Summit Prep has proven to be a great public school alternative for students who thrive better in a small school setting. And Everest has the potential to do the same for students, integrating Mandarin into the curriculum.
As a parent of a Woodside High student, I am extremely pleased with the education he is receiving at the large high school. That does not mean that all students can thrive in that kind of setting.
When I opened up a recent e-mail from Woodside High's PTSA, I was disturbed to learn that the PTSA is taking an active role in discouraging educational opportunities for students living in the district and telling members that they need to oppose Everest's charter or else Woodside will "lose additional funding from our district as it is forced to house an additional facility."
Why do Sequoia and the Woodside PTSA feel so threatened by the possibility of successful charter schools? The accusations leveled against these local charter schools by the school district and the PTSA have been unfair and misleading, and do nothing to help elevate the quality of education in the community.
Again, choice is a good thing, and so is a little healthy competition. Especially when it comes to public education.
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