POLL: Should County Ed Board Come to Los Altos May 22?

Parents asked the county board of education to come to Los Altos last January. Five months later, discussions were restarted and a possible meeting date was resurrected at Eagle Theater.


Is it a go? Will it happen?

On Wednesday night, they'll talk about it.

After some starts and stops, a subcommittee of the Santa Clara County Board of Education (SCCBOE) has convened and re-identified a date and a location for a forum in Los Altos: May 22, Eagle Theater.

The board will discuss whether that date and that forum can go forward, to Los Altos parents' entreaties for the board to come to the community and engage in dialogue about its role in authorizing the Bullis Charter School and community expectations.

The main difference now is that a tentative long-term agreement has been reached between Bullis Charter School and the Los Altos School District, that has the potential to bring a decade of "litigation peace."

The county school board memo is attached; parties to the discussions about the forum mention that the county board wanted to hold off a such a meeting in April as mediated talks looked like they might bear fruit. When they agreed upon a facilitator, Dick Henning, schedules and venues did not match up until after June. , there was succinctly detailing the past five months' of meetings about holding the forum.

During the May 2 board meeting, Los Altos School District parents told the county school board that that they wanted to meet before school ended, not wait until fall.

Los Altos Patch has posted a copy of that memo, as well as correspondence received after the May 2 meeting. Some of the correspondence refers to testimony made by parents with special needs, and by parents who wrote to express their appreciation for the time spent by the board.

One note is from Mayor Val Carpenter, who advises that in looking for a county representative for appointment to the Bullis Charter School, that citizens from Mountain View, Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto and unincorporated Santa Clara County could be considered, since the Los Altos School District boundaries encompass those.

americathefree May 21, 2012 at 08:29 PM
I should have a choice not to send my kids to a school with a bunch of poor people and special ed kids. If I don't want my kids mixing with those types, that's my prerogative. America is all about free choice. Don't give me this moral high ground junk. California is full of overeducated liberals who think they're little decisions will affect the country. Give me a break.
Joan J. Strong May 21, 2012 at 09:40 PM
@americathefree -- There's great news: here in the USA you have this choice: it's called PRIVATE SCHOOL. God bless America! (Y'all can see why the KKK loves Charter schools!).
Joan J. Strong May 21, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Bill, I'm here to tell you that according to one of the key founders of the Charter movement and according to the chartering superintendent of Bullis Charter School--and according to me and my opinion for what little that's worth--that Charter schools are NOT a solution to ANYTHING besides selfish parents who want something better for *their* kids at the expense of everybody else. Please see: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2010/nov/11/myth-charter-schools/?pagination=false
Joan J. Strong May 21, 2012 at 10:18 PM
@americathefree -- Oh by the way, California was the second state to pass Charter laws and it was passed by a "bunch of overeducated liberals". Our little decisions here went on to affect the whole country. Break given.
Moved Here for the Schools May 25, 2012 at 05:50 AM
On the SCCOE website, guidelines regarding consideration of countywide charter petitions are given: "In order to approve a petition for a countywide charter, the Board must find that the charter school will benefit its target pupil population". I think the County should be able to explain how they feel that granting BCS' charter for another 5 years last October, rather than let it flourish without taxpayer money as the private school it really is, benefits the nine tenths of Los Altos school children who are not not at BCS but who are in principle its target pupil population.


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