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Marla Dominguez, Principal Caruthers Elementary , has been the principal for five years. Caruthers Unified is located in the central San Joaquin Valley, approximately 15 miles south of Fresno.
The District covers a large rural area square miles of approximately 2, residents, including the two small unincorporated communities of Caruthers and Raisin City. An additional 4, people live in the area surrounding Caruthers.
Students in Caruthers benefit from the support they receive in a small community and are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of extracurricular programs involving athletics, community service and the arts. The Caruthers community has taken huge steps in the support of our district.
In the past 5 years the community has passed two school bond measures. Both bond measures are the first in the history of the school district. CUSD students are also prepared to move on for future study.
Our school is a TK-8 and we do not have a lot of turnover, we currently have students, so for a rural school we are rather large. Our community is a tight knit community that supports each other and we know our students and their families for many years.
Our students are respectful and they work hard…they are appreciative and grateful for what we do here at school, so are their families.
Our students and families sometimes move in and out, so it is not unusual to have a family move in, leave, and then come back.
Our schools create the community…we are unincorporated and there are no parks, police force, the school is the largest entity and we work together. The community supports the school and students and the school supports the community.
Our coaches were instrumental in helping to guide and offer resources to keep our school going in a forward path. GEAR UP took all these different schools and gave us a common ground and a network that was much larger than I have ever had access too. The best is that this made my school a better place for my students and their future. Our students are talking about life beyond high school.
They talk about college and which college that they aspire to go to. They ask questions and are aware that they need to learn things now for their future.
It was great to always have the parent perspective and perception there. It also was a key element in making this a part of the community, not just the school. We have had a large group of parents that have been empowered by knowledge and understanding of how schools work, expectations of their students and teachers. I have always said that when parents are asking questions you know what you are doing is making changes.
I love that a large portion of our only Spanish speaking families feel a part of the school and have a voice. The college walls, college weeks, all of these activities that are visual will continue year after year, but the sustainable items that go beyond GEAR UP that will continue to make change will be a College and Career Course that all 7 th grade middle school students take, articulating with the Caruthers High School counselor on activities, students and transitions.
These things are going to be embedded and will continue. Our 7 th and 8 th grade students go on college field trips…when they go to high school they will have been on a Junior, State, UC and Private College…this is probably their first time but I hope it is not their last, we are planting the seed early. My story did not start out with dreams of becoming a teacher.
I went to college to become a Physical Therapist and worked at a Physical Therapy Office for ten years. While waiting to get into the PT program I decided I would get a teaching credential because one of my friends kept telling me what a great teacher I would be.
When I thought about what I did in the field of Physical Therapy, teaching all ages how to rehabilitate themselves from injuries or prevention, I thought…why not! If you had advice to other principals as to how to change a school to support a college going culture, what would it be? As administrators, we have to make it a priority because our time can be taken up by many issues, but you have to build a group of teachers, counselors and parents who believe in the same mission and make it a priority.
This work cannot be done by one person alone, but it must include the support of the administration. Why is it important to start in middle school in preparing for college? High school is TOO late. We have to start educating students earlier so they can plan, start thinking, have time to explore, and ask questions and set goals for themselves.
What would you do the same or differently? I would want to set up a foundation so we can continue scholarships, educational trust awards, and invest in our students even earlier than middle school. These are things that I would still like to do even though I do not have GEAR UP, but I struggle like all others to balance and juggle all of the priorities and mandates that are on our plates in the education field.
One day I know it will happen! I challenge all of us to keep the work of GEAR UP a priority and continue to pave the path for our students to get to college and be successful. This is the final edition of our newsletter as we celebrate the end of the grant cycle. Across the country, graduation ceremonies mark accomplishment and success — for students and the whole school community.
We have expanded our reach to share experiences, resources, lessons learned and success stories with the growing GEAR UP community. Along with many other States, we have made application for a new grant that would continue this important work from with announcements anticipated by Fall In this issue, we share good news about exciting activities in school communities throughout California.
The stories, profiles and updates reflect the breadth of our work in collaboration with our program partners for schools, students, staff and families. This year has been especially challenging for me as I will retire in June. It has been a wonderful experience, serving alongside those dedicated to social justice and equal access to high quality education for ALL students. There is still much to be done…. Today we rightly celebrate the milestone Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision issued on May 17th, striking down school segregation.
Yet today also marks another anniversary — the annual issuing of statements reminding us that, decades later, we still have not closed the gaps in access and opportunity that segregate our students and limit their ability to learn. But we are also quick to use time to defend the gradual pace of progress. It is indefensible that more than half a century after Brown v. Board , we continue to subjugate our Black and Brown students to schools that are more segregated than not.
We must do better. Nationally, we are at a crossroads as we consider the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the education civil rights law signed by President Obama. In California, we can choose the path of gradualism, or we can choose to live up to our professed values and do everything possible to eradicate the educational injustices that students face each and every day.
If a group of parents in Topeka, Kansas had the strength and courage to do whatever it took to make schools better for their children in the face of fire hoses and police dogs, surely those of us currently working in education can pick up the pace. There is a national crisis in American higher education, and it threatens to exacerbate the most pressing challenges facing our nation. Consider this sobering fact: For every 10 African-American students who enter college, only four will graduate.
Just four in That is a shameful record, and we cannot hope to address the underlying causes of social and economic inequality in our country if this trend continues.
According to the U. Department of Education, U. This upward trend is likewise true across ethnic categories. Between and the latest year for which we have national data on ethnicity , undergraduate enrollment among African-American students increased a phenomenal 57 percent, and enrollment among Latino students more than doubled.
But, as a college degree has become a prerequisite for getting into the middle class and beyond, enrollment is not enough.
In the marketplace, job applicants with some or no college will lose out to a college graduate almost every time. Additionally, students who do not complete their degrees often face thousands of dollars in debt without the means to repay it. USA Today reported last year that students who drop out of college are four times more likely to default on their student loans compared to those who graduated.
Fortunately, there is hope. Some institutions have demonstrated considerable success in eliminating the achievement gaps across ethnic and socioeconomic designations.
While the success stories are heartening, the report shows just how far we still must go. Out of universities considered, only 55 had been able to completely eliminate the graduation rate achievement gap between African-American and White students.
As chancellor of one of the institutions highlighted by the Education Trust as a success story, I wanted to share a few strategies that have helped us eliminate graduation rate gaps across ethnic and socioeconomic categories.
First, we need data. Thanks to the UCUES, we know that our African-American students spent more time working in paid employment outside of their academic interests, spent less time with their families and had more difficulties with food insecurity and finances.
These insights are invaluable in building programs and initiatives that result in student success. Second, universities must understand that cultural identity is a critical component of success.
Affinity groups on college campuses provide homes away from home for students. Our African Student Programs office has been in operation for 45 years, connecting students to academic support, mentors and community organizations.
Their success has been replicated across the breadth of communities on our campus. Third, someone needs to be in charge of coordinating the promotion of student success for a diverse student body across campus units.
UC Riverside was one of the first institutions to create an administrative position tasked with partnering with all campus leaders and constituents to promote diversity and inclusion. Realizing student success requires a comprehensive and cooperative approach that deploys resources intentionally across the entire university. Finally, universities must recognize that our campuses can be inhospitable, and sometimes hostile, to students on the margins of society.
Even diverse institutions have to recognize that it is not how many students of color are on campus, it is how they are treated. The research is clear. When universities do not actively promote a campus climate of inclusion and mutual respect, student success suffers. Campuses that fail to adequately address concerns over campus climate will be left wondering why some students leave and never come back.
Addressing this crisis will require spending precious resources, but fortunately the examples of how to succeed are widespread. Now it is simply a matter of finding the will to make it happen. High school graduation rates in California climbed for the seventh year in a row, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, announced Tuesday.
The class of had a record-high graduation rate of In the seven years of consecutive increases, the graduation rate has increased by 8. The achievement gap between Asian and white students on the one hand and African American and Latino students on the other has narrowed. The graduation rate for Latino students reached a record high of 80 percent, up 1. For black students, the rate is Graduation rates increased by 6. Gipson credits the introduction of individualized graduation plans for students starting at the middle school and graduation dashboard to keep students on track.
Besides, LA has a history of handling chaotic situations really well, anyhow. I think you might have been a Manhattan Beach trust fund kid. Average years between direct hurricane hits.
I own my beach houses free and clear, but if I had a mortgage, the mortgage company would force me to pay both home owners insurance and flood insurance. Those premiums, plus property taxes, property management fees and repairs, would make owning these homes a losing proposition. Hurricanes aside, Florida is humid and that is enough to keep me away!
Recently I gave up and got an overpriced apartment near work. My workplace is in Pacific Palisades — a very nice area near Santa Monica. Not really my cup of tea, but very nice. My boss gets up at 4: Not sure why you read it or why you periodically brag about your spot in NC. Is it back up again? It will be interesting if support for the VMT vehicle miles traveled tax gains traction.
I think this will be reality sooner than later in CA, seems to be a real push to get people moving back to urban cores…this tax would be no fun for megacommuters. I wonder if this could hurt the economy as well. A tax like that would be so onerous it might generate enough backlash to put the GOP back in power in Sac-town. Although this is a hige invasion of privacy and freedom. Silicon Valley and SF are filled with Libertarians. Most of the remaining hippies are Libs Keep your hands of my weed-type people and the tech industry is largely Ayn Randian these says.
The commute tax system has just begun and the sorry hell of it is that most people are completely oblivious to it. Most of the reasons are things everyone would quickly guess. My first job out of school involved a commute of minutes and I started to hate it. I have found that those cheaper houses in the IE stay cheaper.
They do not appreciate as much as those closer to LA. OK with me if that does not bother you. Many of the desirable and even less desirable parts of the west side that were considered bad parts are no longer affordable to anyone but the rich.
I can think of at least 2 examples. This was V13 territory and was an absolute ghetto when I was young. If you looked at this area on a map you would say this is prime real estate and eventually Julia Roberts moved in and now no one can afford the ghetto shacks…. This was a very bad area in the past with gangs etc. No one in their right mind would walk down Pico at night. I think the desirable areas are slowly being swallowed up by gentrification. The West side is very desirable to live.
That 3 strikes bill also contributed to cleaning up the areas, but now Gov. Their faces cloud when someone dare suggests there might be alternatives why would anyone leave Paradise? Most of us stick because our families are here. And I know many who have left here, some for other countries, and are doing fine.
Yes, many of us were born into the commute Culture. We have family scattered throughout So Cal, and are not transplants. I write this from my 1BR apartment, the rent here would get me a suburban home elsewhere. But where would I go on holidays? Is it worth it? Evidently to those of us who put up with it.
I suspect that everyone else in the Aerospace, Entertainment and International Commerce businesses that thrive in LA has made the same determination. Long commutes put stress on marriages. Arriving home after fighting all that traffic, they tend to take out the accumulated hostility on the significant other…….
I would imagine that the stock market would be a more likely candidate for tanking in If that is the case, then there may actually be more upward pressure on real estate. I am hands down the biggest housing bear on this site but I can see a scenario where housing holds through The fact that there really is no housing market makes it hard to predict when and how hard it will tank. I am personally dumbfounded by how well those who pull the levers were able to make this artificial recovery seem so real….
Debt investors are simply more cautious — and the first to pull in their horns. However, this is not really the point I was trying to make. I think I was attempting to argue that the stock market has a higher likelihood of collapsing in than the housing market and this is coming from the biggest housing bear on this site. IMO, houses will continues to rise in price. With hyper-inflation, money plummets in value, while tangible goods food, fuel, housing goes up, way up. This is because tangible goods have inherent value, as opposed to worthless fiat currency.
They tend not to have to be at an office cubicle every morning at 8: The world is backwards. Ditto for the rentier class. They drive from property to property. One of my clients was the biggest landlord commercial in the state.
You would not believe how humble his office was — and how humble his obviously personal assets were. You must be thinking of trustifarians. Those kids are a LOT rarer than you might think — starting with inheritance tax laws. To duck them, one must spend large on attorneys — a bleeding that never lets up. They invented the system — get it? Only in Hollywood movie scripts The Great Gatsby do the wealthy find life boring — and investment opportunities uninteresting. Active management of assets is a JOB in and of itself — and should be respected for being such.
I actually personally know quite a few trust fund babies. These are children of land developers, move producers, business owners, etc.
You would actually be hard pressed at times to pick out these guys in a crowd but trust me they are there. Not sure if there is a correlation there just a personal observation. As in 6x current levels. Did you read their posts? The house tax evaluation gets reassessed due to its new sale price.
Your taxes at this point while higher due to the new sales price are not going to rise any faster than a house that was not sold. Blert, you just summarized what I have been saying for years. Long time owners who greatly benefit from Prop 13 will not sell their property strictly because of the low taxes they are paying.
The fact that they can gift the property and its Prop 13 tax basis to heirs adds even more pressure to stay put. London may start taxing foreigners to sell real estate to curb home prices there. If it passes, checkers says foreigners buy US and other real estate instead, chess says it might curb worldwide foreign purchases of real estate, including in the US, as people may think US would be next to implement it.
The current British government is doing everything in its power to ramp real estate prices to the moon… things like providing the down payment! The gain or loss from the sale of real estate has a source where the property is located. If you sell your California real estate and move out of state, the gain is taxable by California.
The gain is taxable by California even if the real estate is sold when you are a nonresident. A buyer of U. The transferee must find out if the transferor is a foreign person. If the transferor is a foreign person and the transferee fails to withhold, the buyer may be held liable for the tax.
The seller must report that sale of the real property interests by filing a U. Seven years into the economic recovery a lot of these new developments sit partially vacant for years on end. Increasingly in SoCal land near train tracks and adjacent to busy roads are being tapped for development despite the fact that there is almost no room for a greenbelt setback. I know one such development that broke ground just before the financial crisis of It took years to complete the development and now, some six years later, if you drive past at 8: It puzzles me to no end who is underwriting the risk for developers who erect quarter-million-dollar homes amidst working class neighborhoods in non-affluent areas of Los Angeles County and North Orange County.
Talk about being between a rock and a hard place! In my view, decades worth of ineptitude, if not outright fraud, on the part of local governments are to blame for the diminishing quality of life in SoCal.
There is one common denominator to the dwindling quality of life in SoCal and that is the unwillingness to implement a regional affordable housing strategy. The Lusk Center for Real Estate has rated Los Angeles THE least affordable city in the country because of a combination of housing shortage, lower median wages relative to cost of living here and comparatively few affordability requirements significantly less in comparison to San Francisco, New York and elsewhere.
If we are going to improve quality of life, reduce congestion, allow people to spend less time commuting and more time with their families, slow suburban sprawl, improve air quality, and reduce health risks State and local governments MUST begin to coordinate a strategy that allows median wage earners to afford median housing costs in LA, OC and elsewhere. Citizen groups, too, must begin to mobilize to protest the City governments that are enabling what little land resources we have for new-home construction to go toward UNaffordable housing.
Make a mental note of the new housing developments you see in and around Los Angeles and Orange County — and what the cost is for that new housing relative to local market values.
Next, watch and wait: Where is the investigation? Where is the reform? There out to be some kind of vacant property tax so these owners of empty projects will sell or rent these properties at a loss, and then the properties will be more affordable than they might have been otherwise! The high cost of commuting from the Inland Empire: Steve Tyler December 2, at 7: Why not move to another state?
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Heathen December 3, at Construe December 4, at 7: December 3, at 9: PapaNow December 3, at If this happens, you can kiss the Inland Empire goodbye. LAer December 3, at Joe December 3, at 7: James T in MA December 3, at 9: Enzo MiMo December 3, at 2: Great inputs from those on the ground, past and present. If you looked at this area on a map you would say this is prime real estate and eventually Julia Roberts moved in and now no one can afford the ghetto shacks… Second would be South Side Santa Monica north of Pico Blvd.