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Malibu High School. Patch file photo.
Lorelei Shark July 22, 2014 at 07:28 am
It's all about money. It wasn't always, but in this current environment, it is. It would beRead More appropriate to be abating all toxins now - not more testing now. It is very clear that our government allows major environmental issues to slide - this must not slide. Just do it! Children and teachers are at risk and have been for some time. I wonder how long Ms Lyon would spend in a space known to have cancer causing elements in it - day after day, year after year.
Jen in Malibu July 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm
John July 22, 2014 at 01:17 pm
SMMUSD Superintendent Sandra Lyon says that PEER and Malibu Unites are dismissive of a governmentRead More agency's authority. In fact, it is SMMUSD that has been dismissive of the EPA's authority. Jared Blumenfeld of the EPA clearly stated in a Q&A with parents on campus that all PCBs in excess of 50ppm must be removed, per Federal mandate, yet the current Environ plan calls for management in place for up to 15 years. A letter from the EPA to SMMUSD back in December clearly stated that air testing should be done with windows closed, yet Mark Katchen tested about half of the initial classrooms with doors and windows open, which dilutes the concentration of PCBs in the air. SMMUSD also deemed it unnecessary to inform any regulatory agencies, parents, or teachers about the discovery of PCBs and eight other contaminants in MHS soil in 2009, or about its removal in 2011. Who's dismissing what here? PEER and Malibu Unites are not dismissive of a government agency's authority. They are acting in response to SMMUSD's abuse of authority.
Malibu High School. Patch file photo.
Stan Jacobs July 20, 2014 at 11:16 am
I got it! The solution would be quick, easy and the coalition of Malibu Unites and Public EmployeesRead More for Environmental Responsibility could have the opportunity to express their sincere concern by digging into their own pockets and hire a contractor to cleanup the caulking.
Cassandra Politzer Wiseman July 20, 2014 at 11:35 am
The SMMUSD Board Members and Superintendent Lyon have spent almost a million dollars since OctoberRead More on hiring Mark Katchen, a known anti-environmentalist, whose findings and testing were rejected by the EPA and Pillsbury, one of the most expensive law firms in the nation, to council them on our school's contamination case. Not one of the sick teachers or parents has hired a lawyer. All we have asked is for independent testing of the soil and classrooms so that we could do the tests properly after Katchen had the classrooms tested with the windows open and other shenanigans. According to school board minutes, SMMUSD CFO Jan Maez, BB project Architect Elaine Rene Weissman knew they had contaminated soil and chose to do the remediation without concern for the workers, who wore no protection or the classrooms full of teachers and students during summer school that were bordering the quad just inches away from the trenching. They even dumped the toxic soil in a nontoxic dump. Incompetence and malpractice and complete lack of leadership. Everything done wrong and no one at the SMMUSD wants to deal with it so they've chosen to cover it up instead. But the truth will out. It always does, ~12 teachers and 4 former students with thyroid disease; 1 bladder cancer; 3 teachers now retired who had melanoma cancer while at MHS; 1 pancreatic cancer; 1 retired teacher with colon cancer that moved to the brain; several teachers at MHS with reproductive issues and health issues of children that were carried to term on the MHS campus The 12 cases of thyroid disease in teachers include 3 with thyroid cancer (stage 1, diagnosed in the past 6 months), 6 teachers and the student with Hashimoto's thyroiditis and/or other thyroid problems over the past 3 years, and 3 teachers with nodules that must be examined every 4-6 months. The 3 teachers with thyroid cancer at MHS do not work in the same building on campus. But, the majority of the teachers with thyroid issues work in the main middle school building. The 4 cases of thyroid disease in former students include 1 former male MHS student, late 20s, who had thyroid cancer; 1 former male MHS student, late 20s, and 1 22-year-old former student (gender not specified), with thyroid disease; at least 1 former Cabrillo Elementary School student with thyroid cancer. MU and PEER are compiling more cases of disease among alumni and teachers who were not included in the description above. For example, there is also at least one instance of liver cancer in a former student at Cabrillo Elementary School. Cabrillo teachers seem of also have an elevated incidence of breast cancer, but I don't have numbers for you at this time. Our classrooms have the highest rate of PCBs in America but the soil was contaminated with chlordane, lead, ddts, ddes, tuolene, benzene, arsenic. More shocking to me as a parent has been Superintendent Sandra Lyon, Jan Maez and the rest of the school board's shameful attempts to brush it all under the rug and not test properly or remediate. They have chosen to spend almost a million of our tax dollars, the school districts' money, on hiring lawyers to protect themselves. Shameful.
Greg Sutton July 20, 2014 at 11:42 am
When will everyone realize that government operations of nearly all stripes are incompetent? HowRead More long does the government take to do things, how good is the quality and how expensive is it? Any publicly traded company (or small business) would have been bankrupt long ago. But tax payers collectively end up paying for the worst most costly services in the country. All the money in that wealthy area even has no impact.
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Brainwashed_In_Church June 30, 2014 at 06:12 pm
I'd rather have my kid sext 10 messages a day than eat an extra donut a day or smoke cigarettes orRead More watch 20 hours of TV a week or go to church.
Attila July 1, 2014 at 04:35 am
The photographic recording and transmission of minors in a sexual connotation or state of nudity /Read More partial nudity is production, possession and distribution of Child Pornography (California Penal Code 311). Every single time Child Pornography is viewed the victim is victimized yet once again (the standard law enforcement line). What the participants in this study (the ones dealing with imagery) are most likely to do, or should be doing, is being criminally prosecuted and, if not in prison, ending up on the Lifetime California Sex Offender Registry, where they belong. That is what the law says, and the law is the law.
College Planner July 16, 2014 at 10:07 am
The degradation of our culture saddens me.
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Kay Scuttlemaker June 11, 2014 at 07:35 pm
I love (most) teachers! That being said, I think this is a step in the right direction forRead More education reform here in California. I strongly believe that what we really need is a better way to evaluate teacher performance. I'd run it like a business using a multi-pronged evaluation approach: 1) self-evaluation (the best teachers will grade themselves more critically than the not-so-great ones), 2) student evaluations of their teachers, 3) peer evaluations, 4) parent evaluations (customer surveys!), and 5) evaluations by superiors. The best teachers not only keep their jobs but should be compensated appropriately. I'm all for merit-based pay and with such a comprehensive approach to evaluating performance the margin for error would be low. Alex Caputo-Pearl's statement that this ruling is "an attack on teachers, which is a socially acceptable way to attack students" is total baloney. It's an attack on the teachers that shouldn't be teaching and that's it. Period.
Wolfman June 11, 2014 at 07:39 pm
all depends on what side of the fence you on on
Brainwashed_In_Church June 12, 2014 at 06:38 am
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 07:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
A UCLA professor suggests that schools could cut bullying if they make sure students aren't isolated. Patch file photo.
Martha Fling April 2, 2014 at 06:58 am
"Connection is protection"...Jean Malpas at The Gender Project at Ackerman Institute forRead More the Family. Good work by Juvonen.
Madeleine Francois April 6, 2014 at 08:10 am
Bullying is a serious matter and calls for serious action on the part of parents as childrenRead More can’t handle it individually. That is why as a parent must follow your words with action by teaching your child to be assertive in expressing their feelings, they should know how to identify bullying and how to handle these behaviors. I discovered a safety solution coming from SafeKidZone and I find it interesting. It has an application called panic button and by just simply pressing the button the alert will go directly to a group of safety network and can access to the nearest 911 in the area. You can check out their site: http://safekidzone.com/?a_aid=5328991a0b72c
A judge hearing a lawsuit challenging teacher tenure is hearing final arguments today. Patch photo credit: Penny Arévalo.
Capo Parent April 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm
Union tools, and dull ones at that.
shelly April 4, 2014 at 04:04 pm
Capo Parent, Why the name calling?
fact checker April 4, 2014 at 05:23 pm
Because factual and respectful discussions aren't getting the results wanted. It's easier to trashRead More than it is to back up a losing prospect.
Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Lydia Graham November 14, 2013 at 12:43 pm
Learning cursive is a great form of art and communication. We wait too long to teach our kids aRead More second language in school and now we will make sure they only know how to read in one form.
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