Comments by anniej

Standardized tests shunned by South Bay parents

Bvasvasva - John Brickley - two people I respect greatly. Two educated, successful people who have different opinions - two people who continue to work to bring about positive change for OUR STUDENTS. TWO PEOPLE WE SHOULD ALL BE PROUD TO CALL NEIGHBOR. Regarding the 'testing' issue, I too believe Bbasvasva we can not sugar coat life, however I do not believe that teaching to 'the test' or students being barraged with one State/Federal test after another equates to education. Testing is part of education, I get that and agree it is a necessity. However, when it takes the place of innovative thinking, individual teaching methods, and interesting styles - that is where I draw the line. My Grandson who is an excellent student and avid reader (has read over 1,000 books) finds little value in one test after another. As Mr. Brickley stated not all students are college bound. Lesser the students? NO! Vocational Education is a much needed choice for young adults. We need trades being taught in our schools. We have high schools that offer a variety of options, why not a High School that incorporates Voc Ed? Woodshop, Auto Shop, Electrical, Plumbing, Masonary all offered in one location where like minded future tradesmen and women can celebrate their uniqueness. I am not as educated as I should be on Common Core, perhaps due to the fact I have been entrenched in anti corruption and the fiduciary irresponsibility of the SUHSD. I have spoken to several 'new, young, motivated, excited' teachers I know very well and they are celebrating Common Core. My primary concern is the fact that to expect students to alter their learning processes late in their educational life may very well have devastating effects. That is why I don't believe it should be rolled out in the Middle and High School years. I am hearing from ALL teachers I have spoken to in the SUHSD that they have NOT seen the educating of themselves on Common Core that Sweetwater should have provided. So I will end the conversation with the question: WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT MONEY?????
— April 11, 2014 8:35 a.m.

School officials Gandara and Sandoval plead guilty

It appears John McCann, Jim Cartmill and Ed Brand are running this District WITHOUT any public oversight. A magazine on the east side called Hometown is running a SUHSD ad. This is very troubling as that expenditure was an agenda item for both of the previously 'adjourned' and 'cancelled' Board meeting. So, WHY HAS THIS BEEN DONE? My opinion, this was FREE PR for John McCann and his bid for city council. A conspiracy between John McCann and Brand - with the blessing of Jim Cartmill - all will need to decide for themselves. Perhaps some of us too should out a one page add in that HOMETOWN paper - ours of course would give a different view - we would list the monies he has spent on frivolous legal actions against our neighbors, we would list his votes, we could get info from GOOGLE in reference to the allegation that he steered his car in the direction if a C.V. Council person he was at odds with, documentation that he is NOT endorsed by Chamber of Commerce or Lincoln Club. I am in, anyone else? We need to vet the candidate of our choice who is running for City Council and promote that person if we truly want to bring about change in this City. We need to notify all of the politicians who have recently voiced concerns regarding SUHSD, and ask them to publicly weigh in. Finally let us ponder this question, what other money items have been funded without Board approval? What other pet projects have been funded without our knowledge? I would ask that ALL reading this send an email to each member of the County Boards Board members and bring the HOMETOWN expenditure to their attention, offer this up as proof as to the truth about Ed Brand, Jim Cartmill and John McCann. In closing ask yourselves this question - what is the different between 'the gandara' and Ed Brand - what is the difference between John McCann and Arlie Ricasa? In my opinion NOT A DARN THING!!!!!!!!
— April 9, 2014 8:49 a.m.

School officials Gandara and Sandoval plead guilty

I just received a picture that was sent to me. There stands McCann, in several snap shots. But then. I read his campaign mantra - hold onto your hats folks. - this guy is promising to restore ethics to City Hall. I thought that was accomplished when he left the first time? Let us not forget this is the same 'promise' he campaigned on when he sought his Sweetwater Board seat - and what did we get? Fiscal irresponsibility and his voting partnership with felony charged Arlie Ricasa and Jim Cartmill. McCann has not developed a reputation for leadership a a Sweetwater Board member, he is viewed by me and many others as a follower - a silly little man who spends his time practicing the same old two speeches - when I served in the war and his I escaped death while involved in a traffic accident. But ask him what he has done to honor his promise of 2010 regarding restoring ethics to the SUHSD board? He was NOT the one who went to the DA, no, it was Lopez. WHY DIDN'T HE? John McCann, the same school board member who gave 'the gandara' that great termination benefit package. You all remember 'the gandara', yep, the same guy who just stood before a South Bay Judge pleading guilty. In my opinion, John McCann is the worst possible candidate for C.V. Councilman. it appears that the Chamber of Commerce and The Lincoln Club have concerns about his leadership qualities as well - rumor has it, neither endorsed him. The Lincoln Club, WOW, that speaks volumes. He, his signs plastered all over C.V. and his little t-shirt have become the butt of many jokes these days.
— April 8, 2014 10:10 p.m.