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Is the Redwood City School Board Trying to Get Recalled?

Original post made by Cameron Hoffman, another community, on Jun 14, 2022

Redwood City School District is failing. Declining enrollment. Underfunded schools. Staffing crisis. Chronic student absenteeism. And, most heartbreaking, the vast majority of students in the East Side lower-socioeconomic schools are one to three years behind in both math and reading. It’s a dire situation warranting laser focus by the Superintendent and School Board.

What folly have they been up to instead? Brainstorming creative ways to destroy the highest performing school in the district. The school at issue - North Star Academy - is a free public 3rd-8th grade school serving highly capable students from all across the district. It was recently ranked as #1 Elementary School in California, was a National Blue Ribbon School in 2018, has succeed in its current form for a quarter of a century since its founding in 1997, serves 52% minority students per US News, and has extraordinary family satisfaction (and financial support) in in its current form. As Superintendent Baker summarized this week: “In the past 25 years, North Star has provided an excellent education to thousands of students who benefit from the compacted curriculum combined with enrichment.” Yet somehow, with straight faces, the School Board recently voiced unanimously about about this single success story: “The status quo is not an option.” Huh?

Did the Board somehow miss what happened in San Francisco? Urgent learning crisis for the students + Board distracted with a non-urgent renaming project = MASSIVE RECALL. The Redwood City Board is repeating this playbook, seemingly on purpose.

The Redwood City School Board covered the devastating Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 student performance assessment results in single late night powerpoint presentations, with no substantive Board discussion or action plan. Not even any measurable hang-wringing, and certainly no to call to action or devotion of time and resources to solving the widespread academic crisis. Yet, so far in 2022, the same School Board has dedicated two lengthy public meetings, a full private Board working session and eight - yes 8! - lengthy District committee meetings to spit-balling how to “fix” the single school in the district that is not broken. Have they no shame? Is this really what they were elected to do?

What a joke the Redwood City School Board would be if its sole achievement for 2022 is breaking apart the #1 Elementary School in California. All while the neediest kids’ schools fail around them.

The Redwood City School Board must immediately stop wasting time and resources on this foolishness. Leave well enough alone at North Star and get back to the real work of serving the kids and schools that need it most, before the community must follow SF’s recall lead.

Comments (3)

Posted by anonymous
a resident of another community
on Jun 14, 2022 at 8:21 am

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2 out of 5 seats in the Redwood City Board of Trustees are going for election this November. There's a group of parents that has been active in providing information on how to run for elections, to find parents willing to run, and to connect parents with candidates.

Their website is Web Link

Maybe they know how to start a recall process and can help with it?

Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 15, 2022 at 1:13 am

Resident 1-Adobe Meadows is a registered user.

I think all school systems have been operating at a disadvantage due to Covid. School systems have a traditional method of how they work and the method has been put to the test. Add to that the current "changes in curriculum" that are a topic of discussion across the country. Teachers bring a level of competency in teaching the core topics and may be tweaked in their competency level if social issues are now creeping into the curriculum.

The question on the table would be what changes are being dictated by the state; what decisions the school board is directing, and what is the level of competency of the individul teachers.

I have no answers for any of the problems but we all recognize that the problem is not specific to RWC. It is looking like a universal problem.

Posted by Todd Brown
a resident of Woodside
on Jun 15, 2022 at 9:15 am

Todd Brown is a registered user.

The most unbelievable part of all this is that it is affluent people in the affluent Roy Cloud neighborhood who are for the most part driving the campaign to kill North Star because North Star has dethroned their school as the top school in the district and their money can't buy their child's way into North Star. Although they seek to sow contention among other families in the district by arguing that NSA is taking money away from the poorer neighborhood schools, the data obliterates this argument. If you want to help the less fortunate neighborhood schools, keep the focus on the struggling students in those schools and get them to a point where there are enough advanced learners to expand North Star. Sending the North Star students back to neighborhood schools where they will take teacher time and attention away from the struggling students is a no-win scenario for everyone.

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