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MDUSD’s special ed Community Advisory Committee to hear report on district’s Disproportionality Corrective Action Plan

By Theresa Harrington
Monday, January 7th, 2013 at 2:32 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district, special education.

After being identified by the state as a district that disproportionally identifies African-American and Latino students for special education and suspensions and expulsions, the Mt. Diablo district has been working on a plan to correct this situation.

The district’s special education Community Advisory Committee is set to hear a report about this plan Tuesday, along with other monthly reports. Here is the agenda for the meeting, which is open to the public:

“COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
AGENDA
DATE: January 8, 2013
TIME: 7:00 – 9:15 p.m.
PLACE: Dent Center – Board Room (1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord)

1. Call to Order 7:00

2. Introductions (7:02 – 7:05)
Please notify the audience during introductions if you are recording the meeting
Please let us know if this is your first time attending a CAC meeting

3. Adoption of Minutes – December 4, 2012 (7:05 – 7:10)

4. Presentation – “Disproportionality Corrective Action Plan” – Stephanie Roberts (7:10 – 7:40)

5. Chairperson’s Report – Lorrie Davis (7:40 – 7:50)

6. Old Business (7:50 – 8:20)

6.1 Interim Assistant Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Kerri Mills

6.2 Board of Education Report – Lynne Dennler

6.3 Board of Education Comments – Autumn Green

6.4 Budget Advisory Committee Report – Tricia Tamura-Li

6.5 Equity Advisory Team – Dorothy Weisenberger

NETWORKING BREAK

7. New Business (8:30– 9:00)

7.1 QIAT – Christian Patz

7.2 Autism Task Force – Vi Ibarra

7.3 Advisory Commission on Special Education – No Report

7.4 Parent Liaison – Hilary Shen

7.5 Sub-Committee Updates
Parent & Community Education Committee – Julie Nibblett
Membership & Publicity Committee – Vi Ibarra
Legislative Committee – Denise Lambert
Blog Committee – Autumn Green

8. Public Comment (9:00 – 9:10)
Public comment is an opportunity to share concerns and comments with the CAC. In the interest of time, speakers are limited to three (3) minutes each with a total of fifteen (15) minutes for all speakers. Please respect student and personnel privacy. CAC members and district staff might not be able to respond to individual concerns in this forum, but will take your contact information and follow-up with you.

9. Information Items/Announcements/Adjournment (9:10 – 9:15)

DON’T FORGET – - BRING A FRIEND TO THE MEETING!!”

It is interesting that the board has not yet received a presentation regarding the disproportionality corrective action plan. The board also doesn’t receive monthly updates from several other district committees whose meetings are under the radar.

The CAC used to also include reports from the PAC, until it was disbanded.

In contrast, the WCCUSD board invites the following “standing reports” at every meeting:

“D.5 Standing Reports
Representatives of the following committees and employee unions are invited to provide a brief update to the Board. Representatives from these groups need to sign up to speak prior to the beginning of this item on the agenda by submitting a ‘Request to Address the Board’ form. Five minutes may be allowed for each subcommittee or group listed below:
Academic Subcommittee
Public Employees Local 1
Bayside Parent Teacher Association
Safety Committee
Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee
School Supervisors Association
Community Budget Advisory Committee
United Teachers of Richmond
Facilities Subcommittee
Youth Commission
Ivy League Connection
College and Career Readiness Academies”

MDUSD’s board invites comments from organizations including unions, Bond Oversight Committee, the CAC and the PTA. But I have never heard reports from the Budget Advisory Committee, Parent Advisory Committee, Equity Advisory Team, Technology Advisory Committee, Bay Point Master Plan Committee or Graduation Requirements Committee. And if the district’s Facilities Subcommittee had presented reports in the past, perhaps the district’s solar plans wouldn’t have come as such a surprise, when Trustee Gary Eberhart assured the public in his blog that the Facilities Subcommittee had been discussing it for months.

The Pleasant Hill Education Commission meetings also include reports from representatives who serve on district committees.

Do you think the MDUSD school board should receive regular public reports from district committees?

JAN. 9 UPDATE: Here are links to video clips of the portions of the meeting I recorded (the CAC requires members of the audience to announce in advance any intention to record portions of the meeting):

Part 1 of Draft Disproportionality Corrective Action Plan presentation: http://qik.com/video/56699411

Part 2 of disproportionality discussion, including questions from CAC members: http://youtu.be/nTxQ8DXYu94

Part 3 of disproportionality discussion: http://youtu.be/dKy0Jqw6l3k

Chairperson’s report: http://youtu.be/Rn1VYIIlXq4

Assistant Superintendent’s report: http://youtu.be/z62KJ1Q-_J8

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  • Doctor J

    Interesting that the report is not coming from Dr. Mary Bacon, the Consultant hired by MDUSD on Significant Disproportionality, but from Stephanie Roberts. From August 20, 2012 Board Agenda “Dr. Mary Bacon’s first contract is to comply with the State Performance Plan Technical Assistance (SPP-TA) project coordinated by the CDE and designed to assist local education agencies (LEAs) to improve educational results and functional outcomes for all children with disabilities and to ensure that LEAs meet compliance and performance SPP program requirements. In compliance with the SPP-TA grant, Dr. Bacon will assist Mt. Diablo Unified School District, addressing Disproportionality in Special Education. The total of this contract is $10,000. Dr. Mary Bacon will also provide the professional development sessions for district psychologists and mental health program staff at Alliance and Sunrise. The summary of this work is included on the attached contract. The total of this contract is $12,000. Last school year, Dr. Mary Bacon worked collaboratively with the Alliance Leadership team and will continue working with them during the 2012-2013 school year. A description of her services is included in the contract. The total of this contract is $8,000.”

    Instead, tomorrow’s report will probably be just more “fluff” last minute PowerPoint saying “we are studying it but no action taken”. Meanwhile, another school year is lost and not likely to be implemented by August 2013 — oh, that’s in just 7 months !

    http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=5681&mtgId=346&mtgType=No

  • Theresa Harrington

    At the last CAC meeting I attended in October, Felicia Stuckey-Smith made it clear that the Equity Advisory Team would not create the disproportionality plan. Instead, that was being done by administrators who were part of a “leadership team.” She said the plan was supposed to have been completed by Dec. 21.
    When a parent asked if the Equity Advisory Team meeting agendas and minutes were posted online, Stuckey-Smith responded: “No, but thanks for the suggestion.”
    She said anyone wishing to receive the Equity Advisory Team agendas and handouts should contact Chris Wilburn. It did not appear that the “leadership team” meetings were open to the public.

  • Doctor J

    I don’t think that happened.

  • Doctor J

    Link to the CDE’s FAQ’s about the “Corrective Action Plan” for Disproportionality — check out item #7 which will educate you on what the CAP should look like. Happy reading and you too may know as much as MDUSD’s administrators — I hope not more ! http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/qa/documents/faqsdtag.doc

  • Theresa Harrington

    You mean you don’t think the “leadership team” created the plan by Dec. 21?I

    I just realized that I never uploaded my video clips from that meeting, in part because Lorrie Davis expressed concerns about protecting the privacy of children. However, I have now learned how to trim my videos, so I will post the edited clips to my YouTube/tunedtotheresa account.

  • Doctor J

    I hope someone at CAC asks the question: Which of the three required programmatic self-assessment tools was chosen in developing and implementing districts’ SD-CEIS Plan and WHY was it better than the other two ? See FAQ #3. @TH#5 The Leadership Team probably got a short extension as outlined in the FAQ link, which means they are probably scrambling this week like hungry rats since most of the team was gone for a good portion of the Christmas break.

  • Theresa Harrington

    I am just now watching the clip and Stuckey-Smith said the disproportionality report was due to the state by Dec. 21 and was supposed to have been reported out to the board before that time. So, you’re right, that didn’t happen. I’ll upload that clip shortly.

    Again, it’s interesting that the CAC was getting more information about this than the board, which received no public report about this, as far as I can recall.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Here is the first clip with Stuckey-Smith reporting on CAHSEE, disproportionality and school transfers: http://youtu.be/c4z4xO1Do7s

    Here is the second clip, in which Stuckey-Smith talks about NCLB transfers and clarifies the different roles of the “leadership team” and the Equity Advisory Team in relation to the disproportionality corrective action plan: http://youtu.be/Cx9RxAKo4iw

  • Doctor J

    Sorry Theresa, perhaps my junky computer, but can’t seem to hear the discussion well enough to understand. I appreciate you attempts.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Are you using ear buds or a headphone? I think it’s easier to hear with those than trying to hear using your computer speakers.
    Here are my notes from the two clips:

    Clip 1: The state has extended the CAHSEE waiver through the class of 2015. Regarding disproportionality, the district has a leadership team as well as an Equity Advisory Team. The corrective action plan is due by Dec 21. Equity Advisory Team meetings are held once a month in the board room.
    Regarding transfers, last yr we had about 1300 studs, about 600 in and outs. The transfer period is Oct 1-Jan. 15. If your child has an IEP, the IEP team determines the placement, but the spec ed admin determines the school. Last yr there was some concern regarding SDC classes.

    Clip 2: Bancroft was taken off the list of NCLB schools and another middle school was added because there were so many transfers out of Oak Grove and Riverview middle schools. Lorrie Davis noted that FCMAT recommended reducing the number of receiving schools.
    Stuckey-Smith said there is no PI high school. Meadow Homes and Delta View elementary schools are not accepting transfers due to overcrowding. Transfer forms and information are on the student services website.
    In response to a parent’s question about the difference between the disproportionality leadership team and Equity Advisory Team, Stuckey-Smith said the leadership team will look at data and make recommendations. The district is required to have a stakeholder group to look at the plan, data and root causes of disproportionality.

    I guess we’ll find out tomorrow night if the Equity Advisory Team has seen the plan yet.

  • Doctor J

    Who is on the “stake holder group”, i.e parents, ?

  • Theresa Harrington

    It was my impression that parents are part of the Equity Advisory Team, so they are the stakeholders. But, since only those who actually attend the meetings even know what is going on with that committee, many other stakeholders are left in the dark.

  • Doctor J

    Might be valuable to obtain as a PRA from CDE the “request for extension” letter approved by the Supt prior to Dec 21 which must give details: “Districts may request an extension of the timeline for their planning process. This request should be received by the CDE in advance of the December 21, 2012, submission deadline. It must include a target date for submitting the plan as well as a description of planning activities that have been completed.” I wonder what “planning activities” occurred prior to Dec 21 ?

  • Theresa Harrington

    We shouldn’t need to do a CDE PRA to get this information. This should be reported to the CAC and the board.

  • Doctor J

    Until the district committees controlled by the Supt change their policies and PRACTICE to “full disclosure” — I don’t have the confidence you seem to place in district personnel to “full disclosure” to the CAC and public disclosure to the Board.

  • Theresa Harrington

    I didn’t say it “would” be reported, I said it “should” be. It remains to be seen how thorough tonight’s report will be and whether members of the CAC will ask substantive questions. As a reminder, this meeting is open to the public and anyone can attend.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Report was very thorough. I will post videos on Qik and YouTube.
    Also, Trustee Lynne Dennler said in her board report that trustees decided during their Dec. 21 closed session what they would do about the Brown Act “cure and correct” demands. One parent asked why this wasn’t reported out of the closed session. Board President Cheryl Hansen said she did report that there would be a public discussion of this on Monday. She said both “cure and correct” letters would be addressed.
    One parent jokingly asked that nothing stressful be discussed at the next board meeting, saying every time she signs up to attend, something “weird” happens (ie. the cure and correct letter). Hansen, however, was not able to reassure her. Instead, Hansen said the Brown Act violation allegations would be discussed. “And it will be stressful,” she added.

  • Theresa Harrington

    As I look more closely over the disproportionate strategies, I see many things that district administrators have previously claimed were already in place. In fact, I think some of these things were in the presentation that Mildred Browne’s group took on the road to Sacramento as an example of how MDUSD was dealing effectively with this issue.
    These include: Rti, Positive Behavior Support Team services, alternatives to suspensions, “support calls” at secondary schools, and Coordinated CARE Teams.
    But, as the Oak Grove MS whistle-blowers and MDHS teachers who voted no confidence in their principal pointed out, while these things may have existed on paper in the district, they were not being implemented effectively.
    This is especially obvious in the new Coordinated CARE Team strategy, which says: “Develop core components and expectations for every K-12 and alternative school to have a FUNCTIONING Coordinated CARE Team (my emphasis added).” Apparently, some of the Coordinated CARE Teams were not functioning in the past. I have also heard this anecdotally.
    The report also found that there is no “Tier 2″ support for students who have not yet been identified for special ed, but need extra supports. This should come as no surprise, since this is exactly what special ed assistants and teachers predicted would happen when the board eliminated resource teachers and resource assistants, saying the district would only pay for supports for students with IEPs. Now, that decision is coming back to haunt them, because they have to devote $1.2 million of special ed funding to bring back the supports they took away. But what will be cut to provide those supports?
    Also, the district has no counselors, who could provide the type of support the non-functioning coordinated CARE teams and non-existent resource staffs have been unable to provide.

    The plan also calls for substantial professional development for principals and other school staff members. For those who like to compare what’s going on in MDUSD to other districts around the country, here’s a blog post by a principal with some ideas for how to be an effective principal leader: http://smartblogs.com/education/2013/01/08/the-principal-leader-checklist-steven-weber/

    Coincidentally, the conclusion addresses equity, where Steven Weber writes: “In 2013, you will have the opportunity to make a positive impact in your school. In ‘The Flat World and Education: How America’s commitment to equity will determine our future,’ Linda Darling-Hammond wrote, ‘Creating schools that enable all children to learn requires the development of systems that enable all educators and schools to learn.’ What kind of school are you trying to create and who are the leaders helping make your dream a reality? As you set goals for the new year, block off time for assessing, collaborating, implementing, promoting, shifting and tweeting.”

  • Doctor J

    When MDUSD was designated in July 2012 as “Significantly Disproportionate” [one of 18 districts in California's 1000 districts] it was the beginning of the end for the Mildred Browne illusion that MDUSD was successfully employing strategies to combat the disproportionality designation[85districts] it received in 2010. Theresa, how could we forget Mildred’s boondoggle MarriotGATE to Sacramento [4 nights for a 2 day conference] to teach other districts how to get out of “disproportionality” when on the verge of being named “significantly disproportionate”. What does it take to “achieve” ‘disproportionality’ and ‘significantly disproportionate’ ? “A district is identified as Disproportionate when a pattern of disproportionality is seen consecutively over 2-3 years. An identification as Significant Disproportionate is when the imbalance is consecutive over four years.” Mildred’s impersonation of The Amazing Kreskin was impressive — but in the end, it just evaporated. The “penalty” for being named as “significantly disproportionate” ? MDUSD is now responsible for creating a Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS) Plan outlining how the district will address disproportionality and will re-allocate 15% of existing IDEA funds for the 2012-13 school year to support this effort. So why are we still paying Mildred ? I guess she knows where some of the bodies are buried and so now, instead of paying her to create the Kreskin Illusion, she is being paid to be quiet. Except she is laughing all the way to the bank.

  • Theresa Harrington

    When I asked Browne about the AIS contracts, she said Margot Tobias was the one who entered into those contracts and should answer questions about it (even though they were signed by Browne). Tobias said in an email that she has no interest in talking to me about the AIS contracts. So, who can answer the question: Why did the district suddenly decide to start contracting with AIS?

  • Doctor J

    Margot, a former Trustee in Alcanes, knows when to be quiet. :-) She didn’t get the two year post retirement gig as SEIS Project Manager to blab her mouth off.

  • Theresa Harrington

    So, the buck stops where?

  • Wait a Minute

    Obviously Rolen is at the center of the AIS contract since it personally benefits him.

    I’m sure he arranged for the incompetent Mildred Browne to get her lucrative speaking tour leav of abscence in return for her complicity regarding AIS and Rolen

    The buck stops with the Board. I hope they peel back this onion and hold people accountable.

  • MDUSD Board Watcher

    “In my opinion”, Rolen is lining his pockets by steering the AIS contract to him. The board would do itself a service to immediately halt the AIS contract and fire Rolen.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Although Bryan Richards told me a few months ago that he might bring the translation contracts back to the board in December, they did not appear on the December agenda. It remains to be seen whether they will show up this month.

  • Doctor J

    @TH#20&22 The answer to your question will take some detective work and good ol’ gum shoe reporter work — no wine before its time. Start with Diane’s book review time line; add to it, the district time lines and contracts; then you will need to plug in some names which you should be able to obtain by “reading” in detail affidavits and financial disclosures both from the beginning to the end found at 1111 Ward Street, Martinez CA 94553. Also, you might want to compare with Form 700′s on file with MDUSD. Once you have done that, you probably will have some other names you can question. If you do the work, I guarantee you that you will break this secret wide open.

  • vindex

    come on. How about the African-American and Latino students stop doing things to get into trouble?? You are telling me that there are a bunch of racists in the MDUSD that look to find only the Latinos and African-American students doing things that are bad? I’m a huge critic of the MDUSD, but on this on, I’m not buying it. I know MANY MDUSD employees. Not one is a racist. This is crazy stuff from the State.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Vindex: In July 2012, MDUSD was identified by the state as being significantly disproportionate in the over-identification of African Americans as Emotionally Disturbed. Although African-Americans only make up 4 percent of the student population, 20 percent have been identified as Emotionally Disturbed. The district is reviewing the files of all of these students to try to figure out if the designations are warranted and if not, how they were identified in the first place. For the last four years, MDUSD has been over-identifying African American males for special education, according to the state.
    The district has also been identified as disproportionate in its identification of African-American and Latino students for suspensions and expulsions. During the CAC meeting, Felicia Stuckey-Smith and Stephanie Roberts said the district is not consistent in its discipline policies. This is no surprise and was brought up by former Trustee Gary Eberhart during the board’s strategic planning retreat last year as one of his top priorities. In fact, it was also raised by CVHS teachers as one of their reasons for going charter and by MDHS teachers as one of their reasons for voting no confidence in their principal.
    No one is accusing MDUSD employees of being racist. But, Roberts and Stuckey-Smith said the district staff doesn’t reflect the increasingly diverse student body, so staff needs to be trained in being culturally responsive.
    At some schools, a student who uses the “F” word may be suspended for five days. At others (like Oak Grove MS, according to the whistle-blowers), a student who does that may be sent right back into the classroom.
    The district is now trying to develop consistent guidelines and effective alternatives to suspensions so that students don’t lose so much instruction time that they end up disrupting the class when they return because they don’t understand what’s being taught and can’t catch up.
    The Equity Advisory Team will receive the report Jan. 22 and the board will likely review it Jan. 28. It is due to the CDE by Jan. 31.
    Please note that I have added a Jan. 9 update to this blog post with links to video clips from the disproportionality report, chairperson’s report and interim assist. supt’s report.

  • SHarris

    Theresa, Rolen got Padilla the AIS contract when they began seeing each other in the spring of 2010. Rolen wanted to get revenge against the firm the District contracted with for years because they released Padilla from her employment. Gary, Sherry and Lawrence all knew Rolen was involved with Padilla when the board did not renew the former contract and contracted with AIS instead. It was nepotism, but that did not make it illegal at the time. However, if they are married now I agree it would seem to benefit Rolen directly and MDUSD should contract with someone else. If the board is committed to transparency it should address why they are allowing AIS to continue to contract with MDUSD. Have you asked Hansen or Lawrence directly about this issue?

  • Doctor J

    Every Special Ed Parent should read the “legal update” of Fagan, Friedman & Fullfrost. Could any of these cases happen in MDUSD as the district tries to “downsize” the budget expenditures in Special Education ? http://www.fagenfriedman.com/downloads/Legal-Update.pdf

  • Theresa Harrington

    SHarris: If what you say is true, it may not have been illegal, but it certainly raises ethical questions. Hansen told me she was not aware of the relationship between Rolen and Padilla until a few months before Rolen announced his marriage. I haven’t had a chance to speak to Brian Lawrence about this. Hansen voted against contracting with AIS in the future based on Padilla’s higher bids. If Padilla meets the price of the her competitors, it will be interesting to see if the board publicly discusses the apparent conflict.

  • MDUSD Board Watcher

    In the interest of transparency, regardless of price, the board should cease all contracts with AIS immediately and fire Greg Rolen for self dealing.

  • Anon

    So I have a question. This district is known for swinging to the absolute extremes. How are they going to ensure that African-Amserican and Hispanic children are identified correctly? I am affraid that this population will now be left out of being identified for services when they need them just so the district can off-set their numbers.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Anon: That is a very good question, which the board should definitely explore. Also, Vindex has indicated that the district may be inclined to stop suspending or expelling students whose behavior warrants it, just to keep its numbers down.
    It appears that the district is trying to come up with more consistent guidelines for identification for special education — as well as suspensions and expulsions — to eliminate the subjectivity that now exists. But, certainly, any student who needs services should not be denied those services. The district will just need to do a better job of justifying why those services are needed.
    Also, as I previously pointed out, if the district brings back some of the resource teachers and aides that it eliminated during budget cuts, it may be possible to assist students who need additional supports without identifying them as special education students.
    The board’s decision to eliminate counselors more than a decade ago also is likely not helping, as evidenced by this Education Week piece about how counselors contribute to school success: http://www.edweek.org/ew/events/chats/2013/01/10/index.html

  • Anon

    Special Ed bus rear ended a big bus just outside of Diablo View on Marsh Creek.

  • Doctor J

    CHP is reporting the accident at 3:06 pm. Students on board both buses; no injuries. CHP unit enroute at 3:24

  • Doctor J

    CHP now reports Clayton PD at 3:25 called for “1141″ Ambulance for “minor injuries”. Clayton PD reports 40 children on board. CHP has now dispatched 3 cars.

  • Anon

    What is going on with our busses? Many accidents in the past few months. So glad the district spread the busses so thin. They really know how to manage. Where is our over paid head of transportation with all of this? Greg Rollan, you need to tuck tail and leave!

  • Doctor J

    @Anon#38 Read the FCMAT report on lack of maintenance. I quoted it earlier on another thread.

  • Doctor J

    What’s with no CCT coverage of MDUSD double bus accident resulting in injuries to children ? By the picture on Claycord, there were at least 3 ambulances, 5 CHP, 4 Fire Engines/Trucks and Clayton PD on scene. Was it because it was Friday afternoon ?

  • Hell Freezing Over
  • Theresa Harrington

    HFO: Thanks for posting the link.
    Dr. J: It’s possible it didn’t make it into the print edition because it was a Friday afternoon. I did hear our cops beat reporter making calls on it.

  • Theresa Harrington
  • Theresa Harrington

    In response to the tweet from a Hidden Valley Elem parent, Trustee Brian Lawrence tweeted this: “Good point re: locking classroom doors. It is one of the things we will be addressing at Monday night’s #MDUSD meeting.”

    Lawrence is showing that social media can be used responsibly by trustees as an effective way to communicate with district residents.

    Also, I spoke to WCCUSD Board President Madeline Kronenberg yesterday and she was mentioning the important work that district’s Safety Committee is doing. I said MDUSD doesn’t even have a safety committee. Kronenberg proudly said WCCUSD has more committees than most districts and that she really enjoys attending committee meetings because that is how that district involves the community in its decision-making. She said WCCUSD posts all of its committee meetings and agendas online and that trustees who are liaisons to the committees regularly report back to the board about the committee work. I told her that MDUSD, on the other hand, doesn’t let the community at large know about many of its committee meetings or report about them to the board. The superintendent’s report on the Graduation Committee will be a nice change. The next step, if the board is willing to insist on it, is to post agendas and minutes for ALL committees, including the Equity Advisory Team, Technology Committee and Bay Point Master Plan Committee.

    Although former Trustee Gary Eberhart requested that committee meeting agendas and minutes be posted on the district’s website, it appears that his requests were ignored by district staff. I wonder if that ever came up during the superintendent’s performance evaluation.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Here is a story about a coalition advising against more armed officers in schools: http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_22359376/coalition-civil-rights-advocates-recommends-against-more-armed

    In contrast to what this group says, MDUSD Board President Cheryl Hansen, Trustee Barbara Oaks and WCCUSD Board President Madeline Kronenberg all told me that they view School Resource Officers as a positive presence on campus. However, they all agreed that more counselors would also be beneficial. WCCUSD also uses a conflict resolution program called “restorative justice.” As MDUSD seeks for ways to cut down on disproportionality in suspensions and expulsions, it might want to consider restorative justice as well. Kronenberg said the program has dramatically reduced suspensions and expulsions in that district.

  • Doctor J

    @HFO&TH Thanks. My search didn’t produce it. I guess six children hurt isn’t large enough for the Supt to make an appearance or statement.

  • Doctor J

    @#44 Remember that Steven Lawrence said locking classrooms was a “best practice” but not something he was going to mandate. I don’t know why he wouldn’t if it is a best practice. Its the quickest, safest and cheapest immediate safety practice available.

  • Dan

    I recently emailed board member Mayo regarding her inexplicable public comment admonishing board members for using blogs to communicate with the public. Here VERBATIM is her response:

    “Learned and legal presenters on The Brown Act strongly caution members of publicly elected boards around the use of electronic communication and blogs on topics of the agency’s business. A board’s work must be accomplished at a publicly noticed meeting. Forwarded messages and postings from various board members may create a serial meeting or reveal confidential information from a closed session meeting when collectively reviewed.”

    I guess she doesn’t consider the many actual Brown Act violations she was party to with the previous board to be a problem, but she does worry about a theoretical future violation when members use blogs.

    Is she a little bit off here or what?

  • Doctor J

    Based on statements being made on Claycord, if there is a shred of truth to the purported actions of the bus driver, sounds like they might be looking at reckless driving or even child endangerment by intentionally slamming on the brakes in the middle of the road in order to get the attention of misbehaving students. Worse yet, since apparently MDUSD had prior complaints about the driver, and apparently did nothing, some agressive lawyer might be looking at punitive damages against the district. I know these statements have not been corroborated, but its not looking like a simple rear ender case. Another conflict of interest with Greg Rolen as Director of Transportation and General Counsel seems to be brewing. The Board is probably going to have to hire another independent investigation to get to the bottom of this. Boy, this is getting old real quick.