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Will Ravenswood push back against charter school expansion?

Original post made on Feb 6, 2019

At a packed community meeting Tuesday night, Belle Haven parents, staff and residents urged the Ravenswood school board against uprooting any district school in order to provide space for an expanding charter school, and some trustees indicated a desire to "fight" the charter school's request.

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Posted by East Palo Alto employee
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 6, 2019 at 4:49 pm

The closing of a Ravenswood school and future changes are inevitable as working families are priced (pushed)out of East Palo Alto,Belle Haven & Redwood City,by big money and the housing needs of tech workers. The specific issue here is the mismanagement by current Superintendent & prior school trustees that sped up the matter. Also companies like Facebook & Google share blame as most of their service jobs are carried out by 3rd party contractors that don't pay a living wage, forcing service workers,teachers or anyone not an engineer to commute from Modesto, Stockton,Tracy just to make a living

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Posted by resident of EPA
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 8, 2019 at 12:04 pm

In view of substandard public schools and especially the mess that the Ravenswood school district has been in, I believe that alternatives, a healthy competition and “better” options for our students are a good thing. Therefore, I support Charter Schools.

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Posted by Terique
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 8, 2019 at 3:20 pm

I would like to see a private university established in East Palo Alto.

One with outstanding academics & a major sports program.

This endeavor would put EPA on the national map & increase property values.

The Gates have enough money to help start one. It could even be named after them.

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Posted by Ladamian
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 8, 2019 at 7:11 pm

> I would like to see a private university established in East Palo Alto.
One with outstanding academics & a major sports program.

Yes. It would be like Stanford but not as uppity.

The key would be getting top educators to come to EPA along with an established football & basketball coach as successful sports programs contribute greatly to university developmental aspirations.

In time, EPA could become a college town like New Haven, Cambridge & Palo Alto.

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Posted by Ask Questions
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 8, 2019 at 8:57 pm

Dear Resident - I highly encourage you to visit these "better" charter schools. I have been HORRIFIED by what I have seen with my own eyes. When you do please ask them about teacher qualifications. Please ask them about the children that are left outside the room without supervision in the cold constantly. Please ask them about screaming at an belittling young children. Additionally, while RCSD may have some serious areas of growth I have been blown away by the exceptional instruction that I see inside each of the district school sites and the positive community of families, students and teachers. RCSD also does not kick children out - the same cannot be said for charter schools.

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Posted by shaq
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 9, 2019 at 2:09 pm

Why won't someone financially assist or promote building a university in EPA?

The land is there & this would be the greatest redevelopment concept/project in the history of the city.

I suspect that there are 'some people' who wouldn't want to see this happen.

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Posted by Pro-Public Schools
a resident of Mountain View
on Feb 15, 2019 at 11:29 am

Charter schools do not have publicly elected school boards, yet they are allowed to use taxpayer money. They drain resources away from vulnerable public school students and place undue burden on school districts. Repeal Prop 39!

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