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Bullis charter school can expand

Original post made on Nov 25, 2008

Education ruled this week, despite pleas from Los Altos School District parents and trustees, who called the expansion "unnecessary" and "divisive," and said there was not enough space at the school's current location.

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Posted by CA Education Code
a resident of another community
on Nov 25, 2008 at 2:31 pm

Mr. Goines should understand or at least read the California Education Code before commenting to the press about his very narrow interpretation of the objectives for charter schools. Even if he personally disagrees with the intent of the law, he should not be misleading the public about it.

Ed Code 47601:
It is the intent of the Legislature, in enacting this part,
to provide opportunities for teachers, parents, pupils, and community
members to establish and maintain schools that operate independently
from the existing school district structure, as a method to
accomplish all of the following:
(a) Improve pupil learning.
(b) Increase learning opportunities for all pupils, with special
emphasis on expanded learning experiences for pupils who are
identified as academically low achieving.
(c) Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching
methods.
(d) Create new professional opportunities for teachers, including
the opportunity to be responsible for the learning program at the
schoolsite.
(e) Provide parents and pupils with expanded choices in the types
of educational opportunities that are available within the public
school system.
(f) Hold the schools established under this part accountable for
meeting measurable pupil outcomes, and provide the schools with a
method to change from rule-based to performance-based accountability
systems.
(g) Provide vigorous competition within the public school system
to stimulate continual improvements in all public schools.

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Posted by Amy
a resident of another community
on Dec 10, 2008 at 6:11 pm

Bullis charter school seems to me, to be just an excuse for wealthy families to send their kids to a private school without actually sending them to a private school. It's convenient and now that it's been open for a few years, parents (and probably students) are scared to leave the nest, so to speak, and go to a school with "other" children. That's why they want to add upper grades. They'll keep adding grades until it's all the way through high school. I'm ashamed of the way Bullis operates. It caters to the wealthiest families with access to a school district that far outdoes any others and does NOT invite or encourage students from districts such as EPA or Redwood City to come and learn there. BCS is equal to the KKK as far as I'm concerned.