We need to make school system work

We need to make school system work

There are 133 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Oct 7, 2010, titled We need to make school system work. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

There are several reasons people might want to vote against the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District's $110 million bond issue.

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Concerned

Marina, CA

#126 Dec 10, 2010
Poll: Education a priority; paying for it is not
Many resist raising taxes for schools
By ERIC GORSKI and ALAN FRAM
Associated Press
Posted: 12/10/2010 05:10:19 AM PST
Updated: 12/10/2010 05:10:19 AM PST
The public verdict is in and overwhelming: The better the education people get, the stronger the U.S. economy will be, a poll shows. But don't count on folks to support higher taxes to improve schools.
Eighty-eight percent say a country's education system has a major effect on its economic health. Nearly as many 79 percent say the U.S. economy would improve if all Americans had at least a two-year college degree, according to an Associated Press-Stanford University poll.
Yet when it comes to financing public school improvements, people tilt slightly against raising taxes to do so, with 47 percent opposing and 42 percent in support.
This was in todays Herald. Along with over 100 comments in this blog alone opposing the funding for MPUSD, how did we get such a high vote for funding "this time"? 7931
jojo

Chualar, CA

#127 Dec 10, 2010
Because there is a political genius in the district named Sharon Albert and if she had any sense at all she would put her talents to good use in getting her husband Dan elected to Sam Farr's seat in the next Congressional election. Danny Boy in 2012!!!!!!!!
MPUSD Lover

Chualar, CA

#128 Dec 13, 2010
Concerned wrote:
Poll: Education a priority; paying for it is not
Many resist raising taxes for schools
By ERIC GORSKI and ALAN FRAM
Associated Press
Posted: 12/10/2010 05:10:19 AM PST
Updated: 12/10/2010 05:10:19 AM PST
The public verdict is in and overwhelming: The better the education people get, the stronger the U.S. economy will be, a poll shows. But don't count on folks to support higher taxes to improve schools.
Eighty-eight percent say a country's education system has a major effect on its economic health. Nearly as many 79 percent say the U.S. economy would improve if all Americans had at least a two-year college degree, according to an Associated Press-Stanford University poll.
Yet when it comes to financing public school improvements, people tilt slightly against raising taxes to do so, with 47 percent opposing and 42 percent in support.
This was in todays Herald. Along with over 100 comments in this blog alone opposing the funding for MPUSD, how did we get such a high vote for funding "this time"? 7931
Were the 100 comments from 100 people? Not really so sure... This mechanism for comment does not ask people to register and has no way to make sure that one person cannot pretend to be another person. People supported the funding in our district because we are a tight-knit community with a deep care for our kids. Look at our football team! The spirit and support that was brought out when they were down during the start of the season is the same spirit that moved people to vote. Thank you Monterey, Seaside and Marina for your funding. You will not regret it!
MPUSD Lover

Chualar, CA

#129 Dec 13, 2010
jojo wrote:
Because there is a political genius in the district named Sharon Albert and if she had any sense at all she would put her talents to good use in getting her husband Dan elected to Sam Farr's seat in the next Congressional election. Danny Boy in 2012!!!!!!!!
Sharon and Dan would find this funny! Sharon did work hard during this campaign along with many other dedicated district employees! Thanks all!
BVP

United States

#130 Dec 13, 2010
MPUSD Lover wrote:
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Were the 100 comments from 100 people? Not really so sure... This mechanism for comment does not ask people to register and has no way to make sure that one person cannot pretend to be another person. People supported the funding in our district because we are a tight-knit community with a deep care for our kids. Look at our football team! The spirit and support that was brought out when they were down during the start of the season is the same spirit that moved people to vote. Thank you Monterey, Seaside and Marina for your funding. You will not regret it!
Please don't forget the many voters who do not support MPUSD but still voted YES on P!
I want safe, clean, quality facilities for all of our children and the bond was a way to make sure we got money to improve and update all of our schools.
However, hundreds of parents still do not support the School Board or the Superintendent. They are transient. The kids needs are not!
MPUSD Lover

Chualar, CA

#131 Dec 13, 2010
BVP wrote:
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Please don't forget the many voters who do not support MPUSD but still voted YES on P!
I want safe, clean, quality facilities for all of our children and the bond was a way to make sure we got money to improve and update all of our schools.
However, hundreds of parents still do not support the School Board or the Superintendent. They are transient. The kids needs are not!
This IS a democracy and mechanisms are in place but obviously the population does not seem to dislike the board or the superintendent enough to use the mechanisms at their finger tips to get rid of them. While there have been decisions that were not popular and somewhat painful, just wait until you start seeing the improvements that result from these difficult changes. Please hang in there!
BVP

United States

#132 Dec 13, 2010
MPUSD Lover wrote:
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This IS a democracy and mechanisms are in place but obviously the population does not seem to dislike the board or the superintendent enough to use the mechanisms at their finger tips to get rid of them. While there have been decisions that were not popular and somewhat painful, just wait until you start seeing the improvements that result from these difficult changes. Please hang in there!
I disagree with your take on the general populations regard of this administration. Infact there are several diverse groups in each City at work as we speak who are going to be running candidates against Board Members up for re-election in November 2011. This Superintendent does not seem any more popular or unpopular then her predecessors!
As I previously stated, the decisions being made for our children that I do not agree with or support, have nothing to do with my support to generate funds for the schools themselves.
Democracy in action is indeed a very powerful tool. I believe change is indeed in the air and I am extremely excited about all the positive outcomes ahead for our school district!
MPUSD MOM

United States

#133 Dec 13, 2010
MPUSD Lover wrote:
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Were the 100 comments from 100 people? Not really so sure... This mechanism for comment does not ask people to register and has no way to make sure that one person cannot pretend to be another person. People supported the funding in our district because we are a tight-knit community with a deep care for our kids. Look at our football team! The spirit and support that was brought out when they were down during the start of the season is the same spirit that moved people to vote. Thank you Monterey, Seaside and Marina for your funding. You will not regret it!
If things get any worse in Marina we will look at Salinas High School for our son next year.
Monterey Native

United States

#134 Dec 13, 2010
MPUSD MOM wrote:
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If things get any worse in Marina we will look at Salinas High School for our son next year.
We decided to move as the schools just kept getting worse and the teachers were complaining too much and I couldn't afford private school. We put our kids in the Washington union school district and we couldn't be happier!
MPUSD Lover

Chualar, CA

#135 Dec 13, 2010
BVP wrote:
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I disagree with your take on the general populations regard of this administration. Infact there are several diverse groups in each City at work as we speak who are going to be running candidates against Board Members up for re-election in November 2011. This Superintendent does not seem any more popular or unpopular then her predecessors!
As I previously stated, the decisions being made for our children that I do not agree with or support, have nothing to do with my support to generate funds for the schools themselves.
Democracy in action is indeed a very powerful tool. I believe change is indeed in the air and I am extremely excited about all the positive outcomes ahead for our school district!
Well, we'll see! If indeed people are unhappy with the current board and Super then it will be evident in the elections as they come up! What tends to be frustrating is that people seem to be unaware of the fact that the job of Superintendent is by nature an unpopular one. Rarely do you find a Super without their share of complainers. It is not an easy job, hense the lack of people lining up to do it! MPUSD's had done a great job of staying relatively level headed in the onslaught of criticism that she has faced. She had a job to do which made for some very difficult decisions. She was asked by the state to make them and had very little choice. She inherited a disctrict that has been limping for a while and to fix that magically is not doable.
Monterey Native

United States

#136 Dec 13, 2010
If you consider lying level headed!
At least our Superintendent is a person of integrity and parents are proud of Washington Union!
I am so thankful we got our children out of mpusd!!!
Education Station

United States

#137 Dec 13, 2010
MPUSD Lover wrote:
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Well, we'll see! If indeed people are unhappy with the current board and Super then it will be evident in the elections as they come up! What tends to be frustrating is that people seem to be unaware of the fact that the job of Superintendent is by nature an unpopular one. Rarely do you find a Super without their share of complainers. It is not an easy job, hense the lack of people lining up to do it! MPUSD's had done a great job of staying relatively level headed in the onslaught of criticism that she has faced. She had a job to do which made for some very difficult decisions. She was asked by the state to make them and had very little choice. She inherited a disctrict that has been limping for a while and to fix that magically is not doable.
I think you vastly underestimate the parents and teachers in MPUSD. I also voted for the bond despite serious misgivings regarding the Admin. and Trustees. I made my vote based on the fact that our facilities are well below par and tax dollars are needed to improve them.
As I am sure you are aware, many parents have left MPUSD and many more continue to leave. I am not one of them yet, but I will have to put my childs needs ultimately first and foremost over the next few months, needs I am not convinced MPUSD is able to meet.
Superintendents come and go as do members of the Board of Trustees. The only thing that is permanant is change.
BVP

United States

#138 Dec 13, 2010
MPUSD Lover wrote:
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Well, we'll see! If indeed people are unhappy with the current board and Super then it will be evident in the elections as they come up! What tends to be frustrating is that people seem to be unaware of the fact that the job of Superintendent is by nature an unpopular one. Rarely do you find a Super without their share of complainers. It is not an easy job, hense the lack of people lining up to do it! MPUSD's had done a great job of staying relatively level headed in the onslaught of criticism that she has faced. She had a job to do which made for some very difficult decisions. She was asked by the state to make them and had very little choice. She inherited a disctrict that has been limping for a while and to fix that magically is not doable.
I am not unsympathetic to either the District staff or the School Board. I actually disagree with the majority of the posts on this site! I just think that the District should not see Measure P's success as a vote on them, in their professional capacity. I believe that it was a well run campaign and people voted with a desire to improve our facilities. I know that was my over riding concern and many of my friends and associates also want to see safe modern campuses that will house state of the art equipment!
Talk is cheap as I am sure you are aware, ultimately change in any capacity can only come about by hard work and conviction. As a parent, I am excited about the prospect of change at every level in MPUSD no matter how gradual and the money from Measure P is the beginning of that change, don't you agree?!

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