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Is the school bond really going to be on the ballot?

Is the school bond really going to be on the ballot?

Summer politics seems to be in a lull as our city council and other district boards take time off.  But there is lots of maneuvering behind the curtain. We all are waiting to see who and what will be on our Nov. 4 ballot. In particular, will there be a $150 million LASD school bond? […]

Los Altos city school facilities sharing redux

Los Altos city school facilities sharing redux

The first city-school subcommittee meeting to discuss Los Altos City-owned parcels  – Rosita Park and McKensie Park & adjacent maintenance yard –that could be used as sites for new schools occurred on Monday, June 19. Mayor Megan Satterlee and Councilman Jeannie Bruins represented the City of Los Altos.  Trustees Doug Smith and Pablo Luther represented […]

What is LASD Really Sharing with Bullis Charter School at Blach

What is LASD Really Sharing with Bullis Charter School at Blach

BCS facilities at Blach Junior High could quickly and easily become legally “reasonably equivalent” and even “morally equivalent” IF the LASD Board of trustees could just bring themselves to SHARE.  Right now the trustees and Randy Kenyon claim to share, but actually they starve the charter students. And at the same time, they are keeping […]

LASD Donations no longer equitable? – Gardner Bullis

LASD Donations no longer equitable? – Gardner Bullis

  Targeting Donations. Lalahpolitico  thought all private donations had to go thru LAEF and be distributed equally among all LASD schools. Seems this policy has changed and private donations may now be targeted for individual schools. Corrections April 29: Per LASD slides – Summer Facilities – from the April 28 LASD board meeting we learned […]

The Bullis Charter School Difference

The Bullis Charter School Difference

People often ask, “What’s different about Bullis Charter School? Why have another public school system if the second system is about the same as the first?” Lalahpolico had a chance to visit both the Egan and Blach BCS campuses a couple of weeks ago and that visit helped to shed light on the answer. The […]

Why LASD has no alternative schools?

Why LASD has no alternative schools?

Before charters existed, diverse “alternative education” movements roiled through the US public education system for over 100 years.  California in the 1980’s and 1990’s was rife with dozens of different philosophical approaches to education. In those day parents in several of our local districts successfully lobbied their districts to let them create various alternative programs, […]

School City Facilities Sharing – Paris Tennessee Style

School City Facilities Sharing – Paris Tennessee Style

Thirty people have written a open letter to the Los Altos City Council suggesting putting a school on the Hillview-Civic Center site to ease the Los Altos School Districts “facilities/land shortage problem.”  The Town Crier has promoted their school city facilities sharing suggestion by publishing their letter it its Other Voices section.  FYI, a school […]

Hillview Community Center Bought for Reuse as a School

Hillview Community Center Bought for Reuse as a School

The ambitious 18 acre Los Altos Civic Center Master Plan devised 2009 is in limbo.  It was soundly rejected in polling in 2010. Our Los Altos city council has reacted to the rejection of the master plan in city polls and has decided to plan to build ONLY a new community center as a first […]

LASD Final Offer 2014-15 – Some Improvement for BCS

LASD Final Offer 2014-15 – Some Improvement for BCS

On March 31 the LASD Board heard about 20 Bullis Charter School parents plead again for enough space to accommodate the expected 673 in-district enrollment at Egan and Blach.  But the Board clung to its low-ball 605  enrollment projection and to its probably illegal method of calculating and allocating “shared facilities”at Blach.  BCS spokespersons say […]

LASD Final Offer 2014-15 – Will BCS be Shortchanged again tonite?

LASD Final Offer 2014-15 – Will BCS be  Shortchanged again tonite?

The LASD Board released Final Offer (FO) documents on Friday March 28, in advance of the public meeting tonite March 31. Basically the FO is the same as the Prelim, except for leaving all portables on the BCS Egan campus, instead of removing 3 of them as threatened in the Prelim. There seems to be […]

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