At the PUSD BOE meeting last night there was a presentation on the second reading for the LCAP Review (starts at 1:03:30 time point in the video). The presentation was made by Acting Superintendent Mel Robertson and Associate Superintendent Malliga Tholandi. They provided clear goals and budget allocations for those goals.
I sincerely appreciate the massive amount of work that was put into hosting the LCAP forums, conducting the online surveys, and then collecting and analyzing the data. I used this opportunity to address the board in regards to LCAP Goal 2:Create systems and structures that provide multiple pathways of learning and engagement to increase College and Career Readiness of our students and close the achievement gap for all subgroups.
My concerns really focus on how well do we balance whole-child and the culture of maximizing the number of AP classes students take. Considering the UC system accepts a maximum of 8 AP credits, it is shocking to learn that it is no longer uncommon for students to take over 15 AP classes, and many take at least one as a Freshman. Check out the excerpt of my public comment below.
The sheer number also begs the question – Are the classes really college level? If so, why are we asking 14 year olds to take college classes? Most importantly, however, what is the effectiveness of this AP Pursuit and whether it genuinely has a significant, positive, impact on overall well being, let alone career success.