Response to one Stand commenter:

“…this comment was not allowed to be posted…”

This is a blog and we set the standards for content. Stand strategy, as evidenced by the list of PRA requests, is to swarm and overwhelm RVC and any places that could be valuable forums for civil discourse. We are not going to let that happen here. Besides, your comments were full of false assumptions.

“You take money from right wing privatizers and collude with high level efforts to break up public systems…”

For the purpose of this post, it’s irrelevant that RVC is a school, not a conspiracy. What is relevant is that we’re not part of RVC and we take money from no one and are also not a conspiracy.

“…your notion of fairness and balance is a farce…”

Seriously? Stand has distributed flyers with outright lies about the charter. It has supported district leadership that joins in through targeted district mailings that are wrong and misleading. We just rely on facts. And the fact is that a group of Stand supporters strategized to swarm and harass the charter through an unreasonable number of PRA requests.

“PRA requests to RVC are inquiries to a supposed “public” agency in an honest effort to learn more about how it functions. This perfectly (sic) legal.”

This is a disingenuous statement. Multiple requests made in rapid succession is not an “honest effort,” it’s an aggressive assault. We agree that it’s legal, but it’s an assault.

“This page is an attempt to publicly shame people for taking an interest and participating legally in the life of their community.”

This comment contradicts itself. We think this PRA assault is shameful, but if you believe there’s nothing shameful about this “honest effort” then how could listing names and requests be shaming to anyone? It can’t be shameful and an honest effort at the same time.

” It’s a disgusting attempt to shut down the voices of those who RVC disagrees with”

Again, seriously? Stand members have pushed people off NextDoor and Only in Fairfax Facebook page (many posters were not even Fairfax residents) with their vitriol. Their members snarled and shook their signs at a school bus full of children. Stand accosted parents exploring their options. They videotaped children at an RVC picnic. They did a ridiculous vigil at an RVC open house (which we heard backfired because signs weren’t readable, and families thought it was an RVC welcoming effort – but that doesn’t negate the intent). The district picks and chooses how to alter and what correspondence to the board it posts. No more needs to be said.

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This is a BLOG. It’s not the New York Times. The person or people who created and run this blog get to decide what is posted. Personally, I think it’s a breath of fresh air. I used to belong to Next Door, but discontinued my membership when it became clear that anyone who tried to defend RVC was immediately swarmed and shot down by half a dozen Stand people who must have nothing better to do but lay in waiting for any opportunity to pounce on and berate their neighbors. Keep up the good work, Editor.

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““an attempt to publicly shame people for taking an interest and participating legally in the life of their community.”

Sounds pretty much like Stand’s approach to the charter’s existence

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Ludicrous critique. Stand website and Facebook page take no comments. And this post reveals the full coorindation behind the scenes that resulted in people getting swarmed on NextDoor. They’re angry because you won’t let them pollute an monopolize these pages? Cry me a river. Just another way they’re like Trump – failing to understand basic principles apply to your perceived enemies as your friends

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Oh that is rich. Stand’s hypocrisy is boundless. I was relentlessly gang-attacked by the standinista mob on nextdoor for asking honest curious questions, being fairly new to the controversy and wondering why people were so angry. Whenever I’d question something that didn’t make sense from map/rvc supporters, I usually received thoughtful replies, helpful links to reasonably independent sources, and sincere probing questions to learn more about my concerns. But whenever I questioned something that didn’t make sense from stand, mostly without exception I was overwhelmed by what seemed like a regular gang with truly bizarre accusations, and personal attacks. And… Read more »

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You guys must really dislike Stand supporters. I actually get on with them. I think it is possible to have different opinions without such animosity. At the end of the day, it’s just differences in educational philosophy.

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We also believe it’s possible to have different opinions without animosity. And, we don’t dislike most Stand supporters. We do, however, dislike some of their behavior. Like signs, magnets, hats, and demonstrations aimed at RVC parents and children; meant to intimidate them and scare new, prospective families from considering RVC for their children. Those aggressive behaviors should be directed at Sacramento, not at neighbors following the law.

So, we intend to continue speaking out against bad behavior. Because, as you said, it’s just a difference in educational philosophy.

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Dislike underhanded and manipulative tactics. Dislike association between an opaque community attack organization and RVSD. Dislike the fact that any calls for public input and debate and for RVSD to sit down like grown ups with RVC are all refused. Dislike that Stand tactics include attempting to manipulate Town Council elections but getting angry and threatening when tactic revealed. Dislike that Stand members co-ordinate to drown RVC in Public Records Requests. Dislike that Stand misled the public about membership when one of their members publicly threatened individuals by name – and then removed their membership list claiming that they were… Read more »

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Most Stand supporters are not badly behaved. There are some lovely people – just as there are some lovely people who send their kids to RVC. It’s really sad to see the animosity from some. This site and Nextdoor are truly saddening.

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We are wondering what it is about this site you dislike. Please, point out the articles you find “sad.”
And as to the false equivalency between Stand and RVC parents, I can only request that you re-read the article above. Thanks for the comment.