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Dawn Urbanek April 19, 2014 at 02:43 pm
Every year before balancing the Budget CUSD first: Includes an increase for Full Year Step andRead More Column AN increase for COLA Health and Welfare Benefit increases.
Dawn Urbanek April 19, 2014 at 02:44 pm
The new revenue that we are receiving will not cover the loss of revenue above and the new expensesRead More we will incur. You cannot educate a student today for $6,500 that is why the Base Grant needs to be increased to $9,500.
Dawn Urbanek April 19, 2014 at 02:50 pm
California has a surplus (highest revenue ever at $104 Billion.) We should demand that that surplusRead More be used to meet the State's constitutional obligation to fund a basic education for EVERY student- not just English Language Learners and the Poor. The new funding formula is unconstitutional- but it will take another ten years in the Court system to prove that. Parents and the public need to be a unified voice for our children. We should demand they raise the base funding grant or we should vote every current legislator out of office.
A judge hearing a lawsuit challenging teacher tenure is hearing final arguments today. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
Capo Parent April 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm
Union tools, and dull ones at that.
shelly April 4, 2014 at 04:04 pm
Capo Parent, Why the name calling?
fact checker April 4, 2014 at 05:23 pm
Because factual and respectful discussions aren't getting the results wanted. It's easier to trashRead More than it is to back up a losing prospect.
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Shripathi Kamath March 27, 2014 at 06:09 pm
Capo Parent March 27, 2014 at 07:19 PM FC Experience in and of itself does not make one better.Read More ___________________________________________________ It almost always does make one better. Your experience may vary, but I myself am yet to see someone do poorer because he was more experienced than he was the previous year. You, in your own profession are very likely better today than a year ago because you're a more experienced professional. You have learned more things, re-learned how to do things better, practiced more at the same thing, you have made mistakes, you have corrected them, you have confidence that you can solve some difficult problems. ___________________________________________________ Now, you might not be better than someone with lesser experience for the reasons yo offer below—although learning from one's mistakes necessitates experience. Even then, in general I prefer an experienced surgeon to a youthful, motivated one. A more experienced plumber, co-worker, politician, detective, banker, dentist, car mechanic, racquet stringer, bus driver, pilot, masseuse, ...you name it. In fact, unless the less-experienced demonstrates her value rather visibly, it is hard to pick otherwise. Without some semblance of objective measures, it'd be a crap-shoot. ___________________________________________________ "There are a lot of other factors involved, including motivation, skill level, desire, ability to learn from one's mistakes, etc." ___________________________________________________ If only we ventured to want to quantify some of these things. Because all it takes otherwise is to say that "Even though Mrs. Poole is experienced, Mr. Wright is far more skilled, motivated and has the desire and ability to learn from his mistakes, and he does not cost as much" and we have either total agreement, total disagreement or another set of "Well, being more motivated is not exactly the same as being experienced, and one set of skills do not work well to all students, and having desire makes it too personal which might too intense for some students .... etc." What we are left with is people confusing youthful exuberance for better competence, or experience for continuing excellence, and we go round and round like this. Alternating between "Experience is king" vs "Experience is not everything" ___________________________________________________ And such is fine, it is often entertaining. Because, in reality it is about cost. The issue, if we drop the charade is that senior teachers cost more than junior ones, and that is bone of contention.
Capo Parent March 31, 2014 at 02:27 pm
FC You assume the teacher next door with experience has "good" experience to share. IRead More don't think the students and teacher at Miramonte nor would the plaintiffs in Vergara v. State of California agree with your unsupported blanket statement. An experienced bad or mediocre teacher is not going to impart "good" experiences to a younger teacher.
fact checker March 31, 2014 at 04:24 pm
Of course not capo parent. What a silly argument.
Capistrano Unified headquarters in San Juan Capistrano. Patch photo credit: Jenna Chandler.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) March 20, 2014 at 12:38 pm
The missing word is "be." That's my bad. For whatever reason, when you copy and paste thatRead More from the PDF, the word "be" is dropped. And because you love quote marks: http://www.unnecessaryquotes.com. I think I'm done with the series. I've got a lot of ground to cover (literally, OC to Malibu).
Shripathi Kamath March 20, 2014 at 12:44 pm
Penny Arévalo (Editor) March 20, 2014 at 03:38 PM The missing word isRead More ___________________________________________________ Oi, vey! Become a super-editor and one gets a bit super-sensitive to good natured ribbing?
LeAna Bui March 20, 2014 at 07:45 pm
Thanks for the laughs, Shripathi!
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Dan March 21, 2014 at 10:24 am
Fact Checker, while I almost always agree with you, it's important to remember that unethical isn'tRead More always illegal. And, while I agree with your assessment of MVM and Dawn's gossipy pot stirring behavior, it is true that the the old Board would meet on Saturday's under the guise of evaluating Fleming and they would strategize their dealings with their political enemies. All of that was well documented and very unethical. With that said, none of that is happening with our current administration and Board.
fact checker March 21, 2014 at 11:41 am
I guess their behavior is up for interpretation. I don't see them as unethical. Naive perhaps, andRead More we all under estimated the lengths to which the opposition would go (and continues to go) to advance their own agendas. Anyone who works under Brown Act restrictions knows how difficult the law is to interpret and follow. Even attorneys will tell you that. Brown Act violations are rampant everywhere and keep many an attorney busy because it is very difficult to do public business without risking an inadvertent and unintended violation. Any attempt to revise the law is seen as an attempt to subvert the intention of transparent governance. It is as sacred a cow as Prop 13. I believe their intention was to figure out how to deal with an attack group who had the DA on their side (politically affiliated...and no one has ever denied that) and a hidden agenda. How could they do that in an open meeting? The Bealls and their ilk did their job so well that even standing up for people who opposed them is still seen as unacceptable by most people. MVM's post is clear evidence of that. She thinks even saying their name is enough evidence of malfeasance because, after all, everyone knows they did something wrong (even though every single charge and accusation came to nothing).
Dan March 21, 2014 at 12:05 pm
Many of the Saturday meetings occurred long before the DA was involved. Yes, the Board may haveRead More been naive, but while Fleming did nothing illegal he was most definitely unethical. He was unethical in so many arenas and the board just went along with him, probably because they didn't truly understand what he was doing. I agree with you about the whole recall group, but they would have had no fodder to manipulate and paint things worse than they were without Fleming first deceiving the public with lies regarding funding, negotiations, portable buildings, etc. None of it was as serious as the Recall group made it out to be, but Fleming is responsible for the Recall group's ability to gain traction in 2006. And let's not forget, the recall group was started by Murphy and was hijacked by carpetbagging opportunists from RSM that kicked Murphy out.
Support staff wore black to a school board meeting in 2012 when the Trsutees considered cutting more of their positions. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
Shripathi Kamath March 13, 2014 at 10:19 am
Is the district paying money to generate these non-scientific surveys? Because I have a prettyRead More decent random number generator that could with a little bias, produce quicker, cheaper results. I'll even throw a few charts. ___________________________________________________ "The Board of Trustees tends to resolve issues without others and doesn’t show respect for each other" ___________________________________________________ I think we need a law that says people must respect each other. In addition they must also agree with each other. Why, just a couple years ago I benefited from this: http://bit.ly/QdMJ1C
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Shawn Gordon March 26, 2014 at 01:09 pm
Sorry Penny, the destruction of the education system by the unions has me worked up. "factRead More checker" wants to spin around in a circle and never get to the meat of it. There has to be a way to define and remove bad teachers and it shouldn't take forever. They should be scared about keeping their jobs, just like everyone else in society, and it should scare them in to doing the best job possible, just like everyone else in society.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) March 26, 2014 at 02:11 pm
All of that is fine to state. Just be careful when it crosses over into personal attacks. Thanks!
fact checker March 26, 2014 at 03:05 pm
Shawn, no spin here. Just define merit. Seems like a simple question doesn't it? Make sure itRead More will apply equally to every teacher, there is some way to measure it, and it is not open to interpretation by anyone.
Capo Parent March 13, 2014 at 04:06 pm
Prop 30 was a band aid; a significant majority of the money is going to schools that already getRead More more, e.g. LAUSD. It seems likely that any additional money CUSD will receive from Prop 30 will be consumed by higher pension contributions. CalSTRS has already publicly stated that it needs $4.5 billion for a number of years in order to reduce its massive under funded problem. CalSTRS has asked the Legislature to approve higher contributions by school districts. Teachers won't have to pay because the current law is written such that teachers get increase benefits if they pay more for their benefits. This means school districts will be holding the bag. If the foregoing comes to pass, then the prediction by many (including me) that Prop. 30 was a front to pay increase contributions to CalSTRS will come true. Before FC unleashes another one of her one sided tirades in favor of all things that benefit teacher remember, several DEMOCRATIC mayors have banded together to put a proposition on the ballot to allow cities and other governmental entities flexibility in dealing with the acute problem of grossly underfunded pensions, not to mention health benefits. The cost of these is estimated by some at well over $1 billion. When Warren Buffet sounds the alarm on these unfunded obligations we should all take heed.
David Petrisevac March 24, 2014 at 01:03 pm
Hey folks,...My offer, as reduced personal finance supplemental workbooks for the graduating classRead More of 2014...a number of posts back, is Now officially 'Off-the-Table'.
Dawn Urbanek March 24, 2014 at 06:21 pm
The real issue is that the Base Grant of $ 6500 per student is not sufficient to fund a basicRead More education for students. CUSD is receiving $6,273 per ADA this year with that projected to increase to just above $8,000 in 2021. That will not be sufficed to cover increases in Step and Column or COLA
Capistrano Unified trustees are scheduled to consider asking the state for a waiver to exceed maximum allowable class sizes. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
Dawn Urbanek March 13, 2014 at 05:59 pm
Dawn Urbanek March 13, 2014 at 05:59 pm
A Quote from Darrell Steinberg - regarding the additional $1.46 billion cost of expandingRead More transitional kindergarten: “When I think about what we spend money on in this state, what we spend on education and the amount of surplus dollars we are experiencing, whether (the program expansion) costs $990 million or $1.46 billion, there’s not a better investment we could make"
fact checker March 13, 2014 at 06:09 pm
I agree with him. And Dawn you are forgetting about the other side of the ledger...the savings thatRead More will be generated by this program. I shudder to think of how you balance your checking account. All debits and no credits will leave you with a negative balance every month.
The Capistrano Unified School District is not facing cuts in the 2014-15 year, officials announced. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
Dan January 25, 2014 at 09:49 am
This is horrible! I wish CUSD could get it together and start caring for our community's childrenRead More in a consistent manner. All this back in forth is doing nothing but creating an unstable environment for our children. Has anyone stopped to think that all the cuts these last seven years have been good for the community and the children. Leaner and meaner… no pain no gain! Having to get by with less builds character and makes our children stronger for the real world. Speaking of the real world, this means that we'll have to find something else to blame on the teachers, like the drought. Sadly, without budget cuts some of those who like to pontificate here at patch are going to have find some other topic in which fake expertise and find unrelated and outdated statistics to prove that the sky is falling. I feel bad for them.
Dawn Urbanek January 27, 2014 at 05:47 am
If you are referring to me Dan- let me give you a reality check. The rosey picture is that theRead More District will not have to make any additional cuts. Thank God for that- I really don't think we could pile anymore children in a classroom to help balance the budget.
Dawn Urbanek January 27, 2014 at 05:51 am
Now we have the job of finding enough money in our budget to restore class sizes to 24:1 (CUSD willRead More get additional money from the State under LCFF if we can do that). We need an additional $1 Billion dollars to bring our buildings up to standards after seven years of deferred maintenance. We need several million dollars to restore our school year to 180 days, we need $130 million to restore all the programs that have been cut, and I have not mentioned that we need to find $52 million to pay our unfunded pension liabilities.
Where transgender students should use the restroom is the subject of a new law, and an effort to appeal it. Patch file photo.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) January 29, 2014 at 10:40 am
Patch is still around. I'm still here.
ChristieD January 30, 2014 at 07:39 pm
Will do Shripathi!
Marshall February 8, 2014 at 07:41 pm
I would like to point out, where the story says two residence addressed the Board, one against &Read More one in favor, the one that was in favor is Transgender and an employee of the district.
Superintendent Joseph Farley Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
shelly January 20, 2014 at 09:20 pm
Dawn, Read back on your comments. You say the same thing over and over and over again. I have askedRead More you many questions that you have not answered. Read back Like what is your definition of fair and equal? Do you believe the teachers of Las Palmas are overcompensated? The CUSD budget has been cut $140 million dollars. The biggest cuts came at the expense of the employees. Employees still do not make as much as they did 5 years ago. Do you believe all the cuts should come from employees? Do you feel that citizens have no responsibility in helping with a budget that does not cover everything? You sacrifice nothing but demand that others sacrifice for our child. You state, ""You educators are arrogant, self serving, annoying and ignorant " and yet you send your child to be educated by these educators. What exactly is your solutions? Do you believe we should just keep cutting the teachers' and school site employees' pay and taking away their benefits? I am asking and Shripathi has asked you this so please answer. Do you believe this will improve education and inspire good candidates to become educators? Do you believe that CA funds education adequately?
fact checker January 20, 2014 at 10:45 pm
No Dawn I don't think teachers are being paid more. Perhaps you will address my questions about theRead More difference between average teacher salary and actual teacher salary. Do you understand the difference?
fact checker January 20, 2014 at 10:46 pm
I have asked this question many times and you refuse to answer it.
Gov. Brown discussed his proposed state budget today. Patch file photo.
LeAna Bui January 13, 2014 at 08:28 am
Dawn: Thank you for the reference. However, as Shelly and FC are trying to point out - "freeRead More and equal" has been upgraded through the Federal Disabilities Act to "free and appropriate," which addresses the fact that our 6 million school children do not have "equal needs." I clearly understand the import of the ACLU lawsuit. The education MUST be free. I agree with you that funding for schools in California awful, however, attacking the teachers unions and now, disadvantaged students is not the answer. If this proposal becomes law, CUSD funding will go to $7,800 per student per year (do I have that right?). What really gets me is that many people think this is okay, but I just recently spoke to a friend of mine who is paying $32,000/year for their child's private high school. Really? How the heck does this compare?? Why aren't we demanding that we spend $20k/year on public school students??
fact checker January 13, 2014 at 08:43 am
Shelly, Dawn is not interested in children with special needs, except for GATE children. She isRead More only interested in what directly affects her own child who is not hungry, does not live in a foster home, and speaks English as her first language. She is not interested in children who are autistic, developmentally delayed, or have other learning disabilities. She has said so on many occasions but feels that she is entitled to feel this way because she does not have to be "politically correct" by caring about those children. She wants a "free and equal" education for her own child. She does not want children in other schools to receive more funds than her child's school, whether those funds come from the state, the Feds or parent fundraisers, despite any special needs at those other schools. She does want more funding for her GATE identified child. She wants teachers to absorb any cuts to the budget through pay cuts so that class size can be reduced and programs can be restored. And she does not want to pay one Penny more in taxes, ever. She pays enough. She wants veto power on any budget decisions made in the district. And she wants it now. She wants the district to personally inform her about every single decision they make. She does not want to attend the public forums designed to give her input. She wants the trustees to respond personally to any inquiry at a board meeting. She wants to read and interpret district documents and share those interpretations as fact, whether she is mistaken or not. And she does not want to answer any challenges to the veracity of her blogs or admit any mistakes.
fact checker January 13, 2014 at 08:48 am
Oh yes, Dawn wants to be involved in CUSD employee negotiations and does not want to honor theRead More contracts that resulted from past negotiations. And finally, she wants the DA to investigate every charge she makes in the Patch.
shelly January 9, 2014 at 12:45 pm
E-mail San Juan Capistrano City Council members and encourage them to vote no on rezone. But pleaseRead More stay classy. Don't insult or accuse. sallevato@sanjuancapistrano.org, lkramer@sanjuancapistrano.org, jtaylor@sanjuancapistrano.org, rbyrnes@sanjuancapistrano.org, dreeve@sanjuancapistrano.org
The performing arts center at Capistrano Valley High School was built largely with tax money from landowners in 87-1 Mello-Roos district. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
MayMom December 13, 2013 at 06:03 am
Aliso Viejo was a fairly new community with many children who needed a place to go to school. WhereRead More were they supposed to send them? They needed to be built. When the schools have classrooms packed with 30+ kids, there is obviously the need. The biggest waste was the District palace. When the schools were struggling they spent a fortune to build that District Offices. I don't mind paying Mello Roos to help pay for much needed repairs to our aging schools and other high priority needs.
Capo Parent December 25, 2013 at 09:37 am
MayMom CFD 87-1 was set up so that the 87-1 taxpayers in MV would front the initial costs ofRead More building schools in AV. As of roughly 2010, over $70 million in 87-1 had been spent in AV and approximately $6 million in MV. Remember, not one new school was ever built in MV with 87-1 funds. The only new school projected for MV using 87-1 funds was improperly cancelled by CUSD and instead, another, unplanned school was built in AV. This lead Newhart to have for several years a school population close to 2000. Further 87-1 taxpayers in MV and AV are subsidizing the areas in both cities that don't pay Mello Roos in addition to most of Laguna Niguel that doesn't pay Mello Roos.
Residents in Talega, Mission Viejo and Aliso Viejo pay additional taxes to Capistrano Unified. Patch file photo.
M December 18, 2013 at 06:50 pm
Capo parent you obviously don't have a clue in buying real estate. Perhaps your husband handles allRead More the finances.
Capo Parent December 25, 2013 at 09:27 am
FF You can only know what is revealed and that is the problem with 87-1. I've looked at the MelloRead More Roos notice that was provided and it does not comport with how CUSD has used and accounted for 87-1. Your comments are based on assumptions, not facts.
Capo Parent December 25, 2013 at 09:30 am
M Merry Christmas, I hope Santa brought you intelligence and common sense, you clearly need both.Read More Yes M, I've bought real estate before and have more than a clue as to what the process entails. I know what notices were provided for 87-1, do you? Obviously not. Get a clue.
Joseph Farley, superintendent of the Capistrano Unified School District. Photo courtesy CUSD.
Scott Schmitt December 12, 2013 at 08:26 am
Great job Joe and thank you for all you've done for our communities!
Matt Gaffney December 12, 2013 at 10:03 am
Good riddance! After the way he screwed Eric Patton he can't leave fast enough.
ChristieD December 12, 2013 at 11:08 am
Dr. Farley accomplished a lot during his time with CUSD. He has been a very positive influence on aRead More district plagued with numerous issues and divisions. His work has been much appreciated and his retirement is a tremendous loss for CUSD. Best wishes for an excellent retirement, Dr. Farley.
Capistrano Unified trustees will consider spending nearly $13 million to start repairing schools. Patch file photo.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) December 6, 2013 at 11:51 am
I will try to find out. There are quite a few. A large part of MV, AV, Ladera, RSM, Coto, LasRead More Flores, two small ones in SJC and Talega. Don't think there are any in DP or LN.
Mission Viejo Mom December 6, 2013 at 09:08 pm
Well, something to consider is that Mission Viejo and Aliso Viejo mello roos is financing part ofRead More the administration building. If that district is dissolved, part of a bond will have to pay for that as well. Also, the new development will defiicnitely need to continue to be a mello roos district because the homeowners currently in CUSD would not want to pay for the new school construction. It's going to be a very tricky situation.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) December 6, 2013 at 09:09 pm
They're looking to retire that M-R district early. That's also on the agenda. Hope to have a storyRead More for you Monday.
Capistrano Unified officials say the district's schools have $822 million worth of repairs and upgrades needed. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo
shelly November 25, 2013 at 06:01 pm
Capo Parent, Are you advocating to get rid of prop. 13?
Mission Viejo Mom November 25, 2013 at 07:47 pm
Shelly, Are you advocating to get rid of prop 13? I certainly wouldn't be surprised if you were.
shelly November 25, 2013 at 09:04 pm
Nope. I am advocating for valuing education.
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