When I became superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District a year ago, my goal was to achieve an educational vision that is anchored in equity, access and social justice that gives all students an equal opportunity to graduate with the greatest number of postsecondary options.
In this environment, it’s OK to laugh, to cry and to cheer.
And there have been a lot of these emotions this remarkable breakthrough season for the West Campus Warriors, suddenly and emphatically a fast-rising powerhouse player on the high school girls basketball circuit.
Those McClatchy High Lions are at it again, preparing for a CIF State Basketball Championship encounter against Windward on Friday evening, with a powerful, historical – and some would say generational – breeze at their backs.
Harvey Tahara. Jessica Kunisaki. Ariel Thomas. Jeff Ota. Tricia Ota. Gigi Garcia. Destiny Lee. For decades, the Lions have been an extended family affair, the rosters consisting of sisters, cousins, aunts, next-door neighbors, former preschool classmates and coaches who overview the girls squads, then hustle over and grab the boys practice notes.
State education chief Tom Torlakson on Wednesday urged school districts to declare themselves “safe havens” that avoid seeking the immigration status of students and suggested that they follow the lead of the Sacramento City Unified School District.
Sacramento City Unified School District trustees will vote Thursday on whether to declare itself a “safe haven” that will protect students fearful of deportation or hate speech, joining a growing number of districts around the state taking action after the presidential election.
The resolution comes as a direct response to the “intolerant rhetoric made over the course of the 2016 presidential race” and reports of increased hate speech at district schools, according to the proposal.
The center had been known as the E. Claire Raley Studios for Performing Arts. The new name still honors the late mother of Joyce Raley Teel, the center’s largest individual contributor. The “Claire” and “Raley” names have been combined to form “Clara.”
In a rare public appearance, Teel said she was honored to have a building that lives up to her mother’s spunk. Despite growing up poor, she said, her mother had an affinity for the arts and never stopped learning. She learned to fly at 50 and to play the piano at 60, Teel said.