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Cabrillo Unified School District, Half Moon Bay
Cyndi Vitone November 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm
Why should there even be a "Measure"? It's making it sound like this is supplemental,Read More when in fact, it's the public's responsibility for the welfare of all children.
Phillip Bailey November 13, 2013 at 04:18 pm
It is even WORSE for HS Sports. Coastside HS players need to carpool to various off site gamesRead More especially if the sport they are playing is a team sport that does not have HIGH team-total numbers. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER in justice. Football teams of course get top billing but the yellow school buses should be used for all HS team sports. If there are EMPTY seats then so be it. Cabrillo, Jefferson, San Mateo, Sequoia HS School Districts are all different. SMUHSD lets their baseball players drive their own cars to games. Others say NO WAY.... All HS players on HS Sport Teams should NOT have to rely on a mother or father or family member to drive players to games in cramped family cars. Get it together Please!
David Vespremi November 14, 2013 at 01:02 pm
Thanks everyone for the thoughtful responses. When I brought up the prospect of exploring the useRead More of Measure E funds as a way to restoring our school bus service, I didn't realize the level of support this idea would garner. I've received phone calls, emails, and been approached by folks, many with a story to tell - some truly heartbreaking (school children abandoned after hours by SamTrans buses at bus stops miles from home, small children that were never picked up to begin with, and more). I've encouraged each of these parents to come and share their stories with the school board tonight. Our motivation was more one of wanting to replicate for our children an experience that I grew up with here on the coast - the simple act of being able to walk to a bus stop together with other children from the neighborhood and ride a bus to school - but others had more dire and pressing stories based on recent experiences. In any event, I'm not entirely convinced that we'll ultimately be able to tap into Measure E funds specifically, but I am convinced that just as with saving the Moss Beach playground, a vocal community of concerned parents and commuters can potentially make this happen. I have had a number of sources point out that removing the bus service by the district was improper based on the distance between our communities and the schools served by them, and I suspect that there may be something to this theory since the district still owns and maintains the busing infrastructure even if it is not being put to use (why was it not dismantled and cashed out unless there was some obligation to keep it in place? Surely they could have trimmed the fleet down substantially if the only obligation was serving a couple of affordable housing sites). Let's now work to establish a ground swell of support for bringing the buses back so that we can let the district know that we expect them to come to the table recognizing this as an urgent priority and expend some of their own time and energy identifying ways to make it happen. Thanks again for the support and please send letters in to the school board and show up tonight to make your voices heard. -- David
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Richard Whitmarsh November 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm
Catherine - Why would you write an article about the pros and cons and promote the article with aRead More picture that highlights the opposition? The Common Core is nothing more than the flavor of the day... Schools have always been focused on Math and English as yardsticks for achievement...The CA High School Exit Exam has two parts: Math and English... These are basic skills. Students will still have the opportunity to enroll in elective courses and to expand their horizons in art, music, theater, etc. The big push with the CC testing is to have students demonstrate their understanding by constructing responses and having that response rated, instead of having a 1 out of 4 chance of guessing the correct answer... If only we had 4 chances at a job interview... I certainly don't know how it's all going to shake out, but I don't see any reason to be protesting the Common Core at this point.
Dee November 11, 2013 at 08:33 am
I agree, the art chosen for this piece is misleading but the article does do a great job at showingRead More some of the pros and cons of the Common Core. And yes, here we go again: the Common Core is nothing more than the flavor of the day. I do think this younger generation of students need more project-based learning but I am concerned about teachers and schools having the wherewithal to implement these changes especially with funding issues. Moving to a digital platform for testing is a huge feat because it's a massive burden being put on school districts, many of which are dealing with antiquated technology. Also, many kids do not have access to technology at home, do not know how to type. This puts them at a big disadvantage when it comes to testing and the great divide between the haves and have nots widens even more.
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