Answers to misleading statements made by a commenter on Next Door.
Nextdoor is not an echo chamber. Posts reach 14,000+ people. Any one of those people can post their opinion on this topic. Neither side of this issue can ban or delete other’s posts. The site is moderated by a third party.
Fact: Most ND leads are active Stand leaders, and themselves post pro-Stand comments and do not moderate neutrally (as Next Door requires). Most leads allow angry, vitriolic, falsehoods as answers to non-Stand person posts.
None of those things can be said of the blogs and Facebook pages where RVC supporters are posting now. RVC’s voice has faded on Nextdoor organically because the strength of their argument was lacking.
Fact: RVC support on ND is rare because of the cruel, false, and relentless attacks Stand wages on RVC supporters. Stand does only one thing – intimidate (bully) RVC and any parents who consider taking their children there. It appears that the district has delegated Stand as their negotiating arm.
The argument boils down to “Just be OK with us hurting you and your kids and taking more than our fair share.”
Fact: The charter does not hurt RVSD children. Nothing about their education has changed since RVC was established. The money follows the student and so do the expenses. It’s a false attack meant to scare parents out of considering the charter for their own child(ren) and it’s not based in fact.
Now, in certain cases, like with families who feel they have no choice due to their child’s special needs, maybe most could get on board with the request to “just be OK with it” (after all, a greater share of public education resources already goes to meeting the needs of special needs children and most are perfectly fine with that). But, as of now, RVC is not a school for special needs children. It is mostly a school for people who want choice and don’t think public school is good enough for them. It is not surprising that the majority of families with children on Nextdoor are not OK with being hurt so that others can make that kind of choice.
Fact: The majority of people posting about this issue on ND are bullies and embrace falsehoods to engage in a win/lose proposition instead of urging their leadership to save money and engage in mediation.
And even if that’s not true and many actually are OK with RVC on a philosophical level, there is another layer going on here. The Prop 39, the relentless lawsuits and the constant, unnecessary draining of our resources is probably angering many people who might otherwise be able to shrug off the normal financial loss to their child’s school that comes with the existence of a charter.
Fact: There are no “relentless lawsuits,” but there have been legal responses to the district refusals to engage in professional mediation. How else should differences be resolved?
So when you add it all up, it makes sense that Nextdoor has become rather one-sided. It’s not bias or toxicity or hate, like RVC supports claim. It’s simply that most people are not cool with what RVC is doing. The harm is real and they haven’t justified it.
Fact: The toxicity and hate supported and promoted by Stand is recognized across the community, and people often remain silent because Stand has been very successful at intimidation and bullying.
This site does not censor anybody’s comment.
If the comments don’t follow our simple rule to Behave Yourself – (Personal attacks will be taken down), then we take down the comment.
Simple, easy to remember, no censoring, just gone. We allowed you to post anonymously not stupidly. The Marin IJ allows you that outlet.
One other thing: It’s our site so we define Behavior.