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commented 2014-06-17 01:37:41 -0700
I want to Join your community
commented 2014-06-13 10:25:07 -0700
The intern at Loni Hancocks office asked for the line item on pg 63 of the May revise. What is it? Please revise to include this.
commented 2014-06-10 16:15:00 -0700
I would like to enlist your help to elect Karalee Hargrove 42nd Assembly, 2014. Karalee is the progressive trustee on the Morongo Unified School District board. Endorsement, interview, financial help? I am her campaign manager, twice her age, and believe in this young intelligent woman who is exactly what you seek. I so believe in her that I gave up retirement to volunteer for the past ten months. She is on California’s November ballot.
commented 2014-05-12 07:57:21 -0700
If this does happen, I urge to have the ability to monitor the individual districts and to make sure teachers and parents are involved in the decision process.
commented 2014-05-12 06:43:27 -0700
Local Control Funding Formula Base Grant deprives students of a basic education. My child’s District will be bankrupt under this new formula- My Certified Letter to Jerry Brown dated March 26, 2014 which has never been responded to. We have class sizes of 43 in some classes.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WCSUA6CP4ofuy0hJhxKmE9Do0Psrb3ruwqKfsJO3LIY/edit
commented 2013-10-17 11:50:03 -0700
Hello ~


We are the producers of the documentary, GO PUBLIC: A Day in the Life of an American School District. 50 filmmakers followed 50 subjects on 28 campuses for 1 day to capture an authentic look inside a very diverse public school district in Southern California. Here’s the movie trailer. https://vimeo.com/68656659#


Movies about education in recent years have painted a very negative picture. We felt it was an unfair portrayal. We felt the “crisis of confidence” was misguided and misinformed. We felt it was time to hear from the people actually living the public school experience.


We are parents of four children who all attended K-12 public school and we know first hand how incredibly rich and valuable their public school experience has been. We are also filmmakers and we decided to take our cameras into the world of our public schools and capture what really goes on each and every day. We wanted to replace myth with reality, perception with fact. We wanted to both celebrate public education and educate people about the demanding realities and challenges faced daily.


In addition to our 90 minute feature documentary, every filmmaker edited a 4 minute short film and all 50 shorts can be viewed on our website at www.gopublicproject.org. We have another section of the website called GO PUBLIC Voices where we have interview clips from 65 people captured that day.


We thought Educate our State might be interested in having a screening of the film at your upcoming Camp Educate conference. Here’s the link to our website www.gopublicproject.org. Here’s also a link to how to sponsor a screening of the film in a theatre near you. http://www.tugg.com/titles/go-public


Blessings and GO PUBLIC!


Dawn O’Keeffe

Producer
commented 2013-10-10 15:18:00 -0700
I’m writing to ask for Educate Our State’s support of Superintendent Torlakson’s upcoming California STEM Symposium on November 18 & 19 at the Sacramento Convention Center through including an announcement in your newsletter and on your website.


We want to encourage your parents to inquire if their district is taking advantage of this key professional development opportunity for teachers.


Who would be the best person to speak with about this opportunity?


Best,


Jenny Kern


415-277-6975
commented 2013-09-23 10:24:19 -0700
On July 24, 2013, I made a contribution of $1000 to Educate Our State, with the understanding that I would receive a Patron Ticket to the October Luncheon. In late August I received an invitation to the Lunch, with a personal "Thank you " note on the back of the envelope, but I have not received my Patron ticket. What should I do to receive that ticket?


Bonnie Hamlin
commented 2013-08-15 20:34:44 -0700
The public’s educated now to understand the harm of smoking. The public also understands that healthy eating choices contribute to longevity. So can we understand, too, that teaching literacy skills in the formative years will save money on dropouts, truancy, and ultimately a burgeoning prison population? A well educated learner contributes to society. Literate Nation is an initiative to change how we prepare teachers to teach reading. The kid entering kindergarten expects to learn how to read. We can do it, using evidence based methods. Stop blaming teachers for academic failures. Prepare them to do the job. Get involved. Learn more by going to www.literatenation.org
commented 2013-08-14 21:37:47 -0700
Hi friends for education! Do you know about Literate Nation, a nationwide movement whose mission is to prepare teachers K-3 with evidence based methods to teach literacy using evidence based methods. A healthy society depends upon a well educated public. Just as we believe in preventive medicine, we must prevent illiteracy and its harmful social consequences by preparing a literate society. Working together we can mobilize and educate the public to see the wisdom of making historic changes in education for the social benefit of all. Let’s consider meeting so we can share constructive strategies to attain what we both believe is critical and possible to achieve. Lucille Cuttler 415 203 9485

2780 19th Ave. #77

San Francisco, CA 94132
commented 2013-07-09 20:53:48 -0700
Please delete my name from your ignorant website.
commented 2013-04-05 16:17:12 -0700
Many of your ideas make sense, but nothing good will happen as long as the teacher’s union has a stranglehold on California education and on the Democratic Party. We need unlimited charter schools, tuition vouchers where the money follows the child to any independent or religious school, a free labor market for teachers, and teacher freedom to match curricula to the needs of the student body in each charter school. With competition, the normal public schools will shape up fast. Monopolies always provide poor quality goods or services at high costs, and state monopolies are particularly bad. Education freedom has been tried in Arizona with great success, and now the success is being replicated in Louisiana and Indiana. Speaking as a retired teacher, the CTA is the dumbest, most selfish, most unprofessional organization I’ve ever seen. We’ve just had a huge tax increase on the so-called “rich”. That money was supposed to solve education funding, but actually it’s just going to be shoveled into CTA pensions and benefits. We’ll see little or nothing in the classroom.
commented 2013-03-15 08:53:54 -0700
I read yesterday that a big group of tech executives were pushing Obama for immigration reform to make it easier to hire high skilled employees. Wouldn’t it be great if this same group pushed on Jerry Brown & CA legislature to increase funding for CA education?

http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/288125-heavyweigh-tech-executives-press-for-high-skilled-immigration-reform
commented 2013-03-15 00:42:49 -0700
Inglewood Unified School District, a State take-over district, per its agenda has issued pick slips to teachers and administration staff. My child, a fifth grader, is in a class of 38 kids. I am a volunteer at Oak Street Elementary and many parents are pulling his/her child of public schools. We need an EDUCATION REFORM now!!!
commented 2013-03-14 23:10:54 -0700
I am a teacher in Cerritos.

ABCUSD, where I work, has a strong Union / Admin. partnership (AFT) We have not had layoffs of any “Permanent” teachers for the last few years. (Some temp.s and Probationary teachers did lose their jobs.) Due to a lot of hard work, a big reserve that saw us through the first few years of the crisis, plus a lot of good faith negotiating our district has suffered far less than neighboring districts. Long Beach Unified, for example has issued hundreds of pink slips each year for the last three years.

While ABCUSD made many cuts to the budgets of programs and were forced to increase class sizes and take furloughs, our district honored a commitment to keep the cuts as afar away from students and educators as possible.

On a broad note it deeply saddens me that the profession I have dedicated the last 30 years to is being seen all across this nation as ‘expendable.’ It is so insulting that teachers and other public employees are being branded as moochers, sucking off the teat of big government. Big corporations, in contrast, seem to never be guilty of ever being too big.

The values in this country really need to change!
followed this page 2013-03-14 21:58:04 -0700
commented 2013-03-14 21:57:52 -0700
Yes, they are giving 120, laying off 40 and hiring back 30 as temps. :(
commented 2013-03-14 21:45:09 -0700
Our district is giving out pink slips again this year. We have about 30 teachers coming up on the end of their 39 month re-hire rights in August. We have about 30 teachers who were laid off last year and now today the district handed out about 40 more pink slips.
commented 2013-02-25 13:05:54 -0800
typo on ur website….“Add you voice now!”…you need to add an “r” to the end of “you”
commented 2013-02-18 22:46:48 -0800
Why aren’t there more events happening? I want to improve my children’s education by decreasing class size and getting rid of teachers who don’t care about their students. We need to be working on this!