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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Ken Harrison 6:45 p.m., Aug. 23
Ian Anderson 6 p.m., Aug. 23
Matt Potter 4:30 p.m., Aug. 23
Dorian Hargrove 2:30 p.m., Aug. 23
Jay Anderson 1:30 p.m., Aug. 23
Julie Stalmer 11:30 a.m., Aug. 23
Larry Steckling 10 a.m., Aug. 23
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