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.