Tanya Raschke, Santa Rita Parent
It's been a while since I updated this page. There have been a lot of new developments.
At the May 7 public hearing, The North of El Camino Neighborhood Coalition presented two new scenarios to the board: "Scenario "fair" and Scenario "dare". Both of these were included in a larger presentation.
Scenario Fair is a contiguous boundaries scenario that will accommodate the demographic projections unti 2011. This is, in fact, not an impossible task. Our main criteria are:
Ideally, all children should attend their closest school. Unfortunately, in our district, the location of our schools and our children do not align well. The obvious, long-term solution is to work to provide classrooms where the children are. This is the heart of Scenario Dare.
I also thought that a simple, yet evenly applied travel impact measure, might be useful.
Last, but not least, there has been much discussion regarding English Learners in LASD. Mesa de La Comunidad has mentioned this situation in their blog. Vicki Hobel Schultz also compiled a rather complete report on the status of our EL group from data from the CA Dept of Education.
These changes are a direct result of the planned re-opening of Bullis-Purissima Elementary School in 2008. Bullis-Purissima is being reopened to provide a Neighborhood School to the residents of Los Altos Hills. The School Board is also planning on addressing the high student density ("explosive growth"???) in the Northern Area of the District.
Los Altos School District (LASD) has formed an Attendance Area Advisory Committee whose purpose is to devise three proposals to be provided to the School Board by the end of April. Please see the Timeline file for a complete list of dates.
Three out of four scenarios that are being presented to the School Board have students from various neighborhoods North of El Camino being reassigned to schools across town (that is, NOT their first or even second closest schools)! These scenarious violate the AAAC's own criteria, but are nonetheless being seriously considered.
The final meeting of the Attendance Area Advisory Committee (AAAC) was held on April 19, 2007. The following Scenarios were presented to the School Board on Monday, April 23, 2007:
These scenarios are found here.There have been several new scenarios presented to the Board by the public. I have been told repeatedly that these would be available on the LASD website, but as of now (morning of May 17), they are not:
I believe there was one more presented, but I have not obtained it, yet.
Some Travel Impact Information. I'll put in 3+ soon.
Report on LASD EL group from Mesa de la Comunidad
The AAAC will pass on two recommendations to the board on grandfathering. One is to only Grandfather 6th graders. The other is to grandfather grades 4, 5 and 6. The AAAC felt grandfathering should apply equivalently to all schools in the district.
The LASD web site has a page with Attendance Area related Documents.
Consider the Past and Current Enrollment Data for LASD Schools
A group of concerned residents in the area North of El Camino are currently circulating a Petition [English] [Spanish] focusing on the importance of ensuring ALL students in LASD have the opportunity attend a neighborhood school.Flyers for posting on doors in English and Spanish.
Completed petitions can be sent to:
Amanda Aaronson firstname.lastname@example.org - 100 Hilary Ave, Mountain View [Map] or
Tanya Raschke email@example.com - 121 Laurel Way, Mountain View [Map] - FAX (650) 724-1922
There is a rapidly-growing Coalition whose message is that the Entire Area North of El Camino has a unified voice. We cannot justify sacrificing our neighbors for our own self-interest. It is ultimately unfair to require any group to attend a school across town. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate all our supporters, no matter where they live!
There are three Santa Rita parents on the AAAC:
Ultimately, the final decision will be determined by the School Board. This group is charged with working in the best interest of the ENTIRE District. They must ensure that the final decision is truly fair, equitable, and in the best interest of all children in our schools. Get the most bang for your activist buck by asking them to do their job with integrity and fairness.
Address and Telephone Contact Information for the Board Members can be found here.