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Re: “CCSF special trustee reinstated; report to study restoration of board

The BoT's are elected/reelected by the left wing political machine called the DCCC. All you need is their blessing and you get a seat on the board. That's "democracy" SF style.

Investigate the "clueless" BoT's and others that helped cause this debacle.

Scandal after scandal for over 20 years. Tally up how much taxpayer money has been lost.

Read the Chronicle article if you want more proof of the negligence and incompetence of the BoT's. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/CCSF-sues-Bean-Scene-cafe-over-127-000-in-unpaid-5603144.php

Remember the external auditor report and the FCMAT report?

City Cesspool is a joke and always will be.

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Posted by ludicrous2 on 07/09/2014 at 3:46 PM

Re: “CCSF special trustee reinstated; report to study restoration of board

For Harris to say "I hear loud and clear the feedback we received today. It's reasonable over the next couple of months ... for us to work with the college on a timeline, and come back with a report on what that timeline might look like at [the board's] November meeting."

Harris view is ludicrous and an affront to anyone who cherishes democracy. There was no timeline offered when the state took over and displaced the democratically elected board of trustees and replaced them with a system in which one man is given absolute power to rule over the college. This is also a move by the unelected Board of Governors in defiance of the resolution passed unanimously by San Francisco elected Board of Supervisors March 2014 calling for the restoration of CCSF's Board of Trustees by no later than July 2014.

What is the view of the CCSF Board of Trustees? Don't they want to be re-installed immediately especially since some have terms that soon expire. There is suppose to be an election in November. This proposed timeline by the state Board of Governors means people will be expected to run for an office that will be meaninglesss for presumably months after the election.

Then there is the issue of what the special trustee has accomplished. To name a few, the college has been downsized, classes with enrolled students have been needlessly cut, and CCSF has more administrators with the top ones experiencing a fat pay increase while overworked faculty and staff have seen their pay cut.

If State Chancellor Harris and his Jerry Brown appointed Board of Governors were serious about working with the college, he'd find that with the exception of a few top administrators, there would be overwhelming approval for the immediate restoration of the Board of Trustees. That democratic perspective is obviously not of interest to Harris.

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Posted by Justice for CCSF on 07/08/2014 at 4:19 PM

Re: “CCSF special trustee reinstated; report to study restoration of board

State Chancellor Harris said: "....work with the college [Supertrustee Agrella] on a timeline" over the next couple of months.."

Here's an easy way to get the ball rolling immediately.

The Resolution that was passed on 7/7/2014 states: "This authority shall include assumption of all rights, DUTIES and powers of the governing board of SFCCD..."

The Special Trustee should obey this requirement to assume the duties of the governing board of SFCCD.

Board Policies for pen and transparent meetings have been deliberately violated since the accession to power of the Special Trustee with Extraordinary Powers.

The Special Trustee should end his secret Board Meetings and follow the SFCCD Board Policy BP 1.02, BP 1.05, BP 1.16 instead of violating them.

Obeying State Regulations and SFCCD Board Policy should start immediately as part of this timeline.

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Posted by aj94112 on 07/08/2014 at 7:56 AM

Re: “CCSF special trustee could be reinstated for another year

CCSF is finally on the right track. It would be a mistake to get rid of the trustee and turn things over to the politically motivated BofT. At least wait until CCSF is off probation before letting the Board back in. Otherwise, they could negate all the progress that has been made. Good Luck!

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Posted by bfd on 07/07/2014 at 3:20 PM

Re: “CCSF special trustee could be reinstated for another year

CCSF will need 2 more years at the end of 2 more years.

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Posted by Guest on 07/07/2014 at 3:00 PM

Re: “CCSF special trustee could be reinstated for another year

Let the elected Board that is utterly under the thumb of the teacher's union back in and all the problems will get worse again. No, democratic rule is NOT always better than autocratic rule and certainly not in this case. History has proven that.

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Posted by BTinSF on 07/07/2014 at 2:47 PM

Re: “CCSF special trustee could be reinstated for another year

Return control to the negligent and incompetent "clueless" BoT's. "Democratically" elected by the extreme left wing political machine called the DCCC. All one needs is their blessing and you get a seat on the board. That's "democracy" SF style.

Check out the Chronicle article: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/CCSF-sues-Bean-Scene-cafe-over-127-000-in-unpaid-5603144.php if you are in doubt about how negligent and incompetent the BoT's are.

Don't' forget the external auditor report and the FCMAT report. They corroborate what the ACCJC states.

Poor sick City Cesspool. The SF joke.

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Posted by ludicrous2 on 07/07/2014 at 12:35 PM

Re: “CCSF special trustee could be reinstated for another year

old guy alert. and what is he'going to do that different for CCSF?

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Posted by PPPPP E on 07/07/2014 at 8:59 AM

Re: “SFUSD cuts student suspension rate in half

Basically we have a higher tolerance of bad behavior for the Latinos and Blacks so we can LOOK more fair? Why are these statistics even tracked? If a punk kid steps out of line, suspend them. Does it matter the race?

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Posted by Johnny Dang on 07/03/2014 at 8:29 PM

Re: “SFUSD cuts student suspension rate in half

This is the equivalent of the police chief instructing officers not to arrest people for murder and then celebrating the drops in the murder arrest rate a year later. Of course suspensions are going to drop if teachers aren't allowed to suspend anymore.

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Posted by bobart on 07/03/2014 at 5:31 PM

Re: “SFUSD cuts student suspension rate in half

Read between the lines. Suspensions of black and latino students down because black and latino students no longer go to school in SF or live in SF. Replaced by asian students who are not high suspension risks. Is there a reason why Galileo HS is doing so much better academically? Sure, more chinese kids and less black kids.

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Posted by Ari Gold on 07/03/2014 at 4:09 PM

Re: “SFUSD cuts student suspension rate in half

next time you see blacks, latinos, or anybody else hanging out all day long on the street corner, tell me truly you really need statistics to justify how you feel about certain people.

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Posted by make money old fashion way by robbin on 07/03/2014 at 12:27 PM

Re: “SFUSD cuts student suspension rate in half

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Posted by there's cold beer in the frig on 07/03/2014 at 12:20 PM

Re: “SFUSD cuts student suspension rate in half

If this were true (and I hope it is) I would have seen fewer truant kids hanging around Market Street and downtown where they are drawn, on MUNI and huddled in parks and open spaces downtown smoking cigarettes and weed. A better barometer would be to survey downtown doormen for a point of view, grocery stores and other popular shoplifting venues to see if there has been a decrease in daytime crime. There kids have become a quality of life issue.

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Posted by citizenkarma on 07/03/2014 at 11:15 AM

Re: “SFUSD cuts student suspension rate in half

Are you kidding?? Latino's represent 29.2% of the student body and 30.2% of the suspensions were Latino. A one-percentage point is disproportionate? Again, African-Americans represent 46% of the student body and 48% of the suspensions. I think if you speak to someone that understands arithmetic and statistics, they would say your "disproportionate" comment is statistically immaterial and specious.

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Posted by Barry on 07/03/2014 at 9:34 AM

Re: “SFUSD cuts student suspension rate in half

Johnny Styles, that is a stretch.

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Posted by Xnewyorker on 07/03/2014 at 8:18 AM

Re: “SFUSD cuts student suspension rate in half

Without wanting to paper over the very real difficulties faced by youth of color, I will say that SFUSD's claims are flawed.

To brag that suspensions have declined without providing evidence that incidents of misbehavior have declined, that instructional time lost to classroom disruptions has declined or, best of all, that academic achievement in suspension-prone populations has increased, is tantamount to saying that arrests are down but that the crime rate hasn't changed (or that no one knows whether it has changed).

Suspension in cases of disruptive behavior doesn't benefit the person suspended, but it does benefit the other 39 students in the classroom. By temporarily removing the disruptive student (state law allows up to two days or two class periods), the teacher can continue teaching the rest of the class.

SFUSD's new policy forbids out-of-school AND in-school suspensions for disruptive behavior. Because removing a student from class and sending him to the office is, legally speaking, an in-school suspension, teachers can no longer send disruptive students to the office during the school day.

While it is true that minority students are suspended at higher rates, researchers, politicians and educational leaders have completely ignored the possibility that the individuals involved might actually have misbehaved. All research and policy work in this area starts with the premise that the suspensions were unwarranted. Asking teachers might shed some light on that question.

Notice that no one whose job involves running a classroom was quoted in the article.

Program directors like Graven work in the central office. They spend very little time in schools or classrooms, have only incidental contact with students, and have no responsibility for running a classroom.

School principals like Choy also have have no responsibility for running a classroom.

Until last year, it was possible to get an administrative credential (required of school principals and most program directors) with as few as two years of teaching experience. The longer one's tenure as a school site administrator or district office administrator, the less current one's classroom experience is.

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Posted by Curmudgeon on 07/03/2014 at 1:35 AM

Re: “SFUSD cuts student suspension rate in half

it's obvious why the suspensions are cut in half.. Afro American children arent behaving as badly before.
They used to be the trouble makers, lazy students who didnt give a crap about school.
Now, with Obama becoming president, the black students are following OBama's lead and behaving, and learning the knowledge is more powerful than violence and laziness.

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Posted by Johnny Styles on 07/03/2014 at 12:53 AM

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