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Petition to limit number of kids affected by LASD Boundary decision

Original post made by displacedanddispleased, Cuesta Park, on Jan 24, 2008

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Posted by Kathleen Bonte
a resident of Cuesta Park
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.

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Posted by Matt Raschke
a resident of The Crossings
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.


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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.