|Mr. Ed and his boss Lookie|
On Jun 4, 2014, at 7:33 PM,
Dear PUSD Board Members and Superintendent Gundry;
Attached are copies of the annual Ed Trust West (ETW) district report cards on student achievement for low income students, English learners and students of color. We are sending these reports out to each of the school districts in our Senate District.
I have attached the ETW press release to give you an overview of the report and two other documents on California districts making improvements and districts in Senator Liu's Senate District 25.
Unfortunately Pasadena is getting an F for improvement of low income students and children of color. It is one of only three districts in the county with this low a ranking. Pasadena has fallen to 140 of the 146 districts surveyed statewide on academic improvement for low income students. Other local districts with like demographics (Baldwin Park, Alhambra, Hacienda La Puente) are making improvements which we hope can serve as a model.
We would be happy to link you to these districts. We strongly suggest that you examine the reports and the web link to best practices that are improving performance.
You can view the results by region at http://reportcards.edtrustwest.org/regional-resources (Select Los Angeles as the region and improvement as category)
Here is the link to promising practices: http://reportcards.edtrustwest.org/promising-practices
And the link to the overview of how Ed Trust West determines their rankings.
ETW has produced a number of webinars that may be of interest as well featuring districts that have made significant gains including Baldwin Park, Claremont and others.
We would be happy to connect you to the research team at Ed Trust West if you have questions regarding the reports. As you finalize your LCAP we hope you will include these best practices in your plans for district improvement.
Education Policy Advisor
SENATOR CAROL LIU, 25TH SENATE DISTRICT
1000 N. Central Ave., Suite 240
Glendale, CA 91202
T 818.409.0400 | F 818.409.1256
(Mod: Here is Pasadena Unified School District President Scott Phelps's reply.)
From: Scott Phelps
Date: June 4, 2014 at 8:45:37 PM PDT
To: "Honowitz, Ed"
Subject: Re: Ed Trust West district report cards
What a colossal hypocrite you are trust-fund baby Ed! You blocked all attempts at accountability for 12 years while a board member, even publicly praising Mr. Diaz when the achievement gap significantly expanded under his watch and we your colleagues were pointing that out.
During the time Baldwin Park's Latino test scores started rising at a faster pace than PUSD's back in 2008-09, you were singing the praises of PUSD's practices! And for 12 years you spoke out if others of us focused on test score based accountability, especially for poor students, students of color and special needs students. And we know what Baldwin Park does. They focus on raising the scores of the kids who are near the next proficiency band, something we called gaming the system when Jerry Cradduck proposed that on your watch.
So no thanks Ed. And Claremont is somehow a valid comparison? I am troubled by the obvious political nature of your incredibly offensive and unbelievably hypocritical action as these test results and report cards aren't even recent news. Why now Ed? Seeking to promote your personal agenda again? Trying to counter good news about PUSD schools? Continuing your hatred of Mr. Gundry that you exhibited while still on the board?
No thanks Ed. You have nothing to offer us that is of any value.
(Mod: Scott Phelps added this later.)
I forgot another element of Ed's truly astonishing hypocrisy (besides him being on the board during all of these test score years and being on the positive side of Mr. Diaz's Eval in 2009 when two minority board members and myself were on the negative side because of these same achievement issues): He and his boss Ms. Liu did not support LCFF. It's well known and public record.
Now they want to tell us how we should do our LCAP. Truly unbelievable.
Have you no shame?
(Mod: I only wish more elected officials would speak out like this.)