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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 18, 2014 at 07:10 PM
If we divided the city into districts and the candidate had to live in the district he/sheRead Morerepresent ed, it would do one very wrong thing. It would further eliminate even a remote possibility that the low income folks in this city would have any voice in it's leadership. I prefer it stay just like it is now, with every candidate representing EVERY section of this city.
Mona Taplin April 19, 2014 at 06:42 AM
No, I am not interested in running for office. I am in my 80's and have too many health issues toRead Moreev en consider it momentarily. I am however still very interested in what's going on in our school district and always will be. To me, a quality education is the best thing we can provide our children so they can become productive citizens. Quality education does not mean lowering the standards so more people can graduate. It does mean cooperation between the parent and the school. There are still many parents who are offended when a teacher/principal, or school counselor suggests they give their child more help at home with subjects that are difficult for their child. They still feel that we pay teachers to teach and it's all up to them. How often have you heard a parent say that if a teacher would just devote a few extra minutes to their youngster he/she would not be falling behind? Having worked in this school district when I was younger and also have tutored children for several years on a volunteer basis, I am very well aware of how hard most teachers work to ensure their students do the best they can. Children who are frequently absent, including those who have chronic illnesses do not succeed in classrooms, and their report cards should clearly reflect that. Giving a well behaved, well liked student who is trying hard an A in all subjects does not serve that child well. He/she should be graded on the level he/she is actually working. A B, C, or even a failing grade is far better than the false reports many of these children go home with. Giving a child an A when he/she actually is falling way behind doesn't make sense and does considerably more harm than good. I do believe very strongly a part of graduation credits should be based on the number of days the child actually attends school as well as classroom performance,- taking into consideration also how much work the child does at home that reflects how well the child is actually learning basic subjects. Short term Home Schooling can be a big benefit when a child has to be absent. You really need to look at BOTH SIDES of the requirements for good grades and days attended. Yes school districts lose funding when children are absent. But the child misses a whole lot more.
Mona Taplin April 19, 2014 at 06:58 AM
I back candidates for office based on their past performance, and how well I agree with theirRead Moreplatf orm. I don't pay much attention to mudslinging because it does not reflect the whole picture. I don't want to dwell on comments about what someone did that displeased others. I want to know only what the candidate stands for, and how he/she plans on putting those ideas to work. Many times what's been done can't always be undone,- but sometimes improvements can be made to make it work better.I doubt if I ever will agree with everything elected officials do,- but I do always look at the whole picture.
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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