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SAUSD students lost more ground in English and math proficiency this year

California students did slightly better in English and math on this year’s California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress state test than they did last year, according to the O.C. Register.

The news is much worse here in Santa Ana. Currently 61.83 % of SAUSD students are not proficient in math at their grade level, according to the CA Dept. of Education. Last year 60.36 % of SAUSD students were not proficient in math at their grade level, according to the CA Dept. of EducationContinue reading

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Why are SAUSD school bathrooms and kitchens such cochineros?

All of my four kids attended Santa Ana schools, from kindergarten, including three high school grads. Each of them was thoroughly disgusted by the condition of the bathrooms at Santa Ana schools.

Common complaints about SAUSD school bathrooms include: Continue reading

Charter schools are public schools!

Only 41 percent of voters even know that charter schools are in fact public schools. In fact the other day I heard a radio ad that was paid for by the California Teacher’s union where they called charter schools “corporate schools.” They can call them whatever they want but charter schools are indeed public schools.

Traditional public schools are tied to school districts and set their curriculums based on state education standards, according to Niche.com. Continue reading

Is it time for ward-specific SAUSD School Board elections?

The City of Santa Ana has placed a charter amendment on the November 6, 2018 General Municipal Election in order to comply with a lawsuit  asserting that the City’s current at-large electoral system, whereby council members are elected by all of the city electors, violates the California Voting Rights Act because it allegedly does not allow Asians (a protected class) to elect candidates of their choice or otherwise influence the outcome of Santa Ana’s council elections.

So what about the Santa Ana Unified School District? Did you know that several of the current SAUSD School Board Members all live in the same areas? The district as a whole is not well represented and there are no Asians on the SAUSD School Board currently. Continue reading

Almost half of the children in Santa Ana are considered obese

State statistics showed that 34.8% of Santa Ana children were obese, way back in 2006, according to the L.A. Times. Today that figure is even worse as now 46.5% of children in Santa Ana are considered obese, according to the Orange County Community Foundation.

Our health statistics are just plain awful, according to the California Department for Public Health Advocacy: Continue reading

SAUSD Trustee John Palacio’s legacy is over a billion dollars of wasted tax money

John Palacio

SAUSD School Board Trustee John Palacio has been in office for 20 years and in that time he has personally raised our taxes by a whopping $720 million dollars. He wants to pass a third school bond measure this November, Measure I, putting us another $232 million dollars in debt.

Santa Ana voters approved Measure C in 1999, a year after Palacio was first elected. Measure C was a $145-million bond issue based on the promise of building 13 new schools. However, after C passed with 70.3% of the vote, district officials spent $450 million building five schools.[2] Continue reading

It is about time to place term limits on the Santa Ana School Board

John Palacio was first elected to the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education in 1998. How long ago was that? Well consider these events from 1998, courtesy of Wikipedia:

  • January 17 – The Drudge Report breaks the story about U.S. President Bill Clinton’s alleged affair with Monica Lewinsky, which would lead to the House of Representatives’ impeachment of him.
  • January 22 – “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski pleads guilty in the United States, and accepts a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
  • March 1 – Titanic becomes the first film to gross US$1 billion. Titanic goes on to win 11 Oscars including Best Picture.
  • September 4 – Google, Inc. is founded in Menlo Park, California, by Stanford University PhD candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

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