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dorthy manser April 7, 2014 at 09:55 am
Unfortunately, Susan, there are far too many otherwise intelligent people who believe nonsense aboutRead More vaccinations and find loopholes. It would seem that it will take many deaths from preventable diseases before people wake up to the danger posed by pseudoscientific clap-trap peddled by celebrity know-nothings like Jenny "University of Google" McCarthy.
Susan April 7, 2014 at 01:17 pm
you are SO right.
dorthy manser April 7, 2014 at 01:23 pm
And of course the real tragedy is that they are putting those who are most venerable, theRead More immunocompromised and the very young at the greatest risk. Sometimes ignorance and superstition is relatively harmless, but in this case it is downright dangerous.
Marcus Walton
Nick April 6, 2014 at 10:08 am
Marcus is great. He is a graduate of Pinole Valley so it's nice to see him back in the district.
Giorgio C. April 7, 2014 at 07:51 pm
Welcome Marcus!
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Ann W. February 13, 2014 at 08:10 am
JSanders... why don't you explain what you think "Destined for Greatness" means to you? IfRead More you have watched the news and seen the interviews with many of his fellow students and coaches, it seems as though this young man had an upbeat and inspiring personality that affected those around him in a positive way. In my book that is greatness. To be a person who brings out the best in others is truly rare. I imagine my definition of greatness is likely different than yours, simply because there is not much that I have ever agreed with you when I see your postings on this site. The negative comments that I read sadden me, and even more so the number of recommendations following those comments. It says a lot about the negativity either of this community or the followers on this website. Pearson Lyverse gave a personal perspective which I certainly appreciated, why do you need to refer to it as a "rant." It is simply disrespectful. The REAL topic here is a life lost too soon.
Autumn Johnson (Editor) February 13, 2014 at 09:10 am
"He was destined for greatness" is a quote from one of the people posting online about hisRead More death. scroll through the Storify curation and you will see what I am referring to.
Ann W. February 13, 2014 at 09:20 am
I would still like to hear JSanders definition of "Greatness." He seems to have the needRead More to diminish the perspective of those who actually knew him.
EL CERRITO, Ca: Ning Wang, Bennett Ilan and Sara McIntosh compete in 3rd Annual 2014 Madera Elementary School Spelling Bee Photo provided by: Guy Fong
Halle Brown February 1, 2014 at 09:41 am
Way to go, Bennett!! I'm sure you're parents are very proud :-)
Heather Edgar February 1, 2014 at 07:03 pm
Interesting. I went to that school a long time ago. The teachers there are very nice and supportive!
Heather Edgar February 3, 2014 at 03:06 pm
Michael O'Connor November 7, 2013 at 10:31 pm
It would be really nice if the good old WCCUSD could be broken up.
best bookkeeper November 8, 2013 at 08:33 am
Billions of dollars for buildings and contractors, not much for students and teachers, and o yeah,Read More education. Follow the money, but you won't find much going to excellent teachers--the district has a leveler philosophy, as in "Bring everyone down to the lowest level."
Giorgio C. November 9, 2013 at 09:20 am
Having worked in the government quality/regulatory arena, I am reminded of examples of where theRead More Federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) has repeatedly criticized Federal oversight entities for failing to fulfill their mandated oversight objectives. This includes Centers for Medicaid Services (CMS) for ineffective monitoring of clinical laboratories and also the FDA for its shortcomings. When you read the 17 page report, one must ask how did things get to this point? Dr. Harter truly shares the blame, but there is a bigger problem if it took such serious incidents as the rape of a child to bring this problem under the radar. All of the shortcomings with respect to implementation and compliance with protocol should have already been documented via some sort of routine audit instead of an incident investigation. These things should have already been on someone's radar, most importantly, Dr. Harter's. As I always say to a Compliance investigator, "I challenge you to find something I already do not know about." Government agencies are always struggling to comply with the numerous regulations, but they should at the very least know exactly what their deficiencies are via their own quality improvement auditing process. This is the responsibility of the Chief, in this case, Dr. Harter. Lastly, one should look at the Teacher Credentialing program to see what training in the area of sexual harassment looks like. It is my opinion that this topic was not adequately addressed when I received my credential 15 years ago. The findings of this investigation are an indictment against California's public education system as a whole, that the current State Superintendent of Education, and others, share the blame, as the checks-and-balances were certainly not there.
Tim October 1, 2013 at 10:19 am
@Ian - It must be simple truancy. No way does our school (Fairmont) have a 43% chronic truancy rate.Read More @Michael - I think your conclusion is too broad. We have plenty of families who value education, but do not know the procedures well enough about taking their kids out of school. Each year at Fairmont, as high as 10-15% of families are English-learners new to the area. But further, I think many families simply don't understand that failing to get kids to school within 30 minutes of the start of the day makes them "truant" (a word that before last year I had equated with playing hooky). I have overheard perfectly well educated and supportive parents saying they were a little late because of something happening at home and their child being very tired. I think with a little better communication, the rates for many of WCCUSD's schools could drop by 20-30 points, easily.
Alex Gronke (Editor) October 1, 2013 at 01:27 pm
@Ian, yes. it's simple truancy.
Giorgio C. October 3, 2013 at 08:06 pm
Students engaging in oral copulation during class time is a bigger concern than the act of truancyRead More itself. Yes, on a local high school campus, at 9 AM, two teens were engaged in such an act. I doubt their absence was excused.
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Giorgio C. September 19, 2013 at 06:02 pm
Good words. Still, historical perspective (sideview mirror) is needed to help plot the direction.Read More What is it we are trying to avoid? What hasn't worked? People will ask "Why is change needed?"
Ink'edup September 19, 2013 at 09:54 pm
Notice I didn't say ignore the sideview. But there is a possibility that referring to a version ofRead More history repeatedly, can distract from a common goal to move forward.
Giorgio C. September 20, 2013 at 07:15 am
I like your thinking. Thanks.
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