Another SCATHING INDEPENDENT REPORT ON VALLEJO SCHOOLS (VHS)


The following independent report by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which serves as an accreditation body for educational institutions was issued this year. The report emphasizes problems at Vallejo High School with bullying and threats (observed by the visiting team), lack of communication, questions about implementation of programs and several other issues. Interestingly, this little gem seems to have been kept in dark corner until it was recently  leaked to VIB. Very interesting. Link below:

 

 

 Link to VHS 2014 WASC report

 

 


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  1. October 11, 2014 @ 7:32 am Get it Strait

    In the words of Forest Gump: “I may not be a smart person but I do know one thing….” Until the white middle class starts putting their kids in the VUSD it will remain the same, a school district in which 70 percent of the school population is considered at poverty level/free lunch and has all the exact problems that poor minority people face, low performance, crime etc. The VUSD needs to figure out a way to entice the middle classes back into the school district. Educated parents in Vallejo all have their kids in the Charter Schools or in private schools. Vallejo High School is just Juvenile Hall – West.

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    • Monica

      October 14, 2014 @ 7:15 pm Monica

      You are absolutely correct! Schools are only as good as the people who support them!

      The principal whose lack of leadership inspired both Grand Jury Report and this WASC accreditation report (embarrassingly poorly written…) has left the building. In fact, many underperforming administrators have left during Dr. Bishop’s tenure. Site based programs can only be successful if site administrators implement them with fidelity to the plan.

      Vote in a new board of trustees. Eliminate anyone even peripherally associated with the bankruptcy and the corruption (never prosecuted) that caused it. Some of those members are still sitting and one is running again. Replace those current members who don’t ask questions of staff, who don’t report to their constituents regularly (anyone?), and who feel that the district is a personal fiefdom, wreaking revenge at will, impeding unity, and destroying morale among employees.

      Elect trustees who are knowledgeable and who are committed to public education. Here is a link to a Grand Jury Report from 2004-2005 lest we forget: http://www.solano.courts.ca.gov/materials/VCUSD.pdf

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      • October 14, 2014 @ 9:21 pm worthlessbishop

        The administrator who left VHS was hired by Bishop and replaced another principal who was well-like & well-respected by staff and students. How many poor decisions does Bishop have to make in order for you to acknowledge she’s sinking the ship!

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        • Monica

          October 15, 2014 @ 9:19 pm Monica

          What legal, affordable, and research-based (required by federal law) alternatives do you propose that Dr. Bishop and her staff have not already proposed? If the former principal was hired by Dr. Bishop from outside the district, I will stand corrected. I thought he was already an employee and had been promised the principalship. Again, I apologize for possibly spreading incorrect information.

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          • October 16, 2014 @ 7:52 pm worthlessbishop

            Clarence Isidore was hired by Ramona to replace Lloyd Cartwright. It should be noted that Mr. Isidore’s wife is a long time teacher in the district, but more importantly, belongs to the same sorority as Ramona.

            Start checking the sorority connections.

  2. SilasBarnabe

    October 11, 2014 @ 7:53 am SilasBarnabe

    So is this what Bishop refers to as a full service organization? If by some miracle Measure E does pass with all the behavior issues and a staff that does not enforce behavior we would essentially be flushing $230 million down the toilet.

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    • October 11, 2014 @ 9:46 am Carol

      No it would not be flushing it down the toilet! ALL KIDS DESERVE A GOOD EDUCATION AND THE TEACHERS HERE ARE BUSTING OUR BUTTS TO LOVE AND TEACH THESE KIDS EVERY DAY! But we need the community help including parents,! We are not the enemy the enemy is the society that created separate and unequal not by color but by economics , the have and the have nots.

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      • October 12, 2014 @ 6:55 am Anon

        Yes it will be flushing down the crapper! Carol, the district stinks of corruption. The money won’t go to the kids. Did Measure A help which we are still paying a lot for? A big fat NO would be the correct answer.

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        • Monica

          October 14, 2014 @ 7:21 pm Monica

          The cost of everything has increased significantly since Measure A was passed. Deferred maintenance throughout the state prevented repairs; now things need to be replaced.

          Tell me, do you like going to work every day to broken equipment, filthy and non operable basic necessities, surrounded by miserable people who have lost hope? Research shows that productivity increases when the work atmosphere is pleasant. Let’s do the same for our students and our instructional staff. Vote yes on E, then get yourself on the oversight committee!

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          • Firebug

            October 15, 2014 @ 8:22 am Firebug

            @Monica,
            Twice a year I pay hundreds of dollars for your broken equipment, and we want the public to do this all over again? The state may have eliminated deferred maintenance maintenance but the district still should have made the maintenance of their facilities a priority.

            We are only halfway though the useful life of the last bond and you are telling us that everything is broken and filthy….we had an oversight committee last time what pray-tell could prevent a second bonds upgrades from going to ruin? Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me! I am voting no on Measure E.

      • October 12, 2014 @ 8:41 am Bong Hit

        Vote NO on E

        Carol, in the real world where people have to make an organization function within its means, admin overhead would be slashed first. Once the district does this, money would be freed up to pay teachers more. The people who run the schools will have to demonstrate some rudimentary level of business competence before anyone with a fully functioning brain will consider more funding.

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        • Monica

          October 14, 2014 @ 7:24 pm Monica

          Hey, BongHit: run a public school for a year or two, then reconsider your comment. I’ve been in public ed and in the private sector, and there are very few common challenges. Apples and oranges, dear sir.

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    • October 11, 2014 @ 6:54 pm Snow

      Um, excuse me, that would be an ADMIN that does not enforce behavior. Staff – as in teachers, paras, lunch duties – are doing our best.

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  3. October 11, 2014 @ 9:31 am Bong Hit

    This is a civil rights violation of massive scale. This deteriorating condition in student behavior has been proceeding on a downward slope for decades. With the continuing attitude of political correctness and shielding of criminal behavior by progressive administrators, the majority of students who desperately want a good education are being denied their civil right to a decent education. When are you democrats going to open your eyes, get off your ass and correct this FAILED philosophy of pandering to evil? You now preside over a sewer where a decent educational institution once existed. If you’re comfortable denying children a shot at a productive and happy life in the 21st century then by all means continue. Jerks.

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  4. October 11, 2014 @ 9:31 am worthlessbishop

    This will be another report that’s ignored by the powers that be. We all saw how serious the grand jury report was taken. I keep hearing about how all these changes that are being made are about “the babies.” Well it seems to me they have spoken pretty clearly in this report and are still being ignored.

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    • October 11, 2014 @ 9:51 am Anon

      “I keep hearing about how all these changes that are being made are about “the babies.” ” The babies? What babies??

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      • October 11, 2014 @ 6:59 pm Snow

        The babies are the students, of course, who can’t control themselves and so are allowed to bully, steal and assault other students without consequence because Bishop wants to manipulate the numbers (it’s amazing how much suspension rates will drop when you just stop suspending students). The babies are apparently not the majority of kids who come to school each day wanting to learn and expecting to, at the very least, be safe for the next 6.5 hours, and obviously not the teachers whose bags Bishop has offered to pack, who when students act out are asked, “What are you doing wrong?” and “Have you tried being more positive?”

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  5. October 11, 2014 @ 9:37 am Mench

    Topical report that justifies the removal of the last principal even tho he was “beloved by the students and community”. Teachers not teaching unless observed is an obvious flaw, what would the unions think if the district installed cameras in each classroom? Would teachers perform then? Would bullying stop? Seems to me that the change in leadership at VHS proves that the district is taking action to address this report. Sorry but no smoking gun here VIB, just a rehashing of oft stated issues in this political theater called Vallejo.
    Next up: Funding for the Next Gen Privatization of Public Schools (from the committee of Just Say No on E )

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    • October 12, 2014 @ 7:02 am Anon

      Next up the committee of “Just Say Yes to E, and penalize property owners for the corruption of VCUSD! ” The new principal at VHS allowed a felon to be on campus! and does nothing about bullying. Watch the video of the latest school board meeting, Of course, it is a mother of a child who was brutally attacked by this felon, and the new principal who adheres to Bishop’s pro bullying policies, has ignored this mothers’s concern.

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  6. October 12, 2014 @ 8:58 am Melissa Bowman

    Some good points brought up here. Let me bring up another. It is more likely that the restorative practices tools are being use ineptly…kind of like using a hammer when what’s needed is a jeweler’s screwdriver. I have actually participated in restorative practices, specifically, restorative circles, that were powerfully effective and affective. For these to work administrators, certificated and classified staff need to be properly trained. Without the training, it just becomes the B.S. that has been described. I encourage you to visit http://www.restorativecircles.org for more information.

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  7. October 12, 2014 @ 11:02 am worthlessbishop

    While the former principal shares some blame for this report, it should be noted that Ramona hired him. It should be further noted that both Ramona and Alana ran that school during his tenure as they were present at almost every VHS staff meeting. He was just following the orders of his bosses and everyone saw what happened to him.

    Under Ramona’s watch at VHS: two scathing WASC reports (this isn’t the first one) and testing inproprieties, which were blamed on a teacher – an easy scapegoat and three grand jury reports.

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  8. October 12, 2014 @ 1:56 pm Craig

    As a retired high school teacher, I have seen WASC come through many schools. Never have I seen such ineptitude as that shown in this report. Accredidation should be cancelled. The principal and the superintendent FIRED. The school board thrown out.

    About the only thing worse that could be said would be “Columbine Shooting kills massive number of students and teachers” at Vallejo High.

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    • October 12, 2014 @ 10:07 pm Salty Dog

      I agree. I have been the recipient of many school accreditation reports, delivered in public and usually with great pride by the school staffs. Accreditation is a learning moment and cost effective professional development tool for those involved. Rarely negative, accreditation is a tool to gauge the District’s goals and methodology reinforcing the strategic plan, the mission and vision that guides the staff and community.

      Accreditation reports, even those that may be critical or highlight deficiencies should never, ever be hidden away. They should be a regular part of public board meetings. What the hell is going on here?

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  9. Vallejo Voter

    October 13, 2014 @ 10:23 pm Vallejo Voter

    The constant theme: the “surprise” when told how bad things are at VHS. BULLYING observed, reported to Administrator, and downplayed by him/her. Swearing by students at the teachers and nothing done. I’ve been reading and hearing these reports for over 8 years, yet bring it up to the School Board and they are “shocked!” ENOUGH!!

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  10. October 14, 2014 @ 7:49 am Bong Hit

    Thanks for the link Marianne, if successful this would have major consequences:

    Cruz v. State of California is a class action lawsuit filed against the state of California for knowingly reducing actual learning time and slowly robbing students of an equal education.

    ACLU SoCal and Public Counsel filed the lawsuit in collaboration with a coalition of civil rights attorneys and private law firms.

    The plaintiffs are students at seven elementary, middle, and high schools in the Bay Area and Southern California. With no requirement or tracking of actual learning time, many students in underperforming schools receive less education than students in higher performing schools.

    The factors that conspire to rob time from students include faux classes euphemistically labeled service periods or inside work experience where students sacrifice classroom time to make copies, run errands, or socialize; the consequences of violence on campus that go untreated due to a lack of mental health services and trauma-sensitive strategies; delayed master course schedules that lead to a high level of transfers and improper class placement for weeks or months after the start of the school year; disproportionately high teacher turnover and rotating substitutes that create a cycle of lost learning time; and empty desks from student absences that are fueled by students’ feeling that the state has given up on them and their schools.

    Continual reforms to California’s education system have not fixed an underlying cause of education inequity: equal time for learning. The state is aware of the issues regarding reduced learning time and hasn’t done anything to fix them. It needs to implement policies that ensure all students receive an equal opportunity to learn.

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  11. October 14, 2014 @ 11:26 am CARING, OLD FASHIONED

    We have given too much liberty and freedom for the students who get away with bullying and causing chaos on school campus. What happened to “bonus, penalty” system — reward good behavior, punish/correct bad behavior including expulsion after 2 or 3 offenses ?

    Then is the parents question — while most appear to care and sacrifice, others are indifferent and lean too much on schools to “fix” their kids — it starts from HOME, hello !??

    The new board has a challenge, above and beyond what was covered in the civil debates. Voting out the old folks (3rd terms and beyond) is what we need for fresh perspective, fresh motivation and action. Thank you.

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  12. October 16, 2014 @ 9:26 pm Bong Hit

    @worthlessbishop

    Yes, VCUSD is a cesspool of nepotism. Mel Jordan et al are UC Davis alumni. Sad. What are free people under the yoke of taxation without representation to do? What can we learn from history?

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    • October 16, 2014 @ 11:26 pm Salty Dog

      Well, Bong…..

      Historically, PE was established as an educational service to ensure future voters in a modern democratic state would make educated choices. It was designed for Caucasians, African -Americans, other hyphenated Americans, disabled children, the poor and the rich, and more recently the transexual, the homosexual, the unsure sexual and the bully. Did I say bully? Even the bully eventually grows a pair (not to say there are no female bullies) and votes. Universal education – noble but challenging to say the least.

      When looking at potential trustee representation, don’t look for resumes ,or political aspirations, or an ability to count beans. Look for people with backbone and an understanding of the deep philosophical raison d’etre for PE and an articulated desire to do their best for all children. All children.

      Into this mix creeps the concept of “equity”, a strategy that is frequently hung out to address inequities- often in race issues in education. I can only think of only one example of a valid equity policy- the issue of equal pay for equal work. Women are missing a few things that men have, so no surprise women get less pay. But then again, women have a few additions that many men find ,well, attractive and with value. So, a pay equity policy recognizes that men and women doing the same job ignores sexual deficits.

      Unfortunately “equity” is inappropriately invoked in public education to right perceived racial wrongs or to “level the racial playing field” by reducing or changing standards to produce an acceptable exit rate. Where I come from, we call that discrimination and a diservice to those children who do not benefit from such a policy. At that point, Public Education has lost its original intent. Equity is not equality, the first premise of Public Education.

      Ask you candidates about equity policy and see where it leads,

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      • October 17, 2014 @ 1:30 am wharf rat

        Confusing diatribe Salt … As a proud father of two Daughters who both flourished after they were rescued/removed from the VCUSD .. there was a time that our youngest one needed Counselling because She was situated next to the worst classroom disruptor , hoping that She would be a good in fluence on him … She ended up getting the dirrect BLAST from
        the eighteen year , absent TEACHER who went back into the so called profession after her kids were of age … The box of rocks PRINCIPAL was in outer space .. Our Beautiful Daughter required therapy as She had developed a nervous tick it took Her entire family, Parents , grand parents and her therapist and a really pissed off Dad , who had to corner the Principal and threaten him with impending doom and a Cabal of PHD’S from the School of Education from Cal Berkeley who once lauded Our DISTRICT …. After all this heat was brought foreward , the Cretain finaly transfered Our Daughter to another class with a great Teacher who soon left the District , as did so many of our master TEACHERS … Once our Family divided Our Daughters entered the Napa County School District where they thrived in all respects and continue to do so … They have rich memories of the good old days at Federal Terrace School , being taught by all the master TEACHERS and a Principal who could work the playground and knew every kids first and last name , and was loved by all the teachers and Parents alike … This was not just a School , it was a community , one that our kids wanted to go to so much that they would wake up early , bolt their breakfast , then bounce off the walls , pestering their parents to take them to School early , even when their was no one on duty ….. Wow We were there for so many years , a few bad decisions screwed up the whole thing ………….

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        • October 17, 2014 @ 10:25 am Salty Dog

          Thanks for sharing your anecdote, WR.

          You can find incompetent professionals in any enterprise, so your negative experience should not overshadow the vast majority who are dedicated and talented.

          I suspect we both agree that the origins of some of this negative experience is in the structure of the bureaucracy and policy failure. Your daughters’ bad experience may have resulted from “equity” thinking wherein the girls’ well-being was sacrificed or ignored for the potential to help the under achiever.
          That isn’t a failure of P E, rather an instance of misguided administration and improper classroom management strategy.

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          • October 17, 2014 @ 1:47 pm wharf rat

            Yes Salt it amazes me that a handful of bad actors can bring down a venerable institution , this is evidence of the inherent weakness with our School board structure , had there been some checks and balances in place that kicked in early on , before the main damage was done , we could be in a much different situation today . A strong PTA was once an effective safety valve otherwise it is up to the families and general public , most who work and can not make the five o clock board meetings , seems in this digital age there could be some effective options . Some sunshine and a Student council would be a fantastic addition and I agree on the seven member board ..

  13. October 18, 2014 @ 8:14 am bob Woolery

    It seems that most VHS students cannot read fluently at ANY level. This suggests that a substantial deficiency exists at the K-5 level. Is it now unreasonable to expect that someone passing into the 6th grade to be able to read 3rd grade level text well enough to keep the attention of a 3rd grader?

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  14. October 19, 2014 @ 5:02 pm Stilltime4vallejo

    Hey guys – Looks as tho we need a shake-up. Spread the word – no on Measure E – the $239 million bond measure -, and no on both incumbents – Wilson & Ubalde. It seems that simple. We need to begin taking back our schools, and by extension, take back Vallejo. Please do all that you can to spread the word on social media and beyond. Thanks in advance.

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    • October 19, 2014 @ 7:17 pm wharf rat

      Seems like we have a’ Catch twenty Two’ , a once trend setting and evolved District that has morphed into a Dysfunctional, Fraternal
      driven , Cronies , Controlled- Abortion of Public Education …. The People of Vallejo want universally what we once had … One of the
      best Education Systems in Northern California … Do not even try to bs Me , the School of Education at Cal Berkeley once lauded and supported , the Vallejo Model , subsequent School boards made some very bad choices , and so many Families paid the price … But We are all to blame , without Citizen over site People like Riley will continue to control , and our Children will continue to be pawns in a ill defined , and corrupt Crap game , where the winners are the biggest losers , while our Children exist well bellow them
      Vallejo will only take so much Crap , the pot is boiling over — food for thought …….

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