2 groups battle to offer programs to curb gangs in Visalia schools

BRIAN MAXEY (Visalia Times-Delta) | May 28, 2012

Two nonprofit organizations that seek to curb gang violence inside schools are in a tug of war over a contract bid with Visalia’s school district.

A memorandum of understanding presented May 22 at the Visalia Unified School District’s regular board meeting outlined an agreement between the school district and Campus Life -†a Tulare and Kings counties-based gang intervention service that also provides after-school programs.

The $109,525 agreement called for two full-time and six part-time outreach counselors to work on the district’s high school campuses for the 2012-13 academic year.

The agreement was to go into affect July 1.

But officials from Proteus Inc., which provides similar services and has contracted with the district since 2007, said they were misinformed about the proposal.

“There’s a little bit of misleading that has gone on here as well,” said Jesus Gamboa, an official with Proteus.

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1 Comment for “2 groups battle to offer programs to curb gangs in Visalia schools”

  1. Iris

    I’m anonymous 5:57 PMI don’t feel one bit of reioinsibslpty that these gangs exist. I went to a tough school in Phoenix and then I taught in tough schools in Phoenix, around the time that the Crips and Bloods came to Phoenix. Believe me, it wasn’t pleasant to teach kids around nine who knew the Crips song and brought knives to school.My parents were dirt poor, but they took us to the library every week and sat with us as we did our homework, despite that they were both bone tired from working so hard. I went to an Ivy League on a partial scholarship which meant I had to work 20 hours a week while attending one of the hardest universities in the US.And my parents were immigrants. They taught us reioinsibslpty, and every parent needs to be responsible and teach their child that. I have other friends whose immigrant parents didn’t even speak English who are now doctors, professors and, lawyers, etc.So, rather than whine about your lot in life, change it. For the better. There is a tremendous amount of racism in this country but it is an endless cycle because of the culture of victimhood. African-American males got the vote before women did, so it’s time for them to stop making excuses and take reioinsibslpty for their own lives.

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