SFUSD Richard Carranza With Arne Duncan Pushed Reactionary "common core"

SFUSD Richard Carranza With Arne Duncan Pushed Reactionary "common core"

At SFUSD, Superintendent Carranza Now NYC School Chancellor Led A Reign of Bullying Teachers and Students Along With Racist Attacks On African American Teachers. Carranza Also Supported Arne Duncan’s Driver For Common Core and Corporatization of Education

At SFUSD Superintendent Carranza and Now NYC School Chancellor Supported A Reign of Bullying Of UESF Teachers/Staff and Students And Racist Attacks On African American Teachers
The new New York City School Chancellor appointed by Mayor Blasio has a vicious record of encouraging bullying of teachers, staff and students at the Martin Luther King Middle School In San Francisco. The union UESF even called a press conference to protest the racist retaliation and bullying by a principal who was supported by SFSUD superintendent Carranza.
Teachers and supporters of public education should carefully look at his record and how he will continue to terrorize teachers and staff.

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SF Martin Luther King UESF School Teachers & Parents Protest Reign Of Bullying And Violence
Published on Sep 13, 2012
San Francisco UESF teachers and parents protested the reign of bullying, retaliation and criminal abuse against students at the Martin Luther King middle school in San Francisco. The union called the press conference on September 11, 2012 to report that many teachers have been harassed, bullied and pushed out of the school for speaking up for the students. They also reported that the principal had physically abused the students but the SFUSD Board had refused to investigate and also the police department has also refused to investigate and prosecute this criminal activity. Speaker after speaker talked about the reign of terror by management against the mostly Black and Latino students.
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Stop The Bullying/Retaliation At SF MLK School By Principal & Carranza Criminal Cover-up
SF teachers and staff and public school advocates spoke out against the bullying
and retaliation at the Martin Luther King Middle School at the San Francisco School
Board meeting on December 11, 2012. The San Francisco superintendent Richard
Carranza who is in favor of privatization and charters had charged that it there was
"slander" against the Martin Luther King Middle school principal Natalie Eberhard,
Assistant Principal Anthony Braxton and Associate Superintendent of Middle Schools
Jeanie Pon. His effort to continue the cover-up of the criminal physical abuse is itself
criminal. The SFUSD school management has covered up felony criminal abuse of a
student at the school and retaliated against teachers and staff removing 17 UESF
and SEIU 1021 members from the school.
Teachers accuse SF principal of bullying
SF Martin Luther King UESF School Teachers & Parents Protest Reign Of Bullying
And Violence By Principal
Stop Retaliation And Racism at SFUSD: UESF Members Speak Out At SF School Board Meeting
Bullying And The Law, Carrie Clark Gives Report at SF UPWA Meeting
Stop Retaliation And Racism at SFUSD: UESF Members Speak Out At SF School Board Meeting
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SF Parents & Teachers Protest Against Layoffs-Filipino Teachers And Community Speakout
Despite the growing income in the City of San Francisco, the San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Richard Carranza and the top administrators proposed further layoffs of teachers and staff including special education teachers and art teachers. Parents and teachers as well as the UESF protested these attacks on the children and education conditions but the majority of the board voted to order the cutbacks. While spending millions on consultants and privatization testing by Pearson Inc. the Superintendent continue the attack on working class and minority students. This also includes criminal abuse of a special education student at MLK and cover-up by the Principal Natalie Eberhard, former assistant principal Anthony Braxton, Associate Superintendent Jeannie Pon and the Superintendent Richard Carranza.
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Videos On Bullying And Retaliation At SF MLK Middle School

Stop The Bullying!
SF MLK Middle School Teachers/Staff Call For DA Gascón To Prosecute Physical Abuse
On November 27, 2012 a press conference was called by the United Public Workers
For Action UPWA to call for an investigation and criminal prosecution by San Francisco
District Attorney George Gascón of the Martin Luther King Principal Natalie
Everhard and Assistant SFUSD Superintendent Jeannie Pon for obstruction of
justice. The principal sat on a student and a security guard was injured
at the school and over 17 teachers and students have been retaliated
against by Everhard and Pon for speaking out about the conditions at the school.
Teachers and staff talked about a campaign of bullying against the students and staff.
SF Martin Luther King UESF School Teachers & Parents Protest Reign Of
Bullying And Violence By Principal
Stop Retaliation And Racism at SFUSD: UESF Members Speak Out At SF School Board Meeting
Bullying And The Law, Carrie Clark Gives Report at SF UPWA Meeting
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Stop Retaliation And Racism at SFUSD: UESF Members Speak Out At SF School Board Meeting
Teachers and staff who have spoken out about
criminal physical abuse at San Francisco Unified School District MLK
have been retaliated against by the Principal and Superintendent Richard
Carranza. Speakers included Tobias Caine, a security guard and
member of the UESF and Linda Cooks a teacher and member of
UESF. They spoke at the San Francisco Board of Education meeting
on November 13, 2012 about the retaliation and racism at the San Francisco Middle School
Over 14 workers who are members of UESF and SEIU 1021 workers
have been bullied, injured and retaliated against by Martin Luther King principal Natalie
Eberhard. This terrorism and physical abuse by Everhard has been
covered up by the school board and the school superintendent Richard
Carranza as well as Assistant Superintendent Jeannie Pon who is in charge of the
SFUSD Middle Schools. The management also refuse to release a video
tape of the principal sitting on a Black student at the school.
Assistant superintendent Jeannie Pondwho is on the board of the
SERP Core group which is funded and controlled by the Bechtel
corporation has also personally been involved in covering up this criminal
activity by Everhard and been involved in obstruction of justice by refusing
to report this physical abuse to the police and the SF District Attorney Gascon
as is required b the law.
Everhard in one of her first acts as principal of the school gave away
the band instruments and has eliminated the music and art programs
and class at the Martin Luther King school in San Francisco.
Also the United Educators of San Francisco UESF along with community
groups and parents had a press conference which details the specific
situation at the school. You can watch this at:
SF Martin Luther King UESF School Teachers & Parents Protest Reign Of
Bullying And Violence By Principal
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Bullying And The Law, Carrie Clark Gives Report at SF UPWA Meeting
Carrie Clark a representative of CA Healthy Workplace Advocates CHWA.
She spoke about bullying, who does it and what needs to be done to
fight this hostile workplace action. The meeting focused on the epidemic
of bullying going on at the Martin Luther King Middle school against students,
teachers and staff.
The meeting also discussed the attack on San Francisco
city workers. For more information about CHWA go to
The meeting was sponsored by United Public Workers For Action www.upwa.info

SFUSD School Bd Exclusion Of Dr. Espanola Jackson From Speaking and Cover Up Racist Criminal Actions At MLK
The new school board chair Rachel Norton stopped 80 year old Dr. Espanola Jackson from speaking at the February 12, 2013 school board meeting. when she was going to school in San Francisco and her battle to defend Black students at SFUSD. She spoke after the meeting was recessed to stop her from speaking and discussed the racist treatment of Black students including her being placed in a special education class The board and Superintendent Richard Carranza have also covered up criminal abuse at the SF Martin Luther King Middle School by the Principal Natalie Eberhard, Assistant Principal Anthony Braxton and Associate Superintendent Jeannie Pon. There is now a criminal investigation by the DA in San Francisco but the District Attorney like the school board is refusing to interview the actual staff involved in the incident to get their full report. Also the Assistant Principal Anthony Braxton has been transferred out of the school by District management to develop the "core standards". At the previous meeting, it was reported that Braxton was posting material on a web site about his trips to Thailand to procure young men for sexual relationships. The transfer of Braxton without any investigation of him for his criminal cover-up of the abuse and efforts to coerce SFUSD employees to change their stories about the physical abuse by MLK principal Natalie Eberhard now shows that the District management including Superintendent Carranza and the Board Members who know about this situation are themselves involved in covering up these crimes against children and SFSU UESF and SEIU 1021 workers at the schools.
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Teachers accuse SF principal of bullying

Jill Tucker

Updated 10:24 p.m., Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A group of San Francisco middle school teachers escalated their efforts to push out their principal Tuesday, marching in front of the Hall of Justice to demand the district attorney address their allegations of abuse.

The handful of former teachers and staff as well as one current social worker and a former parent from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School held signs and said they were protesting a "reign of bullying and violence" under Principal Natalie Eberhard.

They also criticized District Attorney George Gascón for refusing to investigate and prosecute the principal for a Feb. 4 incident in which she physically detained an upset student.

District officials said they conducted a thorough investigation and found no evidence of any misconduct by Eberhard. Gascón's office said no such case has been forwarded to the district attorney for review.

"There are procedures in place to evaluate personnel and we follow these procedures," said school Superintendent Richard Carranza in a statement. "A principal's work performance is not and should not be judged based on slander."

The protesters alleged that Eberhard sat on a student during a confrontation, one in which they acknowledged the principal had requested and received emergency police response.

District officials said a school surveillance video disproves the accusations against Eberhard, but they could not release it to the media because it contained confidential student information.

Teachers said they reported Eberhard's alleged abuse to Child Protective Services, the police and the district attorney's office - to no avail. They said they hadn't filed a police report separate from the initial police response to the incident.

The incident was one of many examples of bullying, the protesters said.

"She yelled at me in front of two classes of students," said Linda Cook, a former English teacher who was removed from her job. "She walks around and provokes teachers, students and anyone in her way to anger."

The Portola neighborhood school has long had issues with low student performance and behavior. The United Educators of San Francisco, which represents 6,000 district teachers and aides, has filed more than 10 labor grievances in the last two years, including one Tuesday over insufficient security at the school.

Amos Brown, president of the San Francisco NAACP who has spent significant time at the school, said he believes the allegations against the principal are false.

"I've seen the video, and it's time that we stop this malicious lie," he said. "I think that teachers, parents, administration need to come together and stop this infighting and bickering. The main thing at the school is the children."

This is Eberhard's second year as principal. The school has had five principals in the last five years.

Jill Tucker is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail:  jtucker@sfchronicle.com

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SF Superintendent Carranza And US Ed Secretary Dunan Push Reactionary Common Core-UESF MIA
SF teachers say Common Core standards make learning social, but challenges linger
By Laura Dudnick @Lauradudnick

• By Laura Dudnick

• SFUSD Superintendent Richard Carranza, left, and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke on a panel Tuesday that addressed the impacts of the new Common Core State Standards in The City’s public schools.
Several years ago in Redding Elementary School teacher Mai Tien Nguyen's fourth-grade classroom, math was about finding answers as quickly as possible.

When students would ask Nguyen questions like why three times four equals 12, she would simply tell them, "That's just how it is."

But this school year, Nguyen is using math status posters for students to explain how they solved a problem through pictures, numbers and words.

"It's not just numbers anymore," Nguyen explained Tuesday at a panel on the new Common Core State Standards. "These numbers have value, they have meaning, and [students] need to know what the value and meaning is or they're not understanding the math problem."

The panel at Roosevelt Middle School, comprised of San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Richard Carranza and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, as well as eight other teachers and administrators, offered a glimpse into the impacts of the new Common Core standards in The City's public schools.

This school year marks the first time all 1,800 SFUSD math teachers have implemented the Common Core curriculum, the first significant change to the district's math program since 1997. Beginning in the 2013-14 school year, the SFUSD implemented districtwide its new curriculum for English-language arts, which is also based on the Common Core standards.

Teachers on the panel said the standards, which the SFUSD gradually rolled out since the 2009-10 school year, have made classrooms more collaborative because the curriculum encourages students to work together.

"Learning is a social process in my classroom," said Shaheena Shiekh, who teaches seventh- and eighth-grade math at James Denman Middle School. "My students have had a chance this year to defend their math ideas and question each other."

While the new standards add up to more group work for students, teachers said that outside the classroom there needs to be more professional development as well.

"It needs to be this sense of a Common Core math community, where [in] kindergarten to fifth grade we're all practicing the same routines and procedures," Nguyen said.

Carranza and Duncan conceded that educational changes don't come without challenges.

"Any time you raise the bar, it's a challenge," Duncan said. "The fact that teachers are driving this is hugely important."

The district is trying to carve out time on a regular basis for teachers to collaborate with one another, but in a way in which it does not impact time spent with their students, Carranza noted.

"You need to have professional development to develop capacity, but how do you bring teachers together without taking them out of their classroom?" he said, adding that schools get "creative with their scheduling" to allow time for collaboration.

Pro-privatization Union Buster SF Superintendent Carranza Opposes AB375
Gov. Brown: Veto the teacher dismissal bill AB375
Richard A. Carranza
Published 5:10 pm, Tuesday, September 24, 2013

During the very last days of the legislative session, a flawed measure dealing with teacher dismissal, Assembly Bill 375, was pushed through the Legislature and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown. This bill is a classic case of good intentions to protect student safety gone awry - it should be vetoed by the governor, and accompanied by a strong message that it is time to go back to the drawing board and come up with some real solutions.

First, I want to be clear that I am proud of the incredible work being done by our teachers, principals, counselors and other staff, and know that the safety and education of our students is their highest priority. But it is a sad fact that I must occasionally recommend to our governing board that we dismiss an employee either for poor performance or, in extremely rare cases, for serious misconduct involving the children entrusted to our care.

When we are required to take such action, we need a teacher dismissal process that is fair and efficient, and correctly balances the rights of employees with the safety and educational needs of our students. Current law does not do this - it is a convoluted, costly and time-consuming process - but despite its claims to fix these problems, AB375 makes a bad process even worse.

For example, AB375 would restrict the ability of our district to gather evidence during the dismissal process, add procedural hurdles to the immediate suspensions of employees when serious misconduct with children is alleged, make it more difficult to amend charges if new information is uncovered during investigations, and create unworkable timelines for new processes and procedures while severely limiting the authority of the administrative law judge to alter those timelines when necessary. While I support the initial goal of the bill to streamline the procedure for teacher dismissal and make it more cost-effective, the technical flaws in the bill produce the opposite result.

For this reason, I am not aware of any district superintendent or human resources director who supports AB375.

While I oppose AB375, I fully agree that the teacher discipline and dismissal process should be reworked. We need a fair and efficient process that focuses on the safety and educational needs of our students while protecting the rights of our employees. Along with my colleagues I stand ready to work with the Legislature, parents, organizations representing teachers, and other interested parties to implement meaningful reforms to the dismissal process. The children in our schools deserve no less, and I respectfully ask Gov. Brown to give us that opportunity by vetoing Assembly Bill 375.

Richard A. Carranza is the superintendent of schools of the San Francisco Unified School District.

SFUSD superintendent takes new standardized testing for a spin before classroom rollout next week
By Laura Dudnick @LauraDudnick

San Francisco Unified School District students will begin taking computer-based testing next week for the first time since the more rigorous assessment replaced the California's STAR testing program.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment — designed for third- through eighth-grade students, along with 11th-graders, as an alternative to the Standardized Testing and Reporting program — focuses on critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. Students took practice versions of the test last year, the results of which were not included in their records.

Essentially, the tests aim to measure what students know based on the new Common Core State Standards in mathematics and language arts, the curriculums for which rolled out districtwide this school year and in 2013-14, respectively, said Ritu Khanna, assistant superintendent for research, planning and accountability at the SFUSD.

The former standardized testing primarily asked students multiple-choice questions. The new tests are done on computers and sometimes offer two or three possible correct choices. Students are also tasked with creating a constructed response in which they defend their answer, Khanna explained.

Tests are also designed to keep students from simply guessing answers, said Brady Fell, program administrator for achievement assessment at the SFUSD.

"The students really have to know what they're answering, and if not the test is going to determine that they are guessing," Fell said.

In fact, the tests are designed to catch specifically which part of a question a student might not understand. The computer adaptive portion of the tests will adjust with every three to five questions to level off how a student is answering.

"What it really is doing is determining at what standard the student either knows an answer or doesn't know an answer," Fell said.

Superintendent Richard Carranza knows firsthand what it's like to take the assessment. He took a practice math test Tuesday at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, with the help of a few fifth-graders.

The first problem on the test was posed in two sentences via a computer: "Each page in a picture album has three rows, and four pictures fit in each row. How many pictures fit on each page?"

"It sounds like there is some multiplication," Carranza commented to student Jailynn Bermedez, who was standing by to help the superintendent navigate the exam.

"I think there is, too," the 10-year-old said.

Together, they reached the correct answer of 12.

After completing the practice test, Carranza likened the experience to solving everyday problems.

"In a 21st-century skill type of way, this is what you do in the workplace all the time," he said. "You're constantly sketching and thinking and then testing it out and coming back and trying it out and seeing if it works. It's kind of real world."

District officials acknowledged that the first year of testing might yield lower test scores than when the standardized tests were last implemented in the 2012-13 school year, but said that this year's results will serve as a baseline for future assessments.

Students will begin taking the new assessment next week when California's testing window opens; it runs through May 29. Parents should check with their child's school for exact dates.