high needs and students who are falling behind academically back to campus for limited in-person support sessions. Schools are currently identifying students for these support sessions, Evans said.

The timing of the district’s second reopening phase will partly depend on how well the first phase goes.

“I know it’s extremely frustrating for parents to not have a date to plan around … But we don’t want to give a date that we are going to have to backtrack on,” Evans said. “We just want people to know that we’re going to do it as soon as possible.”


Excellent coverage by the Union Tribune and writer Kristen Taketa regarding the Parent protest surrounding the lack of any coherent SDUSD re-opening plan.

The big difference between this SDUSD education management disaster and the numerous others we have exposed in the last 7 years is that this gross lack of transparency, accountability and community collaboration impacts virtually EVERY SDUSD Stakeholder – Parents, Students, Teachers, Principals, Site and District Staff and Community Members.

The “Lack of a SDUSD Reopening Plan” exposed by these Parent protesters is being added to the long list of Sandimic (SDUSD Educational Epidemic) “strategies” that negatively impact SDUSD student education:

  • ZERO SDUSD 2020/21 Reopening Plan Transparency and Community Collaboration 
  • 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

The parent leading the protest “is a single parent of a 7-year-old second-grade boy at Kumeyaay Elementary School.” and made the following statement:

“They have timelines, they have target dates, and we have not received any response from San Diego Unified as far as any definitive plans to reopen,”

District Deeds believes that the Parent may be overestimating the incompetent SDUSD leadership.

“timelines” – Doubtful.

“target dates” – Highly Unlikely!

No “response” – Absolutely!!!

For those unfamiliar with the location of Kumeyaay Elementary School, it is in northern Tierrasanta between 4 and 5 miles NORTH of Highway 8.

What the parents are protesting is completely true.

According to an article from San Diego Channel 7/39:

Parents say their voices and needs are going ignored, and despite all the reopening discussions that have taken place, they claim there is still no definitive plan.


If parents at Tuesday’s protest were to grade the district’s response, it would likely be unsatisfactory.

The classic Marten coverup strategy when confronted with one of her self made educational disasters is to be nonresponsive, secretive and autocratic with plans, errors and issues that severely impact a selected group of Students and their families.

According to the California Department of Education (CDE) profile of Kumeyaay Elementary, the Student population is 49% White with a miniscule 15.9% Free and Reduced Lunch population.

The quotes from the parents at the protest expressing anger and frustration with the Marten lead SDUSD for their concerns seemed to be a new experience for these Parents from schools north of Highway 8. Usually this “strategy” is reserved for Students and Families of color south of Highway 8.

For communities with 98% poverty level who are also in need of a reopening plan with much less financial resources, this neglect by Marten and the Board of Education is not very surprising.

Since Marten was improperly appointed Superintendent seven years ago, SDUSD educational neglect has become part of every day school life for Lincoln, Morse, Hoover, San Diego and Crawford Cluster Students and Families south of Highway 8 as evidenced by recent posts on District Deeds by the San Diego Chapter of the NAACP and the Lincoln Cluster.

As we said in Sunday Reads on September 13:

Certain communities (i.e. Lincoln) were well aware of the serious Marten/Barrera educational and financial mismanagement.  Other wealthier and better politically connected communities only recognized the corruption when it impacted them directly (i.e. Scripps Ranch).

Add Kumeyaay to the Scripps Ranch category.

But District Deeds has to correct another conclusion we posted regarding a quote from Trustee Tricky Dick Barrera.  In our August 30, 2020 Sunday Reads we posted:

“From the start of the COVID-19 crisis, we have said this virus may change how we operate, but it will not change who we are,” Board Vice President Richard Barrera said. “We are a district with equity at our core, and this new plan advances that goal of creating a more equitable school system.”

The SDUSD absolutely does NOT have “equity” and the the “new plan” is a total scam…Tricky Dick IS a LIAR

In this one case, we were partially wrong….Tricky Dick is NOT a LIAR…the Parent Protest article proves corrupt Richard Barrera CORRECT!

The Coronavirus Pandemic educational neglect of ALL SDUSD Stakeholders from ALL Clusters from ALL Student demographics by Marten , Barrera and their corrupt incompetent cronies has created “a more equitable school system”:

ALL SDUSD Student and Families are EQUALLY being horribly served by this dysfunctional SDUSD Leadership

ALL SDUSD Student and Families are EQUALLY NOT receiving a quality education

ALL SDUSD Student and Families are EQUALY being kept in the dark

Only one last word of advise for the new Parent Protesters:


Despite always getting everything they ask for and more from their politically appointed Trustees Tricky Dick Barrera, Empty Suit Evans, Major Payne and the rest including shortened workdays, full pay and no evaluations for their Teacher members, they also insisted on NOT going back to in person, classroom teaching.

They KNOW BETTER than to trust that the incompetent Marten and lying Barrera can ensure a safe Covid controlled work environment!

They KNOW that Marten can’t plan her way out of a wet paper bag…which is why they insist on not going back to in person teaching.

The SDEA might be greedy but they are definitely not crazy!!!

We want to welcome the Kumeyaay Parent protesters.  Eventually Marten and Barrera infect every school in every cluster with their corrupt incompetence and it sometimes takes a pandemic to allow every SDUSD Stakeholder to realize that there are only two solutions to the current SDUSD Educational Disaster:

  1. Marten needs to be fired immediately.
  2. Barrera needs to be immediately removed from office.

The quote of the week is dedicated to the Parent Protesters from north of Highway 8…

Welcome back to the fight. This time I know our side will win.” – Victor Laszlo – “Casablanca”










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