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'Exercise tolerance' -- SRVUSD revises public comment policy at board meetings

Original post made on Oct 28, 2021

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District's most recent meeting included updates to its policy on public comments at board meetings, amid an upswing of political debate at school board meetings in the district and nationally.

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Posted by H
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Oct 28, 2021 at 7:10 am

H is a registered user.

Unsurprising that this group of elected officials has zero interest in interactions with the public. Have these trustees ever met with the public directly in a town hall or similar manner? No. They sit there at the board meetings, rubber stamp anything the district staff says with nothing given to the people in this community that they represent except for their resentment. These people have zero interests in listening to anything the community has to say and, as illustrated here, will go through great lengths to alleviate the heavy burden of doing the job they were elected to do and listen to the public. Narcissism and self congratulations seem to be the only reasons these people chose to be trustees.

Posted by Hermann Welm
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 28, 2021 at 8:50 am

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Board President Ordway's comment that she would "terminate the privilege of addressing the board" if speakers are disruptive would have been better phrased as "terminate the RIGHT of speakers" to address the board. The Constitution is quite clear that this is a right, not a privilege. However, in practice it needs to be done in a way that does not impede the board's ability to perform its function.

Posted by H
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Oct 28, 2021 at 10:10 am

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Hermann , the board of education serves at the privilege of the community, not the other way around. Board President Ordway seems to be confused as to her role here.

Posted by Parent and Voter
a resident of Danville
on Nov 12, 2021 at 6:43 am

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Sadly the people providing an education to our children do not understand the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. All people, including parents, have the right of Free Speech.
Perhaps they should teach more about how special our Republic is, rather than teaching hate.
The Teachers Unions, the School Boards, and many of the teachers have become politicized over the years so that is a valid subject for parents and others to discuss and challenge.

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Danville
on Nov 15, 2021 at 10:19 am

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Everyone does have the right to free speech, but that doesn't include being disruptive. Thankfully, as a student and parent I still had respect for teachers. And things have become politicized. But anyone who has ever spoken publicly knows how to address someone, and if you haven't, it's not hard to understand. Be polite and respectful, or your message will be lost. You're at a board meeting. You're not in a bar.

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