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“DON’T Send Your Child Back to School”?  New VUSD Superintendent Receives Explosive Report and Debate Invite at First Board Meeting

“DON’T Send Your Child Back to School”?   New VUSD Superintendent Receives Explosive  Report and Debate Invite at First Board Meeting

by CJ Staff David Creswell no doubt expected a strong welcome to Ventura at his first Ventura Unified School Board meeting on August 8. But the message delivered to the new superintendent by the meeting’s first speaker was totally unanticipated, stunning the Board and audience into silence. Paul White, a member of community organization QOL-Ventura.org, forcefully […]

Ventura School Board ponders aftermath of Supt. Babb firing, takes public comment

Ventura School Board ponders aftermath of Supt. Babb firing, takes public comment

By George Miller The Ventura Unified School District held a special school board meeting today to talk about last week’s sudden firing of Superintendent Michael Babb and finding a replacement.  Most attendees were only allowed into the public comment period and barred from the real meat at the subsequent closed session. We were not privvy to […]

Ventura schools need to change more than personnel

Ventura schools need to change more than personnel

By Paul D. White   The timing and manner in which the Ventura Unified School District board fired Superintendent Michael Babb on Wednesday was unexpected. It indicated a strong consensus by the board to not delay in bringing in new leadership that will pursue a “different direction” for Ventura schools, as board President Velma Lomax stated. The […]

Ventura School Board President comments on the departure of Superintendent Michael Babb

Ventura School Board President comments  on the departure of Superintendent Michael Babb

By George Miller The recent firing of Ventura Unified School District Superintendent Michael Babb caused quite a stir.  However, as Board President Velma Lomax conveyed to CitizensJournal.us, this is not something that came out of the blue. She told us that “it is no secret that the board was working with him on his communication and […]

Angry Citizens descend upon Ventura School Board over “HitlerGate”/Trump lecture and District mishandling

Angry Citizens descend upon Ventura School Board over “HitlerGate”/Trump lecture and District mishandling

By George Miller 8th graders speak “truth to power” at board meeting 25 angry Citizens showed up at City Hall Thursday, 12-13-16 for the Ventura Unified District School Board, concerned about the so-called “HitlerGate” lecture at Anacapa Middle School on 11-18-16.  13-14 made public comments. The ink wasn’t even dry on the swearing-in for two new board members […]

Ventura Education Partnership Announces $42,500 in Funding to VUSD Teachers

Ventura Education Partnership Announces $42,500 in Funding to VUSD Teachers

Ventura Education Partnership (VEP) is excited to announce $42,500 in funding to Ventura Unified School District teachers to enhance existing visual and performing arts programs. These grants are funded through the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy benefit concert in April 2016 celebrating the City of Ventura’s 150th anniversary. Members of the band will be on-hand at […]

Teacher of deaf and hard of hearing honored by Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation

Teacher of deaf and hard of hearing honored by Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation

VCEF Names Jennifer Willis as December’s Teacher of the Month

VCEF Names Jennifer Willis as December’s Teacher of the Month

The Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation (VCEF) named Jennifer Willis — science teacher and Associated Student Body advisor at De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts (DATA) in Ventura, California — December’s Teacher of the Month. On Dec. 9, 2015, VCEF board member, Pattie Braga joined elected representatives and members of the business community […]

Ventura Commerce & Education Foundation names Shannon Paulis Teacher of the Month

Ventura Commerce & Education Foundation names Shannon Paulis Teacher of the Month

On Feb. 10, tadalafil 2015, site the Ventura Commerce and Education Foundation (VCEF) named Juanamaria Elementary School, teacher at Juanamaria Elementary School in Ventura, as February’s Teacher of the Month. Ms. Paulis was presented with a plaque to commemorate this award by Pattie Braga, chair of VCEF, along with elected representatives and members of the […]