Grossmont CBOC Member Nick Marinovich Resigns After Pressure From Asking Tough Questions
By Sharon Penny
July 13, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--The Grossmont Union High School District’s (GUHSD) Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) serves on behalf of San Diego County taxpayers to “independently review the planning and execution of the Proposition H and Proposition U bond programs to validate to the public and the Governing Board that bond funds are spent within the intent of the bond measure.” East County Magazine has raised questions over problems with the CBOC’s watchdog role in a radio interview a few months ago.
Since his appointment to CBOC in June 2013, Nick Marinovich has a history of questioning the GUHSD Board about what many view as its inadequate responses for plans for an Alpine High School (funded by Proposition U) and for not properly addressing the Grand Jury’s report criticizing the Boardm as ECM has reported.
Effective June 19, Marinovich “resigned” from the CBOC. GUHSD Board member Priscilla Schreiber has told East County Magazine that she believes Marinovich was ”indirectly forced” to resign due to his probing questions and failure of the board to respond to his follow-up efforts.
July 2, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - WASHINGTON – With recent data showing an increase in sexual assaults on college campuses across the nation, U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) is taking steps to make colleges safer. In the House of Representatives, Davis recently cosponsored the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, which would require institutes of higher education to improve reporting of incidents of crimes on campus as well as report what measures are being implemented to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
June 27, 2014 (El Cajon) - From student body president at Grossmont College during the 1960s to his fundraising efforts on behalf of students over the past 10 years, Ernest Ewin is the gift to East County’s community colleges that keeps on giving.
TRANSFORMING EARLY LEARNERS INTO SUPERB READERS: PROMOTING LITERACY AT SCHOOL, AT HOME, AND WITHIN THE COMMUNITY, BY ANDREA M. NELSON-ROYES, EdD
Book Review by Dennis Moore
Andrea Nelson-Royes, EdD, an educator, researcher, author, and parent who has a passionate interest in how children learn to read and how to keep them reading, has authored a book that demonstrates all that she has experienced and believes in; Transforming Early Learners into Superb Readers: Promoting Literacy at School, at Home, and within the Community. It starts for her at home with her own children, endeavoring to give them the opportunity at the best possible education that they can get. Being a mother of four children gives her ample time and opportunity to test her passion for the education of other parent’s children.
By Jaden Jimenez
June 16, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Following last year’s plan that was signed by Governor Brown, districts will have the ability to direct funds to specific areas in their schools rather than being told by the state for direction.
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) creates concentration grants in place of the existing funding plans giving districts more say in how money should be spent on education in their specific district. This eliminates revenue limits and will cut out three quarters of state categorical programs which are currently deciding what funds are needed for specific expenditures, without any consideration to the needs of each individual district.
READER'S EDITORIAL: SHOULD CALIFORNIA'S POOREST SCHOOLCHILDREN BE INTEREST FREE LENDERS TO THE STATE?
By Gloria Roma
June 12, 2014 (San Diego)--Should California's poorest schoolchildren be the interest free lenders of first resort to the state? I don't think so, but they are. For the past 10 years, the state has been diverting the property taxes that were allocated to schools to cover the state's other obligations. Most counties still report the property taxes are going to schools, even though they are not getting there. This violation of the public trust hurts our schools and our state.
By Miriam Raftery
June 11, 2014 (Washington D.C.)-- Students graduating from college today face an increasing burden of debt. The average undergraduate student must borrow $30,000 and for graduate students, the burden is many times worse. The high cost of tuition, even at public colleges and universities, has made college unaffordable for many students.
Teachers’ union vows to appeal
By Trevor Hill
June 11, 2014 (Los Angeles) -- Judge Rolf Treu of the Los Angeles Superior Court delivered his ruling this Tuesday, June 10th, on the highly controversial Vergara v. California trial, which sought to determine the constitutionality of statutes which grant teachers tenure, complicate the teacher layoff process, and value seniority over skill when determining which teachers must be laid off.
June 10, 2014 (El Cajon)--More than 2,000 graduates have received a record number of degrees and certificates from Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges in the annual celebrations of academic accomplishment, evenings made memorable by inspirational speeches, congratulatory moments, proud families and joyous graduates.
By Trevor Hill
June 5 2014 (San Diego)-- The Vergara v. California trial going on in Los Angeles is an excellent embodiment of the struggle taking place between educator-led school reformists and corporate reform theorists.
By Leon Thompson
May 30, 2014 (Lakeside) -- “Heartland Charter School helped me get a job,” said Andy Casteruita. “I learned good work habits and leadership skills.” Andy is one of 49 students at the Heartland Coalition’s one year old Youth Build Charter High School with classes and an office on Orange Avenue in City Heights.
May 25, 2014 (Alpine) – Bruce Cochrane has been named the new Superintendent of the Alpine Union School District, replacing Tom Pellegrino. Pellegrino resigned to move with his family to Costa Rica.
GRAND JURY URGES THAT COUNTY, CITY AGENCIES AND SCHOOLS BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO IMPLEMENT GRAND JURY RECOMMENDATIONS TO WHICH THEY HAVE AGREED
May 24, 2014 (San Diego) – The San Diego County Grand Jury has issued a report “Say what you’ll do and then do what you say.” It urges the County Office of Education and the City of San Diego to each establish an implementation review committee. The report notes pointedly, “The 2013/2014 Grand Jury believes that all agencies within the county should be held accountable for implementing those Grand Jury recommendations to which they have agreed.”
SUCCESS IN SCHOOL AND CAREER: COMMON CORE STANDARDS IN LANGUAGE ARTS K - 5, BY ANDREA M. NELSON-ROYES, EdD
Book Review by Dennis Moore
Every Child in America deserves a world-class education. Today, more than ever, a world-class education is a prerequisite for success. America was once the best-educated nation in the world. A generation ago, we led all nations in college completion, but today, ten countries have passed us. The issue is not that their students are smarter than ours. It is that these countries are being smarter about how to educate their students. And the countries that out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow.
We must do better. Together we must achieve a new goal, that by 2020, the United States will once again lead the world in college completion. We must raise the expectations for our students, our schools, and ourselves – this must be a national priority. We must ensure that every student graduate from high school well prepared for college and a career. -- President Barack Obama (2010), 44th President of the United States
“A Blueprint for Reform: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act”
This is part of an occasional series of profiles of successful Cuyamaca and Grossmont students.
May 14, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Cuyamaca College student Derrek Gudino hasn’t forgotten his roots.
This is one in an occasional series of profiles of Grossmont and Cuyamaca College students who exemplify student success.
May 14, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Grossmont College was Tamara McMillan’s destiny. It just took her a little while to get there.
Update: Grossmont Union High School District schools will be open, though CIF sports events remain cancelled.
By Miriam Raftery
May 15, 2014 (San Diego)--The safety and security of students, faculty, and staff is of the upmost importance to schools across the county, the County Office of Education’s website states. As the current wildfires change and grow, each school district will continue to monitor the local emergency situation and make school closure decisions on a day-by-day basis.
Below is a list of schools that will be closed Friday, schools that will be open, and others that will announce their decision Friday morning.
May 15, 2014 (San Diego) - California adopted nationally-recommended standards for English-language arts and mathematics in 2013 as a condition for receiving federal education funds. These state standards are generally referred to as the Common Core curriculum that all California schools must now follow. While there are many benefits that can be attributed to the new curriculum, one downside is that beginning with the 2014-2015 school year all future statewide student achievement testing must be done on-line, utilizing computers instead of manually completed pen-and-ink forms.
By Miriam Raftery
March 14, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--Dozens of school districts closed tomorrow due to the wildfires, air quality issues and road closures. These include Cajon Valley, Escondido, Grossmont Union High School District, Lakeside, La Mesa-Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, Poway, Ramona, Santee, and San Pasqual school districts in the inland region as well as San Diego Unified. For additional closures http://www.sdcoe.net/news/Pages/2014-school-closure-update.aspx
California State University San Marcos remains closed after today’s evacuation and graduation ceremonies set for tomorrow will be rescheduled.
Source: San Diego County Grand Jury
May 10, 2014 (San Diego)--Recent changes in how at-risk youngsters in custody in San Diego County’s six juvenile detention facilities are educated violates state law, according to a report released May 8th by the San Diego County Grand Jury. The facilities are operated by the San Diego County Probation Department, with the educational component provided by the San Diego County Office of Education.
May 10, 2014 (Washington D.C.)--Last night, The U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation - Strengthening Education through Research Act (H.R. 4366) - to improve research on education programs and ensure those programs are effective in meeting national education priorities. H.R. 4366 includes language from a bill carried by U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (CA-53) to help schools integrate social and emotional learning (SEL). The provision from Davis’s The Supporting Emotional Learning (SEL) Act (H.R. 4509) would make SEL a topic for educational research.
LA MESA RESIDENT AND SDSU MUSIC PROFESSOR MARIAN LIEBOWITZ WINS $12,500 FOR SDSU'S HEARTPOWER PERFORMANCES
$12,500 NEA Arts Work Grant will bring music to at risk Communities
May 10, 2014 (La Mesa)--The National Endowment for the Arts recently awarded SDSU’s Heartpower Performances a $12,500 Art Works Grant to fund its unique combination of music performances, classes and clinics for at-risk audiences throughout Southern California.
A new music video will be premiered Saturday, May 10 at Grossmont College during a "Give the Dream" celebration with food and fun for the whole family.
The free event hosted by the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges is being held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will include rock climbing, dunk tanks, face-painting and food trucks. The festivities will also feature the premiere of a 4-minute music video filmed on the Grossmont and Cuyamaca campuses and which includes footage of students, faculty and community members.
By: Janis Russell
May 3, 2014 (El Cajon)- Students, faculty, alumni of the schools in GUHSD, and the community turned out Thursday May 1 to celebrate the dedication of the district’s new district office.
May 2, 2014 (Rancho San Diego)--Registration will be opening soon for College for Kids, a summer enrichment program for youngsters aged 8-14. Programs will be held July 7-31 at the Cuyamaca College campus.
May 1, 2014 (San Diego)--U.S. Reps. Susan Davis (CA-53) and Tim Ryan (OH-13) introduced legislation in the House to help schools include social and emotional learning (SEL). The Supporting Emotional Learning (SEL) Act (H.R. 4509) would support teacher training in SEL to help young people better handle societal issues thus boosting their academic potential. Students receiving social and emotional education do better on tests, show greater pro-social behaviors, and less emotional stress.
April 30, 2014 (El Cajon) – A petition has been filed with the County Board of Education that would allow Alpine families to shift from the Grossmont Union High School District into an expanded, or unified, Alpine Union School District that would serve grades K-12.
STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM SEEKS HOSTS
April 30, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The Cultural Homestay International (CHI) program needs help finding homes for students from China for a two-week exchange program this summer or a longer 10-month program during the academic school year starting this fall. For over 30 years, high school age students from many countries have participated in these high school foreign exchange programs, staying with local host families and attending local schools.
By Miriam Raftery
April 23, 2014 (San Diego)—San Diego Unified School District should require all schools to use its website content system, a San Diego Grand Jury report titled “Can we please get on the same page?” issued today advised.
The report concluded that many San Diego city schools have set up independent websites outside of the school district's management structure, leaving the San Diego Unified School District little or no say on the websites' content or how they are used. In fact, private foundations control many of the sites, acting as school website administrators who do all of the on-line updating of the content. Foundations operate autonomously outside of the District's established policies and procedures, even accepting commercial paid advertising on the school sites. In some cases advertisers have solicited the students’ for personal information, the Grand Jury report revealed.