MDUSD Accused of Misusing LCFF Supplemental Funds

6 Responses

  1. robert says:

    The same type of funds were spent 100% on the first round of funding on teacher salaries by giving them raises retroactively by at least a year in Hayward Unified School District. I am sure other school districts did the same thing as they were pressured by their teacher unions.

  2. Leslie says:

    My guess is that much of it can be found in the pockets of lawyers that MDUSD continues to have to hire to defend such actions.

    MDUSD is too big to effectively manage its huge student body. Smaller, local districts are needed and have already been proven to be more successful. NUSD = just the right size.

  3. Jim Mills says:

    The complaint, based on the text of the letter in the link at the top of Linda’s post, is that we don’t really know how the money was spent. We know that most of it was spent “district wide”, but on what? And then, of course, a significant portion is simply unaccounted for.

  4. Kelly says:

    New York City Public Schools has over 975,000 students enrolled. That is over 30 times the size of MDUSD. Interestingly, per US News, New York City Public Schools yields 3 of the top 25 public ‘best high schools’ in America. Dallas, Dade, Fairfax school districts are also MUCH LARGER than MDUSD yet boast top ranks. NG CAPS needs a better argument than size of school district as the data to support the claim per Leslie above isn’t there.

    • northgatecaps (Linda) says:

      Kelly,
      You and I have had several discussions regarding our efforts to create a new school district and you have never made the argument that you prefer a larger district for the pure sake of it being large. So let’s address your contention that NY City Public Schools have found a way to make a large district work.
      Let’s start with the 3 schools you are referring to in your post 1.) High School of American Studies at Lehman College, 2.)KIPP Academy Charter School, and 3.) Brooklyn Latin School.

      Both High School of American Studies at Lehman College and Brooklyn Latin School are part of the Mayor’s 2005 school renewal program and both fall under New York State Law 2590 section-g to serve the needs of gifted New York City students. Admission is based solely on a competitive written examination, known as the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test. Both Schools are very small and very selective.

      KIPP is a charter school and while charter schools are public schools they are governed independently (as if they are a small school district). MDUSD does not, as a practice, support charter schools and has opposed every charter that has come before them in the past 15 years. There have been at least 6 charter schools denied in just the past 5 years.

      Earlier this year NY State officials identified 91 NY City public schools as among the worst in the state and in need of significant interventions. All 91 schools are in the lowest 5% in the State. NY City public schools made up 48 percent of the 188 schools statewide identified as low-performing “priority” schools.

      MDUSD is too big to address the needs of all it’s students. It is too big to be accountable to students, teachers, and the community. MDUSD is currently being accused of not using their LCFF funds as intended by the State. MDUSD has made backroom deals like “votes for favorable contract negotiations”, they make poor decisions regarding lawsuits and do not adequately address procedures required by law as was the situation in the Martin case. MDUSD was not transparent with the community when pursuing the 2010 bond and moved forward with a fiscally irresponsible bond measure (CABs are now illegal).

      There are many examples of small community-based school districts that serve their students and teachers well. In fact 75% of all school districts in California have less than 5,000 students.

  5. Kelly says:

    I have not stated that I prefer a large district for the pure sake of it being large. What I am saying is that there are strong small districts and there are strong large districts. For every argument to the benefit of small, I can find one to the benefit of large. After MDUSD, my child chose to attend UCLA over Harvey Mudd. Does the private college serve the needs of its students better than the UC system? To me, it’s all debatable. Even when I look at College Park, through its over-enrolled and largest in the district student population, I see much greatness and positive happenings there.