Posted by Observer, a resident of another community, on Feb 22, 2008 at 9:35 pm
I'm glad for Bailey, but where is the representation for Hispanics? MVWUSD already lacks diverse representation amongst its administrative ranks and now it appears it has a board void of Hispanic representation. Walter contradicts herself to say, "We would like our board to reflect our community. At the same time, we need the highest qualified board member." Clearly, she, the board, and Superintendent Ghysels weighted more what was arbitrarily determinted to be "highly qualified" than the need to "reflect our community." It appears that the meetings last year to reach out to Hispanics were superficial, at best. Where is the leadership? Additionally, where is Weiss getting the "more than 40 percent of Spanish-speaking students" figure and what does it mean? Is he referring to the number of Hispanics in the district, the number of English Learners, or the number of English Learners who live in a household where Spanish may be spoken? If it's the latter, it is sloppy to assume that a child living there is a "Spanish'speaking" student.
Posted by Enough!, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Feb 23, 2008 at 6:02 pm
Finally someone with a resume and experience to shake up the school district. (I just hope its not another version of the city's relationship with Google, that of a whore which will do anything for money.) Too bad they couldn't get a representative from the hispanic community on board as well, those poor people never seem to get any voice. It also seems that the board is even more heavily tipped
Posted by Robin Iwai, a resident of the Martens-Carmelita neighborhood, on Mar 8, 2008 at 3:54 pm
Question for Observer, Enough, and Zoe...
Have you been to a school board meeting? Have you visited any of our seven schools? Have you read ANY of the board policies that are online at www.mvwsd.org or gone to any of the Budget Task Force meetings?
Just wondering whether your opinions are based on first-hand observation and knowledge, or on hearsay and rumor?
There were a couple of Latino applicants for the open Trustee position. Would you rather have a parent who speaks Spanish and cares greatly about the success of all children in the district, or a parent who has access to a translator, cares greatly about the success of all children in the district, and has Master's degrees in both Education and Business with experience and skills to match?
FYI, there are DOZENS of Spanish-speaking parents, teachers, administrators, and translators at EVERY school site who are bending over backwards to reach out to our Spanish-speaking parents. Most newsletters and communications are translated, there is an auto-dialer phone call system that calls homes with messages in both English and Spanish, every school and the district as a whole has an English Learner's Advisory Committee which is comprised mostly of parents whose first language is not English...just a few examples off the top of my head.
Please be assured that "...those poor people" have PLENTY of voice in the district.
And I'm sure that the new trustee would love to "give teachers a raise" if the district had the money to do so. The MV Educators Assn could certainly share with you the status of and their satisfaction with their most recent contract.
Posted by Observer, a resident of another community, on Mar 9, 2008 at 4:48 pm
Jeez, don't lump me in with Enough! and Zoe and don't fixate on degrees. A B.A, is certainly is better than an A.A. but maybe not as good as an M.A.--and according to your logic not nearly as good as a Ph. D, the latter which I am working on, which must give me instant credibility in your system of appointing trustees. However, since when did we start assuming that a M.A. or a MBA qualifies one person to be a trustee more than another? The answer is that is doesn't. In this case, it is clearly an excuse that I'm sure the district is happy that you bought into. It's laudable that district leadership was able to appoint an African-American, it's just not that laudable because African-Americans and Latinos have been hearing the same excuse of a "lack of qualified candidates" for decades and this time it's the Latino group--the largest in the district--that lost.
As for my information--remember I can't speak for the other two--my information is first-hand. I hope that helps.
Posted by Teacher, a resident of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, on Mar 10, 2008 at 8:35 pm
We got a 1% bonus for a raise. Technically it's not a raise. It comes to about $300 per teacher this year and next. Doesn't even begin to cover runaway gas prices. The district threatened the union with cutting into our benefits if we didn't accept it.
I suggest you try quoting some more facts on teacher raises since you're so good at towing the party line. Tell us all how teacher raises have kept up with the cost of living and inflation rate for this area. Go ahead. Research the last 5 years. Do your homework and you'll find out our salaries are being whittled away and our purchasing power has declined. Then research administrators salaries for the same period. What? Cat got your tongue?