Demand Change at CKM High School: Help Improve Classes, Safety, & Staffing!

Demand Change at CKM High School: Help Improve Classes, Safety, & Staffing!

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NOVEMBER 12, 2019


The following signatories represent a broad-based community of concerned individuals deeply supportive of ensuring that CK McClatchy High School (CKM) provides an academically challenging, supportive and inclusive educational environment for all of its students.  We include parents and families of CKM students; teachers and other professional educators who serve at CKM or care about the quality of its teaching environment; neighbors and other community members who recognize the importance of CKM to the greater Sacramento region; students and alumni of CKM; and the parent action group CKM Advocates for Action, among others.

The CKM Advocates for Action and the signatories of this petition demand from SCUSD District Superintendent Jorge A. Aguilar, SCUSD Board President Jessie Ryan, SCUSD Board Member Lisa Murawski, CKM Principal Peter Lambert, Sacramento City Councilmember Steve Hansen, Sacramento City Councilmember Jay Schenirer and Sacramento City Mayor Darrell Steinberg a timely response to and action on the following issues:

1) Teacher Vacancies and Use of Substitutes: Clarification and more specific data from the CKM Administration and SCUSD District regarding staff and teacher vacancies including: new positions and positions currently filled by long-term substitutes, and the use of long-term substitute teachers. Specifically, please provide:

  • Data on how many teacher vacancies existed for which classes at CKM as of August 29, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year. Please also break these vacancies down into the following categories: (1) resignations and retirements, (2) new positions, and (3) teachers on leave of absence (LOA).
  • Data on how many of those vacancies have been filled with non-substitute teachers as of the date of this petition.
  • A statement on whether the District and CKM believe that the use of long-term (2-weeks or longer) substitutes is an acceptable solution to filling these vacancies.
  • As of the date of this petition, how many of the vacancies remain unfilled by a non-substitute teacher.  Please break this data down by class assignment.
  • A statement whether the District and CKM can confirm whether each long-term substitute teacher at CKM was fully qualified to effectively teach the class to which they were assigned.
  • A detailed plan (including the steps and names of decision makers) on how the District and CKM are filling the remaining vacancies (including resignations/retirements, new positions, and teachers on LOA) and how the District and CKM will ensure CKM will not have any teacher vacancies at the start of the 2020-2021 school year and thereafter.
  • An immediate and transparent plan (and provide details for the structure including the standard and how it is determined for each class) for all students to obtain coursework remediation during the school day and school year for coursework denied during the 2019-2020 school year because of CKM and the District’s failure to provide adequate staffing for classes (as confirmed by Principal Lambert in a letter dated 11/1/19).

2) Planned Course Eliminations: we support the SCUSD District and CKM’s stated objective of ensuring all CKM students are aware of and able to take advantage of rigorous academic coursework. We are concerned that the District and CKM’s strategy for achieving this objective is to eliminate existing rigorous course offerings rather than to encourage broader participation in those courses. Specifically, please provide:

  • A complete list of all classes that: (1) were provided in the 2018-19 school year that were eliminated for the 2019-20 school year, (2) are currently being offered in the 2019-2020 school year that will be eliminated in the 2020-2021 school year.
  • The specific steps the District and CKM Administration have taken over the last two years to encourage and support incoming freshman from all local middle schools to enroll in rigorous course offerings.
  • Confirmation whether the statement by District Staff at the CKM forum on October 29, 2019 that the Freshman Molecular biology course currently offered at CKM does not comport with the new science curriculum standards was a true statement.
  • Date and location for a community meeting regarding the Molecular Biology course, as promised by Principal Lambert (letter dated 11/1/19).
  • Details regarding specific support the staff has and will receive (including when  and how many times) regarding programs and class restructures for the current school year and projected for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • What measures have the CKM Administration and District taken to ensure that the staff is prepared to provide quality instruction to all students?

3)  School Health & Safety: Provide effective, sustainable school health and safety measures that meet the needs of all students, teachers and staff, and the surrounding community by:

  • Executing proper training, reasonable security measures, and promoting positive alternatives to school discipline. 
  • Providing dates related to trainings on, including, but not limited to, implicit bias, restorative practices, and other topics for Office Managers, Campus Monitors, Security Officers, Principals, Assistant Principals, and other employees.
  • Improving staffing and training to allow for 1) the delivery of a full range of services in education, social and emotional learning and 2) adequate support services and resources for students.
  • Immediately hiring a site-specific school nurse to attend to the medical needs of the 2,400+ student population.

Together, we demand the SCUSD Superintendent, School Board, CKM Principal and our Sacramento Elected Representatives act immediately regarding these issues.

We believe the CKM Administration should provide strong and effective leadership for its students, teachers and staff.  We expect the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD District) and its elected board to actively engage in assisting CKM marshal necessary resources to address its challenges and advocate for the best interests of all CKM students.  We measure the commitment and ability of the CKM Administration and SCUSD by actions, not words; by change, not promises; by accountability, not assignment of blame; and by outcomes, not platitudes.  

The CKM Advocates for Action:  We are advocates for our public, neighborhood school.  We support our students and teachers.  We are taking action to incite change on our high school campus. We strive for excellence in education for all students. Join Us.  Demand change at C.K. McClatchy High School.  Advocate.  Support.  Act.   

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