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Editorial: No trust in trustees, no unity in Dublin Unified

Original post made on Jul 3, 2020

Unfortunately, with the current board -- which can graciously be described as a dysfunctional train wreck -- it will be extraordinarily difficult to find someone able to lead DUSD into the future who is actually willing to take it on.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 2, 2020, 3:13 PM

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Posted by Dublin Mike
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 3, 2020 at 9:31 am

I too wondered if electing by district rather than cite-wide was 1) a good idea forced on us, and 2) if district elections played a part in the current situation. East vs. West?

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Posted by Vijay
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 3, 2020 at 11:42 am

Looks like the editors seem to follow Fox News a lot. Good try spinning it sideways and accuse the three board members of who are actually doing due diligence and doing their job.
Fact: Gabi got 70% of the votes compared to Nini’s who received 30%. Check it out at acgov. Good try spinning the numbers here.

Amy Miller is free to resign if she finds the other three trustees embarrassing. It’s actually embarrassing to residents and parents of Dublin to see a bully like Amy Miller warm the seat for a long time with no accountability. I suppose DUSD is the only place she can do that.

Pleasanton weekly: You should be ashamed of yourself for all the spin in this article without the correct facts. Sounds like you are just another sleazy tabloid in the making.

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Posted by Dublin Resident
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 3, 2020 at 11:59 am

Did the Editorial Board do any research/analysis on this piece ? I understand editorial reflects the views of editors and and this one is written with pure biased motive. In this age and day, a bit of research on social media's like nextdoor and facebook can reflect the true sentiments of the Dublin citizens. Your editorial board just lost all respect with a hit piece like this.

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Posted by Jane Smith
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 3, 2020 at 12:02 pm

What is sad that board members who have been on the school board for a long time have shown no accountability for their actions. They exhibit rude behavior at board meetings and somehow think it is acceptable. Most parents and community at large are very dissatisfied with Trustees Miller and Rouse. There should be a way to get them off the board and start fresh with trustees who actually care about the district.

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 3, 2020 at 1:40 pm

Looks like they just picked and published it from what was written by a Rouse/Miller team member. Probably because of the long weekend rush, I assume editors may not have got time to review and add a bit of objectiveness to even call this a editorial material.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 3, 2020 at 2:35 pm

From various sources at the DO, Marken's departure was the result of a scathing review given to him by 3 of 5 board members. Given that he almost singlehandedly rescued the district and had the widespread approval of staff and the community, the only logical explanation for a harsh review was that he had a backbone and the board didn't like it. It feels like Trump trying to purge dissenters from his organization! It's a shame that 3 board members with an opinion that ran counter to the vast majority of Dubliners couldn't handle someone that was more liked and respected than them. Pushing Marken out has resulted in a hot mess and it was 100% unnecessary. The east side of town wanted people on the board to clean up the mess they thought the board was and they have only made it worse.
In a perfect world, we'd get rid of the two extreme elements of the board (Blackman and Miller) and then hope the city was smart enough to elect people that were not so polarizing.

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Posted by Robert
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 3, 2020 at 4:30 pm

I have (had) been a fan of Pleasanton weekly. Well not anymore now because apparently they publish things without checking facts. Now I don't know how many past stories I have believed to be true were actually incorrect.

I know this is one. I know it is incorrect because the 3 NEW DUSD trustees are elected and trusted and loved by vast majority of Dubliners since they are the ones fixing up the mess left by old gang of trustees (2 of them are still sitting in at the board) and the previous superintendent, including Dr. Marken who's always really bias.

If a leader doesn't want to be held accountable for his or her action maybe then it's time for him to go. Good riddance. Dublin can be better off without him/her and the whole old gang of trustees and their cronies. Time to really clean house and shake them up!

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Posted by David K
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 3, 2020 at 4:40 pm

This editorial really badly written and it is blatantly wrong. Pleasanton Weekly apparently didn't check their facts or were bought by some people supporting the old gang in DUSD corrupted system. The 3 trustees Cherrier, Blackman and Kuo are the heros for Dublin parents and students! I really wish Pleasanton Weekly editors check things first before publishing something like a lip service or you guys should just find a different place to work. We don't need fake news of our neighboring cities.

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Posted by 20+ year Dublin/Pleasanton Resident
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 3, 2020 at 4:42 pm

Pleasanton Weekly- FAIL in reporting.
Marken was in fact NOT appreciated by all- only by a handful of teacher union members and some parents. He chose to resign when COVID hit- and had threatened to quit at 3 previous meetings. He couldn't take the heat, was hoping for an easy year. He did the same while he served as superintendent in Newark. He "resigned" when the going got tough. For $350k per year, one would expect a better work ethic. Trustees Amy Miller and Megan Rouse are an embarrassment to the seats they occupy. If Miller is so ashamed to be part of the DUSD board- then resign! Pleasanton Weekly. Shame on you for this write up. You don't know what's going on in Dublin at all.

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Posted by David K
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 3, 2020 at 5:19 pm

I realize my statement was wrong. I have no right to say "Cherrier, Blackman and Kuo are the heros for Dublin parents and students." I do not, in fact, know if this is true because I do not know the majority of Dublin families or students. Such a fool am I!
I can say, they are the heroes of my echo chamber.

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Posted by 20+ year Dublin/Pleasanton Resident
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 3, 2020 at 5:25 pm

I too am wrong. I don't know enough people in Dublin to make these statements and certainly can't speak for the majority of Dublin citizens or teachers. Like the three trustees I support, I sometimes feel threatened when my reality is questioned, and rather than reflect, I simply lash out. It's this type of reaction that probably resulted in the district losing such a loved and respected superintendent.
My bad.

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Posted by PW editors are Jokers
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 3, 2020 at 5:38 pm

You shall rephrase your title: No trust in trustees (Rouse and Miller), no unity in Dublin Unified

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Posted by Dublin 20-yr Resident
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 3, 2020 at 6:29 pm

It is sad how little these particular editors know about what is really going on. This is obviously written to make it sound very negative about two brand new trustees, as well as a third trustee who is also less than 4 years elected. Many residents trust that the district will find a way to focus on all our students.

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Posted by Dublin Veteran
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 3, 2020 at 8:29 pm

Times are not good for business like this but hopefully editors did not take donation from anyone to publish this article. Or was the strategy to publish a click bait fake opinion article to get more clicks and traffic.

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Posted by Give Power Back TK the Residents
a resident of California Reflections
on Jul 3, 2020 at 9:36 pm

Trustee Megan Rouse’s Dad was Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Manager in 2016.

All you need to know about nepotism and where the money backing her entry into politics came from- that’s right, check out the WikiLeaks leaked emails of her dad asking his Washington cronies to “donate” to her campaign. Now we have Washington DC money influencing Dublin Schools.

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Posted by David K
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 3, 2020 at 10:12 pm

It's unbelievable that someone posted as me!
The first one was me. The second one above apologizing as me must've been posted by some old trustee gang (maybe spouse?) who have nothing better to do than posting fake impostor comment just like their change org petition full of fake signatures.
What a joke. Sign of losing IMO.
This is the real David K. The fake David K probably thinks I'm related to Kuo, no I'm not.. and I'm not sorry. Cherrier, Blackman and Kuo bring accountability in DUSD and they're well loved and elected by vast majority of Dubliners.

Pleasanton Weekly - are you looking for lawsuit?

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Posted by Mary-Anne
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 3, 2020 at 10:56 pm

This is a joke. Pleasanton Weekly - is this the best you can do to get yourself more hits? Just amazing how lower and dumber this publication has become over the year, and now this? How much are they paying you?

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Posted by Tarnished district
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 4, 2020 at 2:23 am

The Pleasanton Weekly should try to do a public records request to figure out the performance evaluations for the three trustees who banded together to oust Marken.

He had a two year contract to come out of retirement to try to get things back on track. Too bad the three trustees banded together and for some unknown reason, picked this critical time to force him out.

Too bad that this means no decent superintendent would ever consider coming to Dublin. After all, who in their right mind would apply?

What a monumental disappointment that these trustees focused their hard work and putting interests in ousting the superintendent rather than focusing on students and parents.

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Posted by Dick C
a resident of West of Foothill
on Jul 4, 2020 at 11:45 am

LOL... ROFL! What a joke PW! I'm a Ptown resident for a long time. Never seen PW came to this low. My daughter and her family live and she teaches in Dublin. She mentioned to us the district isn't healthy. The district isn't healthy because of the long time trustee members and their "friends" including the superintendent who's apparently very biased even towards staff.
Good if he ran away from his duties. He'd be fired if he's running something in a company.

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Posted by Dublin Parent
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 5, 2020 at 8:25 pm

This is a hit piece by Trustees Rouse and Miller. Pleasanton Weekly, your school district is looking at furloughs. The three trustees whom you are questioning wanted to wait for state budget before making a decision on teacher's raise. When we are in the middle of pandemic and a lot of people are losing jobs, taking paycuts etc. that is the bare minimum thing to do. But alas, you just seemed to be aligned with the power holders and scratching their backs.

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Posted by Tarnished district
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 6, 2020 at 12:38 am

Seems like letter writer after letter writer of parents and employees condemning the three trustees that resulted in the ouster of Marken seemed to use their real names Web Link

However none of the posters supporting these three trustees seem to have used their real names in posting their support of these three trustees who have yet again plunged DUSD in a state of chaos and uncertainty.

I believe the letters posted at the bottom Web Link more accurately reflect the community's thoughts about the latest fiasco. At least they signed their real names and positions.

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Posted by Dublin Resident
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 6, 2020 at 7:30 am

@Tarnished district

Lets be clear here. The web link article you referred cherry picked letters from Dublin school administration folks that suit the article's agenda and now you are spinning it as "accurately reflect the community's thoughts". Do you really think they would have dared to publish the differing opinions from Dublin citizens in the same article.

Sadly this is the case where the name "" (weblink hosting site) stands out as misnomer and should have be renamed as "".

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Posted by Frustrated Dubliner
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 6, 2020 at 11:15 am

@Tarnished district

How very generous of you to suggest parents give their real names when expressing their displeasure with DUSD. May work well in districts where there is no mafia running the school district. You seem to be in love with the old guard and an insider. I am sure you remember the time, an entrenched Trustee illegally released the names, addresses and personal details of people who signed a special election petition to the media. Sure, I will write my real name here so you and your cronies can go after my kids with the people you are in cahoots with in the DTA. Rest assured, we shall speak with our ballot and we shall rid Dublin, I mean the entirety of Dublin from your corrupt hands. And West Dublin readers, do not buy the horse shit these political hacks are selling you telling you they are looking out for your kids. Keeping all sides dumb is the plan here and unless we fight back TOGETHER, we will wind up failing our kids. November cannot some soon enough! Oh, and great name taking accountability for tarnishing my district and proving my point for me, that in all your righteousness, you didn't dare name yourself, what a shame!

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