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News - August 27, 2010

Stanford school tale reflects conflict in state law

Ravenswood gains financially by closing struggling but improving charter school

by Chris Kenrick

Closure of a Stanford University-sponsored charter elementary school in East Palo Alto will bring substantially more funds into the financially strapped Ravenswood City School District for the new school year.

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Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at ckenrick@paweekly.com.

Comments

Posted by Oliver, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 25, 2010 at 10:43 am

Dear Superintendent De La Vega - Your role as superintendent should not be to protect the district. Your role should be to provide the best education and opportunities possible to students who live in your district.


Posted by anonymous, a resident of another community
on Aug 25, 2010 at 10:48 am

Oliver:

isn't the superintendent doing so, by funneling $2.6 million into the rest of the district, benefiting a far greater number of students?


Posted by C, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 25, 2010 at 11:33 am

Money comes money goes..... When will they care about the students and what the student wants?


Posted by anonymous, a resident of another community
on Aug 25, 2010 at 11:53 am

C:

isn't the superintendent doing so, by funneling $2.6 million into the rest of the district, benefiting a far greater number of students?


Posted by Joshua Zucker, a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 25, 2010 at 12:15 pm

anonymous: 2.6 million for 600 students is only $4333 per student.

According to Web Link the district spends $7922 per pupil, and the district spends 58% on instruction, which is already more than $4333 per pupil without considering any other costs for supporting these students.

So how does this benefit other students? It seems like this is going to be a significant reduction in per-pupil spending.


Posted by anonymous, a resident of another community
on Aug 25, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Add the numbers in, use the whole equation.

or as Mr Twain is oft credited: "lies, damn lies, and..."


Posted by puckman979, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 25, 2010 at 3:32 pm

You can add, subtract, multiply and divide all you want. Ravenswood has 600 more students to educate and they'll be measured by the same academic standards. Give the Stanford vs. Ravenswood debate a rest and let the Ravenswood educators do their jobs. Try some support and encouragement for a change!


Posted by Lovinda, a resident of another community
on Aug 25, 2010 at 3:46 pm

As a volunteer for several years at the former East Palo Alto Academy, my experiences were all positive. The teachers were devoted; the kids worked hard. I fear that this decision was not made in the best interests of the children. Here's hoping that, somehow, the kids come out stronger and better educated!


Posted by Observer, a resident of another community
on Aug 25, 2010 at 7:46 pm

This appears to be a black eye for Stanford. The kids apparently were not doing very well academically, and many of the teachers from Stanford had a hard time relating to the kids.

It's sad I don't think it should have been closed; Stanford should have been given another chance to revamp the program to help both the student teachers and the kids.


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