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Happy Summer Vacation to all our readers in the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) and worldwide!

This coming week is the final week of Summer Vacation for our readers in the SDUSD and also the last week for the District Deeds “Summer Edition”.  We have enjoyed presenting you with Sunday Reads with a mild summer twist and we hope you have enjoyed it also.

Today, in our final 2022 District Deeds Sunday Reads Summer Edition, we provide an excellent article by the Los Angeles Sentinel that provides all the details of a bill attempting to provide “academic support for Black students”.

We have posted the full article and our commentary with a few extra meme’s and definitions to make it easier to review.  We strongly urge our readers to click on the title and author (in red) and review the full article and website for themselves and their family.


Bill Calling for Targeted Funding for Low-Performing Black Students Moves Forward

By Antonio Ray Harvey, California Black Media – Published July 7, 2022

A bill that would generate over $400 million for an estimated 785 public school districts across the state to provide critically needed academic support for Black students is on its way to the California Senate Committee on Appropriations.

Authored by Akilah Weber (D-San Diego), Assembly Bill (AB) 2774, passed out of the Senate Education Committee with a 7-0 vote on June 30, the last day before the Legislature’s summer recess.

“Thank you, CA State Senate Education Committee, for passing my bills,” Weber said via her Twitter account. “Our shared goals are to keep our students safe, provide opportunities for each of them to excel academically, and receive the support they need to stay in school and graduate.”

Weber introduced AB 2774 in February. The bill is co-authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena), chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Both are members of the California Legislative Black Caucus.

Before the Senate Education Committee vote, many supporters of the bill from around the state rallied in front of “the Swing Space” – temporary legislative offices while the Capitol is under renovation — to urge Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign the bill. The building is located one block south of the State Capitol.

Margaret Fortune, Fortune School of Education; Yolanda Moore, Clovis Unified Board of Education, Keshia Thomas, Fresno, Unified School District Board of Education, and students from Fresno, Sacramento, and Elk Grove made an appearance.

In addition, Sacramento County Democratic Party Chairperson Tracie Stafford, Chache Wright from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People of San Bernardino, and Sacramento County Board of Education trustees Al Brown and Bina Lefkovitiz joined the supporters of AB 2774.

“There is an undeniable achievement gap when it comes to Black children and we cannot continue failing them,” Moore said. “Our students want to do better; they want to be held to a higher standard, but they need our focus and effort to get them there. AB 2774 would push for sustainable, equitable, and academic growth.”

AB 2774 addresses equity issues with the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which was created to provide additional funding for the highest need students in California.

AB 2772 would amend the definition of “unduplicated pupils” for the 2023–24 fiscal year to include pupils who are included in the lowest-performing “subgroup or subgroups,” as defined in the language.

The subgroups identified as unduplicated pupils receiving supplemental funding include English Language learners, low-income students, and foster/homeless youth.

The adjustment is based on the most recently available mathematics or language arts results on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, as specified.

“I want to specifically call on the governor to support AB 2774,” Fortune said. “Everybody would agree that there is a crisis that 67% of Black kids can’t read at grade level in our public schools. Now it’s time for (Gov. Gavin Newsom) to stand in front of this issue. This group of students deserves support.”

The LCFF was enacted in 2013. Weber said over one-quarter of Black students are not receiving supplemental funding through LCFF.

In 2019, testing data showed that Black students are the lowest-performing subgroup on state standardized tests with 67% not passing English Language Arts (ELA) and 79% not meeting the Math standard.

AB 2774 states that the subgroup identified for the 2023-2024 fiscal year, based on the 2018-19 the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) scores “shall be included within the ‘unduplicated’ pupil count until its scores equal or exceeds the highest performing subgroup (Asian American students).”

AB 2774 would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to annually identify the lowest-performing pupil subgroup or subgroups and would authorize school districts and charter schools to review and revise their submitted data on pupils who are included in the lowest-performing subgroup or subgroups.

There are nearly 310,000 Black students enrolled in California’s public schools. Approximately 80,000 Black students in the state do not receive any additional funding under the LCFF, according to data compiled by the California Department of Education.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond supports the legislation.

“This is a state of emergency and we have been in a state of emergency for far too long and nothing has been done,” Thurmond said. “We cannot and will not continue to let our babies fall behind.”


District Deeds Synopsis and Analysis:

We chose this article from the Los Angeles Sentinal because it covers many of the issues regarding Assembly Bill 2774 (AB 2774) and Assembly Bill 2772 (AB 2772).

To read the Weber amendendments for the bills themselves, here is the link to that proposed bill AB 2774/2772 from the State of California Legislative Information.  Here is the AB 2774/2772 w Weber Additions PDF.

First of all we support 1000% the effort to provide more support “to the lowest-performing “subgroup or subgroups,” as defined in the language“.”  For far too long false promises by the SDUSD Propaganda Department to help the neediest SDUSD Students has been reduced to politically self-serving photo ops using students and families of color as background props while giving them a sub-par education.  We know that the supporters of AB 2774/2772 have their hearts in the right place.

But unfortunately…

First lets cover what the bill proposes.  This fine article expresses it succinctly:


AB 2774 addresses equity issues with the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which was created to provide additional funding for the highest need students in California.

AB 2772 would amend the definition of “unduplicated pupils” for the 2023–24 fiscal year to include pupils who are included in the lowest-performing “subgroup or subgroups,” as defined in the language.

The subgroups identified as unduplicated pupils receiving supplemental funding include English Language learners, low-income students, and foster/homeless youth.


Sounds good…right?

Unfortunately, to use another meme…they are “putting the cart before the horse

AB 2772 and AB 2774 put the easy “Cash Cart” before the putting hard work of “Transparency and Accountability” through annual LEA Audits with detailed serious financial repercussions for non-compliance for every school site and and LEA senior leadership employee that violates the law.

Here is the wording from the law if the LEA does NOT meet the standard:


AB 2774 states that the subgroup identified for the 2023-2024 fiscal year, based on the 2018-19 the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) scores “shall be included within the ‘unduplicated’ pupil count until its scores equal or exceeds the highest performing subgroup (Asian American students).”


District Deeds Translation:

With AB 2772 and AB 2774, LEA’s get paid more money to continue to fail the lowest performing subgroups.

Here is a graphic from a website titled blackinschool.org that supports AB 2772 and AB 2774:

SDUSD would LOSE a minimum of over $11.5 MILLION if they actually IMPROVED PERFORMANCE by generating California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) scores “that equal or exceeds the highest performing subgroup (Asian American students)”.  

The SDUSD would GAIN a minimum of $11.5 MILLION if they FAIL!!!

Given the horribly corrupt performance of the SDUSD Senior Leadership, what do YOU think they will do?

If in doubt, just look what the corrupt SDUSD did to the Federal and State funds at Lincoln High School dedicated to the neediest students.

The article mentions that  “In 2019, testing data showed that Black students are the lowest-performing subgroup on state standardized tests with 67% not passing English Language Arts (ELA) and 79% not meeting the Math standard.”

Here is the data for the SDUSD from EdSource:

AB 2772 and AB 2774 are well intentioned efforts to provide support for chronically ignored sub-groups.  We commend them on that effort.

Unfortunately, passing AB 2772 and AB 2774 will end up being (at least in the SDUSD) just another pork barrel scam to continue giving money with no transparency or accountability…with no strings attached.

But there is a way to make it work.

The District Deeds “2 Step” Solution

Step 1:  FOLLOW THE MONEY

Annual or Biennual (every 2 years) Forensic Audits of every LEA for all programs recieving federal and/or State money.

Without a STRONG INDEPENDENT FORENSIC AUDIT attached to the two bills, the corrupt and incompetent SDUSD will be REWARDED WITH MORE MONEY by continuing to fail in educating the neediest sub-groups of Students – both rich and poor.

And it’s not as if there is a dearth of LEA Audit opportunities and methods at the Local, State and Federal Level.

The SDUSD has a department titled the Office of Internal Audit (OIA).

Here is the archived link: Archived SDUSD OIA

Here’s the SDUSD link (may be deleted/adjusted by the SDUSD): SDUSD Website OIA

That SDUSD OIA page provides audit documents from SDUSD entities.

It also provides a so-called “Fraud Hotline” that is funneled to the SDUSD Legal Department via the corrupt, propaganda driven “Quality Assurance Department

How ironic that the SDUSD departments that create the most propaganda to cover up incidents of fraud are actually the resource provided by the SDUSD to the victims of that fraud.  In business that is called “getting ahead of the curve”.  An example would be:

The corrupt  SDUSD Quality Assurance Department is getting ahead of the curve by funneling all complaints to the SDUSD legal department to prevent the risk of successfull lawsuits by victims of SDUSD law breaking improprieties.

The State of California has a page with 28 different categories of audits.  Here is just a small portion from that page:

Here is the California Department of Education 2022-23 Guide for Annual Audits of K-12 Local Education Agencies and State Compliance Reporting

And the Federal Government has even more Auditing capability:

The United States Department of Education uses the Office of Inspector General:

Auditing FORCES LEA’s to be Transparent and Accountable…and FORCES them to to be Honest for fear of getting caught!!!

Step 2:  Hold LEA Senior Leadership Accountable for Violations

If a 1st grade Student doesn’t do their class work, they are held accountable by being given a failing grade and not passing a class.  If a High School Student does the same, they are held accountable by flunking a class and not graduating from High School.

The LEA Senior Leadership MUST be held to the same standard as a 1st grader or a 12th grader.

If an LEA’s Senior leadership does not do their work according to our proposed audit, each member of senior leadership (Board of Education and Superintedent) MUST be held accountable through public Censure detailing the violations and precise expectation of corrections required within a specific time frame.

If they still refuse to meet the audit requirements they should either be fined, fired or automatically recalled from office.

The current incompetent SDUSD Superintendent makes over $300,000 per year.  A reduction of annual pay can take the place of a fine for non-performance.

Risk of political and professional sanctions will prevent Senior Leadership from taking the corrupt way out.

Our 2 Step Plan forces the leadership in the SDUSD and other California LEA’s to be completely Honest, Transparent and Accountable from the top down.  If they are held to those three tenets, the rest of the SDUSD and California LEA Stakeholders will follow.

Only then will the application of educational funds be directed to ALL Students in ALL Groups in a proper and equitable fashion.

In closing we would be remiss to ignore the ridiculous comment by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond:

“This is a state of emergency and we have been in a state of emergency for far too long and nothing has been done,” Thurmond said. “We cannot and will not continue to let our babies fall behind.”

Really Thurmond?!?

YOU are the one that has been in charge for CREATING that “state of emergency” and letting it go “for far too long and nothing has been done”.

YOU are the one who said (according to the San Diego Union Tribune) about the person most responsible for the current SDUSD “leave our babies behind” disaster :

“Congratulations to (Marten), who has dedicated her career to improving the lives of students, inspiring countless educators, and championing equity,” Thurmond tweeted. “A great day for California and our nation, and I am proud to call you a colleague and friend.”

Marten is living proof as to why the 2 Step is needed.  Promoted on the educational suffering of thousands of “babies” for self serving career aspirations.

So even without all the facts we have presented, that horrible endorsement by Thurmond should inspire ALL SDUSD Stakeholders to take the blackinschool.org advise and INDEPENDENTLY contact their State Representative (via this “look up” link) and tell them to SAY NO on AB 2772 and AB 2774 UNLESS it contains our 2 Step Solution.

Anything Thurman represents, including his re-election, should be summarily dismissed by all California education Stakeholders.

As part of the Informed Electorate, that is the least we can do for our “babies” left behind.


Now for our Quote of the Week dedicated to the Statewide Stakeholders who are willing to hold their LEA to a high standard of Honesty, Transparency and Accountability:

“If you don’t have anything nice to say, come sit with me!” – Alice Roosevelt Longworth


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