Jann L. Murray-Garcia

Just Us in Davis: Clarifying GATE; youths resist hate

By Jann L. Murray-García Two separate issues claim this column. First, I was present at the Feb. 7 school board meeting when the lottery system was explained and adopted as legally necessary to avoid the judgment that our current GATE placement practices unfairly impact protected groups. The lottery system would randomly select children whom the […]

February 24, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: We raise our children together

Learn more Who: Fred Brill, superintendent of the Lafayette School District (grades K-8), speaking about how that community transitioned from having 20 percent to 4 percent of its students in self-contained GATE classes with no loss of academic achievement for its accelerated learners When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 Where: Location TBA By Jann Murray-García I depend […]

October 28, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: Will GATE be Davis’ Watergate?

A brand-new school year and an approaching autumn mark a time for renewal, recommitment and reflection. I wish your children and teens continuing and new cycles of positively affirming relationships with friends and educators. This school year, I hope your children know both great challenge and great success. We are back again to the very […]

August 26, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: Our answer to the noose and swastika

On Friday, June 15, a well-constructed, large noose was found hanging from one of the goal posts at the Davis High School football field. There are no suspects at this point. Though we don’t know the motivation of whomever put the noose there, we are responding as one voice against the centuries of pain and […]

June 24, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

To say my father is dying

I lost my dad to eternity on Monday, March 19, at 1 a.m. Even as I was an eyewitness to this, holding his hand, even then to say, “My father is dying,” was surreal. That the world has not stopped, save a few of us, to acknowledge this remains confusing to me. Irrational and self-absorbed, […]

April 20, 2012 | Posted in Forum | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: We need each other(‘s vote)

Learn more What: “The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian,” a young adult novel written by Sherman Alexie, is the Campus Community Book Project selection When: Alexie will speak at 4 p.m. (free) and 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 Where: Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis Info: www.facebook.com/pages/UC-Davis-Campus-Community-Book-Project This is an exciting time […]

March 04, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: Dragon Ball and Blue Devils

By Jann Murray-Garcia Special to the Enterprise “But Mom, Mr. PoPo is like the smartest one on that show.” The character is from one of his favorite cartoons, the Japanese-style anime show, “Dragon Ball Z Kai.” My 11-year-old son was trying to convince me that I should not be offended. But I am offended. The […]

December 25, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Three steps forward, why step back?

Three steps forward and… Is it inevitable that the next phrase of this sentence be: “two steps back?” I say emphatically, no, especially when it comes to Davis schools and inequality in schooling outcomes. I present four illustrations of how far we have come in the past decade addressing together how differently our “high-performing” schools […]

October 30, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: My ‘Twilight’ obsession

This stop-and-start summer, with its slurring, slowing heat, also seems like a good excuse to spend some time on the shallow side. Intellectually and “social justically” speaking. Here’s the story: It was a dark-early, autumn evening, with the intense conversation that often follows dinner at our kitchen table. A younger Gabriel had already retired to […]

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Just Us in Davis: César Chávez and power to the people

Sam Wineburg, a Stanford University history and education professor, asked both young (11th- and 12th-graders) and older (45 years old plus) Americans to name the 10 “most famous Americans” in history, besides U.S. presidents and their wives. The most common names listed were Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Susan B. Anthony […]

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Intent vs. outcome in GATE’d community

Special to The Enterprise More often than we think, racial and income inequalities are faithfully reproduced because we are not aware of them. Or inequality persists because we do not examine the racially disparate impact or outcomes of “neutral” policies and practices, or the racially disparate outcome of the sum of our individually “benign” intentions […]

August 26, 2010 | Posted in Archived Stories

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