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As statewide tensions continue, East Palo Alto school district eyes charter school moratorium

Original post made on May 23, 2019

The Ravenswood City School District Board of Education could become the latest public agency to lend its voice to the divisive fight against charter school growth in California.

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Posted by menlo mom
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on May 23, 2019 at 1:22 pm

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I understand the financial burden that Ravenswood is under due partly to the charter school options in the area. But in this resolution, all I see are ways that traditional school districts are attempting to squash the charter system, and if that fails, to have their fingers in all aspects of it. What I don't see is an attempt to address the reasons that parents in under-performing districts are taking their tax money and enrolling their students in charter schools. How about some school union reform? A revamping of the tenure system and ability to fire underperfoming teachers?

You can suppress the charter schools and have the short term gain of slowing the hemorrhage of money, but are you really improving the lives of the children in your area in a long term capacity?


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Posted by Agree with Menlo Mom
a resident of Atherton: other
on May 23, 2019 at 2:26 pm

I agree with Menlo Mom. What are these failing public schools doing to provide a better education to the underserved? Stop with the pleas for more money and address the issue of too many administrators and lack of the teachers union to support termination of underperforming teachers. Unions are more about dues than the effectiveness of their membership. For those who say "how do you measure what a teacher does"; you do it like you measure any other employee. Keep the Charter Schools going, it is the best hope for improvements in our school system. Competition is a good thing.


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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on May 23, 2019 at 2:54 pm

There is no greater and more implacable enemy of children than the Teacher's Union.


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Posted by Anne DeCarli
a resident of another community
on May 23, 2019 at 5:33 pm

Anne DeCarli is a registered user.

The prize-winning public schools in the Menlo Park, Las Lomitas, and Portola Valley school districts have strong unions and tenure.

A more likely cause of the difference between, say, the Las Lomitas schools' performance and that of the Ravenswood schools, is the greater wealth of the Las Lomitas district. It allows them to choose and hire and keep teachers with the best resumes - the best credentialed, the best educated, the most experienced.


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