Charters seek to "Rattle the Capitol”
The California Charter School Association is urging supporters to “Rattle the Capitol,” specifically the California Assembly, to defeat a bill that would require Charter schools and Charter Management Organizations using public funds, to comply with the California Public Records Act. The act makes records available for public inspection. AB 1478 is before the assembly now. Since the CCSA is calling for its "rattle" on Tuesday January 16, readers might wish to call their assembly representative urging a yes vote to require that charters be as transparent as other public agencies.(graphic from CSEA campaign)
STOP ROCKETSHIP CHARTER!
On January 17 the WCCUSD Board of Education will vote on the proposal for Rocketship Charter School.
SPEAK UP AND SAY NO to Rocketship and other Charter schools!
- Charter schools force the closing of neighborhood schools.
- Charter schools are run by private, outside companies. They do not have local, transparent, elected Boards.
- Studies show Charter schools are no better than public schools and often much worse.
- If the WCCUSD Board votes NO on Rocketship on January 17, the proposal will go to the Contra Costa Board of Education.
- Join the Public Core email list: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Email the School Board before the meeting
- Attend the School Board Meeting 6:30pm Wednesday Jauary 17, DeJean Middle School, 33rd Street at MacDonald
Background : “Rocketship San Pablo”
At the November 15 School Board meeting, there was a fantastic turnout of families, community members, educators, and other supporters for our local, district public schools. The San Pablo community was well-represented, with students, parents, and teachers from Lake, Bayview, Dover, Downer and Helms. Not one single parent from San Pablo was there to show support for Rocketship. However, Rocketship bussed in families fromANTIOCH to the meeting to advocate for the charter.
What we heard
- Rocketship Charter presented its petition at the meeting
- Passionate speeches were given by the public opposing charters in WCCUSD
- Questions by the WCCUSD School Board included:
- Is Rocketship willing to pay its fair share of the financial impact on WCCUSD? (no clear answers)
- Where are the San Pablo parents in favor of Rocketship? (none present)
- How will Rocketship respond if its employees want to unionize? (no clear answer)
- Date for vote on Rocketship’s application: Not set
- Facilities: Rocketship said they will first try to seek private investment (but based on their actions in five other districts, we know they will ask for one of our school sites. We cannot lose a school to this outside group!)
- Petition can be viewed on the WCCUSD website
See attachment to November 15, 2017 Board Agenda
F.3. Initial Public Hearing for Rocketship San Pablo Elementary Charter Petition
What can you do?
Write to the School Board to say NO to Rocketship. Let the School Board know that we need to invest our money in the diverse, inclusive public schools our students deserve, and not divert funds to form charter schools that are run by private outside companies -- without local, transparent, elected boards.
Liz Block email@example.com
Val Cuevas Valerie.Cuevas@wccusd.net
Tom Panas firstname.lastname@example.org
Madeline Kronenberg email@example.com
Mister Phillips firstname.lastname@example.org
We will let you know the date of the vote as soon as it is determined.
Thanks to everyone for your support!
See the Untied Teachers of Richmond report and photos here.
Is YOUR neighborhood school at risk for closure?
There are THIRTEEN charter schools currently in WCCUSD. If this encroachment on enrollment continues, WCCUSD may not have the finances be able to continue to operate all of our current traditional public schools.
Rocketship Charter School management company has petitioned WCCUSD for a charter school in San Pablo. If approved, which school will have to be closed? Lake? Bayview? Dover? Which neighborhood will a charter management company target next? It could be your school.
Now is the time to STAND TOGETHER for ALL of our children!
We need to make this fundamental choice clear to our WCCUSD Board:
We want to invest our money in the diverse, inclusive public schools our students deserve, not divert funds to form charter schools that are run by private outside companies -- without local, transparent, elected boards.
What is Rocketship?
- Charter management company founded by John Danner, a tech multi-millionaire who made his fortune from internet advertising.
- Employer of uncredentialed teachers who run computer labs, where young children spend up to 80 to 100 minutes daily.
- Another charter school group where the “proof” of better test scores is questionable.
Genoveva Calloway, Vice Mayor City of San Pablo
Joanna Pace, Spokesperson, publiccore.net
Invictus Charter Application Approved by County Board
The Invictus Charter application, rejected by the WCC Board, was then approved unanimously by the County Board on September 6 in Pleasanton.
Our local Board turned down the Invictus Academy of Richmond on July 19. Voting for: Block, Panas. Against:Phillips, Kroneberg, Cuevas. Click here for the presentation, and petition. See item E4 here for links to the attached documents.