Cindy Marten, Miguel Cardona, San Diego Unified Board of Education, San Diego Unified School District
This week the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) standard operating procedure of total educational dysfunction was in full bloom.
Knowing that they had neglected and completely botched staffing requirements since the Covid 19 Pandemic began, the new SDUSD patch on a patch education solution is to invoke loophole Administative Procedure 7293 – Substitute Procedures for Districtwide Emergencies that allows district employees without subject matter credentials to warehouse students “legally” while still totally neglecting the requirements for a full education.
Administrative Procedure 7293 has ABSOLUTELY ZERO requirements defining the amount/degree of oversight, reporting, accountability or transparency requirements.
In other words, just another week in the SDUSD educational dystopia.
Today Sunday Reads features an article from The Daily Signal that we beleve exposes the true nature of United States Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and sheds some light on his ill advised appointment to Deputy Secretary of Education of incompetent former SDUSD Supt. Cindy Marten.
We have featured the complete Daily Signal article but we strongly urge our readers to click on the title (in red) and read the full dispatch for themselves.
Education Secretary Allegedly Solicited Letter From National School Boards Association Comparing Parents to Domestic Terrorists
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona allegedly solicited the National School Boards Association letter comparing parents to domestic terrorists, according to emails obtained by Parents Defending Education.
“Chip [Slaven, then-interim executive director of the National School Boards Association] told the officers he was writing a letter to provide information to the White House, from a request by Secretary Cordona,” National School Boards Association Secretary-Treasurer Kristi Swett told association member Marnie Maldonado in early October 2021, according to emails obtained by Parents Defending Education through a public records request.
The emails show collaboration between the Department of Education, the Department of Justice and the National School Boards Association, which advocated for the federal government to monitor and intervene in the activities of concerned parents regarding their children’s education.
A late September letter from the National School Boards Association asked the Biden administration to use statutes such as the USA Patriot Act to stop threats and violence directed toward school board members over actions that could be “the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes,” according to the now-deleted letter.
“America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat,” the National School Boards Association wrote in the letter. The letter asked for “federal law enforcement and other assistance to deal with the growing number of threats of violence and acts of intimidation occurring across the nation.”
On top of requesting federal aid, the letter noted several issues related to school boards, battlegrounds for culture wars over mask rules, COVID-19 vaccinations, schools reopening, critical race theory, and remote learning.
Four days after the National School Boards Association letter was sent, Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a memorandum that called on the FBI to “use its authority” against parents who threaten or use violence against public school officials.
Garland said there has been a “disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.” He directed the FBI to work with each U.S. attorney and leaders “in each federal judicial district” to address threats within 30 days of his statement.
“From the very beginning, the targeting of concerned parents has been nothing short of a witch hunt orchestrated by partisan demagogues in the White House, Department of Justice, and the Department of Education,” Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., the top Republican in the House Education and Labor Committee, said in a Tuesday statement. “Today’s news … confirms this as a fact. To put it simply, this administration is the purveyor of new-age McCarthyism.”
“This pattern of behavior displayed by the Biden administration—let alone the Secretary of Education—is what one could expect from a political arsonist. It should be nipped in the bud entirely,” she added.
Email correspondence and a memorandum obtained by Parents Defending Education showed the White House was in communication with the National School Boards Association for “several weeks” before the National School Boards Association letter became public.
Earlier in September, state school board members were allegedly informed that the organization “was preparing to send a letter to the president” following “a meeting with White House staff that morning.”
Chip Slaven, National School Boards Association chief executive, informed members in a late September email that during “talks over the last several weeks with White House staff, they requested additional information on some of the specific threats, so the letter also details many of the incidents that have been occurring.”
Maldonado told Swett of her concern about the “tone” of the National School Boards Association statement “that essentially allowed the White House to direct the Attorney General to consider members of our community ‘domestic terrorists.’” Swett said she agreed that the group should “focus on civility,” and she said that they “should be looking to our local law enforcement to protect board members and deal with threats of violence.”
Before the letter was sent, Garland testified that he could not “imagine any circumstance in which the Patriot Act would be used in the circumstances of parents complaining about their children, nor … a circumstance where they would be labeled as domestic terrorists.”
A Department of Justice whistleblower leaked documents in November that showed the FBI ordered personnel to compile parent threat assessments through the creation of a “threat tag” titled “EDUOFFICIALS” to track threats against school officials, according to a joint statement sent on behalf of the Assistant Directors of the Bureau’s Criminal Investigative Division and the Counterterrorism Division the day before Garland’s testimony.
“If this allegation is true, Secretary Cardona must be held accountable. It would mean a grave breach of public trust and a clear threat to parents’ rights everywhere,” Parents Defending Education founder and president Nicole Neily said of the latest email release. “Attorney General Merrick Garland repeatedly stated that he based his memo, which mobilized the FBI and US Attorneys, on the NSBA letter. This alleged coordination between Secretary Cardona and the Department of Justice is deeply concerning.”
District Deeds Synopsis
For good reason this revelation of Secretary Cardona allegedly directing the NSBA to put Parents in the same category as domestic terrorists is not that surprising to District Deeds. After all, Cardona ignored ALL the warnings and evidence against the appointment to Deputy Secretary of incompetent and corrupt liar, Cindy Marten.
In fact, even his actions in denying any involvement come directly from the corrupt playbook of former SDUSD Supt. Marten over her tenure.
It goes like this:
Step 1: Identify a community target
In the SDUSD it was easy. Marten just targeted anyone who filed a lawsuit against the SDUSD.
In the Federal Goverment, Cardona used cronies in the NSBA to do the dirty work of identifying what Parent actions could be classified as domestic terrorism.
Step2: Begin an investigation.
In the SDUSD, Marten would direct complaints to the Quality Assurance Office (who reports to the Legal Department) to pretend to be parent advocates in order to identify and subvert any and all evidence that could be harmful to the SDUSD.
In the Department of Education, Cardona could mobilize the FBI to investigate activist Parents along with flagging them with a “threat tag” titled “EDUOFFICIALS”.
Step 3: Cover up and deny when caught.
In the SDUSD, Marten was frequently caught red-handed and went so far as to have employees hide in-district communications using Google Docs and allegedly even had employees lie under oath. When caught red-handed, Marten, with the help of a corrupt Board of Education and crony San Diego media outlets, would misrepresent, mislead and rearrange the facts to minimize all damage.
In the Department of Education, Cardona was caught red handed and has mobilized his super majority political party and its appointees (like Merrick Garland) to deflect and deny incriminating facts exposed in emails and other correspondence to minimize all damage.
When we first learned two years ago that Cardona was the nominee for Secretary of Education, we were so excited we wrote a post titled District Deeds Sunday Reads – Sunday, December 27, 2020: New U.S. Secretary of Education Nominee Miguel Cardona – Take our Superintendent…PLEASE!
It was really meant as a desperate joke to try and get rid of the corrupt liar Supt. Cindy Marten in any way possible. When Marten was appointed it became a “pass the trash” blessing for SDUSD Stakeholders and a “pass the trash” nightmare for education nationwide.
Our only consolation was what we said in the post:
Hopefully Mr. Cardona can find a harmless bureaucrat position DEEP in the Federal Government for a scheming, dishonest, incompetent and vengeful Superintendent with a horrible legacy of harming the futures of the most disadvantaged students.
After Marten was nominated for a leadership position, our enthusiasm for Cardona was seriously diminished which we referred to in District Deeds Sunday Reads – Sunday, April 18, 2021: Dep. Sec. Nominee Cindy Marten and Secretary Miguel Cardona – Department of Education’s Perfect Couple or Odd Couple?
In that post we appealed to Cardona in the following way:
Secretary Cardona, and all of the the Senators who will soon vote on the Marten nomination:
Please look in the mirror and see yourself as a SDUSD Parent whose children have suffered irreparable educational damage from the operational inexperience and incompetence of Cindy Marten.
Then project that damage to millions of students nationwide.
If you do so, you have only one option.
Please vote NO on the “Perfect Couple” mismatch.
Please vote NO on Cindy Marten.
Unfortunately for national education Stakeholders, Marten was approved and, despite our hope of excising the Marten disease, the malady of corruption lives on in the SDUSD and has apparently spread nationwide through her influence on Cardona.
A little over a month ago in District Deeds Sunday Reads, December 5, 2021 we exposed the coverup by the SDUSD and the cooperation of the San Diego Education Association Teachers Union (SDEA) leadership in covering up the substandard education and “warehousing” of many, if not all, San Diego Unified School District Students.
In that post we asked the folowing eight questions
- How many SDUSD schools have warehoused Students?
- How many SDUSD Students have been warehoused?
- How many hours/days of SDUSD Student lost learning this year is due to the absentee warehousing.
- Is warehousing SDUSD Students with uncredentialed babysitters considered “working well” with the corrupt SDUSD senior leadership?
- Is warehousing SDUSD Students and replacing SDEA Teachers with uncredentialled babysitters considered “working well” and fulfilling the “hope” of SDEA leadership?
- Is warehousing SDUSD Students and replacing SDEA Teachers with uncredentialled babysitters a violation of the SDEA and other union contracts and the mandated state and federal Student attendance and instructional hour mandates?
- Does the corrupt SDUSD senior leadership and the apparently oblivious President of the SDEA actually know the answer to each of these questions
- Is the truthful answer to these questions what the corrupt SDUSD senior leadership and the apparently oblivious President of the SDEA actually fear and what they are trying to hide from all SDUSD Stakeholders, the rank and file SDEA and other union members, the California Department of Education and the United States Department of Education?
This past week the SDUSD, SDEA and their sychophant San Diego mainstream press cronies finally “came out of the closet” and admitted that they had been fully neglecting SDUSD K-12 education since the Covid pandemic began and actually were warehousing Students.
The new half-baked solution from the SDUSD/SDEA geniuses is to invoke Administative Procedure 7293 – Substitute Procedures for Districtwide Emergencies and even further deny a full education to SDUSD Students and punish Parents through an arcane, last minute notification called a “COVID Impact Day”.
A Propaganda Department Press Release was gobbled up and spewed as fact over multiple local news outlets with virtually no journalistic integrity despite the fact that Administrative Procedure 7293 has ABSOLUTELY ZERO requirements defining the amount/degree of oversight, reporting, accountability or transparency that we requested in the eight questions on December 5, 2021.
And all of this gobbling and spewing was highlighted by local news outlets as “Additional Support To Classrooms”!
Taking students OUT of a classroom and putting them in a warehouse room now qualifies as “Additional Support”?!?
More like “Additional” San Diego “Empty Suit” local journalism, crony unionism and the Zero Accountability SDUSD at its finest.
As we stated in our introduction…just another week in the SDUSD educational dystopia.
“When we read dystopia, we root for these people to break free because we are these people; hoping and fighting against things that are bigger than ourselves. – Ally Condie
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