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I remember reading in other comments that some of the students attending this charter school are children or grandchildren of previous board members. If that is the case, it looks like an elaborate scheme to put together essentially a private school for the benefit of a few well-connected people.

Oh--and it was also mentioned to an individual in the neighborhood that they had been told that if their child/children were GATE students, they would be able to attend the charter school. So, picking and choosing by test scores and family connections, multi-million dollar costs for the district--and no one is called on this debacle??

Where was the County Board of Education when all this was happening? Was it nap time? I can only think that the reputation of the County Board of Education is so low that the unscrupulous think all of our schools are fair game. With the example of Ed Brand, Dianne Russo and a few others, I guess we are teaching the wrong things....this nonsense and abuse of public education facilities and dollars must be stopped!

March 2, 2015

Ridiculous how the least privileged pay the bill. Criminal and immoral.

March 2, 2015

Based on the fact that this charter school has been operating for a number of years already, it's too late to talk about shutting it down. The "fatal" step was taken when the board voted to approve the charter. But that doesn't mean that the district now has to roll over to every desire or whim of the charter school's administration. If, in fact, the current location is only temporary, it can be relocated, instead of being accommodated permanently at Silver Wing. The district is, by law, required to attempt to house/host its charter schools in surplus space that is suitable. Well, the story here is that Silver Wing is not suitable for a permanent high school. The district can and should make it very clear to CVLCC that it is being watched closely, and if there are any screw-ups, the charter could be revoked. Then, the school could be encouraged to seek its charter, not from CVESD, but from a high school district. Since there's only one of those in the area, the choice would be obvious. Exactly what the CVESD board members were thinking--assuming that any real thought went into it--when they voted to charter a middle/high school is a mystery to me. But there's no reason to just keep piling one bad decision onto another one. CVESD should do everything it can to cut its ties to this charter operation, and get back to running a K-6 district. Let someone else handle oversight of a secondary charter school.

Feb. 23, 2015

CVsincethe 70s - unfortunately I was not aware of the plan to put a high school on an elementary campus.

Please know, while I believe alternative education has a right to be offered I take exception to my tax dollars being used to support 'Charters' for a variety of reasons

  • IF a Charter is going to be placed in a community, then THAT communities children should be the students.

  • while some Charters reportedly are doing well and the students are benefiting what about the others that are reportedly failing.

  • Why are some Districts resources being used by Charters? Now I understand that they are paying for the services, but if they want to operate as an educational alternative, then they need to be prepared to carry the load of responsibilities on their own dime.

  • I am emphatically against an elementary school being on the same grounds (even if separated by a fence) as a high school.

I encourage members of my community to attend the meeting and share their views. We, after all, are the stewards of those who come after us.

Feb. 26, 2015

Doesn't this all remind you of the governance of Sweetwater during the Gandara and Brand times? The board goes ahead and does just what it pleases. This time it is because the earlier board made commitments that now cannot be escaped, or so the story goes.

eastlaker, I think you may be onto something with your suspicion that this was set up, in part, as a private little school for the chosen few. And as long as it stayed under the radar, they might have pulled it off. But now, with a new CVESD board, it doesn't have to stay that way. If the school is doing what has been alleged, it has been violating the law, and the charter could be cancelled for that reason alone. Either of the things you mentioned about selecting students is NOT anything a charter school is legally permitted to do. If there was ever a time for scrutiny by the COE, the DA, or the state superintendent, now would be it. Those allegations of admitting favorites need to be thoroughly investigated and now, not a year or two down the road.

When Superintendent Escobedo "emphasized that the charter-high students are well behaved", that struck my funny bone. Every supe and every principal will make the claim that the students are well behaved. Usually that's true, but when the claim breaks down is when things get difficult. Teenagers, and this school's students are teenagers, behave as teenagers do. Mostly that's good, but often they do certain things that are not good, even the best of them. Raging hormones can bring out the worst in kids that age, things that are impossible to stop. So, if you are around a high school, you'll see plenty of kissy-face and physical displays of affection. Then there's the language that is used by very, very many teens, and it's not the sort of thing you want first graders to hear.

March 2, 2015

According to CVESD's Dr. Esquivel, "... the charter school will be responsible for the payments for the loan." That might be true, however, charter schools get their funding from their Average Daily Attendance (ADA), meaning--from the TAXPAYERS. The district might want the public to think that these charter schools fend for themselves, but at the end of the day it is the taxpayers who are footing the bill. To limit a kid's chances of attending their neighborhood school by winning a lottery, is totally unacceptable. So much for no taxation without representation! Every child must have the right to attend the school by where they live, period.

March 2, 2015

SJ Torres,

Speaking of disclosure, it's time for you to at least disclose your name.

I do wish in the future you would read before you comment. Neither this article nor the previous one attacks charters; rather the articles give the specifics about a specific problem with one charter wishing to occupy an elementary school campus.

And whoever is feeding you this misinformation about my family members, has an agenda, just like you do.

March 3, 2015

Well folks we brought about change at Southwestern, San Ysidro and Sweetwater - might as well make it a clean sweep and focus our efforts on Chula Vista Elementary. Their 20% reserves lulled many into thinking all was well with the management -

I have a couple of issues I am more than concerned with.

March 4, 2015

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