Re: High School Reform
- Again I am sorry I sound so negative. I am conservatively and
cautiously optomistic that we can accomplish some reforms. As far
as Mr. Genser's questions and/or view point. I understand and value
his opinion and definitely value the time he and others are putting
into the committees and school district. But I feel I need to
answer some of his questions from another viewpoint and experience
that he posed in "Hard work and cynicism".
Does the District always succeed in delivering a quality education?
Of course test scores are up because we only count those who do not
have accomodations. I have personally seen others fall further
behind while parents are FIGHTING for accomodations and services.
Does the District always have its priorities straight? Priorities
have nothing to do with parent, teacher, and/or administrative
opinions. It has to do with insuring all educational laws and
directives are followed. It has to do with following through with
promised open and accessible forums and administrators. Some of
these priorities have not been met.
Has the District disrespected some of its constituents? YES. First
example is the back room deal to combine the alternative schools
without consulting or including the neighborhood effected. I have
had administrators lie to my kid's doctor, whole educational cum
file disappear, a child's personal clarinet lost from the same
school who "misplaced" my child's cum file, and been falsely accused
of an illegal action. I would say these items could definitely lead
to mistrust of District representatives.
Has the District not done something that it ought to have done?
Time should have nothing to do with it. If a complaint is filed
FEDERAL LAW states that the District must address said complaint
within 60 days with the inclusion of the complaintant. I know of
one complaint that has been continually ignored and overlooked by
the superintendant at least since Nov. 2003 and the board since Feb.
2004. Replacing Assistive Technology written into an IEP should be
a priority but has not always been done. Or how about something as
simple as reporting said AT equipment stolen to the proper
authorities and insurance company to facilitate and expedite said
replacement? Theft of District property is specifically mentioned
in the District's own handbook! There is NO REASONABLE EXCUSE for
not reporting theft of District property. As the fight for Measure
B proved, this district does not have the money to spare to be
nickel and dimed to death over issues covered by insurance and the
These are just a few examples of where the mistrust may come from.
I know that some of these issues are just the tip of the iceberg
that this "Titanic" District may hit if it does not take these
committees and the communities commitment to be involved at every
stage seriously. I have heard and read in the paper over the last
year many articles and editorial submissions exposing and condemning
some of these actions. Most recently the combining of the
alternative schools. I just hope and pray that these issues, among
others, are adequately and appropriately addressed by these
committees and the District to facilitate a rebuilding of trust
among the community at large.
- 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.