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Davis Vanguard
Is GATE a Modern Day Segregation System?

Jul 15, 2015
Is GATE a Modern Day Segregation System?

One of the interesting things that came out of some of the public comment is the notion that a self-contained GATE/ AIM program is a form of segregation. Given the way that schools evolve during a child’s education, we see increased separate tracking of students over time. When I was in elementary school, more...

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Banana Moments
Parent training on youth transitions: Middle school, high school & college

Jul 13, 2015
Parent training on youth transitions: Middle school, high school & college

Event Title: Preparing youth for transitions: middle school, high school, and college Dates: Tues., August 4, 6:30 pm—8pm and encore Wed August 5, 10am to 11:30am

Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary II: Is the GATE Program In Need of Change?

Jul 12, 2015
Sunday Commentary II: Is the GATE Program In Need of Change?

While I have been very concerned about the process in which the school board has addressed the GATE/AIM program, I have not taken a position overall on the GATE program. Frankly, I am not an expert here, and the questions seem many, with the issues complex. The message that seemed to be delivered on...

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Davis Vanguard
Part Two of Public Comment on GATE

Jul 11, 2015
Part Two of Public Comment on GATE

On Friday, we had two reports on Thursday’s DJUSD School Board meeting. We presented the comments by the Davis School Board (Both Sides of AIM/GATE Debate Turn Out for Special July Meeting) and the first portion of public comments (Both Sides of AIM/GATE Debate Turn Out for Special July Meeting – Public Comment). The...

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Davis Vanguard
Both Sides of AIM/ GATE Debate Turn Out for Special July Meeting – Public Comment

Jul 10, 2015
Both Sides of AIM/ GATE Debate Turn Out for Special July Meeting – Public Comment

Part Two – 45 Public Comments The public came out and expressed thanks and criticism to the board, sometimes in the same comment. There were concerns expressed about the program – the treatment of kids who were not in the program, criticisms of segregation and bullying and the strengths of differentiated education on one...

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Davis Vanguard
Both Sides of AIM/ GATE Debate Turn Out for Special July Meeting

Jul 10, 2015
Both Sides of AIM/ GATE Debate Turn Out for Special July Meeting

Part One – Board Comments Civic engagement does not end when the school year ends, and to prove it, the DJUSD Board of Education held a special meeting allowing parents and community members to speak out on recent and proposed changes to the AIM program. 45 people in all spoke – many passionately and...

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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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