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Clayton Valley HS charter public hearing brings throngs of supporters

By Theresa Harrington
Friday, August 12th, 2011 at 12:59 pm in Clayton, Concord, Mt. Diablo school district, Theresa Harrington.

CVHS sophomore Sara Kommer and her mother Megan Kommer were among dozens of Clayton Valley charter petition supporters at an MDUSD public hearing Tuesday.

All five Clayton Valley City Council members spoke in favor of a teacher-led petition to convert Clayton Valley High School in Concord to a charter school during a packed Mt. Diablo school board hearing Tuesday.

Most of the roughly two dozen other speakers at the meeting also threw their enthusiastic support behind the proposal, which trustees expect to approve or deny on Sept. 13. If it is denied, petitioners plan to appeal to the Contra Costa County Board of Education and the state, if necessary.

“Our physical building and grounds are deteriorating to the point of embarrassment,” said Clayton Vice Mayor Howard Geller. “We, of the City Council, feel strongly that a charter school run by qualified teachers and members of our community would not only bring back the quality of teaching we once had, but also make our community one that people will want to live in — to attend what we are confident will become the jewel of high schools in education for our area and the Mt. Diablo school district.”

The only people who spoke against the petition were the principals of Northgate High in Walnut Creek and Ygnacio Valley High in Concord, which are also in the district. The crowd — decked out in blue T-shirts endorsing the charter — booed Northgate Principal John McMorris, after he said Clayton Valley could accomplish its goals within the district. Ygnacio Valley High Principal Bill Morones referred to a U.S. Department of Education study that showed charter schools on average don’t perform better than other schools.

But many charter supporters disagreed with McMorris and Morones, saying they want to break free of the district so they can reinvigorate the school. Rep. George Miller, D-Concord, who didn’t attend the meeting, is also in favor of the plan.

Here is an excerpt of a supportive letter Miller sent to the district:

“I believe that the proposal by the Clayton Valley Charter High School Steering Committee presents an important opportunity for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District to explore alternative educational forums and opportunities in your very diverse and dynamic district.

During my time in the Congress serving on the Education and Workforce Committee, including serving as Chair of the Committee, I have had the opportunity to witness the growth and evolution of the public charter school movement in California and across our nation.

The record of charters to date is mixed but there are many well thought out programs that are providing both learning and teaching environments with significant improvements in both school and student performance. Many of these charters also fulfill the original mission of public charters, which is to give school districts the opportunity to try different models for teaching and learning under more flexible rules and regulations and to serve as laboratories for experimentation for their districts. When done right, important feedback can be shared with districts on such topics as classroom teaching and preparation, time management, professional development, collaborative student learning, use of technology and other common academic interests.

I believe that the Clayton Valley Charter High School Steering Committee proposal has the real potential to be one of the success stories of the public charter school efforts in California. I personally met with the lead petitioners and we discussed their comprehensive research, their innovative ideas, and their plan of action. They displayed enthusiasm and commitment to the limitless potential of this movement that was inspiring. This energy, coupled with important partnerships with some of the best charter support groups in the business (California Charter Schools Association, ExED accounting firm and the law offices of Middleton, Young and Minney), should undoubtedly lead them down the right path.”

Parent Faculty Club President Alison Bacigalupo said charter organizers would post information about the election process for charter board and committee members soon on their website at The Powerpoint presented by teachers Pat Middendof and Neil McChesney is at

District staff did not make a recommendation and trustees didn’t speak for or against it. Board President Gary Eberhart asked Superintendent Steven Lawrence to post Questions and Answers about the petition on the district’s website at

After the meeting, California Charter Schools Association Vice President Nick Driver sent me a 2009 EdSource study of charter schools in the state, which shows that charter high schools in California outperformed noncharters by 8.6 points on the API and middle schools outperformed noncharters by 26 points, while elementary school charters collectively underperformed.

“Overall,” Driver said in an e-mail, “if you were to take all three levels in the aggregate, charter schools in California outperform, since high schools account for 40 percent of all charter schools.”

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53 Responses to “Clayton Valley HS charter public hearing brings throngs of supporters”

  1. Clayton Squirrel Says:


  2. Just J Says:

    Well done Theresa! I support the Charter 100% and can’t wait for it to open as CVCHS!

  3. g Says:

    Double yes! I find it interesting that Bill Morones (YVHS)is jumping into this fracas so early in his tenure. Having worked in at least 5 school districts in just the past 5 years, (not all of them without incident) I would think he would bide his time unless he was encouraged to speak “in the negative” by Whitmarsh or some other District official.

  4. Funny, Isn't It? Says:

    A man can’t express his own opinion, he must be the lapdog of a Board member? Sheesh.

  5. g Says:

    Funny Isn’t It?: Hmmm, what did I hit, a short circuit or a short hair? It didn’t sound like “opinion”. Was he quoting from uncompelling 8 year old 2003 research? Something more recent? Secondary versus Primary age groups? I think he should have either kept quiet or been more explicit as to the basis of his “opinion”. Unless, of course, there was something in it for himself. He doesn’t teach at CV, his kids don’t go to school in the District, his property taxes don’t support the District; so what’s the motive?

  6. Jamie Says:


  7. Funny, Isn't It? Says:

    The motive is that anyone can express an opinion about any topic they choose to – even if it differs from the bullies on this forum.

    You didn’t like his information and input? Awww, too bad, so sad.

    G, your paranoia is laughable.

  8. g Says:

    Short hair.

  9. MDUSD Board Watcher Says:

    Bill Morones must be trying to get a Dent center position. Maybe he was promised one if he spoke up?

    You can’t put anything past the dynamic duo of eberhart and whitmarsh.

  10. Wait a minute Says:

    Rep George Miller is backing the CVHS Charter to go along with all the locals = UNSTOPPABLE.

    EberMarsh and STU are going down!!

  11. MDUSD Board Watcher Says:

    Go Rep. Miller,

    Gary and Sherry must be pissing their pants right about now. Bring on the federal grand jury the gig is up.

  12. Doctor J Says:

    The power of the support for CVCHS shows just how out of touch the old Board and Supt are with their constituents. The typical district “disinformation” campaign just isn’t going to work to defeat the charter movement. There is some irony that the first victory in the Revolutionary War in 1775 occurred at the Battle of Concord — the so called shot heard around the world. This education revolution in MDUSD will also have its first victory in Concord with the succession of CVHS from the District. Its pretty clear now that the Clayton Valley Charter HS movement are the Patriots and independence will prevail.

  13. Theresa Harrington Says:

    I have heard that district reps have been meeting with the charter organizers to share information. The big unanswered question is: “How much does the district spend to operate CVHS?”
    If it is unwilling to share this information, its claim that it will lose money is unsubstantiated.

  14. Long-time Board Watcher Says:

    Sure would be nice to see comments from people who want the charter conversion because it’s good for the students and not simply because they have a bone to pick with the district leadership.

    There are problems with the district leadership and perhaps the conversion issue raise some. But keep in mind that the ultimate impact is on the students. Will the conversion significantly improve their education at CVHS? That’s the issue to be researched and discussed. Can we keep the comments regarding this issue focused on that?

  15. Linda L Says:

    Long-Time Board Watcher,

    I agree that the charter should be about the kids. Let me phrase the question from a different perspective:
    Will remaining a part of MDUSD significantly improve the quality of education at CVHS?

    People don’t become disillusioned for no reason. Parents don’t come out in droves to support something unless they are significantly unhappy with what they have. That is human nature. The District leadership is most certainly at the center of this debate. Why wasn’t something done sooner? Are they incapable of learning from a situation like Northgate? Do they care, really? Why can they take action when the problem becomes this dramatic but not before?

    So to me the real question is, does the leadership in this District really want to make a significant difference in the quality of education offered our students or do they just do so when they are forced? Last Tuesday I saw a room full of people who want something better. The jury may be out as to what they will actually get but the intent is certainly there.

  16. Just J Says:

    I want the conversion because it will be good for the kids. I don’t have kids there now so I have no connection to the teachers except the Charter. I want CV to be a GREAT schooll by the time my kids are there.
    I did the research on both exceptional charters and failed ones. I fully understand what is going on and think that this will be the best for the kids.

    I also have no ties to the District and do not attend the meetings. The only thing I know about the Board memebers is what I read and the conversation I had with Gary last year (at my request) to ask questions as to what was going on.

    Long time Board Watcher the comments from an entire community for change is not to benefit the teachers it is to benefit the students. Sure the teachers will get more training but this will come straight to the kids. I hope the school is so succesful that the teachers can get paid more so we can attract the BEST and that will go directly to the students.

  17. Doctor J Says:

    @Long Time BW: Theresa posted this earlier. Perhaps you missed it.
    In addition, the problems with the district leadership negatively impact the educational experience of the children.
    It is ironic that when first asked about the potential charter conversion, Eberhart’s very first comment was NOT about the educational experience of the children, but was that it would cost the district money. So not true and the districts own studies on the school closures point that out as Theresa has so aptly pointed out.

  18. Alison B. Says:

    As a member of the Steering Committee, I can unequivocally state that this has always been about the students and was never because there was “a bone to pick with the district leadership”. The move towards a charter conversion began because of a strong feeling of dissatisfaction with a traditional system that is broken with little hope of significant change in the foreseeable future. This broken system extends well beyond the MDUSD and will take several years to change, assuming budget reductions and political ideologies aren’t standing in the way–years that disregard current students and their education.

    If what we want are students that can compete on a national and global scale, then it’s time to build a structure that fosters innovation and achievement, values teachers and truly supports students. As a parent, that’s what I want for my children and I suspect most parents feel the same. If the ongoing show of community support is any indication, I’d say I’m right.

  19. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Walnut Creek City Councilman Kish Rajan, who was also a member of the Measure C campaign committee, has expressed some concerns regarding the possible loss of revenues to the district as a result of the charter:
    I certainly hope the district will tell the public how much it spends on CVHS, as well as how much it receives for CVHS students, so Rajan and the rest of the community will know for sure whether the loss of revenues would exceed the cost of operating the school.
    In looking at the School Closure Advisory Committee website, it appears that the handout that shows the estimated savings per school was not posted. The Oct. 14 minutes state that Rose Lock went over a handout that showed administrative costs for each school and that Bryan Richards shared utilities costs and would provide a handout at the next meeting:
    As I have previously posted, the handout that I received from Rose Lock, dated Oct. 4, shows that the district estimated it could save nearly $1.7 million by closing CVHS, based on the elimination of administrative positions and reduced utilities costs. It would seem that the district could realize this same savings if it is no longer responsible for operating the school because it converts to a charter.

  20. MDUSD Board Watcher Says:

    So now we have the numbers,

    MDUSD is going to “make” money by having CVHS go charter.

    Mr. Eberhart I assume the surplus will get distributed to only the CVHS feeder pattern in response to your previous threat to differentially harm the CVHS feeder pattern for any monies the district lost because of the charter conversion?

  21. Clayton Squirrel Says:

    Parents and neighbors support the Clayton Valley High School conversion to charter because we want a better school for our students and community. It’s not about having any sort of vendetta against MDUSD. If MDUSD had the resources, motivation, and leadership to make Clayton Valley a great school, then they would have done it by now. They’ve had more than 50 years. It looks like Sue Brothers, our new principal, may prove to be a competent leader with good ideas (many of us have met her and like her) but the charter offers better educational opportunities through local, independent leadership; charter grants and donor funding; and a newly energized, involved, supportive community. We are ready to have a high school that we are all proud of and that will provide the next generation of Concord and Clayton residents with a brighter future. I want to see more Clayton Valley students graduate well prepared for college and life.

  22. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Here is information about the charter governing board election:

  23. Doctor J Says:

    Kish Rajan made me chuckle today when he said “the district needs a plan”. OMG where have you been for the last four years as Gary, Sherry and Paul dodged, denied and derailed efforts to put their campaign promises of a “strategic plan” into effect, and finally after huge groundswell late last year and early this year agreed to finally discuss it in open meeting. Unfortunately, Sherry has done everything she can to dilute the process and minimize Cheryl Hansen’s efforts and we still don’t have “a plan”. No wonder parents, teachers, students and the public can see through this ruse. Kish you need to be more involved than just endorsing the Measure C campaign if you are going to be a puppet for Gary & Co.

  24. Funny, Isn't It? Says:

    Clayton Squirrel, if I may ask: why not try to make the district better for EVERY student? Why only work on making one school better? Doesn’t every child deserve the best education?

  25. Anon Says:

    To 24. How long have you been in this district? People at cvhs (and I’m SURE other schools too) have been screaming bloody murder for years about the abysmal issues n campus, with teachers and with admin. Frankly, I think it says a lot that only AFTER the charter came about did the powers that be do a complete overhaul of the school’s admin. I say too little, too late. Frankly right now cvhs is in chaos , they are just now getting VPs assigned to students, and no one knows who to talk to about anything and the schedules aren’t done despite registration being next week. they better shape up quick.

  26. Doctor J Says:

    Oh Kish, I forgot to mention, that your party buddy, Steve Lawrence, does NOT want a “plan” — he is on record as opposed to “strategic planning”. He only believes in his self imposed “goals and objectives” which he has failed to report on as of yet — I am taking that as a sign they weren’t met, wouldn’t you ?

  27. Doctor J Says:

    Great Article today: “Contra Costa’s Mount Diablo Unified School District is working with its union to have seven furlough days this year. Even though the district is counting on that savings, those furlough days could jeopardize the district’s School Improvement Grants for three of its campuses, which are among the lowest-achieving in the state. The California Department of Education is withholding the funding from the district until it can show it will increase instructional time at those sites.
    Crunch time
    Mount Diablo district officials were in the midst of hasty negotiations last week, trying to figure out how they could give students at those schools more instruction, while planning to cut the school year for all other students. “

  28. Doctor J Says:

    Call 911 ! The STAR 2011 Test results are out. I just quickly compared one of the SIG schools Bel Air between 2011 and 2010 in ELA and Math to see the results. Almost every score comparing grade levels dropped dramaticly from 2010 to 2011. If this is typical of the rest of the schools, MDUSD is sinking rapidly. What was the SIG money spent on ? It appears that Lawrence’s SASS Dept has been a collassal failure but cost the district millions. Who is going to hold the district adult leadership responsible for the failure to teach these children the basics they need to be successful ? We need ACCOUNTABILITY and we need it NOW ! Is it any wonder that CVHS wants to leave the district ? Who can blame them ? Only administrators who can’t lead.

  29. ex-hsparent Says:

    I can see pros and cons of behavior contracts, so I’m curious about the behavior contract which this school will require families to sign.

    1. How will that requirement have an effect on the type of families that enroll?

    2. What is planned for students and families who repeatedly break the behavior contract?

    Thanks for your response.

  30. Wait a Minute Says:

    Dr. J.

    It isn’t really the SASS department that has failed her–it is Stevie Lawrence (who created and staffed SASS), the board that hired him and the rest of the upper management that have failed so miserably here.

    Lawrence is without a doubt the worst superintendent in at least NorCal based on his performance and his lack of even basic ethics. Of course he (and Sue Brothers for that matter) didn’t have any record of turning around PI schools or a district for that matter in West Sac.

    Clayton Squirrel @21.

    Sue Brothers is NOT going to prove to be competent or even nice for that matter. She is basically an extension of Steve Lawrence and they have some kind of plan to try and co-opt the charter and this is why CVHS is suddenly finding themselves at the front of the line for support.

    And if they don’t even have their admin team fully in place (Sue is probably handpicking the most loyal and ruthless people she can find) and registration set-up then they have already fallen behind.

    Funny isn’t it? @24,

    How is it that the MDUSD is going to make it better for EVERY student in the district when they cut instructional time at some schools and add time at others? Sounds pretty antithetical towards equality and improvement for all?

  31. Doctor J Says:

    For those who claim I never say anything positive, I have looked at some of the STAR results for the elementary SIG schools, and big kudos to Rio Vista 5th Grades and 4th Grades. The 5th Grades were particularly impressive with major gains in Math and Science. Sigificantly they did not have any child in “below basic” or “far below basic” in Math — that may be the most impressive statistic since last year they had 25 children in those categories. The 4th Graders made excellent gains also and in “far below basic” in Math had a big zero — great job. The second and third grades made some slight improvements here and there, but hopefully can pick up on the excitement. Congratulations ! Shore Acres and Bel Air ought to find out what is working at Rio Vista and duplicate it ! Both had a few ticks up in math, but not across the board. Way too many kids in below basic and far below basic. I am still wondering where all that SIG money was spent if it didn’t go for increased instructional time — just think what could have been accomplished with that !

  32. Wendy Lack Says:

    Stumbled across this article, which sounds as if it’s relevant to this discussion:

  33. Funny, Isn't It? Says:

    Wait A Minute, do you believe the answer to a poor Board is to take your marbles and go home?

    If more people like Doctor J, G and yourself would run for board positions, perhaps we’d have a better board and then EVERY child would do well. You all seem to have your fingers on the data the board is ignoring, you all appear to have great ideas. Why keep that talent here, why whine and complain instead of helping EVERY child to succeed?

    All this charter plan will do is to deepen the divide between the haves and the have-nots. This whole charter plan says, “my child deserves better, but you child can pound sand.”

  34. Doctor J Says:

    MDUSD, please disclose where all the SIG money you received was spent ? Did it just get “lost” like the 2002 Measure C money ? This is public money and we deserve accountability.

  35. Doctor J Says:

    Not all of us qualify for running for the Board.
    The current board can be successful if they will abandon the hide and seek tactics, and really put the children first — not kids [they are goats] — but children.

  36. wait a minute Says:


    Your statement that the charter “will deepen the divide between haves and have nots” sounds remarkably like what Eberhart and other captains of the shipwreck that the MDUSD has become have said.

    Where exactly in the charter plan does it say “…your child can pound sand.”?

    What it really says it that CVHS can be a great school with local control, and this is what hurts the most for the apologists for the district’s so called “leaders”.

    The CVHS charter at present has the most potential for reforming the MDUSD because it clearly is a legitimate response to the utter failure of the MDUSD’s so called “leadership”.

    This “shock to the system” is exactly what is needed here so that the next board election will be a referendum on the current leadership and their failed policies.

    Our pointing these facts out IS going to help the district–to change for the better!

  37. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Rep. Miller’s letter doesn’t suggest the charter would create divisiveness. Instead, his letter suggests a spirit of collaboration and innovation, which could benefit all district schools:

    “…Many of these charters also fulfill the original mission of public charters, which is to give school districts the opportunity to try different models for teaching and learning under more flexible rules and regulations and to serve as laboratories for experimentation for their districts. When done right, important feedback can be shared with districts on such topics as classroom teaching and preparation, time management, professional development, collaborative student learning, use of technology and other common academic interests…”

  38. LindaL Says:

    Funny Isn’t It –

    This is not a “haves” and “have not” issue. You are falling prey to the very rhetoric they want you to believe. There has been no evidence provided by the district that this will hurt other schools. While the attendance area will have first priority, CVCHS would be open to ALL children in the District. That makes CV more accessible to ALL after the charter, not less. If your argument is that things should not improve at CV if it can’t improve anywhere, then there is nothing I can say to you because that logic truly hurts children.

    Moving this District in a positive direction at times feels impossible.
    Take strategic planning… it is essential for reform, innovation, good decision-making, fiscal responsibility, etc…
    We have practically begged for strategic planning, provided examples, offered to participate in committees, etc… And right now we have a partial plan, a lack of leadership buy-in, a lack of understanding of the role of strategic planning, a strategy that will direct the plan from the top down, and no utilization of community committees for resources for implementation.

    Online learning – we have talked about that for years. It could truly be an innovative option if implemented in a way that was in the best interest of the students. It would provide the opportunity for high school students to take a wider breadth of classes, a 7th period if they desired, and work at their own individual pace. It could be the first step in individual learning plans for every high school student. But have you seen a move in that direction… no. The Superintendent says online learning is great but it is clearly not a priority. Flex Academy offered to partner with the district and use their new charter as a training ground for wider district use of online learning but instead our board dismissed the offer.

    And what about aligning bell schedules, another idea that has been discussed over and over again. Think of how we could utilize resources by sharing great classes or academies across attendance areas… nope. We have numerous high school bell schedules.

    Maybe rather than directing your concern at those who post here, why don’t you take one thing you would like to see changed in this District that benefits the students and let us know how it all works out for you. Ask those who spent years in PAC meetings trying to address a simple district homework policy. Ask them how that worked out for them.

    At some point you will find moving this district is like moving a wooly mammoth and it is better to get something done for some than nothing at all and hope that maybe some change will follow for all.
    If CVCHS can make change by becoming a charter school I say all the power to them!

  39. wait a minute Says:

    EXCELLENT response Linda!

  40. wait a minute Says:

    The rest of my response was cut off somehow with a database error message.

    The record will show that Stevie Lawrence and his buddies like Sue Brothers have always stripped all the autonomy out of schools that they have controlled. Once they gain control they have instituted ridiculous and unsuccessful top-down dictates that have only further worsened the situation and shredded employee morale.

    When the CVHS charter starts they can repair these damages and move forward because they know what it is going to take and they will have the power and autonomy to implement it.

  41. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Superintendent Steven Lawrence has appointed Lorne Barbosa vice principal of Clayton Valley HS:

  42. Anon Says:

    All but one of the VPs and the student services coordinator were all let go at cvhs this summer and all positions are now filled why aren’t those names on the list here?

  43. g Says:

    Mr Barbosa is coming out of a “Prep” middle school in Oakland and the fun facts about him from Hayward seem to indicate he could be a “stand out” leader for a new vision at CVCHS–

  44. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Since appointments have not all been made at the same time, I am reporting them as they are announced.
    At the June 14 meeting, the board appointed Jose Espinosa vice principal of Clayton Valley HS:
    At the May 24 meeting, the board appointed Sue Brother principal of CVHS:
    I don’t believe any other CVHS appointments have been announced at a board meeting.

  45. Funny, Isn't It? Says:

    LindaL, I certainly do not believe what you state: “If your argument is that things should not improve at CV if it can’t improve anywhere, then there is nothing I can say to you because that logic truly hurts children.” That’s a strawman argument.

    Things should improve EVERYWHERE, not just one select school.

    There are people who seem to know much more than any current board member – why aren’t those people running for board positions? I don’t buy the line that “Not all of us qualify for running for the Board.” Seems like being over 18 and breathing qualifies you…it’s clear there’s no IQ test, based on current membership.

    The board will never change unless those who seem to know it all actually get elected. Circling the wagons to ensure your own child’s education smacks of snobbery. Thinking it will lead to every school going charter is ridiculous.

    This charter high school will be seen just as Monte Gardens, Sequoia Elementary and Sequoia Middle are seen now – bastions of elitist brats and entitled parents, who turn up their noses at any other school and other students.

    While you say that all in the attendance area can attend, you can bet your bottom dollar that the behavior problems and special ed kids (those who cost the most) will be weeded out…and where will those kids end up?

  46. Linda L Says:

    Funny Isn’t It –
    Of course things should improve everywhere!! There isn’t one person I know who doesn’t believe that. But that is not the only criteria for change.

    In addition, being a Board member is NOT the only way to affect change. There are many people trying to make things better for the children in this District who are not Board members.

    I do not live in the CV attendance area so your comments about “ensuring your own child’s education” do not apply.

    The charter school is still a public school and does not get to choose who it turns away. And I don’t for a second expect a slew of schools to follow the charter path. I would hope that the additional competition would bring about innovative ideas that could be incorporated into the current district system. A little competition goes a long way.

    I find the victim behavior in this District sickening and the leap to call entire schools and their attendance areas elitist shameful and tiring.

    Let me see if I understand correctly….
    Lets not have any schools that work because not all schools work. You are elitist if your child attends a successful school. You can only discuss education issues if you are willing to run for the Board. Does that sum it up?


  47. Anon Says:

    To funny isn’t it… I think what Dr J meant… Well it was a not so transparent way of reminding us she/he is an employee of the district and can not run for the board.

  48. anon Says:

    Or that Dr. J doesn’t live in the district …

  49. Funny, Isn't It? Says:

    Linda, again with the strawman! Charter schools absolutely get to choose who attends and who does not. Look at Eagle Peak. Look at Monte Gardens and the Sequoias. I work at a school that has had kids “returned” to us because they do not “fit in” and have been asked to leave.

    Maybe being on the board is not the way to best effect change. But the whiners here seems to know so damn much…why not run for the Board? They are certainly not satisfied with the current regime. They’ve not been successful making change where they are. Ah, putting their asses where their mouths are isn’t so appealing, apparently. Griping from the sidelines is much more fun!

    All I see is the “separate but equal” situation that’s being set up with this charter school. It was disgusting in the South, and I’d hoped we’d know better by now. Some things never change.

  50. Linda L Says:

    “A straw man is a component of an argument and is an informal fallacy based on misrepresentation of an opponent’s position. To “attack a straw man” is to create the illusion of having refuted a proposition by replacing it with a superficially similar yet unequivalent proposition (the “straw man”), and refuting it, without ever having actually refuted the original position.”

    Am I missing something? Did I misrepresent your position because it seemed clear to me? The “griping” that you refer to contains much more policy and issue driven information than the comments (whining) that you seem to post. Why do you care how I (or anyone on this blog) chooses to affect change. I don’t tell you what to do, why are you so compelled to comment on what I do? Are you taking it personally? Are the concerns listed on this blog site directed at you?

  51. Linda L Says:

    And Funny…
    Nothing about this is fun.

  52. Noel Says:

    I just signed up to attend CVHS as a student…and I gotta say, I hope the quality of teaching in CVHS is NOTHING like the physical condition of the school. This place (cvhs) looks like a school straight out of the 60’s… Its kinda funny, and a little embarassing.

  53. Doctor J Says:

    This is the most vindictive, venemous, scare tactic I have ever seen in writing in MDUSD — did the Board authorize this ? I would love to hear each board member stand up and disassociate themselves from these purported district policies. Otherwise, I guess we can conclude that at least 3 of them consented to it, again without a public meeting, which would be another example of a Brown Act violation. I would think that this would just cement all the teachers together rather than pull them apart. Read this
    Who wrote it ? Is there any doubt that the district’s request for an informational meeting with the Charter organizers was anything but a ruse to divide and conquer the staff.

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