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..... -~ o - - _ q lOB Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 EDUCATION, from page 9B and ch agreed the Ra( sign California's Race to the velopm Top application one week will pu ago. , nation; But to me, the Race to the The ,, Top is much more than an the 1on application, a piece oflegista- investi tion, or a competition. It's hensiw an opportunity to make system systemic changes that could learn fi fundamentally improve our experic education system, will su If we win a Race to the Top of data grant, we will use the one- the nee time dollars to tackle some of This the most challenging issues by rese that have stymied reforms in of educ the past. port pr The state's role must commi further evolve from regulat- They x~ ing inputs and monitoring works, processes to instead, setting rapid!5 and maintaining world-class strateg standards, providing assis- foster 1 tance, leveraging best prac- commt tices, and monitoring results leader., in a way that fosters continu- goals-- ous improvement at all gether levels, data, a: The local role will need to practk be one of leadership and Thes innovation. I am so excited assiste that so many local districts resour rter schools have to partner with us in e to the Top. Their de- ent of new approaches : our state in the vanguard. tate will strengthen d reform efforts by ag in a more compre- .~ education data that will allow us to 'om our collective- nces. And the state )port the effective use to focus all efforts on ds of students. work will be supported archers, county offices ation, and other sup- 3viders that are also :ted to collaborate. "dl help identify what share expertise and implement proven ies. Our goal is to ofessional learning nities of teachers and who have common who will work to- to innovate, examine ld share effective es. e communities will be 1 by online tools and :es that are vetted and reviewed, such as our Brokers of Expertise portal, which will be available to all interested teachers by the fall of this year. Let me be clear. I am not one who takes the notion of adopting a set of common core standards lightly. I have trepidations like many, and I have said repeatedly both here in California and to my colleagues in 49 other states that I will not accept stan- dards that are one bit less rigorous than our current ones. But I also am not one who argues that our current standards were delivered from on high and should never be. touched again. Standards, at their best, are documents that evolve through refinement to be- come better tools to get us to our end goal of educating students so that they are prepared for success in the competitive global economy. I am so confident about the quality of our current stan- dards that I have no doubt we can revise them in beneficial ways without sacrificing one iota of what makes them PLUMAS the old Log Cabin 64 E. Sierra St., Portola GRAEAGLE OUTPOST Open 7 days 8:30am-3pm all Winter Food ~ Refreshments Hot Chili & Soup for Lunch High speed internet 530-836-2414 '9.CTORY Soup ' Salad ~imdwiches Pasta Pizza, Calzones OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 197 Commercial St., Portola 839-0430 Events Around Plumas County ~ " * Jan 27 I~ Taco dinner, QHS wrestling fundraiser, 4-7:30 p.m., La Sierra Lanes. To go orders available. Tickets available fr~?stling coaches or athletes or at the door. To-go orders available. Chester: Words & Music, The Coffee Station. Doors open at 7 p.m., featured artists: Doug Sheehy. Monthly series of acou~ music and the spoken word, open mic. Admission, $3. For information, Plumas Arts. 283-3402. Jan. 30 Mayl~2~ Elks' fundraiser, annual crab feed; social hour, 5 p.m.; dinner, 6 p.m., limited seating. Calpine Elks Lodge, HiqhW,~ 70. Open to the public; for information and tickets, 559-2425. . ~ Feb. 5 k Qui~ Artists opening reception, Plumas Arts Gallery, 5-7 p.m.; featured artist: Lucinda Wood. For information, P! rts, 283-3402. Quin~: Art Walk, Main St., 5-8 p.m. Galleries include: The Eagle's Nest, Plumas County Museum, Epilog Books and Plum~is ~rts Gallery. For information, Plumas Arts, 283-3402. Feb 6 Bucl~ Lake: Poker Run includes barbecue, drawmg and cash prizes. Regtstrahon 9-11 a.m., the groomer shed; $20 I:to~r rally and lunch; extra poker hands, $5 and lunch only $10. For information, LaTroy Justeson, 283-9766 or or Jamie Grubbs, 589-2776 or Q['~" .... f " he Mason'c Hall 70 Harbison St 7 1030 am includes ancakes e s sausa e qi~cy: vancaKe breaK as| at t t , .; - : .., p , gg, g , jui~ffee, tea, hot chocolate, and milk. Adults, $5; students with ID, $4 and 12 and under, $3. For information, Bill a._~_ .48.t 9 ~lAr-,~ Q~ Mardi Gras dinner and auction to benefit FRC SIFE Uganda Well project, 6 p.m., Tulsa Scott Building, Pl~fl~ierra fairgroun'ds; features southern dinner, live and silent auction, no-host beer and wine. Tickets~ $15 advt,, $20 at the.do0r; avaiFable from Quincy Pizza Factory, All the Best Video and Alley Cat Caf6. For information, 283~35. Qu/~: United Bikers host all-you-can-eat biscuits and gravy at the Quincy Grange Hall, 8-11 a.m., as fundraiser for hosl~e' '.lPrize drawing; $6 per person. For information, 283-4950. Feb. 9--10 Qui~ "Vagina Monologues," Quincy Town Hall Theatre. General admission, $15; students, $12; tickets available in Quincy at Women's Mountain Passages, Quincy Natural Foods, Epilog Books and Sprouting Roots Community in Portola. For information, dramaworks, 283-1956. Feb. 10 : Valentine luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Gem and Mineral Building, Plumas Sierra Fairgrounds. Guest speak- Ryback, CFO, Plu |as Bank. Members, $10; $15, non-members. RSVP to 283-0188 or Feb. 11 Words & Music, Morning Thunder Cuff, featured artist: Olive Echo. Doors open at 7 p.m. Monthly series of word, open mic. Admission, $3. For information, Plumas Arts, 283-3402. **To include free or nonprofit, fundraising, educational or charity events in this calendar, e.mail or carl Mona Hill at 283-0800. For sporting events, including charity golf tournaments, call Shannon Morrow at 283-0800 or e-mail We will publish the name of the event, location, date, time and a phone number. world class. To begin, we must acknowl- edge that we have work to do in terms of streamlining and sequencing our standards. The reality is that not all in- formation is equal, and that in each of our grades there are fundamental standards of knowledge that are most 'critical for students to fully understand. Our current standards don't do a good enough job of distinguishing between these core standards and the rest. As a result, teachers are far too often required to pace their instruction in a way that gives them no meaning- ful opportunity to circle back when learning hasn't occurred. This problem is a real contributor to oUr achievement gap. We are part of a consor- tium of states working to develop a new set of assess- ments aligned to the common core standards: Assessments that ensure validity and reliability across the state, but use multiple measures to evaluate success. This work will be coupled with the development of a new student-level growth model so we can hold our- selves accountable based on the progress of individual students,.as opposed to meet- hag arbitrary bars. We won't sacrifice our high expectations for every child, but we also won't continue to hold out unreachable goals that set us up forfailure. This~ new system will allow us to more accurately measure our progress compared to the rest of the nation, and will facili- tate the identification and sharing of successful prac- tices across the country. At the end of the day, it is the teacher in the classroom who determines success. | Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter - That is why we must keep our entire focus on providing the support necessary to help improve teaching and learning. This starts with better iden- tifying our most effective teachers and leaders so we can learn from their expertise. To do so, we must re-orient our evaluation systems for teach- ers and principals to empha- size effectiveness, and we must use student achievement data as a key measurement-- not the only measure but a key measure. As I travel the state and talk to teachers and princi- pals, I hear consistent dissat- isfaction with the current evaluation system. I don't think any of us can stand here today and say we know exactly what the right evalu- ation system looks like, but it is evident that the current system provides too little value, and it's time to change. With the resources and focus that come with the Race to the Top, the state will facilitate a collaborative process with teacher unions, management organizations, and local educational agen- cies to design model teacher and principal evaluations. I feel confident that we can develop a method for fairly evaluating teachers and prin- cipals that the education community can support. To successfully implement the Race to the Top, and to reach the goals that I men- tioned earlier--preparing all students for success m col- lege or careers--we need to use our creativity, leveraged by the Race to the Top award, to build a new way of run- ning California's educational enterprise. The new system must be less hierarchical and more collaborative, student- Plumas County Chapter tOIJNDII TION MULE DEER FOUNDATION Tulsa Scott Bldg. invites you to their 2010 FUNDRAISlNG DINNER Sat., Feb. 20 Doors open 5pm Dinner at 6pm Fairgrounds, Quincy ~ For tickets, contact: Frank Smith 283-2233 (Quincy) Darel Joseph 284-6666 (Greenville) Chuck Hein 832-5279 (Portola) AUCTION! DRAWINGS! PRIZES! TOWN HALL THEATRE Presents AVATAR Thurs., Jan. 28 - Mon., Feb. 1 162 min. Rated PG-13 Sci-Fi/Adventure Avatar takes us to a spectacular world beyond imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on an epic adventure, ultimately fighting to save the alien world he has learned to call home. James Cameron. Oscar- wimfing director of Titanic. first conceived tlle film 15 years ago, when the means to realize his vision did not exist yet. Now. after four years of.production. Avatar is a live- action fihn with a new generation of special effects where the revolu- tionary technology invented to make the film disappears Into the emotion of the characters and the sweep of the story. INVICTUS Thurs., Feb. 4 - Sat., Feb. 6 134 min. Rated PG-13 Drama Starring Matt Damon Directed by Clint Eastwood INVIC'rUS The fihn tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected Presiden! Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match. COMING: OLD DOGS r --" t -- ---- t ---- ;o;y,l~ehl~ | | -- -- -- m | -- -- II | SENIOR. I~EN~I salad, roll, cubed minted _ _ . Chili, baked potato, spinach pears I L Shows 7pm nightly IFor the nutrition site in your salad, pear halves, warm area call: Chester, 394-7636; whole grain bread, frozen Thursday, Feb. 4 i l 4pm matinee on Sundays Tuna noodle casserole, suc- " II Quincy, 283-0643; yogurt cotash, tossed green salad,I Adults ......... ~ ........ r/.00 Greenville, 284-6608; Tuesday, lleb. 2 ' pumpkin muffin, fresh fruit TOUlH I Portola, 832-4173; . Juice, hot turkey sandwich, cup I Students & " Blairsden, 836-0446, 832-4173. mixed vegetables, mashed HllLL Seniors ................. ~.00 I Suggested lunch donation potatoes, fruit cocktail HealthyFriday, Feb. 5heart: baked chick- I1" I"[flTltE Children ................ '5.00 " price is $2.50. One guest may Wednesday, Feb. 3 en, brown rice, broccoli, I accompany each senior, Ethnic meal: juice, ravioli cauliflower, berries &I 283-1140 * 469 Main St., Quincy, CA $6 mandatory charge, with meat sauce, leafy green bananas Visit us at L ,~- i ll n .,i ~ 1 ~ n i | i ~ ,,,,~ i 1 i mm l~-II I centered rather than adult- centric, and data-driven with mutual accountability at all levels. California and the nation are truly in a race: a race agaipst time to prepare our students for success in the global economy of the 21st century. We certainly have a lot of work to do to close the achieve- ment gap and raise achieve- ment for all students--huge challenges that are made harder by the lack of adequate resources. I am constantly inspired by the passion that I see in nearly every teacher's face; by the determination in the eyes of most principals to help children who come from unimaginably difficult cir- cumstances to soar to great heights; and by the unflag- ging commitment of parents who know their children are destined to reach a brighter future. We cannot afford to wait any longer. We cannot let our challenges become obstacles to student success. We will find no better time than now." LETTERS, from page 9B that's their livelihood. In like manner you'd not expect Roseville Auto mall to give you a car because they have thousands of them, even if you ask politely. Why? That's their livelihood. In its required written re- sponse to the 2008-2009 Grand Jury Report, the Board of Supervisors (once again) tried to pass the buck and make their own lack of trans- parency the failure of the Feather River Bulletin--a private, for-profit newspaper business which depends on sell~ng space and subscrip- tions for its livelihood. After observing the board for several years, Plumas County Watchdog Commit- ice's opinion is that our BOS and our federal legislators have the same habit of mis- using the word transparent. Feather River Bulletin ~is~ already~going ~/~ck th~ ~* of duty in fre(iiieh}ly print- ing, at their own expense, the contact information for our state and federal legislators in a column which, you will notice, has recently become larger. Thank you again, FRB! The BOS misses the point anyway. It's not that most of us don't know how to contact them, it's that they most fre- quently don't respond ina timely manner to their e- malls and/or phone calls, if at all. As far as keeping us in- formed about current issues of Plumas County we say to the board, "Come on, you guys, cough up out of your own collective pockets which get paid quite well with tax- payer money to serve us (seeing how the supervisor's position is not full time) and several years ago voted yourselves automatic and guaranteed annual raises whether other county em- ployees are being laid off or not!" It's your obligation to be transparent. Sherry Halverson Plumas County Watchdog Committee Portola Editor's note: In 2002, the board passed an ordinance (number 2002-980) that auto- matically gives the supervisors a raise if the California Con- sumer Price Index (all urban consumer series using the April-to-April comparison) goes up. Halverson called later to acknowledge that the CCPI had gone down over the last year, resulting ~n a small pay decrease for the In 2008, supervisors discussed whether they could turn down the automatic increase, but were advised by counsel that since the provision was part of county code, they could not. Instead, board chairwoman Sherrie Thrall and several other supervisors took four days without pay in lieu of a furlough. "I did not feel I could ask employees to furlough if I was not willing to do the same, '" Thrall said at the time. Base pay rate for the supervisors is approximately $41,000--$44,000.