Crisis at Bayfront Charter High

I can't speak specifically to this school, but I can attest to the fact that at least one Charter K-8 school in CVESD is doing a stellar job. This school offers an amazing amount of programs for the students, has among the highest attendance rates, scores among the highest against schools with similar demographics, has been recognized locally and nationally for programs and results, and is generally well run. A well run Charter requires numerous things - a Director/Principal that is in it for the right reason -the kids - and not for empire building, money, fame, etc; an executive team that has the same goals; teachers that are dedicated with a kid first mentality, but are also flexible and willing to try new, better and more efficient and innovative ways to teach, and probably most important an independent board of directors who are willing to oversee, question and hold the Director accountable to run the Charter according to its Bylaws and Charter. It is possible to have this, but it takes a lot of work and coordination. Let's not paint all Charters with a broad brush. If we did the same to all schools and how they are run, many holes would be found. Let's hold each Charter accountable. Let's make sure we have an involved Board that is willing to put in the time to oversee the Director and school. Let's make sure CVESD is doing its due diligence, teachers are engaged and parents are involved. At the end of the day, the goal is to provide children the best education possible and prepare them for the future. Some Charters do this better than public schools.
— February 18, 2016 3:15 p.m.

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