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MDUSD superintendent to hold feeder pattern meetings

By Theresa Harrington
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 at 11:53 am in Education, Mt. Diablo school district.

Mt. Diablo district Superintendent Steven Lawrence has decided to hold meetings with parents in various feeder patterns of the district. Although trustees have not publicly discussed this idea, board candidate Brian Lawrence told me the superintendent informed him the meetings would replace former Parent Advisory Council meetings, which were not well-attended.

Board President Sherry Whitmarsh told me that she has been working with the superintendent on this idea. However, neither the superintendent nor Whitmarsh made any announcement about it during the last board meeting and there has been no districtwide communication from the district about the meetings.

Since questions are arising in comments on this blog about the purpose of the meetings, I am posting a letter I received from a Diablo View Middle School parent about the meeting in the that school’s feeder pattern:

“Oct. 2, 2012

Good Morning

Our superintendent, Dr. Steven Lawrence, will be holding four feeder pattern meetings throughout the year. The purpose of the meetings are:

To increase the opportunities that he has to speak with a broader group of parents.

To address concerns that parents on our leadership teams (PTA, PFC, School Site Council, ELAC) have around district issues.

To provide a more comfortable setting to have parents and the superintendent to have a conversation in.

Improve overall district communication.

The first of these meetings will be on Wednesday, October 3rd at the Pine Hollow Library at 7:00 p.m. Subsequent dates are December 5th, February 13th and May 1st. Besides Diablo View and Pine Hollow, additional schools in our feeder pattern are Ayers El, Mt. Diablo El, Highlands El and Siverwood El.

Patti Bannister”

Do you think the district should let the entire community know the times, dates and locations for all feeder pattern meetings?

7:10 P.M. UPDATE: Board President Sherry Whitmarsh has clarified that the feeder pattern meetings were the superintendent’s idea, which she supported. They are not board meetings and she does not expect to attend most of them, although she said she would likely attend the Ygnacio Valley HS meeting, since she lives in that feeder pattern.

OCT. 11 UPDATE: After calling Northgate High, I have found out that the Northgate feeder pattern meeting is at 7 p.m. tonight in the Northgate staff lounge at 425 Castle Rock Road in Walnut Creek. Unfortunately for some parents, this conflicts with a concurrent meeting at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater for juniors and their parents.

Here is a link to video of Superintendent Steven Lawrence telling the school board about his decision to hold feeder pattern meetings: http://qik.com/video/54936052

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  • Theresa Harrington

    FYI, here’s my Fleet Week story, which includes interviews with the Blue Angels’ lead solo pilot, a female crew member and a member of the Air Force F-22 Raptor team, talking about how they spend time talking to students and others about what it takes to become an aviator: http://www.contracostatimes.com/twitter/ci_21701502/navy-blue-angels-and-air-force-f22-raptor

  • Doctor J

    Wow, Gov Brown lays down the gauntlet to Districts charging “pupil fees” for participation — Watch out MDUSD !This might even require cutting Dent salaries ! This is a big deal — LETS LIST ALL THE PUPIL FEES NOW BEING CHARGED BY MDUSD. Violations are appealable to the CDE and refunds would have to be made to ALL AFFECTED PUPILS, not just the complainer ! AB 1575. “Existing law prohibits a pupil enrolled in school from being required This bill would authorize a complaint of noncompliance with the provisions of this bill to be filed with the principal of a school under those uniform complaint procedures. The bill would authorize acomplaint to be filed anonymously if specified circumstances exist. The bill would authorize a complainant not satisfied with a public school’s decision to appeal that decision to the State Department of Education and receive a written appeal decision within 60 days of the department’s receipt of the appeal. If merit is found in either the complaint or appeal, the bill would require the public school to provide a remedy to all affected pupils, parents, and guardians that,where applicable, includes reasonable efforts by the public school to ensure full reimbursement to pay a fee, deposit, or other charge not specifically authorized by law.”
    “Educational activity” “including, but not limited to, curricular and extracurricular activities.”
    “A pupil fee includes, but is not
    limited to, all of the following:
    (1) A fee charged to a pupil as a condition for registering for school or classes, or as a condition for participation in a class or an extracurricular activity, regardless of whether the class or activity is elective or compulsory, or is for credit.
    (2) A security deposit, or other payment, that a pupil is required to make to obtain a lock, locker, book, class apparatus, musical instrument, uniform, or other materials or equipment.
    (3) A purchase that a pupil is required to make to obtain materials, supplies, equipment, or uniforms associated with an educational activity.”
    READ IT ALL AT: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_1551-1600/ab_1575_bill_20120929_chaptered.html

  • Doctor J

    Oh, forgot to say that AB 1575 “The bill would require public schools to establish local policies and procedures to implement these complaint procedures by March 1, 2013.” New Board, you got your work cut out for you as soon as Steven and Bryan disclose all of the fees now being collected ! Those cheerleading uniforms are just going to eat up Linda Mayo’s annual family Medical, Dental and Vision benefits ! And that’s just for one high school !

  • Doctor J

    What’s the candidates and other Board members reactions to AB 1575 ? Full family medical dental vision for Board members OR fund science classes, VAPA, cheerleaders, football teams ??? Now, that would have been a great question to ask during the “debate” moderated by the Times. And it was the political reporter asking the questions too !

  • Anon

    In my OPINION, the Eberhart, Whitmarsh cabal that runs the district will not take this sitting down.

    Get ready to hear, “Oh we will cut football, and band, and field trips, etc. etc. etc.”

  • Theresa Harrington

    Anon: Most of the district’s football funding has already been cut. This is why UMDAF was formed. But, Greg Rolen has said the district is within its rights to charge a mandatory transportation fee. The team contribution and district contribution, on the other hand, are optional. Many schools also charge uniform deposits and charge extra to travel to far-away events, which involve overnight stays.
    Dr. J (and anyone else who has questions for candidates): The Pleasant Hill Education Commission is accepting questions from the community for its Oct. 18 candidate’s forum. If you are dissatisfied with the questions asked during the CCTV forum, feel free to email your suggested questions for the Pleasant Hill forum to: mnelis@ci.pleasant-hill.CA.us.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Back on the subject of feeder patterns, I see the board expects to approve another contract for nearly $22,000 for Schreder and Associates to again prepare an updated demographic study of the Bay Point area (on the consent calendar): http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=5928&mtgId=350
    Anyone know when the Bay Point feeder pattern meeting is being held?
    And for those in the Clayton Valley feeder pattern, it looks like the board plans to move forward with Measure C improvements at the charter high school: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=5918&mtgId=350
    And for the YVHS feeder pattern, the expanded stadium project appears to be moving ahead: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=5884&mtgId=350
    Wonder if the neighbors have been informed.

  • Theresa Harrington

    The MDUSD school board’s dysfunction is keenly apparent on Monday’s agenda, which includes the reintroduction of Prop. 30 — which no one motioned to approve the first time around — and two opposing plans for the Strategic Plan adoption process: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_agendaview.aspx?mtgId=350
    Whitmarsh wants to approve the plan, based on the recent dot-sticking exercises, while Hansen wants a longer process that would allow site councils to weigh in (since few community members participated in the recent dot-sticking opportunities).

  • Doctor J

    I beg your pardon, but AB 1575 is so much broader than the “mandatory” “athletic contribution fee” approved by the Board in June 2010 and something that would be a great question for the Supt during feeder pattern meetings because it affects every academic, scholastic, and extracurricular activity in the district where so called “fees” or “deposits” are being charged or books required to be purchased,for science, field trips, literature, sports, etc. An August 2010 investigation by the ACLU of Southern California uncovered a widespread practice among public school districts of charging students mandatory fees to participate in educational activities. For example, districts were requiring students to purchase textbooks, workbooks, and assigned novels in order to matriculate in academic courses. In September 2010, the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of students alleging the fees violate the California Constitution’s free public education guarantee and discriminate against lower-income students by creating a “pay to learn” system that threatens the integrity of our state’s public education system. The ACLU investigation mirrors some of the same practices in MDUSD including the athletic “pay to play” contribution — no pay, no play, and the mandatory transportation fee. In some cases in the targeted districts, there was testimony that some of the teachers were writing the names of those who had not paid “on the board” highlighting their non-payment and in many cases inability to pay, demeaning the students in front of their peers. The same happens to athletes who have not paid — the coaches are given a list. No pay. No play. Look at some of the other practices highlighted bt the ACLU investigation — its just lucky the MDUSD website is so poor th ACLU could not tell what was happening in this district. How ironic. Mr. Rolen might want to revisit his opinion on a mandatory transportation fee for athletics since it seems to be covered in AB 1575. http://www.scribd.com/doc/55099544/ACLUPay-to-LearnReport

  • Doctor J

    It appears that Steven Lawrence in Dec 2010, along with every other Supt] received a letter from the Governor warning about these collection of fees — I haven’t seen any change in MDUSD’s practices as a result of this letter. Additionally, the Governor quite clearly spells out that transportation fees for athletics are not one of the permissible exceptions to allow to be mandatorily charged. Did the Supt communicate this letter to High School Prinicpals ? What fees were eliminated in MDUSD ? http://www.calmusiced.com/pdf/student_fees/Letter%20from%20Governor%20v2.pdf

  • Doctor J

    Adding to Theresa’s comments on the Board agenda, interesting how new monies for consultants suddenly pop up just in time for campaign donation time. Also, noticed the AA Med Trans is blowing through the money pretty quickly — 25% spent by Oct 3, and still nine months to go. Guess who is going to need more money ?? Textbook sufficiency — no attached report of who has and who doesn’t — where is it ? Must be worse than last year. Only a general claim they are buying the books that weren’t there at the start of school. Funny how with declining enrollment there aren’t enough textbooks. SASS runs it. Ah, that’s the reason. The “Strategic Plan” — “votes” ?? Someone could have attended several of the meetings and “voted” multiple times. Where are the lists of who “voted” ? What was the purpose of the votes ? Re-organize the points ? Reduce the points ? What a fiasco ! A story is circulating that during an interview one candidate for Supt of a district [not here] was asked about the district’s community developed Strategic Plan and what the candidate thought of it — the reply by the candidate: I will bring my own. Apparently that candidate and our Supt have at least one thing in common: neither understands how or why a Strategic Plan is developed.

  • Theresa Harrington

    It is with sadness that I announce a loss for all MDUSD feeder patterns: CC Times’ ace prep sports reporter Ben Enos has accepted a job at St. Mary’s College and will no longer be covering local games: http://bit.ly/PYiXNl
    For those of you who knew him, I highly recommend that you watch the video at the link above, which includes a cameo by Coach Hamilton of Concord HS. Ben has a great sense of humor and will be missed here in the newsroom — as well as on high school sports fields throughout the district and county.
    But, I wish him the best of luck in his new gig!

  • http://www.k12reboot.com Jim

    @57 — Such a shame that MDUSD is spending money on consultants to see how fast they can expand their facilities in Bay Point, when the district should actually be shrinking and trying to identify whatever few things they can do well.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Perhaps the strategic plan – once adopted – will help clarify the district’s priorities in terms of spending money and expanding facilities in some areas, while possibly shrinking in others.

  • Doctor J

    @Jim#63 Steven Lawrence’s one act of accomplishment in West Sac was to build a new high school — improve API scores ? Not so much. You know his modus operendi — shift the focus. Official API scores will be out next Thursday.

  • Doctor J

    Theresa, forgive me, but just because it is called a “Strategic Plan” doesn’t make it one — it doesn’t meet the definition of a Strategic Plan. It was not developed by ALL stakeholders. There was no buy in. And on and on. One example, where was MDEA’s on-going input and buy-in ? Put aside the Brown Act violations on the dot placing; that kind of priortization at the “end stage” is meaningless by people who didn’t even participate at the beginning. For all we know, since it was all done in secret, Lawrence could have taken it home and placed the dots himself [yes, that matches your speculation yesterday :-) and no I don't think he took it home ! ]

  • Theresa Harrington

    I don’t know what “speculation yesterday” you are talking about.
    However, I was disappointed that Susan Petersen took down the plan from the lobby walls before the last board meeting ended. I had been planning to look at the dots after the meeting.
    It would be helpful if the district identified how many of the dots were placed on the plan at each of the four dot-placing meetings: PAC, CAC, Sept. 10 and Sept. 24. Now, it is impossible to know which groups favored which goals.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Another important news alert for all feeder patterns — UMDAF 5k on Sunday needs 1,300 more signups to meet its fundraising goal: http://bit.ly/WwAkIH

  • Anon

    I have a question. When the school district says things like “best practice” what do they mean? Who is it best for? the District or the student?
    Perhaps Jim could answer this?

  • g

    A while back, looking at SBUSD and Kerri Mills, I noticed their “committees” link. Just checked it again. The Strategic Plan committee is 25 people strong, they hold site meetings, and the board and staff is not even mentioned. Isn’t that interesting?

    They also seem to be taking a long time (like MDUSD) but, at least a couple of drafts are published, and it seems to be of-by-for the stakeholders/students of the district.

  • g

    I have a question for the Supt, the Board, the candidates or anyone besides Rolen/Pedersen:

    Can you explain: With a General Council on staff, an Asst General Council on staff, both (supposedly) working full time, and with six outside Contracted Legal Firms, all contracted at $185-$240 per hour, with very high annual guarantees, WHY in the world do partners Pete Pedersen & Gregory Rolen want to hire a separate Legal Team for $200,000.00, with a two year guarantee, JUST for Measure C??? Is something starting to smell stinky???

  • g

    Agenda Item 8.21:

    Q: How is a Board Action “Progress” Report related to a SpEd Allocation/Expenditure Report?

    A: No relationship at all! They are little more than Ugly Step-Cousins trying to slip past the approved board resolution unnoticed.

  • http://www.k12reboot.com Jim

    @71 G — I think you answered your own question there.

    @69 Anon — In the world outside education, of course, “Best Practice” typically means an outcomes-validated process that is employed by all highly regarded organizations in that field, because it achieves the optimum result, in light of the resources used. Now in the parallel universe of traditional public education, “best practice” is supposed to mean a research-validated approach that is shown to yield the best results, in terms of student achievement. (So even something like a teacher recruiting or training process should me measured in terms of its ultimate impact on the organizational mission of maximizing student achievement.) But alas, the words “education research” are almost an oxymoron, given the low standards in the field. (If a “best practice” is advocated by someone with a PhD in education, it’s always best to read further and see if the results have been validated by someone trained in a more rigorous discipline.)

    And then there’s the matter of adoption. Outside of education, validated best practices are usually adopted by many organizations. In traditional public education, where there is little accountability, and therefore far less incentive to undertake the time and effort to employ the best approaches, there are many best practices that have been well validated, but are still hardly used.

    So when you hear anyone in MDUSD use the term “best practices”, you must: 1) hope that they have even a vague idea of what they are talking about, and 2) that they have the discipline to actually implement the practice, if it is, indeed, a good approach.

  • Hell Freezing Over

    Jim@73 – or it could just be MDUSD using catch-phrases and buzzwords to sneak crap by the public.

  • Doctor J

    @G#71 What’s even more rotten in Denmark is that its one law firm hiring another law firm on behalf of the district — which tells me there’s trouble in River City, and the district’s first law firm has a “conflict of interest” with MDUSD’s adversary, and therefore needs to “farm it out”. But wait, there’s more. Why is there never any “action” on these “potential” lawsuits ? Never a denial of a claim, never approval of a settlement, never a word. What happens with these lawsuits ?

  • Anon

    First we would have to know what the potential law suit is. If it is special Ed. And due process has been started, it first goes to mediation and most likely settled. If it is settled in mediation then it is not reported as a law suit.

    Jim, thanks for the answer. I have come to the conclusion that best practice here in mdusd is just a buzz word. I am not sure how they can buy programs that is not research supported.
    I have been hearing mentioned more in the last month then I have in the last 3 years.

  • g

    Note on the outside legal council contract engagement letter that it says the “scope of the engagement” runs from July 1, 2011 (un-huh, 2011) thru June 30, 2014, and that they are the “primary” attorney for the district—-?

    Have they been getting paid without a valid contract since 2011? Covering asses for – or sidestepping advice from – Juhl-Darlington, Stone & Youngberg and Dent since 2011 without a contract?

    The more you read, the more it stinks.

  • g

    Further research seems to indicate that the 2011 dating is just one more example of sloppy work by the district–an error that would drop any student’s grade.

    But, further research shows that the district already has a job lined up for Henderson:

    http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/attachments/66431e66-ad30-4121-a622-81b86246d39b.pdf

    Right below this link, a google search also shows the same lease/leaseback agreement for CVCHS modular buildings.

    I understand lease/leaseback is ideal for districts that are short on money to fund such projects, but Measure C, and Prop 55 are not short on funds—and it seems a lease/leaseback comes with costs (akin to interest) that simply make our bottom line costs even greater. Right? Wrong?

    I welcome an explanation of why this is such a good deal.

  • Doctor J

    Time for a PRA request on all legal billings for last year and the current year.

  • mika

    Re New law signed by Gov Brown–I don’t have to pay for my kids’ locker fees anymore? Or field trip fees?

  • Theresa Harrington

    Dr. J: The board is scheduled to take action on a lawsuit Monday in closed session: http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/public_itemview.aspx?ItemId=5960&mtgId=350
    That action should be reported out.

  • g

    I would love to know what the Roaldson charges are against the principal and teacher. The district has been playing run-around in court with this one for a full year. Guestimate what we have paid just in legal fees for this one at average of $200+ per hour for 3-4 attorneys/staff at Edrington, Schirmer & Murphy–before it even goes to trial!

  • http://www.k12reboot.com Jim

    On pg 143 of the 201-page MDUSD 2013-14 Adopted Budget, under “Contingent Liabilities”, the district is asked to certify whether there are “known or contingent liabilities (e.g., financial or program
    audits, litigation, state compliance reviews) that may impact the budget”. And they checked “No”.

    So I guess we don’t need to worry about lawsuits.

  • http://www.k12reboot.com Jim

    In MDUSD’s 2010-11 audited statements, the litigation expenses are probably buried in the $11 million “General Administration” expense lines. It could be instructive if school districts were required to break out the line item for legal expenses in their budgets and statements, but with only 200 pages for the budget and 87 pages for the audited statement, how could we ask MDUSD to find room to do that? Besides, if districts did offer such break-outs, then some troublemaker would probably start asking why one district’s expenses were so much higher than another’s. Best not to go there.

    I do recall some years ago an analysis that indicated MDUSD’s legal expenses were well above normal for a district its size, but it would be quite difficult to investigate that now, given the district’s greater reluctance to release information to nosy journalists and taxpayers. In any case, I’m sure that any district with high expenses would just say that their residents are unusually litigious. On the other hand, some observers might call high legal expenses a “Stupidity Tax” on districts that are unable to competently manage their affairs.

  • g

    Jim: “…that may impact the budget”. And they checked “No”.

    I suspect the devil is in the details!

    Remember this district has been under a leadership that plays teeter-totter with “accuracy” over “honesty” and they can say litigation expense will not impact the budget—because they budget for plenty of litigation.

    Someone should ask Rolen/Richards directly, “what is the amount of your annual legal budget, and how much of that do you spend each year?”

  • District Teacher

    Note to Theresa Harrington: If you feel that this information should not be made public, please remove this comment. It is not my intention to divulge confidential information.

    The Roaldson lawsuit is one filed on behalf of a College Park H.S. student related to an eye injury the student alledgedly received in a chemistry class when a potato gun was shot in the class while the teacher was momentarily out of the classroom. The suit names the teacher and a vice principal.

    This isn’t classified information – court documents are public files. I found the PDF file of the lawsuit online several months ago. I have no personal knowledge of the alledged incident that led to the lawsuit, which was filed with the Contra Costa Co. Superior Court in Nov. 2011 (case #C11-02675).

    It looks like the district is moving toward setting the suit.

  • Theresa Harrington

    The CAC appears to be getting frustrated over the lack of responsiveness it is receiving from the district about its concerns regarding the FCMAT transportation report: http://mtdiablosped.blogspot.com/2012/10/cac-mtg-discussion-on-fcmat.html

  • Doctor J

    The CAC has caught the district in a myriad of LIES, the district refuses to response with specicifics to those LIES, and frankly doesn’t care one hoot about the CAC. They know Linda Mayo will continue to rely upon “staff” whether or not it is the truth — CAC continue to point to the LIES of staff. How much longer will Linda Mayo keep her head in the sand to deny the the TRUTH ?

  • Theresa Harrington

    Although Greg Rolen has refused to release the third party analysis, trustees could direct staff to release it.
    Bill Gillaspie told me he didn’t think there was anything that appeared to be of a confidential nature in it.
    As has been previously pointed out, openness and transparency would go a long way toward building public trust in this district.
    The district appears to have underestimated the CAC. The fact that the CAC is asking the district to back up the assertions made in the FCMAT report with actual facts and statistics seems to have caught the district — as well as FCMAT — off guard and unprepared to respond.
    I wonder what grade a district teacher would give to FCMAT for its report.
    Where is the comprehensive bibliography? Who are the sources for the data cited?
    It is unlikely that a district student would receive an “A” on a research paper that made similar assertions, with no backup.

  • Anon

    Rolen will release the FCMAT report about the same time as they finally release Lawrences’s “Thorough analysis” and Eberhart’s ” Extremely definitive Assessments” of the bond sales documents

  • Theresa Harrington

    As has been previously pointed out, the board could also direct Rolen to release that bond assessment. Hansen said she did not believe the information distributed to the board about the district’s use of bond premium to pay cost of issuance was “extremely definitive” or “thorough.” But, the superintendent, Rolen and Eberhart appear to hope the public takes their word for it that it is. Whitmarsh didn’t even recall receiving anything in writing.
    Mayo appears to be taking Rolen’s word for it that the district shouldn’t release it.

  • Theresa Harrington

    MDEA is hoping for a big turnout Wednesday at the big Prop. 30 rally in Todos Santos Plaza. I wonder if many teachers will turn up tonight to urge the MDUSD board to reconsider its failure to endorse the measure.
    If voters reject Prop. 30, “we will all take 11 furlough days this school year which is a 6% pay cut,” according to MDEA.
    Surprising that this information hasn’t compelled a single trustee to make a motion to support the proposition. Can a district in its second year of Program Improvement really afford to lose more than two weeks of student instruction?

  • g

    Mayo will listen to, or vote with, any con artist or board majority that keeps her family supplied in medical/dental/vision benefits. She is almost useless if an independent thought process, backed by conscientious voting is required.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Mayo appears to have gone through a conscious thought process in her decision to endorse Prop. 38, but not Prop. 30.
    When Bryan Richards pointed out that the district would lose millions of dollars this year if Prop. 30 fails, Mayo quickly interjected that district schools would receive about $31 million in 2013-14 if Prop. 38 passes. So, she appears to have decided that the money schools could receive in the future outweighs the money the district will lose this year, if Prop. 30 fails.

  • Doctor J

    MDEA will have the Prop 30 smiles wiped right off teacher’s faces on Thursday when the official API scores are released. Some rumors floating around Dent that the data used by the district to calculate the “estimated” API scores has now been “cleaned up” — and since Dent didn’t release “new” estimated scores, some are speculating that the “official” scores may even be “lower”. I guess Steven has been reading the blogs again since he was upset when he learned that some schools have been sharing their API scores with their parent communitities[revealed on this blog] who are going to realize the TRUTH on Thursday ! Just another instance where the District information does NOT match the TRUTH. Maybe parents are finally realizing why nothing adds up and wondering where is the truth ! Next month will be Steven’s third anniversary of his “hire” — just about the same amount of time he lasted in West Sac before he left and former Berkeley Supt. Michelle Lawrence [no relation] had to clean up before they could hire a new Supt.

  • Theresa Harrington

    Coincidentally, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla and State Supt. Tom Torlakson will be rallying with teachers the night BEFORE the API results are released.
    Surely, Torlakson knows how well the state’s schools fared overall. I wonder if he’ll give any hints…

  • Doctor J

    Connect the dots to Linda Mayo’s support of Prop 38 by virtue of her Board of Director membership on the California State PTA Board, a big supporter of Prop 38, but notso much Prop 30. Significantly, Linda Mayo also supported AB1575, which is the one I identified last week which prohibits all “fees” and “deposits” and “required purchases” for both curricular and extra-curricular activities. Like I said, it will have a HUGE impact on MDUSD, probably causing the death of high school athletics, the death of many science classes, prohibit requiring students to purchase their own calculators for advanced math, and the list goes on and on. Just another example of Linda letting someone else do her thinking — but she still gets her full family Medical\Dental\Vision. Linda, ought to be held accountable for voting, as a State PTA Board member, for voting for a law that will cost MDUSD millions or further dumb down the educational opportunities. What were you thinking Linda ?

  • Doctor J

    @TH#96 Torlakson knows now since his press release has been written and is waiting to be posted on the 11th — but will be given to you, along with the official scores at least 24 hours ahead so you can write your story. Will you dare ask him a question in person about the specific scores for MDUSD since you will already know what they are ? I hope you will ask Linda Mayo why she voted to support AB 1575 with its drastic consequences. Perhaps she will share the Cal PTA “staff report” she relied upon.

  • Theresa Harrington

    I have heard a rumor that students at Walnut Acres Elem. have been charged to be part of the school musical in the past. I have not yet corroborated this, but the source was reliable.
    Also, based on the low turnout at the UMFDAF 5K, I’m guessing they may not have met their goal. Only 228 runners signed up for the competitive race and it looked like fewer participated in fun run and kiddie races…likely bringing the total number of participants to far fewer than the desired 2,000.
    Pat Middendorf said many CVCHS students committed to working at the Clayton Oktoberfest in appreciation for all the the CBCA’s support of the charter. However, there was still a sizable contingent from CVCHS at the race. But, it remains to be seen if the school will keep its trophy for the most participants.
    Dr. J: Mayo has long been a proponent of equitable funding for school programs across the district. When many PTAs started raising money for their own schools to fund instructional assistants and other positions cut by the board, Mayo said that wasn’t fair. She suggested that funds raised should be split by all schools.
    But, the rest of the board — and many parents — didn’t like that idea. Parents said they wanted to be able to raise money that would directly benefit their own students, in part because some didn’t trust the district to spend their money wisely.

  • Doctor J

    How many high school math and science class “require” a student to supply their own calculator ? AB 1575 prohibits that requirement, and one complaint appealed to the State Board of Education could result in the district reimbursing every family who purchased their own. How many English classes require student to purchase and read certain novels ? How many elementary and middle schools require students to “pay for” field trips and camps ? Or pay science class fees ? No longer under AB 1575. Sure schools can “encourage” BUT NOT REQUIRE fundraising — no discrimination against those who don’t “fundraise”. No more lists of “who didn’t fundraise” or “who didn’t contribute”. Ask Linda Mayo why she voted to have the California PTA support AB 1575 — was it because “staff recommended it” ?