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High school district raises concerns about Everest charter school site

Original post made on Jun 19, 2009

Officials from the Sequoia Union High School District, who fought the creation of a new charter high school but were overruled by the state Board of Education, are now raising concerns about the school's plans to open this fall at a site in Redwood City.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Curioius
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jun 19, 2009 at 10:34 am

Where did all the comments on this story go? Did the Almanac delete them all. They were decidedly pro-Everest. Is there censorship going on here???

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Posted by Renee Batti
associate editor of The Almanac
on Jun 19, 2009 at 10:46 am

Renee Batti is a registered user.


No, we didn't delete the comments. They are on a thread that was started earlier from the version of the story that appeared on AlmanacOnline.

We don't censor comments. We sometimes remove comments if they violate our Terms of Use, or if the poster is someone who habitually violates the TOU and is no longer welcome to post on Town Square.

When multiple threads are started on the same story, we try to merge them, although it's not always possible.

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Posted by forum fan
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 19, 2009 at 11:07 am

Can't you just post the update to the existing thread? It defeats the purpose of this forum to start multiple threads on exactly the same topic!

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Posted by Renee Batti
associate editor of The Almanac
on Jun 19, 2009 at 12:05 pm

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Part of the problem is that the two (or three) threads that take off on a topic might be started on versions of the same story, but those versions might be significantly different.

For example, we try to post a breaking story online as quickly as possible, but by the time we go to print, more information might be available. So the article in the print edition might be a significantly revised version. Sometimes it makes sense to merge threads from both versions, but sometimes it doesn't.

Also, sometimes a poster will start a new thread on an issue, independent of an Almanac article. But once someone starts commenting on an article written on the same topic, there are two threads discussing the same issue but no logical way of merging them.

Believe me, we get frustrated with this too.

This thread itself reveals another aspect of the "merging" problem: It has become a conversation about something completely different from the topic in the article the thread originated from. But I welcome the conversation, and any suggestions you might have to make these threads easier to navigate.

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Posted by Paul Goeld
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Jun 22, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Ms. Batti -

"Curious" and "forum fan" make reasonable points.

The problem you cite isn't unusual at all - this occurs on many sites when updates to stories are posted. People who wish to make comments or view other comments will navigate to the latest story. By you moving the postings to another site may be tidy, but it defeats the purpose and makes it difficult to follow the community opinion.

So where are the other comments? You didn't provide a link.

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Posted by Renee Batti
associate editor of The Almanac
on Jun 22, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Renee Batti is a registered user.

Paul, I'm not sure what you mean by "...moving the postings to another site may be tidy..." The only time we move postings is when we merge two threads, and in that case we close comments on one of them. Could you clarify?

I didn't provide a link to the other discussion because this thread had essentially become a conversation about the frustrations of multiple threads on Town Square. But since you asked:
Web Link

We're always trying to make this forum helpful and easier to navigate, although we sometimes stumble. Suggestions are appreciated.

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Posted by Paul Goeld
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Jun 23, 2009 at 11:13 am

Thank you for your reply, Renee.

When you merge two threads (which is certainly fine) and "close comments on one" of the sites - you should at least leave a link at the "closed" site to direct people to review and make comments at the merged site. That would solve the problem easily.

Thanks for your engagement on this issue, Renee.

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Posted by Renee Batti
associate editor of The Almanac
on Jun 23, 2009 at 11:42 am

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Paul, great suggestion. I just had the opportunity to try such a maneuver, and it worked well, though it took some time. It will be a real trick (and test of patience) when we don't catch a second thread for some time and multiple posts are added to the new one. Unfortunately, we can't monitor this forum 24 hours like the NY Times. But we'll try to stay on top of it. Many thanks for the suggestion.

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Posted by jim watson
a resident of another community
on Jul 14, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Back to Everest... They deserve our support. How can a great school
hurt our community? Summit is amazing and with community support Everest will be a terrific opportunity for our students and community. Less money per student and better results than any SUHD
school. Hum... perhaps they could learn a thing or two from Summit and Everest.

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