SCOE Board hears Elite Charter School proposal praised, panned – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

More than 150 people in a standing-room-only meeting Wednesday heard supporters and opponents of the proposed Elite Charter School – and two Solano County Board of Education members say that the “opportunity gap” for African-American and Latino students must be addressed.

Board member Dana Dean said after 47 people spoke about the charter proposal that she was deeply troubled that every supporter is a person of color and every opponent is white.

That statement brought protests from several charter school opponents disputing Dean’s assessment of speakers.

Source: Solano board hears Elite Charter School proposal praised, panned

Solano County Office of Education board to hear independent charter school petition – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A public hearing about a new charter school petition to set up schools in three Solano County cities and the election of officers are on the Solano County Office of Education agenda when trustees meet tonight in Fairfield.

Leaders of Elite Public School submitted their petition to the county board on Oct. 27, and, by law, school districts must either approve or deny within 60 days of receiving it but can extend the deadline with a vote.

A copy of the petition is available for public review at the county office website, at www.solanocoe.net.

The drive to establish independent charter schools in Vacaville, Vallejo and Fairfield is spearheaded by the former Superintendent of Vallejo City Unified, Ramona Bishop, who was fired on a 3-2 governing board vote in March after serving six years. Her termination was made without cause.

Source: Solano County Office of Education board to hear independent charter school petition

Senior VCUSD officials support charter – Times Herald

By John Glidden

Vallejo school district Superintendent Adam Clark confirmed Monday that district employees are free to support “other endeavours” like the ELITE Public Charter School petition.

The Times-Herald posed the question to Clark after two senior Vallejo City Unified School District administrators have publicly shown support for a charter school proposal from Ramona Bishop.

Bishop was the VCUSD Superintendent from 2011 until she was fired, without cause, earlier this year by district trustees.

Edison Kelly, VCUSD’s director of alternative education, is listed as one of ELITE’s founding members, according to the petition. The others are Bishop and Bel Reyes.

Towards the end of the petition, the district’s Chief Partnerships & Community Engagement Officer Alana Shackelford signed her name in support of the charter.

Source: Senior VCUSD officials support charter

Local unions oppose charter school petition – Times Herald

By John Glidden

If approved by the Solano County Board of Education, the ELITE Public Charter School will harm local neighborhood schools, forcing them to make difficult budget cuts, the Napa-Solano County Central Labor Council says.

In an un-yet published letter to the editor, Steven Quinlan, a trustee on the labor council, said the group officially opposes the charter school plan brought forth by Ramona Bishop.

Bishop was the Vallejo City Unified School District Superintendent from 2011 until earlier this year. She was fired without cause by a majority of the VCUSD Board of Education on March 15.

Bishop is seeking to open a charter school network throughout Solano County, with a campus opening in Vallejo next year and campuses slated for Fairfield and Vacaville a year after that.

Source: Local unions oppose charter school petition

Deadline approaching for Operation Recognition – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The 20th-century German novelist Thomas Mann once wrote, “War is a cowardly escape from the problems of peace,” and it is certainly hellish, as Civil War Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman famously noted.

The problems of peace and the hell of war specifically affected the many American veterans of 20th-century wars and also many Japanese-Americans interned during World War II whose dreams of high school graduation evaporated with the advent of armed conflicts.

During the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, millions of young men and women left high school and their homes to serve in the U.S. military. Consider that more than 14 million were on active duty in 1945 alone, according to Department of Defense data.

Additionally, during World War II Japanese-American citizens were forced into detention camps across the United States, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Feb. 19, 1942, signed an executive order relocating some 110,000 Japanese-Americans away from the West Coast after the Dec. 7, 1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor. Some young Japanese-American men, rather than stay in the camps, were later permitted to enlist in the U.S. armed forces. Notably, the 442nd Infantry Regiment, composed mostly of Japanese-American men, became the most decorated unit of its size in U.S. military history.

Source: Deadline approaching for Operation Recognition

Academic Decathlon organizers seek volunteers – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A variety of volunteer positions await adults who want to help at the North Bay Region Academic Decathlon Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 at Solano Community College, 4000 Suisun Valley Road.

The Academic Decathlon is a competitive event modeled after the Olympics to stimulate academic achievement and honor “athletes of the mind.” The competition among high school students centers on art, music, literature, mathematics, economics, science and social science.

A list of volunteer jobs, and a volunteer form, can be found at NBRAD Application.

For more information, send an email to Ken Scarberry at kscarberry@solanocoe.net or call 646-7601.

 

Source: Academic Decathlon organizers seek volunteers

Solano Office of Education announces poster contest winners – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Ten children and teens are being recognized for their artistic talents in the 2017 Attendance Awareness Poster Contest.

The top three placers in each of the three age groups will be recognized at their school district board meetings.

“This year’s Attendance Awareness Contest was a huge success with over 200 participants using their artistic talents to spread the word about the critical role good school attendance has on student achievement,” Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County superintendent of schools, said in a statement.

Source: Solano Office of Education announces poster contest winners

February deadline for Operation Recognition – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Civil War Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman coined the phrase “War is hell.”

And perhaps life has resembled it in some ways for many veterans of 20th-century American wars and many Japanese-Americans interned during World War II, when time and circumstance put an end to their high school education.

During the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, thousands of young men and women left high school and their homes to

serve in the U.S. armed forces. Additionally, during World War II many Japanese-American citizens were forced into relocation camps across the United States. Some young Japanese-American men, rather than stay in the camps, were later permitted to enlist in the U.S. armed forces. Notably the 442nd Infantry Regiment, composed mostly of Japanese-American men, became the most decorated unit of its size in U.S. military history. After these wars — besides World War II, they include the Korean and Vietnam wars — many were unable to finish high school and receive a diploma.

Source: February deadline for Operation Recognition

SCOE to discuss achievement plans for Juvenile Court, Detention Facility students – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

A Local Control Accountability Plan update, a state and federal legislative update, and achievement plans for students in the Juvenile Court and Community School program, Juvenile Detention Facility, and Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Services are on the agenda when the Solano County Office of Education leaders meet tonight in Fairfield.

Nicola Parr, director of student and program support, will offer the seven-member governing board a brief update on the county school’s LCAP, the document that guides virtually all of the agency’s spending, especially for poor, English language learners and foster youth programs.

Superintendent Lisette Estrella-Henderson will provide an update on state and federal legislation.

Victor Romualdi, associate superintendent for student programs and educational services, and Gricelda Rodriguez, program administrator of education options, will lead the reports on Single Plans for Student Achievement at the Golden Hills Juvenile Court and Community School, at the Juvenile Detention Facility, and the Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Services.

Source: Solano County Office of Education to discuss achievement plans for Juvenile Court, Detention Facility students

Charter schools proposal spurs Fairfield-Suisun teachers union opposition – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

The teachers association for the Fairfield-Suisun School District opposes a petition by a former Vallejo City School District superintendent to open charter schools in Fairfield, Vacaville and Vallejo.

The board for the Solano County Office of Education is expected to take up Ramona Bishop’s proposal for the Elite Academy on Dec. 13.

Nancy Dunn, president of Fairfield-Suisun Unified Teachers Association, said all students in the district can succeed without a charter school.

Source: Charter schools proposal spurs Fairfield-Suisun teachers union opposition

Pensions pack punch for school district budgets, superintendent says – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Pension costs could run school districts out of business, a superintendent said Thursday at the State of Education in Solano County forum.

Schools may first reach a point where they do less for students because of contributions to the Public Employees Retirement System and the California State Teachers Retirement System, said Brian Dolan, superintendent of the Dixon School District.

Source: Pensions pack punch for school district budgets, superintendent says

Solano agencies aid in wildfire relief efforts – Times Herald

By Kimberly K. Fu

When Solano residents awoke Monday morning it appeared as if the world was on fire, with eight surrounding counties including Napa and Sonoma ablaze with wildfires.

County Office of Emergency Services (OES) engines were deployed, the OES emergency operations center was activated, fire officials were on alert and the local Red Cross and Salvation Army crews headed out to emergency shelters, including the one at Solano Community College.

“It’s neighbor helping neighbor,” explained Vacaville Fire Chief Kris Concepcion.

High winds contributed to earlier fires throughout Vacaville, he said, and through the day, spot fires throughout the county.

Source: Solano agencies aid in wildfire relief efforts

Nearly 10,000 Solano students observe International Walk to School Day – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

If a Vacaville elementary school student read or thumbed through books by famed backpacker Colin Fletcher, author of “The Man Who Walked Through Time” and “The Complete Walker,” the boy or girl would not only learn walking techniques but they also would learn more abstract things, such as walking’s pleasures and its sometimes deeply emotional rewards.

But children simply enjoy walking, especially walking to school, as scores did Wednesday, International Walk To School Day, when it was celebrated at Callison Elementary in Vacaville, one of 46 county schools (fewer than last year) to mark the special day.

By 8:30 a.m. and under a cloudless fall sky, students, alone or in groups of four and five, trudged happily along the sidewalk, north and south, fronting the Vanden Road campus in the city’s eastern sector. Noon supervisor Susie Berk greeted them with yellow string backpacks, a memento of the day, as students made their way to their respective classrooms.

The trades 101: Students learn about careers at union training centers – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

They may not be college-bound students, but they will draw upon relevant high school math and English lessons on construction jobs, a longtime sheet metal worker told more than two dozen Vacaville Unified students.

The teenagers, most of them from Vacaville and Will C. Wood high schools, listened closely as Dan Riley, training coordinator for Local 104 of the International Association of Sheet Metal Workers, spoke Friday morning in an assembly room at the union’s Apprenticeship Training Center in Fairfield.

The students, many of them seniors looking forward to a June graduation and entry into a well-paying construction job or a training program, were part of some 100 from five different Solano or Napa county districts who participated in a half-day “Tour of the Trades” informational event.

Source: The trades 101: Students learn about careers at union training centers

Solano teens learn about future in construction trades – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

A cadre of Solano County students learned about opportunities after high school that are not the traditional college degree path during a tour of various union construction training centers Friday in the area.Jalleh Neor, 16, a senior at Armijo High School, has a dream of becoming a welder when she gets out of high school. For the past three years she has been planning her future by taking welding courses, so touring the center was a huge and exciting day for her.“I love to do welding. It caught my attention the most,” she said. “I like the idea of building and bringing things together for art, or work.”

Source: Solano teens learn about future in construction trades

Little change in Solano County for English, math state test results – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Forty-three percent of Solano County students met or exceeded standards in English language arts compared to 44 percent in 2016, while 33 percent of students met or exceeded math standards compared to 32 percent in 2016, the county Office of Education reports.

The percentage of students for English language arts and math in performance categories – standard exceeded, standard met, standard nearly met and standard not met – was relatively unchanged from 2016, the office said of Smarter Balanced state test results.

Source: Little change in Solano County for English, math state test results

Solano County Office of Education “Every Minute Matters” School Attendance Matters

The Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) is proud to partner with your local school district in coordinating a comprehensive effort to boost student attendance by addressing chronic absences. Chronic absences occur when a student misses 10 percent or more total school days, about 18 days per year, for any reason including excused absences.

Why is chronic absence so important?
Research proves that students who are chronically absent in Kindergarten and 1st grade are far less likely to read proficiently by 3rd grade.
For every day of school missed, it takes three days to make up what was taught.
By the 6th grade, if a student continues to be chronically absent, it is a leading indicator of whether he or she will drop out of high school.

Source: SCOE and KUIC Ultimate Coffee Break for Attendance Awareness

Providing stellar support – ACSA EdCal v48.7

Exceptional leadership doesn’t require having a job title at the top of the organization.  It isn’t about publicity, nor does it need to be widely seen to make a wide and powerful impact.  Many times, those creating lasting change, ensuring the smooth day to day function of a district, and leading beyond limits are those in supporting roles.

One such leader is Laryn Bishop, Chief Assistant to the Superintendent at Solano County Office of Education.

Source: EdCal EdCal v48.7

High school students to tour ‘apprenticeship centers’ in Solano, Napa – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

About 150 area high school students will pile into five buses and tour five union apprenticeship centers Friday – a tour designed to give the teens a first-hand look at possible construction careers as an alternative to going to college.

“This partnership is all about the kids and is a fantastic way to give our students the opportunity to learn by doing,” Lisette Estrella-Henderson, Solano County superintendent of schools, said in a statement announcing the tour.

“They’re able to put their hands on specialized tools and equipment as well as have individual conversations with the dedicated labor leaders who offer the training,” Estrella-Henderson said.

Source: High school students to tour ‘apprenticeship centers’ in Solano, Napa

Early Childhood education forum set at Solano College – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A Quality Counts Early Childhood Education Conference will start at 8 a.m. Saturday at Solano Community College.

“The Solano County Office of Education is proud to bring together nearly 200 professionals to collaborate with each other and learn from experts in the field of early childhood education, for this professional learning event,” Lisette Estrella-Henderson, superintendent of schools, said in a statement.

“We know teacher effectiveness matters and is one of the most important school-related factors influencing student achievement. When our teachers participate in quality training, our children receive the benefits,” Estrella-Henderson said in the statement.

Source: Early Childhood education forum set at Solano College