Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Advice for neighborhood programs?

The following is an open letter to former Davis school board member Marty West:

Thank you for your years of honest and very capable service to the Davis community. I appreciate your clarifying the startup cost for each Montessori classroom that was listed on Page 8 of the Montessori Master Plan. If you could clarify two further items, I think it would help us all understand the district’s policies better.

First, do you recall what comparable figure the district provided to a brand-new teacher in the neighborhood program to help that classroom get off to a good start?

Secondly, which of the philosophical tenets on Page 1 of the Montessori plan are not included in the philosophical tenets of the master plan for the neighborhood school program? When the district carefully spells out a whole-child philosophy to be used in a special program, it gives the appearance that the neighborhood schools do not follow that philosophy.

Since every Davis teacher and administrator I have met believes in such an approach, I expected a similar document to also be available describing the neighborhood schools. I found no such document on the district website. This I take as a further sign that Davis is not taking care of the most fundamental part of its brand.

As someone who has had the often unenviable position of being in the middle of Davis school politics, would you give us some advice? The majority of Davis elementary parents, students and teachers are still in the neighborhood programs. Many of them feel that the district’s focus is on the special programs it provides. These people can point to district policies that relegate the neighborhood schools to second-class citizenship. What can these people reasonably ask of the school board and the district that would address this problem?

Thank you again for your past service and for any advice you can give.

Dave Miller
Davis

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  • Tara DielApril 03, 2013 - 9:03 am

    Thank you Mr. Miller for asking these questions. With the recent release of demographic data from DJUSD, it is clear that the inequities between the choice programs and the neighborhood schools that house them is district wide. It is no longer mere speculation. I am very grateful to our Superintendent for releasing these numbers and for his efforts at transparency. I hope that as a community, we can now start the conversation on how to insure that ALL Davis kids are getting the very best educational experience possible.

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  • Matthew QuintonApril 03, 2013 - 12:37 pm

    "Since every Davis teacher and administrator I have met believes in such an approach,...", belief is one thing being trained in the Montessori Method is another. I have a daughter with an anxiety disorder that would not fit in the traditional or 'neighborhood' classroom. The Montessori program has given her a space to excel in. Public education is far from being based on the Montessori Method. I feel that this focus on choice programs is distracting from the bigger picture of problems with NCLB. When No Chiild Left Behind is reformed lets talk about choice programs.

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