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Candidate's stands on MI?

Original post made by Parent on Oct 13, 2007

Does anyone know definitively which candidates in the upcoming school board elections would be opposed to the MI program? Thank you!


Posted by OhlonePar, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 13, 2007 at 1:16 pm


I haven't heard of any of them coming out in favor of rescinding the vote. With the exception of Pingyu Liu, there seems to be a general desire to

Posted by anonymous, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 13, 2007 at 8:08 pm

It is interesting to note that Wynn's endorsements have the usual anti-MI suspects all listed there, while the other candidates have not listed them explicitly.

PAEE, the anti-MI group has fully endorsed Barbara, Melissa, and Wynn.

But what does that mean? Are all PAEE members supporting those candidates? Who speaks for PAEE, and how large is that group? If they are a 501c3, they're not supposed to take political stands, I believe.

Posted by natasha, a resident of Meadow Park
on Oct 14, 2007 at 7:11 am

I'm a PAEE member and I support Melissa and Barb Klaussner. No one from PAEE has polled me as to the three candidates the group endorses. I am led to believe by that fact that these endorsements reflect the opinions of a few PAEE "leaders." I believe, independently on PAEE and the MI question, that Melissa and Barb each have the background and personality to make excellent BoE candidates.

Posted by check more carefully, a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 14, 2007 at 7:40 am

Re-check the endorsement lists of the candidates... you will see a lot of similarities in local names between Melissa, Wynn and Barbara.

No surprise, since all of them have been pretty clear about their desire for equal great curriculum for all, differentiated for learning style and ability at each school. They have other similarities, and a few differences, but they share common principles and goals for the District.

Posted by why not?, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 14, 2007 at 7:49 am

It would not be that big of a deal, now that every elementary school is at least 3 strands, to have one "strand" each of a DI model, an "Ohlone" model, and a "mixed" model at each school. Voila, much fewer problems, many more real choices for all kids' learning styles...Make Ohlone the "immersion" school, adding a third immersion language for 240 kids since it can handle more kids...which would also make it a more integrated school for immersion kids. (Arabic, anyone?)

Seems not hard at all to me. It would take a few years to do it painlessly, starting with simply accepting only Immersion kids into kindergarten, and letting the existing kids stay. Concurrently, starting kindergartens that are different styles at each school and letting those strands grow each year.

Posted by why not?, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 14, 2007 at 7:50 am

oops, that post above was supposed to be on another thread..sorry.