About this site

I was a Governing Board Member of the San Carlos School District, elected November 2007 and again in November 2011. This site was originally used for the purpose of communicating with school district constituents, however now it is used for surfacing ideas and expressing opinions on various subjects in education, politics, business, or otherwise.

Please note that any opinion express here is purely personal and does not necessarily reflect the position or opinion of anyone else or any organization with which I am, or have been, associated.

I will not accept anonymous comments, and all persons who post comments must have a valid e-mail address. Note that I reserve the right to edit, reject, or delete posts based on spelling, grammar, readability, or my judgment of what is appropriate discourse.

 

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Adding Up the Common Core

As many of you know, next year our school district (along with every other in the state) will be fully implementing the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in language arts and mathematics. These new standards are designed to be fewer, deeper, and to better promote critical thinking and conceptual understanding. (The San [...]

LCFF, LCAP, CCSS, and SP — How do they fit together?

This is a very unusual time in California public education in that a number of fundamental components of how we operate are changing simultaneously. Some of these significant changes include:

The adoption of Common Core Standards (CCSS) – a state-led initiative to establish consistent and clear education standards for English-Language Arts and Mathematics that would [...]

Welcome Back to School

Teachers and other staff are already back in school, and Monday students return for the 2012-2013 year. Last night, the school board had it’s first meeting of the season, and there are so many things going on in the school district. Here’s a brief overview:

Enrollment: our enrollment continues to grow — as of [...]

Year-End Wrap Up Items

Last night was the last board meeting of the school/fiscal year, and there are a number of updates:

2012-2013 Budget: The Board approved next year’s budget. There are not a lot of changes compared to this year, but we did budget assuming the Governor’s tax measure would fail. In this case, we start eating [...]

End of Year Wrap Up

Dear Friends and Supporters,

I continue my custom of writing a year-end summary of all of the happenings in the San Carlos School District this past year.  In my four and a half years on the board, this has probably been the busiest and most exciting time!  Of course, not the least of the events of [...]

Welcome to Our New Board Members

Last night we finished a process that we kicked off last month to appoint two new school board members from the vacancies created by Carrie Du Bois and Mark Olbert who each successfully ran for other political positions in the middle of their school board term. We had seven applicants for the appointments who [...]

Rallying the Troops

It’s hard to attract a lot of folks to an event on a Monday night, in the rain, to discuss education finance. But this Monday night almost 200 people attended the Educate Me! event we held at Mustang Hall. Hosted by Educate Our State, a parent-led advocacy group, the night was about making [...]

It’s Official

Friends and Supporters,

Today I officially filed the paperwork to run for re-election to the San Carlos School Board. The filing period goes until August 12 (or potentially August 17), so there is no way to know who else may file. Two seats are up for election, so unless two or more other people [...]

End of Year Update

Friends and Supporters,

As has been my custom, I am sending an end-of-the-year update to summarize the happenings in the San Carlos School District. It has been a remarkable year in so many ways (and you may have read my periodic blog updates), but I will try to summarize most of it here. On a personal [...]

Org Changes at The District

Today the Superintendent announced a number of organizational changes among the leadership at three of our schools. I think this is a very positive step which will help move forward our District goals. Read his message below:

Superintendent Announces Administrative Reorganization
Posted on 06. Dec, 2010 in Uncategorized

To the San Carlos School District Community,

Today the District [...]