Abstract of original language-grant application
Original post made on Jun 18, 2007
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on Jun 18, 2007 at 3:10 pm
How does the fact that the elementary program is slated to start in August 2008, not 2007, affectt he grant? Will it have to start this August for the district to comply with its terms?
on Jun 19, 2007 at 9:33 am
Notice all the extremely rich element PAUSD is committing to in this grant, that are completely INVENTED by the staff in the application -certaintly NEVER approved, many never even discussed, some specifically REMOVED from the table by our board:
2 Kinder classes starting in 2007. FALSE. This is not happening. The grant was written as if the program was already approved and in implementaton phase. (back in June 2006 when the application was submitted, and the MI proposal was no where near approval, feasiblity study was barely under way.)
Program will serve 240 elementary dual- immersion students, and 500 secondary-level students. FALSE The grant was written as a K-12 program, including middle schools. Middle school was specifically asked about by the board from the beginning, and the PACE representatives, Marilyn and Becky Cohn Vargas specifically said they were NOT studying or including middle school elements. The board has also speficially state they would NOT approve middle school MI at this time.
The program will have a strong technology component across the grade levels K-12. FALSE The grant was written witha 32K per year technology investment including classroom notebook computers, chinese language software, ipods for all students, digital cameras per classroom, and more. The Board specifically balked at this part of the proposal saying that the technology component of this program would NOT be allowed to exceed the standard technology of PAUSD. And this is wildly over average technology in PAUSD classrooms.
"The Mandarin Chinese program will provide intensive professional development activities for both program and site staff." FALSE The program approved will provide minimal staff development - it will be "bare bones" as outlines by the feasibility study cost structure.
The program will contain a parent education component. Parents whose children are in the immersion program will be invited to participate in a Mandarin Chinese language evening class offered through Palo Alto Adult School. FALSE LAUGHABLE! Did ANYONE ever hear a discussion of a parent education offering in ANY of the MI discussion? Can anyone point to a discussion of a PARENT EDUCATION component in the FEASIBILITY STUDY. This is an utter fabrication on the part of the grant writers. This has NEVER been approved, or even discussed by the board. How much will this cost, and who will pay?
The grant application itself becomes a binding committmnet to the federal government upon acceptance of this award. The Board and this district can not accept these funds.
on Jun 19, 2007 at 10:21 am
Thank you for your breakdown of these points. It is all extremely useful to know this as now we know what we should be watching for.
I can't help but feel really scared about what is happening. If MI does get going next year at Ohlone as has been approved, then we have got a lot to be extremely careful about.
Taking apart the grant moneys, if this is what the MI parents are going to be raising funds for in their classroom, then we must make sure that particularly the technology aspect is kept on a similar level as the other PAUSD classrooms. I know that ipods are being used in some classrooms at the secondary level, but kindergarten!!!!