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Education News

  1. SM Daily Journal: Battle over teacher pay gets worse
  2. Watkins, Corzo and Hitchcock winners in SMFCSD race
  3. Taking the Fight to Harvard
  4. Follow-up on “Test Success” – meetings with the local districts
  5. “Educators laud test success” – Give me a break!!!!
  6. Lawmakers try to ease California’s teacher shortage
  7. Back to School – Changes at Aragon HS
  8. Yet Another Case of Education Privatization Leading to Fraud


Issues in Teaching Mathematics     

  1. Here We Go Again….
  2. Pros and Cons of the CPM Math Textbook Series


AP Class Crisis

  1. Taking the Fight to Harvard
  2. It’s AP ex(sc)am time again!
  3. Important advice for students and parents regarding Advanced Placement (AP) classes.
  4. A Hole in the Aragon Math Curriculum
  5. very unfortunate local test practice that I think is hurting students.
  6. How to Interest Kids in Science, Engineering, and Math.
  7. Confirmation from UC Berkeley on problems with AP classes


Teacher Salaries

  1. SM Daily Journal: Battle over teacher pay gets worse
  2. SMFCSD Budget and Measure Y Postmortem
  3. Large Turnover on SMFCSD Board in Face of Looming Cutbacks!!
  4. Financial Troubles in the SMFCSD


College Admissions

  1. How to get in to Harvard
  2. SAT Test Prep Recommendations


Measure Y

  1. No Last Minute Miracle for Measure Y
  2. Measure Y revenues will NOT be replaced by the state if the measure fails to pass!
  3. San Mateo / Foster City Mail-in Ballot Coming for Measure Y


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SM Daily Journal: Battle over teacher pay gets worse

The latest news on the local K-8 San Mateo-Foster City School District’s salary dispute is in today’s San Mateo Daily Journal at:


I posted the following comment which appears after the article there.  The libertarian bots are also already replying with anti-tax calls.

Instead of comparing average salaries between the districts, one should look at the salary scales that are posted online at each district’s website.

We need to funnel more money to the teachers who are starting out in the profession, not those who are at the top of the pay scale and on the verge of retirement (which will mainly top off pensions, not benefit students). New teachers are the ones who are struggling to find housing; their elders are much more likely to already live in the area.

The current practice is to give everyone the same percentage increase. This funnels the most money to the people at the top.

Instead, the district should increase the salary tiers to be competitive with neighboring districts. I have written about these problems at length in the following articles:



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Watkins, Corzo and Hitchcock winners in SMFCSD race

Here are the results for the top three candidates in the San Mateo-Foster City School District Board of Trustees election. Details are at


Watkins: 25.35%
Corzo: 21.46%
Hitchcock: 15.83%

The next closest candidate, Zack-Kanga, received 12.12%. Curiously all three male candidates finished at the bottom of the list.

It is also interesting to note that no one seems to pay much attention to local San Mateo Daily Journal newspaper endorsements. Only their top pick won, but finished second. One of their choices finished last.


On the other hand, two of the three finishers were endorsed by the local teachers union, SMETA. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the ongoing salary dispute.

I am completely in favor of higher pay for teachers and was working on some new ideas to promote this as listed previously on this blog (the defeat of Measure Y blew a big hole in this effort unfortunately), but I am also a bit concerned for taxpayers when there are links between both sides of the bargaining table…


IMPORTANT – SMFCSD Board Election is TODAY, 11/7/2017

Today, 11/7/2017, is the final day to go to your polling place or turn in your vote by mail ballot for the San Mateo-Foster City School District Board of Trustees Election.

The District is facing a $7 million dollar a year budget shortfall following the failure earlier this year of Measure Y in a dismally low turnout election. It is important that we elect dedicated and qualified people to the board to deal with this issue as well as the teacher salary and other problems. Please remember to vote!!!

Thanks to Colleen Sullivan for finding this link to the voter information pamphlet:


Also you can find links to all of the candidates’ websites via the SMFCSD website at


Follow-up on “Test Success” – meetings with the local districts

I have met with both local superintendents regarding the recent CAASPP state test scores.

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