Bay View parents' charter school plan...

Bay View parents' charter school plan gets preliminary OK from Mont...

There are 73 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Sep 23, 2010, titled Bay View parents' charter school plan gets preliminary OK from Mont.... In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

Hilltop Park Center in Monterey could be the site of a charter school that would include at least some of the students from soon-to-be-closed Bay View Elementary.

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Ace

Salinas, CA

#1 Sep 23, 2010
MPUSD is as screwed up as a football bat. I just don't trust MPUSD at all, and will be voting NO on the upcoming bond issue.
Please clarify

Chualar, CA

#2 Sep 23, 2010
Perhaps it needs to be pointed out that DLI's lease contract for Monte Vista SCHOOL runs out next year.
THAT is the real reason for all this scrambling and shuffling our students around, again.
Shame, MPUSD.
Bayview is one of the best elementary schools in the area with excellent test scores and family support from its parents and the neighborhood. It may not be too late to scratch this irresponsible plan to close it.
Find other uses for Monte Vista, since we had to be without it for many years now, and stop fixing something in Monterey that is not broken!
Jack

Monterey, CA

#3 Sep 23, 2010
I agree Ace. The Board votes to close this high performing school because of financial constraints. Then three nights ago it votes to give the Superintendent $1,200.00 to purchase a Health Spa membership.

So as a result of this Board's poor judgement some of the highest performing kids in the MPUSD will end up in a city park and Dr. Shepherd will end up in the sauna at Chamisal.
Marion

Monterey, CA

#4 Sep 23, 2010
Haha! So she didn't receive the application because she was getting the tour at Carmel Valley Athletic Club!!! Priceless.
Mel

Monterey, CA

#5 Sep 23, 2010
What I want to know is: WHY DOESN"T SHE JOIN A HEALTH CLUB IN C-SIDE????????? WE HAVE SOME NICE ONES RIGHT HERE ON FREMONT. WHY DOESN"T ANYONE ASK HER WHAT SHE HAS AGAINST C-SIDE, HUH? SHE CAN CHOOSE TO WORK OUT IN CARMEL VALLEY, CHAMISAL, GARDEN FITNESS, OR A PERFECTLY FINE CLUB LIKE GOLD'S GYM RIGHT HERE. LET'S SEE WHAT SHE CHOOSES!! SHE HATES C-SIDE IS WHAT I THINK! LET'S GET THAT 1200 OF TAXPAYER MONEY AND GET IT RIGHT BACK INTO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY WHERE IT IS NEEDED.
Edwardo

Monterey, CA

#6 Sep 23, 2010
Hey Please Clarify- here's a plan go stand in front of the grocery store with a petition and recall this school board like it is your right to and then get rid of this superintendent and put a local like Dan Albert in there as the super and then you will see what happens we will be a strong district again.
Magic

Monterey, CA

#7 Sep 23, 2010
Hey if you won't stand in the rain with petition or take some risks then this is what you get. I like what the poster said about some of the top kids ending up in a city park. I can't even imagine my grandparents generation doing that. Actually the only reason the parks are even nice enough to send them there is because of my grandparents generation!! HA!

110 million bond for Shepherd to squander and me to pay for 30 years? What is that like 2000 bucks from each homeowner?? Hell NO!!!!!!!!!!

NO ON TE BOND!!!!!!!!!!
Colton Parent

Monterey, CA

#8 Sep 23, 2010
The downside of all of these changes is the parents in the Monte Regio area.

We now have no neighborhood elementary school and the city council is not representing us. Monte Vista was a higher performing school than Bay View. Our teachers are being moved to Seaside schools.

Our situation could be worse and were in the middle of this mess.
Monterey Citizen

Monterey, CA

#9 Sep 23, 2010
Small town bias.

The mayor and other members know people on the Bay View side of Monterey. They are letting them have a school on that side rather than allowing Monte Vista to open.

Campaign donation type of thing.
Magic

Monterey, CA

#10 Sep 23, 2010
Read Diane Ravitch's book "The Death and Life of the Great American School System" if you want to understand what is happening to us on the Peninsula in the context of major changes in the way we educate children which are being forced on us by Bill Gates, Walmart, and the Broad Foundation.

Google "Michelle Rhee" and educate yourself about what happened in Washington DC. Find out about how TODAY the founder of Facebook announced he is taking over the Newark public schools.

MPUSD is being run by a private company(Pivot Learning). The full privatization of public education is on and the only thing standing in its way is veteran teachers and teachers associations and they are being attacked and destroyed by three of the wealthiest private foundations that the world has ever known(Gates, Walton, and Broad).

Top students will be in parochial, private, and charter schools while the masses will be given home school, independent studies, online learning, and 7th grade math and English by 22-30 year old temporary "tourist" teachers with low pay and no retirement package to fund.

Check out the stock prices and the hedge funds surrounding these educational start-up companies. You are witnessing the Dot-com and housing bubble transferred to the educational system. The pile of money is enormous and the chase is on.
Gabe

Monterey, CA

#11 Sep 23, 2010
Very true Magic but just wait for the back-lash! Are you old enough to remember Nancy Dalton!! Ha!
Mrs Toy

Monterey, CA

#12 Sep 23, 2010
Please clarify--they know Monterey is not broken but it needs to be broken, that is what they doing breaking it. They are breaking it because public schools must be broken so the public peoiple say yes give a charter schools yes get rid of teachers yes give us computers we don't want football games and homecoming queens and spanish club and socerpractice too expensive too expensive Do something with these kidsand het rid of them because they rob me just make them hgo away
Mad as hell

San Jose, CA

#13 Sep 23, 2010
Monterey Citizen wrote:
Small town bias.
The mayor and other members know people on the Bay View side of Monterey. They are letting them have a school on that side rather than allowing Monte Vista to open.
Campaign donation type of thing.
Shepherd will have to open Monte Vista as where will she put all the kids from Foothill when she closes that school next year in her slash and burn campaign?
150 kids at a charter are pulled from all schools in the district not just bay view. Again, she will need to house the other children.
Shepherd like all good politicians flip flops on every issue and every decision. She has publically stated Monte Vista will open even as late as last week. The district is using the old divide and conquer routine to scare the voting public and the parents over in the Monte Vista area!
Do you really have faith in a Superintendent who asks for a 1,200 a year stipend so she can go to the gym while asking teachers to work longer hours provide their own school supplies and rail on them for poor test scores? The most tragic thing is our school Board agreed to the gym membership on top of an inflated sary and benefits package while district employees saw their insurance premiums treble ! Good luck getting the bond passed now folks the peasants are a out to storm the fortress !!
Tomorrow is too late

San Jose, CA

#14 Sep 23, 2010
Mrs Toy wrote:
Please clarify--they know Monterey is not broken but it needs to be broken, that is what they doing breaking it. They are breaking it because public schools must be broken so the public peoiple say yes give a charter schools yes get rid of teachers yes give us computers we don't want football games and homecoming queens and spanish club and socerpractice too expensive too expensive Do something with these kidsand het rid of them because they rob me just make them hgo away
Every kid in mpusd can apply to a charter school. It is mpusd that has created segregated poor schools and have failed to provide them with even a second rate education. They don't care about my kid or yours! Ask the associate superintendent why her kids go to Carmel school district! She moved here for the job at mpusd but our schools were not good enough for her kids! Change may come slowly here but by God it will come. My kids are paying the price whe a bunch of adults bicker back and forth about pay increases and money spent on facilities instead of hiring the best teachers and reducing class sizes. The USA ranks 25 out of 30 countries for math and 21 out of 30 in science. There's a statistic to be proud of! Mpusd may get us to number 30 yet as shepherds got 3 years left on her contract! What a dam fine mess!!
Tomorrow is too late

San Jose, CA

#15 Sep 23, 2010
Mel wrote:
What I want to know is: WHY DOESN"T SHE JOIN A HEALTH CLUB IN C-SIDE????????? WE HAVE SOME NICE ONES RIGHT HERE ON FREMONT. WHY DOESN"T ANYONE ASK HER WHAT SHE HAS AGAINST C-SIDE, HUH? SHE CAN CHOOSE TO WORK OUT IN CARMEL VALLEY, CHAMISAL, GARDEN FITNESS, OR A PERFECTLY FINE CLUB LIKE GOLD'S GYM RIGHT HERE. LET'S SEE WHAT SHE CHOOSES!! SHE HATES C-SIDE IS WHAT I THINK! LET'S GET THAT 1200 OF TAXPAYER MONEY AND GET IT RIGHT BACK INTO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY WHERE IT IS NEEDED.
Couldn't agree more if I tried!!! Excellent points!
Edutopia

San Jose, CA

#16 Sep 23, 2010
Colton Parent wrote:
The downside of all of these changes is the parents in the Monte Regio area.
We now have no neighborhood elementary school and the city council is not representing us. Monte Vista was a higher performing school than Bay View. Our teachers are being moved to Seaside schools.
Our situation could be worse and were in the middle of this mess.
Colton is an excellent k 8 school and the teaching staff an example of team work and community.
Tell the powers that be to leave it alone!
Mr Null Set

Monterey, CA

#17 Sep 23, 2010
Could someone enlighten me on this gym or spa membership or whatever itALLEGEDLY is?
Colton Parent

Monterey, CA

#18 Sep 23, 2010
One challenge of the Charter School is whether it will be successful in developing the children in it.

The International School had a premise and a plan before beginning its operations. I believe that this plan has helped it become a successful operation despite limited support from the district.

I am not sure if the main purpose of the new charter is just to have a school in the Bay View area or if the team of parents have a definitive plan on the goal of the school.

If possible, please share your plan of the school.
Chester Finn

Salinas, CA

#19 Sep 23, 2010
You know people this is getting ridiculous! Any board that votes a Health Spa membership and 5% raise to a Superintendent while schools are being closed and then asks for a 110 million dollar bond is really just asking to be ousted.

They are asking the public to just end it for them. RECALL YOUR BOARD. Replace the Superintendent. Remember a Shepherd controls what? SHEEP!!!!!!!!!! Stand up. Put a Board in that puts Dan Albert Jr in there as Superintendent. In 10 years we'll be a high performing district again.
Bay View Academy

Marina, CA

#20 Sep 23, 2010
Colton Parent wrote:
One challenge of the Charter School is whether it will be successful in developing the children in it.
The International School had a premise and a plan before beginning its operations. I believe that this plan has helped it become a successful operation despite limited support from the district.
I am not sure if the main purpose of the new charter is just to have a school in the Bay View area or if the team of parents have a definitive plan on the goal of the school.
If possible, please share your plan of the school.
Please visit our web site, www.bayview-academy.org Also, attend our meetings and learn for yourself our goals and our vision for all of the children.
Thank you for your comment!

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