Tim Justus recently released figures admitting that over 800 K-8 LASD students stand to be affected by the redrawing of the boundaries as voted by the School Board in June 2007. This number comes as a shock to many, who were originally told the fallout would just affect just 387 kids, or 10% of the district. The greatly increased number comes in part from the many kids who are not currently attending their school of attendance because of overflow situations in the past. While it is noble to want to get these students back to their "neighborhood" school, the fact remains that many of them, especially ones with upper graders, may not WANT to leave their adopted school. Yet the board is making no special provisions for these families who have already been wronged once. If they want to stay put, they must fill out the intradistrict transfer form just like everyone else. Many may be loath to do so because of the Board's newly implemented ONE YEAR term for intradistrict transfers--anyone who is granted one is not guaranteed a place in their transfer school beyond that year. Familes faced with this instability may elect to move (albeit reluctantly) only to displace other students who wish to remain where THEY are.
This petition hopes to address this issue and also pushes for a TWO-YEAR intradistrict transfer period and more lenient grandfathering for current 3rd and fourth graders.
Please sign it and pass on the url to other concerned LASD residents.
Posted by Kathleen Bonte, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Jan 24, 2008 at 9:54 pm
It should be noted that the original affected number of 387 was, to begin with, NOT the lowest number the Board could have moved. There were other plans on the table in June that would have disrupted far fewer kids than even that original figure. But to now announce that 800+ kids will be affected, many of whom didn't even know about it until letters went home last week, is just plain irresponsible on the part of the LASD. Especially when the reasons for the move still seem dubious to many concerned.
Posted by Matt Raschke, a resident of the The Crossings neighborhood, on Jan 25, 2008 at 12:35 pm
Meanwhile, the Board made a deal with PAUSD to grant multi-year transfers for PAUSD kids in Los Altos Hills to attend Bullis-Purissima (B-P). I guess LAH kids are more desirable than ours. ;-) I understand the Monroe Park portion of Palo Alto has been asking for that kind of a deal for a long time. Instead they get threatened with a boundary move to Covington.
I wonder who would get preference if more intra-district LASD kids apply to B-P than space available? Will the Hills PAUSD kids get treated equally or better than actual LASD kids?
In addition to signing the petition, everyone should fill out an intra-district transfer to B-P and see what happens. A kind of Civil Disobedience to throw a monkey wrench in the system.
The Board doesn't listen to petitions anyway. North of El Camino Coalition gathered over a 1000 real signatures to support "Scenario Fair" which used criteria that treated all district children equally. Perks and special treatment do not belong in public schools.
Posted by District Dad, a resident of another community, on Jan 25, 2008 at 5:49 pm
While it's true that the LASD Board seems to listen to only a select minority, I would encourage you and all the LASD residents to fill up that petition. If even just a few kids can be spared from that folly, it is worth a try.
To your question on who would get preference to transfer to Bullis-Purrisima;
Stunningly, some board members lobbied very hard to provide a preference for.... Hills PAUD kids.
The Board came to a "compromise" where Hills PAUD kids and District kids are on par (even Bullis Charter School doesn't do that). In addition, Hills PAUD kids can get an up to 7 years transfer while District kids will have to file every year with no guarantee they'll be able to stay.