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Bullis should hit pause on Mountain View plan

Original post made on Dec 14, 2018

If you bring up Bullis Charter School in Mountain View or Los Altos, you're likely to hear a range of reactions.

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Posted by MVObserver
a resident of another community
on Dec 14, 2018 at 5:40 pm

Can you please inform the readers if this Opinion Piece was written by the editorial staff or an anonymous contributor? It’s difficult to relate to without knowing that context.

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Posted by Fred Coates
a resident of another community
on Dec 15, 2018 at 7:55 am

Fred Coates is a registered user.

It is important to understand that BCS will most likely not postpone their plans for a variety of reasons.

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Posted by Shrug?
a resident of The Crossings
on Dec 15, 2018 at 11:32 pm

Doesn't really matter who wrote this. It's clearly not about helping children learn, rather the children are pawns here. This is part of a political campaign, sometimes stealthy and sometimes not, with concerted efforts to define facts and narrative for our consumption.

It takes work to find nuggets of truth in a flood of skillfully crafted talking points but that work is how we can see through manipulation. Most of it is noise in the end.

Let's provide the best possible public education to our children, whatever it takes. Let's support those who focus on actually teaching children, and ignore those who are committed to political war.

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Posted by School Choice
a resident of Bailey Park
on Dec 16, 2018 at 5:11 am

This is a silly editorial. Apparently the Editor is unaware of how market choices work. No one will be forced to attend the charter school. If they fail to offer better educational services than the public school, then they will fail. If low income parents don’t like how the charter school is working they can send their child to a local public school

Amazinglly the Editor is supporting the status quo which has a monopoly on school choice. Maybe they are afraid that a new paper could compete with them.

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Posted by JR
a resident of another community
on Dec 16, 2018 at 8:55 am

Thanks for the great editorial, I agree 100%. Imagine you are running a business that requires negotiating for facilities, labor, supplies, customers years in advance. All of the sudden due to some legal loophole you're required to dump 15% of your operation with a few months notice. If you think that won't harm your operation then you're nuts. It means breaking labor agreements, disrupting supply chain, and customers are the ones who will be harmed. Now let's say you're running a school in the same situation.. kids are the ones who will get harmed due to actions of Bullis. There is no question about it.

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Posted by Upheaval
a resident of another community
on Dec 16, 2018 at 1:23 pm

There are many ways to look at this, but of course the bottom line is that there is a state system for forming Charter Schools, and this particular case meets all the requirements down to the last detail. So I hope it will go ahead as planned. The letter from the PTA people is particularly out of place. They represent the kids that are benefiting in the current system, whereas there are are more than 1000 who are not benefiting. Check it out. You'll find that there are many families who do not participate in the PTA's. They should look in the mirror and ask why THEY are waiting to do something about THAT.

One way to look at this issue of forming a new school amidst the district's own efforts is to stop and think about it. They plan to rejigger ALL the attendance areas anyway, drop enrollment in 3 schools, and significantly increase enrollment in the other 3 plus add a brand new school on a very tiny piece of land next to a big school which is rented out to Google for "Infant care in the Woods." Some say this means too much is going on to add in the variable of forming yet another new public school at the same time. I'd agree the plans are somewhat daunting, but it seems to me that the new charter school really adds nothing to the existing complication. In fact, the new charter school seems to be picking the exact right moment to come into being. It won't get any simpler in the future. It would add to problems for everyone to delay on adding the charter school. The chorus next year is likely to be "Look how much of a mess we had last year--we can't do it again. Stop the charter school."

It's better to do it all at once. If there's any case to be made for delay, it would be to delay some of the district's own plans. They are the ones attempting to do too much with all these changes. But even there, you can argue that they need to rip the band aid off all at once, to lessen the total pain from all the changes of moving around the disadvantaged kids and decreasing diversity in many of the current schools. The new charter school aims only to mirror the overall demographics of the school district, not to be 100% low income. In principle they have the best goal and the easiest diversity to implement.

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