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Benicia School District Could Lay Off Teachers

The Benicia Unified School District will meet tonight.

Several Benicia Unified teachers may get layoff notices before March 15 in order to make up for the down economy and declining enrollment. 

The Benicia Unified School District Board of Education will meet tonight, Thursday, March 7, to discuss the possibility of cutting the equivalent of 6.8 full-time jobs for the 2013-14 school year, according to the Benicia Herald

The Herald reports that at Benicia High School, sections of math and language arts could be affected, and Spanish, history, math and science may be affected at Benicia Middle School. 

A number of classified employees may also have their positions eliminated or reduced, according to the agenda. 

The district is required to notify employees facing possible layoffs by March 15 and send final layoff notices by May 15; the notices could be rescinded before then. 

Benicia Unified School District Governing Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7 in the district board room, 350 East K St., Benicia. The agenda is available here

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Jason March 09, 2013 at 05:11 PM
It could also be that their numbers are low because its a filthy crap hole of a city made up of nothing but delinquents.
Gerard March 09, 2013 at 06:03 PM
It seems the focus of this debate is in the wrong place. CST scores do not come close to telling a complete story of the learning that takes place in a classroom. Generally, you will see schools serving higher socioeconomic regions doing better than schools serving lower socioeconomic regions. For example, even in Benicia there are differences for each school. Turner, which serves a part of town with a higher average income and fewer lower income areas has by far the best scores, while Semple, serving a lower income area, has lower scores. Then if you compare districts, Benicia outscores lower income communities like Vallejo, but areas like Walnut Creek and San Ramon have test scores that blow Benicia out of the water. What does this really say about what is going on in each classroom? There are gaps in resources available as well as social issues that students carry into the classroom. For example, students in poverty often have limited resources such as lack of internet, a place to study, steady meals, a parent at home who can help with the work, or being able to afford additional help like tutoring. However, these students can provide interesting perspective and add in non-traditional ways to a class culture but may have struggles according to traditional criteria. The main point is the CST is only a small indicator of what is going on in the school and it seems many of you are putting far too much emphasis as to what the school is or isn't bases on it.
Karen LaRiviere March 09, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Excellent points, however this whole thread got hijacked by one word. The purpose of the initial comment was to ask how we could be laying off teachers because of declining enrollment when the numbers at the high school have either stayed the same or increased over the last few years when they were projected to decrease considerably.
Robert Livesay March 09, 2013 at 07:09 PM
True Karen you did say might. But at the same time it was where you were going with it. You never mentioned any other reason that might cause test scores to go down. It was the intent. One could assume that the transfers was the reason. It was the only reason you gave. That is why I said what I said. That is why I used the word sounds. As you can see some of the posters are already pointing fingers to Vallejo. I never said any city but most assumed that was the direction. Right or wrong that is what most I assume might be thinking. That very well might not have been your intention. But everyone that sees crime immediately points to Vallejo. You see it all the time on the Patch. I would never say another city unless it was reported as so. So the intent points in one direction...
"The Black Panther of Poetry" March 10, 2013 at 04:24 AM
Joe Feltcher is the "Armpit" of Benicia Patch(literally and figuratively) just look at his Armpit Profile!!!

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