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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.
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?
WHILE BLOGS ARE A GREAT WAY OF SHARING I FORMATION AND RAISING ISSUES AND CONCERNS, LITTLE CHANGE WILL BE BROUGHT ABOUT BY BANGING ON THE KEYS TO YOUR COMOUTERS OR IPADS OR OTHER TABLETS.
Think about it, was it ALL the unions fault? Or did we all have ownership in what was broken?
Otay Ranch SEAmen Says:
Guessing your son went to OTRH
Kevin O'Neill Says:
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:
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:
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.
Elevation - you know I am getting old, and perhaps have skipped a beat or two but,,,,,, I do not recall calling into question Mr. Moreno's reporting. I was simply recommending that you give the report to Mr. Moreno or link the readers to the report that states Mr. Bleisch was cleared, as it is important to you.
For some strange reason the Charter School situation and the alleged investigation seem to have been combined in your mind. Again, this is just me, but I see them as 2 separate issues, one of them not my concern, and NONE OF MY BUSINESS - the other, my tax dollars, and how they are spent (Charter), that elevation, is my business, in my opinion.
Personnel matters regarding an employee are CONFIDENTIAL, and rightfully so.
Disappointed in Anniej's last post not believing Moreno's credible reporting. All you need to AnnieJ is email the district, ask if the investigation is complete, and what the findings were.
As for Susan, it's too bad you haven't responded with my request to meet up. Just think off all the information I can share with you! Besides blogger evidence, I can show you all the requests for all investigations on Bleisch since last July that EnsenadaMaria orchestrated, which all resulted in no disciplinary action or findings! It gets better! I can even show you the tort with at least a dozen names on it, most of them being reader bloggers. We can exchange info and perhaps you can write a credible story that will generate attention to your business! I can give you the benefit of the doubt and believe you are an objective journalist :-))))
Susan, are you positive you wanted to comment on article that you did not write? I'm looking forward to your next article regarding this Robert Bleisch situation, now that the investigation is over. Better yet, wait six months and and maybe you can reuse your title 'Castle Park Middle School principal punches back!!'
Cowboy Curtis Says:
Dollar Short Day Late-You posted the word SUED. You said the secret word.
Ms. Luzzaro - just my opinion, but I would NOT meet up with Ms./Mr. elevation. Perhaps elevation might want to paste the document stating Mr. Bleisch was cleared on one of his/her comments on this story. That would put this issue to bed. Curious as to why Mr. Moreno did not include eluded to document as part of the story?
educ8te - upon reading several of the comments I did some research and can not find where the District cleared Mr. Bleisch. I found an agenda item which indicated he was now a teacher, but found no comment, no press release, no announcement stating he was cleared. Perhaps you could paste the document stating the District cleared Mr. Bleisch of the charges he was investigated for, and that would put the issue to rest. It was not my understanding that the investigation had anything to do with the Charter.
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