I have been following the whole discussion about the potential for a Mandarin Immersion Charter School . I had some sympathy for the proponents of this Charter School, and was willing to support their bid for a Charter School if they did it in a way that didn't hurt our District very much (such as submitting to the county or in a neighboring district.)
However, I lost all sympathetic feelings in the shock of reading the following which was posted to the Palo Alto Menlo Park Mother's Club list.
I am appalled that the leadership of this movement is actually recruiting in NEIGHBORING basic aid districts to try to create demand for this a Charter school in PAUSD. And they’ve written this in such a misleading way as to imply that the charter would somehow be a PAUSD managed school.
I am also appalled that, not only are they trying to overide the will of the community that rejected another immersion program in our District, they are doing so in the way that is most damaging to our District. They are not only applying for a Charter School within District lines, and not only recruiting NON-PA residents to it, but specifically targeting other basic aid districts, which they know full well will be non-reimbursed students.
Additionally, they obviously do not believe there is enough demand inside PA for their program, which really calls in to question their motives for pursuing it to be located in Palo Alto at all, versus in another District. Why not locate in a District that has the need, the space, and the ability to be reimbursed for an MI program?
There is no more hurtful way to us than this to get what they want. What is driving this?
(The following is what was posted on the Palo Alto Menlo Park Mother's list)
We are collecting the names of people who would be interested in having their children attend a mandarin immersion charter school in palo alto starting in fall 2008 with kindergarten and first grades. A charter school is a public school, and you need not be a resident of palo alto to attend.
Our vision is to create a K-5 school which provides an excellent education in both Mandarin and English. If you have a child/children who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2007 OR LATER and you would like them to attend such a school, please email me with the following information, and I will put you in our database. This is not a commitment for enrollment in this school. We are just seeking interested parties to focus our efforts in developing the program.
1. Parent Name(s)
2. Address (Street, city, zip)
3. email address
4. telephone #
5. Child #1 Name and year they will enter Kindergarten (must be 2007 or
6. Child #2 Name and year they will enter Kindergarten
this list may be used to communicate with you about the school as planning
progresses, and may be used to show that there is indeed a need and a demand
for such a school, but it will not be made public.
if you would like to join in the planning and creation of the school, please
email grmah2001@yahoo. com.