Improve Mismanaged Yuma High School

Target: Yuma Union High School District Superintendent Toni Badone

Goal: To force accountability for the administration of Kofa High School.

There is a certain expectation with regard to a government-funded (i.e. public) school in terms of what a student can fairly expect in order to receive a quality education. When those expectations are not met it can be considered a breach of trust between those taxpayers who are funding the school and the principal in charge of that school’s operations. Such is the case with regards to Kofa High School within the Yuma Unified School District.

The high school is being operated in such a manner that the teachers, and thus the students, are being set up to fail. Teachers rely on being able to spend a portion of their summer creating lesson plans so that they can begin the year capable of providing a good educational foundation from day one. This is an impossibility when teachers do not receive any information with regards to the classes they are teaching and the schedule they will have until just a few short days before the school year begins. Even when schedules are received they cannot be trusted as the school year began with virtually all students tentatively placed. This was done with the idea that the initial weeks of the school year would be used for sorting their official placement.

This is entirely unacceptable. While any school will inevitably see some students having to adjust their schedules, the vast majority should already have a fixed schedule before day one. During this constant shuffling there is also the far greater concern that classes are unable to provide textbooks to their students. With no books to teach from and no schedule stability, teachers have zero opportunity to lay any educational foundation. Such failures far too often appear to reflect upon the teaching staff when the accountability must instead be put squarely on an inadequate administrative staff that has proven unable to provide a proper teaching, and thus learning, environment.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Superintendent Badone,

One of the most important duties that cannot be overlooked is the need to provide our nation’s youth with a quality education. To cut corners and overlook problems within a school system is to create a perpetual cycle of underperformance that can follow an entire generation into adulthood. Far too often this cycle is attributed to either stereotyping the attending students or failures on the part of the teaching staff. Often overlooked however is the administrative failings that can hamstring a teaching staff and degrade their capacity to provide an solid educational foundation.

This is very much the case in Kofa High School where a quality education is being thwarted by gross mismanagement. Teachers and students require some measure of continuity to be able to properly conduct themselves. When a teacher does not receive any form of class schedule until mere days before classes begin, only to find that these schedules themselves are still in extreme flux, then they are unable to begin the year properly. This problem is exacerbated by the administration’s notion that it is acceptable to begin the year with a schedule acting as a rough template while the first few weeks are used to iron out where exactly students should be placed. Some students will always need to have schedule adjustments but the vast majority should be in their permanent locations before the school year ever begins.

It is extremely difficult for a teacher ┬áto begin the year knowing that their classes could look radically different within a month and still attempt to provide the right educational environment. This is further impacted by the administration’s failure to even provide textbooks to many of the students and classrooms. Essentially left on an island in the middle of a hurricane teachers, and thus their students, are doomed to fail. Those responsible, the principal and vice principal, must be held responsible. They have one duty which is to foster the proper situation for teachers to be able to do their jobs. Kofa High School’s administration has failed to do this and the time has come for accountability.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Will Go Here]

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