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More details about MDUSD busing, special education

By Theresa Harrington
Saturday, November 12th, 2011 at 3:42 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

At the Nov. 7 special education Community Advisory Committee meeting, the minutes from the Oct. 3 meeting were distributed.

These included notes regarding the transportation update provided by general counsel Greg Rolen, in response to complaints the district had received about students not being picked up and dropped off on time, being dropped off at the wrong location or not being picked up at all.

Here is what Rolen told the CAC, according to the minutes (which are not posted on the district’s website):

“Transportation Update — Mildred introduced Greg Rolen, General Counsel and Angie Goakey, Transportaton Manager. Greg told the CAC that the two main reasons for the transportation issues this school year were the transition from using Durham buses to using district buses and the unanticipated increase in ridership. Other statistics he talked about included:

– Approximately 850 students being bussed each day, which is an increase of 183 students from the last school year.
– NPS (Non Public School) ridership increased from 64 students last year to 86 students this year.
– NCLB (No Child Left Behind) ridership increased from 139 students last year to 165 students this year.

Greg also noted the following:
– School closures also caused a burden to the system.
– The statistics mentioned did not include field trips or sporting events.
– There are approximately 22,000 drop-offs and pick-ups per week.
– The process to get students routed onto buses takes about 10 days to two weeks.

The floor was opened to questions.”

The minutes don’t give any information about the questons or answers.

Here is what Mildred Browne, assistant superintendent for special education, said in her report to the committee, according to the minutes:

“Mildred reported that…the California Department of Education (CDE) reps were here in September for another phase of the verification review. This review was headed by Bryan Cassin. The CDE reps will return on Oct. 18 and they will continue to return to the district until we are 100 percent compliant. Mildred shared that a major lawsuit in L.A. that was recently approved by the court, requires that SELPAs (Special Education Legal Plan Areas) have the responsibility of providing educational services to students in jail. This ruling has to be added to our Service Plan by Nov. 1; it will be approved at the Oct. 25 board meeting.

Mildred also shared that this school year has been very turbulent. Many new students have moved into the district. A lot of students coming into the district were in NPS previously and a lot of new students have behavioral issues; many of these students are general education students. The special education department will have to go back to the board for additional FTEs. There are many students that still need placement.

Finally, Mildred talked about teachers and vacancies. Currently, there are 10 teacher vacancies. Once their credentials are cleared, there will only be four openings. A handout was provided to the group identifying the various vacancies in the district. Mary-Ann (Tucker) noted that the district sub pool is being used until vacancies are filled.”

At the end of the meeting, Browne reported that June 2012 is the last time special education students will be able to take advantage of the California High School Exit Exam waiver, according to the minutes. “After that date,” the minutes state, “special education students will have to take the alternative form of the exam to demonstrate their proficiency of the subject matter.”

Do you believe the district’s busing issues have been resolved?

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145 Responses to “More details about MDUSD busing, special education”

  1. Flippin' Tired Says:

    No, the issues have not been resolved. On a daily basis, children are late to school, late to be picked up, or the bus never shows up at all to bring them to school or return them home. Wheel-chair bound students are especially impacted. Almost three months into the school year and Special Education transportation is still a problem.

  2. Theresa Harrington Says:

    It’s surprising that more parents aren’t speaking out publicly about this.

  3. g Says:

    22000 drop-offs and pick-ups per week for 850 students? Hmmm. That would be average of 26 trips per week per kid. OK, I’ll give her a pass that she is probably also counting field trips, ball games, etc, but not adding those students to the mix. But then I want to deduct all the kids that are limo or contract driven, so…I’m not surprised that there are kids standing around at bus time looking lost.

    What exactly is she counting? Is this her way of being accurate but not honest-again?

  4. g Says:

    Sorry, I referred to ‘her’ when it was Rolen giving the screwy numbers. Now I’m not quits so surprised that the numbers are screwy.

  5. Just J Says:

    So nps kids are transported by others so lets take that out of the mix. I know the district still has to set it up but I know with my child powar was given the contract and they made the arrangement. Nclb should not have anything to do with special Ed bussing
    This sounds like the same story over and over and over it is complete bs!

    I am happy to hear the state will be at the district until they are 100% compliant.

  6. g Says:

    Just J:
    They have a link on the right side for “guest blogger”.

  7. Just J Says:

    Thanks g. I have been all over their site and while I found some great references that use I didn’t find much more. I think maybe I might be a bit to critical about what they are trying to do because of my own experience 3 years ago. I admit I should give them a break but I refuse to give the district a break

  8. Flippin' Tired Says:

    Parents can’t really complain, if no one at transportation or special ed answers the damn phone. You leave a message, and no one ever gets back to you. It is ridiculous.

  9. Theresa Harrington Says:

    That’s why one parent I spoke to — whose son had not been picked up at all for days — said he went to the district office and demanded to speak to the highest ranking official — starting with the superintendent.
    Although Superintendent Steven Lawrence and assistant superintendent Mildred Browne were unavailable at the time, he spoke to Mary-Ann Tucker, who assured him the problems would be resolved.
    Too often, this father said, parents are reluctant to go straight to the top.

  10. g Says:

    29 new buses purchased, 19 new drivers hired, plus increases every three or four months of every single contract for “outside” transportation costs, and still, one fire being stomped out at-a-time in Rolen’s transportation department for whomever yells the loudest.

  11. Doctor J Says:

    @G — And the voters have forgot about the “Gang of Five” raises. Do we call for the firing of Rolen and then get Cooksey ? Acutally Rolen won’t be fired . . . he knows where the bodies are buried.

  12. Anon Says:

    How can we best advocate for the firing of Rolen? It seems that he is totally protected by the establishment around him.

  13. Doctor J Says:

    @Anon #12 Of course he is. He has too much “knowledge”. He knows where the bodies are buried so to speak. Buttercupgate, Nugentgatge, etc. Its kind of like the Cold War between Russia and the USA — MAD — Mutually Assured Mass Destruction. If the Feds, or the State, put enough pressure on him or on the others, one of them would “break” and put the rest down.

  14. Doctor J Says:

    Rolen’s 22 k drop offs include dropping off children at the same stop — its a farce. If you drop off 25 children at the same stop, that doesn’t count as 25 drop offs.

  15. Flippin' Tired Says:

    Theresa, how many parents can go down to the district office to complain? That’s usually why the child needs transportation in the first place – a lot of Special Ed kids live far from their schools, and parents have no way of getting them there except for the bus.

  16. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Yes, this is true. This is why some parents have complained directly to the board via email.
    Calling the transportation department and waiting for someone to respond is not a parent’s only option.

  17. g Says:

    “Where Kids Come First” was deleted some time ago, when they realized it did not fit either Accurate or Honest smell tests.

    So now the District is a “Gateway to Learning (something)”. Have fun–fill in the “something”.

  18. Theresa Harrington Says:

    The last Superintendent’s News Update on Oct. 7 said: “Where Kids Come First”
    (The district’s Program Improvement Notice dated Oct. 26 did not have the slogan on it, possibly because it was in letter form.)
    The home page on the district’s website says: “Your Gateway to Learning. We take pride in embracing an energy and commitment to learning that’s truly unique. From the magic of the San Francisco Bay Area, to our partnerships with students and parents, to our passionate delivery of curriculum — MDUSD provides an educational experience unlike any other.”

  19. Just J Says:

    Well, I guess that is no lie there. They are like no other. And they do have a Unique commitment to learning….(If your mom and dad send a check or raise enough stink we will teach you other wise you will end up in a math class with a teacher who will leave you behind)

  20. anon Says:

    I just read all 19 comments. What a supreme waste of time. That is 6 minutes of my life that I will never get back. Nothing but innuendo and accusation. No substance, no supporting documentation. Just mud thrown at a wall to see what will stick. What happened to people wanting to work together for the common good? You all beat your drums and throw your rocks and the only thing that suffers is the students. The school district is run by the community through these local elected citizens. We all are responsible.

  21. Number Eight Says:


    Why waste your time reading the blog and waste our time reading your pointless comment? I seriously wonder that you approve of the district that has over a million cost overrun for transportation while it’s leaving special ed students waiting for a bus that never comes. If you need substantiation then view the Wendy Citron interview. I seriously wonder that you believe the community has meaningful input in this district, as our main news is the superintendent’s inadequate and infrequent “newsletters.” 3 of our 5 elected officials are voting knee-jerk without adequate information which is what truly hurts the students. Parents see it in our schools, the lack of funds, the overworked teachers, that million dollar overrun could have been used elsewhere. A former state elected official recently told me there should be a law requiring a school district to have a strategic plan. In MDUSD where is the plan? Show me the plan!

  22. Just J Says:

    It is not just the transportation department. I am still waiting for a call from the Special Education office. (Program specialist) Been waiting for 2 weeks. I have called and sent e-mails but they obviously don’t care enough to respond. We have a HUGE mess in front of us! How can we all join together to fix this?

  23. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Number 8: Board President Gary Eberhart said the strategic plan was put on the back burner while the district dealt with the CVHS charter conversion. With limited staff, he said it was impossible for the district to tackle everything at once.
    Now that the board has made its decision regarding the charter, perhaps the strategic plan will resurface.

  24. Number Eight Says:

    Sorry Theresa, I’m not buying it. The district had time to start planning a new school in Bay Point and choose an architectural firm, but did not have time to notify the Measure C BOC which had it’s quarterly meeting immediately before the item suddenly appeared on the board agenda. That’s too much coincidence and just one example that the district does what it wants (or what Eberhart wants) and no more. What the community needs is open and transparent planning, not behind the scenes. What the children need is for the district to restore public trust so it can pass a parcel tax.

    The district devoting staff time to the CVHS charter fight (which was endorsed by a Congressman, 2 mayors and others) was a misuse of resources and a public embarrassment. It’s another example the district is going the wrong direction.

    There will be some renewed hope if the final strategic plan suddenly appears on the Dec. 13 agenda, and if the BOC demands accountability at the next meeting (Dec. 15?).

  25. Doctor J Says:

    Its hopeless for a Strategic Plan — Eberhart has no integrity to follow it. Use of Measure C funds for a new school is illegal — it was not included in what the voters approved. After Contra Costa County BOE just got slam dunked by the State BOE on the Synergy Charter in Pittsburg, I doubt very much that they will not approve the CVCHS charter — they don’t want to be publicly embarrassed again. Meanwhile back at the ranch, the SIG Cohort 1 Corrective Action plans for year 2 funding (this school year 2011/12) submitted Sept 12 still have not been approved by the State. Can’t wait until the district files its Cohort 2 SIG applications for Meadow Homes and Oak Grove and read the fiction

  26. Theresa Harrington Says:

    It was surprising that Pete Pedersen did not report to the BOC that he intended to bring a contract to the board for the Bay Point schools study. That expenditure did not show up anywhere in the Quarterly Report.
    Instead, when Trustee Lynne Dennler asked where it was included in the Measure C plan, she was told it was a “contingency.” The BOC has not yet discussed whether it agrees with this expenditure or the rationale for it.
    It is also surprising that the Measure C audit has not yet shown up on a board agenda. BOC Chairman John Ferrante wanted to submit his annual report without it, but the BOC members said it would make more sense to deliver the audit along with the report.
    During my recent interview with Board President Gary Eberhart, he said the district should operate like a franchiser, with schools as its franchisees. This would give them more autonomy, he said.
    It will be interesting to see if this philosophy will be built into the strategic plan.

  27. Linda L Says:

    What the h#$$ does that mean? More autonomy? In what way?

    A franchise is simply a form of business ownership. One in which a franchisee purchases the business “brand” and the systems and products that relate to the brand. It is a cookie-cutter deal. Running MDUSD like a “successful” francise would require a finely honed working model to replicate, leadership/leadership training, and an entrepreneurial culture. Good luck with that.

    Theresa #26,
    “surprising”… no

  28. Anon Says:

    Pete Pedersen is the “muscle” if you will for the mob-like leadership in the district (Eberhart & Lawrence) to get things done.

    He has zero concern with what is moral, ethical, or legal. He should have been shown the door long ago.

  29. Theresa Harrington Says:

    I am sorry that I haven’t yet had time to post the entire interview. Here’s what Eberhart said about franchises:

    “With all the budget cuts that have been made, there’s just not enough people at the district to have a hand in every decison that’s made. We have to franchise. We can be the franchise(r) and they can run their school community, so it’s not a one size fits all. So, Clayton Valley has the freedom to do what they want to do when they want to do it and they’re looking out for the best interests of the students they serve. We can really push the support and the innovation out to the school sites and they can make the decisions themselves.”

  30. Linda L Says:

    Which decisions?
    Budget decisions?
    Curriculum decisions?
    Hiring decisions?
    Firing decisions?
    Textbook decisions?
    Furlough decisions?
    School boundary decisions?
    Painting, planting, repairing decisions?
    Online learning decisions?
    Bell schedule decisions?
    Transportation decisions?
    Charter conversion decisions?

  31. Doctor J Says:

    Pete — “contingency” ???? — ROFLOL. Have you lost ALL of your integrity ? Where is the Audit ? And Gary thinks that MDUSD schools should be like McDonalds ? Are you kidding me ?

  32. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Linda: Eberhart said “ground-level” decisions should be made at schools.

    He said one of the grievances from CVHS was that they couldn’t get white boards or painting done.

    Here’s the context: “I really want to see us stop at the district level making ground-level decisions. Decisions at the ground level need to be made at the site by those people who are most in tune with what goes on at the site — the parents, community and businesses — to really make the decisions that can be made, as many as possible, at the ground level.”

  33. Linda L Says:


    I understand that allowing those ground level decisions is important. I think that some of the school sites with strong leadership have found ways to circumvent many of these issues already. A policy of ask forgiveness, not permission. It would be nice to have those decisions made at the school site. I suspect that while these decisions would be great for school sites to control, they are not the decisions that have us wanting more for our children. And I would be shocked if that change would have kept CVCHS from pursuing the charter option.

    I am questioning this line of thinking because in my mind it misses the point. We want vision, strategic planning, leadership, and reform. And we want it all in an environment of partnership and trust. Those are BIG concepts. Allowing painting, the hanging of white boards, and the like, are very small in the scheme of things.

    I like that Gary is thinking of new ways of viewing the process but he needs to be courageous and tackle much bigger issues than these!

  34. Doctor J Says:

    @Th #33 White boards are being installed next week that were ordered six months or more ago. Gary and the Board cut the M&O so deeply that these simple things could not be done in a timely manner. “Ground level” decisions ??? with unequal funding — what good is that ? You can’t have Northgate raising upteem thousands of dollars and Mt. Diablo HS trying to compete with that ? You can’t be stealing from the high schools to fund the elementary schools. If Gary wants “franchises” they all have to be equal. Its just more of the Eberhart double talk. Show me where Gary still has a job.

  35. Anon Says:

    I am planning to start a campaign with website and just as many billboards that candidates put up against the re-election of Eberhart and Whitmarsh.


    We have already begun to organize.

  36. Just J Says:

    Wow Theresa! I hope you do an acticle about the interview. I want to read the whole thing. This is going to be an interesting week.

  37. Anon Says:

    Any word on when this article might print? Sounds like some insight into the thinking of the board leadership.

  38. Theresa Harrington Says:

    I’m hoping to do the blog post later today or by tomorrow morning. It’s possible it would also be excerpted in Sunday’s Times.
    I plan to include information from interviews with Board President Gary Eberhart, Clayton Mayor David Shuey and Walnut Creek City Councilman Kish Rajan, along with a prepared statement from Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla regarding her proposed legislation.
    It’s interesting seeing so many elected officials from different legislative bodies getting involved in the charter debate and considering its larger ramifications.

  39. g Says:

    A bit off subject, but, Is anyone out there at the schools seeing ANY Measure C activity going on? I have been watching and it has looked to me like there is a lot of “just sitting around” going on at the Holbrook headquarters for Pedersen, Inc. and SunPower folks. Are panels still going up? Are sprinkler systems going in? Have HVACs been bid or delivered? Anything in the last 4-5 weeks?

  40. Ms. Jean Says:

    Panels are being installed this week at Mountain View Elementary. AC and HVAC preliminary inspections will happen next week, when the students are off, to minimize disturbance.

  41. anon Says:

    Panels are going up at Ayers. I’m glad the kids will finally have some shade and saving all of that money is a good thing too. At least somethings are going well.

  42. Just J Says:

    My friend just called me and said her special ed student did NOT get picked up this morning and the driver won’t answer the phone. Seems like the dysfunction is still going on as we approach the middle of the school year.
    This same student was placed in a different school last week and no one called to let her know when this was going to happen. She had dropped her chid off at his regular school when the new bus driver called and said she was there to pick him up. What a mess!

  43. Doctor J Says:

    An extra million dollars did not fix the ineptness of Greg Rolen running the transportation dept.

  44. Doctor J Says:

    Why is Lawrence afraid of making a change of having Rolen in charge of Transportation ? Its simple. Rolen would have to give back his extra $27,000 Gang of Five raise — for which he had done nothing but screw up the Transportation. When is Lawrence going to start behaving like a Supt instead of a puppy dog ?

  45. Ms. B Says:

    Greg Rolen’s financial management skills are falling short on the home front too. He is attempting to short sale his home, which is in foreclosure. What will it take to get rid of this guy?

  46. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Just J: Is your friend trying to get answers from anyone other than the bus driver?
    At the meeting where the transportation contracts were increased, I believe Trustee Linda Mayo asked Greg Rolen whether it would make sense to restart a district contract with Durham, but Rolen advised against that.
    Is your friend’s child being transported by the district or by an outside contractor?

  47. Just J Says:

    Theresa, He is being transported by the District. And yes they are trying to get answers. The teacher is also trying to help find out what is going on.

  48. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Just J: It’s surprising that no teachers have spoken out about this. When the board cut special ed assistants, several teachers spoke about how important those paraprofessionals are to the education team.
    Likewise, parents say that students getting to school late — or not at all — is impairing their education. Are teachers districtwide concerned about transportation problems?

  49. Just J Says:

    That is a good question Theresa. I hope teachers answer it. I would like to believe that most special eduaction teachers are concerned with this. I only know of 1 that spoke out about it. From what I understand many teachers will not speak out to the public or Board because they fear loosing their job. We are in a very sad time. People should not have fear of speaking out on what is broken in hopes of fixing it.

    Dr. J. In all fairness with Greg Rolan…..I don’t think it is fair to look at his personal fiances and make a judgement. There are many reasons why people do what they do. Don’t get me wrong I don’t like the guy but it is because what he is doing in his job not his personal life.

  50. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Just J: One of the reasons teachers have a union is to protect their jobs. If they don’t want to speak out personally, they can contact the union leadership. MDEA President Mike Langley spoke out against the special education assistant cuts.
    Also, I agree regarding Rolen’s personal finances and have deleted the comment you referred to.

  51. Doctor J Says:

    @TH #49 Teachers do complain and the principals pass them onto Transportation where they fall on deaf ears. Greg Rolen’s weekly [make that weakly] transportation meeting for the last two years has been more of a ruse than a fix — mostly to cover up the problems rather than find a solution. The Board and Supt are responsible for not ensuring that there was a viable plan in effect when the district proposed taking over transportation again. The problems are really simple: too few bus routes, and bus routes that are too long, all designed to “save money” and disregrd the safety and education of children. Now Rolen has exceeded his transportation budget by nearly a million dollars this year alone and children are still ariving late to school and spending up to 1 1/2 hours on the bus to go home, when many of these children are special needs and end up wetting or soiling on the long bus ride home. The answer from transportation is always the same: we’ll investigate it. When one hole is plugged in the dike, another starts leaking. Putting the district’s lawyer in charge of transportation has to be one of the most stupid decisions of the Eberhart, Mayo and Whitmarsh regimes: all so he could get a $27,000 raise that has now cost the distict at least a million dollars. Just think if they had spent as much time on bus routes as they did on opposing the CVCHS charter, what could have been accomplished.

  52. Doctor J Says:

    @TH #50 I was just responding to the post about his financial management skills backed up with a reference to a public record rather than pure inuendo.

  53. Just J Says:

    Theresa, I know why they have a union and Mike Langley seems to be a pretty good guy. I am just telling what I hear out there. I hear teachers say this is between you and me. I would get in trouble if they knew I said something.
    Also, even during the Charter process many teachers and subs said they could not speak because they wanted to keep their job. I don’t know if it is just fear or if the district could find a loop hole to make life very difficult for these teachers.

    Back to Special Education bussing. This problem needs to be fixed and fixed now! I can understand a few issues in the first couple of weeks of school but we are almost 1/2 way into the school year. These kids need to be in school. The programs that they are being bussed too are so very important to their life.
    They do some great work at the sites.

  54. Just J Says:

    Dr. J and G. While I respect what you have to say His personal life is NO ONES business. Divorce with Children is hard enough. His personal life is his.

  55. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Just J: The charter has been accused of “dividing” the community. Many who oppose it are advocating for “unity.”
    If teachers are afraid to speak up about special education busing problems districtwide, do you believe that unity exists now?
    Also, as previously stated, I agree regarding Rolen’s personal life and have deleted the comment you referred to.

  56. Doctor J Says:

    @Just J #55. I believe G’s point was that distractions in one’s personal life can impede job performance. About 50% of marriages go through divorce. However, sometimes the devil is in the details.

  57. Just J Says:

    I do not believe the Unity exists now nor did it before the Charter debate. I think the district is what is dividing the community. They play coverup the problems and blame someone else.
    I myself have in the past been very affraid to speak up in fear of loosing services for my child. I have grown in the past few years and understand my rights better now and am no longer affraid of the scare tactics used by the district.

    The Charter just came to the front of the argument because of what the District said. However they still have not prooved to me that they would infact loose money. They also have not offered any explanation of the funding rates they use. We have a bigger problem on our hands then people realize.

  58. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Just J: The district plans to hold a meeting on Monday with principals and two parents from each school to review the financial impact of the charter. Do you know if anyone on the charter committee has been invited to this meeting?

  59. Just J Says:

    Not that I am aware of. This meeting should be open to all parents and community members not just a selected few. If the district really wants to bridge the gap and create Unity then everyone should be included and let the conversations start. It is wrong to only let a few select people hear what is going on and then we have to depend on them relaying the information. This is where the problem is. It is open for lies (either out right or by omission)

    Will you be covering this meeting Theresa? I hope so.

  60. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Just J: Yes, Superintendent Steven Lawrence has invited me to attend the meeting. I just spoke to Clayton Mayor David Shuey, who said that some charter committee members want to attend, but he doesn’t believe they have yet been invited.
    Lawrence has not yet directly responded (yes or no) to my question asking whether the meeting is open to the public and to charter committee members.
    He said in an email that the principals and parent reps would fill the room the district has chosen to hold the meeting in.
    Do you think limited room capacity would be a valid reason for denying admission to the meeting to the public and charter committee?

  61. School Teacher Says:

    Total garbage. If limited room capacity is a valid reason for limiting the number of people to attend a meeting, maybe they should keep this same priniciple in mind site administrators load up a classroom designed for 24-28 students with 32+. Oh yeah, we can just add more desks, and “presto”, we have increased classroom capacity.

  62. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Except for labs, where more stations are being added.
    So far, there’s no word on when the new middle school science labs championed by Superintendent Steven Lawrence will be built.
    The status of these modernization projects is “TBD” and “pending,” according to the BOC Quarterly Report.

  63. Jaded Says:

    I believe anyone can attend this meeting on Monday.
    That is anyone who has childcare, or who isn’t still trying to get home from work by 5 pm. Not a very convenient time for parents. I am thinking that may have been the plan all along.
    Yes, the charter people will be there.

    Theresa, do you know how the state or district (not sure who decides) arrives at the $6300 blended ADA given to unified school districts. Is the blended rate the same for all unified districts throughout the state? I have come to understand that High School only districts, such as Acalanes, are funded at the high school rate of somewhere in the $7000 or higher range, can’t remember the exact amount.
    I understand the frustration in the idea that the Charter would “take” money away from other schools, but in reality, no school is funded exactly the same. Some schools have many more experienced and more highly educated staff, costing more. Should we then ask that they get shorted on supplies and such, because their staff costs more to employ?
    This all just one big hornet’s nest, and we are continually being stung, over and over again.

  64. Just J Says:

    They could have this meeting in a place such as Monte Gardens where Board meetings are held or at one of the High School gyms. Limited space my butt. This is a way to shut me out and I am offended with that. I want to go to the meeting but even the school sites did not let me know that I could be a parent involved. This is BS and it is stinky.

  65. Just J Says:

    So Jaded if anyone can go Where is it and what time is it?

  66. Helll Freezing Over Says:

    @ Theresa #58:

    !. How was this Monday meeting scheduled – I don’t recall any published emails, phone calls or posting on the district site to inform district parents.
    2. Was the intent of the meeting on Monday with the all (?) schools published at all – is there a documented agenda that includes the true ‘impact’ with numbers or is it just a general statement of ‘impact’?
    3. How were the 2 parents from each of 50+ schools determined/invited?

    This does NOT ring true as a study session as had been suggested during the charter vote discussion at the last board meeting – from my point of view this appears to be a defensive session to back up a vote to deny the charter.

  67. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Jaded: The district has not yet said that the meeting is open to the public.
    Regarding funding, hopefully Bryan Richards and the FCMAT official will be able to shed some light on these questions, if they are asked by those in attendance.
    I am also planning to explore the funding issue in an upcoming story.
    Just J: I don’t know why the choice was made to hold the meeting at a different location. It’s unclear why a larger venue was not chosen.

  68. Theresa Harrington Says:

    HFO: There is no notice of the meeting on the district’s website and it’s unclear whether those who attend will be given any written materials to review:
    It’s also unclear how the parent reps were chosen and invited.
    Here’s what Lawrence told me in an email:
    “I requested that principals attend a meeting next Monday evening along with two parent leaders from their site. The purpose is to review the District’s current budget situation based on the November 2nd letter from the Contra Cost Office of Education providing financial guidance on the 1st interim report, and the possible approval of the charter application at the county or State level.”
    The district board has already denied the charter. However, the charter has appealed to the Contra Costa County Board of Education and is awaiting a public hearing date.

  69. Just J Says:

    It seems that the UNITED front is just that a front. It would be so much better to include the community. Afterall this is about all of us. The school system for the public and funded with our tax dollars. As A tax payer I have a right to hear about budgets.

  70. g Says:

    None of these people were hired to be “in-fighters”. They were hired to support Education, and do it with what you’ve got.

    The District has officially denied the Charter. What purpose can they have of taking more Dent and principal time away from current issues? Certainly their wolf cry of “Unity” is not their motive! If the principals and known “like minded” parents are being summoned to try to build a force to fight the Charter at the County level, then they are not attempting to bring the District together. Just the opposite! And they are doing it in their own ‘down and dirty’ style—which speaks very well to my (deleted) point.

  71. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Do you believe the public will trust the committee selected by Superintendent Steven Lawrence and school principals to “independently” evaluate the data?

  72. g Says:

    BS! Lawrence says: “The purpose is to review the District’s current budget situation based on the November 2nd letter from the Contra Cost Office of Education…”

    Isn’t that what he has a Budget Advisory Committee for?

  73. Theresa Harrington Says:

    That is a good question. When I mentioned to Kish Rajan that the district already has a Budget Advisory Committee, which is ostensibly an independent committee established to review budget information, he said he didn’t realize that such a committee existed.
    Do you think the district should task the BAC with independently reviewing the charter’s financial impact? Or, do you think BAC members should meet jointly with the committee on Monday? It’s unclear whether the BAC has been invited to the meeting.

  74. Just J Says:

    How can we trust them when we didn’t even know about it to begin with. I have 2 students is 2 differnt schools and I was not made aware that I could be selected or even let the Admin. know that I was interested in this. This is a meeting to combat the Charter as G pointed out. This just goes to show that the district has done and will do anything to act in bad faith.
    This is not how you Unify everyone.

  75. anon Says:

    Theresa, no the BAC is a bit of a mess. Last minute cancelled meetings, reschedules, and no, no notification of this Monday meeting.

  76. Theresa Harrington Says:

    I don’t see any BAC meetings listed on the district’s calendar between September and December:
    At the last CAC meeting, the BAC rep reported that many people have dropped off the committee and haven’t been replaced. I don’t know if any effort is being made to recruit new members.

  77. Linda L Says:

    I will be attending the meeting on Monday and I hope we get the opportunity to independently evaluate the data and have our questions answered.

  78. Just J Says:

    I understand that a connect Ed phone mesage went out about this meeting. I did not get it and am wondering if Clayton Valley and Diablo View were excluded from this? Can anyone verify if they received this call from connect ed?

  79. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Linda: How were you selected to be on the committee?
    In an email, Superintendent Steven Lawrence said that Ms. Deal, from FCMAT, would be present at the meeting, along with Richards.

    “Between the two of them,” he wrote, “we can answer questions about the FCMAT review as well as how the District developed its numbers.”

  80. Theresa Harrington Says:

    I am unaware of a Connect Ed message.

  81. Anon Says:

    Jaded #63,

    You might be less jaded and more mad when you learn that unified districts throughout the State do not receive the same funding. MDUSD receives the lowest rate, a little more than $5000 per pupil ADA. But San Francisco Unified gets thousands more ADA, St. Helena got $14,500 last year, and other districts get even more. In San Jose area, one rich district receives twice as much ADA as a nearby poor district. California is stuck with funding levels that haven’t been updated since the 1970s. To fix this a “fairness in funding” bill passed the Legislature in 2000 but it was vetoed by Gov. Davis. That is another reason why Sacramento needs major reform.

  82. Wait a minute Says:

    Once again we have Rome Burning while the Neros fiddle!

    While Stevie Lawrence, EberMarsh, the lawyers are throwing all the district resources into a divisive fight against the charter by creating an AstroTurf group to oppose it, the district continues to deteriorate.

    The charter is now out of the hands of the district and they should start to try and adress the many district-caused reasons there was a charter movement to begin with, but no, their vanity precludes that.

  83. g Says:

    Just J: You can bet CV/Sue Brothers will be front & center with her two chosen hand-maidens.

  84. Helll Freezing Over Says:

    what is a connect ed message? an automated phone call from the district? if so, I did not get a call, and my student is not in CV or CV feeder pattern.

  85. Theresa Harrington Says:

    WAM: I asked Superintendent Steven Lawrence if a committee would be convened to address these issues, as suggested by Trustee Lynne Dennler and supported by Board President Gary Eberhart, Clayton Mayor David Shuey and Walnut Creek City Councilman Kish Rajan.

    Here was his response, in an email:

    “We did have a meeting last spring to learn of the concerns that the charter petitioners have. The District then began working to address those concerns by, among other things, interviewing Clayton Valley staff members to determine what they felt was going well and what needed to be changed. Based on those interviews, we made leadership changes at the school. Though we appreciated the efforts of individual administrators at Clayton Valley, there was consensus that a new leadership team would help move the school forward. Since her arrival, Ms. Brothers has meet with both parents and staff members to identify concerns and address them. We continue to support Ms. Brothers, like our other principals, to meet the needs at their site. If the principal at any site thinks it would be useful to have me attend a site leadership meeting to listen to concerns, I would be happy to do that.”

  86. Anon Says:

    Is it possible to get a judge to grant an injunction against this meeting to prevent it until it is properly noticed?

    Any advice would be appreciated. I am willing to do the leg work but need to know where to start.

    I think at this late date, an injunction from a judge might be out only hope.

  87. Doctor J Says:

    Ask your principal to forward a copy of the email sent by Supt Lawrence on Monday Nov 14 to all principal announcing the “public meeting”.

  88. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Kish Rajan forwarded me a copy of the Nov. 14 email to principals, which clearly states that it is a public meeting.

    Here’s what Superintendent Steven Lawrence sent to David Shuey today, in response to Shuey’s request to attend:

    “The meeting is at the Loma Vista Center from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. We asked each principal to invite two parents because that would be a group of about 150 people. However, as long as there is room in the room we won’t be turning people away.”

  89. Anon Says:

    I will be there and intend to protest the fact that this was not a properly noticed meeting.

    I will also attempt to determine the identities of all invited individuals and post that information for all to see.

  90. Theresa Harrington Says:

    In the email to principals, Lawrence asked them to invite “two of your parent leaders.”

  91. Doctor J Says:

    @Anon #89 I am not sure such an informational meeting needs to be noticed but perhaps G can give us some direction on that.

  92. Just J Says:

    This was very Deceitful! There is no doubt about it.
    Now who is saying the Charter is dividing the community?

  93. Theresa Harrington Says:

    If more than two board members attend, it needs to be publicly noticed as a board meeting. Trustee Cheryl Hansen plans to attend.
    Also, Lawrence sent an email inviting Rajan, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla and Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, telling them that he was following up on the suggestion to hold a “public meeting.” He copied Barb Johnson from Rep. George Miller’s office.

  94. Just J Says:

    Oh so Bonilla De Saulnier and Miller along with a walnut crrek council get invited but the mayor of Clayton does not and the charter committee does not and the public does not.

    This a the districts wasy of gathering troops to go against the Charter. Good thing for us that this is all documented here. They are spending way too much time on this and it is showing how STUPID they are!

  95. Theresa Harrington Says:

    I will do a separate blog post with the emails, along with additional details from interviews.

  96. Doctor J Says:

    Lawrence’s Dog & Pony show will be as phony as a $3 Bill. Limited invites, screened questions, discrimination against CVCHS supporters and a political agenda — not what is in the best interests of the CVHS students. I hope all of you have gone to the State CDE website and watched the hour plus of the Pittsburg Synergy charter approval. Lawrence’s muckraking will not be tolerated by the State BOE. I think that State Supt. Torlakson will have to disqualify himself from any state hearing involvement because it is my understanding he continues to be on a leave of absence from MDUSD and therefore has a potential financial interest in the outcome.

  97. anon Says:

    I have students at DVMS and CVHS and have received no notice and no connect ed

  98. anon Says:

    Here’s a note some parent leaders got in other feeder patterns, not CV.

    Good Afternoon,
    In order to publicly answer questions about the District’s budget and our calculations around the loss of funding that will result if the County or State approves the Clayton Valley conversion to a charter school, we will hold a public meeting at the Loma Vista Center next Monday, November 21, 2011 from 5 – 7 p.m. I know this is the first Monday of vacation, and I completely understand people may have travel plans or other commitments that will not allow them to attend the meeting. We are holding the meeting on November 21 because Debi Deal, who conducted the FCMAT review, is in the area and able to attend at that time. Please invite two of your parent leaders to attend the meeting. If there are specific questions that you or your parents would like to have answered at the meeting, please forward your input to Rose or me so we include the information in the discussion. If people are unable to attend this meeting we will have follow-up evening meetings to address budget concerns. Again, I am sorry that this meeting is during vacation, but Ms. Deal lives in Southern California and happened to be working with another district in our area on November 21st.

    Steven Lawrence

  99. anon Says:

    Is that his home number??? HA HA HA

  100. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Yes, this is the email that Lawrence forwarded to Rajan. However, Lawrence did not send out a “News Update” to let the community know about it.

  101. Doctor J Says:

    Call it and let us know. A real “genius” to put your cell number or home number or private office number on a mass email. ROFLOL

  102. Theresa Harrington Says:

    The copy of the email I received from Rajan did not include the phone number.

  103. Doctor J Says:

    Apparently he sent out different versions. Most interesting.

  104. Theresa Harrington Says:

    The rest of the email is the same.
    Here’s my story about the meeting:

  105. Doctor J Says:

    Its not exactly the same as another version that I obtained. In my version there are several row spaces between “Sincerely,” snd “Steven Lawrence” whereas on the version in post #98, there are no row spaces in between the “sincerely” and his name, plus the addition of a telephone number. Perhaps he used a different “signature” template on his computer.

  106. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Or perhaps the poster just cut out the extra spaces.

  107. g Says:

    So I guess there will be an Agenda Item in Dec or Jan asking the Board to approve a ‘retroactive’ increase in the Debi Deal contract to cover “follow-up contingencies”.

  108. Doctor J Says:

    Perhaps . . . I guess someone will just have to tell us who answers the telephone. :-)

  109. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Interestingly, her analysis didn’t include the Nov. 4 CVHS charter budget projections on which the board based its denial. The FMCAT review was based on previous charter financials, submitted as of Nov. 1. The district later asked the charter to submit new numbers based on the county office of ed guidance.

  110. g Says:

    From Theresa’s article; “…Kish Rajan — along with Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, and state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord — to suggest that an independent analysis be done. Rajan also suggested that an independent committee review the estimates.”

    Surely Lawrence/Cooksey/Richards realize that while their Monday Vacation Meeting and the obligatory fluff Power-point repeat performance might add a few bucks for a few of them under “Other” Pay, it does not in any manner qualify as either an “independent analysis” OR an “independent committee” with 150 ‘members’. Laughable attempt to pull the wool!

  111. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Do you believe that a committee of principals and “parent leaders” selected by principals constitutes an “independent committee?”

  112. Just J Says:

    No and hell no!!! This is not how the process should work. This is part of the problem

  113. Just J Says:

    Now back to the bussing issue I mentioned this morning. My friends son did not get picked up by the district for transport to his special day class. The district said they had staffing problems so I guess that means the child misses school. No other explanation or sorry or solutions. By the way the district never contacted the parents. The teacher found this out trying to help the family.

  114. g Says:

    I believe the person that signs the paychecks ‘choosing’ his nearly captive audience of 50 and having those 50 ‘choose’ the next 100 constitutes something a bit more like a splinter tribe, and in this particular case a demagogy. There is little about it that I would consider “independent”.

  115. Anon Says:

    For an “informational” meeting, it would behoove the administration to invite all board members to have access to the information. You know, nice and public and open and transparent and all that, so you don’t get bad publicity by barring board members from attending heaven forbid! To invite all board members, it would behoove the administration to post 3-day notice. Heck why not?

  116. Anon Says:

    Don’t kid yourself, anything that Kish Rajan is proposing has been conceived in a backroom deal with Lawrence. Debi Deal was hired before Rajan made his statement and Lawrence said nothing at the Board meeting. Why not?

    We are being manipulated by a plot to sway public opinion, period. Rajan DOES NOT support the charter and has made private statements indicating this. Any committee he suggests will fall inline with the District.

  117. Doctor J Says:

    It very telling that FCMAT verified the source but NOT the accuracy of the MDUSD numbers. Bryan Richards is the source — we all knew that. What always has been questioned is the accuracy of the information dribbled out by MDUSD in an untimely and incomplete manner. Where are the actual numbers on actual costs of operation of CVHS that have been requested for 7 months ?

  118. Theresa Harrington Says:

    At the Sept. 27 board meeting, Richards failed to mention the $10.7 million reserve the district has set aside for midyear cuts ($330/ADA).
    The teachers’ union is now seriously questioning why they are being asked to take any furlough days at all, since the district has about $30 million in an undesignated ending fund balance. This balance appears to be big enough to cover the additional amount that the district may have to pay the charter, as well as to fully cover proposed furlough days.
    However, these reserves would not last indefinitely, of course. And, as Lawrence and Richards both frequently point out, many of the proposed cuts would be ongoing. This means that they would affect budgets two to three years out, but would likely not force big cuts in 2012-13.

  119. Interested Board Observer Says:

    Re: TH #111
    “Do you believe that a committee of principals and “parent leaders” selected by principals constitutes an “independent committee?”

    Are you kidding me?

    Tell me under what possible situation would a principal invite 2 parent leaders with any kind of known disagreement/negative viewpoint/or opposition to the district policies or actions?

    As a principal sitting with 2 Parent leaders from your school, you aren’t going to bring someone who might potentially cause you to have egg on your face.

    And you can’t tell me that a principal sitting with their parent leaders who brings someone who puts their hand up to ask some disagreeable question isn’t going to incur some kind of negative attention.

    That would be stupid. If I was the principal, I wouldn’t invite someone who I suspect would make me look bad. Would you?

    Also, this thread was the first I heard about this, and we aren’t in the DVM, CVH feeder pattern.

    This doesn’t appear to be a public meeting, but rather a private group discussing issues.

  120. Theresa Harrington Says:

    It does seem odd that the district is not letting the general public know about this meeting, especially since it has sent out several “news updates” about the financial impact of the charter. Also, Superintendent Steven Lawrence assured principals, Kish Rajan and reps from Assemblywoman Bonilla’s office, Senator Mark DeSaulnier’s office and Rep. George Miller’s office that it was a public meeting.
    However, his emails to me said there would be limited space at the meeting and that those invited would fill the room. He also did not invite the charter committee or teachers. He informed the charter committee they would not be turned away, as long as there was space in the room, after they found out about it and asked to attend.
    However, I know of at least one parent who has been known to ask tough questions who has been invited.
    In a previous post, Alicia Minyen also posed several questions that could be asked in relation to the FCMAT report. But, since she is not a “parent leader” at a district school, she will not have the opportunity to ask those questions herself.
    Here are her suggested questions:
    “The Steering Committee should ask for 1) the FCMAT engagement letter/agreement, 2) the representation letter to FCMAT, 3) all correspondence with FCMAT, including emails, 4) FCMAT workpapers, and 5) all documents provided to FCMAT. It is important to know the precise procedures performed by FCMAT to determine if any of their work was meaningful.”
    Based on your assessment of this meeting, do you think the public will trust its outcome?

  121. g Says:

    Theresa, I think the bottom line here is that “the cat got out of the bag”. Just as he has tried to do at least three times in Newsletters to the public, Lawrence thought he could present negative connotations and influence a drive against the Charter. Now he thought he could just quietly “envite” whomever he thought he could have some control over, and who might further his cause going forward.

  122. Doctor J Says:

    Who answered the posted phone number ?

  123. g Says:

    New questions: Who or how many principals have RSVP’d to the Boss Man? Anybody “independent” enough to send “regrets” that they have made other plans for their recess days.

  124. Doctor J Says:

    @G, I think the only people sweating non-attendance are the high school principals — and he gave them a “pass” but I guarantee you that Sue Brothers will not forget who attended and who didn’t. Her memory can be described as a “steel bear trap”.

  125. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Kish Rajan, who was invited, said he won’t be able to attend, since it’s during the holiday vacation time.
    Mike Langley, who wasn’t invited, said he also doesn’t plan to attend, since it’s during teacher vacation time. He said he prefers to utilize the “discovery” process open to the union to find out about the district’s budget numbers, rather than rely on public presentations.
    The charter committee apparently isn’t privy to the same “discovery” process.

  126. Anon Says:

    I will be there as a parent representing Northgate even though I have not been invited by McMorris.

    Frankly at this point I don’t give a rats @$$ if McMorris wants me there or not.

  127. g Says:

    I would think that within about 30 minutes of calculating Mike Langley could spit out exactly how much the teacher salaries affect the disparity in funding/costs between high school and elementary/middle levels.

  128. Flippin' Tired Says:

    Every parent and staff member in my school got an e-mail notification about the meeting on Monday. Anyone can attend; it is open to the public. If your principal didn’t forward the information, then maybe your principal doesn’t read their e-mails.

    Seriously, you folks have got to get over your Oliver Stone complexes and stop seeing conspiracies around every corner. Y’all are tiresome old biddies.

  129. g Says:

    Yeah, but YV is “special”.

  130. Linda L Says:

    To Anon 126,
    McMorris does not censor the parents at Northgate. You do not have to agree with him to receive an invitation.

  131. Old Biddy Says:


    I am a parent who did not receive notification. Everyone would have received notice if the superintendent had used our district technology to send a district email. Problem solved!

  132. Anon Says:

    [This comment was edited to delete an offensive remark]

    Linda L,

    I have no idea what you mean with your #130 post. McMorris has specifically refused to invite me. I have emailed and called and he refuses to let me be one of the parent representatives from Northgate.

    I say too damn bad. I will be at the meeting. I will be representing Northgate…

  133. Linda L Says:

    What I mean by this is that he has invited one person who he knows supports the charter and one that I believe does not (I don’t want to speak for someone else). Neither of those he invited will hesitate to speak up and both have spoken at Board meetings regarding this issue. If he is asked to invite two people, that is about as fair as it gets. I wonder how many other Principals will do the same?

  134. Doctor J Says:

    What will be interesting is to see if Debi asked for certain information, or if she was just provided certain information and asked to confirm its source. Was there information she asked for and did not receive ? Is there additional information she would need to see to conclude the total impact to the District in light of both the income and expense sides ?

  135. Alicia M Says:

    @Flippin Tired – You indicate you received an email saying that the FCMAT meeting on Monday is a public meeting and anyone can attend. I’m just curious because the MDUSD website and calendar of events do not indicate a meeting taking place on Monday. Do you know if everyone in the room will have an opportunity to speak and ask questions?

  136. Doctor J Says:

    Alicia, the invite is posted at #98 along with a phone number to call.

  137. g Says:

    Alicia: Only after the cat was out of the bag did it become a “public” meeting. It was originally intended as a “by invite only” war-room. One or two principals may have gotten over enthusiastic and thought they could add extra weight to their particular cause–or it’s very possible they may have been the one or two who were actually encouraged to bring extra support for the cause. We all know the routine by now. Fluff Power Point, Fluff speeches by “assigned” speakers. Maybe a couple of well chosen “email questions”, and a few semi-polite “shut up and sit down” responses to any hard questions from the floor, and oops “we’re out of time–have a nice vacation”.

  138. g Says:

    All numbers provided for the Debi Deal report are based on “school” current enrollment, but at “district” ADA of 95.3% of today’s current enrollment, and presume same numbers going forward–not on probable decline or possible increased enrollment, or that the school attendance may be better or worse than district “average”.

    Missing breakdown Examples: 1) Do they actually evenly distribute/charge the SE/ADA encroachment allocation district wide? While the “average encroachment” per ADA district wide might be a valid number for the “whole” district, once the school uses an “independent” or “in-house” SE/ADA number, the allocation/cost amount for a new SELPA account might be very-very different. Did Debi Deal crunch any “actual numbers”?

    2) Then, there probably should be a break-out for the “independent” school’s different allotment percentages for the (approx) 4.4% EL, 14.5% Socioeconomically disadvantaged and 7.8% disabled.

    3) And those 42 “Day Class” students, and the “40 ADA” not included—Debi–let’s include them, and then look at the numbers again.

    4) That “Current year revenue less prior year central service contribution” figure== it seems to me that equals an Enormous amount going to central services that might be spent much more wisely by the “independent” school.

    5) Cost savings for “restricted routine maintenance” — it seems to me “restricted” means exactly that. The District would have to still do that maintenance or pass thru the “restricted” funds to the school. ?? not sure??

    6) Athletics cost savings. Really? Does the District really want to “cut off” the athletics revenue stream? You have to give up the revenue if you want to give up the cost. I’m no expert, but it looks like this whole thing might need a whole fresh outlook.

    7) Rent as a percentage of total district wealth? Would they use acreage? Building square footage? County tax assessments? Or– what would be the difference in income to the district if they chose to charge no “rent” but instead chose to charge the “administrative” fee of up to 3% of the Charter’s income?

    Debi, I think your report is not worth the amount it took from our taxes to fly you up here.

  139. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Alicia: It appears that FT is basing the assumption that it’s a public meeting on the message that was sent out to his or her school. Many other school communities, however, did not receive this message. Also, as you point out, there is no agenda posted on the district’s website. Instead, the only thing listed for Nov. 21 is “School Recess.”
    Northgate Principal John McMorris sent a very nice message out to his parent community wishing them a Happy Thanksgiving and listing several things (including people and programs) that he was thankful for, but he did not mention the Monday meeting.
    It is unclear what the format of the meeting will be and whether public comment or questions from those not specifically invited as “parent leaders” will be allowed.
    However, since Superintendent Steven Lawrence characterized the meeting as “public” in his email to principals and to several elected officials, it appears that anyone who wants to attend can — even without an invitation.
    Only two board members will be able to attend, however, since the meeting has not been publicly noticed.

  140. g Says:

    Theresa, for simply personal and educational purposes, I believe any number of board members could legally and unofficially attend as individuals, as long as they did not speak to or of the issues among themselves about the information presented. This might fall under the area of doing “due diligence”.

  141. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Here is a blog post that shows how I found out about the Monday and meeting and tried to determine whether or not it was open to the public:
    The post also explores the possible charter budget impacts in the larger context of the district’s overall budget, including reserves, as well as its attempts to negotiate furlough days with the teachers’ union.

  142. Going straight Says:

    I wish that the driver of the MDUSD small school bus on Mitchell Canyon Road in Clayton would use her left turn indicator when she turns left (down Pine Hollow towards Concord)at the four way stop. Dangerous for both of us.

  143. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Aren’t drivers trained to use their turn signals?

  144. Just J Says:

    Theresa, I doubt it. They never use their signals.
    Also I was at MDE this morning at 8:15 School had already started and the special Ed bus was just pulling in. I guess Special Ed kids can be late and it is ok.

  145. Theresa Harrington Says:

    At CAC meetings, parents stress that every minute of instruction is especially important for their children.

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