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Charles Dennis June 12, 2014 at 06:02 pm
In wealthy districts you will have few complaints about the quality of teaching and educationRead More because there are funds-private-that can bolster the needs of educational professionals. The majority of districts don't have this capacity, nor do parents have the means to address the myriad of needs of their children. They are just getting by, or not even getting by. The affects of poor nutrition, broken homes, and delinquency fall on the shoulders of teachers and school administrators. Teachers would have the opportunity to actually teach if their students' parents had-health insurance that didn't cost an arm and a leg, a steady well paying job that had reasonable hours and safe neighborhoods to live in. Increased funds for schools-currently California ranks almost last nationwide in per pupil funding no thanks to Prop 13-would also have a positive impact on the quality of education in our state. Teaching is challenging; anyone who comments on this blog and has not taught is really speaking out of ignorance. Teachers voice opinions; my most inspiring teachers, the ones who really got me thinking, had strong opinions, ones that might run contrary to parent's personal values. Tenure protects those teachers ability to express opposition. The author of this lawsuit is a wealthy CEO, someone used to getting his professional needs met by simply getting rid of opposition. That is not the way to solve our educational shortcomings in this state. Charter schools have not demonstrated significant gains in student test scores, if you think that student testing is the best way to measure success-another topic that needs discussion.
Allen June 12, 2014 at 06:26 pm
Tenure was originally intended to protect intellectual and political discourse. But a second gradeRead More teacher with 2 years experience?
Deanna June 26, 2014 at 11:29 am
Charles I get your point where classroom needs are concerned, but I can tell you with absoluteRead More certainty, teachers do not always get paid more in wealthy districts. In fact it's often quite the opposite. It is often true that teachers make 10 thousand or more less, but still have deal with the cost of living in wealthy districts.
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Michael June 11, 2014 at 11:06 am
there has got to be a way to control use of cell phones while driving via use of technology. ManyRead More humans will simply NOT STOP texting and using phones (holding) while driving. We as a society must find a way to protect ourselves from these thoughtless, selfish, dangerous people. Arrogance ("I will do whatever I want") and ignorance (idiots like Oakland's Mayor Quan who actually believe holding a phone while driving so she can check out directions is LEGAL!) are out of control related to cell phones and driving. How many more will need to die before we as a society act on this. Teens are only part of the problem.
novato 3per June 11, 2014 at 11:32 am
Michael, I agree that something must be done about the distracted driving epidemic, but am unsureRead More if we want to usher more technology into our personal spheres -careful what you wish for, NSA, BiG BROTHER, etc. I am no fan of Quan, however, a recent decision , SPRIGGS, did affirm the use of smartphone as GPS device was not a violation of the law. ( http://blogs.findlaw.com/california_case_law/2014/03/smartphone-gps-and-other-tinkering-while-driving-allowed-by-court.html. )
Hopkin June 11, 2014 at 01:26 pm
Michael, there no doubt is, but one issue with it would be that it wouldn't discriminate betweenRead More casual use and emergency use.
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 07:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
Astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle.
Tina McMillan May 26, 2014 at 10:42 am
Here is a link to a 2012 TED talk by Dr. Cagle entitled the Human Microscope:Read More https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SNr4v6N94o Wouldn't it be wonderful to have Dr. Cagle visit students as part of our STEM program.
Roger May 1, 2014 at 07:06 am
Suzanne: I think the gap is the US with other countries, like Finland and Japan. I have been at RossRead More Common when that school ended for the day, and the students were all white. I think Novato's K through 3rd grade is half Hispanic this year.
Tina McMillan May 1, 2014 at 10:37 am
None of these schools has a significant population of English Language Learners or SocioeconomicallyRead More Disadvantaged students. We can see by API statistics that the real struggle in public education is effectively teaching ELL and SED students. If the only schools honored are those with the least diversity then the award is really a pat on the back for doing little with a lot. ============================================http://school-ratings.com/counties/Marin.html This link provides stats for all the schools in Marin so you can compare scores to different groups of learners. ============================================ Dixie: 5% ELL and 5% SED========================== Bel Aire: 2% ELL and 3% SED======================== Reed: 2% ELL and 2% SED========================= Ross: 0% ELL and 0% SED========================= Wade Thomas: 7% ELL and 13% SED================== ============================================Out of the schools listed Wade Thomas is the only one that has any relative population of ELL and SED students. In Novato, by comparison, Hamilton School is 33% ELL and 59% SED and Lynwood is 33% ELL and 65% SED. If you go to each Novato school you can see the significant changes to teaching that must go with a highly diverse group of learners. Until we acknowledge that curriculum reform is essential we won't be able to overcome the challenges our own district faces. ============================================ Awards that measure the success of schools with few to no impacts as a result of diversity and poverty, are simply telling us that education is successful when students come from families where food, housing and language are not an issue. The districts from which these schools receive funding are all basic aid which means their property taxes more than cover the costs of education while in Novato we rely on the state to make up the difference and so receive significantly less per pupil funding. =========================================== How about an award that measures success based on the challenges associated with teaching a diverse array of learners on a shoe string budget.
Hopkin May 1, 2014 at 11:10 am
No, Tina, they get measures that award more tax dollars!
novato 3per March 25, 2014 at 05:41 pm
Performance standards for teacher retention rather than just seniority. ESL classes should not be aRead More priority over assisting native born student needs. In depth income audits should be performed for free lunch and financial aid recipients.
BJL March 26, 2014 at 08:23 am
1) Get Aeries working this link fails now : http://eweb.nusd.org/abi/ 2) stagger the times kids getRead More out and go to school - traffic is a nightmare 3) stop the early morning classes... 8:00 is early enough the 7am to 3:45pm has caused tired kids and lower grades
Tina McMillan March 26, 2014 at 09:45 am
NUSD needs to:=============================== 1. Maintain self contained GATE and increase GATE inRead More middle school so that advanced learners have appropriate curriculum.=================================== 2. Provide school choice by supporting public charters and magnets.==================================== 3. Make High School meaningful to all students not just those intent on college.========================== 4. Celebrate diversity in the way that each school implements curriculum by allowing elementary schools to be unique.===================================== 5. Provide test scores for each subgroup of students so parents can see which students are proficient in English Language Arts and Math and determine if the curriculum is working for their children.======================== 6. Provide after school homework help in elementary school. 7. Allow prospective Charters to provide sufficiently lengthy presentations on curriculum. ====================== 8. Provide a syllabus for High School classes so students and parents can see what will be taught and when homework, projects and tests are due.=============== 9. Require all teachers beginning in middle school to keep ARIES up to date so parents and students immediately know when assignments have been received and graded. 10. Maintain behavior standards in all schools so students can be assured that when they attend classes everyone is there to learn.
A San Marin High student speaks about the new building
Catherine Rucker January 19, 2014 at 07:03 pm
Thank you, Novato Unified School District, for your dedication to better nutrition. I didn'tRead More benefit from an on-campus kitchen when I was at San Marin. But soon my two children will benefit.
San Marin High student Sabrina Abraha cuts the ribbon
Sylvia Barry January 18, 2014 at 12:03 am
This is wonderful news. We have been waiting for this for a long, long time! Congratulations, SanRead More Marin!
Sylvia Barry January 18, 2014 at 12:07 am
Paul laPerriere January 18, 2014 at 09:17 am
It is great. Now let's close the campus for lunch.
SHROYER FOR SUPERVISOR 2014 December 18, 2013 at 09:25 pm
Thank you San Marin High School for your annual tree recycling! Our family uses this service everyRead More year! My son will be volunteering in a couple of years when he is a Mustang!
Ann January 2, 2014 at 07:48 pm
The upcoming dates for this fundraiser are January 4, 5, 11, 2014.
Ann January 2, 2014 at 07:49 pm
The upcoming dates for the San Marin Tree Recycling Fundraiser are January 4, 5, 11, 2014.
Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Craig Belfor November 15, 2013 at 06:41 am
I think doctors are killing cursive by their sloppy handwriting. I'm always surprised to see brainRead More surgeons who must work with great precision in the operating room write a prescription that nobody can read. Most people do not or can not sign their name in a legible form.
Joanne Keenan November 9, 2013 at 01:24 pm
Hat's off to Susan Mathews, executive director of School Fuel!! You are a great example of a citizenRead More taking positive action when a need was seen - action speaks louder than words - a shout out to you and your colleagues at School Fuel!
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Novato Native November 11, 2013 at 11:02 pm
I wish I had an opinion to give in the new program but like the article said, most Americans haven'tRead More even heard of it and those, like me who have, know very little. On a positive note, I would guess not too much has been wasted on "PR" or "marketing" the program to the general public since few are aware of it. Second, as a parent, I see art as a prevalent piece of my child's current curriculum and had a teacher state "the next time I will incorporate even more of the current curriculum in the project" for the volunteer art docents (ie using art as a catalyst to teach multiple subjects.) I could say that this is a one- off in light of her energy, passion and creativity or overall desire for all of her students to not just achieve success but to enjoy the process based by their learning style but...) NUSD just made an investment in a phenomenal arts program, in which I attended a presentation to "roll out" the program. I found it fabulous. And, in the middle, is the leadership at the school in both the administrative roles and through the PTA supporting the arts with leadership, volunteers, and financial support for supplies and people hours. So, the missing link on whether this program is good and whether or not a parent should know about it comes down to me, the parent, getting active in my child's life (education for this topic) and researching the program and determining if it is right for my child and if it isn't doing my part to tie up any loose ends. However, I do have a good feeling about this....we are somewhat in the position where we can really and should really only go up and what we have done historically hasn't made the grade, right? The bottom line for me and what I have seen time and time again is regardless of what school, teacher or situation a student is in it is the parent's involvement and commitment to their child's education throughout his/her life that makes the difference in both the short and long term. Be part of the solution, be positive and be a role model for your child. I will google the program before parent-teacher conferences to start....
lue is bad news. California is among 17 states/districts where eighth-graders had lower-than average math test scores.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr November 8, 2013 at 12:26 pm
That is odd. This morning, Channel 7, KGO, reported that California politically correct schools hadRead More risen two ranks in math and reading, from 49th to 47th. Yeah!
Bubbasixpack November 1, 2013 at 03:40 pm
Bullying does not have to be a part of growing up, and witnesses are hard to come by in a fight. TheRead More cameras will help stop bullying, and determine who's at fault in a fight. As far as the price of shovels, it's the laptops. Thieves just hit a school on the peninsula and made off with $200,000 worth of computer equipment. This is a growing crime , and it happens on weekends. I think this equipment will pay for itself.
Al Nymous November 1, 2013 at 08:12 pm
War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength
Bubbasixpack November 1, 2013 at 09:41 pm
Good thing they didn't have a security camera when you made THAT purchase.
Photo by Brent Newell
Concerned Citizen October 29, 2013 at 11:48 am
I'm usually right there to criticize but this time if the article is accurate then this could beRead More some of the best money spent. Intervening b4 trouble sounds not only like a good idea but one that should be expanded. I'm especially sensitive to troubled kids that come to school and have the potential to cause gr8 harm as evidenced around the country. $200k might seem like a lot of money but isn't it time we put our $$ where it would protect our greatest assets, no not banks, but our kids. Good call.
Dave Robertson October 29, 2013 at 12:11 pm
I think the NUSD teachers should make the call whether to keep it or not. If they don't like whatRead More it is doing, give them the power to get rid of it. It's a bit of "cronyism" to use a company owned by a former NPD member. If the member left for unrelated reasons, then that seems OK. If the member left to do this ... then this is bad precedent.
Bubbasixpack October 29, 2013 at 09:57 pm
I thought teachers broke up fights. I guess I'm old fashioned, but when I was a kid, a teacher onlyRead More had to shout " break it up!" To stop a fight. We had nuns in my early school, and they had a cross on a chain, and even looked like Vikings when they swung it on us. Nothing breaks up a fight like heavy metal bouncing of your skull. Much as I don't like double dippers,maybe we need pros, now that we have AH in our schools.
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