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Tassajara Prep Public Hearing to be Held Wed Sept 7 – 6:30pm at Dublin High School

August 29, 2011

A public hearing regarding the Tassajara Prep charter high school petition will be held Wednesday September 7 at 6:30pm in the Dublin High School library. Tassajara Prep is an initiative of Tri-Valley Learning Corp., a Livermore-based charter school corporation. Tri-Valley Learning Corp. abruptly withdrew the original Tassajara Prep charter petition earlier this year after being denied by the Dublin Unified School District and Alameda County Office of Education.

The revised Tassajara Prep charter petition has cosmetic changes over the original petition, and like the original petition does not include parent signatures. A charter petition must either include teacher signatures or parent signatures; Tri-Valley Learning Corp.’s first charter school, Livermore Valley Charter School (K-8), was signed by parents and was supported by the community. Despite a 3-month delay in submitting a revised Tassajara Prep charter petition, Tassajara Prep organizers were apparently unable to garner sufficient support to re-submit the petition with parent signatures.

Tassajara Prep was originally scheduled to open for the 2012-13 school year, although Tri-Valley Learning Corp. COO Bill Batchelor conceded in a Contra Costa Times interview that the school opening may need to be pushed back by one year due to Tri-Valley Learning Corp.’s voluntary decision to re-start the charter petition process.

A location for Tassajara Prep remains unknown and is not specified in the charter petition. More information on Tassajara Prep is available here.

More information on Dublin High School is available here.

Parents and members of the community will be able to make 3-minute statements regarding the Tassajara Prep charter petition at the Sept 7 public hearing. Both those opposed to and in favor of the Tassajara Prep charter petition are encouraged to attend the public hearing.

Tassajara Prep Founder Wants Preferential Treatment at Public Hearing

The email below was forwarded to In the first DUSD public hearing, speaking order was determined by the order speaking slips were received. No Dublin parents spoke in favor of Tassajara Prep. At the Alameda County public hearing, no Dublin parents spoke in favor of Tassajara Prep. Should Tassajara Prep get preferential treatment at this second DUSD public hearing as requested below?


From: “John M. Zukoski”

Date: September 3, 2011 2:44:50 PM PDT

To: Stephen Hanke

Cc: Bill Batchelor,, Greg Tomlinson, David Haubert,,,, Erika Conner,, Tom McCarthy,, Joni Pattillo,,, “Haggerty, Scott, Supv BOS Dist 1”, Shelley Fischer

Subject: Wednesday September 7th Tassajara Prep Hearing Speakers

Dr. Hanke – we understand that the DUSD has been on an active campaign to solicit speakers to speak against Tassajara Prep during the public hearing scheduled for September 7, 2011. Therefore, as a board member for the Tassajara Prep High School site board, I would like to respectfully request that the DUSD set aside the first seven speaker spots for myself and six other speakers at the September 7, 2011 Public Hearing Scheduled for the Tassajara Prep High School Charter Petition. We may have additional speakers, but are only requesting the first seven spots.

We are encouraging our supporters that are willing to attend – even though there will be a potentially hostile crowd – to be as civil as they have always been. We are hopeful that you will encourage the same out of your supporters.

Thank You,

John M. Zukoski

Below is the press release issued by the Dublin Unified School District:

Public hearing SCHEDULED

Tri-Valley Learning
Corporation (TVLC):

Tassajara Preparatory
High School

Charter School

The district is in receipt of a charter school petition from Tri-Valley Learning Corporation (TVLC): Tassajara Preparatory High school.  The petition was submitted to the district on August 8, 2011.  In accordance with Education Code section 47605 (b), we are scheduling a public hearing.  The purpose of the public hearing is for the Board to consider the level of support for the petition by teachers employed by the district, other employees of the district, parents and members of the Dublin community.  Attendees will have the opportunity to address the Board regarding the petition.

When:       Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Time:         6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where:     Dublin High School Library, 8151 Village Parkway, Dublin

For further information contact:

Shelley Fischer,
Administrative Assistant
Office of the Superintendent

925-828-2551 ext. 8002

  1. Kellee Jones permalink
    August 30, 2011 7:29 am

    More time and money wasted, enough already!

  2. Alex permalink
    September 7, 2011 5:07 pm

    I am proud to know their first petition fell through, but I feel as if they are just going to keep submitting the paperwork until finally someone gives in and says fine. I have looked over both Dublin Unified School District’s arguments along with Tri-Valley Learning Corporation’s arguments. Their both logical and they make rather strong arguments on whether or not a charter school should be built. Yet, I still don’t understand why we even need a charter school from what I can see an 879 API score is a rather strong score for a small little school like Dublin High. Is it because people don’t enjoy having to travel from the East to drop their kids off in the West? From what I can tell its only about 5 miles ,from the furthest housing developments, and the school is not more than a few streets to 580/680 on ramps. I can’t really see how it could be an academic performance issue, since Dublin High has been improving every year for the three years I have been there. I really don’t want to think it is something superficial, such as the East want their own high school because the west has one. But is it? Is that the reason people want this Charter school? Or could it genuinely be that the great majority of people don’t want it and in fact a corporation is trying to expand themselves? I really don’t know what it could be, but If the great majority of people blocked it the first time can’t we just say they don’t want it and let that be the end of the story? I don’t know but for those of you reading this and are offended I’m sorry we don’t see things the same way. For those of you, that think this charter school business is a joke then I urge you to go to the public meetings and voice your opinion. I mean really what can we really do beyond giving our opinion.

    Class of 2013

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