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the weed Says:

Wed, Sep 10 2014 07:33 AM

back on line...good to know they are there for us. Thanks for the info Tom.

anthony Says:

Tue, Sep 09 2014 10:32 AM


DC96 Says:

Sun, Sep 07 2014 03:38 PM

I just got back from watching the Jaguars/Grossmont game at the new refurbished Stadium, that was the cool part. The game was fun and exciding but getting inside took all the enjoyment out of the evening, I'm not a person that likes to complain but this time I have to speak. Me and my Son waited over 1 and a half hours to get inside!!! The line moved every five minutes and the people around me were pissed. I can't believe the people in charge didn't see this coming, these clowns had 3 window selling tickets and when you made it to the promise land the line all of a sudden became a major mess and mass of bodies and what was funny was every police officer SWC had working was looking at this mess with amusement,they should of acted like they were giving poor students tickets for minor infractions, then maybe they could of been of some help! Its been fun at times especially the last 2 years, but folks you lost a fan, at least when it comes to paying for a ticket, I'll just wait for the sports section to find out the score!!!!!!

Stephanie Ruston Says:

Sat, Sep 06 2014 06:09 PM

In California, the law states that "a governing board of a school district or a county office of education may offer independent study to meet the educational needs of pupils" (EC 51745 (a)). So far so good. Secondly, the charter petition for Beacon Classical Academy states that Beacon will be offering full-time independent study options to all of its pupils. That sounds fine too.

But what is "independent study,"exactly? Is it primarily an alternative way of being funded--based on student work instead of mandated attendance--as Dr. Van Nice seems to be suggesting, or is it an alternative way for students to learn, a way for them to study independently? (As the name itself suggests.)

According to the law, "Independent study" means an alternative to classroom instruction consistent with the district's course of study (5 CCR 11700 (c)).

So there we have it. However, at the learning center at 2400 Euclid Avenue, on any school day but Wednesday (a designated Beacon home study day), no evidence of such independent study can be found. Instead, we see teachers delivering the district's curriculum to students via ordinary classroom instruction.

So while Judge Richard Strauss was correct to be concerned about denying parents' educational options for their children by closing Beacon down prematurely, "independent study" (as defined in the law) was not one of the options in danger.

While independent study is an option that any district may offer to its students, and while Beacon could indeed be delivering the district's curriculum to its students via independent study, it isn't doing that.

sosocal Says:

Sat, Sep 06 2014 09:30 AM

Judge Hayes got this one right; one can only hope Judge Espana is paying attention.

As to whether Cartmill and Lopez should be allowed to run again for board positions, the law apparently allows them to.

I heard that Mr. Anderson castigated the public at the last board meeting for not being more vocal in denouncing Cartmill and Lopez for running.

The public may not be thrilled, but perhaps this situation will take care of itself if we get the community forums and have the chance to bring forward our questions to the candidates.

It might be interesting to hear responses to point-blank questions. Do you think we will get any real answers?

A little late to publish Says:

Sat, Sep 06 2014 07:01 AM

This article should have been published one week ago when the news were fresh in our minds:

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Elevation Says:

Wed, Aug 27 2014 06:09 PM

Mr. Chapell and Mrs. Galvez are both virtuous leaders in their community who speak the truth about the issues that need to be addressed with solutions as well. Educators need to continue to make the needs of the students and parents the top priority in Sweetwater.

anniej Says:

Wed, Aug 27 2014 10:49 AM

Unhappy student, yes the strike took its toll on many students that is fact. I would offer the opinion that it also took its toll on teachers and good administeators as well, then of course the many parents who found themselves unable to do a darn thing about any of it.

Sweetwater has been broken FOR YEARS! It was being led by superintendents and board members who cared little about education and seemed to give little, if any thought to their fiscal decisions. What said parties did focus on was SELF - dinners, tickets, beauty pageants fees for daughters, wine, hosting District events at their church etc. - but what about the students?

Now it would be easy to simply blame the unions, and please understand they are not perfect; however, what of the games and schemes decision makers made that brought about all of the unrest and the 'working to the contract'? The union alleged the District had the money, the District cried broke. The controversy is settled and low and behold the District finds the money to negotiate a 9 million dollar new District office. The District cries broke but engages in a contract that will pay consultants 1/3 of the profits on property deals they are in the process of trying to make.

AND, where are the parents, where are the taxpayers? While attendance at Board meetings has grown - we are considered to be one of the largest school Districts in the nation; and therefore in my opinion every seat in the audience should be filled with a posterior.

We can sit and point fingers all we want and jump in the sludge of 'it's all the unions fault' but at the end of the day WE ALL NEED TO TAKE OWNERSHIP OF THIS TRAIN WRECK. We will call a network and raise hell if a Charger game is blacked out, yet we fail to show up, stand up and speak up at school Board meetings for our very OWN CHILDREN. Priorities people, priorities. A current article in The READER regarding certain 'persons' (I would have used the word leaders, but it would have been a real stretch) shines a spotlight on must how bad things have gotten, the article shows several well know persons in the picture - read the comments, its a real eye opener.

We are all set to go to the polls in November, have you begun educating yourself on the candidates? Have you read their statement? For some it presents itself as chest beating - but the challenge is - do they know the issues? What are their individual strategies for correcting the problems? Which one of theM are truly in it for the students and which ones are in it for self?


Think about it, was it ALL the unions fault? Or did we all have ownership in what was broken?

Otay Ranch SEAmen Says:

Wed, Aug 27 2014 09:11 AM

Guessing your son went to OTRH

Kevin O'Neill Says:

Wed, Aug 27 2014 08:36 AM

There are two items that did not come out in the quotes attributed to me.
First and foremost, the SEA or any other group has the right to endorse or not as is their wont. But if they choose to identify their candidates early, why put the rest of us through the charade of an interview process? The time we spent completing the questionnaire and attending the interview was wasted time. I find that somewhat disrespectful.
The second part is that although the SEA represents the teachers, the endorsement process as implemented does not sit well with all members. I also believe that the endorsement mechanism was chosen by the union officials and not the rank and file.
I do like "cheese with my wine", but I like a sense of fair play better.

Eric Chappel Says:

Tue, Aug 26 2014 11:23 PM

I have to say that I am very disappointed by the comments on this site. Most of them seem to be based on nothing but conjecture and lack any foundation of factual information. The attack on Mr. Bleisch's character is ridiculous and seems to be nothing more than a distraction from the real problems we are dealing with. We've had board members who have acknowledged their part in criminal activities and have left this district in disarray to say the least, why aren't we talking about that? Mr. Bleisch was doing great work at CPM, I can personally attest to that. Furthermore, the numbers don't lie; look at the results under Mr. Bleisch's administration in comparison to previous years. If the staff was not happy with him or his approach, they should have followed the established procedures of recourse. Instead, "someone" anonymously filed these misconduct allegations that have wasted money, dishonorably attacked a good principal's character, and most importantly destroyed all the positive work being done at CPM. The students are the ones that are really being hurt by all of this. Let's all grow up here and come together to fix this district. Put this behind us, focus on eradicating the corruption within our school district and give the students the education they so desperately need and deserve. We have failed for too long now, we need to put our differences aside and focus on the future. Respectfully, Eric Chappel.

unhappy student Says:

Tue, Aug 26 2014 06:20 PM

My son really likes his high school teachers, but he was a very unhappy student with the union and the strike. His teacher told him they were pressure by the union not to tutor them and help him improve his grades. His grades last year went down because of the strike. His friends too. I don't think the union puts students first if they think its ok to sacrifice the students grades and getting to college.

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