This is what the community needs to know about Bleisch.
He coerces students and their parents into forced attendance recovery through after school tutoring and Saturday schools. He tells parents and students that if they don't attend and make up an absence they will be dropped to independent study. This is how CPM's attendance percentages have increased so much. While it is true that the kids should make up absences, using bully tactics to frighten parents and students into submission is unacceptable. I would love to see him try to manipulate and intimidate parents on the East Side who generally have a more comprehensive understanding of the system and are usually more informed about their students' rights. Consider that recovering attendance through after school or Saturday school doesn't mean the students are actually recovering time missed in math, English, science, or history class. It means that the school is receiving lost ADA for the periods that child was absent. The real data that needs to be examined is CPM's actual attendance and not cleared attendance.
Bleisch has sacrificed teaching content in core area classes to improve test scores in English. Social studies teachers have been directed to teach a reading intervention program during their history classes instead of teaching the California State Standards or Common Core Standards. Shouldn't CPM students be learning what the state and district have mandated? Remember, the content and skills these courses teach is essential for transitioning into high school A-G classes, AP classes, and IB classes. Or does Bleisch not really care if students are prepared for their futures as long as CPM's test scores go up? Would any principal on the East Side get away with this?
Bleisch has consistently been accused by teachers and counselors of bullying. These are teachers from Granger, MVH, CPM, and even teachers on special assignment at the district office. Anyone who challenges him faces an uncertain future. Teachers who have raised questions about his management decisions are transferred out, but only after receiving humiliating text messages at 2 am or threatening reprimands where Bleisch uses his imposing physical stature to intimidate them.
Bleisch likes to take all the credit for the Granger Turn-Around Model. He has NEVER acknowledged National City Elementary School District's efforts at transforming literacy among their students. Much of Granger students' success is related to the education they received in elementary school. But giving credit to someone else doesn't help Bleisch's bottom line . . . promoting himself.
Bleisch has routinely provided South Bay Community Services with confidential student information so that they can recruit kids for outreach services. Bleisch has family connections with South Bay Community Services who financially benefit from this arrangement.
It may help him, but only if he actually gets some perspective on what he does, as opposed to what others do.
He never quite gets it--"it" being whatever the salient point of the moment is...just not quite there.
Sorry about my cynicism but I'm in agreement. I also heard he volunteered to go because the reserves have not been officially told they were going. They asked for volunteers and he responded. People are saying he needs to get the tarnish of his crown and this will help. I agree and believe when he returns we will hear endless stories again about his service to his country. I should be ashamed of myself,but this is how I truly feel. It will help in his run for being the next mayor of Chula Vista.
fireflycobra - your posts reflect your unawareness of how things in a school district work. SEA is not the entity that takes your insurance money - that's the benefits office of the district. SEA does the leg work to get its members the best rates possible. Due to our egalitarian mission statement, individual unit members have always paid the same as unit members claiming spouses and children - that's one reason your rates may seem high. We have it in our power (and it may soon show up on the bargaining table) to have free coverage for unit members, and only those claiming spouses or children will pay "extra". In addition, SEA did not "give" the district a seniority list; the district generates that document. Have you a suggestion for an alternate system that would determine who gets pink slipped? It is neither good rhetoric nor edifying for readers to listen to you complain when you offer no solutions. Here's a solution: If you dislike the way our public system works, go teach in a private school (oh wait, they don't pay as much as SUHSD, which has one of the best pay scales in SoCal due to our strong union advocacy)
FYI, our local high school students may attend Southwestern College to accumulate college credits while still in high school, and they pay NOTHING. All they need to do that is to have a high school counselor and parent(s) sign off on the co-enrollment paperwork.
Be advised that only a handful of GCU programs/majors are accredited. While those may transfer, why pay a premium to accrue credits that MAY NOT transfer.
Further, Sweetwater District has NO LEGAL BUSINESS in using District resources ($$) to partner or promote (even with a website posting) a religious insititution regardless of what bells and whistles that institution might profer precisely because such a relationship clearly violates our right to separation of Church and State.
Confuzled, i have 2 students in the district, with a third to follow. I have no desire to limit choices for my children. However, i do have a problem with a public school partnering with a for profit Christian school that may not have all its accreditations, and whose credits may not all transfer to other universities. On top of that, it costs more to take credits at this school. So why the partnership? Who is benefitting from this arrangement? It likely is not the students for the aforementioned reasons.
Also, when i read the board resolution of Nov 2011 directing district staff to "proceed with the establishment of Sweetwater U", i do not believe partnering with this school satisfies this resolution.
So the question is, who benefits from this arrangement, and where did this school come from? Why not local schools that are more affordable with full accredidation? And why the rush? Why no input from stakeholders like the public, teachers, parents and students to fully develop this Sweetwater U idea? What are the specifics of this partnership?
It appears this was a rushed decision without a thorough review or plan. Sound familiar? Ipads, pre K - 6 charter school, etc.
This type of decision in a vacuum just lends more support to those that believe Ed Brand is a corrupt, tyrant of a Supt who only thinks of what is best for him and not for students, parents, teachers or the community
No one is making students go to Grand Canyon. But by labeling it "Sweetwater University" the district is lending its name and credibility to an organization that proclaims openly that:
"A uniquely important element of the GCU mission statement is the defining attribute of its Christian heritage. The GCU community defines its culture by the way its members reflect a committed relationship with Christ and creates the GCU experience in a manner that reflects His teachings to support students and graduates through a successful life journey."
This is inappropriate for a public entity to support.
Add to this that CGU has been sued by the United States Government as recently as 2009 for misusing financial aid money.
Additionally many Sweetwater students are the first in their families to go to college. They trust our district to guide them to sound educational choices such as Ed Brand's baby the "Compact for Success" - selling them on a for-profit college with many programs that are not accredited is inappropriate.
You claim we teachers are greedy and don't care about the kids. I care deeply for the kids and this is not what is best for them. We all have an obligation and a right to express this to the district and community.
Why does SUHSD feel the need to provide their students with special access to colleges (Compact for Success)? Do they feel that their students can not compete with the rest of the students in the nation? Isn't this an inherent form of prejudice?
After reading all the comments, there is a clear division I see. One group (the majority) is commenting on the dubious actions of adults and then there is timtim who just wants to make petty insults and blame the teachers' union (tired argument) for what I do not know.
Unfortunately for the students of the district the powers at be are mired in a nepotistic almost colonial mentality.
Get rid of them all, I say, including much of the administration at the school sites and in the district office. And in the future, hire people of quality; not based on who they know, who they help get elected, or with whom they have relations.
justateacher, thank you for the % breakdown. It's sometimes too easy to rack it up to winners or losers.
I feel sure that this incident has been brought to the attention of the SY school district superintendent and that he will take appropriate action with regard to Delgado. Oh, but wait, isn't that Manuel Paul, who is also under indictment himself? Oh, the guy who now says he will plead the 5th Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination in an ongoing lawsuit. Well, heck, it's the same administrator, but he's not going to let this go unchallenged. Is he? IS HE? Yeah, that's what will happen.
Last night's events are accurately portrayed in this article. It was a painful experience to watch. It was tragic for the people who are being affected. The board and Brand (except Lopez) were a total disgrace. The masks totally came off of Pearl and Brand. People could not believe what they were seeing. Their total lack of concern was not disguised in the least. To not even change the venue and not let these teachers express their grief was unforgivable. Out with the old in with the new. It's the only way to end the corruption and arrogance. PS did anyone hear Cartmill talk about his 9,000 yearly donation. Definitely a drop in the hat when you consider what he's taken from contractors. I was not impressed. I wonder why he felt it necessary to mention it. It doesn't change his past and present voting history nor does it make up for his follies.
"There they go again!". The board and interim superintendent continue with their arrogant ways. Any student success is in spite of their shenanigans. How long can the dedicated teachers and site personnel keep the house of cards together? I believe that there will be justice -- it takes time, but justice will prevail.
Several concerns here--
Furlough days mean fewer days for students education, as well as teacher pay. How many days of education are we -- general population--willing to cut?
Next concern-- if Brand gets a contract will he get a comfy package when he leaves like he did in North County?
And, Surf Puppy, Are we reading the same things? Just a teacher doesn't write about students--rather the difficulty of having to deal with the district management at the same time as teaching. I'm not sure what years you taught there? I was wondering what your class size was?
Two grandiose charters
Are we richer/smarter--
With these sweetwater edu-techno fads?
Class sizes high---
School board spawns:
The Sweetwater school district, like all districts, is a PUBLIC agency. Their purpose is to provide the best education possible for the students of the district. According to the UT, Sweetwater is one of the few districts where STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT SCORES DROPPED over the last year. The district should be investing their energy now in some serious problem solving and needs assessment about academic improvement to ensure that the students are getting the best possible education.
Unfortunately, the district leadership seems much more interested in protecting their own political aspirations and lucrative deals. The Board should be ashamed that there have not been community forums about the qualities the community wants in a superintendent. They should be embarrassed by how their actions have demoralized the district employees and tarnished the district's reputation.
Solving the complex issues in education today requires everyone in the community working together. Major decisions that will effect over 40,000 students should be made in an open, honest and transparent manner , where everyone 's input is valued. Hiding the decision about the appointment of a permanent superintendent behind a vague posting (Brown Act violation) in a Special Meeting, hastily called (violation of AB 1344) is a cowardly move and shows the Board's disdain for the public they are supposed to represent.
Shame on them. And shame on us if we don't rise up as a community and say enough is enough. We demand leadership that leads in an ethical manner, and respects the people they were ELECTED to represent.
I came to this meeting wanting to see what this hoopla is about in this district and wow did I get an eye and earful. One speaker was almost thrown out because a board member had a hissy fit when his wife's name was mentioned, well sir tell your wife to stop expressing opinions in public and she wouldn't get you into this mess.
The president is an absolute idiot who was just waiting for the two minutes that people were given to hit the gavel and go onto the next speaker she wasn't even paying attention,
The way the board was sitting it looked like little Ms. Lopez was on a deserted island or way far out in left field by herself.
This school board needs to listen a bit and stop thinking about the allegiances to people who don't support students this Brand sounds like bad news and completely ego oriented!
And dumber than a sack of hammers, to boot.
Maria C. is politically aware enough to do what she is supposed to do--in terms of what Brand wants her to do. She did exactly what Gandara wanted her to do. She is part of Brand's current tactic of hiding behind the secretaries and clerks--Brand might be showing his insecurity here, or he could just be delegating what he doesn't want to deal with. She is very tight with information--in fact, I have attended meetings that she was in charge of, and all notes and papers were confiscated at the end of the meeting, so no one could have a record of what went on.
Here is my guess (and please remember, I am only a teacher): The Board researched Alex_Anguiano's information about the meeting being illegal and decided that they would not take action and just name Maria Castilleja (Bruja) Duty Officer, in Brand's absence. [See, we did nothing wrong people.]
Interim Superintendent cannot accept a contract, therefore, Brand will resign (for like an hour, since he hasn't been working) and at the regularly scheduled meeting, it will be announced that he is now full time Sup.
[No harm, no foul]
Brand has the Board by the * because only he (and D. Russo) know the details of the "Rob Peter to Pay Paul Game" (borrowing from one fund/account with 120 day limit--moving $ from another to pay the one that is due, on and on) with regard to iPad $, mello-roos, etc.
If I were a betting man, I would bet Brand is Sup. by end of next regularly scheduled meeting--otherwise name Bruja Interim Sup..
Exactly--why is everything a big mystery? Wheels within wheels of shenanigans, and I think all of us are beyond sick of it. What will it take to actually be in a position where we can learn the truth? Aren't we simply entitled to the truth? Why is so much being withheld? The only reason possible is that there is so much going on that is illegal that they are trying to scurry around and figure out how to hide it, or who they need to get to silently go away/pay off...as the old song goes, "I see a bad moon rising".
Dorian Hargrove 8:30 p.m., Dec. 12
Ken Harrison 6:41 p.m., Dec. 12
Don Bauder 4:30 p.m., Dec. 12
Walter Mencken 4:15 p.m., Dec. 12
Ian Pike 4 p.m., Dec. 12
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