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Davis Vanguard
Superintendent Updates Parents on AIM/ GATE Changes

Jul 3, 2015
Superintendent Updates Parents on AIM/ GATE Changes

(Editor’s Note: The following Communication was sent out by Superintendent Winfred Roberson to districts parents). Dear DJUSD Parents, Guardians & Caregivers: I hope you are enjoying a pleasant summer.  I am writing to all families in the Davis Joint Unified School District.  Over the last month there has been general curiosity and misinformation circulating...

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Davis Vanguard
A Perspective on Recent School Board Actions

A Perspective on Recent School Board Actions

By Robert Poppenga Last Thursday, as community member after community member spoke on the value of the AIM program to their families, we learned again a simple truth: many families move to Davis because of its superior public schools. As home to one of the best public universities in the world and to a...

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Davis Vanguard
Can We Bridge the GATE Divide?

Jul 1, 2015
Can We Bridge the GATE Divide?

We have primarily focused our reporting on the process issues related to how the Davis Joint Unified School District’s Board of Education made critical changes to the GATE/AIM program, first in the June 4 vote that ended private testing and asked the Superintendent and his staff to come back with recommendations on how to...

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Davis Vanguard
Gate Coordinator Job Description

Jun 29, 2015
Gate Coordinator Job Description

Editor’s note: A reader requested we post a description of the duties of the GATE coordinator.  This is verbatim from the job description.  On June 18, the DJUSD Board of Education voted 3-2 not to renew GATE Corrdinator Deanne Quinn’s Variable Service Agreed (VSA). GATE COORDINATOR, Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA): All teachers on...

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Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary: Thursday’s Public Comment Illustrates the Importance of Proper Process

Jun 28, 2015
Sunday Commentary: Thursday’s Public Comment Illustrates the Importance of Proper Process

It may be argued that Thursday’s public vindicates the school board’s vote on June 4, but I would strongly argue against that view. To me it illustrates why the public needs to be properly and fully noticed about major changes to public policy. Let us not be deceived here what occurred on June 4...

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Davis Vanguard
District Hears Input on AIM, Firing of AIM Coordinator

Jun 27, 2015
District Hears Input on AIM, Firing of AIM Coordinator

At both the June 4 and June 18 meetings, it seemed that the majority of people from the public were in favor of changes to – if not the ending of – the self-contained AIM program. However, that changed in a dramatic way on Thursday night. The meeting began early at 6 pm, but...

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Davis Vanguard
Letter: Quinn Made a Deal to Save DJUSD During Budget Crisis

By Laurie & Bob Rollins In Feb. of 2010, the district was suffering from budget cutbacks so they offered teachers a retirement incentive. At this time, Deanne Quinn spoke with Superintendent James Hammond and offered to retire and come back as a part time employee. The district would keep the experience and expertise to...

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Davis Vanguard
Actions by Board Demonstrate Gross Misunderstanding of GATE Identification Process

Actions by Board Demonstrate Gross Misunderstanding of GATE Identification Process

By Debbie Nichols Poulos The board’s recent actions to dismantle the AIM program demonstrate a gross misunderstanding of GATE identified students and their educational needs. I can’t help but see these students as sacrificial lambs on the altar at which some board members want to kneel. Contrary to what several board members seem to...

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Banana Moments
Tips to regulate screen time with summer fun activities

Jun 22, 2015
Tips to regulate screen time with summer fun activities

One of the most important things the modern parent can do for their children’s cyber security is to give them quality attention. But the temptation is to yield to screen time because there is immediate gratification; the baby hushes right away and the older children are occupied for long periods of time. And summer...

Davis Vanguard
Debate Over Teachers Raises and Use of Local Control Funding

Jun 21, 2015
Debate Over Teachers Raises and Use of Local Control Funding

A June 10, 2015 letter by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has triggered a debate over how Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) adopted in June 2013, can be used. As the Superintendent indicates in his letter, LCFF “offers a dramatically new approach toward funding California schools,” by giving “power over the vast...

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