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District of Choice program causes legal dispute between Walnut ...

There are 36 comments on the San Gabriel Valley Tribune story from Feb 28, 2010, titled District of Choice program causes legal dispute between Walnut .... In it, San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that:

An open enrollment program has two neighboring school districts embroiled in a legal battle over 460 students.

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South Gate, CA

#2 Feb 28, 2010
ITs money

La Puente, CA

#3 Feb 28, 2010
Follow the money and this is what the 460 students mean to each school district!

SGVT is posting news articles at the request of their friends in Glendora, Clifornia City Hall, to keep the heat of those in this local government that need attention for their past deeds.
Walnut Rapper

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#4 Feb 28, 2010
Great job Walnut USD, use your money for lawsuits- kids first, what a bunch of BS. Everyone glad they just re-elected CORRUPT Ruiz, Lyons and Hall?

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#5 Feb 28, 2010
Someone explain to us why Bob Huff is described as a public school savior. I just don't see it - I see self-service and an abandonment of K-12 public education...

It is ridiculous that Walnut can poach off of a neighboring school district. As lame as Glendora has become - the desparation of the uncreative to cover their budget asparagus'. Both of these districts should sleep fitfully in guilt washed dreams...
lost in SGV

Acton, CA

#6 Mar 1, 2010
in these tough economic times it is a shame that this misguided DOC legislation is allowing neighboring districts to wage a tug-of-war with students! Romero sponsored this bill to position herself to run for the State Supt.of Public Education-political leverage and Huff? I'm still trying to figure that one out because he sure isn't doing it for the students in his district...
Whos Who

La Puente, CA

#7 Mar 1, 2010
Who sat ANY school district OWNS any student?

I thought slavery was outlawed?

Rowland Heights, CA

#8 Mar 1, 2010
Whos Who wrote:
Who sat ANY school district OWNS any student?
I thought slavery was outlawed?
Coming from someone who is obviously well educated.
Green backs

La Puente, CA

#9 Mar 1, 2010
Follow the money!

For the well, it's a round deep hole and your standing in the middle of it!
Freedom to Choose

San Bernardino, CA

#10 Mar 1, 2010
The law simply provides parents with a choice. Neither district can impose their will on the parents and their children.

Rowland must release the students and Walnut decides how many it can take through a random lottery system. Walnut is not poaching students but offers a better instructional program and has the results to prove it.

Rowland obviously is in trouble due to its poor performing schools and district as a whole. But this is not new. Hasn't Rowland been losing students for years, even outside the District of Choice program? Isn't the district a program improvement district as are half of its schools?Yet they have not improved as an educational system but have gotten worse under the current administration.

It is the parents who have chosen to take advantage of an option provided by law. Let them make the decision as to where they want their children to learn. If Walnut has the highest test scores in the area, safer schools, forward thinking leadership, then that is where parents should move their children.

If Rowland loses students and continues to deteriorate, and to get deeper in debt, then the District administration is responsible and it is the Board of Education that must take action.

“a good community is OUR job”

Since: Mar 09


#11 Mar 1, 2010
The more I follow the educational system here in LA, the more I am convinced that the schools are not operating with the best interest of the children/ parents in mind. The schools seem primarily intent on keeping union jobs, keeping bloated salaries/benefits, and keeping control of their portion of the sandbox... kids be damned.

Since: Jun 09

Walnut, Ca

#12 Mar 1, 2010
hammer wrote:
It is ridiculous that Walnut can poach off of a neighboring school district. As lame as Glendora has become - the desparation of the uncreative to cover their budget asparagus'. Both of these districts should sleep fitfully in guilt washed dreams...
What is ridiculous are people like yourself who refuse to take in both sides of a story. I guess I totally can't blame you since every article that's written about the Walnut Rowland fued NEVER takes the parents view and understanding as to why they participate in DOC.

Its also ridiculous that these kids who live in the City of Walnut are forced to attend a High School that is one of the lowest performing schools in the entire area when a substantially better HS, Walnut HS, is a little ove a mile from their houses.

I also find it funny that DOC being around for 17+ years and Rowland who's financial mismanagement that has now come to a head, now makes DOC and Walnut Valley the target of their assigning the blame game. To them its everyone elses fault and not their fault or their underperforming schools.

Walnut Valley is just following the law and the wishes of parents who want their children to attend better schools. Rowland's Maria Ott is doing anything she can to try and make people believe her tenure as a district leader isn't a complete and utter failure. Too bad people who live in Walnut and Rowland Heights see and know the truth. DOC Lives on!

Sherman Oaks, CA

#13 Mar 1, 2010
Freedom to Choose wrote:
The law simply provides parents with a choice.
We said Freedom to Choose!
Seeking Options

United States

#14 Mar 1, 2010
When parents can move their children through NCLB choice within Rowland because of all of the program improvement schools with transportation provided, isn't it clear to the residents of Rowland Heights, La Puente, West Covina and Walnut that Ott is turning RUSD into another LAUSD where she came from? Continued failure of schools, inadequate leadership to bring about positive change in API and AYP results and blaming everyone else.

Even without District of Choice, Rowland has lost, by their own account, 300 to 550+ students EACH year for the past 3 years under Ott's leadership. Now, with an additional 460 students wanting to go to Walnut, the district is suddenly at risk of financial failure. Is it true that Wertz has a lot more in reserve than he says while employees are asked to take less pay, lose their jobs and schools will be closed displacing children from their community and friends?

The letter to parents in the lottery from the county supt, Robles said the D of C kids are the "exclusive" reason for Rowland's financial problems. Her friend, Ott has presided over deficit spending, top heavy administration including those learning directors, and bewilderment about how to improve learning for the children who don't speak English, are from poor families, and minority children.

Justice will be served when Walnut is found to be acting within the law and PARENTS can take responsibility for their kid's education. The limitation of the number of students who can leave Rowland to Walnut should start from zero as the law was just adopted with new rules for fairness.

If Rowland had the level of results of Walnut district, parents would keep their children in Rowland. Rowland doesn't and it does not appear that things will change anytime soon.

La Puente, CA

#15 Mar 1, 2010
The opinion is: Let it ride and it will all come out in the wash!

The power is with the parents looking out for the future and welfare of their children!

Whittier, CA

#16 Mar 1, 2010
Why don't people do their homework when they buy a house? If families want to go to Walnut schools they need to buy a house in the Walnut Valley school district boundaries. Don't blame others for not doing your homework. How would these parents keep the Walnut board accountable if they are not even voters in the school district?

La Puente, CA

#17 Mar 1, 2010
Moving was just the suggestion I was going to offer "Move, Baldwin Park, CA" poster.
Parent for Choice

United States

#18 Mar 2, 2010
As a parent that lives in the Rowland Unified School District, it infuriates me to continually read the district blame the Walnut Valley Unified School District for its problems. RUSD has continued to have parents pull their children out of Rowland Schools even without the District of Choice. The RUSD's enrollment has declined by over 1400 students over the 3 years that the DOC has not been available for its residents. So, maybe if Rowland spent less time fighting the WVUSD and more time improving ALL of its schools and not just the high scoring ones, parents wouldn't be trying to get their kids out.
Freedom of choice

La Puente, CA

#19 Mar 2, 2010
The power is with the parents looking out for the future and welfare of their children!

This is of course America, freedom of choice!
Just the facts

United States

#20 Mar 3, 2010
Are all the students that tansferred to Wanut Unified from Rowland Unified residents of Walnut?
Are the transfer students of a differnt race than the largest number of students of a specific race left behind in Rowland Unified?
Are the transfer students in a "English as a Second Language Program?"
If the students were not transerred, what would the be the financial condition of Walnut Unified?
I remember the days when school districts were locally run. State and federal legisators took care of the larger state and federal issues. I n California that seems to be above the abilities of the legislature. Am i wrong?
Up the creek

La Puente, CA

#21 Mar 3, 2010
May the poers to be that created this mess in those two school districts should be looking at themselves for answer's.

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