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It is interesting that Mr. Bband claims his staff has been working hard to implement Common Core - according to public comment, at board meetings, the teachers claim the exact opposite.
Take for example the Intial purchase of the IPADS - that was done approximately two years ago - yet, no keyboards for those IPADS which is a much needed tool for Common Core were included in the purchase. Mr. Brand continues to do what he is known for 'the spin doctor'.
Perhaps Mr. Brand might want to explain why, when we have been exposed for deficit spending, and advised to stop - Mr. Brand is moving forward we a proposed expenditure of $18 million for a new District office on the east side. Mr. Brand purchased the property on L street then turned around and handed the deed over to Plan Nine Partners. We have only been paying interest on that loan, and are, in fact, upside on the loan in the millions. Mr. Brand needs to be reminded he is a school Superintendent, whose primary focus MUST be students education - how about getting some of our schools OUT OF PROGRAM IMPROVEMENT!!!!!!!!
Perhaps Mr. Brand might want to explain why SUHSD consistently borrows from Mello Roos funds?
Right in time for the elections.
This man has never seen a publicity cow he would not milk.
Eric Chappel Says:
Not Patient; I agree with you, we need to be careful how we conduct ourselves and how we behave towards opposition. Our actions can set a precedence with these kids for generations to come.
What frustrates me the most about this entire situation is that many people are quick to criticize yet fail to recognize the progress that has been achieved at CPM. Expecting perfection from anyone is just setting yourself up for disappointment. The most we can hope for is progress, not perfection.
I keep hearing about the failures of Mr. Bleisch, but I hear no discussion about the progress that was made at CPM during his time as Principal. There is a lot of evidence to support this, yet few people will recognize it, why? Instead, I continue to hear people complain about the things they dislike and these allegations that have yet to be substantiated. Why not wait to make your conclusion until all the evidence is provided and the investigation is complete?
My basis of supporting Mr. Bleisch is my personal experience as a parent and the supporting data that clearly shows that CPM has improved.
What's the basis for your position?
Also anniej, you mentioned the emails released were troubling. The details revealed in the investigation and by other sources about the accusers in this case, will be much more troubling.
Anniej. I never said I "did not" have access to the complaints. I know far more about this issue than the information I've mentioned in the posts.
Elevation: I do recall being challenged to provide facts, as I like you do not have access to the complaints. I am NOT the one who 'claimed' to have read all charges. I do NOT know the charges and I very much doubt that anyone, other than the investigator knows them ALL. It was stated on said website that ASB funds were temporarily 'used' for the Arne Duncan
visit - it is illegal to use/borrow ASB funds for such purposes.
Again I say Mr. Bleisch RESIGNED, he was not fired.
The perceived threats against those who halve allegedly filed charges, in poor taste. You call for understanding on behalf of Mr. Bleisch, yet you fail to offer the same for those who have come forward.
Allow us to focus on the students, they are after all, what SUHSD is suppose to be focusing on.
One thing for sure, this issue stands as proof that SUHSD and controversy seem to go hand in hand. How many years has this school District been the subject of one investigational report after another. Appears to go back to Brand's first tenure - when he left under the cloud of a Grand Jury investigation.
Regarding the charter again I ask why are 'public education tax funds' being used to FLOAT a private charter?
The copies of emails released to the public, typed by Mr. Bleisch, very troubling,
Not Patient Says:
A small group of people were not very "patient" about trying to destroy someone's reputation. It is not acceptable for adults to publicly shame a person using the media. "Do unto others as you would have them do to you." In a backlash to these unfair attacks, there are those who are speaking in Mr. Bleisch's defense and sharing stories of the good he has done, and for this you want people to be patient? Ironically, students in our district were recently suspended for using social media to make embarrassing claims about their teachers. How is this any different?
Mr. Cassel, at least we now have an open acknowledgement from the mayor that she is aware of the problems in Sweetwater.
I believe that is important, because there are some people who may now realize that Ed Brand's "protection" is NOT the end-all and be-all.
The massively convoluted financial situation, the real estate misadventures, the 'Friends of Ed Brand Employment Program', the intimidation of community members who have been speaking out against all this, the wastes of money (dirt pile)...all point to an organization in enormous disarray, verging on collapse. Oh--and then we have the reneging on the teachers' contract medical benefits.
When Ed Brand has ENSURED that he and his wife will be fully covered to their deaths...isn't that interesting?
Furthermore, there is the problem of the shaky deals with all sorts of 'universities'...which boil down to suckering Sweetwater students into paying big bucks for what they could get much more sensibly at the community colleges.
Then there is the Ed Brand shut down of opportunities for people wanting to have job skills...
This could go on all day, because the messes created by Mr. Brand just do not seem to end.
So that is why I say hurray, someone is noticing.
I (and I am sure many others with me)can only hope that this newly-made-public interest is of the very sincere variety, and not the politically expedient variety.
Heaven knows Sweetwater needs help.
Well, I'm going to chime in here. I agree that this matter is very complex and has a lot of layers. Unfortunately, the individuals who made the complaints failed to provide their names, thus complicating the investigation. I have always felt, that if it's worth communicating, then you should put your name to it, otherwise keep your thoughts to yourself.
My comments to Patient Says: Your statement is full of conjecture and it lacks any empirical data.
High turnover rate is NOT necessarily an indication of poor leadership. Too many factors come into play when trying to determine retention rates. It could be that some of these individuals were failing to perform and didn't like the idea of being held accountable. Could also be they just wanted a change or they didn't agree with Mr. Bleisch's plan to turn Castle Park Middle around.
Furthermore, going back six years, from a parents perspective, achievement wasn't that high and frankly the campus was not being run appropriately. This is where my involvement with the school began. It was only in the last two years that I began to have hope that these students could move forward with right tools for success.
However, I agree with you on the point of the children. Unfortunately, there are those who have acted very inappropriately, those who are using their positions to inappropriately influence students' thoughts. Honestly, I am very disappointed with the FACT that we, as adults, have not been setting a good example of how to act when we disagree with the opposition. This entire situation is a great learning opportunity for our kids, let us act appropriately and lead by example. I assure you these kids are watching.
I too await the result, I expect they will be very telling as to the depth of our problems within Castle Park Middle as well as its staff.
Again, no facts from patient when it comes to accusations about Mr. Bleisch. High turnover rate is not a sign of poor leadership. What facts back this up. Evidence in sports when it comes to the opposite. In the NFL, the Chiefs finished 2-14 in 2012. They turned over half of their roster. Last year, they finished 11-5. In 2010, the 49ers finished 6-10. They turned over half of their roster and finished 13-3.
AnnieJ is asking us not to trivialize the charge by claiming this is about a charter. This is the same anniej who posted comments on a "Bring back Bleisch" facebook page, was challenged by another to provide facts, and did not back it up. The facts are there are teachers there that are angry that they might have to move schools next year. Therefore, a "smear campaign" began. There's more evidence that favors this in the latest UT article from quotes by Lisa Burgess, who's quotes have no evidence of harassment or a hostile work environment. The only evidence that is quoted is her disagreeing with her supervisor. One can make their own conclusions by attempting to manipulate the media by "disagreeing with your supervisor."
Again, the main accusers will be the ones who will be investigated very soon, not just by a person, but by several.
Allow me to remind all, Mr. Bleisch RESIGNED. He was not fired. An investigation was begun and Mr. Bleisch CHOSE to resign. While certain parties claim to have seen the charges, i find that hard to believe.
Please do not attempt to trivialize the charge by claiming this is about a Charter (private charter funded with public tax dollars?) or attempt to make villains of those who came forward.
It is a shame that controversy continues to plague the Sweetwater District - a true indication of failure of leadership.
I urge all to do their homework when vetting the candidates they intend to vote for in 2014. New Board members then new Superintendent = our schools coming OFF the States program improvement list! finally!
High teacher turnover rate since Mr. Bleisch came on board is a fact. That is a sign of poor leadership. Ms. Quezada referred to CPM as the worst school in the district, but the blame for that is on the previous administration, not on the teachers. Just look at the teacher turnover rate of Mr. Bleisch's predecessor (VSJ), and you will see the beginning of what has become 6+ years of poor leadership at that school. Prior to that, CPM was a great school, for many years. Achievement was high. Campus morale, collaboration, and results were at optimal levels. Mr. Bleisch had some good ideas, and some great mentors, but was unwilling to make necessary changes. That is also a fact. The district, in all of their wisdom, have opted for an outside agency to look into the allegations. I believe the facts that come out in the investigation will be much more telling, and I, for one, am willing to wait patiently on the results. Many different people have a vested interest in this issue for many different reasons. Some are paid to care. Some have children who have benefited from this man's programs. But, at the same time, some have had children who struggled and suffered as a result of his efforts. People have also felt the sting of not "playing ball." In the end, what is the most important component in this issue? The children. Let's not lose focus on the fact that we (the community) need to do what is best for the students. I am patient enough to wait, as long as it is in the best interests of the students.
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