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Editorial: The math doesn't add up with failed program

Original post made on Mar 15, 2017

Should the Mountain View Whisman School District have abandoned its pilot math program for sixth-graders midway through the school year? There seems to be little disagreement that the district's decision to drop the Teach to One math experiment, which parents decried as flawed and harmful to their kids' education, was a smart move. But now, the district is faced with a litany of other questions about how and under what terms the pilot program was adopted in the first place. And to the frustration and alarm of many parents and other observers of this mystery, 2 + 2 is not adding up to 4.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

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Posted by District Observer
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 15, 2017 at 10:52 am

Just noticed this editorial from January. Still quite relevant given the closed session approval of some kind of settlement with Teach to One.

Will there ever be any kind of transparency on this issue?

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Mar 15, 2017 at 11:49 am

Gary is a registered user.

It only got worse. The Superintendent staged a plainly unlawful closed session of the school board on February 28 to settle his own personal liability to the provider of TTO without any "legal counsel" present to tell the school board the truth. This after the Superintendent had placed on the December 8 agenda the approval of the expensive and loaded contract proposed by the provider (a New York based corporation). And now the Superintendent wants more money to squander (flat parcel tax on May 2 mail-in ballot). Here is an interesting question: when and how did this Superintendent learn of TTO? Was it through the corporation's local "consultant" Aila Malik? Or was it before he arrived in California?

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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 16, 2017 at 11:44 am

The Superintendent's delegated authority for similar large contracts (more than $87,000) will be under discussion tonight. The Superintendent is proposing an AR (Administrative Regulation) that will give him more power, not less, by also including Property Use Agreements of 5 years (MOU). If you agree with the Voice Editorial of last week, that more Bpard oversight, and not the same or LESS is called for,

please send email to - or better yet, show up at the Meeting to speak your comment to the Trustees. Who knows, maybe a majority (3) will listen?

IX Review and Discussion, A. AR 3312 Contrcts

SN is a retired Trustee of the MVWSD,
in Nov 2015, he voted against large contract delegation (above $87,000), he was in the minority

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