Education Week author Benjamin Herold, no relation to Scott “Tool Time” Herhold, dismantles Rocketship’s charter school experiment taking place in labs schools throughout San Jose. This piece by Herold, Benjamin’s not Scott’s, should be read by any parent considering sending their kid to these experimental and ever changing “learning labs”.
Declining test scores and student-to-teacher ratios of 50-1 are just part of what critics are trying to expose about some charter schools, others, like Stop Rocketship dot com, well, they want everyone to know about the corporate conflicts inherently intertwined in the surge for more charters. A statewide initiative was submitted to Cali’s Hottie AG and the link below tells a story of (alleged) deception, greed, and conflicts that may get corrected if this initiative makes it to the ballot: “The Stop Corporate Exploitation of Charter Schools Act.”
The Merc’s new guy at city hall takes to the Internal Affairs blog to tell readers that Starbucks ain’t coming to the Convention Center or City Hall. In fact, as Starbucks tells it they never heard back from the Economic Development staff at City Hall when they had questions they needed answered about locating in these spots…really? Maybe the Economic Development staff should spend their time helping businesses locate in SJ and not pitching a sales tax measure to the Chamber of Commerce…thanks to our spies for the tip.
As for seeking an exemption around the living wage policy in SJ, Starbucks issued a statement that includes the line: “Starbucks never requested such an exemption with the City of San Jose.” But that did not stop a majority of the City Council voting to let someone, anyone, have a pass on paying its workers a living wage at city owned properties. You can guess who the majority was, can’t you?
A 20-year old after-school counselor thought it was a good idea to sell weed to students at Willow Glen Middle School. He was nabbed and now sits in a jail cell on $55,000 bail.
Maybe the fake letter writers trying to close pot clubs could have sent the 20-year old pot pusher above one of these letters. NBC Bay Area tells us of the phony letters sent to pot clubs hoping their owners are so stoned that they actually pack all their bongs and close their doors.
Santa Clara County Sheriffs and Jail Guards have made it official, they have formed a Super-PAC to try and unseat incumbent Republican Sheriff Laurie Smith. The “Santa Clara County Public Safety Workers
Support Kevin Jensen for Sheriff 2014” will be the vehicle for the massive amounts of mud that must be slung to unseat the popular Sheriff Smith. Looks like Smith’s political consultant Rich Robinson won’t be able to phone this one in and may have to actually do some political consulting to secure a win.
But at least one deputy won’t be participating in the Super-Pac as he is sitting behind bars today. KTVU’s Robert Handa has the story.
A Twitter war, well, more like a skirmish or water balloon fight, broke out in the 17th Congressional District race between Honda and Khanna. The Metro’s Fly tells us about a pretty lame back and forth between the opposing campaigns that indicates a slow news week for the publication. Although the pic of Khanna in the post sure looks like he is ready to say, “Here is the church, here is the steeple…”
Slain BART Sgt. Tom “Tommy” Smith Jr. was laid to rest yesterday at an emotional funeral attended by thousands in Castro Valley. Smith, 42, was accidentally shot by a fellow officer on January 21 and was the first BART officer killed in the line of duty. He will be missed.
Facebook stuck its tongue and waved a finger, we are guessing the middle one, at authors of a recent study out of Princeton that predicted the demise of the social media giant in the not too distant future. Yesterday, Facebook posted record earnings on the back of solid mobile ads and blew past analysts’ projections for revenue and growth. The SV Biz Journal has the scoop.
Tech salaries in Silicon Valley shot up 7.2% and now average $108,603. Not bad for our pocket protector loving, calculator watch wearing, Rubik Cube mastering tech nerd friends, L’Chaim!
Did our Megadrought headline that ran in yesterday’s edition of the Fetch anger the rain gods? Duh, ya it did. Look for more wet weather today, now go find that umbrella.
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