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Re: Length of Trustee's term in WCCUSD

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  • rebecca494
    Thanks for the link Charley. That chart was very informative. Rebecca ... because so ... District ... longer term, ... with the ... trusteeship within ...
    Message 1 of 3 , Jul 9, 2007
      Thanks for the link Charley. That chart was very informative.

      Rebecca





      --- In wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com, "Charley Cowens"
      <charley.cowens@...> wrote:
      >
      > Rebecca-
      >
      > We really have no idea how hands-on Fred Stewart was at any time,
      because so
      > much of the activity of the trustee is behind the scenes. Since our
      District
      > renegotiated the loan to have a lower interest rate but also a
      longer term,
      > we will have a trustee till at least 2018. This has nothing to do
      with the
      > IBM loan or the Federal payback. The best overview of the state of local
      > school district peonage can be found on this CDE (CA Dept. of Ed.) page:
      >
      > http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fi/ir/loanlist.asp
      >
      > Charley Cowens
      >
      > On 7/6/07, Rebecca Hazlewood <hrebwrite@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Just want to mention that our school district has had a State Trustee
      > > longer than any other school district. Compton was out of
      trusteeship within
      > > a couple of years.
      > > The State is now negotiating with Oakland to turn over some local
      control
      > > to the School Board and is asserting that its goal is to turn over
      complete
      > > control asap. No mention is made that the $100 mil loan needs to
      be repaid
      > > before local control is restored, at least not in the reports I
      have read.
      > >
      > > While circumstances are not the same between Oakland and the
      WCCUSD in the
      > > sense that their Trustee has full control over program, curriculum,
      > > finances, etc while our Trustee has always been limited to
      financial matters
      > > it seems that ours school district is being kept in a kind of
      perpetual
      > > trusteeship.
      > >
      > > For a number of years the Trustee was on semi-retirement leaving
      the big
      > > decisions up to the Board, now we have a Trustee around 2 days a
      week. Is it
      > > the intention of the Ca Dept of Education to keep this school
      district in a
      > > permanent trusteeship?
      > >
      > > The claim was that when the loan was repaid they would let us out of
      > > Trusteeship. But the original loan was for $19 million. They added
      in all
      > > the other stuff to add up to $28 million. That includes the IBM
      debt and the
      > > pay backs to the federal government of at least $4 million to
      Title 1 (?)
      > > because the Feds claimed that the System of Choice was not a
      desegregation
      > > program. The district was in the process of disputing that when
      the district
      > > was taken over.
      > >
      > > It seems to me that the only area upon which the state can assert
      control
      > > is the original $19 million loan. Does someone out there know how
      much has
      > > been repaid to the State up to this point? Of course the state
      tacked on an
      > > interest rate on the $19 mil which is most likely compounded so
      that would
      > > need to be added to the $19 mil. But the Dept of Education always
      made it
      > > clear that the first priority for repayment was its own loan. So
      we should
      > > be able to assume that everything repaid to date has been applied
      to the
      > > State bailout loan.
      > >
      > > Rebecca
      > >
      > >
      > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Yahoo! Groups Links
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      >
      >
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      >
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