Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith will host a community conversation Monday, Sept. 18, about options the city might have to deal with problems regarding education quality in Menlo Park. The program will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Menlo Park Senior Center at 100 Terminal Ave.
California 2016 test results show a stark difference in performance between school districts on the west side of Menlo Park – Las Lomitas and Menlo Park City – and the east side – Ravenswood.
In the Las Lomitas and Menlo Park City school districts, the proportion of students in grades 3-8 who did not meet standards for English language arts and math was at 10 percent or less.
In Ravenswood City School District, the proportion of students who did not meet these standards typically ranged from 50 to 60 percent.
Ms. Keith will host the discussion with Suzanne Carrig, a committee consultant at the Santa Clara County Office of Education, and Joe Ross, president of the San Mateo County Board of Education.
Ms. Keith said in an interview that the talk will be a preliminary effort to gather feedback and start looking into what might be done to address what she called an "egregious situation."
She explained, "I think all children in Menlo Park deserve a great public education. … That's the goal, and that's not what's happening right now. So let's have a conversation and start talking openly."
"This is purely up to community members to tell us what they want," she said. "Everyone is welcome to attend and bring their ideas and questions and concerns."
Editor's Note: A previous version of this story referred to the meeting addressing educational inequality as opposed to "quality," the event organizer's preferred term.
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