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Buckhorn Road
150 years ago today: The End

Apr 9, 2015
150 years ago today: The End

On this day 150 years ago, April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in the parlor of the McLean home in a small western Virginia village called Appomattox Court House. ...

Buckhorn Road
150 years ago today: The beginning of the end

Apr 2, 2015
150 years ago today:  The beginning of the end

It was on this day 150 years ago, April 2, 1865, that Union forces made their way through the Confederate battle lines, thereby ending the Siege of Petersburg, Virginia that had been going on since June of 1864.The unfortunate soul you see on the right...

Whos Cooking School Lunch
Announcing Chef Cody Williams as CoBlogger

Announcing Chef Cody Williams as CoBlogger

We are happy to announce that Chef Cody Williams, the dynamic Director of Food Service at Sonoma Valley Unified School District, is joining our blog, Who’s Cooking School Lunch, as a co-blogger. Cody has introduced a number of innovations into … Continue reading

Davis Vanguard
Analysis: The Overall LCFF Funding Scheme and How DJUSD Fares Under It

Mar 31, 2015
Analysis: The Overall LCFF Funding Scheme and How DJUSD Fares Under It

Last week DJUSD Superintendent Winfred Roberson in his Vanguard column debut discussed the impact of Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and LCAP on DJUSD. He noted, “The fundamental tenets of the LCFF are to return local control to school districts and to help create an “equitable” K-12 public education system.” He continued, “Writers of...

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Banana Moments
Parenting the power and control issues in the social network

Mar 30, 2015
Parenting the power and control issues in the social network

Parents are the primary teachers for life, and internet connectivity introduces an enhanced power crisis for parents and children. In a tap and click world, the devices inspire an intoxication feeling, which makes it difficult to put down the device, and kids can easily perceive that parents are irrelevant because everything they think they...

Game to 100
Negative cliché casts shadow on McClatchy’s state title win

Mar 30, 2015

McClatchy blew a 10-point lead in the final 1:11 of regulation and also let a four-point advantage slip away in the first overtime. Ouch and double ouch! That first sentence came from a photo cutline on the front page of … Continue reading

Davis Vanguard
A Discussion Of California School Funding

A Discussion Of California School Funding

By Winfred B. Roberson, Jr. California School Funding History Most Californians over the age of 50 have at least vague recollections of the 1968-1977-landmark case, Serrano vs. Priest I, II & III. That historic case addressed unequal public education funding in California at a time when local property taxes went directly to local school...

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Davis Vanguard
Analysis: Nonverbal Tests for AIM Identification of Minority and Disadvantaged Students

Mar 24, 2015
Analysis: Nonverbal Tests for AIM Identification of Minority and Disadvantaged Students

On Thursday night, the school district heard a critique of its use of TONI by Professor Tobin White. His research finds that the students administered the TONI were “six times more likely to qualify than those taking only the OLSAT.” They were also nine times more likely, according to Professor White, to score in...

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Davis Vanguard
My View: Social Justice and AIM

Mar 21, 2015
My View: Social Justice and AIM

For a long time I have stayed relatively quiet on the issue of GATE/ AIM. There have been a variety of reasons for that, but after watching the discussion on Thursday night, things have changed. The debate emerged on Thursday can be seen as one of inclusivity versus exclusivity. My concern is that the...

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California Political News and Views
Future of UC System in Hands of “Committe of Two”

Ironically, in the midst of Sunshine Week, designed to create more open government and freedom of information, the “Committee of Two” considering the financial situation of the UC system – Gov. Jerry Brown and University of California President Janet Napolitano – are not forthcoming in revealing details about their negotiations. Despite protests to the contrary, this may...

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