Thanks for your help on the Rally Wagon and, Setting the record straight on CALPERS

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From across California, the obituaries for the California Republican Party have come thick and fast ever since the November election. After all, the GOP’s onetime national stronghold in Orange County now lacks even a single Republican in Congress.

With technology changing every industry on the planet, computing knowledge has become part of a well-rounded skill set for graduates, yet fewer than half of all schools in the United States teach computer science. 

More than a year before he won election as California’s next governor, Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom did not hesitate for a moment when asked what’s California’s biggest problem. “Income inequality,” he said in an interview then. He repeated that evaluation in subsequent sit-downs during the campaign.

All industries are being changed by technology so computer science has become relevant to almost every career. The U.S currently has over half a million openings for computing jobs, and these jobs are expected to grow at twice the rate of all other jobs.

Things were slightly bittersweet at Dianne Feinstein’s Election Night celebration in San Francisco, which marked her easy reelection to a fifth full term in the U.S. Senate, where she has been arguably the most influential Democratic member for the last few years.

Thanksgiving traditions transform a bit each year. This year the feasting was quite a global experience. Hearing perspectives from those raised in different cultures helps to expand everyone’s viewpoints. Sharing their gratitude for events of the past year melted the collective hearts.  

Much thanks for Youth Summit, and Camp Fire hits home.

Last month hundreds of educators in Porterville heard Mike Mattos from Solution Tree present about building the collaborative culture of a Professional Learning Community (PLC).

Tim Brown is a dynamic speaker who promotes Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). 

Last month he began his presentation to hundreds of Porterville educators with questions. “Did you come to this event today ready to learn? What impact do you intend to have on the next generation?  What’s your internal motivator?”  

Less than impressed with State Assembly choices, and Wheaton the man to get work done.

As a 28- year veteran of the fire service, I am proud to lead such a diverse group of firefighters and serve as your Fire Chief. The men and women that serve our Department are bound by a commitment to help all those in need and constantly pursue ways to enhance our services to the public.

Innovative teachers use the holidays to hook children into learning. Elementary teachers can start a lesson with a Halloween riddle…I like to cast spells, and wear a big hat. You might see me at night with a broom and a cat. What am I?

A different view on domestic abuse, and Fellow superintendent expresses support for Hire.

Marcia Tate is an internationally renowned presenter and author of eight books. In her book, Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites, she describes 20 instructional strategies that engage the brain and enhance memory.

Creating a paper trail that matters and A low point for a lifelong Republican

According to Beers and Probst, “Rigor in reading is not an attribute of a text, but rather of a reader’s behavior.” When lifting weights at the gym, it’s not the barbell that is rigorous, but rather the reps of the one lifting. 

A perplexed political persuasion, and Some research on County Superintendent candidates.

Research studies suggest that the more students read, the better their test scores are.  A child who reads 20 minutes a day will be exposed to nearly 2 million words in a year and scores on the 90th percentile on standardized test.  Children who read about 5 minutes a day encounter over a quarter of a million words a day and their percentile rank on standardized tests is about 50. 

Less than two hours after Gov. Jerry Brown signed California’s landmark new “no cash bail” law, the Republican candidate to become the state’s top lawyer pronounced it illegal, unconstitutional.

A different world for women decades ago, and At-large voting still alive and well?

Folks with little faith in California voters have won at least a partial victory this year. For decades, since the great Progressive (a tag worn a century ago mostly by moderate Republicans) Gov. Hiram Johnson created the ballot initiative, critics have railed against direct democracy, claiming an uninformed public often makes major mistakes.

Ben Franklin wrote, “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Teachers coax, train, and inspire students to examine what’s holding them back.  Success is a learnable skill. Learning to succeed requires commitment and perseverance. Knowledge is power. Power is the ability to act.

Negative perception is inaccurate, needs to stop, and Stick with the evidence on Kavanaugh.

For months, the concept of a Western regional electricity grid advanced steadily through the Legislature, pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown and a phalanx of financial and utility giants including investor Warren Buffett and the AES electric generating firm, operator of 127 power plants.

This year approximately 600 teachers in Tulare County are working with emergency credentials which means they have college degrees, but haven’t taken teacher preparation classes. 

Accountability needed in drug and alcohol programs, and Sadness, anger over correctional officer’s death.

Many thanks for honest and helpful people, An accident waiting to happen, and Taking Carley to task.

For all three decades since Ronald Reagan left the presidency, California has been all but irrelevant at the top level of American politics. Sure, plenty of ultra-wealthy Californians are regularly among the top moneybags raising funds for candidates from elsewhere on all parts of the political spectrum.

Brian Melloni in the picture book ‘Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children,’ wrote, “No matter how long they are or how short, lifetimes are really all the same. They have beginnings and endings and there is living in between.”

Californians interested in keeping this state’s toughest-in-the-world standards for automotive smog pollution heaved a sigh of relief just over one year ago, when the federal Environmental Protection Agency reversed an earlier decision to impose new national ozone standards on all cars sold in America.

The date today brings to mind the Twin Tower disaster. That national remembrance invokes a sadness similar to that felt at the loss of our colleague Dr. Santos as The PUSD family prepares for his memorial tomorrow. 

Less than impressed with methadone clinic, Should we be watering our grass in Porterville, and A perpetually green pool and questionable Code Enforcement.

History teachers spend instructional time helping students study and comprehend their freedoms. After years of development, the new social studies framework was adopted in 2016 and focuses on four main social science disciplines: civics/government, economics, geography, and history. 

The week before school started, PUSD offered a new teacher academy for their ninety new hires.  The first day of training was provided by Fred Jones where participants received Teacher Tools for Teaching, a manual about discipline, instruction and motivation.  

Respected researchers, Marzano and Hattie, studied factors that impact student learning. Both concluded that the quality of instruction is the most important factor for increasing student achievement. Student learning happens best when quality instruction occurs. 

The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction, a book by Sean Cain and Mike Laird, describes five critical practices that result in highly effective teaching. Research acknowledges that the most important factor affecting student learning is the teacher, so empowering them to be as effective as possible improves education. The five fundamental practices include: framing the lesson, working in the power zone, frequent small group purposeful talk, recognize and reinforce, plus writing critically.

My family had a couple of trips to make this summer, to LA and the Bay Area.  One of the things that strikes me when I leave town is how much our entertainment options expand.

Fact checking Michael Carley’s “Mikeland” story

Great experiences at Porterville Les Schwab, and it’s time to step up and fix our drinking water crisis.

No more chlorpyrifos! by Raul Garcia, and A shameful shopping cart ordinance by Pegi Handley, both from Porterville.

Fact checking Michael Carley’s “Mikeland” story by William Lloyd of Porterville

Dive-In Theatre

Enjoy a family movie under the stars while relaxing in the water at our City Pool.  The final Dive-In Theatre of the season will take place tonight!  Gates open at 7:30 pm and Kubo and the Two Strings will begin at dusk.  Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children.  Space is limited at the pool, so we recommend that you get there early to get your spot. 

Fussing, feuding and fighting! They destroy families, friendships, business relationships, even relationships between nations causing wars! How can we avoid those three F’s that wreck relationships?

Remembering an angel,  a District elections a game changer, and 

Another missed opportunity.

Our grandson, Nate, enjoys planning and creating games for parties. When it came time for the family celebration of his 9th birthday, he thought it would be fun to have a treasure hunt or in his words “scavenger hunt.” After lunch, he divided us into three groups: 1) “Grandparents” consisting of two sets of grandparents 2) “Adults” with Nate’s parents and older sister and 3) “Kids,” his two brothers plus another young lady.  

Thanks for the help with AASC by Richard Schlagel, CEO of AASC and TLHD appreciates support in tough times by Kevin Northcraft, President, and Mike Jamaica, Vice President of Tulare Local Healthcare District.