The LCUSD Governing Board signed into contract the four collaboration days that have shortened our already short school year to 175.5 days without parent input. I decided to conduct an informal survey, combining a petition and an online poll — with inputs collected from mid-June to July 12th.
Unfortunately, in her letter on page two of the October issue of the LCUSD newsletter, Board President Susan Boyd made two factually incorrect statements regarding the poll. This is surprising, given that I personally handed the results to her. Boyd incorrectly stated in her letter that fewer than 70 parents responded to the poll. In fact, the document I handed her shows 167 responses by the time the poll closed (this does not include the 80-plus petition signatures). Boyd also incorrectly stated the poll reported 95% in favor of canceling the collaboration days and derided this conclusion. The poll results, while perhaps not scientific, at least reflect a mood in the community. The board has the wherewithal to conduct its own survey about the collaboration days but has chosen not to do so.