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Guest Opinion: What can good neighbors do for the Ravenswood School District?

by Jennifer Bestor

Throughout my years as a parent in the Menlo Park City School District, Ravenswood was always the unfortunate step-sibling, the insoluble problem. Were the district's perennial challenges a governance issue or a funding issue?

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Jennifer Bestor is a longtime Menlo Park resident and the volunteer research director for Educate Our State, a grassroots, statewide, parent-led organization committed to a high-quality public education for all students ( She can be reached at [email protected]


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Posted by Palo Alto > Do Something
a resident of Atherton
on Apr 5, 2019 at 1:49 pm

If Palo Altans truly care about the state of education in EPA, families & single residents should scholastically adopt or contribute added dollars to the struggling EPA school district.

By adoption...allowing a child from East Palo Alto to live in your home & attend a PAUSD school.

By contribution...individually donating $1000 per East Palo Alto child to the EPA school district.

Menlo Park/Atherton residents could do the same for Belle Haven area students.

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Posted by Local Comcerned Parent
a resident of another community
on Apr 5, 2019 at 6:16 pm

Thank you Jennifer for your work and perspective here! It is absolutely inexcusable that districts in these high cost counties are suffering when there are education funds that could easily be made available without impacting the state budget to help offset their struggle.

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Posted by Magdalena Dorywalska
a resident of another community
on Apr 6, 2019 at 12:16 am

It is outrageous that our students, teachers and schools have to experience so much suffering while surrounded by a booming California economy. The school community in Redwood City has recently undergone a heart wrenching process of deciding to close down 4 schools, and displace almost 2000 students, in order to save $4 million over the next school year. Meanwhile, the San Mateo County has collected $200 million in "excess" educational property tax that was diverted to other uses!!! Revising the LCFF to include a regional cost supplement would allow to redirect these funds back to our most disadvantaged schools in areas with the highest cost of living where programs are being cut, classrooms are overcrowded, and teachers are underpaid.

For a closer look at how the LCFF and regional cost adjustment impact schools please see the following information packet for Redwood City School District:
Web Link

There is an online petition for equitable school funding in California through adjusting the LCFF to include a regional cost supplement:
Web Link

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Posted by Anonymous Teacher
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 8, 2019 at 4:26 pm

Meanwhile a sizable number of those students cannot read at grade level. That is the elephant in the room.

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