SCCOE Board Candidate Gino Borgioli Touted Fake Endorsement From Sunnyvale’s Mayor

Santa Clara County school board candidate Gino Borgioli was forced to take down a fake endorsement from his campaign website.

Schools Trustee Admonished for Undermining Board Colleagues

Santa Clara County Board of Education trustee Joseph DiSalvo came under fire for what some viewed as an effort to subvert his colleagues.

Santa Clara County Board of Education Trustee Has Wife Apologize for His Angry Outburst

Santa Clara County Board of Education trustee who offended colleagues with an angry outburst, sent his wife to apologize on his behalf.

Silicon Valley Coalition Plays Key Role in Funding Early Education

There is a new beginning in California for economic development and ending mass incarceration. Yesterday, Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to allot an additional $265 million to fund early education for low-income children.

Board of Ed Allows Schools Chief to Avoid Answers on Shady Deal

County schools chief Jon Gundry would prefer we not talk about the quarter-million dollar contract he set up with a mystery company, which, for all intents and purposes, exists to funnel taxpayer money.

Mayoral Candidates Express Interest in Leading on Education

In front of more than 150 people Saturday at the Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose mayoral candidates gave their thoughts on why the next mayor has an integral role to play in leading public education efforts.

Charter, Public Schools Can Coexist

Two events I attended this week provide some optimism about traditional public and charter schools’ ability to coexist. Stories of eliminating inequality in public education are playing out in real time all over the valley. We should stand proud of how the region is rising up to form powerful coalitions to lobby elected officials and public leaders.

School Suspensions a Civil Rights Issue?

School suspensions go beyond just quick-fix discipline to get an unruly student out of the way. Statistics show that suspensions can lead to to a number of dangerous paths in life. The Santa Clara County Board of Education will hear a report about suspensions at its meeting Wednesday night, as well as an ongoing fight involving Bullis Charter School.

How Can Educators Solve the Racial Achievement Gap by 2020?

There are several critical “gaps” in the education of our children. One is the gap of how our high school students compare to high school students in cities like Helsinki and Shanghai on PISA (Program for International Student Assessment). Let’s call this gap the “Global Achievement Gap.” It is related to how students perform on comparable international assessments to real world problems in reading, math and science.

Making Politics Work for Public Education

Someone asked me last week if there are underreported stories about public education in the Bay Area. Absolutely there are. People and ideas are converging in Silicon Valley, and they have the potential to alter the landscape of schools and learning.