By: Diane Benjamin
I attended most of the School Board meeting last night. Parents need to pay attention to the changes they are making.
In my opinion they are dumbing down education. If your child doesn’t turn in an assignment and gets a ZERO, it won’t affect their grade. There was much discussion about “mastery” of content yet final exams might be eliminated. I see finals as proof of “mastery”, evidently the district doesn’t. Finals will also be limited to no more than 10%-20% of the final grade. If the students did learn the material finals prove it.
The District is also developing a policy for students to re-take tests. They want to eliminate each teacher having their own policy. Do you remember ever re-taking a test? Either students study for the test or they don’t. That used to be called being accountable for your actions. A comment was made about standardized testing scores decreasing because students are failing to comprehend word problems. Easy fix, give more word problem tests, attention spans need expanded by requiring them to be expanded. Maybe shrinking the High School library to a couple of shelves wasn’t a good idea.
The much bigger issue is the lack of transparency. A brief recap of the tax levy was shown before the two of us that bothered to attend asked questions. It had little detail and was disingenuous at best. It showed property taxes on a $200,000 house would decrease by $21.90. What that slide didn’t say is a $200,000 house last year isn’t a $200,000 house this year. If your assessment increased your taxes will increase.
This presentation should have been on the Tri-Valley website. It wasn’t. Whatever information the Board has should be on the website. Tri-Valley is purposely hiding information because they can. (Only TWO taxpayers showed up!)
This video begins with Casey Misch asking questions, he is running for School Board. After Casey I asked questions. The Board is taking the maximum increase possible because they want to. For the referendum 4 years ago they took the maximum possible by just sliding in more bonds to replace the ones they paid off.
All of the information the School Board receives should be posted on the website. Only time will tell if they comply. Transparency is essential for schools, right now Tri-Valley gets a zero.