As a teacher and coach, I know from experience that the best answers for our schools don't come from Washington, D.C., Sacramento, or Wall Street.
That’s why I’m working to give parents, teachers and communities more power to decide what's best for the children they serve. We are in the midst of carrying out Governor Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula to empower parents, teachers, and local school leaders to make their own decisions about how education dollars are spent.
How about you? What priorities do you have for improving the schools in your community?
My #2 priority would be access to technology for all students. We need to continue to fund innovation in the classroom with technology.
My #3 priority would be teacher-centered, meaningful, hands-on professional development to support CCSS and technology integration.
what happened in New York State. We do not need the Common Core.
Instead, less high stakes testing, more help for low performing schools,
respect for teachers: do not tie test scores with hiring practices and more
books, not more electronics.
I believe the school need to hire more security for the safety of all students!
Now the problem is, the machining program, welding program and auto program are now all part time, with part time instructors. The drafting program, which was considered to be one of the best in the state, was shut down a few years ago. The wood program closed last year and word is that it will now be eliminated all together.
At Ukiah High School, all of the SHOP facilities were renovated to the highest standards just 9 years ago. Today, each SHOP is a marvel to see, and ready to train future engineers and trades people for the world.
SOME CAUSES FOR SHOP DECLINE
A-G is making it almost impossible for students to take SHOP. The UC and CSU no longer have courses to train degreed, credentialed and qualified SHOP teachers. STEM and common core are designed to kill SHOP programs and turn them into college prep courses.
At Ukiah high school, there is a good chance that SHOP very soon will no longer be part of the overall courses of study offered on this campus.
A FAVORED SOLUTION:
The California Department of Education must require all students to take a two semester SHOP class as part of a high school graduation requirement. These SHOP classes should be designed to prepare a student for a college engineering major, industrial career, or help students to decide to leave SHOP and go into an academic area of interest.
Engineering departments at schools like UC Irvine, Cal Poly, and Chico State University are teaching basic 7-12 grade SHOP skills to freshman Engineering students who have no tool knowledge…….this should be done at the high school level!
Our school (which encompasses 420 sq miles) had the highest attendance for an LCFF community meeting. As a participant in that meeting, I know that the main concerns of the community stemmed around vocational programs and foreign language, yet when our master schedule for next year was being set in place, not one new program or elective was added except a Bible as Literature class, because it did not involve hiring a new teacher. When I asked about adding a foreign language, I was told that we did not have a teacher on campus to teach anything except Spanish. Well, if the funding is supposed to support our needs and address the concerns of the community, why can’t we hire a teacher? Why can’t we bring back those electives and vocational programs that have been yanked from us: Choir (our kids deserve to sing!), photography, restaurant management, metal shop, wood shop, CAD, etc…
I don’t expect a personal response from you, as I am sure you will receive similar concerns. Bring meaningful elective back to our schools. Bring vocational programs back to our schools, not every student is academic and college bound. For our future, we need well-rounded, productive members of society, no matter which path they choose.