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
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.