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Dave Danger December 5, 2013 at 07:00 am
Pat Kittle: The fact that virtually all media is owned by Jewish people is common knowledge, I don'tRead More see how pointing that out could be viewed as being anti-semitic. A huge percentage of our lawmakers and political leaders are also Jewish, again pointing that out shouldn't be viewed as anti-semitic. However, If somebody were to make a big stink about how so many of our Jewish lawmakers, political leaders, and members of congress are Israeli citizens....I wouldn't be entirely surprised to hear/read about that person being demonized as "racist".
John Cohen December 6, 2013 at 08:24 pm
Pat Kittle: I'm pulling the Jew card on you. I'm reporting you to the Anti Defamation LeagueRead More — http://www.adl.org/combating-hate/ — for your online hate speech. If you get really out of hand I'll report you to the FBI. Now the Brothers will be watching you.
Pat Kittle December 7, 2013 at 05:02 am
"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." --Read More Voltaire
State Assemblyman Mark Stone spoke strongly against the University.
Uncle Frenchfrie November 21, 2013 at 07:44 am
I'm sorry, no human being is worth half a million (+) a year to run a school. Someone, please, giveRead More me a break.
John Cohen November 21, 2013 at 09:50 am
UCSC students and TAs should study the protest strategies of Quebec's students strikers. The QuebecRead More strike was so effective that it brought down a provincial government and made the students into a political force to be reckoned with. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/sep/07/quebec-students-lesson-protest-politics
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Casey Carlson November 10, 2013 at 08:47 am
In the world of Common Core, reading classic literature is no longer considered essential, in fact,Read More it is shoved off to the side. The literacy gap will grow as private school students continue to read, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Crucible, Catcher in the Rye, and public school students will read documents, and even instruction manuals, as their "core' curriculum.
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Gillian Greensite November 6, 2013 at 09:10 am
It's good that the issue is being addressed and studied but the advice is vague and not veryRead More helpful. Suggestions such as "teach your child to expect and practice respect" don't easily translate into specific behaviors nor challenge the underlying assumptions that allow sexual abuse to flourish. What is needed is sex education that deals openly with issues of consent ( what is consent; how do you know you have consent for sex; how do you know you don't have consent; consent and alcohol; how to ensure any sexual activity is mutual; what does the law say about sex and consent; the common assumptions about sex and consent that cause problems etc. Parents need these conversations with their sons and daughters and schools need to expand their sex ed classes to cover these issues. Most education is stuck at giving girls advice on how to avoid sexual abuse. At least the study authors tried to cover both sides but in a rather confused way if their 5 tips are a sample of their conclusions. And the gendered nature of sexual abuse is once again hidden.
L.J. CoffeeHead November 6, 2013 at 11:50 am
I agree 1001% with Ms. Greensite. Education is everything in this topic.
Beth M November 5, 2013 at 08:57 am
From some parents in the various leagues and teams around town I know there are some parents whoRead More want their child to be given the most attention, have a LOT to say about how everything is being managed yet no time to help or volunteer. People need to step back and let coaches coach. I don't see anything offensive in this letter.
Andi Sanchez November 5, 2013 at 09:08 am
The parents all knew who the letter was directed to. George was trying to halt the toxic atmosphereRead More being created by 2 parents. He might have found a way to say it better, but it's clear his intention was to create a more healthy atmosphere for the team.
Laurie McElhinny Zeszut November 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm
Thank you to George and Abby and all the great people who spoke out and supported my family.I hopeRead More the new coach and our Santa Cruz High baseball team have a great season.
Andi Sanchez November 5, 2013 at 08:30 am
First paragraph is telling - "A San Diego school administrator hired by the Santa Cruz CityRead More School District found that Superintendent Gary Bloom didn't violate policies when he launched the firing of popular baseball coach George Arnott in August, after receiving a complaint from a friend whose son played on the team." Launching the firing to support his friend was the violation. Is Brad Kava the only reporter not afraid?
School Board President Deborah Tracy-Proulx
Hank Mayhem October 12, 2013 at 09:03 am
Mr. Kline, Is there any difference between the taxes levied in the eastern states mentioned andRead More those levied here? You ask for excellent facilities and good pay for teachers. Something that makes sense to everyone. Yet with Proposition 13 in place you may find that the size of the pie is smaller. The slices for teacher pay and facility upkeep will likewise. I'd imagine that you would find working on a school board operating under these rarified conditions to be a challenging endeavor. Go for it! Hank
tranquilbuddha October 12, 2013 at 01:16 pm
Peter, please let me know if you run. I'll vote for you!
Jim Donald October 12, 2013 at 03:10 pm
Is the implication here that teachers will not teach well if they aren't paid more? I'm not sure IRead More follow that part. Yes, appropriate facilities. Yes, smaller classes. And yes, I'd like to see teachers paid more. But I don't understand why teachers would need to be paid more to teach better. Are they holding out their best teacher for more dollars?
Coach Bill Dodge tells the Santa Cruz School Board to take action, not more words.
Andi Sanchez October 10, 2013 at 11:49 am
Wow! It's long past time for the the school district superintendent and board of trustees going toRead More give up on their petty game.
Unhappy teachers packed the too-small county district office for the school board meeting.
Casey Carlson October 10, 2013 at 07:29 pm
This is much more accurate coverage of last night's meeting than that provided by the Sentinel. ManyRead More teachers arranged to go to the board meeting across town, they speak with such sincerity, and from the heart and it is met with a wall...from SCCS
The numbers show Santa Cruz teachers are best paid in the area.
Casey Carlson October 8, 2013 at 04:59 pm
Why did Patch post this inaccurate chart ? (Which includes our longevity bonus twice to make it lookRead More like we are paid more) without contacting our teacher's union for a response? This is one sided; Patch usually does more balanced reporting
Elizabeth Jordan October 8, 2013 at 06:45 pm
I agree with the above comment. This chart is patently misleading and desgined to illustrate theRead More district's claim that they are proud to be the"highest paying district" in the county. What a bunch of garbage! The few facts I checked on surrounding district websites indicated inaccuracies and false comparisons. There is no data citing who researched and compiled this chart that is rife with errors. The most egregious mistake is that it makes SCCS teachers look like they earn 10 grand or more than all other teachers in the county. The implied message, of course, is "Why are they complaining about their salaries when they've got it so much better than everyone else?" Shame on the district for distributing this inaccurate" information" ( that borders on propaganda ) and shame on the Patch for distributing it! You really should contact the union to achieve balance in this story. I wouldn't be surprised if the union files a formal complaint against district administration (and maybe you). Very underhanded (or at least unforgivably irresponsible).