October 10, 2018 CUSD BOT Meeting: INFORMATION/DISCUSSION/ACTION

AGENDA ITEM #34  STRATEGIC PLAN IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE

Board Agenda page 470

THIS IS AN INFORMATION ONLY ITEM- NO ACTION WILL BE TAKEN

FCMAT Capistrano Unified School District Special Education Review June 28, 2016

In June 2016, the Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) completed a thorough review of the District’s special education programs and services. In response to the findings and recommendations in the FCMAT review, the Strategic Plan was created with specific goals, priorities, strategies and action steps. The implementation guide is a document that prioritizes the action steps in the Strategic Plan and defines a multi-year timeline for implementation.

CUSDWatch Comment

There are 5 Key Priorities:

1) Organizational Structures and Strategies;

2) Continuum of Services;

3) Support Services;

4) Identification, Monitoring, and Compliance; and

5) Leadership and Communication.

 

AGENDA ITEM #35  DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY PLAN 2018-2021:

Board Agenda page 533

Technology Plan 2018-2021 page 563

This presentation will provide the Trustees with an overview of the District Technology Plan for 2018-2021. The accomplishments from the last technology plan will be summarized as well as the goals the Technology and Information Services Department plans to accomplish over the next three years.

Goals for 2018-2021

Goal I Maintain the District chrombook program:

Goal 2: Support access and use of research based, digital, learning programs in support of a comprehensive Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS)

Goal 3: Continue to support students by teaching digital literacy in our curriculum

Goal 4: Support a culture of ethical digital citizens.

Goal 5: Continued support and advancement of district communication media.

Goal 6: Support innovative and safe learning environments.

Goal 7: Update and implement the model of innovative classrooms.

Goal 8: Provide students with more learning spaces to foster innovation, creativity, engineering, and design.

 

PUBLIC HEARING 

and a vote on the same night

AGENDA ITEM #36  RESOLUTION NO. 1819-17, STATEMENT OF ASSURANCE FOR INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS REALIGNMENT FUND, FISCAL YEAR 2018- 2019:

Board Agenda page 583

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Education Code § 60119 specifies a public hearing shall be held in order to receive funding for the Pupil Textbook and/or Instructional Materials Realignment Program and encourages participation by parents, teachers, members of the community and bargaining unit leaders. Education Code § 60252 specifies all purchases of instructional materials made from State Instructional Materials Fund shall conform to the law and applicable rules and regulations. The Board of Trustees shall make a determination through a resolution as to whether each pupil in each school in the District has sufficient textbooks and/or instructional materials in each of the following subject areas: English/Language Arts, History/Social Science, Health, Mathematics, Science, World Languages and science laboratory equipment. There is no financial impact.

CUSDWatch Comment

If the District was truly interested in Public In-put, they would have a Public Hearing at one meeting. They would allow the Public to make comments, and then bring the matter back at the next meeting for approval. Instead CUSD has the Public hearing with no supporting documentation attached. They do not make any indication that the matter will be voted on the very same night as the Public Hearing in a different Agenda Item. 

Also

I am aware of an inequity in the purchase and allocation of Algebra II/Trigonometry books. 

Board Agenda at page 1,355

Board Audio at 3:14:37 

 

AGENDA ITEM #37  SMARTER BALANCED ASSESSMENT RESULTS

Board Agenda page 609

During the Spring of 2018, over 25,000 District students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 participated in the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) computerized test as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The assessments measure students’ mastery of The State Standards in mathematics and English-language arts/Literacy as well as readiness for college-level work. This item presents a summary of the SBA results.

 

 

AGENDA ITEM #38  THIRD READING – BOARD POLICY 6145.3, PUBLICATIONS:

Board Agenda page 632

The proposed revisions to Board Policy 6145.3, Publications, are being recommended to ensure the policy is aligned with current issues and realities related to student publications and announcements. Staff has added additional language and clarified statements per DISCUSSION/ ACTION Page 632 EXHIBIT 38 Trustee feedback at the Sep

AGENDA ITEM #36  SECOND READING – BOARD POLICY 6145.3, PUBLICATIONS

Board Agenda page 757

Board Audio at 1:30:05

Board Audio  at

TRUSTEES GAVE DIRECTION TO STAFF TO BRING THIS BACK FOR A THIRD READING

Staff Presentation:

Dr. Susan Holliday, Associate Superintendent, Education Services. 

Blue Cards:

Board Audio at 1:31:26

Riley Goodfellow, student San Juan Hills, former editor of the Express News at San Juan Hills.

Expressed concern over policy language changes... "Appropriate for a public School Setting". 

She also expressed concerns over bylines in Editorials vs Opinion pieces.

Reference Ed Code 48907- needs a list of what is appropriate and what is not.

Trustee Comments:

Trustee Jim Reardon

Board Audio at 1:33:42

Thought that at the first reading of the policy Trustees gave direction to staff to settle the issue of bylines.

Trustee Discussion

What needs a byline and what does not that opinion pieces should be bylined, editorials should not.

How this ties to the Freedom of Speech policy.

What is "appropriate for a public school setting".

FIRST READING

July 25, 2018 CUSD BOT Meeting Agenda Item #56 FIRST READING – BOARD POLICY 6145.3, PUBLICATIONS:

Board Agenda page 1010  

Board Audio at 56:40  

More Information

No action was taken  this Policy will be brought back for a SECOND READING

Board Audio at 58:25 Comment Trustee Amy Hanacek re: Clarification of approval of "Editorial" comment. 

Discussion re: who approves content of school newspaper 

Board Audio at 1:01:11 Comment Trustee Gary Pritchard Faculty Advisors - Student Editors -Publication Staff- who determines content.

Board Audio at 1:02:23 Comment Trustee Martha McNicholas definition of "editorial".

Board Audio at 1:03:03 Comment Trustee Jim Reardon "Editorials" are the opinion of the Publication they are not bylined Opinion Pieces are bylined

Board Audio at 1:03:40 Comment Patricia Holloway limits on advertising no drugs  use the word "Controlled Substances"

No action was taken this Policy will be brought back for a SECOND READING

 

CUSDWatch Comment 

California Education Code 48907

(a) Pupils of the public schools, including charter schools, shall have the right to exercise freedom of speech and of the press including, but not limited to, the use of bulletin boards, the distribution of printed materials or petitions, the wearing of buttons, badges, and other insignia, and the right of expression in official publications, whether or not the publications or other means of expression are supported financially by the school or by use of school facilities, except that expression shall be prohibited which is obscene, libelous, or slanderous. Also prohibited shall be material that so incites pupils as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on school premises or the violation of lawful school regulations, or the substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school.

This issue came up when the San Juan Hills High School Express Newspaper printed an expose on sex. "Relationships & Sex in High School"

Is a school newspaper an appropriate venue for an expose on Relationships & Sex in High School that feature headlines like "Popping the Cherry of the Virginity Myth" and "Do I look Slutty?" and "Let's Talk about sex, baby... 

Board Audio at 0:00:24 Sally White- President of the CUEA (Teachers Union) spoke on behalf of the Teacher/Advisor that oversaw the Stallion Newspaper.

She expressed her concern about an e-mail that was sent out regarding a Face Book post regarding San Juan Hills High School Newspaper article on Relationships & Sex in High School.

She learned about it from her daughter and a friend who said that there were hundreds of angry responses on the Ladera Ranch Face Book page regarding the article and that hundreds of angry parents with pitch forks were ready to storm the school.

She met with the member. She wanted this to be resolved as quickly as possible to avoid controversy.

An investigation was initiated and a decision was made a few hours later.

Her concern.

Both the students and this advisor have been thrown under the bus while their first Amendment Rights have been down played. I was told by Staff this afternoon that this teacher who was named by the District is out on Administrative leave and that this District has already decided that he violated Board Policy. This is a confidential personnel matter. I was called and asked not to make this a public matter. To late. We are not the ones that took this public. My concern is that we now have a teachers who understands that their district and their administrators will not have their back if there is any controversy at a time when parents find controversy in everything. This does not feel like the spirit of collaboration. We would have appreciated a call BEFORE this unfortunate e-mail was sent out.

March 14, 2018 Special Board Meeting 

Board Agenda

Board Audio at 0:00:00

Board Audio at 0:00:24 PUBLIC COMMENTS 

 

 

NO RIGHT TO PRIVACY IF YOU ARE A PUBLIC SCHOOL CHILD

AGENDA ITEM #39  FIRST READING – BOARD POLICY 5022, STUDENT AND FAMILY PRIVACY RIGHTS

Board Agenda page 636

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CUSDWatch Comment

The Privacy Rights of Public School Children are being chipped away, by a loophole in FERPA Law which allows School Districts to share personally identifiable information with 3rd party for-profit vendors who partner in educational research.

The Superintendent or designee may collect, disclose, or use students’ personal information for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating, or providing educational products or services for or to students or educational institutions, such as the following: (20 USC 1232h)

1. College or other postsecondary education recruitment or military recruitment

2. Book clubs, magazines, and programs providing access to low-cost literary products

3. Curriculum and instructional materials used by elementary and secondary schools

4. Tests and assessments to provide cognitive, evaluative, diagnostic, clinical, aptitude, or achievement information about students (or to generate other statistically useful data for the purpose of securing such tests and assessments) and the subsequent analysis and public release of the aggregate data from such tests and assessments

5. The sale by students of products or services to raise funds for school-related or education

6. Student recognition programs

The District will notify parents in advance in the District parent information guide and will at a minimum request parent consent where legally required.

CUSD wants to be able to collect information on a students "Personal Beliefs and Practices"

The District wants to collect health data though physical examinations and screenings.

Non-removal of Survey questions pertaining to sexual orientation or gender identity

See: First Reading Board Policy 5022 Student and Family Privacy Rights

 

CUSDWatch Comment

CUSD sites CSBA as a management resource for this Board Policy- Absolutely Not- that is a political advocacy organization that has no legal authority. CUSD staff is seeking to give them legal authority. 

"Management Resources" is a new addition to Board Policy in place of Legal References.

STOP THIS IMMEDIATELY!

 

NO RIGHT TO PRIVACY IF YOU ARE A PUBLIC SCHOOL CHILD

AGENDA ITEM #40  FIRST READING – BOARD POLICY 5131.1, USE OF INDIVIDUAL STUDENT RECORD INFORMATION FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT DATA DISAGGREGATION:

Board Agenda page 641

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CUSDWatch Comment

This is the only Board Policy which does not cite any legal authority - very strange? District Staff deletes references to UC Code and replaces it with "Fed Law"...

The Board of Trustees authorizes the Superintendent or designee to use individual student records pertaining to student eligibility status for participation in any free or reduced-price meal program solely for the purpose of disaggregation of academic achievement data as authorized by Education Code 49558(b)

This use is authorized by federal law... but CUSD does not cite the law in the first paragraph.

The Superintendent designates the following District employee(s) to use individual records pertaining to student participation in the free and reduced-price meal program for the purpose of disaggregation of academic achievement data and/or the provision of services under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act pursuant to 20 USC 6301-6576

Additionally, information collected regarding individual students certified to participate in the free and reduced-price meal program is destroyed when no longer needed for its intended purpose. (Education Code 49558)

NO RIGHT TO PRIVACY IF YOU ARE A PUBLIC SCHOOL CHILD

AGENDA ITEM #41  FIRST READING – BOARD POLICY 5132, RELEASE OF DIRECTORY INFORMATION

Board Agenda page 644

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CUSDWatch Comment 

"Directory information means information contained in a student record that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Such student information includes: student’s name, address, telephone number, email address, date and of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of athletic team members, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and most recent previous school attended. (Education Code 49061; 20 USC 1232g; 34 CFR 99.3)" 

"The District shall give notice to parents/guardians at least on an annual basis of the categories of information which the schools plan to release and of the recipients as required by Education Code. No directory information shall be released regarding any student when a parent/guardian has notified the school District that such information shall not be released. In addition, the annual parental notification shall include a statement that directory information does not include citizenship status, immigration status, place of birth, or any other information indicating national origin and that the District will not release such information without parental consent or a court order."

Parents - CUSD is only going to give you notice once at the beginning of the year. After doing so- they are under no obligation to seek your consent to release data. 

"The Superintendent or designee may release student directory information to representatives of the news media or nonprofit organizations"

Planned Parenthood is a non-profit and does anyone trust the media today?

"Under no circumstances shall directory information be disclosed to a private profit-making entity, except for representatives of the news media and prospective employers" 

AGENDA ITEM #42  FIRST READING – BOARD POLICY/BYLAW – 9100, ORGANIZATION

Board Agenda page 650

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CUSDWatch Comment

Where is the Board Report for this Item?

 

CUSDWatch Comment

CUSD cannot eliminate the reference to the 1999 Revision and the August 28, 2013 revision of this policy. Those must remain. What is CUSD trying to hide?

Bylaw 

It must remain like this:                                              revised: June 14, 1999                        

revised: August 28, 2013 

revised: October 10, 2018

CUSD Corrections want to make it look like this:

Bylaw

revised: June 14, 1999

revised: August 28, 2013 October 10, 2018

No No No!

AGENDA ITEM #43  RESOLUTION NO. 1819-18, RESOLUTION REGARDING THE CAPISTRANO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION

Board Agenda page 652

Board Audio at 34:20

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CUSDWatch Comment 

Resolution 1819-18 Approves the issuance of a Cease and Desist to the CUSD Foundation to cease and desist from raising funds as the CUSD or Capistrano Unified School District Foundation, or in any way that suggests to unwitting donors that the CUSD Foundation is endorsed by, or any form associated with, the Capistrano Unified School District.

During  A Spetember 26, 2018 CUSD Board Workshop, it was brought to the Publics attention that site based organizations like Booster Clubs placed their money with the foundation to hold until needed.

CUSD has no idea how many CUSD site-based organizations have money with the foundation. It was also disturbing to learn that when Ms. Hart was first hired to work 20 hours per week she was paid $1,500 per month plus 20% of the donations according to the OC Weekly Article: OC Weekly Article Charity For Capistrano Unified School District Sues Former Director for Fraud

"According to filings with the California Attorney General’s office, over the years CUSD has annually raised as little as $124,000 and as much as $1.25 million."

See also: CUSDWatch: September 26, 2018 Special Board Workshop

More Documentation

AGENDA ITEM #44 NEW VISTA SCHOOL MASTER CONTRACT 2018-2019

Board Agenda page 657