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MDUSD special education Community Advisory Committee to discuss behavior intervention and charter tonight

By Theresa Harrington
Monday, December 5th, 2011 at 6:20 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

Here is the agenda for tonight’s special education Community Advisory Committee meeting (which is not posted on the district’s website):


DATE: December 5, 2011
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
PLACE: Dent Center – Board Room

1. Holiday Cheer Potluck (7:00 – 7:15)

2. Call to Order 7:15

3. Introductions (7:15 – 7:18)
Please notify the audience during introductions if you are recording the meeting

4. Adoption of Minutes – November 7, 2011 (7:18 – 7:20)

5.Presentations – B.E.S.T. (Building Effective Schools Together) and Other BehaviorInterventions for Schools – Lorien Quirk and Jonathan Roselin (7:20 – 7:45)

6. Chairperson’s Report – Lorrie Davis (7:45 – 8:00)

6.1 Charter School Discussion – Dorothy Weisenberger & Denise Lambert

7. Old Business (8:00 – 8:20)

7.1 Assistant Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Mildred D. Browne

7.2 Board of Education Report

7.3 Board of Education Comments – Autumn Green

7.4 Parent Advisory Committee Report – Tricia Tamura-Li

7.5 Budget Advisory Committee Report – Tricia Tamura-Li

7.6 Equity Advisory Team Report – Dorothy Weisenberger


8. New Business (8:30 – 8:45)

8.1 Nurses’ Report – Lili Lum

8.2 Extended School Year – Carolyn Patton

8.3 Parent Liaison – Hilary Shen

8.4 Sub-Committee Updates

9. Public Comment (8:45 – 8:55)
Public comment is an opportunity to share concerns and comments with the CAC. In the interest of time, speakers are limited to three (3) minutes each with a total of fifteen (15) minutes for all speakers. Please respect student and personnel privacy. CAC members and district staff may not be able to respond to individual concerns in this forum, but will take your contact information and follow-up with you.

10. Information Items/Announcements/Adjournment (8:55 – 9:00)


Pat Middendorf, one of the teachers spearheading the Clayton Valley Charter petition, just told me that she had no idea the CAC would be discussing the charter tonight. In fact, she said Weisenberger and Lambert were in her classroom today (Middendorf teaches special education).

Middendorf said she had already committed to attending a United Mt. Diablo Athletic Foundation (UMDAF) meeting tonight, but she might try to swing by the CAC meeting to answer any questions that might arise. She was surprised that no one invited her.

The entire charter petition and appeal packet is posted on the Contra Costa County Board of Education’s website at
Information about the proposed special education MOU begins on page 767.

Do you think the CAC should have invited the charter committee to answer questions regarding charter plans for special education?

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12 Responses to “MDUSD special education Community Advisory Committee to discuss behavior intervention and charter tonight”

  1. Doctor J Says:

    More dirty play — more secret meetings, more stirring the pot. Hardly the transparency and openness promised by Mayo, Eberhart, and Whitmarsh. Where is the Board member assigned to be the liason with this committee ?

  2. Just J Says:

    Not surprising that no one knew about this meeting. Way to keep everyone involved.

  3. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Board President Gary Eberhart and Trustee Lynne Dennler are the board reps to this committee. Trustee Linda Mayo also often attends these meetings.
    Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend, due to a family commitment.

  4. Flippin' Tired Says:

    CAC meets the first Monday of every month. This is not a surprise meeting. Anyone who is involved in Special Ed knows this. They have no vote on the subject, but they can discuss anything they want.

  5. Lawrence Hater Says:

    Just more Eberhart and Whtimarsh dragging our once great district down with them.

  6. Just J Says:

    Flippen, I am a special Ed parent and I did not know about these meetings until I read about them on this site. The district does not go out of their way to let parents know and help involve them.
    You are right this group does not have a vote but discussing special Ed at the charter and not inviting anyone to participate in open discussion wreaks of foul play. For goodness sake one of the petitioners is a special Ed teacher. This is just more of the district spreading false information to gather opposition. It won’t work. The people who live here are smart enough to see what is going on.

    Oh have they solved the busing problem? No they have not but instead of discussing that they will have a one sided conversation about the charter. Have they fixed all the compliance issues with I E P’s. No but again one sided conversation is what they think they need.
    But I will be sure to bring a friend.

  7. Flippin' Tired Says:

    My child is in special ed and I’ve been receiving newsletters and e-mails about CAC for years, Just J. I try to attend the meetings when I’m not working my second job (the first one is at an actual school site). The newsletters are bright green. I read every one of them. They always list the meetings and contain great articles. If you’re not getting the newsletters, let the Special Ed secretary know so you can be added to the mailing list.

    I have my child’s case manager’s cell phone number so I can ask questions any time I need. I correspond with the parent liaison on a regular basis. But then I go out of my way to get involved in my child’s educational needs.

    If you need to know what every little committee is going to discuss, then you’d better start asking for PTA agendas from every site, because everyone is talking about the charter. I don’t know a group that isn’t interested in this issue.

    If the petitioner didn’t know her own department was having a CAC meeting, then I’d say the petitioner is doing a poor job of keeping up with her school-related duties in favor of tilting at her personal windmill. That is shortchanging her students, and is a shame. But athletics often trumps special education matters.

    CAC won’t solve the bus problem. The problem is poor supervision, the form of a lawyer whom everyone knows. I’d still love to know why the district cancelled their contract with Durham and took up with this new company – is there a family or fraternity relationship with anyone at Dent and the owner?

    I hope to see you at the next CAC meeting.

    BTW, “reeks” means smells. “Wreaks” means to inflict.

  8. Doctor J Says:

    Another coverup of bussing problems — go ahead Mildred and play ostrich and pretend there aren’t continuing bus problems for the last two school years. Instead Mildred you ought to be pounding every morning on Steven Lawrence’s desk about the Special Education students who are being daily deprived of instructional time — students with special needs that can least afford to be ignored. Somehow you must think because Special Ed Student arrived late to school, and the parents don’t know it, that it doesn’t matter. Is that what you really believe ? Its time you stood up for the children against the system. Maybe you just don’t have the right stuff.

  9. Theresa Harrington Says:

    FT: Although many people are aware that the CAC meets on the first Monday of the month, it would be helpful if the district would post the agendas so people in the community would know what will be discussed.

  10. School Teacher Says:

    I’m curious if they always end their agenda with “Don’t forget- Bring a friend to the meeting!”, or if this might be a special appeal to bring people to this meeting since there was going to be a discussion about CVCHS. If this is not a usual suggestion for this committee, it only reminds me of the financial meeting they held over Thanksgiving with principals being asked to bring 2 parents with them. Not very transparent.

  11. Theresa Harrington Says:

    Yes, they do always end with the invitation to “bring a friend.”
    The CAC blog always lists the meeting dates and times, but hasn’t posted the agendas for the past few months:

  12. School Teacher Says:

    Good to know. Thanks for the confirmation.

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