Memorandum ruffles feathers


I take issue with your article, “Parents Protest Equity Fund Proposal,” written by Carolanne Sudderth.

For the record, I never identified myself as a parent from Juan Cabrillo nor did I say that I was speaking on behalf of the Juan Cabrillo parents. Those parents are well served by an excellent PTA Board with two presidents and a fine principal.

I am a parent of two Point Dume Marine Science Elementary School students. I am pleased to contribute time from a busy schedule as a parent and as a practicing attorney to serve as a Point Dume Marine Science PTA Board Member. I am also a past Chair of the Site Governance Committee at Point Dume.

I seized the opportunity to emphasize that the PTA Board from Juan Cabrillo had prepared a lengthy memorandum which addressed the legality of the proposed Equity Fund. As a lawyer, legalities are of interest to me.

That memorandum cited alternatives which stand a much better chance of achieving altruistic goals without causing caustic divisiveness in the community. I urged the Board of Education to take a good look at the memorandum, particularly the list of alternatives to the Equity Fund Proposal. Revision of the Corporate Donor policy would generate money for the District. Allowing corporations to exercise freedom of choice by designating which schools that they want to help (often these are the more needy schools), affords all schools the opportunity to receive more funds and the corporations to generate goodwill. A win-win for all.

The Cabrillo memorandum also explained how the Seattle Model (upon which this “equity proposal” is loosely based) works and how, if applied to our district, it could bring about the positive changes to all our schools that we as parents and members of this community seek. I challenged the board to seriously look at implementing this model.

Unfortunately, it appears that spotlighting the Cabrillo memorandum ruffled some feathers.

The contributions in question are bonus dollars beyond the public school funding which comes from tax revenue. Not all funding has to be subject to social redistribution in order to benefit the quality of education. We should entertain the novel thought that it is possible make significant gains without always having to seize from some to give to others.

Lucia Nordstrom