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on Feb 22, 2008
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.
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
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