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Teaching, Learning & Education By Michael Watkins, County Superintendent of Schools

California’s Educational Resources Crisis eaching and learning are experiences that shape, or have shaped, all of our lives in one way or another.


historic lows, change is needed now. The California Legislature made a feeble attempt to address this issue but came up short. According to the Association of California School

into a resilient and successful learner, or seeing pride in the eyes of a child discovering that he or she can read for the

Four California Bills that were steps in the right direction,

classrooms. Teachers have the power to both transform us County schools have a long and rich history of quality and excellence. Yet unless swift and decisive action is taken at both the local and state levels, that tradition could vanish overnight. Funding for Education


K-12 school districts particularly hard. State funding

has yet to be recovered, and is not expected to be fully restored until after the year 2020. California, once tops in the nation in per pupil spending is now 41st. Furthermore, average and we have the highest student to teacher ratio in the nation at 25:1. In contrast, the cost of warehousing takingly slow trend towards equity in fully funding our schools in such a prosperous state is shameful. Our students deserve better. Impending Teacher Shortages


deadline due to inaction. Added to this, nearly 2 million teachers in the United States will be eligible for retirement within the next few years. Can our democracy survive with an uneducated or under-educated populace?

rental market much less the purchase of a home. When I speak to prospective teachers, I feel obligated to temper their enthusiasm with a lesson in Finance 101. College debt has now surpassed credit card debt, and the cost of going to graduate school to receive a teaching credential include undergraduate debt already incurred. Unfortunately, the math does not pencil out unless you are fortunate enough to have wealthy parents or receive a scholarship. If teacher pay had risen in proportion to

is determined to shine a light on this inequity and raise awareness about the impact of inadequate compensation

Institute at Stanford, three out of every four districts in a need in order to recruit and retain the best and brightest result they have had to hire untrained teachers and sub-

of the districts in our county are in the same predicament with over 100 non-fully credentialed teachers or interns assigned to classes. With enrollment in teacher preparation programs near


Proactive Possibilities

local school districts to embark on an initiative to grow

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any angle making other tasks easier. For

As an example of how we did things

vertically making it easier to carry a lid that the ROV had to place over a box in the contamination mission.

the missions we were required to turn an underwater valve three rotations in order to close the valve and later rotate the valve back to open again. Most of the competto their larger ROV to only turn valves. Our approach was to redesign our claw, which is used in all the missions, to rotate three full rotations in either direction therefor keeping our ROV light and small. in other missions by rotating our claw to 26 / August 1st 2017 / Aptos Times

for prospective teachers. In addition we are also looking to work with city and county leaders as well as private investors to address the teacher housing crisis.


e had the second highest mission score, and for that part of the competition, the point count is the most at a compete in how well the team presents their ROV technology to a panel of engineers who work in the industry that is worth a possible 100 points. Thirdly, the team also produces a technical report describing in

deserve no less. A strong commitment to investing in public education can no longer be delayed.

detail all of the technology used in the ROV using industry standard practices that is also worth 100 points. Lastly, the team designs a marketing poster that serves as a company introduction and brief description of your to customers for a possible 50 points. Our teams combined score in all of categories gave us a very narrow win, less then 2 points, over the second place team. The second place team was a team from a


inning was great, but almost as good was meeting teams from all over the world. In particular we spent a lot of time

all over the world about how they went about solving the same problems we had been working on all year. You get to swap ideas and stories of failure and success. It makes same worldwide and by working to the same goals you have something in common with

was from Wisconsin. -

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Serving Our Community for Over 25 Years

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Serving Our Community for Over 25 Years