Webcast: Ravenswood's budget crisis


The drivers behind a multi-million budget shortfall in the Ravenswood City School District are analyzed by Palo Alto Weekly journalists Jocelyn Dong, Elena Kadvany and Gennady Sheyner.

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Posted by A parent
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 26, 2018 at 5:04 pm

Many parents pull their kids out because the school superintendent does not follow up with issues between students (bullying), between students and teachers. special education lack providing the services in the contract. I know a mom who moved her child to another school for the bullying reasons and the superintendent and special ed. staff not following through and not providing services.

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Posted by reconsider Tinsley?
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jan 26, 2018 at 11:58 pm

How many EPA kids are attending PA, rather than EPA/Ravenswood, schools under the Tinsley agreement? If they were to instead attend Ravenswood schools, this would mean a significant increase in ADA funding. Perhaps this should be an option to be considered.

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Posted by Bored of rustees
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 29, 2018 at 12:53 pm

Amazing how the Board had ignored the all the dire news for years and failed to act and to demand results from management. Threee years of deficient spending coupled with 10+ % enrollment decline each year and a 10% salary increase in one of those years! Anal cranial inversion!

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Posted by grandparent
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jan 29, 2018 at 10:40 pm

Great analysis and discussion by the journalists!!
I am all for great public schools everywhere and actually starting with preschool. That is how many other countries are way ahead of the US in education of the general public including everybody... but because that seems to be so difficult and maybe impossible in the US (and it always seems to be a lack of funds to blame), I totally understand why there are Charter Schools and "The Primary School" etc...Therefore, I support and very much welcome any of the alternative, free and affordable solutions until the school board gets their act together. Maybe the board can team up with other schools and learn from these alternative models. There are many school/education models that are very successful!
I am glad to see that outside consultants evaluate the situation, and hope that necessary changes are quick for the sake of all the thousands of children that all deserve a great education.

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