What the Heck?
Original post made by OhlonePar on Apr 13, 2007
So is Scotty Lawrence being prepped for super? Is there a search for super going on? When do we hear anything about it?
So now there's a petition re: Grace Mah's appointment. I haven't seen the petition, but it looks like there was a split in PAEE camp, so we have:
On the pro-MI side
Those who want a charter and control
Those who want a small choice program
Meanwhile over on the anti-MI side:
FLES, yes, MI elsewhere or later down the line.
Elementary languages are not a priority.
And a split over Grace Mah. I admit my own feelings on the petition are split. I think Grace Mah is pretty straightforward and she clearly has a lot of energy. And I honestly think she's someone who could grow as an advocate with the wider perspective she'd gain in the county position. In some ways, she'd be an asset within the system.
At the same time, though, I dislike the scent of backdoor deals and cronyism that surrounds the appointment--the other candidates were arguably more qualified and better represented the area as a whole. Because of Grace's stance in the MI debate, her appointment comes off as an attempt by the county board as an attempt to limit the PAUSD's control of its own district.
Again, I think Grace Mah has been aboveboard and I don't question her integrity. I don't think she's been cutting deals. But the lack of transparency within the school bureaucracy lately is really getting to me.
on Apr 13, 2007 at 5:38 pm
If you want to sign the petition to overturn that appointment and request an election for the vacated seat on county board of education, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Some people think the cost of the election is an issue. But others think the cost of an election is a small price to pay for a democratically elected government that is representative of its constituency.
on Apr 13, 2007 at 9:15 pm
You failed to mention the latest headlines - that PAUSD is considering dropping its food service because its too expensive. I find this troubling. What will be their committment to providing lunch/food to kids who may not be getting enough to eat at home.
Again, PAUSD priorities are pathetically confused. We are going to cut food out of the district for the kids, but we are always on the lookout for fabulous enrichment for the top performing 5%..
on Apr 14, 2007 at 6:20 pm
Although the food service is off topic - I think the reason they are losing money on it is the food is terrible with minimal variety at the elementary level (expect for the days that pizza is delivered, not the district made pizza) and the lines are too long - don't want to waste my lunch period at Jordan middle School. Our resourceful district will find a way to feed to 5% of kids that need the food service.