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One Door Closes

and another opens. Having officially left the Board by virtue of joining the City Council this past Monday it’s time to shut down this blog. It’s been a lot of fun interacting with the community over the last decade through … Continue reading

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Why Not Let the People Choose?

This is an op ed I wrote for the San Mateo Daily News that was published on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. In it I lay out the pros and cons of whether the Board should appoint replacements for Carrie Du … Continue reading

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Guest Opinion: Kate Wormington — Response to Stay or Go

I believe in all the years I’ve been blogging (even before that’s what it was called :)) I’ve never posted a guest opinion. But there’s always a first time, and that time is now. Please welcome Kate Wormington, president of … Continue reading

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Stay or Go?

At last night’s Board meeting there was a lengthy discussion of what, if anything, the Board should do as a result of the fundraising agreement between CLC and the San Carlos Educational Foundation not working. Neither the District nor the … Continue reading

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It’s Called Accountability

A number of months ago a group of San Mateo County school districts began a legal action against the County Treasurer and the County seeking compensation for their mismanagement of funds invested with the Treasury. Recently, several articles in the … Continue reading

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Redevelopment Agency Brouhaha

The recent arguments by local officials on behalf of redevelopment agencies (RDAs) probably made some people conclude the Legislature and Governor were breaking the rules when they proposed changing the way RDAs work. The reality is the situation is more … Continue reading

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Wellness Policy Debate

At last Thursday’s Board meeting staff presented a revised draft “wellness” policy. What’s “wellness”? It’s essentially the notion that schools and education should play a role in teaching students about how to live a healthy life. Among other things it … Continue reading

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Fiscal Realities

The Board, superintendent and middle school principals received a lengthy email from supporters of the orchestra program today (they’re concerned it may be trimmed). I wrote a lengthy reply which I was planning on editing into better shape for a … Continue reading

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And Now the Fun Begins, Unfortunately

As expected, Governor Brown called off talks with Republicans in the Legislature about trying to get a tax extension package put before voters to complement the spending cuts he’s put together. You can read about it in this Sacramento Bee … Continue reading

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Congratulations, John Beiers!

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors announced today they have chosen John Beiers to become County Counsel upon Mike Murphy’s retirement later this month. They couldn’t have made a better choice, although I’m sure it was a tough one … Continue reading

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