Re: High School Reform
As always - thank you for your feedback. Always appreciated!
The purpose of the Blue Ribbon Committee was:
"To engage the community and form an alliance around the
transformation of High Schools in West Contra Costa County
Unified School District" - or this is what we were told back
in February when they started meeting regularly.
Now that we see an alliance has been formed between the district and
the business community with the new foundation,
we look forward to the new foundation looking to bring the community
in with the alliance that will draft up our 5 year plan for high
I was on the BRC at the beginning - unable to go to the meetings
because of lack of childcare for my 3 year old, but I stayed on the
email list to stay informed of what was going on. I volunteered my
time and went to DeAnza to try and get some feedback from the
youth/students/administrators. Hey if I was the token parent, I was
going to make sure to at least give some feedback.
I never pushed for any foundation because I knew nothing about it.
I only pushed (and continue to push) for INFORMATION to the community
BEFORE DECISIONS ARE MADE, giving FAIR NOTICE for particular events
where community feedback would be welcome, not setting up community
forums for failure by lack of notification, & asking that the BRC
keep in mind that the community is also part of the "alliance".
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Tammera Campbell
> Jennifer,original group who pushed forward with the idea that WCC Business and
> It was my understanding that the Blue Ribbon Committee was the
Education United be formed. We need an independent business
foundation in this area to propose and receive large grant monies for
the children in WCCUSD. We are more apt to receive money to benefit
the kids via a business foundation rather than the district itself.
Large companies who donate money prefer to pass along money to
established foundations rather than school districts directly.
Having a board which consists of educators and businessmen provides a
safety net and a means of accountability. Let's face it, business
tends to trust business. Regardless, this foundation needed to be
>Committee to the Foundation itself since he was a founding member and
> I would expect Mr. Genser to have migrated from the Blue Ribbon
a graduate from this school district. As for the superintendent, I
would think it would be to the advantage of the foundation to have
the superintendent on the list of members when submitting proposals
to big corporations. Would look funny if the superintendent was not
on the list. Why would a business donate money to a education
foundation which did not have on its board the leadership of the
district. Donors want to make sure that there is a connection
between the receiving foundation and the district.
>group to help foster the trust that needs to come between the
> Having said all the above, we parents need to be a part of this
district and the public. Yes we should question, but at the same
time open our minds to the potential that can come from this
foundation. Since the early 1990's, we have come to distrust the
district. It is time we shift the paradigm and begin to work
together cautiously because we just might find our concerted effort
yields support for our kids.
> Tammy Campbellboth
> "Jennifer E. Felix" <jenfelixthecat615@m...> wrote:
> As I sit here with two printouts I have to wonder why no one else
> has seemed to mention let alone caught one glaring problem with
> the Blue Ribbon Committee and the West Contra Costa Business andmean
> Education United, Inc.?! These printouts list the members of each
> committee. I have to question the fact that 3 of the Blue Ribbon
> Committee members are also on the WCCB&EU board, with Mr. Genser as
> Chair of BOTH!!!! As an attorney I am sure he is aware of even the
> appearance of impropriaty and/or conflict of interest. Another
> issue is of Ms. Johnston nominating herself to a committee. I feel
> that if you are given 2 positions to nominate to benefit your
> students it is quite narcisstic to nominate yourself! I do not
> to offend anyone. This is just my humble opinion. Does anyoneelse
> find these things unique, suspicious, or disconcerting? I know Ido!
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- Mr. Genser:
Some of us have met you and yes we think you set yourself on a
pedestal. You must feel you are on a pedestal as you still have not
answered why business people like yourself have not worked to help
kids for whom vocational services may be their only chance for job
with a LIVING WAGE!! I have a child who most likely will not go to
a four year college, yet I was told there is no money for additional
vocational services to address the vocational assessment my child
finally received. So she has an assessment but like a restraining
order, it is worth no more than the paper it is written on. Have
any of the business representatives and/or businesses offered to set
up training programs/positions for these kids? Again I ask, are we
only concerned with those kids who will go to college or are we
going to address ALL educational avenues that these kids can explore?
The parents of the WCCUSD will be much more likely to trust and
believe in these committees if and when these questions and others
like them are adequately explored and answered.