We’ve Heard 10/09/18 | 10:26pm

We've Heard 10/09/18 | 10:26pmWe’ve heard that a prominent Stand supporter is representing the Ross Valley School District board and superintendent to broker a deal between RVSD and Heartwood. Heartwood parents are telling friends that RVSD is agreeing to approve their Waldorf charter after November 1st. If this isn’t true, the RVSD Board and superintendent should let the community know. If it is true, then what was all the rhetoric about? Is competition that was bad now good? Are Betsy Devos and the Koch Brothers no longer at the door? Are charters no longer Trump schools?  Was it really just about pure old-fashioned resentment and divisiveness? If it is true, then Stand will have to revise its position on charters and change their signs.

We've Heard 10/09/18 | 10:26pm

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We would welcome this.

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Why would you welcome this? A little bit more info would be helpful.

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I already explained but my comments were deleted. I am not sure why your editor does not want you to know. There are some of us who would welcome approval of this charter.

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To All:
Sorry about the comments disappearing. We had a little back end glitch but it’s all sorted out now. We did not intentionally take down any comments, they just went the way of the digital error highway. Repost!

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If you’re a Heartwood parent it makes sense that you’d be pleased. Otherwise, it’s a little puzzling for Rick Bagley to be negotiating with Heartwood to make them an RVSD Waldorf charter when he’s been very public about his anti-charter position. Maybe he’ll go through with the Heartwood charter in hopes of impacting Ross Valley Charter enrollment. That’s not a good reason to sponsor a charter and it will end badly. Or….he’s just stringing them along in hopes fewer Heartwood parents will sign the RVC Intent to Enroll form. And that’s just cruel. And what will Stand do? They’ve collected… Read more »

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I feel sorry for the Heartwood folks who are optimistic that their school will be “saved” by RVSD. District leadership cannot be trusted, and they clearly feel threatened by competition. It’s likely that they are trying to get rid of both RVC and Heartwood in some devious plan to pit the two against each other, or act as if they’re supporting Heartwood to string them along, and then drop the idea. A ridiculous amount of time and money has gone into trying to destroy RVC (between Stand and the District) and it’s time for the district to put its energy… Read more »

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I don’t think a Heartwood charter approval would hurt RVC because Heartwood is its own unique program. The Waldorf curriculum has almost nothing aligned with Common Core and California state standards, which RVC is adhering to. As a former Heartwood parent, I would say RVC and Heartwood are night and day. As a current RVC parent, I welcome this decision by the RVSD, however non-sensical it is. Those signs would have to come down (wouldn’t they?) and a new discussion could begin about the benefit of offering different educational models as a way of enhancing the RVSD program. Also, Heartwood… Read more »

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Also I’m curious to hear the hall-of-mirrors logic RVSD comes up with to justify this.

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Are there RVSD board documents ? If the school district is considering chartering this school it would be brought to the community as a public discussion ? I don’t see how the RVSD has an hour in the day to spend on another program ( that some challenge is more religious / spiritual / at least very alternative ). How does this fit into RVSD curriculum goals budget ? The Stand signs. Rick Bagley’s public statements about charters . Something obviously not adding up . Not trustworthy district school leadership . Sly and slinky like cats . The relief my… Read more »

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Wonder how the district and Stephen Pringle are managing Cindy Ross’ reaction.

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Oh hell no ! Stands not very Waldorfy. More militant extremist . Will Stand patrol the grounds of Heartwood like they do RVC ? Make sure it’s all up to code . In the mean time as Whitehill kids take classes in hallways and WH teachers have no break rooms , and RVC kids are sent four miles across town to be isolated in a special ed class , this seems like a good time for RVSD to take on another school. All that extra time and funds on their hands. NOT. When a hundred RVSD parents dump district Kindergartens… Read more »

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There is no way that campus is up to code in any way. I was there the day a virtual ocean of mud formed in the parking lot after a mudslide. There are steep dropoffs into the creek with no fences. The classes are in uninsulated yurts which are freezing in winter and boiling in the summer. That said, it is a great place for kids to connect with nature, climb trees, get muddy, work the land, take risks and gain confidence. No play structure required. I just have a hard time believing the RVSD would be okay with that.… Read more »

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So many lawsuits? Two. Count them. First, to protect families who the district threatened to move to other campuses if they didn’t withdraw their intent to enroll forms (the district’s lawyer agreed they wouldn’t do that, so it was dropped). Second, to get the correct number of classrooms under Prop 39. Remember–the district originally offered 6. The judge said it should be 9 (8 regular classrooms and one smaller one). Stand would love to have this community believe that RVC is a bad neighbor. But many families are extremely glad it’s here, and RVC has really, really tried to work… Read more »

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Two lawsuits are enough to indicate that RVSD refused to engage in conversations despite RVC’s repeated attempts!

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Heartwood is a lovely school, and no one wants it to go away. However, it’s completely nutty for RVSD to approve Heartwood’s charter after all the anti-charter stuff that’s gone on here. I can’t imagine it ever happening.

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RVC – community developed, teachers who were long term RVSD union members, 20 year history, currently serving more low income and ELL kids by percentage than RVSD, serving multiple kids with IEPs. How’s that stack up to Heartwood? Not dissing other alternatives that people love but the hypocrisy is chilling. And even if RVSD isn’t totally just stringing them along to get them not to express interest in RVC, they should pay attention – closely – to underhanded, fully non-transparent manipulation and fomenting a street war pitting neighbors against neighbor’s. They’ll need attorneys in no time if this farce moves… Read more »

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Actually, and factually, the judge said that RVSD’s offer of 8 (because that was the final offer which the poster above conveniently leaves out) was absolutely correct. In fact, (again, fact) the judge’s preliminary offer sided 100% with RVSD and only after RVC’s lawyer decided to argue for a separate Special Day Class for “future” Special Day Class students did the judge award an additional (aprox) 500 square feet of space to be used only for special ed. RVC then fought that saying that they should receive an additional (aprox) 1,000 square feet and the judge again sided with RVSD… Read more »

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Fact: the judge agreed with the district that 8 classrooms was appropriate for 144 students (the district had originally offered 6, then increased it to 8 after the lawsuit was filed). Fact: the extra room (not a full-sized classroom) is for special education, not a special day class. Fact: the district offered a small classroom at Hidden Valley to fulfill its obligations to give RVC more special education space. Fact: RVC cannot realistically use the space at Hidden Valley and has asked the judge for clarification: does the special education space need to be on the same campus? It’s not… Read more »

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So, let me get this straight. RVC charter = bad. Heartwood charter = good. What happens when Heartwood decides to use Prop 39 to get real classrooms instead of yurts? Good or bad? Let me guess, they’re not Ann Capron’s nemesis–MAP/RVC–so good.

Craziness!

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RVC leadership is unable to get along with the community. Look at 20 years + history. Most of the parents are lovely. Unfortunately they do not realize the malicious nature of the school’s leadership. With other people at the helm, RVC could actually be a great addition to our wonderful schools in Ross Valley. I just hope the parents realize that there are other ways without impacting everyone in such a negative way.

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If Heartwood became a charter school, it could do a Prop 39 request for classrooms. At any point–next year, five years from now.

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True. But had RVC not filed the lawsuit, the final offer likely would have been 6 classrooms. And having seen how much the district delayed the current lawsuit, RVC was right in filing it right away. Explanation: the district filed for change of venue, then appealed the decision against it, which delayed a decision from June until after school had started in August when “the table was set” (Wesley Pratt) so the additional room the judge ordered was at Hidden Valley.