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July 15, 2014

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youknowwho@hotwire.com

To some people my question my seem racist.
I assure you it is not.
I have first hand knowledge that cultural heritages is used as a measurement for determining funding as well a allocation of special teachers-not to me confused with special needs students, and educational electives that are strictly for advanced students.
The possibility exists that this is a New Version of Segregation.
I believe that all funding for all public schools should be equal-to the penny, to the Educator, and the Administrator.
Take the Politics of "On Site" Administrators and the possibility of equal education for all is a Big Possibility.
One of the worst examples of this Administrator Political Blackmail-"fully endorsed & enforced by the School District are the monthly phone calls to parents of students to "donate" money for the "need of the month/season."
In my opinion every cent of that money "donated-arm twisted, shamed out of a parent should be put into a trust to be spent for the purpose of every student, school, educator, to create equality through out the District.
The alternative is the Upper Middle Class Asian Community of Millbrae, will continue to flourish at the expense of the Latin and White schools.
How about desegregation/re-evaluation of the Huge Racial, and Economic desperateness become a measurement for equality?
What say you?

HMB

I went to the Dept of Education website to look up the averages of the separate scores for reading, math and writing. Interesting that at ALL the schools, math scores are highest, and noticeably so. Writing scores (which many colleges don't count), were higher at Aragón, B'game, Mills and San Mateo (by between 5-7 points). Reading was higher than writing at Cap by 1 and at Hillsdale by 3, so not much difference there. I wish they would publish the range and the median scores. These averages don't tell me much.

HMB

If you want to see some really interesting numbers, look at the AP and IB results for the district's schools. Unfortunately, you will have to spend a lot of time poring through SMUHSD trustee agenda reports to find them, and I'm too busy with work right now to be able to do that. (Personally, I think the College Board and test prep services are a racket.)

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