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Tied votes at Lodi Unified School District board meeting stall decisions on opening new charter school, closing Clements Elementary

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Posted: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 12:00 am

A split vote by the Lodi Unified School District board means a charter school won't be allowed to open as planned, and one of the district's oldest schools won't close.

At issue is trustee Harvey Bills' indefinite voluntary leave of absence, which created tie votes among the board's remaining six members.

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14 comments:

  • posted at 7:48 am on Thu, Apr 22, 2010.

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    Of course, then they'd be in violation of the Brown Act. Don't you just love the drama ???

     
  • posted at 6:15 am on Thu, Apr 22, 2010.

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    Of course, then they'd be in violation of the Brown Act. Don't you just love the drama ???

     
  • posted at 12:31 am on Thu, Apr 22, 2010.

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    Mom of 2,Nope! The only way to break the tie is to lock them all in the same room and force them to watch Shirley Temple movies until one of them cracks and agrees to change their vote.

     
  • posted at 2:04 pm on Wed, Apr 21, 2010.

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    I totally agree RU, I feel this is the easy way out for the board of Ed.It is sad that that is really what could be happening.I remember a LUSD that ran with integrity. Those days are gone forever.I really hope the State comes in and exposes their dishonest ways! : )

     
  • posted at 1:35 pm on Wed, Apr 21, 2010.

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    Will a mediator correct this problem? Can a mediator be a tie breaker?

     
  • posted at 12:55 pm on Wed, Apr 21, 2010.

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    It's looking to me as if Harvey Bill's "leave of absence" was more highly orchestrated than it appeared. There's more going on here than meets the eye, and I'm betting it's got to do with the board now being able to sidestep some tough decisions and blame it on having an even number of board members. Of course, I've always loved conspiracy theories!

     
  • posted at 12:28 pm on Wed, Apr 21, 2010.

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    LOL, freespeech - I thought they called it the "Taj Mahal"!

     
  • posted at 12:26 pm on Wed, Apr 21, 2010.

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    Oops, typo - I meant unanimous.

     
  • posted at 12:24 pm on Wed, Apr 21, 2010.

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    Even though my children have for the most part graduated from LUSD, I think the Senior Project has long overstayed its welcome. The thinking was that it should replace standardized tests as a more "authentic assessment", but instead of teaching to the tests, teachers began to teach to the senior project. What's more, freshmen through juniors had their instructional time impacted by it, as did special ed. students in special day classes. I was saddened to see that science camp was cut to save the senior project as well. I know one school board member has a wife who was instrumental in implementing the Senior Project years ago; perhaps that's why it's survived this long. However, since there's never been unamimous support for it, and standardized testing is here to stay, I hope LUSD rethinks their commitment to it.

     
  • posted at 7:32 am on Wed, Apr 21, 2010.

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    You haven't seen the tent? It's about 3 stories high. It's out in the middle of nowhere giving it a sense of seculsion and privlage while still being able to tower over us all in plain sight. I always hated the circus. It smells and so does everything about Washer, et. al....

     
  • posted at 6:59 am on Wed, Apr 21, 2010.

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    The only thing missing from this circus is the tent.LUSD truly is FUBAR.

     
  • posted at 6:13 am on Wed, Apr 21, 2010.

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    Lodi Unified is turning into a complete clown show. Makes me proud to be a part of it.

     
  • posted at 5:01 am on Wed, Apr 21, 2010.

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    LUSD is such a joke,Dishonest. I almost wonder if this thing with one being out is a planned senerio?? Certainly would not surprise me!Now decisions can't even be made imagine that!Let the state come in and see how crooked they all are at the top.....

     
  • posted at 3:18 am on Wed, Apr 21, 2010.

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    Way to go Bonnie! You are so concerned about you so-called legacy that you vote the opposite of what your people want?! Folks, that is a typical politician: myopic, self-centered, and not looking at the big picture but only one pixel of the photo.How can the public expect the Board to manage the district when they can not get their own act together? With Mr. Bills "issue" is there no legal recourse the Board can apply to remove Bills and appoint a midterm replacement? (Preferably one who has no intentions of running in 2012.) Or, is the Board to chicken to make the tough decisions to make the district the best it can be? In the meantime we have a huge deficit, a teachers vote of no confidence in the Super, and a huge lack of leadership at the top.

     
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