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April 24, 2007


But many of us have seen Mr. Hanley NOT listening to the public, and NOT listening to hundreds of parents, teachers and kids, all who questioned the legitimacy, ,costs and effectiveness of implementing a 7th period, while going into reserves. This attitude of the Board in general, did nothing to encourage further participation of any sort. It just alienated people.

I recall how he arrogantly chastised concerned people for even questioning the Board, the Superintendent and Associates, and accused them of being disrespectful to them (which could not have been further from the truth).

Sure, who wouldn't want all kinds of great electives for the kids and remedial periods for those with difficulties--BUT that was never the issue of contention for most. The issue was whether the district could afford the luxury, and that's what it is, in the absence of a parcel tax. Look at the electives and course choices in the Palo Alto Schools. Why did we think we could emulate them, without the funds?

I appreciate that Hanley and Dwyer have started to pay attention to these problems,(the construction and bond issues)--but it's on the late side. This group decided long ago, to forge ahead blindly, and continued to paint a very optimistic picture.

And finally, to the best of my knowledge, Hanley most often, if not always, voted with the others on these issues, even when he did initially express concern. I would have had more respect for him had he voted his conscience. June is a little late to cast the first "no" vote.


Apparently, some on the board would like to be re-elected. The fingers are starting to point...

guest teacher

Hmmm, I'm confused. I thought Mr. Hanley was part of the "team of six" who was "ignoring" the concerns of the teachers. Is he trying to say that now he's not?

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