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This week marked another ignominious milestone in the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD).  Just as in our Sunday Reads of June 21, 2020 where we showed that the racist SDUSD ignored Juneteenth for 40 years (and then finally correcting that 40 year error this year AFTER ex Supt. Marten left), the ongoing record of NOT acknowledging the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) for over 20 years  remained intact and went by yesterday without any mention by the homophobic SDUSD leadership.

For our readers, the Transgender Day of Remembrance is described on the GLAAD website by the founder of that special day as follows:


Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started in 1999 by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence since Rita Hester’s death, and began an important tradition that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

“Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. I am no stranger to the need to fight for our rights, and the right to simply exist is first and foremost. With so many seeking to erase transgender people — sometimes in the most brutal ways possible — it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice.”
– Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith

According to CBS News, 2021 marks the deadliest year yet for transgender people in the U.S.

The SDUSD does not provide any data of verbal or physical assaults on Transgender Students or Staff.  Apparently those Students and Staff are not influential enough (i.e.: funded by a deep pocket voting block) to be counted.

We stand strongly behind the effort to remember those who have been lost and the fight for Transgender justice as Ms. Smith describes and we urge all of our readers to do the same.  The thousands of Transgender Students in the SDUSD are depending on us.

Today Sunday Reads features an article from K-12 Dive by Kara Arundel highlighting the efforts of Lawmakers to require “fiscal accountability” from the States and School Districts that have received millions of dollars in K-12 ESSER ( Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds for pandemic educational recovery.

Any SDUSD Stakeholder can guess from the United Stared Department of Education individual whose testimony makes the claim of “several layers of oversight, including comprehensive monitoring to analyze full programmatic spending.”

That’s right, none other than the operationally/financially incompetent and morally bankrupt former SDUSD Supt. Cindy Marten.

We have featured the complete K-12 Dive article but we strongly urge our readers to click on the title (in red) and read the full dispatch for themselves.

Lawmakers urge fiscal accountability of K-12 ESSER funds

By Kara Arundel

Dive Brief:

  • Federal, state and local school officials need to monitor student outcomes, have transparent spending procedures and quickly respond to any misspending to ensure the nearly $200 billion in pandemic relief funding for K-12 schools is used as intended, said members of Congress during a virtual hearing Wednesday.
  • Several lawmakers attending the joint subcommittee hearing of the House Education and Labor Committee said the funding has been a lifeline to schools as they restarted in-person learning and began to respond to student learning loss and social-emotional needs. However, they cautioned that taxpayers expect the investments to meet the needs of students, especially those disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
  • U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary Cindy Marten said the department has approved 46 state Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief fund plans so far and has several layers of oversight, including comprehensive monitoring to analyze full programmatic spending.

Dive Insight:

The largest single federal investment in K-12 is helping schools keep students and staff safe from the pandemic, providing summer enrichment and tutoring programs, and decreasing class sizes, lawmakers said. But the funding boost also comes with a large responsibility for those overseeing disbursements.

“I have a particular interest in making sure that these funds are not misused so that could then be used as an excuse against future investments,” said Democratic Rep. Jahana Hayes of Connecticut, who is a former teacher.

Republican Rep. Burgess Owens of Utah also urged strong fiscal governance. “Spending 400% more on K through 12 schools than they normally receive from the Department of Education in one year should warrant transparency and accountability at the very least,” he said.

Marten told members of the joint subcommittee that in addition to the close reviews of state plans and ongoing monitoring efforts, the department has issued guidance, provided technical assistance and hosted webinars about best practice uses for relief funds in alignment with the law.

“And that’s what we want to do is lift up those practices that address how these funds are intended,” Marten said. “The programs in the state plans, they give us a great window into what states are doing and how they’re using the funds as intended.”

The department has also created an Education Stabilization Fund Transparency Portal that details ESF allocations and uses in the states. For example, the portal shows that Florida school systems spent 14.8% of the state’s $8.6 billion ESSER allocation as of Sept. 30. Nationally, school systems have through Sept. 30, 2024, to obligate American Rescue Plan funds.

Marten said although states and districts can use funds based on the needs in their localities with stakeholder input, typically, schools first dedicated relief funding to open schools safely to in-person learning and then began budgeting for learning loss interventions and programs to support students’ social and emotional well-being.

ARP requires states to reserve 5% and local school districts to reserve 20% of ESSER funds for learning recovery programs. Among the activities highlighted in state plans, Marten said, about 6,000 school districts intend to use ed tech to support students’ learning. She added that 851 districts indicated they had summer learning and enrichment programs.

A few lawmakers asked how the relief funding is supporting students with disabilities whose individualized supports and therapies were disrupted during school closures. The ARP provided $3 billion in new funding for students served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

“The kinds of things that they need are decided school-by-school, state-by-state with the student in mind, and we say we need to know our students by name and by need, and design what’s going to best help them individually recover what’s been missing for them,” Marten said.


DISTRICT DEEDS SYNOPSIS:

One picture says thousand words:

The testimony given by Marten to the joint subcommittee was totally useless.

This was the same Marten (and her White Woman Mafia) whose financial mismanagement caused SDUSD budget deficits up to $120 million annually and then balanced the SDUSD budget on the backs of ELL Students, Special Needs Students and Students of Color while giving herself and her cronies huge annual raises.

Marten continued her incompetent “lead from behind” style when describing a customized deployment of ESSER funds to the subcommittee:

“The kinds of things that they need are decided school-by-school, state-by-state with the student in mind, and we say we need to know our students by name and by need, and design what’s going to best help them individually recover what’s been missing for them,” Marten said.

The “decided school by school” scam was used by Marten in the SDUSD pandemic response and resulted in huge learning losses, especially with the most needy students and families.

These needs “decided school by school” is a classic strategy used repeatedly over her tenure as SDUSD Supt. to push away any semblance of senior leadership accountability from both the current educational disaster in the SDUSD she created, and is now creating nationwide on steroids, as the U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary.

Savvy local and national Democratic politicians along with national organizations headquartered in Washington D.C. like the NAACP, National Education Association (NEA), and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) totally ignored Martens’ massive financial and operational mismanagement exposed by local members of those very organizations.  But those massive mismanagement shortcomings were perfect for the NEW role she would play as the United States Department of Education Deputy Secretary:

Marten was chosen unanimously by those national politicians and groups as the USDOE Useful Idiot!

They realized that her unethical, self serving thirst for advancement would fully compromise her ability to deal honestly over every level of local, state and federal governments being given billions of dollars of additional, unaccountable, financial aid.  Marten, the Useful Idiot, would actively help them maintain a wide special interest constituent base to both suck up all the dollars meant for Students and ensure their continued grasp of electoral power.

To that end, another classic tipoff is the Marten quote regarding transparency and accountability:


“Marten told members of the joint subcommittee that in addition to the close reviews of state plans and ongoing monitoring efforts, the department has issued guidance, provided technical assistance and hosted webinars about best practice uses for relief funds in alignment with the law.

“And that’s what we want to do is lift up those practices that address how these funds are intended,” Marten said. “The programs in the state plans, they give us a great window into what states are doing and how they’re using the funds as intended.”

The department has also created an Education Stabilization Fund Transparency Portal that details ESF allocations and uses in the states.”


We dare our readers to access the Education Stabilization Fund Transparency Portal and try to determine if any State, let alone any school district information provided, gives you “a great window into what states are doing and how they’re using the funds as intended.”

After reviewing multiple document from multiple states, we couldn’t find “what states are (REALLY) doing and how they’re (REALLY) using the funds as intended.”    In fact there was no REAL Honesty, Transparency or Fiscal Accountability to be found thanks to Martens’ phony aspirational doubletalk and edu-speak oversight efforts.

But as a SDUSD Stakeholder, what else could we expect…

Remember, Marten was mentored, and more, by the worst…

Now for our quote of the week dedicated to those of us SDUSD Stakeholders that are NOT “Useful Idiots”:

“Evil always wins through the strength of its splendid dupes; and there has in all ages been a disastrous alliance between abnormal innocence and abnormal sin.” ― G.K. Chesterton 


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