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Los Altos School District enrollment drops as charter school expands

Original post made on Oct 31, 2019

Los Altos School District's enrollment has declined for the fifth year in a row, driving down the district's total enrollment to the lowest it's been since 2005, according to data released last month.

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Posted by Observer
a resident of another community
on Oct 31, 2019 at 2:25 pm

These enrollment figures are indicative of a serious problem within LASD. What are LASD leaders doing to stem the tide of declining enrollment? Why are they continuing to pursue an expensive 10th school site which is not needed and nobody wants? Hey LASD, use the Measure N bond funds to upgrade existing schools!

Posted by Who remembers
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 31, 2019 at 8:33 pm

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Who remembers when Web 1.0 blew apart and we suddenly had breathing room again. It didn’t last, unfortunately, because everything that creates value in the twenty first century is here in MV. People will come and go, but we’re not going back to growing plums and apricots. Even Facebook isn’t a forever job

Posted by Dan Waylonis
a resident of Jackson Park
on Nov 1, 2019 at 3:04 pm

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It seems like parents are voting with their choice for schools.

It's time to modernize the geography-based, bureaucratic, anachronistic school system. This is an area accustomed to meritocracy, dynamism, and experimentation. The school district and the unions are the opposite of that.

Time to just jettison the whole thing.

Posted by Value for money
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2019 at 1:02 pm

Families are paying insane amounts of money to live in Los Altos, and are not going to settle for mediocre public schools. Yes, they are better than in the neighboring MV, but MV has many more relatively affordable housing options.
Maybe take some students out of our overcrowded schools. Or look into how you can provide value for the money it costs to live in Los Altos.
Having elementary schools running through 6th grade also doesn’t help. Many people move to Palo Alto to avoid fairly mediocre MV middle schools, but not as many move to Los Altos due to this issue.
So, there are two options. Make public schools more attractive to high income families in LASD, or get off your elitist high horse and let some neighbors in.

Posted by LASD is tone-deaf
a resident of another community
on Nov 2, 2019 at 3:30 pm

Baier says: "The board has made clear we are committed to neighborhood's a critical element of high quality education ... and it's what our community is clear about wanting."

This is a ridiculous statement. What incoming LASD parents clearly want is Bullis - that's why they grew by 20% in one year.

The only people that want "neighborhood schools" are 1) senior citizens whose kids graduated 20-30 years, and 2) current LASD school parents who are so entitled that they insist that their neighbors go to their kids' schools.

This tone-deaf statement is why Bullis keeps on going. Bullis appeals to parents who actually have a choice to make - they have kids that "will" be going to school.

LASD's value proposition of "neighbordhood" school is insanely tone-deaf. What they are saying is that parents should choose a school based on distance from home - so, like what - .7 miles away (LASD school) rather than 1.1 miles (BCS)?

A critical element of "high quality" education is to have our children go to a school that is slightly closer? Please. Enough of this insanity.

Posted by No Trust, Trustees
a resident of another community
on Nov 3, 2019 at 5:35 pm

LASD decision makers do not want to make decisions. Its just too hard. We again, for the fourth or fifth time are headed strait for lawsuits. The kindest way to describe a large portion of the LASD community is misinformed . To this group here are a few truths. :

!. You can't dictate a cap to BCS has to agree to it---- and they are not going to get smaller. Plus like any deal you need to give them something in return.

2. You say over and over again, "we value small neighborhood schools" Great!, If this is really what you value, shouldn't the NEC get a LASD run school? Otherwise you sound like a complete hypocrite. What you are really saying is we don't think the NEC should have a school, they need to cross El Camino to come to our school, otherwise we will not have enough enrollment AND also we are going to send a large traffic jam to your neighborhood every morning . And no you can not require BCS to add in a neighborhood preference.

3. BCS parents and future parents are sending their kids to BCS because they want that program. IT is very, very different from what is offered in LASD. BCS just grew by over 100 students this year. These students came from LASD schools. The north campus as close to 800 students. People are not going to BCS because they want a small school experience, they can get that all put two or three LASD schools.

Posted by LASD is tone-deaf
a resident of another community
on Nov 4, 2019 at 8:55 am

@No Trust, Trustees

You are right that "You can't dictate a cap to BCS"

And, if LASD offers the 10th site to Bullis, Bullis will just say "no". Then, it will grow, which means that Bullis Purissima will likely shrink to below two classes per grade, which means that it will close and be given to BCS.

Also, if LASD goes ahead with 10th site purchase, there will be more acres of school land, which means that Bullis will be entitled to 25+ acres. In another words, 10th site PLUS all of Egan or Covington.

LASD/'s current tactics are only going to hurt themselves. You wonder if anyone over there thought the issues through or is this just some dumb power-trip by certain individuals.

Posted by Lala land
a resident of The Crossings
on Nov 4, 2019 at 10:01 pm

Jeff and trustees live in Lala land. LASD Budget cannot afford to maintain 9 schools much longer with steady decrease in enrollment. They will have to consolidate schools and give 9th campus to BCS. 10th site will fail after MVCC refuses to continue to play games with LASD. Sangeeth and Peipei aka Bonnie and Clyde will have to find their own new games to play with LASD fan club.

Posted by Love it
a resident of Bailey Park
on Nov 5, 2019 at 5:57 am

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Posted by Observer
a resident of another community
on Nov 5, 2019 at 9:52 am

The "community engagement process" that LASD is currently undergoing is a well orchestrated sham. The "save our neighborhood schools" folks are sending out mass emails telling people how to vote at these so-called workshops. These fools don't understand that BCS will simply continue down the path of unchecked and unmitigated growth until LASD offers something of value to BCS in exchange for their agreement to a long term cap.

Posted by Suzi
a resident of another community
on Nov 6, 2019 at 7:53 am

LASD is so afraid of actual community input that LASD affiliates are cheating on their own test.... From LAPolitico: "Unexpected community behavior – before and during the LASD BCS ideas workshops – means the ‘fully support BCS on 10th site’ data collected by MIG is fatally flawed. Problems include biased outreach, leaks of documents, undue influence on MIG’s ‘BCS ideas’ data reduction process, and selective dissemination of a “voting guide” before and during workshops. All those workshop particpants’ clicks and manhours are looking worthless for helping LASD trustees make facility decisions." Web Link

Posted by Pathological privileged
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 7, 2019 at 8:22 am

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When you’ve known only privilege, fairness feels like oppression. I really can’t believe all the whining and rationalization we hear from the charter people when people accuse them of bias against others. They seem to want a private school, not a public school. This is not good.

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