Editor,

Please vote for Dave Mandlekern for re-election to the San Mateo County Community College District Board. Under Dave’s leadership our three local community colleges (Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College) are working very efficiently and effectively, which is amazing given the impact and disruption that our schools have faced over the past seven months from the pandemic. When COVID-19 hit, Dave Mandelkern led our district in taking quick action to transition our students to online education, provide food assistance to our most vulnerable students and residents, launch support services for our local small businesses, and put in place programs to retrain displaced workers to find new jobs. Dave continues to stand with our students, helping to deliver and maintain access to counseling, tutoring and other vital services, and he’s providing our students with the tools they need to succeed in these difficult times. Please vote to re-elect Dave Mandelkern to the Governing Board of the San Mateo County Community College District for Trustee Area 3.

Kathy Engelmann

Menlo Park

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Michael B. Reiner, PhD

SMCCCD has a student success rate of 20%. That’s right, for county residents’ $168 million of property taxes funding the District’s operating budget plus $2 billion of bond measures, four-out-of-five first time/full time students (those most likely to succeed) fail to earn a two-year associate degree in three years. Thus, While about 400 students graduate on time, 1,500 drop out, stop out, or drag along. The SMCCCD Board does not want this public, they never examine it; they repeatedly ignored my request to discuss these poor educational results with them. And this was pre-pandemic.

“Effective and efficient?” That’s in the mind of the beholder.

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Michael B. Reiner, PhD, is a higher education consultant and educational researcher. Previously, he was a professor of psychology and college administrator at City University of New York (CUNY), Miami Dade College, the Riverside Community College District, and the San Mateo County Community College District. mreiner32205@gmail.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-b-reiner-phd-14057551/

Ray Fowler

Thanks, a ton!

I had no idea... the graduation rate is abysmal. Yes, the Board needs to answer for such a poor showing. I'm OK if a young man or woman gets some vocational training then enters the workforce without jumping through the hoops being held out by the district. But I'm guessing most of those dropouts are not in that category. Voters... especially those who pay taxes... are getting bamboozled.

Michael B. Reiner, PhD

Ray, I arrived at the District in Dec 2018 as an educational researcher and administrator. I soon discovered that the narrative created by leadership was not supported by the data. My attempts to bring real facts to others attention was not welcome; my view was that policy was not data driven, but ideologically mandated. I resigned from the District in July 2019 with the intention of putting the experience behind me. But, the next month stories about Galatolo began to emerge. This Board supported him for years in the face of issues and problems; they are complicit. As an independent scholar, I have been analyzing SMCCCD data, as the story it tells indicates you can’t judge a book by its cover. Still thinking about the title to put on the cover of my book.

Ray Fowler

School Daze has been overused... maybe "M 'n M" for Malfeasance, Nonfeasance and Misfeasance.

You've got to get Mark Twain's quote in there... “In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards.”

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