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Editorial on the teacher turnover at Clayton Valley Charter

 

There have been various reasons why teachers have left CV. But regardless, the amount of turnover that CV is seeing is absolutely abnormal, especially in the midst of a teacher shortage in California. Overall, many teachers simply disagree with the direction the school is taking. Mr Linzey cares more about building an empire and creating an image, and the governing board rubber stamps whatever he wants.

Professional development and collaboration has become a bumbling mess, and there is little effective communication amongst the staff as a result. The division of two years ago is still there, it is just quieter now. Academic programs seem to take a back seat to certain athletic programs. Achieve 3000 is touted as a panacea for literacy problems when really it is a waste of time that is forced on teachers and students and takes time away from meaningful learning and teaching. Teachers are scolded and punished for complaining or speaking out. Student discipline is not effectively handled and there is little to no avenue for teachers to have any input. The list goes on, but in the end, CV still has a lot of work to do- more than ever- if it still wants to go from “good to great”.

The public needs to be educated about the fact that teachers are professionals with extensive training, but their contributions are not valued at CV, or only valued if they’ve sworn allegiance to Mr. Linzey, and often the direction he wants to go is not student-centered. However, pointing that out will get one labeled a “traitor” and discredited as “just another disgruntled teacher.” Such a toxic place to be if one truly believes in education and working for young people. It is insulting to advocate for students, only to be dismissed and discredited as the opposite.

~Anonymous CVCHS Teacher

 

Stakeholders for Transparency posted the list of staff that have left this (2015-2016) school year so far:

 

Miguel Romo – Student Services Administrator

Greg Fister – Dean of Students (Discipline & Character)

Jackie Valdez – Counselor

Katelyn James – Psychologist/Special Education

Kirsten Owen – Office Manager

Joey Scott – Band/Orchestra Instructor

Kipp Penovich – Science/Physics Teacher

Jennifer Garcia –Teacher

Cristina Valle – Teacher, Special Education Transition Specialist

Sabine Becker – Teacher

Suzanne Chenault- Teacher

Clarice Hammett – French Teacher

Lauren Lewis –Resource Teacher

Maurice Maier – Teacher

Renee Tresse – Teacher

Paul Tucker – Teacher

Jillian Winkler – Teacher, Yearbook Leadership

Melissa Chesnut – Special Education Assistant

Kathleent Prato – Special Education Assistant

Jhullli Rogers – Special Education Assistant

Paula Dillon – Teacher

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A Tale of Two Clayton Valley High Schools. What a difference a charter school makes!

A Tale of Two Charter Schools - Clayton Valley Charter High School -Then and NowA Tale of Two Charter Schools – Clayton Valley Charter High School -Then and Now

Initiative That Would Shut Down Charter Schools In California Cleared To Gather Signatures

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2016/02/09/initiative-that-would-shut-down-charter-schools-in-california-cleared-to-gather-signatures/

Charter schools in California have come under criticism over the past few years, due to waste, mismanagement and fraud. While there are some excellent charter schools, a number of charter schools that have failed due to poor student outcomes or financial instability, suggests greater legislation and oversight is necessary

The attached article was published in CBS Sacramento yesterday. This is a great place to start the conversation towards completely revamping charter law.

Rocketship Charter to Petition the California State Board of Education

Stakeholders for Transparency urges you to contact the California State Board of Education, and request they deny the petition for Rocketship Charter School. The board will be hearing the petition on March 9, so the earlier the better!

Rocketship charter is known for it’s intense “drill and kill” curriculum. which is not at all suitable for young children.

Rocketship charter has targeted students in the Monument Corridor, promising their families better schools. Rocketships main reason for targeting the Monument community is purely financial. With the new LCAP school funding, students who qualify as English Language Learners, and for free/reduced lunch are worth more money than students who do not. The current oversight of Charter Schools in California is abysmal, at best. There is no guarantee that the additional funding would be spent on ELL programs.

Placing Rocketship in Concord will not create additional jobs, or bring any additional funding to the city.

What it will do, is divide our communities. Our school district is zoned for neighborhood schools. Children and families need the support of their communities, and in turn, work to better their own schools. Rocketship has not been able to secure a site for their school, so MDUSD is forced to offer them equitable space. MDUSD has approved a resolution to place Rocketship at Ayers Elementary, and Silverwood Elementary. Both of these schools have major traffic issues already. Adding an additional 125 students, if not more, will make the traffic in these areas completely unmanageable, and unsafe.

Please, write to the State Board of Education, urge them to uphold the decision of our locally elected school officials, who have already denied Rocketship at the MDUSD level, and at the County Board of Education level.

You can email sbe@cde.ca.gov. Alternatively, you may also call the SBE at 916-319-0827 or send a facsimile to 916-319-0175.
In addition, we urge you to write, call or email the contacts listed at the bottom to express your wishes to deny Rocketships appeal to the state.

Limit your reasoning to not having Rocketship in the community at all!

To see the staff reports of MDUSD and CCBOE that support these agency’s unanimous votes to deny, please follow these links:
http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/…/fe89dc4a-67d2-416b-b4c6…

http://www.boarddocs.com/ca/cccoe/Board.nsf/vpublic?open

To see the report of why MDUSD has to offer space to Rocketship:
http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/…/a7aa0b8c-1e99-41bc-8e07…
and
http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/…/812c9e07-ce8e-4115-951e…

To see the proposal Rocketship has sent to the State: (item 7)
http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/cc/cs/accsnotice020916.asp

Additional info regarding Rocketship:
http://www.stoprocketship.com/
http://www.stoprocketship.com/…/CityCouncilPresentation…

Additional info regarding “corporate” charter schools:
http://www.salon.com/…/were_onto_the_phony_education…/

Urge the following to deny the Rocketship petition:
Contact Information
To contact the State Board of Education members or staff, please send an email to sbe@cde.ca.gov. Alternatively, you may also call the SBE at 916-319-0827 or send a facsimile to 916-319-0175.
charters@cde.ca.gov | 916-322-6029

Urge the following to contact the California State Board of Education and ask them to deny the Rocketship petition:

Concord
Mayor: Laura Hoffmeister
Vice Mayor: Ron Leone
Councilmembers: Edi Birsan, Tim Grayson and Daniel Helix
1950 Parkside Drive, MS/01
Concord, CA 94519
Phone: (925) 671-3158. Fax: (925) 798-0636
CityCouncil@cityofconcord.org
Note: For correspondence sent to City Council, City Clerk or City Treasurer, please put Attention; followed by the name of the specific elected official.

Walnut Creek:
mailto:mayor@walnut-creek.org

Pleasant Hill:
http://www.ci.pleasant-hill.ca.us/forms.aspx?FID=74

Martinez:
Mayor Rob Schroder: 925-372-3501 rschroder@cityofmartinez.org
Councilmember Mark Ross: 925-372-3544 mross@cityofmartinez.org
Councilmember Lara Delaney: 925-372-3542 ldelaney@cityofmartinez.org
Councilmember AnaMarie Avila Farias: 925-372-3543 amafarias@cityofmartinez.org
Councilmember Debbie McKillop: 925-372-3541 dmckillop@cityofmartinez.org

Contra Costa County Supervisors:
Karen Mitchoff: supervisormitchoff@bos.cccounty.us
2151 Salvio St., Suite R
Concord, CA 94520

Ph: 925-521-7100
Fx: 925-646-5202

 

Tori Campbell’s letter to the Contra Costa County Board of Education regarding her PERB case and her tenure at Clayton Valley Charter High School

CVEA vs CVCHS PERB Settlement Agreement 5-28-15

Tori Campbell’s letter to the Contra Costa County Board of Education regarding her PERB case and her tenure at Clayton Valley Charter High School

I would like to state one simple truth:

1. I left CV mid-year because I was miserable working there.

Yes, it’s true…eventually, I would have moved to Santa Rosa because my
boyfriend took a job there. When we first found out he got the job, I decided it would
be best if I stayed to finish out the school year. I even made plans to stay with a
coworker until June and paid the first months rent! However, I realized how utterly
unhappy I was all the time. I would come home from work stressed out and anxious,
I had a hard time sleeping, and for the first time in my life, I started seeing a
therapist.

A couple of months ago, the admin team decided to fire our copy-volunteer.
She was an integral part of our day as teachers and I was upset about it. I sent Neil
McChesney an email asking if they could replace her with someone else. This email
went back and forth and every single time he replied, he changed the reason why
they let her go and why we weren’t allowed to have someone make copies for us. The
staff knew that I was speaking to admin about this issue and I was contacted by many
teachers who were concerned that this was just one more way the admin team was
asserting their power. Neil finally told me that the secretary’s in the front office
would make copies if we needed them to. After getting that information, I sent a
private email on my personal gmail account to all staff on their private email
accounts. (This is common for union business and other related issues). In that
email, I said that Neil offered the front office as a back up for copies and I suggested
that the teachers take him up on his offer. Given that it was only November, and we
as a staff had made over 100,000 copies to date.

Someone on the all-staff email forwarded this private message to Neil and he
chose to write me up. He skipped over the discipline steps outlined in the staff
handbook and went straight to step 3-a letter of reprimand. He justified this action
by stating that what I did was “Comparable to bomb threat.” This is an actual quote
from the meeting we had when with my CTA representative present. My CTA rep
found this to be completely outside of the bounds of the school to discipline me for a
private email and we are now going to PERB after having filed an unfair labor
practice against the admin team. The letter of reprimand was a gag order. It said
that if I talked to anyone about anything that could be perceived as negative towards
clayton valley, I would be suspended w/o pay.

In an effort to try to get me to back down from the unfair, Dave Linzey came
and talked to me, against my CTA rep’s wishes. She had explicitly told him not to
speak with me but he chose to ignore her and corner me in my classroom. I asked
him why the admin team didn’t follow discipline protocol and he said, “Well Tori, if
you’ve got a child molester on your staff, you don’t follow the traditional steps of
protocol, you go straight to the last step.” He literally compared my private email
telling the staff that they could now send their copies to the front office to a child
molester.

After that, I was done. I went home that day and updated my resume on edjoin,
found a job at a wonderful school in the Santa Rosa area and moved.

Looking back, everyday was like living a real life version of 1984. People who are
’pro-administration’ are rewarded and people who are ’anti-administration’ are
shunned or disciplined.

Dave Linzey is a great leader when things are great and other people are making
him look good. He is a terrible leader when things start going wrong. He throws
tantrums, and threatens people. He turned into a dictator as soon as he realized that
people weren’t interested in listening to his lies anymore. The only reason he hasn’t
been fired is because the board of directors has absolutely no idea what they are
doing so they depend on him for guidance and he gets to do whatever he wants
without them questioning him because they think that ’He’s the expert.”

There’s a reason why the man has had a new job every two years for the last decade.
He comes in and charms everyone, then he pumps them up and everyone wants to
do well. Once they do well, he takes the credit. Now that the charter is imploding, I
think we’re seeing the real Dave Linzey:

The man that rules like a dictator.
The man that rules with fear.
The man that refuses to admit guilt no matter the cost.
The man that places blame on others and fires people to save himself from any
wrong doing.

I hope this investigation is true to justice and gives CV the closure it needs so that it
can move on and be great again, The students and the staff deserve to be given that
chance,

If I find myself back in the Concord area in the future, I will look forward to putting
in my application at CV as long as Dave Linzey and Nell McChesney are gone, They’re
both unprofessional and have no true leadership skills, CV cannot be great again until people who know what they’re doing are in their place,

Thank you for your time,

Tori Campbell

Former Clayton Valley chemistry, honors chemistry, and AP chemistry teacher, CSF
advisor, and Engineering academy advisor

Another statement from a CVCHS Teacher

Why for the first time in a very long teaching career am I speaking out against administration

I’m speaking out against Dave Linzey and the Board because I have been teaching a long time and I have never seen anything close to the abuse of power and the heavy handed manner in which Dave Linzey treats employees. It started for me at a couple years ago at a staff meeting when he was overtly critical and controlling while one of the directors was giving a presentation to the staff. Mr. Linzey interrupted, corrected, and actively controlled what was being said throughout the presentation with a scowl on his face and absolutely no regard for how embarrassing it was for the person presenting. I have never seen anyone on an administrative team treated so disrespectfully in front of the staff without tact or diplomacy. The tension in the room could be felt by all and it was the topic of discussion afterwards by many of my colleagues. I thought to myself, maybe he’s having a bad day, maybe this subordinate had done something previously to deserve this embarrassment in front of his staff. I tried to dismiss it because I wanted to believe in the image I had of Mr. Linzey up to that point. The leader I thought he was would have taken this person aside privately and coached them toward improvement not publicly shame them. As difficult as it was to witness this treatment, I think I would have been able to let it go if it had happened only once, but it happened on a regular basis. Continue reading

CVCHS’s permanent teachers submitted a “Vote of No Confidence in the Clayton Valley Administration

CVCHS’s permanent teachers submitted a “Vote of No Confidence in the Clayton Valley Administration”. Their concerns regarding the school’s learning environment are outlined in this document. The names of our teachers were obtained through the California Public Records Act, and are also listed below. It is our hope that the teachers, the community and parents will act in solidarity to bring a positive learning environment for our students, faculty and staff.

Please join us Wednesday, January 14th at 6:00 in the Multi-Use Room, wear black to show YOUR solidarity for our Charter School, and please share your concerns with the Board of Trustees and the community.

Teachers who joined together to Vote: Continue reading

Unfair Labor Practice CVEA v. Clayton Valley Charter High School

The Administration at Clayton Valley Charter High School was recently notified that the California Teachers Association will be filing unfair labor practice charges against the Charter.  Here is a copy of the letter that was submitted to the administration. Continue reading