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MDUSD on Monday to receive public input on strategic plan priorities, hear solar report and discuss November ballot initiatives

By Theresa Harrington
Thursday, September 6th, 2012 at 9:10 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

For blog readers who are interested in commenting on Monday’s board meeting, I have posted the agenda below. Highlights include an early meeting to allow the public to prioritize the strategic plan, a special report on the district’s solar projects and the possible endorsement of Prop. 30 (Gov. Brown’s initiative, which is backed by teachers’ unions) or Prop. 38 (Molly Munger’s initiative, which is backed by the state PTA, including Trustee Linda Mayo):

“1.0 Call to Order
1.1 President will call the meeting to order. Info
1.2 Board Member Lynne Dennler will participate via teleconference from 27 Hui Drive, Lahaina, HI Info
2.0 Announcements
2.1 In closed session, the Board will consider the items listed on the closed session agenda. Info
3.0 Public Comment
3.1 The public may address the Board concerning items that are scheduled for discussion during closed session only. These presentations are limited to three minutes each, or a total of thirty minutes for all speakers or the three minute limit may be shortened. Speakers are not allowed to yield their time. Info
4.0 Adjourn to Closed Session at 6:00 p.m.
4.1 Negotiations – The Board may discuss negotiations or provide direction to its representatives regarding represented employees, pursuant to EERA (Govt. Code Section 3549.1) Agency negotiators: Julie Braun Martin and Deborah Cooksey. Agencies: MDEA, CSEA, Local One M&O, Local One CST, MDSPA, and Supervisory. Action
4.2 Anticipated Litigation Info
4.3 Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release/Complaint Info

5.0 Community Meeting
5.1 Open Community Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Info
5.2 Public Priortization on Strategic Plan Info
5.3 Adjourn Community Input Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Info

6.0 Reconvene Open Session
6.1 Reconvene Open Session at 7:00 p.m. Info
7.0 Preliminary Business
7.1 Pledge of Allegiance and Roll Call Info
8.0 Report Out Action Taken in Closed Session
8.1 Report of Closed Session September 10, 2012 Info
8.2 Negotiations Info
8.3 Anticipated litigation Info
8.4 Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release/Complaint Info

9.0 Consent Agenda
Action
9.1 (Item #1) Items listed under Consent Agenda are considered routine and will be approved/adopted by a single motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items; however, any item may be removed from the consent agenda upon the request of any member of the Board and acted upon separately. Action
9.2 (Item #2) Minutes of the meeting of August 20, 2012 Action
9.3 Item #3) Recommended Action for Certificated Personnel Action
9.4 (Item #4) Request to increase Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for the 2012-2013 school year. Action
9.5 (Item #5) Saint Mary’s College of California Student Placement Agreement with Mt. Diablo Unified School District Action
9.6 (Item #6) California State University, Chico Internship Agreement with Mt. Diablo Unified School District Action
9.7 (Item #7) Samuel Merritt University Student Teaching Agreement with Mt. Diablo Unified School District Action
9.8 (Item #8) Approval of Provisional Intership Permit (PIP) Request Action
9.9 (Item #9) Recommended Action for Classified Personnel Action
9.10 (Item #10) Classified Personnel: Create an Instructional Assistant-Computer Position for Mountain View Elementary School Action
9.11 (Item #11) Award of Inspector of Record (Project Inspector) Contract Action
9.12 (Item #12) Clayton Valley Charter High School: Measure C High School Project List Action
9.13 (Item #13) Final Change Order: Fix Painting Company: Exterior Painting of Ygnacio Valley High School Action
9.14 (Item #14) Notice of Completion for Bid #1607/C-911 Action
9.15 (Item #15) Contract Amendment: PHd Architects: Modification of Auto/Metal Shop at Northgate High School-’Project Lead the Way’ Engineering Pathway Action
9.16 (Item #16) Contract Amendment: PHd Architects: Design Modifications Required to facilitate Use of District Pre-Checked (PC) Design as a Kindergarten Classroom. Action
9.17 (Item #17) Approve Independent Service Contract with Dr. Adria Klein for Staff Development in Literacy at Meadow Homes Elementary School Action
9.18 (Item #18) Award of Design Services Contract For Stadium Improvement Project at College Park High School Action
9.19 (Item #19) Award of Inspector of Record (Project Inspector) Contract for Interim Housing Installation at Mt. Diablo High School Action
9.20 (Item #20) Award of Inspector of Record (Project Inspector) Contract Action
9.21 (Item #21) Funding Source Correction: Award of Lease/Leaseback Agreement for Construction of New Chemistry Buildings Action
9.22 (Item #22) Approve contract/purchase order with Beyond the Words, Inc. for the services of Educational Interpreters for the Deaf for school year 2012-2013 Action
9.23 (Item #23) Approve contract increase to independent service contract with Kristin Obrinsky, Physical Therapist Action
9.24 (Item #24) Approval of master contract between Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) and Progressus Therapy Services to provide District-Wide Occupational/Physical Therapy Services for the 2012-2013 school year and 2012-2013 Extended School Year Program. Action
9.25 (Item #25) Increase Contract between Mt. Diablo School District (MSUSD) and Maxim Services, Non Public Agency (NPA) for the 2012-2013 school year Action
9.26 (Item #26) Increase purchase order between Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) and Speech Pathology Group for Speech and Language services for the 2012-2013 School Year Action
9.27 (Item #27) Contract with Center for Human Development (CHD) Action
9.28 (Item #28) Approval of Independent Service Contract with Dr. Cynthia Peterson Action

10.0 Consent Items Pulled for Discussion

11.0 Public Comment

11.1 The public may address the Board regarding any item within the jurisdiction of the Board of Education of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District that is not on this agenda. These presentation are limited to three minutes each, or a total of thirty minutes for all speakers, or the three minute limit may be shortened. If there are multiple speakers on any one subject, the public comment period may be moved to the end of the meeting. Speakers are not allowed to yield their time. Info

12.0 Communications
12.1 District Organizations – At regular Board meetings, a single spokesperson of each recognized district organization may make a brief presentation following the Consent Agenda. Items are limited to those which are informational. Info

13.0 Reports/Information
13.1 Solar Project Progress Report – Bill Kelly Info

14.0 Superintendent’s Report
14.1 Superintendent’s Report Info

15.0 Business/Action Items
15.1 Appointment of Administrator, Necessary Small High School/Vice Principal Action
15.2 Appointment of Coordinator, Student/Community Services 9-12 Action
15.3 Appointment of Coordinator, Student/Community Services 9-12 Action
15.4 Appointment of Coordinator, Student Services 6-8 Action
15.5 Appointment of Program Specialist/Special Education Action
15.6 Certification of the District’s 2011-2012 Unaudited Actual Financial Report Action
15.7 Resolution # 12/13-05 Adopting the District’s 2011-2012 GANN Appropriations Limit Action
15.8 Approve 2012-2013 Interagency Agreement #74-371-3 between MDUSD and Contra Costa County Services, Mental Health Division Action
15.9 Approve Interagency agreement between Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) and Contra Costa Health Services, Mental Health Division Action
15.10 Board Resolution in Support of Proposition 30 Action
15.11 Board Resolution in Support of Proposition 38 Action
15.12 2012-13 Mandate Block Grant Letter of Intent Action
15.13 Board Action Progress Report Info
15.14 Amendment to BP 2140(a) Evaluation of the Superintendent Info
15.15 Meeting Extension Action
16.0 Board Member Reports
16.1 Board reports – two minute time limit Info

17.0 Closed Session
17.1 Items not completed during the first Closed Session will be carried over to this closed session. Action
18.0 Adjournment
18.1 Adjourn Meeting Info”

What do you think is the most interesting item on Monday’s agenda?

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  • Theresa Harrington

    The CAC will also hold a candidate’s forum on Oct. 2: http://bit.ly/RMB2wh
    Perhaps the draft strategic plan will come up during that discussion.

  • Theresa Harrington

    I have just received word that the Pleasant Hill Education Commission will hold an MDUSD candidate’s forum from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 in the Pleasant Hill City Council Chambers.

  • John Q

    Will there be any other candidate forums open to the public ?

  • Theresa Harrington

    Both the CAC and Pleasant Hill forums are open to the general public. As usual, the Times and CCTV will also host televised candidate forums, which can be viewed by the public. MDUSD’s will be taped Thursday, Sept. 20. I will let you know if I hear of any other candidate forums. Often, CAPA also hosts such forums.

  • John Q

    is pleasant hill the only mdusd city that sponsors an education commission ?

  • Theresa Harrington

    JQ: Yes, I believe Pleasant Hill is the only MDUSD city with an education commission. However, at the one meeting I attended, there was no district liaison. So, a lot of parents and some staff members in the audience were talking about what they thought was going on in the district, without any corroboration from the district or collaboration with it.
    It might behoove the commission to ask a district staffer to attend the meetings to answer questions, if they come up.
    WAM: Walnut Creek is not a unified district, since it doesn’t include high schools. So, it’s WCSD.
    Jim: I agree there seems to be no plan and no accountability regarding the strategic plan. In fact, Trustee Cheryl Hansen raised several points of order about this at the beginning of the community meeting, pointing out that she has been asking the board to publicly schedule two strategic planning community meetings, but the rest of the board has not seemed to be very interested in moving forward with it. This meeting, on the other hand, was planned by Whitmarsh without Hansen’s knowledge — and apparently without the knowledge of the community. There was no superintendent message inviting the community to weigh in. And, as I pointed out, more staffers than public placed red dots on the plans. Also, there was no announcement regarding what would happen to the input or when the plan would be completed.
    Anon: Hansen has retired from her position at the County Office of Education, I believe.

  • David “Shoe” Shuey – Clayton City Council

    John Q – The City of Clayton does not have an education commission but did attempt to reach out to the MDUSD Board and establish, along with other cities, a joint subcommittee of the Board and city elected officials. This proposal was not well received by the Board at the time but we are hopeful that following the election it will be revisited.

  • Anon

    Whitmarsh made the decision that such meetings were not needed.

  • No On Whitmarsh

    It is time to vote Whitmarsh out. She must go.

    Visit our blog and show your support at

    mdusdelection2012.blogspot.com

  • Wait a Minute

    Shoe & Anon @57&58

    This is why it is essential to defeat Whitmarsh and replace her with someone who is competent, collaborative, and caring because she has not demonstrated these attributes through her so-called “leadership”.

    Please tell everyone you know to VOTE NO ON WHITMARSH!!!

  • John Q

    Shoe-that’s good news, don’t give up!

  • Doctor J

    Hey Shoe, why doesn’t the City just establish the committee, and invite ALL the Board members and see who shows up. Just make sure its Brown Act noticed, and there should be no problem. Sherry can’t stop another Board member from showing up.

  • John Q

    Doctor J-Contra Costa Times reported Clayton Mayor Howard Geller said of a Mt. Diablo school board member “I wanted to get up and strangle her. But I didn’t.” (Eye on The East Bay, 8/26/12). Hmmm who could it be? Shoe, can you say?

    NO, NO, NO ON WHITMARSH!!!

  • Anon

    Tom Torlakson’s saying tech is important for 21st century learning and his new initiative is called “no child left offline.” http://www.cde.ca.gov/eo/in/documents/efftmemo.pdf#search=no%20child%20left%20offline&view=FitH&pagemode=none

    You gotta wonder where is the funding. You gotta wonder when every mt. d kid will have a computer and internet connection at school.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Anon: When I visited Mt. Diablo HS to write about the visit from the US Ambassador to Mexico, I was very surprised to learn that the school does not have WiFi. They said they are supposed to get it, but don’t have it yet.
    In other districts, such as Acalanes and San Ramon Valley, students are being issued ipads. The disparity between neighboring districts is vast.
    The MDUSD technology committee is supposed to be coming up with a list of new technology that could be purchased with Measure C funds. But, that seems to be a low priority in terms of the Measure C timeline.
    First, the board wants to finish the solar projects.

    John Q: I asked our Clayton reporter which trustee Geller was referencing. The reporter said he couldn’t remember for sure, but he didn’t think it was Whitmarsh. I asked if it was Linda Mayo and he said he thought that sounded more like what he remembered.
    Both Whitmarsh and Mayo said they attended a Mayor’s event recently where they spoke to all of the mayors about whether or not they would like a “Mayoral Conference.”
    Our Clayton reporter said the Clayton City Council plans to send a letter to the district asking for some sort of system for regular communications between the district and the city. But, I’m not sure if that has been sent yet.

  • Anon

    Here’s hoping mt. d gets 21st century learning by the 23rd century.

    You gotta wonder why city of concord isn’t leading the charge on city-district relations. Kudos to antioch showing the world that the greater community can turnaround the neediest students. http://www.cde.ca.gov/eo/in/documents/efftmemo.pdf#search=no%20child%20left%20offline&view=FitH&pagemode=none

    In the likely event that Whitmarsh is defeated, city of concord may have no-zero-zilch resident school board members.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Anon: Dennler is a Concord resident.

    Regarding helping some of the neediest students get revved up for school, check out this blog post about a master hip hop class at YVHS: http://www.ibabuzz.com/onassignment/2012/09/17/b-girl-gets-yvhs-dance-crew-ready-for-rally/

    YVHS is also the only MDUSD school I know that has a twitter account: https://twitter.com/YgnacioValley

    Here’s what one student tweeted after the Friday rally: “Our school may not be a perfect 4.0 or higher school, (but) family atmosphere, and spirit definitely makes us better than any other school.”

  • Anon

    Somehow I thought Dennler lives in Clayton, or Hawaii

  • Theresa Harrington

    Since she and her husband are both retired, they travel often.

  • Doctor J

    I think Denler has resigtered to vote in hawaii ?

  • MD Educator

    When is the truth going to come out about Brian Lawrence trying to pass himself off as an educator? He is the political opportunist who two years ago ran with the endorsement of Paul Strange, Gary Eberhart, and Sherry Whitmarsh and lost! Now, he labels himself as an educator and attaches himself to the coat tails of a true educator, Barbara Oaks, who is known widely for her expertise, experience, and personal integrity.
    Lawrence should either prove his claim for being an educator- credentials held, professional experience, number of years and dates employed as an educator, schools taught at and references from evaluators – or he should withdraw.
    MDEA got burned with Eberhart and Whitmarsh four years ago. Now,how are they going to explain they are using the dues money of their credentialed, dedicated, experienced, and professional teachers to support the candidacy of a person whom, under different circumstances, they would fight vociferously to keep out of the classroom for lack of experience and training?

  • Doctor J

    Hmmm.. . . . .maybe she doesn’t qualify to vote or hold office in MDUSD?

  • Theresa Harrington

    I have already posted once in response to a similar comment that Brian Lawrence is teaching students at a barber school how to create financial plans and to decide whether it makes sense for them to go into business themselves or work for someone else. This is not his full-time job, though. He is a technology executive, which is the second part of his ballot designation: “Educator/Technology Executive.”
    On his ballot statement, Lawrence has left the line for his “occupation” blank.

  • Anon

    I’d take Lawrence over Whitmarsh every day of the week and twice on Sundays.

  • The Observer

    Understand from sources that it won’t be pretty when API comes out soon…anyone have any info?

  • Brian Lawrence

    Theresa, thanks for again sharing the info in your #73 comment.

    @ 71, yes, it is true that Gary Eberhart, Sherry Whitmarsh and Paul Strange supported me two years ago. 25,000+ other people were also kind enough to support me and I appreciate each of them. That doesn’t mean that any of those 25,000 people speak for me.

    Over the past two years, I have had significant differences with the current Board on multiple issues. Here is a brief sampling:

    - School Closure
    - Proposed three year extension for the Superintendent and top administrators
    - Measure C bond structure
    - Clayton Valley Charter process
    - Evaluation of the Superintendent
    - Strategic planning process
    - Community meetings (or lack thereof)
    - Communication with the public and sharing of information

    I’m looking forward to the debates and forums where the candidates will be discussing these and other issues. Perhaps Theresa will also provide a forum for the candidates to answer questions online- I’d be happy to participate.

    If you’d like to observe me in a classroom setting, I am teaching tomorrow morning. You can call me at 925-525-5354 or email me at btlawrence@gmail.com and I’d be happy to arrange for you to attend.

    Thank you.

  • Brian Lawrence

    Typo- number to reach me at is 925-526-5354. I’m happy to answer any questions or discuss concerns via phone or email or in-person. Thanks.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Brian, Thanks for suggesting an online forum for questions. I’ll try to get that set up.
    Also, there are several upcoming candidate forums, including the CCTV forum to be taped Thursday morning, the Oct. 2 CAC forum at Dent Center and an Oct. 18 Pleasant Hill Education Commission forum in the Pleasant Hill City Council chambers. Both the CAC and Pleasant Hill forums are open to the public. The Times will archive the CCTV forum online and I will cover it.

    I have one question for you: Why didn’t you attend the strategic input session Monday and what was your impression of the district’s communication with the public about it? As I have mentioned, Debra Mason and Board President Sherry Whitmarsh were the only candidates in attendance.

  • Doctor J

    @Observer#75 It will be UGLY — suspect Lawrence is desperately job searching [hold FCMAT report off the FCMAT site] since the Sacramento Gig bombed. Actually you might see a API jump of one hand full of points, but once you remove the 3 SIG monumental jumps from that, you realize that the district really FELL by 25 plus points in API. All of this two years into his “plan” of creation of SASS to duplicate the success of Delta View under Susan Petersen after she took over for the disasterous prinicpal by the name of Julie Braun-Martin, who we all know is now the Asst Suppt of Personnel. How we promote such incompetence is beyond me, but rooted in the “good ole’ boy system” that does apply to woment too. Look at all of the incompetent principals that Rose Lock has protected to the benefit of their retirements and the detriment of the students.

  • MDUSD Board Watcher

    I am hearing from credible “inside” sources that the API numbers will force the board’s hand.

    Hearing to BOLO for end of SASS and massive cleanout of DENT. Hope everyone has their resumes polished.

  • Brian Lawrence

    @Theresa, I was in Denver last Monday.

    In order to be effective, strategic planning has to involve the whole community. This was the first meeting that I remember in the past year or so- it is very difficult to build momentum with such a long hiatus.

    I appreciate that Cheryl and Sherry went out in the community for input sessions last year. I’d hope that the entire Board and the Superintendent would full-heartedly support this process.

    If it is a top-down driven process, it is doomed to failure. It will consist of meaningless buzzwords and platitudes.

    I’ve spoken several times in support of Cheryl Hansen’s idea to have Board meetings out in the community. That’s one of the ways to help bring people in to the process. The excuse I’ve heard for not doing this is that it is difficult to create an agenda that complies with the Brown Act. The Board should instruct the General Counsel to to find a way to make sure of compliance instead of skipping these meetings altogether.

  • Doctor J

    Did these high school principals demonstrate high success to qualify them for “promotions” ? 2012 API results [est]
    YVHS — Bill Morones promoted to SASS Director Secondary: -1 API
    CVHS — Sue Brothers promoted to YVHS Principal -6 API
    MDHS — Kate McClatchy author of ToiletGATE -7 API

    And check out these:
    Oak Grove Middle School -38
    Valley View Middle -19
    Riverview Middle -8
    Foothill Middle -8

    And just some of the worst Elementary:
    Westwood E -33 Princ was Jennifer Vargus
    Sun Terrace E -39 Princ was Gretchen Jacobs who got promoted to Director of something.
    Silverwood E -22 Princ is Nancy Villa
    Gregory Gards -23 Princ was Cheryl Kolano

    Cambridge -9 Marie Schirmer was principal and promoted to SASS “Coach”.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Here’s a story about how Oakland is tackling the issue of bullying: http://www.contracostatimes.com/education/ci_21565527/oakland-schools-take-anti-bullying-campaign-all-middle
    It includes information I provided about what MDUSD is doing, including the bullying incidents reported at Oak Grove MS last year. The whistle-blower teachers said lack of consistent discipline and lack of a clear anti-bullying policy on campus contributed to a chaotic environment that was detrimental to student learning.

  • David “Shoe” Shuey – Clayton City Council

    BL @81 – As an elected official it is offensive to hear anyone use the Brown Act as a reason not to have community input or outreach. The Brown Act was designed prevent back door dealings without transparency. Now, some use it as a shield to keep things behind closed doors. There is nothing to stop any elected body from having public meetings and complying with the Brown Act in effectuating that is not rocket science.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Here is a story about Clayton Councilman David Shuey’s desire to serve on both the council and the CVCHS governing board: http://www.contracostatimes.com/twitter/ci_21564515/clayton-city-councilman-wants-state-answer-incompatible-office

    Dr. J: ok

  • Theresa Harrington

    Councilman Shuey: When I asked Concord Mayor Ron Leone what he thought of Trustee Cheryl Hansen’s idea of having a “Mayoral Council,” he said he didn’t like the idea of having structured public meetings. My impression was that he was more in favor of informal behind-the-scenes kind of communications. What would you prefer in terms of communications between Clayton and the MDUSD board?

  • Brian Lawrence

    Shoe: Complete agreement. I’m not aware of any official being prosecuted under the Brown Act for being part of an elected body that shared too much information with the public.

  • MDUSD Board Watcher

    Mr. Brian and Shoe,

    Good points but this is the EberMarsh juggernaut we are dealing with. They care only of themselves and lining the pockets of their good friends.

  • Doctor J

    @Brian Lawrence#87 Perhaps you are not aware of the great intimidation attempt on Cheryl Hansen when one of District Attorney Mark Peterson’s minions interrogated her about alleged leaks that provided information to the public. Some believe the investigation was initiated directly with Mr. Peterson by either the Supt or one or two Board members. Cheryl surprised all of them by going public with the investigation during a Board meeting. Shortly after this Steven Lawrence put on the agenda, his own and several others, including Rolen, contract extensions. Noticably absent was a contract extension for Mildred Browne. Julie B-M has confirmed Mildred’s request for a leave of absence — although never publicly discussed during a Board meeting nor approved by the Board as required by the By-laws — and a new Asst Supt has been hired before the FCMAT report has been completed or released.

  • MD Educator

    Still waiting to hear from Brian Lawrence:
    1) Credential (s) held
    2) Schools currently working
    3) First year of teaching and number of years of experience
    4) Grade levels
    5) Subject areas
    6) Number of student contacts per day.

    Sorry, Brian, talking to barbers about creating a financial plan and deciding on their business future may make you a financial planner – though I believe you need licensing for that, too – but unless you can answer questions 1-6 with specificity then you are not an educator, no way, no how. Bu, what you have done is reveal to the public the lengths you will go for your own political ends. Which, as we’ve all seen the past 4 years is exactly what Whitmarsh and Eberhart have done. The fruit doesn’t fall very far from the tree.

  • Anon

    MD Educator #90,

    I see what you are saying, kind of like Gary claiming he has a degree from St. Mary’s.

    I however beleive that anyone would be better than Whitmarsh. Hell a trained monkey would be better than Whitmarsh at this point.

    VOTE NO ON WHITMARSH!

  • Doctor J

    Has Kerri Mills resigned from Santa Barbara USD yet ? I just checked the SBUSD agendas through Sept 11 and don’t see her name on the personnel action. In light of no MDUSD Board action on Mildred Browne, I am wondering if something is going on behind the scenes ?

  • http://www.k12reboot.com Jim

    @92 — Kerri Mills is still listed in the SBUSD online directory, although it hasn’t been modified since 8/23. While frowned upon in the private sector, double-dipping is not all that unusual in public school districts. As in so many areas, ethical practices in public education tend to be a bit more “flexible”.

  • David “Shoe” Shuey – Clayton City Council

    Theresa,

    Following the charter approval, councilmember Medrano and I approached the District about forming a subcommitte of the District Board and the respective city councils which would meet regularly but informally to discuss issues of mutual concern. However, to me, if the desire was public meetings then that would be welcome as well. My issue is that there is little or no communication, formal or informal, between the cities and MDUSD. It makes no sense. The important thing is opening lines of communication to better help our kids.

  • Doctor J

    @Jim#93 We already know Mills is double dipping with FCMAT consulting — how much influence is she having on the MDUSD report ? Was she paid for it while negotiating with MDUSD ? Lots of conflict of interest questions — some of which the Fair Political Practices commission may be interested in.

  • Anon

    Reliable rumors saying Lawrence is still fighting hard to keep the FCMAT report under wraps. Weird given how it is released already although not on the official FCMAT site.

    Wonder if there are “interesting” differences between teh released version and the official version?

  • Doctor J

    @Anon#96 Since its now “final”, but not posted as promised by FCMAT, Theresa probably could do a PRA request for the official version of the report. I don’t understand why the Times never followed up on its prior PRA requests when Theresa reported the Times would not take “NO” for an answer.

  • Doctor J

    Here is what Investigative Reporters find when they bulldog PRA requests for emails and don’t give up ! I wish the Times was more supportive of Theresa. http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/moreno-valley/moreno-valley-headlines-index/20120914-perris-val-verde-emails-shows-possible-brown-act-violations.ece

  • Doctor J

    It appears that FCMAT consultants may be in violation of the FCMAT Conflict of Interest Code by accepting honorariums and failing to disclose the same. The FCMAT code was approved by the FCMAT Board in June 2011, and by the FPPC on March 1, 2012. With the FPPC approval, FCMAT consultants had 30 days to file their financial disclosures. It does not appear FCMAT required that. The public is entitled to see the financial disclosures of any consultant — and that would include those who worked on the MDUSD projects and of course, Kerri Mills. Where are the Financial Disclosures ?

  • Theresa Harrington

    Our Oakland reporter is writing about that city’s “Mayor¹s Education Cabinet,” which is launching a new campaign aimed at keeping kids in school.
    Concord Mayor Ron Leone told me he wants to launch a character program similar to the “Do the Right Thing” campaign in Clayton. But, with no vehicle for district-city communications, it’s unclear how much input or buy-in Concord will get from the district.