In an email sent out June 1st by officials in the Sacramento City Unified School District, the subject – “Advisory of Citywide Curfew” – deviated from the purpose of the message about the curfew straight into offensive shaming and pandering.
Dear Sac City Unified Community:
We acknowledge the pain associated with the death of George Floyd and the racism that is prevalent throughout this country, including in Sacramento. We value protest. However, we learned that due to instances of violence and looting, the City of Sacramento is imposing a curfew beginning tonight at 7:00 pm with an increased police presence.
We are asking parents/guardians to partner with our district, the City of Sacramento and the Black Child Legacy Campaign to account for your student in compliance with the curfew mandate.
Thank you for your contribution to the safety of our youth and community.
Copyright © 2020 Sacramento City Unified School District, All rights reserved.
The email message went to all SCUSD employees, parents of SCUSD students, and community members.
A teacher friend was livid, and responded saying the statement about this city, its residents, and the country, is vile.
This is the same school district which killed a wildly successful Competitive Academic Program because Sacramento school district officials deemed it “too white.” Parents reported white and Asian kids were purposely removed from program lottery.
California Globe reported recently when Sacramento City School District Superintendent Jorge Aguilar took a significant pay increase, while schools are closed, and after stating last year that he would not accept a salary increase while the District had significant financial issues.
Superintendent Aguilar’s total compensation climbed from $380,692.47 to $414,818, an increase of $34,126 or 9.0%. This does not include Mr. Aguilar’s second salary from UC Merced.
And the same school district continues to be in dire financial straits. The California State Auditor reported in December that the Sacramento school district is facing insolvency as early as 2020. “Because It Has Failed to Proactively Address Its Financial Challenges, It May Soon Face Insolvency,” the auditor wrote. The primary cause and effect is as the teachers union maintains complete control of the budget, “Sacramento Unified has not proactively addressed its financial problems and is close to insolvency—it projects facing a $19.1 million shortfall in fiscal year 2021–22.”
In March 2019, California Globe reported Sacramento school district Superintendent Jorge Aguilar and seven other administrators spent more than $35,000 to attend a six-day conference at the Harvard Business School, while the district teetered on the verge of insolvency, and under the threat of state takeover as it struggled with a $35 million budget gap.
With all classes in the Sacramento school district cancelled likely until the end of the year according to Gov. Gavin Newsom, after receiving this offensive email message, don’t be surprised if many parents pull their kids for good.
This is exactly what they think of you.
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