Thank you for the great review for my school, Oakland Military Institute College Preparatory Academy (Nov. 12, "Dave Ham: The man behind the parade). We were glad to participate in your parade. I am a seventh-grade cadet at OMI.
Once again, thank you very much.
Thanks, Pleasanton North Rotary
REACH could not exist without the support of our community partners. Recently, work teams from Pleasanton North Rotary performed annual maintenance and projects at REACH's six Pleasanton and three Livermore properties. The work crews replaced toilets, installed light fixtures, replaced furnace filters, cleaned out dryer vents and so much more.
REACH is an all volunteer nonprofit, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of each individual we support by helping them achieve their fullest potential. Our mission is to provide resources, education, activities, community participation and housing opportunities that will enable adults with developmental challenges to approximate the pattern of everyday living available to people without disabilities.
Not 'Waiting for Superman'
As if teachers did not have enough to deal with already with budget cuts, lay-offs and steadily rising class-sizes, they now find themselves the object of a savage attack in the form of a new movie by Davis Gugenheim called "Waiting for Superman."
The movie, which is stirring up a national debate over the effectiveness of public schools, lays the blame squarely at the feet of teachers and their unions. Sadly, the movie ignores much of our multi-faceted education system and focuses instead on charter schools. Its simplistic approach fails to provide a glimpse of the real challenges and successes in America's public school system. Instead it scapegoats teachers and their unions.
Has anyone in our community stopped to consider how many millions of dollars have been cut from our budget over the last two years? Class sizes have risen alarmingly and teacher workloads have increased as a result. Despite everything the District's API scores rose yet again last year and they remain among the highest in the state.
The students in California classrooms are not waiting for superman. They are just waiting for safe facilities, updated textbooks and basic school supplies that are needed in order to focus on learning.
Trevor Knaggs, President, Association of Pleasanton Teachers