Is this going to work? Woodside, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Mar 10, 2009 at 5:47 pm
If Everest Public High School opens in September with 100 freshmen, as seems increasingly likely, the charter school may well settle for its first two years in a low-rent, high-crime community on the southern edge of the county.
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Posted by Hanson, a member of the Woodside High School community, on Mar 10, 2009 at 5:47 pm
I am really stunned at the apparent bias in your article regarding the Sequoia Union High School District's offer for a site for the proposed Everest Charter School. Although the backers of Everest insist they are interested in providing an educational opportunity, it appears they are only interested in serving a select group of students. Apparently they are not interested in East Palo Alto students. Although it is true that hundreds of students in East Palo Alto would benefit from a more local school option, apparently Everest is not interested in fulfilling that role.
After a cursory review of the proposal your article immediately starts examining crime statistics and discusses gunshot location technology. Clearly the crime statistics between East Palo Alto and Menlo Park are different, but what about Redwood City or some of the other communities? The Everest Charter proposal claims to want to draw in students from all of the communities, where did you not discuss crime and traffic statistics among these communities?
Additionally of concern is Everest Charterís impact on a school district that is facing large scale budget cuts. As the high schools in Sequoia face heavy finding cuts and layoffs, how can they justify draining funds for a pet project or a specialized school for a relatively privileged few? Regarding Ms. Tavenerís comments, I wonder what her real agenda is and how much she will choose to pay herself out of the taxpayerís education budget.
Posted by Concerned parent, a resident of the Woodside: Woodside Hills neighborhood, on Mar 16, 2009 at 4:45 pm
If you think that Ms. Tavener is doing this for the money, then you're terribly misinformed. She is a volunteer!
The charter schools are not serving a select group of students as you suggest. If you don't believe me, just drive by Summit Prep on any afternoon (as I do) and you'll see that these kids look and act just like the kids at any other area high school.
The charter schools work because these are students and parents that are motivated and understand the value of education. The charter schools are more successful on less money than the other schools. The school district should thank and embrace these parents and students instead of doing everything they can to discourage their efforts.
But the first thing the Sequoia district should do is give the new Everest school a decent campus. Didn't the district learn anything from their Summit experience?
This has nothing to do with East Palo Alto - it has everything to do with the district officials giving these motivated families nothing more than an empty lot with a few temporary, portable classrooms. Even with that facility disadvantage, I'll bet those kids outperform the students at any of the other fancier high schools.