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Meet the seven candidates vying for two seats on the Ravenswood school board

Original post made on Aug 11, 2020

Seven candidates have pulled papers, to date, in the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education race, including one incumbent and six newcomers.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 9:38 AM

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Posted by Mark Dinan
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 11, 2020 at 11:10 am

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I am encouraged by Bronwyn Alexander's comments regarding marketing RCSD Schools to parents in EPA. I've asked school board members multiple times, "What is your strategy for attracting the children of middle-class households in EPA to enroll in RCSD Schools?" I've never heard a good answer, and I know many parents in EPA who currently send their kids to Tinsley Schools, Private Schools, Charter Schools, and home school have never been recruited to send their kids to local schools.

Posted by Teacher Union Endorsements:
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 11, 2020 at 12:50 pm

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According to this article, the Teacher Union has already endorsed former teacher and the husband of a current teacher. Something fish going on and because of that. These candidates and the union are not playing it right. It seems to me like they did this before they knew who was running to endorse their favorite candidates and not necessarily the best. This is unfair for the rest of the candidates who did not deserve a chance to get the endorsement. This was their very first mistake the two endorsed candidates made. If they had integrity they could have asked the Teacher Union to wait till the list of candidates came up. This is what other organizations do, they do not go ahead and endorse their favorite candidates before they have complete knowledge of who is running. Who would they feel if the Democratic Party had given endorsements to other possible candidates without giving them an opportunity to apply or be interviewed just because they did not know they were running? I feel bad for the candidates who did not have a chance to get the endorsement. I hope voters take this in consideration when casting their votes. Hopefully, Ms. Rivera will not help the district enrollment by enrolling their students at the district she works and believes in. We have to act not just talk.

Posted by Rev. Dr. Eileen Altman
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 11, 2020 at 1:10 pm

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Thank you for informing us about the candidates. I am always grateful when this publication covers EPA civic issues.

Posted by Former Ravenswood Employee
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 11, 2020 at 3:35 pm

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I've worked with Brownyn, Mele, and Julian. Hopefully they will update this article when Julian finally responds.

Brownyn pros:
1.) Decades of experience teaching
2.) Extremely adept at arguing
3.) Lives in the neighborhood she works in which is big for me

Brownyn cons:
1.) Running on the ticket with a candidate whose wife (Jesusita Rivera) is a long time Ravenswood teacher and vocal critic or charters. Board members shouldn't outright reject charters. It is their duty to be objective and non biased. I hope Brownyn will distant herself, but by reading her statement about the district, she obviously prefers the district over charters. The district has completely failed it's students.

Mele pros:
1. Jovial and can-do spirit
2. Well connected with the younger people in Ravenswood

Mele cons:
1.) Lack of information on accomplishments. She needs to be more vocal out here in the community for people to make a fair assessment.

Julian pros:
1.) Persistent

Julian cons;
1.) Unclear what any of his positions are

Any candidate that advocates for looking into more charters would have my vote. Any candidate who suggests merging with a larger district would have my serious consideration. And any candidate whose closest advisors oppose charters vigorously I will actively oppose.

Posted by mutti
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 11, 2020 at 7:44 pm

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I've volunteered and worked in Ravenswood for 20+ years, including working with Bronwyn Alexander and Jesusita Rivera. They are both outstanding teachers. I appreciate that Bronwyn and Joel both have a long-time commitment to the District. They are aware of the issues, and want to work collaboratively to continue the great progress made by Gina Sudaria as the new Superintendent. The improvements in Ravenswood are amazing, and anyone should be happy to send their children there. One-to-one laptops or iPads for every child, MakerSpace at every school, music and art and drama teachers. A great range of electives at the Middle School. The local charters don't begin to match what Ravenswood is doing.
Vote for Rivera and Alexander to Empower Ravenswood!

Posted by Teacher Union Endorsements:
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 14, 2020 at 5:53 pm

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Wait a minute, if Mr. Rivera's wife works as a teacher in the same district, wouldn't that be a conflict of interest? I just read at another posting that a present board member's wife at PAUSD tried to get a job there, but the board denied it because of conflict of interest. Wouldn't this be the same case and if he wins the election his wife will have to find a job somewhere else? Anyone out there who could advice?

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