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Ravenswood seeks parcel tax, braces for cuts

Original post made on May 2, 2011

Voters in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park have until Tuesday (May 3) to mail in their ballots for a parcel tax in the Ravenswood City School District.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, May 1, 2011, 4:21 PM

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Posted by Reconstitute Ravenswood
a resident of another community
on May 2, 2011 at 6:51 am

> The specter of class sizes rising from 20 to as high as 30

Notice the bias in this reporting. "Specter" is a word all too often used with "ghosts", and other apparitions .. harbingers of evil and no good. What gobbledygook. Most of the world goes to school in classes bigger than twenty. Of course, it takes three teachers (and who knows how may aides) to teach sixty kids when the class size is twentry, but only two teachers when the class size is thirty. That's where the "cuts" are--cutting the number of teachers that expect well-paying government jobs.

And how is the Ravenswood School District doing?

Here are API scores for the district:

Number of
Students API
Ravenswood City Elementary 2,511 666
Elementary Schools
Belle Haven Elementary 449 653
Costano Elementary 236 670
East Palo Alto Charter 322 842
Edison-Brentwood Elementary 264 740
Green Oaks 336 627
James Flood Magnet Elementary 214 692
Willow Oaks Elementary 376 696
Middle Schools
Cesar Chavez Elementary 321 659
Ronald McNair Academy 289 621
High Schools
Stanford New School 370 606

Only one of the schools is performing above the 800 level, which is "Proficient"--and that is the Charter school, which has been the target of Ravenswood animosity since before its inception.

So .. where is this additional parcel tax money going? How is it going to produce kids that can read and write at the level of "proficient"? Answer--it's not!

Rather than throwing more good money after bad--what about a reconstitution of the school district, and start over with new management, and new teachers?

(Sorry about the formatting, but the Weekly's web-page processor doesn't handle tables at all.)

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