Clean up for the nation and the state’s persistently lowest achieving schools are set to kick in soon, with the San BernardinoCityUnifiedSchool Districtscrambling to conform to the state’s new guidelines.
The school district had eleven schools showing persistently low performance, and the state is demanding schools roll out their plans by next September on how they will get students to a higher academic standard.
Individual low achieving schools are eligible to receive a total of $150,000 to $6 million if they put the right academic achievement plan into motion as outlined by the federal mandate.
But defining the actual plan gets difficult with so many loose ends ahead.
On March 9, 2010, the state announced the names of schools ranked in the lowest five percent for academic achievement in the state. These schools will require substantial changes to their school year, governance, and funding. Among the schools named, 11 are a part of the San Bernardino City Unified School District.
Our community should know San Bernardino City Schools had already taken decisive actions at all of the schools on this new state list, prior to the creation of the list. In fact, most of the schools listed have made great progress in the last two to three years due to these decisive actions.
Elise McCutchen, a senior in Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), was recognized recently as the first-place winner in the undergraduate division of the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) Annual Student Essay Contest on the topic “I Bet This Never Happens to Superman: Black Superheroes in Comic Books.”
McCutchen was an honored guest at the Student Luncheon of the 34th annual NCBS National Conference, which was held in New Orleans. She delivered a summary of her essay and received a plaque and a check for $350.
San Manuel Donates $200,000 to Crafton Hills College Foundation to Establish Santos Manuel Student Success Partnership
New campus program aimed at strengthening student support services to help more than 700 disadvantaged students
In yet another indication of its commitment to education in the Inland Empire, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has donated $200,000 to Crafton Hills College to supplement and expand direct student support services for at-risk students via the creation of the Santos Manuel Student Success Partnership – named in honor the first leader and namesake of the San Manuel Indian Reservation.
With the signing of yet another historical piece of legislation, President Obama made good on his promise to make higher education more affordable and accessible for all Americans.
The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, enacted on March 30, strengthens the Pell Grant program, invests in community colleges, extends support for Historically Black Colleges and other minority-serving institutions, and helps student borrowers manage their student loan debt by capping repayments at 10 percent of their discretionary income. These efforts will be fully paid for by ending the government subsidies currently given to banks and other financial institutions that make guaranteed federal student loans.