Nava to parents: Gadsden grad numbers...

Nava to parents: Gadsden grad numbers dead wrong

There are 24 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Jun 15, 2011, titled Nava to parents: Gadsden grad numbers dead wrong. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

Gadsden Independent School District Superintendent Cynthia Nava asserted to a gathering of Gadsden parents Wednesday that state numbers showing a woeful graduation rate for Chaparral High School were flat-out wrong.

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Accountability

Chandler, AZ

#1 Jun 16, 2011
it is a sad day when parents depend on the education system to raise the children
jeeeezus

United States

#2 Jun 16, 2011
Maybe if Gadsden didn't cater so much to the spanish speaking students things would be a lot better. We have currently pulled our child out of GISD.
get real

Huntsville, AL

#3 Jun 16, 2011
So the state education department caught Nava and GISD in error and their defense if to blame the state. Its time to go Nava..
william

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Jun 16, 2011
get real wrote:
So the state education department caught Nava and GISD in error and their defense if to blame the state. Its time to go Nava..
Apparently you cannot read...when the top two graduates are counted as not graduating...there might be a mistake at the state level!!!
david

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Jun 16, 2011
Never forget that Ron Haugen left this district in a financial mess and ran to Texas. No audits for four years and over 4 million in the hole. Nava has turned that around plus exposed the state for making a mistake on graduation rates. I say congrats to the Board for their support of Nava.

Were there really 2300 people in attendance, poor reporting.
los locos

El Paso, TX

#6 Jun 16, 2011
david wrote:
Never forget that Ron Haugen left this district in a financial mess and ran to Texas. No audits for four years and over 4 million in the hole. Nava has turned that around plus exposed the state for making a mistake on graduation rates. I say congrats to the Board for their support of Nava.
Were there really 2300 people in attendance, poor reporting.
And where was Nava all this time? She's being collecting a check from GISD for over 25 yrs.... Ja ja open your eyes people..What GISD needs is new blood and administrators who know what they are doing ... And the Board? Well, just look at them, they are the sorriest group of people who have come together. The kids deserve better!
Blah

Albuquerque, NM

#8 Jun 16, 2011
Blah blah blah. Another politician moving their lips and sheeple believing.
seriously

Scottsdale, AZ

#9 Jun 16, 2011
Concentrate on the English speaking students who want to do well, who want the attention and direction, but they don't get it because GISD is too busy with the Spanish speaking students only. My child shouldn't have to attend a dual language class in elementary school to learn how to speak spanish. GISD accomodates the spanish speakers too much, we have also taken our children out of GISD. By the way I'm Hispanic and speak Spanish before anyone says I'm racist.
good neighbor sam

Los Alamos, NM

#10 Jun 16, 2011
Nava is a state rep as well as supt. in GISD - she's on both ends of the giving and receiving of funds... and hasn't told the absolute truth about Gadsden since she started there decades ago... Sure, she says they have made "tremendous progress in providing the max conditions for their students... let's see how this year's test results come out before cheering too loudly for Nava and her estimation of their efforts... If their results are still lower than whale poo in the bottom of the ocean this time around (again), then she should be recognized as the experienced liar she is.
elaine

Albuquerque, NM

#11 Jun 16, 2011
I worked with Haugen and he never let anybody (Nava included)know what he was doing. He knew he was in over his head and he covered it up. The Board fired him and then he was re hired and then he quit with only two weeks notice because he knew he was about to get exposed.

Nava has made great improvements in transparency.

I hope she stays there for three more years so she can clear out all the dead weight and the Texans who are "double dipping" in New Mexico.
TooBad

Los Alamos, NM

#12 Jun 16, 2011
How can Nava preach accountabilty and raising standards when she is an advocate for the teachers not being allowed to give grade lower than 50%. If you occupy a seat in a classroom in the GISD you will receive no less than a 50%. Very high standards.
It is also true that the district is very dual language and bi-lingual education in the elementary schools. Their are many teachers and principals in the district, that preach to parents that thier children should not be in English only classes. There have been parents that want thier children to excel in English and teachers and principals will tell them they need to keep learning Spanish and should not have to give it up. many parentas understand the value of being strong in English as you get older and out of elementary school. they also understand the students can learn spanish at home. It appears that there is a definite push by many in the district to make it a spanish speaking only district. Thier are also those in the district that want dual language in all the middle and high schools.
You must also remember, that Nava is responsible for keeping kids like Irvin Ramirez, Jorge Murillo and Javier Orozco in the schools. She would not allow them to be expelled.
People must understand that Nava is a politician first. Since the GISD is 97% Mexican she has to cater to them, period. She is also making a killing collecting 2 salaries.
One last thing is if you are non-Mexican in the GISD there is no need for you to take the NMSBA. Since the % of you is so small per school your scores do not count. They are tossed out, so why bother and stress out over something that doesn't matter.
taxpayerlc

Woodland Hills, CA

#13 Jun 16, 2011
From day 1 in school the kids should have it driven home that to get ahead in both education and in the economy mexican is your second language not english!!! I have very good friends from Spain and they refuse to recognise what is spoken here as spanish!
Just me

El Paso, TX

#14 Jun 16, 2011
jeeeezus wrote:
Maybe if Gadsden didn't cater so much to the spanish speaking students things would be a lot better. We have currently pulled our child out of GISD.
My sisters and I and ALL of our kids are products of the Gadsden School system, we are all college educated and most of our kids are either in college or in the military. And no spanish is not our first language. Eudcation is what you make it, you are using the spanish as an excuse because your kids could not keep up. Be honest.
Just me

El Paso, TX

#15 Jun 16, 2011
A resident wrote:
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Nava was the second banana there for 16 years before she became the superintendent. De Guatemala a guate peor! Hopefully Santa Fe will intervene now that Nava doesn't have Richardson's protection. She won't be able to sleep with this gov to get her way! She's slept with everyone else up there. Ugh!!
And you know this because you were her pillow?
jeeezus

Scottsdale, AZ

#16 Jun 16, 2011
Just me wrote:
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My sisters and I and ALL of our kids are products of the Gadsden School system, we are all college educated and most of our kids are either in college or in the military. And no spanish is not our first language. Eudcation is what you make it, you are using the spanish as an excuse because your kids could not keep up. Be honest.
My child is an A+ student, she was bored with the academics at Gadsden. We would ask teachers and principals to give her more challenging work and they said they couldn't because she needed to wait for the slower "bilingual" kids. I taught myslef how to read and speak spanish, I too am a Marine Corps vet, and yes, I too am a product og Gadsden with a college degree. No one is using "the Spanish" as an excuse. Plain and simple kids now-a-days who want to excell are unable to because they're (GISD) concentrating too much on trying to make elementary kids learn spanish. I was against kids speaking spanish all the way thru school when I was there and still am against it now. By the way I got paid extra to translate spanish calls at work and that is the ONLY place I'll speak spanish.
traveler1550

Eastpointe, MI

#17 Jun 16, 2011
I'll give 10-1 that all the negative comments are by people that fall below the poverty line and speak mexican. You get out of life and education what you are willing to put into it. If you want jobs cleaning up after other people just keep demanding that everything be handed to you because you speak mexican
writer

United States

#18 Jun 16, 2011
I and my 3 siblings are Gadsden graduates all with bachelor degrees and three of us holding master's degrees...I didn't learn English until I started school and didn't realized how poor we actually were until I started college...we had both parents, both working for minimum wage...yet all of us own our homes now, pay lots in taxes, and ask nothing from the government-there is no secret people, work hard and put the fear of God in your children if they don't try their best-worked for all four of us!
good neighbor sam

Los Alamos, NM

#19 Jun 17, 2011
traveler1550 wrote:
I'll give 10-1 that all the negative comments are by people that fall below the poverty line and speak mexican. You get out of life and education what you are willing to put into it. If you want jobs cleaning up after other people just keep demanding that everything be handed to you because you speak mexican
I'll take that bet, you pompous racist schmuck... I have two degrees to shove down your throat for making such absurd accusations...you need a lobatomy.
good neighbor sam

Los Alamos, NM

#20 Jun 17, 2011
writer wrote:
I and my 3 siblings are Gadsden graduates all with bachelor degrees and three of us holding master's degrees...I didn't learn English until I started school and didn't realized how poor we actually were until I started college...we had both parents, both working for minimum wage...yet all of us own our homes now, pay lots in taxes, and ask nothing from the government-there is no secret people, work hard and put the fear of God in your children if they don't try their best-worked for all four of us!
Hurray for you...aren't you wonderful?
good neighbor sam

Los Alamos, NM

#21 Jun 17, 2011
jeeezus wrote:
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My child is an A+ student, she was bored with the academics at Gadsden. We would ask teachers and principals to give her more challenging work and they said they couldn't because she needed to wait for the slower "bilingual" kids. I taught myslef how to read and speak spanish, I too am a Marine Corps vet, and yes, I too am a product og Gadsden with a college degree. No one is using "the Spanish" as an excuse. Plain and simple kids now-a-days who want to excell are unable to because they're (GISD) concentrating too much on trying to make elementary kids learn spanish. I was against kids speaking spanish all the way thru school when I was there and still am against it now. By the way I got paid extra to translate spanish calls at work and that is the ONLY place I'll speak spanish.
Hurray for you - aren't you wonderful?

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