Posted by Concerned Parent, a resident of Livermore, on Feb 21, 2012 at 9:26 pm
I read this and have to wonder just who this mystery parent is that has all of this financial information about the school and goes unnamed. As one of the parents at Carden West I can say first hand that there is way more information in this article than the board has shared with parents.
The article reads more like a cheerleading piece of propoganda than objective reporting for the community. It sure would be great to see an article with more than one source quoted, and with some fact checking. How about it Glenn Wohltmann? Are you up to the challenge?
Posted by Former Carden West Parent, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Feb 22, 2012 at 8:49 pm
I agree with the previous post. Lazy reporting or highly suspicious relationship between Glenn Wohltmann and his anonymous parent source? Note also that the same reporter wrote the article about Stratford acquiring Carden West. Well, that was surely news to Stratford! You think the reporter would have thought to place one call to Stratford instead of willingly serving as a mouthpiece for a morally and financially bankrupt Board of "trustees". The overwhelmingly negative comments to his Stratford article have all been deleted while the blatantly false article still remains. Shame on you Pleasanton Weekly for not standing up for your citizens, and instead providing a platform to the extortion mill.
Posted by Former CW parent, a member of the Walnut Grove Elementary School community, on Jul 13, 2012 at 10:50 am
Two points. First, the 30-day notice of tuition increase did not "void the contract." Parents were still obligated to give 60 days notice before withdrawing their children. Many didn't, exacerbating CW's financial woes.
Second, many (most?) of the children at CW were preschoolers. To criticize the parents for enrolling them at CW when Pleasanton supposedly has an "excellent" school system misses the fact that Pleasanton does not offer a public, full-time preschool program for working parents. It also overstates the quality of our schools, which now suffer from higher student-teacher ratios and shorter days than in years past.