Asked by Joe, Menlo Park, CA • Wed Sep 19, 2012
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I'm sorry to say that State API rankings for Northgate High and Foothill Middle have plummeted (http://www.cde.ca.gov/getschoolreport). For the first time, both schools have dropped from the top tier 10th decile, down to the 9th decile. Over 12 years, Northgate's ranking compared to "similar schools" (e.g. Acalanes and San Ramon districts) has dropped from the near-perfect 9th decile, down to the 2nd decile that is termed "well below average."
This decline is caused by our dysfunctional governance system. Our families are stuck in limbo between the Mt. Diablo school board that does not meet to coordinate with Walnut Creek and the numerous other cities in Mt. Diablo district. Recently the Mt. Diablo school board refused a "Mayoral Council" idea presented from several mayors "to build good community relationships." There are important issues to discuss, such as a parcel tax, school closures, school safety and crossing guards. We were grateful last
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