This is what got me post­ing again…

Nextdoor is a com­mu­nity bul­letin board sys­tem that’s sup­posed to pro­mote neigh­bor­li­ness. People of­ten use it in a very un­neigh­borly way though. One way to mit­i­gate the im­pact of the un­neigh­bor­li­ness is to move spe­cial­ized top­ics with a more con­tentious edge into their own groups off the main feed.

I’m one of the leads on the Kensington ND. Somebody re­cently posted some kind of “med­i­ta­tion” on the fact that so few stu­dents had gone to El Cerrito HS in the photo in the lo­cal pa­per list­ing where grad­u­at­ing se­niors went to high school. A dis­cus­sion thread started go­ing on from this post. The leads had dis­cussed start­ing a group for such dis­cus­sions, so I cre­ated one. I cre­ated a de­scrip­tion like this ex­cept I put the word “non-ven­omous” in front of “dis­cus­sion.”

Nextdoor Kensington- All about Local Schools and Education Issues 2016-06-08 12-30-57


The first post in the new group is this…naturally.

Nextdoor Kensington- All about Local Schools and Education Issues 2016-06-08 12-11-25

Well, hello! Let’s poi­son the well! However, there’s not much point in de­bat­ing with peo­ple like this. If the goal is to bully me off as a mod­er­a­tor, it sim­ply won’t work.

But here, I’ll talk about it. First, on this blog, I’m more hu­mor­ous than ven­omous. And, the “ac­tive sup­porter of the cor­po­ra­tized char­ter schools” is just the usual po­lar­iz­ing us-vs.-them hate­ful speech from the lo­cal anti-char­ter peo­ple. Like many other peo­ple, I sup­ported two (suc­cess­ful) can­di­dates, who were also backed by char­ter money, for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons. In my case, it was pri­mar­ily be­cause of the hope that they would be more likely to rein in the bond con­struc­tion pro­gram.

Otherwise, my ba­sic line is that pol­icy about char­ters is set at the state level. That’s where peo­ple who hate char­ters or just want to reg­u­late them more should be fo­cus­ing their ef­forts, in­stead of try­ing to get school boards to break the law on char­ter schools.

On the other hand, it doesn’t mean they have to give in to every le­gal suit or threat by the char­ters. For in­stance, I’m op­posed to the set­tle­ment the dis­trict agreed to about shar­ing par­cel tax rev­enues with char­ters.

Anyway, the up­shot is that I’ve been in­spired to start post­ing again.

A Rude Jab, an Inspiration
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One thought on “A Rude Jab, an Inspiration

  • June 9, 2016 at 8:37 am


    Your post is one of a sen­si­ble per­son. It is sad to see so much en­ergy at the lo­cal level try­ing to get the WCCUSD Board to break what is State and Federal laws re­gard­ing char­ter schools. This dis­trict is and have spent mil­lions of dol­lars that could have gone to the ed­u­ca­tion of stu­dents. It is time to re­view how much money we are spend­ing on lawyers for rea­sons that does not en­hance the ed­u­ca­tion of stu­dents. When we were up­set about the loan from the state and the cost to the District and stu­dents, we marched to Sacramento and lobby leg­is­la­tors for change, which we got through re­struc­tur­ing of the loan. People must re­mem­ber, par­ents are go­ing to do what they think is best for their chil­dren. Therefore, every­one should point their protest in the right di­rec­tion and see what the im­pact will be.


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