Local schools line up for federal dollars Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Jan 13, 2010 at 7:13 pm
Last week school districts around the state decided whether they would move forward in applying for a piece of $4.35 billion in federal stimulus money, part of a program called "Race to the Top." Many rejected the idea, but both Mountain View school districts opted to stay in the running.
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Posted by Robert, a resident of the Castro City neighborhood, on Jan 14, 2010 at 5:35 pm
"I think it would be very difficult for people in our community to hear that we turned down potential money and (then) we made any cuts from the budget," said trustee Ellen Wheeler.
Boy, she's one to talk. She just gave Ghsyels a $5,000 raise and approved him taking Fridays off so he can fly down to LA to teach at Pepperdine University. All written in to his contract. I just don't understand how a board member like this can talk about money matters and cutting spending when she approves something like that--we basically are paying him to work another job.
Posted by Ellen Wheeler, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Jan 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm
I appreciate all the thoughtful comments to this story, but feel the need to comment on one. "Robert of Castro City neighborhood," your comment is incorrect. If you'd like to meet to talk about this I am happy to do so. Please call the school district office (526-3552), leave your name and phone number, and say you want to make an appointment to talk with me about this. Thank you.
Posted by Ed, a resident of the Waverly Park neighborhood, on Jan 18, 2010 at 7:22 pm
How about addressing what exactly is incorrect about Ghysels getting a raise or his teaching at Pepperdine while hired to do a job here in Mountain View? (No need to make an appointment Robert, you'll just get the lawyered up rationale.)
I for one, Ellen, would love to know when exactly Ghysels is leaving? I'd be willing to bet he's with us for three more years depsite the grand plan that was rolled out by Ghysels and the board for a transition of power to take place--and despite the teachers' union being in strong disagreement with it.
Posted by Dennis, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood, on Feb 11, 2010 at 11:48 am
It is a sad state of affairs for teachers in that not only are they underpaid and underappreciated. Often they have to take up the slack of lack of discipline and proper care and upbring that parents are failing at. Funding relating to student performance puts a terrible burdon and responsibility on teachers that are already trying their best to educate their students. It is so sad to me to see parents blaming the system or teachers because their child is underachieving. And to you ethnic minority parents that think that every comment about them or their race is racist, well wake up because facts are facts and it is too late to play the blame game. When it comes to test scores and academic achievement it is fact that Asians score the highest, with white, hispanic and blacks going downward in that order. The Asian and white students do better because they study harder, tend to have greater respect for education and teachers, and stay in school instead of dropping out like in the hispanic and black communities. If you want to see the stats, which are really quite alarming, just google any of the many education sites and you will see the reality of what really exists; the school violence in Vallejo, high school age gang violence in virtually all communities consisting of members that are black or hispanic. You don't study or even care about studying if you're out hanging with your bros and smoking crack. As Bill Cosby said it is time for the black and hispanic communities to step up and assume responsibility that their children to stay in school, stay away from gangs, don't get pregnant, respect teachers and the education system, and become responsible members of their community. Yet what response do we get from the black and hispanic communties?, well the same old blame game; blame teachers, the schools, whitey, anyone but themselves. In reality it is the ethnic minorities that are now the true racists. If Martin Luther King could come back today he would be proud of the white achievements in the area of racism, without which Barack Obama never would have achieved presidency. How come Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton aren't in Vallejo or Oakland where black on black murder and crime is out of control, and the importance that black kids put on education is disgustenly low. Wake up black and hispanic leaders and communities, you are your own worst enemy. Stop the gang activity, stay in school, be responsible for your own actions, place getting educated top on your priorities and Californias test scores will improve along with the funding. Smarten up and smarten up now!