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October meeting of the SOCCCD Board of Trustees: Lack o' Wackos

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Maybe it was the rain. The much-dreaded return of the anti-vacc wackos was a bit of a fizzle tonight. Some of 'em showed up—even some faculty representatives of that benighted perspective—but, as far as the Board Meeting was concerned, they didn't have much of an impact, in part perhaps because of the new "20 minute per topic" rule. Meanwhile, staff and student support of the mandate (see last meeting ) remains strong; it's stronger than ever. * * * 6:54 - I've been waiting for Trustees to start the open session for some time now. The cameras are on, and some folks are having private conversations that are being broadcast into all these lovely homes out here.  Looks like the board is finally returning. 6:55 - Marcia M calls the meeting to order. They call the roll for attendance. Evidently, one of the trustees is joining from home, i.e., via Zoom. Terri Whitt Rydell is at home.  She seems to have the sniffles. Marcia alerts the public to their ability to com

Today, in advance of tonight's SOCCCD Board of Trustees meeting

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Remote Learning and Rampant Online Cheating

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  In today's Los Angeles Times:   " Rampant online cheating is the dark side of remote learning" by Karen Symms Gallagher. excerpt:   Since there seems to be an app for everything, it may come as no surprise that there is an app for cheating. But it isn’t just one app. It’s hundreds of companies and apps that actually can be used to complete students’ homework, tests, writing assignments and even dissertations and exams. But what surprised me most as an educator playing this cat-and-mouse game for decades is that cheating is now scaled and outsourced internationally and powered by venture capitalists, Wall Street investors and billion-dollar companies.. ... ...Cheating is so rampant that Stanford University’s Graduate Student Council recently announced it had approved revisions to its academic honor code to allow test proctoring. If the changes go through, they will represent the first revision to the code since 1977, according to the student newspaper . Reported honor

David Blatt [Jay Black] (1938-2021)

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Do you have a question about the school district's COVID policy or your child's safety?

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The Games People Play

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In today's New York Times : Mara Gay, " ‘If You’re Not Vaccinated, Don’t Come to Work’" excerpt:  Because New York unions are so large, the unvaccinated minority still represents tens of thousands of people. Though most of the state’s union leaders have supported vaccination efforts, many are working to appease anti-vaccination members as well as get them vaccinated. They’re trying to have it both ways by encouraging members to get vaccinated while also opposing, slow-walking or otherwise frustrating the mandates. Ideally, that energy would be better spent rallying their members around support for the vaccine. Or as some labor activists might say: “Don’t mourn. Organize!” Efforts that hamper the fight against Covid should be dismissed for what they are: dangerous and irresponsible. As with any vaccine, there will be a small number of people who are eligible for a narrow exemption. Otherwise, there can be no compromise.... The mandates are good public policy. They will pr

SOCCCD: vaccine mandate adopted at tonight's board meeting! (But Whitt loses her freakin' marbles)

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7.5 Subject SOCCCD: COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate  Recommended Action  The Chancellor recommends that the Board of Trustees approve a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all students, employees, and volunteers coming onto any District campus or worksite as of January 8, 2022, and delegate authority to the Chancellor to take any and all actions necessary to develop and implement the vaccination mandate.  You can find the agenda for tonight's meeting HERE . Look for  item 7.5. UPDATE: 8:52 The board is presently discussing item 7.5. Right now, Chancellor Kathleen Burke is reading the submitted "public comments," so far dominated by the usual anti-vax ignoramuses. I'll keep you posted. (You can view the Zoom meeting live yourself here . ) 9:01: still reading public comments. The usual suspects dominate, no doubt wearing MAGA caps. 9:05: an articulate fellow speaks in favor of the mandate. (Don't know why he is allowed to make his comment himself.) 9:07: back to the usu