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Index Finger July 20, 2014 at 01:53 pm
More money misspent. Isn't there a plan for demo and securing closed schools? Look at all theRead More material left in the closed building. Could this be a political act to embarrass the never camera shy Rsmsey and his political aspirations in Rickmond?
Kilgore Trout July 13, 2014 at 09:53 pm
Lets see: Its a Political Year, The renaming of Portola stinks to high heaven of Politics and theRead More biggest Politician of all, Charles Ramsey is at the middle of it all... And everybody else is just a bystander watching the crash in slo-motion...
www.raymonddennen@yahoo.com July 20, 2014 at 12:17 pm
Nicely put. I had some other comments, but they were deleted. I'm reassessing my writing skills.Read More Back to you later
www.raymonddennen@yahoo.com July 22, 2014 at 02:46 pm
The bystanders can only report what they saw. It was a horrific crash which we saw in slow-motion.Read More We can only report what we saw and heard. Does the means justify the end?
Giorgio C. July 10, 2014 at 05:48 am
For me, Ramsey can't be gone soon enough. It's his handling of this that was the problem. HeRead More displayed a complete lack of sensitivity with his comment that "people will always find fault with the process." So don't even try? He never made any attempt to provide a neutral process. To Mr. Ramsey, I say don't let the door hit you on the way out.
Autumn Johnson July 10, 2014 at 06:39 am
Board Votes to Rename Portola Middle School After Fred T. KorematsuRead More http://pinole-hercules.patch.com/groups/schools/p/board-votes-to-rename-portola-middle-school-after-fred-t-korematsu_13ec56bc
www.raymonddennen@yahoo.com July 10, 2014 at 08:48 am
I was there. Thanks for the update. Too bad that the board didn' t just unilaterally change theRead More name. The process was highly suspicious and prejudicial. Why waste the time of the people who wanted to retain the name and have Mr. Korematsu on the lips of each of the renaming committees' lips all the time. There should have been a citizens committee and not two proponents (Ramsey and Ghidella) on the committee. Where was the Portola Latino-Spanish speaking PTSA. Did they know what was going on? Had they been informed? Or did they think,"What't the use". This country is based on justice and equality for all. We did not see this as part of this process.
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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
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Jim Coley April 30, 2014 at 07:33 am
Makes sense. As long as we keep eroding and buffering the standards , our Politicians and SchoolRead More Boards will one day have a 100% Graduation Certificate to hang on their "I Love Me" walls!! Truth is , we as a nation spend more money per student than any other Nation in the world on primary education only to have our "graduates" rank 14th in the world......right behind Iceland.So before we run around the building and shake hands with ourselves, maybe we should take a moment to ponder some new innovations in education and stop throwing money into an endless pit!
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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 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
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!
Spell Them February 2, 2014 at 07:35 pm
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Heather Edgar February 3, 2014 at 03:06 pm
Thanks.
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Coco Monet January 14, 2014 at 10:42 am
COMMON CORE IS UN AGENDA 21 Common Core is an integral part of UN Agenda 21/SustainableRead More Development: globalization is the standardization of systems. Whether the system is law enforcement or land use or government, the standardization, harmonization, and integration of all international methods of management is essential for total control. Education is the flash point for embedding system acceptance in all sectors of the population. Standardized propaganda is developed for pre-kindergarten to post graduate school; this is what is meant by 'Life Long Learning.' Breaking down traditional methods of learning in order to re-socialize the populace is the goal. Obedient, dependent people who are constantly being propagandized will provide the 'human capital' to fully implement UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development. Regardless of the content of this nationalized and internationalized system of behavioral modification, the goal and outcome will be to fundamentally destroy the individual's rights. - See more at: http://www.democratsagainstunagenda21.com/common-core-is-agenda-21.html#sthash.Rmsuw5zP.dpuf
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Coco Monet January 14, 2014 at 10:44 am
COMMON CORE IS UN AGENDA 21 Common Core is an integral part of UN Agenda 21/SustainableRead More Development: globalization is the standardization of systems. Whether the system is law enforcement or land use or government, the standardization, harmonization, and integration of all international methods of management is essential for total control. Education is the flash point for embedding system acceptance in all sectors of the population. Standardized propaganda is developed for pre-kindergarten to post graduate school; this is what is meant by 'Life Long Learning.' Breaking down traditional methods of learning in order to re-socialize the populace is the goal. Obedient, dependent people who are constantly being propagandized will provide the 'human capital' to fully implement UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development. Regardless of the content of this nationalized and internationalized system of behavioral modification, the goal and outcome will be to fundamentally destroy the individual's rights. - See more at: http://www.democratsagainstunagenda21.com/common-core-is-agenda-21.html#sthash.Rmsuw5zP.dpuf
University of California President Janet Napolitano. Photo courtesy of the University of California
Giorgio C. November 15, 2013 at 06:27 am
President Napolitano needs to clean up the corruption that comes with the athletics program as wasRead More reported in todays news at http://www.sfgate.com/collegesports/article/Cal-s-shockingly-low-athletic-admission-standards-4984721.php
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Coco Monet January 14, 2014 at 10:47 am
Schools systems are being standardized through Common Core, Mastery Learning, Outcome BasedRead More Education, Direct Instruction--many names for the same thing: Skinnerian (B.F. Skinner) International Curriculum. See Charlotte Iserbyt's book 'Back to Basics Reform Or...Skinnerian International Curriculum. Education is the basis for every change we've seen in our culture and government. Without indoctrination and destruction of the ability to think independently this plan could not succeed. - See more at: http://www.democratsagainstunagenda21.com/1/post/2012/11/globalization-is-standardization- of-systems.html#sthash.2mjkk0r0.dpuf
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.
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