Category Archives: education

No Shot No School

From our local state senator:

Dear Neighbor:

There is a new rule for school! With the beginning of this new school year, many parents and guardians are unaware of important changes in state immunization requirements. All California students entering 7th through 12th grades this year must be immunized with a pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine booster called Tdap. The new state law, which became effective July 1, 2011, applies to all students – current, new, and transfers – in public and private schools. The law has two phases:

  • For the 2011-2012 school year, all students entering into 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades will need proof of a Tdap vaccine booster shot for school.
  • For 2012-2013 and future school years, all students entering into 7th grade will need proof of a Tdap vaccine booster shot for school.

It is estimated that more than one million students in California have not complied with the Tdap vaccine booster shot requirement. Because school districts are concerned that they would be forced to turn students away for noncompliance, the Legislature passed emergency legislation to allow for a 30-day extension beyond the first day of the school year to verify that a student has been vaccinated. This option for conditional attendance will assist schools that need additional time to gather records on their students, or for student to receive their Tdap vaccination.

To exercise this option, the county office of education or school district must work with the pupil’s parent or guardian so that the pupil receives the Tdap booster vaccination. Students will face exclusion from classes if they do not meet the vaccine requirement by their school’s deadline. Check with your child’s school to find out more information.

Children should visit their regular doctor or health care provider to get their Tdap vaccine booster shot and other immunizations as soon as possible to avoid the back-to-school rush. If you do not have a regular doctor or health insurance, the Tdap booster vaccine and other immunizations are available at all county public health clinics throughout California for approximately $10. For more information, please contact your local health department or check out the Tdap Vaccine Availability by County list.

In San Bernardino County: Call the County Public Health Department to make an appointment at one of the 7 sites in the county by calling (800) 722-4777.

In Los Angeles County: visit or dial 2-1-1 (the Los Angeles County Information Line) for a list of no cost and low cost providers near you.

The Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) offers free or low cost vaccines for eligible patients 18 years and younger. If your child/student is eligible for Medi-Cal, you can find a VFC provider near you by visiting or calling 1-877-243-8832.

For the uninsured or underinsured, parents can find a list of federally qualified health centers in their area at Some local health departments and pharmacies may also offer the Tdap booster vaccine and other immunizations.

Resources and Information about Immunizations and the Whooping Cough Vaccine

California School Immunization Information:

California Immunization Registry:

California Department of Public Health:

San Bernardino County Department of Public Health:

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health:

For more information please contact the office of Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod at (909) 621-2783.

Ugliness in Big Bear

Just like any job where you are dealing with the public, you check your prejudice at the back door.

From the Big Bear Grizzly:

Bear Valley Unified School District, the school board, a teacher, principal and interim superintendent of schools have been named in a federal law suit. The suit charges that the defendants violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the equal protection clause of the 14 Amendment.

The suit was filed July 20 in U.S. District Court by MALDEF on behalf of Coral Alives. The Latina student claims she was harassed publicly and suffered racial discrimination in 2010 by a teacher at Big Bear Middle School. MALDEF is the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

During a press conference July 21, the student, her mother and representatives of MALDEF talked about the suit and the environment for racial discrimination in the country today.

Coral says she wore a Mexico T-shirt to school during the final days of the school year in June 2010 to show her support for Mexico playing in the World Cup soccer tournament. She said her teacher, Suzy Carpenter, after asking her if she was Mexican, asked Coral what the girl was doing in her country. Coral claims Carpenter said it was because of people like her (Coral) that she had to pay high taxes.

More at the Big Bear Grizzly

New Transportation Options For Local Students

Free rides will be open for students of the Cal State San Bernardino, Chaffey and San Bernardino Community College Districts. This is an initative brought to you by the schools, the air quality agency and local governments.

For those in Riverside County, UCR and Riverside College students were given the option to get rides on RTA buses. Now San Bernardino County college students are given the chance. This experiment will last for one year, but if you are interested in this service beyond the year students will likely have to invoice themselves a fee to cover the bus service. RCC students currently pay around 6 dollars a quarter, but expect it to cost as much as a parking permit. However that would be a bargain.

Only bad thing is that Omnitrans will likely need to increase the frequency on some of the routes if ridership actually picks up due to the offer. I did post on the Omnitrans wall on facebook stating that instead of 60 minute frequencies for Route 80 and 81, we should have 45 minute frequencies to help meet the demand for the services.

For more information visit here.

Education: See What Schools send the most to California Colleges

Thanks to a Sacramento Bee feature, you are able to find out what schools send the most students to California colleges 2 year/ 4 year and private.

The numbers are a bit surprising, but kind of disappointing. Most schools scored near 50%, and many of the schools in the Chaffey district did pretty well compared to others in the county. Only public high school in the county that did exceptional was Ruben Ayala High School in Chino district with 79% of the students heading to college.

The Lack of a Civics education

Recently stories have been published explaining how our public servants have a horrible skill in history, economics and civics according to the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. These officials had an average score of 44 percent while average citizens who took this test scored 49 percent.

Compared to Sharon at iepolitics we scored similar scores, I scored 88 percent and she scored 90 percent.

Well, maybe this might explain why people are upset about the review of Proposition 8 and how the proponents are assuming just because people passed the law it should be held without contest. When, there is a process called judicial review that if a law violates the constitution of the jurisdiction or conflicts with a federal law then it could be repealed by the courts. There was a lawsuit to remove Proposition 8 before the election, but the courts never really reject initiatives before they go on the ballot. And there is a big issue in California where the initiatives can amend the constitution, but it can not fundamentally revise the constitution and that is the main charge the No on 8 side has right now.

Maybe with a quality civics education we would have people with more confidence in our political system in California and the nation as a whole.

Absurdity Runs Rampant

Originally written for the Highlander for the last issue of the school year in June 2003. Some of the situations that happened on campus have an eerie similarity with drama happening on campuses on colleges today in 2015.

UC Riverside becomes stranger by the minute with how our leadership manages affairs on our campus. Whether or not it is administration at Hinderaker Hall or with ASUCR, it is increasingly hard to keep a straight face with what happens on campus.  ASUCR senators want the Highlander to play toady and our administration is self-deprecating where they fund their own personal attackers.

The racism conference held in May was unintentionally a misnomer. It ended up promoting racism on campus. The return of the Down Low in “The Real” is no way to promote peace and harmony among the different ethnic groups on campus. There is very much spite and malice towards our administrators on campus. Jim Sandoval and David Warren are marked men according to the radical extremists on campus. These individuals helped to fund the slime and grime that leads towards libel, slander and defamation and its ironic that it came back right on their laps.  The administrators are not willing to hire an investigator to substantiate the claims from the events that happened last year.  The campus radicals do not want the truth to come out and they would rather have their own fantasyland reign supreme. They would rather have the campus investigate fantasy instead of investigating real events that have happened on campus.

Next year’s administration of ASUCR needs to build bridges due to the lousy leadership of last year’s senate. Their arrogance regarding the Highlander is immature and selfish due to their desire to make the Highlander loose their independence. It will be impossible for them to undo the referendum that gives the Highlander money from the undergraduate student community. The Highlander received almost seventy percent of the vote during the spring 2001 election with the twenty percent voter turnout. This fee helps to preserve the independence of the newspaper so the staff does not have to beg for money from ASUCR for each issue.

ASUCR needs to hire sensitivity training to the new senators to make sure they remember they represent all people not just the people of color that make up the majority of UC Riverside. Comments made by our senators last year were tactless and inappropriate during these senate sessions. Unchecked arrogance only diminishes the legitimacy and credibility of our student government. When questioned during the June senate meeting about the new mural for the new commons academic affairs director Elisa Haro remarked “I see some pilgrim invaders here” when she saw the lack of people of color in the mural. While in May Cesar-Olyervides-Cisneros remarked that people of color couldn’t be defined as racist against white people.

However, other newspapers have not been as successful because they do not serve the broad student community like the Highlander. The X-Factor tried to compete against the Highlander yet they collapsed by the end of fall 2002. I would love to see competition with student publications, but I do not believe there will be any viable competing publications with the reallocation of referendum funds. The Highlander has been the established student publication for over fifty years and has been established unlike the other publications. The Highlander has a staff of diverse backgrounds and perspectives yet they are perceived as unacceptable because they do not follow the agenda and prerogative of the senate and their allies. If the Highlander had the editorial content of The Real, they would become a niche newspaper with no broad appeal.

UC Riverside needs a culture of calm and good relations between all groups on our campus. I had enough of theatrics at UC Riverside. As a graduating senior, I will be watching from a far to find out if UC Riverside can learn from the events from previous years so we can become a unified campus community.

A New Affirmative Action

Originally Submitted for consideration for the Highlander back in January 2003. Since the Highlander does not have their archives of older articles, I am not aware if this was published.

As someone who would like to become an academic, I would support bringing forth Affirmative Action for ideological purposes only. The academic world is a left wing dominated institution, and it is time for a wider scope of ideologies to be represented on campus. We need instructors who are independent and who are willing to come out for a greater marketplace of ideas. As ideological minorities, we should play hardball with the left, but we should play by the rules. Just like the Fox News Channel in the classroom should be “I present, you decide”. As students, we should be explorers not revisionists. The university nor the professors should not force ideology or their worldview on the students. Thousands of young brains full of mush enter the hallowed halls of UC Riverside and we should not aim to convert them to the prevailing worldview.

The left wing follows an ideological dream land where they have an indifferent reaction to differing ideas. They may want to invite Maxine Waters to speak on campus, but they are not as eager to have black conservative economist Walter E. Williams to speak. The leadership on campus may worship on the altar of diversity making sure that we have a wide variety of students from their racial background, but we are already diverse in ethnicity. We need to focus on the next step on diversity where ideology becomes the new frontier. We already have MECHA, but why not encourage the formation of a chapter of the Riverside Young Americans for Freedom? It may be stereotypical to think that white people are the only right wing folks around, but opening up the campus to conservative ideology also benefits people no matter their gender, ethnicity or even sexual orientation because they can be right wing too.

Universities are the place where we receive divergent views on the issues and policies that dominate the community today. It is only fair that we receive both sides of the story. As Highlanders we should not be known as African-Americans, Asians, Latinos or white people, but for what ideas we bring forth to the marketplace of ideas. Now is the time for us to be liberated from the mindless mush of identity politics. It is an insult to the undergraduate students on campus when our student government would rather focus protecting their racial identities from Regent Ward Connerly instead of protecting their constituents from massive fee hikes during the California budget crisis. Diversity should not be defined as becoming clones of the establishment where we have to think exactly like them to be diverse, but it is for us to become individuals.