Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back to School Recommendations for Superintendent Banda | The Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education

Back to School Recommendations for Superintendent Banda | The Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education:





Back to School Recommendations for Superintendent Banda



It's back to school today in Sacramento and the Sunday Bee opinion page had some advice for Sac City Unified's new Superintendent, Jose Banda. The Bee editorial board are self-appointed experts on education.  After they got in a dig at Banda for his potential public retirement pay,  they offered five suggestions to start the school year off right.

I know enough to know that I'm not education expert, but I can recommend that Supt. Banda do exactly the opposite of the Bee's advice:

1. Stay away from Mayor Kevin Johnson and  Michelle Rhee. Her toxic reputation among real educators is reason enough to remain outside her sphere of influence. Kevin Johnson belongs to the Wal-Mart school of education, demonstrated by his taking half a million dollars from the corporation for his pseudo education non-profit, Stand Up Sacramento, and then voting to end Sacramento's "Big Box" ordinance. His stated goal is to have mayoral control of our schools. No self-respecting life-long educator should make nice with these two.

2. Don't start a teacher led splinter group to undermine the Sacramento City Teacher's Association. After years of hostility toward the union from Jonathon Raymond, the district needs a superintendent who will work with teachers as partners, not against them as enemies.

3. Concentrate on ensuring that Local Control Funding Formula is implemented instead of  getting Wi-Fi in all the schools by June. In this case, technology in schools is really about Common Core testing not about education. LCFF holds the promise of helping kids with the highest education needs.  Your job is to ensure that happens.

4. Invest in strong neighborhood schools. Sac City Unified already has plenty of "school choice". These choices are only available if parents have the means to get their child to their  "school of choice" that may be Back to School Recommendations for Superintendent Banda | The Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education:

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