We’ve Heard – 1/28/2019

This Tuesday night (1/29) the RVSD board will vote on their consent agenda to approve $38,000 (confusedly presented, sort of, as $28,000 in board docs 2 weeks ago with some tortured language that in retrospect made the actual $38,000 cost in the attachments make sense) to Hanover Research group to – essentially – incite the community and continue the unnecessary battle against the charter and its students and families.

This is particularly odd on the eve of a possible breakthrough to get the charter off campus property – a goal that virtually all stakeholders share – and the first glimpse of community peace in years.

The language is very confusing. At first glance, it appears that proposed “research is to identify, analyze and prioritize potential budget adjustments…and identify best practices for recruitment and retention.”  This in and of itself is interesting. Apparently we are flush enough to hire an outside research group? 

But on closer scrutiny, it is very clear that what the research is intended  to do is far from a balanced, full study of teacher retention strategies, best educational practices, or even intelligent budgeting prioritization approaches.

What this is – clearly – and you should go read the attachment for yourself (https://www.boarddocs.com/ca/rova/Board.nsf/files/B884MH7F874B/$file/Proposed%20Research%20Action%20Plan%20-%20Dec%202018%20-%20Hanover.pdf) – is a research project myopically and obsessively pre-occupied with the charter…that fails the first order expectation that research is unbiased and, specifically, fails to explore a full range of possibilities for why teachers leave and how the community feels about the programs RVSD offers.

Is this what this community needs the district to spend another $40k of classroom funds on?

Recently ordered by a Sonoma court to work out their differences with the charter, it’s time for RVSD to stop obsessing about the charter and focus on educating the children who attend their schools. We’d like to see more research done to: help RVSD understand why a significant minority of the community believes that it is not adequately meeting the needs of their children; support RVSD teachers in innovating and experimenting to better meet those needs; and learn from communities which have successfully co-habitated with charters and alternative programs of choice.

We think the community is tired of the war and we need leaders who stop militarizing and funding this fight.

Please consider contacting your school board trustees to ask them to take this item off the consent agenda and ask Hanover Research group to present a research proposal that looks forward in a positive way to building the most responsive education possible, to supporting the best staff, and leading the community somewhere different in the future than where its been mired for the past 3 years.

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This is infuriating. Stand, apparently, is insufficiently weaponized? RVSD worried that maybe the vitriol is finally wearing itself out and needs fresh fodder for the hate machine? Such an obvious and bogus distraction from the fact that Bagley and Capron have ZERO VISION….no plan…no idea how to focus on something positive and pro-active. Completely and totally consumed by pettiness and destructive impulses. And now the public is footing the bill for another $40k of bogus expenditures – coming DIRECTLY out of kids’ classroom needs, public dollars, unrestricted dollars — all to fund a propaganda war and to build up Bagley/Capron/Bennett… Read more »

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Even on the face of it – if this were an actual research study to try to anticipate cuts that are coming because of Board and Superintendent failure to anticipate the cost of declining enrollment and chasing MAP out of the district….why don’t they have the skill and a process to assess priorities? In the old days, RVSD had full stakeholder cross-district representation on budget committees when changes needed to be made. This governance team – if you can even call it that – hasn’t the slightest clue or orientation to include anyone in any decision-making. That is the hallmark… Read more »

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The “leadership” of this District is obsessed with trying to shut down RVC, and is willing to sacrifice the students of the district to do so. Two examples: 1. Bagley is not allowing current students and teachers to use EMPTY classrooms at the elementary schools for any purpose, including after school classes, so that the equation for determining the number of classrooms available for RVC at White Hill results in RVC getting one or two fewer classes next year. (At the same time, White Hill is expecting to have fewer students next year, freeing up one or two more classrooms.)… Read more »

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CHECK OUT the graphs and pictures of reserve spending and then cross-reference the financial status of this district and Bagley and Capron’s tenure. Incredibly painful picture. …and like Trump’s antics, all the charter focus is one big obfuscation.

They entered the scene with a financially healthy district, a well functioning foundation, and an alternative program with a waiting list that could have driven enrollment. WHAT DO WE HAVE TO SHOW FOR THEIR TENURE?

Don’t let them distract you and to continue to destroy this community by their tactics.

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https://www.boarddocs.com/ca/rova/Board.nsf/files/B8RU8B70BEAF/$file/1ST%20INTERIM%20BUDGET%20REPT%20LTR%20FROM%20MCOE%201.14.19.pdf

PAGE 2: Ending Fund Balances from 2014 and projected through 2021
PAGE 3: Deficit Funding same period

These are UNRESTRICTED funds — and the pot from which your governance team is dipping – to make discretionary spending decisions to spend dwindling dollars on lawyers (instead of conversations) and unnecessary contracts that target more vulnerable, less resourced families who move a lot or gussied up to look like unbiased research about governance or educational best practice.

They are driving this district over a fiscal cliff because what little vision they have is focused in all the wrong directions.

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Folks-
If you want to leave a comment that gets posted make it civil and factual. Anger and vitriol are better over at Next Door, okay?

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Here is a civil question: why won’t Liz, Lisa or Jim Collier own up to authoring this webpage?

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Not really a civil question, is it?
True civility would be to a) Ask why the publisher does not want to be identified, or b) Not say anything at all about authorship but to ask about the article itself.
Besides, if I told you that all three of your guesses (really just a transparent way of accusing) were wrong, would you believe me? I didn’t think so. But for the record those folks don’t publish this information site.

One more thing. and I ask this in all seriousness, did you also ask who authors the Stand website or Facebook page?

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“Information site”, lol.

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Are you saying you haven’t found useful information on this site? Any suggestions?

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Stand “educating” community , lol

STand HURTZ
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why wont Robin and Heather own up to lighting the match that burned down the school district? RVSD can keep em. Oh and the private schools their kids attend , lol

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RVSD is gonna hire a research firm to try to figure out what’s gone wrong? You’ve got to be kidding me. Capron Bagley sunk the district with a little help from sidekick Stand . The community should revolt kick them out and and take it back . Who gives a shit about a charter school . That’s no excuse for this kind of destruction and waste.

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Please take a look at a couple of other Marin school districts problems with money before you claim RVSD is “sunk”. Larkspur / Corte Madera is facing giant budget deficits and mill valley had to end their TK program. RVSD is doing great with what little they have.

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We acknowledge that RVSD isn’t the only district having financial problems. The big difference is that others anticipate, plan, know the value of engaging a full range of stakeholders and offer some transparency. They don’t waste precious dwindling dollars to destroy community collaboration. They don’t join forces with groups that set one group of taxpayers against another and they don’t set about spending precious dollars on attorneys rather than mediating and limiting financial losses. They knew this was coming, but failed to drive defensively and nimbly to mitigate impacts. Those other districts, unlike RVSD, are focused on pulling their communities… Read more »

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It’s very obvious to anyone interested in public school finances that our state has neglected to take account of all the rising costs of inflation to our very own Bay Area regarding teacher salaries, pensions, school funds etc. With enrollment declining due to birth rates across the county, and a new wave of legislation coming,its very clear to see that the charter movement will be examined. Privatization isn’t good. No matter what you may perceive your choice is .

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Choice isn’t a “perception “.
Try telling that to millions of families rescued or thriving in charter schools and the tens of thousands more on charter waiting lists .
Try taking away choice from wealthy private school families and you’ll see what you are up against. The false perception comes from the ding dongs out there waging wars on their next door neighbors schools while having no relationship to the families these schools serve .
“Choice is a perception” said no one ever that grasps unalienable protections and freedoms .

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Well said!

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Larkspur/CM is making budget cuts because they need to rein in spending. MV is ending their TK program to rein in spending. The Tam district is having to make cuts and pass a parcel tax as the wave of high enrollment passes through and they have many more students with the same funding. What is RVSD doing? They are deficit spending at a level that they’ll be in big trouble in two years.

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It wouldn’t be so extra egregious if, on top of irresponsible lack of planning and blatant incompetence, they weren’t spending these money out of unrestricted funds on things clearly intended to further wage war on RVC — totally fake and biased “research,” contracts with goon squads to investigate and harass RVC families living in FF and SA, and a blank check for their attorney continuing to due the stupid assertion that they can’t sit down and mediate with RVC. The sick thing is that the more of our money they bleed, they seem to think they’re winning -because then they… Read more »

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To the recent commenter whose posts are beyond reckless (comments you knew would not be published because of their incendiary and destructive nature), here’s some interesting reading about “anonymous” submissions:
Husband of District 113’s next superintendent accused of online bullying

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Beware those that preach kindness and honesty from a pulpit while pointing at the bad guys .
Just sayin”.