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bubbafett April 16, 2014 at 11:12 AM
No, the CBO just got a 5.5% raise. Another question though is why the board gave her a raise atRead Moreal l? She only has 3 months left on her contract and I think at $160K per year she was more than sufficiently compensated. And yes, we will all be paying for her now increased pension for the rest of her life. The people at the top always take care of themselves first and best. The School Board works for us and this is an election year. Make them earn it. When you see them around town, ask Charlie Mensinger or Nancy Thomas why they want to waste our kids money like this?
Nick April 16, 2014 at 02:53 PM
Mr. Marken knew the CBO from their days at Dublin Unified. It's a going away present for her atRead Morethe expense of the future of NUSD children. Wasn't it a few months ago that Mr. Marken was asking for support of his Measure to get more money for school facilities, this is why he was asking for it, so he can meet a promise he made to a "valued friend, when she made the jump with him to NUSD. When I look at the people the Board approves for hire, there is no one of color to match the demographics of NUSD. Most people of color won't even bother applying for those types of positions to save the embarrassment. I wouldn't wasting my time with Mensinger or Thomas, I just vote against them going forward. It's shocking that one hand is asking for money, but the other is just pocketing personally.
Autumn Johnson (Editor) April 11, 2014 at 09:00 AM
We are getting a new platform soon and things will be slowly updated. For now, I am the only editor Read Morefor 16 sites so I have to catch these things as readers bring them to me. Thanks for letting me know.
Mona Taplin April 14, 2014 at 02:38 PM
I think it's very obvious that we tend to make all criticisms loud and clear,and rarely take theRead Moretim e to compliment everything that's going right. It's not uncommon to grade on attendance. It's been done ever since I went to school. You have to attend classes a certain number of days in order to earn all the credits. If that system needs improving, you need to take action before your child misses too many classes,- not after. I remember a short time ago how the Newark School District was the most improved district. That was a great accomplishment and I applaud our Superintendent, school board, principals, teachers and parents for bringing those results in. It took a lot of work to get that done.
bubbafett April 16, 2014 at 12:10 PM
Mona, times have changed a bit. The reason that attendance is so closely tracked is that is howRead Moreth e district gets money. The state hands out funds based on daily attendance by the students. While its nice to think that it's all for the children sometimes it just about the money. As for applause, celebrating our ongoing successes is great but let's get our really bad schools up to par too, cough Schilling cough, then pat ourselves on the back.
Nadja Adolf April 16, 2014 at 05:53 PM
Jennifer, the point I was trying to make is that the only praise the district gets is forRead Moreencouragin g people to apply for more social programs. There is a lot in favor of free breakfast and more food stamps - but no praise at all seems to be related to what the schools are allegedly supposed to be doing, which is teaching. I don't know anyone who lets their kid go to the Junior High or High if they can find an alternative that they can afford. I know of people who home school in order to keep their children from being taught in bad Spanish - and some of these are native speakers of educated Spanish - i.e., Latino immigrants with high school diplomas and above received in Latin America. And yes, the educational system in Newark is broken. Parent after parent has gone through insanity with counselors who have apparently "tracked" their offspring. One family was informed by an administrator that their child would only manage to graduate "when pigs fly." Newark schools are problematic. People on my street tend to leave town at one of two points - when the children are supposed to start school, or when they are supposed to start Junior High. At that point it seems it is time to move - Castro Valley, Delhi, El Dorado Hills, Fremont, Hayward, San Jose, and many other towns are chosen over Newark.
casey April 16, 2014 at 05:06 PM
nice to see someone speaking out! I do not have a school age child, but will in a few years and IRead Mored read her going to any Newark school. The counselors I had going through all the jr high and high school were only there for certain people. Clearly nothing has changed! I hope the best for your son. Maybe try getting him transferred all together.
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