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3 candidates vie for two seats on Mountain View-Los Altos high school board

Original post made on Aug 14, 2020

Within the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District, one challenger and two incumbents will face off for two board seats up for election in November.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 14, 2020, 1:54 PM

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Posted by Strong communities and schools
a resident of another community
on Aug 14, 2020 at 2:17 pm

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We absolutely need Phil Faillace on the MVLA Board. Take a look at Board videos and he’s the one asking good questions to elicit the information the Board and community need to make decisions.

Posted by Experience
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Aug 14, 2020 at 2:36 pm

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Phil Faillace's experience and broad-based understanding of the district is critical right now. He's a staunch supporter of academic rigor, and is also understanding of the needs of all students (as evidenced by his committed CHAC involvement).

At one time the MVLA board was viewed as not transitioning to new board members. However, I believe the board has added a new member in each of the past 3 elections (60% turnover in the past 6 years). All boards benefit from a mix of perspective and experience. It's important that Dr. Faillace be re-elected!

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 14, 2020 at 4:09 pm

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Phil is a good old fellow and certainly experienced. I like his gumption when he very 'occasionally' confronts what I would call ' rather crazed' community members.

I don't mind change - in a Los Altos person representing that community on the MVLA Board. Teksler; "Being responsive to community input can be difficult under the Brown Act, but she said she favored more discussions and open forums to get help disseminating information to families." ah - Phil knows how to do that. Do it outside of the Board meetings! Set up 'trustee community office hours'. All legal & all do-it-yourself. Ms. Teksler needs a very fast study on Brown Act. Think "two way": Getting Your Information from families and community.

Posted by Go Laura!
a resident of another community
on Aug 14, 2020 at 5:48 pm

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Laura is a great leader - she knows how to ask concise and insightful questions, how to get things done, and how to inspire others. I have seen her work on various boards for many years and have always been impressed with how smart she is and how she comes up with out of the box solutions to problems. I will be supporting her wholeheartedly!!!

Posted by Jay
a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 15, 2020 at 11:59 am

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So frustrating! Three great choices. Nice problem to have.

Posted by addressing systemic racism
a resident of Willowgate
on Aug 17, 2020 at 10:17 am

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Are any of these candidates committed to addressing systemic racism in our schools? Which one of the three supports ending contracts with police departments, ending the DARE program, using the resources from that program to provide more and better mental health services for students, teaching ALL of US history - including information about redlining, mass incarceration, the war on drugs and other systems of racial inequity and injustice?

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 17, 2020 at 12:31 pm

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systemic racism, ah exactly what in MVLA operations?

Who is effective in a government legislative setting (not who gives the best 'talk' ) is what I find important. I do not know Laura's public legislative record - it would be Contained in the official Minutes of public educational agencies that she has formally addressed. Can someone point me to those (on her campaign website? or LEA official websites?)

To me, the answer to the FIRST QUESTION - is 1) systematic segregation and 2) systematic ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT GAP with a systematic lack of LCFF "Concentration Grant" spending on poor student/ELL 'supplementary' programs. I have found both of these in MVLA, I hope you have also noticed. (I'm a white rich retired guy like Phil). Phil came from a very poor family background himself - I know over a decade now, that he "gets" the poor kid part of that 'systemic" problem. Laura - ?

[Mr. Dave in my observation, is BETTER FOR MVWSD students. Maybe not 'the best' there could be, but at least he knows intimately some of the problems of the poor students who come from the larget elementary feeder district (MVWSD). I DO NOT THINK most of Mountain View should loose such an advocate. I DO NOT THINK MVWSD should have a 1:4 minority on the MVLA board after this election. ]

Posted by MVLA parent
a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 18, 2020 at 11:02 am

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As a parent and a taxpayer, I value Phil Faillace tremendously. He has been the one, true parent advocate over many years. He actively listens to parents and asks the tough questions of the admin and the teachers union. The other board members can learn a lot from him. During this transition to distance learning, and back to in-person learning there are many obstacles and pitfalls, we need Mr. Faillace more than ever.

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