I am surprised to see a May 10 letter taking the Templeton School District to task for its voluntary Saturday school.
Patrick Moloney writes, “Clearly, it’s not about the student; it’s about the money.” It’s possible Moloney was not joking, and I feel compelled to clarify the event, as I was there.
District employees informed families about the Saturday school. Templeton parents encouraged their children to attend. Administrators, security officers and teachers donated their time and expertise.
Hundreds of kids came to school Saturday, because they saw themselves as part of a community dedicated to improving their educational experience. They understood their potential to influence what happens in their schools and appreciated their teachers’ offers of extra help.
What Moloney depicts as sinister was actually a proud day in Templeton. Students received something rare: one-on-one instruction from teachers. They worked with their teachers on concepts they missed and got help with challenging assignments. As a result, maybe one teacher will keep his or her job. Maybe a student will have 32 students in his English class instead of 38.
Yes, our Saturday school generated money. We are excited to use it to benefit our students.
According to the May 10 editorial, PG&E needs to charge $270 plus a monthly charge for anyone to “opt out” of having a SmartMeter.
If that’s the case, does that mean everyone else who has a SmartMeter installed will get a $270 refund and monthly discount?
Thank you for your May 5 article regarding AB 622. I have served on two San Luis Obispo grand juries, and I can say without a doubt that enacting this bill would seriously weaken the jury’s oversight of the county’s publicly funded agencies.
During my terms on the jury, some of the most valuable information we gathered was volunteered by witnesses primarily because they knew that their testimony was given in secrecy and that the jurors were sworn to protect their anonymity.
The grand jury is one of the few citizen-based organizations with the power and authority to provide in-depth investigations into governmental agencies. Rather than being an attempt to provide “greater openness,” AB 622 is actually a blatant attempt to reduce the effectiveness and increase the cost of the grand jury process.
Perhaps the next step in Sacramento Democrat Roger Dickinson’s campaign for openness will be to allow observers to look over our shoulders as we vote.
It’s interesting to see pictures of school teachers holding signs reading, “Tax the rich and their corporations.”
Guess they don’t understand their very cherished pension plan, CALSTRS, is heavily invested in corporate securities.
Talking about shooting yourself in the foot. And these are the people who teach our children.