Go Private Not Public!

This year, the founder of “Stand With Ross Valley Schools”—the individual who has tirelessly waged an extremely divisive, emotionally-ratcheted, lie-based campaign of Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt on a small, local public school…is sending [his or her] child to a private school.

Here are the salient parts of her letter posted on Next Door:

“Yes, we are sending our 6th grade student to a private school this year, it’s certainly no secret, but not because White Hill isn’t an awesome school, it absolutely is. (But was the loss of the White Hill ‘soft landing’ a factor in the equation, yes.) We did it because our sensitive & shy child needed a little extra push.”
That sounds like she/he believes their child needs a different CHOICE not available in RVSD.

Our tax dollars will stay in the community pot for all public school students to share, and we will personally pay her tuition.”
The truth is her/his “property tax dollars” go to Sacramento to be redistributed to ALL revenue-limit schools including RVC which is true for all of us. The only monies that go “the community pot” are the parcel tax (of which RVC locals pay and RVC receives zero) and rent paid by the RVC to RVSD..

“These RVCorp spinners are truly beyond hypocritical: they demand facilities from our district, instead of finding their own space…”
Actually RVC didn’t demand anything from RVSD. State law requires the district provide space. AND, importantly, RVC pays rent to the district for that space and has offered in the past to rehabilitate the Red Hill facility..

“They consistently decry that our district is failing, when our distinguished district performs in the top % of the state, and that we need more “choices”. We do not.”
No one has “decried that our district is failing.”  RVSD is just fine for the parents and kids who choose it. There is conflict in the statement that “we do not” need more choices as the person making the statement chooses something different for his/her child. Apparently he/she DOES need “more choices.”

“…they are actually a willing cog in the wheel of the right-wing-move to privatize our public commons!
Charters as “privatizers” is false. Charters are meant to spur innovation and provide public options for all children. The state just made for-profit charters illegal. The purpose of a board that reflects the school and  not the larger community is not privatizing, but a structure that reflects the reality that decentralized control reflecting the children, parents and teachers at the school increases the likelihood of success.

We all watch in amazement as Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Rudy Giuliani spin jaw-dropping twists of logic, justifications, distractions, and rationalizations, in transparent attempts to hand-wave away their own breathtaking hypocrisy as they dodge charges of corruption and collusion, while projecting their sins onto Hillary, refugees, and progressives. All amounting to nothing less than a full-out assault on facts, logic, reason, common-sense, and sanity.

We also watch in amazement within our own community, as “Stand With Ross Valley Schools” perform the same feats, to explain away how many (or most) of their core group justify sending their own kids to exclusive area private schools.

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My neighbors send their kids to San Domenico. They are also pro-public school.

Anonymous
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11% of RVC’s IN DISTRICT students were English Language Learners compared to 2% for RVSD. And 22% of RVC’s IN District students were Economically Disadvantaged compared to 10% for RVSD. Private school attendance ensures even greater insulation from what little diversity most of Marin’s public schools provide. It’s one thing to exert your privilege to enable your own kid to be in a pool that is radically exclusive and another to remove the possibility for some kind of option for kids whose parents can’t afford to buy their way out of a setting that is less optimal for their temperament,… Read more »

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Where were the ELs in MAP? There used to be lots of them. Over time, the district saw that there was such a long MAP wait list that it discouraged any kind of outreach and without that, low income and EL families tend not to know about the program. RVC made a conscious effort to do outreach, and it has a Spanish speaking Family Support person in the office that helps the teachers stay in touch with families, do translation, etc. RVC also sends its newsletters in English and Spanish, offers Spanish classes to all students, and really makes an… Read more »

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J.P everyone knows why RVC did outreach. The question is why on earth you thought that was OK to put them in district classrooms. It’s one of the main points that has made the community turn away from you. It is misuse of the law. Do you really think people believe you had the best intensions. Just look at this post. This is the flavor you are presenting to the whole community.

D.W.
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D.W.

It’s one thing to be “pro-public school” and choose to send your child to private school. Lots of families dip in and out of different schools at different points of their kids’ education, or put one child in public school and another child in private for a variety of reasons. It’s reasonable to make those choices to fit a child’s needs. What’s so hypocritical is that this person is waging war against a charter school by insisting that people “Stand” with the school district–with intense effort for years–and then doesn’t send her own child to public school. This person is… Read more »

Anonymous
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I know many who choose to send their kids to San Domenico…. they have Stand magnets. It is possible to do both. As much as you would like to paint this a black and white situation… it is possible to do both.

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Well of course it’s “possible” to do both. We’re just observing that when one does it, it’s hypocritical to say that another parent shouldn’t be allowed to send their child to RVC if that’s their choice.

IOW: Public, Charter, Private, Home, Reliigious = All good!

Anonymous
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Look at RVC for example. You have to bend the law in some way to survive. So you pretend to have higher enrollment than you do. You try to get as much space as you can so you can get kids not housed under prop 39. Everything is underhanded, Now you make sites like this where you publicly go after one woman for her choice in schools that do not impact anyone else. Things don’t look good for you.

Anonymous
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THIS IS NOT A SITE CREATED OR MAINTAINED BY RVC.

JM
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JM

So glad you cleared this up. It’s safe to say this site was created not by RVC, but by OLD MAP CRONIES.

Cynthia
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Cynthia

Stand made up the “Prop 39 Charter” and “Walmart Charter” names. It’s just propaganda. RVC is DEFINITELY a public school, which is why it was approved by the STATE Board of Education and its operation is overseen by the CALIFORNIA Department of Education. It’s why RVC’s Board meetings are open public meetings under the Brown Act. Yes, public schools are good for America. Charter schools ARE public schools, and they increase access to quality public schools for many students in this country. RVC is not “privately owned.” It is a non-profit, just like almost all charter schools in California. It… Read more »

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You are conveniently leaving out hat that was in response to RVSD “vehemently” arguing that RVC was a public entity — a Hail Mary effort that paid off for a venue change in hopes of delaying and foot dragging. All this legal bs is what you pay for when you refuse to mediate. But the genius district leadership thought hey could delay and possibly further depress enrollment.

Anonymous
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Quiet night on NextDoor and Basecamp?

Manor mom
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Manor mom

Is this the Stand leader that did the Shakespearean rant one night at a charter board meeting accusing the charter school of putting a gun to our heads ? By day PTA at Manor ??? It gives me the creeps the school district isn’t pulling the curtain on this act.

H L D
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My friends child was admonished and photographed by this Stand lead at the Stand booth at the Fairfax Festival. The child was angry Stand was set up on the kids zone and threw away a free Stand T-shirt – so this woman PHOTOGRAPHED and threatened my friend with it.
What the heck is Stand doing at the Fairfax Festival ! The least Fairfaxian thing I can think of promoting an angry conflict on the kid field during a day of community fun.
I’m sick of this . 🤬

Anonymous
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Yup–same person that told a teenaged sister and brother walking past a Stand picnic that she knew who they were, and asked if they had been in MAP. When they responded yes, she replied, “What are you? Retarded?”

Frank B.
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“Our tax dollars will stay in the community pot for all public school students to share, and we will personally pay her tuition.”

The Ross Valley School District gets its funding from the state on a per-student basis. If a child leaves a district school for another PUBLIC school (in a different district or a charter school) that money goes to the child’s new school. But if a child leaves a district school and goes to a PRIVATE school, that money disappears.

Frank B.
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“These RVCorp spinners are truly beyond hypocritical: they demand facilities from our district, instead of finding their own space…” “They consistently decry that our district is failing, when our distinguished district performs in the top % of the state, and that we need more “choices”. We do not.” Hello? Hypocritical? The person who admits she’s chosen to send her child to a private school because her “sensitive & shy child needed a little extra push” says we don’t need more choices. Lucky her–she has the money to pay for private school (“we will personally pay her tuition”). What about sensitive… Read more »

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Please try to be constructive and bring your reference’s. Then someone can make a productive response.

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“The stats don’t lie” – what does that mean? Bring some documentation. Make a cogent arguement. Be helpful.

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We are trying to create an honest space to communicate. This post was meant to underline our belief that parents should be able to participate in and choose their children’s education be that public, private, charter, home, religious etc.

You’ll notice we did not criticize her choice of a private school for one of children, we did, however, try to correct her mis-information point by point.

Anonymous
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Is this the same person who videotaped kids at a RVC event at Robson-Harrington last summer?

J. R
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J. R

It’s actually the same person that published a photo of a preschool teacher on Nextdoor and named the school she worked at warning people to not trust her advice about elementary schools . Allegedly the teacher was charter friendly . It’s too bad the teacher didn’t press charges for slander. Maybe it’s not too late ? 🤞

Kar ma
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Kar ma

This stander leading the Go Public parade is all over the Internet calling people evil. It sounds like her reign of terror is coming to an end . bye bye 👋

Leaders r us
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Leaders r us

It seems that Trustee Capron conveniently weighs in on nextDoor to chastise, er, “correct” what she believes to be mis-statements, but stands idly by as Stand hurls epithets at neighbors and taxpayers. Keeping it classy and professional.

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StanDistrict. All working together to try to get rid of RVC. The RVSD Board and Rick Bagley have had so many opportunities to be LEADERS in this community: to avoid MAP feeling like it had no choice but to go charter, to avoid placing RVC on a shared campus, to calm the community down when things got ugly. Instead they’ve lamely said that people have first amendment rights, they’ve supported Stand when it clearly wasn’t a “pride in RVSD” campaign but rather a “shame your neighbors” campaign, and they’ve acted as if they are victims in this whole mess. All… Read more »

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MAP could have remained a district program. If the district administration and board were interested in keeping the families in the district who sought out the program, they should have worked with MAP parents and teachers to figure out how to make it work. There was ample opportunity and a willingness on MAP leadership’s part. Becoming a charter school was a last resort effort to maintain the program in this community. Prop 39 could have been avoided. RVC delayed opening for a year while trying to work with the district to rent Red Hill. The district had no intention of… Read more »

Anonymous
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past (no editing)

Alice eb
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Alice eb

I’ll take option three actually .
Well informed and oriented.
Thanks !!

E F
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E F

There are lots of mistakes in the history of conflict but I’d guess when Map reached out to Dr Bagley before submitting that first charter petition asking if he’d like to read a draft , talk about it , and he declined and said “just submit it “ was one of his first monumental mistakes . Then the next four years of declining all meetings and opportunities to change the course were his next biggest mistakes. Still declining meetings and still the district suffers . Wonder if even one of the trustees is having doubts about the course yet ?… Read more »

Anonymous
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um, no

So many lost opportunities to avoid all this drama.

John G
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John G

STANDISTRIC arrived in the comments !
Ha ha
Couldn’t help themselves !
Welcome .

Anonymous
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Map could not deny entry to anyone . Impossible with Manor school administration overseeing every lottery application and waitlist . Read the Reynolds report the truth is documented there . Accusations otherwise are Stand manufactured that have proven ineffective to dissuade. RVC has three times that population of underserved students . Those active families could have chosen a district school and did not. RVC has proven to be a first choice. The RVC community is strong well served and building a model for inclusivity all our schools should be striving for . Parents should be addressing how to better serve… Read more »

Anonymous
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IJ comments are mostly anonymous and StanDistrict viciousness on full and absolute display. What’s here is nothing.

Alice eb
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Alice eb

Can someone explain the competing laws? The charter must accept every CA application per CA State law. This is not exempt by prop 39 that states district will only accomadate In district students . The charter CAN be sued by a parent for discrimination for not enrolling their OD application when there are available seats in the classroom. For example last year : If RVC accepts 17 ID students it will accept 7 OD for remaining seats . This is not underhanded or illegal as implied in a previous comment . There is a legal balancing act demanded of the… Read more »

Anonymous
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So why are you going to San Rafael with leaflets? Alice eb what a tangled web you weave.

Alice eb
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Alice eb

I’m not going anywhere with leaflets. Not unlike RVSD the charter has a budget and enrollment to maintain. RVC also has a mission written in their charter to reach local EL and FRL families. OD students are legally entitled and very welcomed to round off seats after ID priority . Should OD families learn about RVC by ESP or outreach ? Obviously the latter. There is a ratio of ID to OD students at RVC that keeps them compliant with the two CA enrollment laws and fiscally viable . The CDE the SBE and the courts know who is in… Read more »

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Actually just took down the snarky, aggressive and unproductive, the kind of stuff that has Next Door and the Marin IJ comments to post on.

We encourage all to post, but remind you to be civil. Hope everyone is good with that.