Doors to the NUSD Board room open tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 8, at 5:45 p.m. for the public hearing on the new charter school being proposed by the North Bay Educational Foundation. [The meeting is slated to begin at 6 p.m.] As Novato Patch Editor Brent Ainsworth wrote last week, anyone hoping to make a public comment will be allotted two minutes rather than the typical three. It's anticipated that the hearing will be heavily attended, with many more likely following along at home.
If you don't want to speak in public but still want to make your feelings on the subject known to the Board and the district, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments received become part of the public record, which shouldn't discourage you one bit from stating your opinion.
Afraid to speak your mind for fear of losing friends? Really? What kind of friends do you have? Afraid to speak your mind because you might offend someone? I'm sorry, I thought the education of your children was more important. My mistake.
No mistaking that there is a huge divide. I see it as being as vast as the one that divides the country as a whole. Novato is a town divided, although perhaps not as equally divided as the country. Or at least it doesn't appear so equal from where I sit, mingling with both.
Yes, I have friends gung-ho supporting the charter movement. And, yes, I have friends gung-ho opposing it. I figure if I managed not to lose any friends on either side of the political aisle in election season, I can hope not to lose any during the charter fight. Of course, I did vote Libertarian. But that’s only because my vote in California for Obama or Romney didn’t matter and my partner and I agreed to disagree with a unified vote for Gary Johnson.
But everyone’s vote matters now.
If you have an opinion, tell the district. It’s as easy as sending an email to email@example.com.