There is a school board meeting tonight, but as I’ve written many times, it’ll be more of the same: Unanimous approval of everything the staff recommends (Lots of your tax dollars) with little or no (usually no) questioning of anything by the board.

They’ll go through the motions of listening to the public comments with concerned looks on their faces and any follow-up will die a quiet death.

Then you’ll hear the board members talk about where they’ve been and how wonderful and fabulous everything is. And none of it will tied directly to a discussion of improved academic performance.

You won’t hear anything about what is being done to boost Common Core test scores (Try to find those scores on the district;s website!) or about a plan to close the achievement gap in the Costa Mesa schools.

It’s just more rubber stamping, business as usual, but it’s not surprising. If it’s any consolation, we’re not alone: A recent meeting to get community input for a new superintendent at the LAUSD drew 12 people.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

Steve Smith

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