Teachers complain about behavior of LASD parents

At last week’s Los Altos School District Board of Trustees meeting, the Los Altos Teachers Association registered a complaint about some parents’ rude behavior toward teachers.

Elizabeth Leach, president of the teachers association, called herself an “up-stander” in the beginning of the statement she made at the Feb. 12 meeting. She said that while 90-95 percent of the parents are “fabulous,” there are some who have shown disrespect to teachers.

LASD forms 10th-site task force

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved Superintendent Jeff Baier’s proposal to form a 10th Site Advisory Task Force at their Feb. 12 meeting.

According to the proposal, the task force will comprise the following stakeholders.

ALearn announces merger with SVEF


The Los Altos-founded nonprofit ALearn and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation are merging their efforts to offer math and college readiness programs to underserved students.

County project aims to alleviate local teacher housing problems

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal from Supervisor Joe Simitian last week aimed at developing teacher housing on county-owned land in Palo Alto.

The project is designed to reach beyond Palo Alto and include school districts in Los Altos and Mountain View, as well as the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.

MVLA approves Facilities Master Plan, hires assistant director of Adult School

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees approved the Facilities Master Plan at its Jan. 22 meeting after a number of district parents voiced their support for the proposed upgrades.

LASD's new English curriculum draws opponents, defenders

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English teacher Karen Kehlet gives eighth-grade students one-on-one guidance last week in class at Egan Junior High School. Egan adopted a new English curriculum this school year.

The Los Altos School District’s new English curriculum for its two junior high schools has drawn criticism from parents, but district officials defend the strategy-based system that allows students to choose their own reading materials.

Nancy Bremeau, whose son attends Egan Junior High, told the Town Crier that many parents hire tutors to supplement the new English curriculum, which she said “no longer offers grammar, spelling and vocabulary instruction.”

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