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What I still don't understand is how you can offer a 4-year degree in 10 classrooms. I'm told that to get some types of financial aid you need to be taking a full-time course load. Are there any counselors out there that can shed some light? Another question: Where will the students take the Introduction to Biology Lab class? Adult schools only have computer labs?

Then there's their Cancellation Policy: The University makes a every reasonable effort to offer courses as announced. However, the University reserves the right to modify the class schedule ( fair enough) or to cancel courses if necessary. Hmm, if classes aren't filled and are canceled, where does that leave students who need a full-time schedule (12 or 15 units) to get their scholarships?

Aug. 16, 2013

anniej --- you are on target! As the Bauder article earlier this year confirms, these high-priced so-called 'universities' are all about the money...put another way, it's about their recruiters getting 'butts in seats'.... They are usually just a couple of steps ahead of the law, but by the time they are closed down, they are running again under another name and the 'students' are left with massive debt and little marketable skills.

Why don't the elected officials in National City INSIST that the robust Adult School programs be restored? They should ask ED why he decimated the Adult School program and instead is touting what the community does NOT need, or deserve.

Now, that would be worthwhile civic action because the FREE adult school programs REALLY do good (isn't that what public education is supposed to do?) and improve the community social fabric and the lives of the residents.

Oh, and by the way, there is a Southwestern College Educational Center campus in National City. Check it out! There is an award-winning dental hygiene program there and other career preparation opportunities as well as regular classes to begin college studies that will lead to transfer. Southwestern College is a low-cost public community college, not a private high-cost diploma mill.

Aug. 16, 2013

The nerve of Ms Reynoso to be telling the Planning Commision what their job is. Based on what I've read about their last meeting, it sounds like they know exactly what their job is and acted to protect the public they represent. Let's hope the commissioners don't allow themselves to be bullied. By the way, everyone should read the Don Bauder link. Pretty shady outfit. Is Ms Reynoso still a trustee of United States University?

Aug. 16, 2013

I must wonder if Ms Reynoso is speaking only for herself or for the National City Chamber of Commerce? Has the Chamber deliberated on this issue? Seems to me that she has a responsibility to differentiate between her presence as an official rep of the Chamber or as an individual who perhaps has a vested interest in the high-cost private 'colleges' of dubious reputation.

Aug. 16, 2013

Trustee for a University that was fined for falsifying records for Pell Grants?

AND WHAT PRAY TELL OF THE THE STUDENTS INVOLVED IN THAT CORRUPTION? WHERE ARE THE NOW?

We have a Chamber representative and Mayor rushing to get the Alliant deal passed, disregarding the fact that Ed Brand failed to follow the rules and regulations of how things should be done in National City. What, Ed Brand, Ms. Reyonoso, and the Mayor do not believe the community of National City should be protected by following written National City law? I sure would like to see Ed Brand attempt to do the same thing up north in his gated community. No way would the Mayor of Escondido or a member of that Chamber allow such tactics.

Surely the residents of National City deserve better representation

Please take the time to consider the cost difference between taking the classes at Southwestern vs. Alliant. Why saddle these young men and women of this community to be saddled with major debt? Yes why? What is in it for those who are hell bent on pushing this thru.

Perhaps Ms. Reyonoso and the Mayor should explain why this is so important - ALLIANT IS GETTING FREE RENT! AND THE STUDENTS ARE ENCUMBERING THEMSELVES IN MAJOR DEBT.

SO WHY????????

Aug. 16, 2013

Agreed oskidoll.

And I hope they do not succumb to any pressure to rush such investigation.

Why is almost everything Sweetwater works on "Time Sensitive"? They do not have to have classes starting so soon. They could easily have classes start in the Spring, to allow time for all these processes to be set in place properly. What is the phrase? P*ss poor planning on your part does not constitute an urgency on my part.

Aug. 16, 2013

Precisely!

They want to railroad this through BECAUSE it won't stand up under examination. Which points to the great likelihood that they are attempting to pull yet another fast one...

This community needs to learn from past experience and give a loud "NO!" to the schemer and his schemes!

Aug. 16, 2013

Let's hope that National City's Planning Commission will consider ALL the facts at the upcoming meeting; 1) including the exact language of the land lease which provided the site courtesy of the Metropolitan Transit District (NC Councilwoman Rios is a member of the MTS Board and should be able to obtain a copy of the lease); 2) reported use of Redevelopment $$$ to build the facility --- what were the conditions made by the Redevelopment Board at that time --- the site was built as an Adult School; 3) the extent to which the Sweetwater District has already decimated the FREE Adult School programs that once occupied the site, including ESL, entry-level career training, basic skills, etc 4) the DETAILS of the Alliant proposal, including the costs of the PRIVATE college classes proposed and how students will be enticed to take out pricey loans, in addition to any available financial aid in order to pay for limited classes of dubious worth that are proposed

Aug. 16, 2013

Welcome to the new Center for Shell Games, brought to you by Fast Eddy and Friends!!

Opening soon in a strip mall near you!!

You pays your bucks you gets your diploma/certification/credential!!

Qualifying students may apply for loans and grants, and carry those loans for decades!!

Who needs to save for a down payment on a house or condo when you are still paying off those school loans...too bad Fast Eddy got away with tearing down all those adult school programs so he could turn around and install the for-profit "schools"---

Can we all keep our eyes on Fast Eddy and his friends, as this plays out? Because I wouldn't be too surprised if there are "understandings" in place to ensure comfy corner offices for select members of this corrupt bunch!

Sweetwater Union High School District, Where Quality Education is Fast Disappearing!

Sweetwater Union High School District, Where the Students are Commodity #1!

Sweetwater Union High School District, Where the Board of Trustees Couldn't Figure Out Right From Wrong If Gabriel Himself Was Blowing His Horn!

Aug. 16, 2013

anniej....I think CV Parent is referencing Mr. Cartmill's 'entitlement' behavior as a member of the board. I believe that when a board member is 'invited' to join in a district celebration, he brought the family along for, as CV Parent, characterizes it to 'free load'.

Board members are often supplied with computers and other electronic technologies ...such as cell and smart phones, etc., and that is likely what Cartmill was in front of the line at the superintendent's office with a request/demand. it is likely that such 'supplies and equipment' are not required to be declared on the FPPC forms because they do not constitute 'gift's' per se.

April 7, 2014

That's a good question to have on the record at the next opportunity for Public Comment at a Board Meeting (if there is ever another Board Meeting!)

April 8, 2014

anniej...you can ask your questions directly to the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) which administers the law regarding the STatement of Economic Interests (form 700). You can search online for California FPPC and go from there on their website.

April 8, 2014

CVParent, Eastlaker, oskidoll - as anniej q public I am not required to fill out 700 forms so not sure of just now detailed the reporting must be. Perhaps Ms. Luzzaro might know the answer. I am thinking, based on the value of some of those alleged dinners, they should have been reported.

In a District where Board members actually do the work of a Board member they should receive tools to accomplish the task. HOWEVER, when is the last time or perhaps I should ask has there EVER been a time when John McCann or Arlie Ricasa EVER answered a taxpayers email? In five LONG years I do not recall ever receiving an answer to the emails sent in the early years of my SUHSD journey.

The IRS, wondering if any of the freebies were forgotten when tax time rolled around. Wondering if any 'imaginary' purchases were alleged on those forms as part of a business expense, hmmmmmmm. Wondering if any 'drop a dime' calls have been made to IRS?

April 8, 2014

I wonder if all of the other defendants have been on the phone with their attorneys asking if the judge's admitted incompetence might have an effect on their cases. I believe there's one more resignation in order here.

May 9, 2014

CV_Parent - well, I've read fiction before, but this bit of melodrama borders on dillisional. There were so many points I disagreed with. I doubt of Mr. Moreno will find space to list my commentS.

McCann is grasping for straws, HE HAS GOT TO GO.................

Oct. 18, 2014

Well after what seems to have been an eternity, the old regime is gone from Sweetwater, I would like to remind the one and only Mr. McCann that he just squeeked into his new spot, that's no mandate from the public, we'll be watching.....

So onto the iPad mess, I am sure there are many people at the district adminstration office that have alot to say about this subject and others, maybe now they will finally be able to tell the Emperor (Brand and Board) "(T)He(y) has no clothes on".... unless there are some types of strings tieing their hands and honesty. I have little doubt that Dr. Brand has put much fear into that office and the workers, so I am not expecting much free flowing information.

Many of us knew the issues with wholesale implementation of the "Technology" and the integration issue that occured this Fall when iPads met the High Schools... General math classes have a mix of studentsmixing the iPad Freshmen with the non-iPad Sophs, Jrs, Srs.

Much like "open borders" a solution causing additional problems, perhaps we should have introduced iPads at the west side schools first for two reasons, 1) fewer students involved and 2) the same incentive to have students enroll, as was the first intention of the ill-planned roll-out.

Much work to do, many people to interview lots of tangled webs to unweave, good luck to the new Board of Trustees, may you live up to your promisses, many of us are watching and relying on you to right the ship at SUHSD. BBQ

Nov. 5, 2014

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