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Drastic changes won't be made at Lawrence, Sutherland elementary schools

Senior projects eliminated; Rio Valley Charter School approved

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Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2010 12:00 am

In a surprise move, Lodi Unified trustees voted Wednesday to hold off a year to make drastic changes at Lawrence and Sutherland elementary schools. Both were named by the state among the persistently lowest performing, and mandated to subscribe to one of four intervention models to receive grants.

The 4-2 decision was made in front of an over-capacity crowd wearing pink to protest budget cuts. Three private security guards and two armed Lodi Police officers were also on hand.

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  • posted at 7:08 pm on Thu, May 6, 2010.


    Good Byeand Good Riddence to the Senior Project.... some teahers spent the whole year prepping their under-achieving students to get it done while others simply handed out a list of due dates. Now if only to save a few more thousand by cutting the administration heavy staff and putting that money towards teachers. Too bad the union represents all of them. And only if kindergartners would come in knowing their ABCs and 123s in English the Grammer Schools wouldn't be in the state they are in and Seniors would know how to actually be able to write an essay.

  • posted at 1:24 pm on Thu, May 6, 2010.


    Well said Senior Mom, and as we all go through life that word FAIR seems to crop up from time to time. I have been a judge for Senior Projects for the past 3 years and have judged Oral Debates, while some young people copy and read their Projects others put their heart and soul into them. Sad to see that they have been abanded. The older you get the more you learn that life isn`t and was never ment to be FAIR.

  • posted at 1:19 pm on Thu, May 6, 2010.


    Thank you school board for eliminating the senior project. $70,000.00 will keep at least one more teacher. Can you make sure it's a performing teacher?

  • posted at 1:16 pm on Thu, May 6, 2010.


    T Jefferson, You are so right. Please run for the board. Observer, let's be serious the schools are lacking strong leadership.The last thing we need is the continued ignoring of the low performance in our schools. Not just these schools. If you don't want to accept the money from the government, then consider kicking the unions out as Clovis Unified did in Fresno. No lack of performance in that district. If I were parents in these tow schools, I would unionize and put pressure on the school board. Google it. Others have.

  • posted at 5:48 am on Thu, May 6, 2010.


    TO THE LODI SCHOOL DISTRICT GRADUATING SENIORS.....First life lesson is "Life is not always fair"! You were the first class to miss Science Camp because of budget cuts. Then you were the last class required to do the "Senior Project"!

  • posted at 4:56 am on Thu, May 6, 2010.


    Observer, that's the whole issue that's always taboo? Why? Funding, maybe? Very sad to see this stuation continue to be ignored. Denial, my definition.

  • posted at 4:26 am on Thu, May 6, 2010.


    Let's be honest.....the biggest academic challenges at those two schools aren't the teachers and principal.

  • posted at 4:02 am on Thu, May 6, 2010.


    t jeff: Districts can always say no to the feds, but the consequence is the possible loss of federal Title I funds, which districts like LUSD have come to rely on.

  • posted at 1:23 am on Thu, May 6, 2010.


    If you can just say NO...why even worry about NCLB or performance improvement or any of the standards. Something doesn't ring true here...either this stuff matters or it doesn' can't choose to go along with what you want to or not.



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