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Skewed demographics cause MV Whisman to consider prioritizing low-income students at choice schools

Original post made on Oct 13, 2021

Only 7% of Stevenson students are socioeconomically disadvantaged, versus a district average of 29%. That's in stark contrast to Mistral, the district's other choice school, where 48% are socioeconomically disadvantaged.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 12:48 PM

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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 13, 2021 at 8:08 pm

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Now apply logic to Rudolph's "unintended consequence."
Does the same system work for Choice ST as neighborhoods? (NO). Does the same system for Choice ST have to be the same as Choice MI (of course Not you silly billy). Just use a high SED priority place, say to 14-16% of open enrollment, in Choice ST but not in Choice MI. Simple processing logic. (this much Priority processing could be done with punch-cards and a card sorting machine from the 1950s). It will not delay things if there is a simple sort (SED preference Priority at ST) by hand before the rest of ST and neighborhood DATA is run through the algorithm. [the slightly more complex process was already sent to them / it is 'a beginning CS class' sort and randomize end-of-semester project!]

"Superintendent Rudolph told the board that any decision to change its enrollment priorities would impact both choice schools." uh, does not appear to be so

This Priority process is simple. Even 'Rudolph's impediment' of 'unknown SED status' is not a problem for many ALREADY KNOWN SED (low-income) families. Just use that known official status for all kids in the same family.

The BEST should not be the enemy of The GOOD. (push onward BOARD, set Policy))


Posted by LongResident
a resident of another community
on Oct 13, 2021 at 10:31 pm

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Castro is circa 80% SED. Stevenson is about the same as Huff/Imai (6%).

What's the average got to do with it? It seems like there's more of an issue with Castro than with any other school, that is if SED presence adversely harms outcomes...... In a district with a Castro, worrying only about a Stevenson is silly. Plus Theuerkauf has dropped from 70% SED to half that in just a few years. Is this the reason the district average has also dropped? Is it all about Theuerkauf, which shares a site with Stevenson?


Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 14, 2021 at 9:09 am

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@LongResident (and others). Castro is a "neighborhood school" and the Castro Segregation problem is with gerrymandered boundaries and "redlining" of primarily SED/Hispanic/renter families into Castro [a different problem/but related, hat tip to Trustee Chiang]

-pre-pandemic-, how are the poor (SED) and also English Learning students segregated in K-5th?

Data from the Public Records of the MVWSD,
each * represents 5 students from 2019 Census Day who are both SED and also EL

****************************************** 210 Castro
************************ 122 Mistral. (Choice, parent Spanish language waiver)
************ 59 Monta Loma
*********** 55 Theuerkauf
********** 50 Bubb
********** 50 Landels
****** 31 Vargas
*** 14 Huff /IM
* 4 Stevenson (Choice)

And the truth of the Data (will/may) set you free.

Peace and Love


Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 14, 2021 at 6:01 pm

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Data from the Public Records of the MVWSD,
each * represents 5 students from 2019 Census Day who are both SED and also EL

******************************************
************************
************
***********
**********
**********
******
***
*

Total 595 students
Median 50
/ 56% in Castro and Mistral (top two)
/ 2.5% in Stevenson and Huff (bottom two)


Posted by LongResident
a resident of another community
on Oct 14, 2021 at 10:00 pm

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If it matters, it matters at every school, not just choice schools. It would also be interesting to see data on what default school attendees at Stevenson come from. Do many of them come from Castro? How is the source distributed?

It may be that the district should provided added support to parents of kids at Castro so more of them can attend Stevenson. They may find difficulties participating in a program like PACT. Could be the problem is inherent in PACT, for the SED families..... so quotas and priorities will do nothing to change things.

One also wonders what support the district provides to the SED families at Castro and Mistral, or for that matter at any district school. They are at a great disadvantage.


Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 15, 2021 at 10:03 am

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@LongResident - many of your most recent questions ARE ANSWERED by MVWSD staff in their powerpoint presentation materials.

Web Link

Then 'double click' on ATTACHMENTS: "Road to Equitable ...
and go down to page 16 for "interesting to see data on what default school attendees at Stevenson come from. Do many of them come from Castro? How is the source distributed?"

"One also wonders what support the district provides to the SED families at Castro and Mistral, or for that matter at any district school. They are at a great disadvantage." Most would agree with you. The LCAP plan shows just how RELATIVELY little of the extra "support" [LCFF Supplemental Grant] is sent to Castro and Mistral / compared to ST and IM.


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