New charter school would operate from...

New charter school would operate from Boys & Girls Club

There are 47 comments on the Chico Enterprise-Record story from Oct 7, 2010, titled New charter school would operate from Boys & Girls Club. In it, Chico Enterprise-Record reports that:

A new charter school would partner with the Boys & Girls Club to offer extended school days and years to promote learning in students, petitioners said during a Chico Unified School District board of trustees meeting Wednesday night.

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“Who is John Galt?”

Since: Dec 09

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#1 Oct 7, 2010
This could cost union jobs and must be stopped!
whowins

United States

#3 Oct 7, 2010
CUSD Trustee Andrea Lerner Thompson asked Weber if by not bringing the students to Chico Country Day School, "Are we ghettoizing these kids by keeping them in this area?"

And she wants to be reelected to tell us how not to "ghettoize" where has she been? Boys and Girls club is a great location.
Joe Sixpack

Paradise, CA

#4 Oct 7, 2010
One more reason for Staley & Co. to get jealous.
reality redux

Chico, CA

#5 Oct 7, 2010
Let 'em try it...then they can get a real "taste of Chico", rather than the white bread student body through which they glorify their high test scores.
Pace

United States

#6 Oct 7, 2010
"Are we ghettoizing these kids by keeping them in this area?"

What kind of question is that? Does she ask that of the students who go to Chapman, Rosedale, McManus, Fair View, and Parkview?

You can't win. If you open a charter you get criticized for not having enough minorities. When you have special ed and minorities, you get criticized for that. Tell you what. Maybe we should just leave our kids in CUSD that is failing miserably.

CCDS has been highly successful and will do it again and again and again.
KidsFirst

Colfax, CA

#7 Oct 7, 2010
This is such a positive partnership that will benefit kids who need it most. Kudos to the Club and Country Day who seem to have their priorities straight.

And... the lovely downtown Chico and the beautiful Boys & Girlls Club Campus can hardly be considered a "ghetto".
educationisforal l

Chico, CA

#8 Oct 7, 2010
If someone wants a charter school like this for a specific class of people then open one yourself. Take in all the ethnic students with the most money and highest intelligence.. oh wait..they are in the public school doing quite well..

Charter school doesn't work for everyone..but for those it does work for, GREAT! and if a parent doesn't have what it takes to homeschool, then get involved with your public school. Volunteer, help the kids with their school work, tutor them in areas you ARE good at. Make a difference. The schools won't change when all ya do is complain. Get involved!

“Who is John Galt?”

Since: Dec 09

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#9 Oct 7, 2010
Mean Guy wrote:
This could help kids so F-- you and the union jobs!
LOL
Laughable

Chico, CA

#10 Oct 7, 2010
"Ghettoizing" the kids? Chico Country Day School is in the ghetto and it is still great.
Laughable

Chico, CA

#11 Oct 7, 2010
whowins wrote:
CUSD Trustee Andrea Lerner Thompson asked Weber if by not bringing the students to Chico Country Day School, "Are we ghettoizing these kids by keeping them in this area?"
And she wants to be reelected to tell us how not to "ghettoize" where has she been? Boys and Girls club is a great location.
I think the point is that they are targeting one populace. She asked. At least she had a question. Did any of the other board members even ask any questions? I doubt it since they are all incompetent. I am glad we at least have one board member who tries to get all the information possible before making a decision.
Hogwash

United States

#12 Oct 7, 2010
Laughable wrote:
"Ghettoizing" the kids? Chico Country Day School is in the ghetto and it is still great.
Yup. It was a rare "foot in her mouth" moment from Lerner. Just a comment I am sure she wishes she never said.
Jen

Long Beach, CA

#13 Oct 7, 2010
Wow, what an insulting thing to say. I sent my kids to the boys and girls club before CUSD destroyed it by taking away the funding so they can run their own "after school program", if that is what you call it. Now, kids are on their own after school if mom and dad have to work to make a living.
Kudos to CCDS for trying to make our community a better place for students. Good luck to them. I see this as a very positive partnership and I hope it works out.
The one entity that has "ghetto-ized" Chico IS Chico Unified - the best performing schools on one side of town, and the worst performing schools on the other side. Program Improvement Year 8 for Chapman. Let's talk about Ghetto Andrea.
what ghetto

Roseville, CA

#14 Oct 7, 2010
When you're trying to be re-elected to your position, it's not smart to say that keeping kids in a certain part of town is somehow "ghettoizing" them. That's not even an accurate statement to begin with. What an idiot. Good luck getting re-elected!
Smorgasbord Sam

West Tehama County, CA

#15 Oct 7, 2010
reality redux wrote:
Let 'em try it...then they can get a real "taste of Chico", rather than the white bread student body through which they glorify their high test scores.
WOW!!!!!!!!!!
Not only is your statement factually deceptive it is also EXTREMELY Racist.

If you were to perform an accurate assesment you would find CCDS to be a rather nutritious MULTIgrai n environment.

I find it highly offensive that you suggest only WHITE kids are able to produce high test scores.
reality redux

Chico, CA

#16 Oct 7, 2010
Smorgasbord Sam wrote:
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WOW!!!!!!!!!!
Not only is your statement factually deceptive it is also EXTREMELY Racist.
If you were to perform an accurate assesment you would find CCDS to be a rather nutritious&#8194;MULTIgrai n environment.
I find it highly offensive that you suggest only WHITE kids are able to produce high test scores.
it ain't necessarily the color, but the SES, which leads to parenting skills, prenatal care, tobacco and recreational drug use, appropriate nutrition, hygiene etc, all things which add up to the formation of an achieving, or non-achieving student.

"white bread" was merely a general term, and probably incorrectly used (per definition in Urban Dictionary http://www.urbandictionary.com/ ) for the upper middle and middle class students that tend to make up the majority of CCDS student body.
I will let the racist comment slide by, but my comment as to "taste of Chico" stands. Just substitute lower SES for white bread...my apologies sir.
Smorgasbord Sam

West Tehama County, CA

#17 Oct 7, 2010
reality redux wrote:
<quoted text>
it ain't necessarily the color, but the SES, which leads to parenting skills, prenatal care, tobacco and recreational drug use, appropriate nutrition, hygiene etc, all things which add up to the formation of an achieving, or non-achieving student.
"white bread" was merely a general term, and probably incorrectly used (per definition in Urban Dictionary http://www.urbandictionary.com/ ) for the upper middle and middle class students that tend to make up the majority of CCDS student body.
I will let the racist comment slide by, but my comment as to "taste of Chico" stands. Just substitute lower SES for white bread...my apologies sir.
Well I won't let it slide. Your WHITEBREAD comment was repugnant.

Neither will I let your SES comment slide. It is not accurate.

Do you cast the same criticism upon Hooker Oak?

Is such criticism even an appropriate avenue? Should we not admire the acheivement of high scoring students, regardless of SES? Should we punish any student, regardless of SES, by restricting their access to altenative opportunity simply because others choose not to seek that same opportunity? The lottery allows for equal access to students of ALL SES.
Laughable

Chico, CA

#18 Oct 7, 2010
I just love this pile-on of Andrea Thompson, the only intelligent board member we have because she asked a question. The Boys and Girls club might be in a great location for a club, but it is not great as a school. Busy streets, a large homeless population downtown, traffic and our wonderful park only a few blocks away. No one shopping for a school would choose that location unless the were desperate to go anywhere but CUSD, which PLENTY of people are. Look at where Country Day used to be, and is located now. Look at all of the different places Blue Oak has been. Four Winds was out at the Fairgrounds.

Asking if we are "ghettoizing" our kids is a fair question, and it was answered well. Maybe now she is convinced we aren't "ghettoizing our kids" but people who want to pile on here might want to ask themselves if they are going to pull out of their neighborhood schools to go to a school that caters to the underperforming student. With all of the focus on the high test scores at Country Day, why go to a school that will pretty much guarantee getting low scores? And if the answer is because your child is underperforming and needs extra help then it seems like we are levelizing our schools to only focus on one group of students.

I hope they do make this charter work, that they turn what would be an underperforming student body at Citrus, Rosedale, Parkview or Chapman into a high performing student body.

One more example of how CUSD is failing the students they are supposed to be helping succeed.
Parent

United States

#19 Oct 7, 2010
I agree, give Andrea a break. 99% of the time she says the right thing. One time, she makes a little slip and gets pounded. The others say stupid things ALL the time and we're just used to it. Did you hear last night Kaiser and Robinson saying that the food in the cafeteria is wonderful? What planet are they on? Sure there are exceptions, but there's still a lot of garbage sold, pre-packaged burritos, pizza, snack bar items. They're excuse that, "Well, that's what kids like," is no more valid than if we agreed to put king beds in classrooms at the high school because kids like to fool around with their boyfriend/girlfriend. At least Lerner was the one who disagreed with the cheerleader candidates and agreed that the district sold garbage.

Chico Country Day has done a great job. Not many can argue that they have a better reputation than CUSD. If they can make BGC into a school, let them do it. It's not like CUSD is performing for those students. Knowing CUSD, once they lose those students, their test scores will go up and they will claim they improved the schools. Baloney again. It's exactly what they are doing with Parkview. They imported GATE students and changed the population.
FYI

Long Beach, CA

#20 Oct 7, 2010
I don't believe ALT's statement was meant to disparage either the Boys and Girls Club or the children of the schools listed in the story. CCDS has a BIG diversity problem. Very few minority families are willing to place there kids at CCDS because of the lack of a diverse, multicultural school population. Many of these families live within spitting distance of CCDS and yet they do not choose to go there. CCDS has been trying to reach out to these communities without absolutely no effect. I assume this is their solution. ALT rightfully questioned why they would attempt to segregate the kids from Chapman, Rosedale, Citrus, etc from the current CCDS population. Segregation based on class/income/race - pure and simple. They should of been called on it and they were.
FYI

Long Beach, CA

#21 Oct 7, 2010
oops...I mean't to say "WITH absolutely no effect."

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