Superintendent Vitti and his willful violation of the law. (rough draft)

Here is the law about
charter schools.
 b) Charter schools shall fulfill the following
purposes:
1. Improve student
learning and academic achievement.
2. Increase learning
opportunities for all students, with special emphasis on low-performing
students and reading.
The super Tuesday night recommended
a controversial new charter school be allowed to open up in District 2 at the
beach. Superintendent Vitti said if the school was trying to go into
neighborhoods that had low performing students he would not have recommended it.
You can listen to his own
words at the 3:06:30 mark but to sum up he said,
 Charter Schools USA does a pretty good job with affluent
kids but shouldn’t go anywhere near poor kids and if
there application would have had them setting up on the Westside or
the Northside he would have put his foot down and denied it.
And you know what
nobody on the school board blinked.
Where is the special
emphasis on low performing students there? The super says they have no business
being around low performing students but recommended the school for approval
anyways. He in effect said, you know what I am just going to ignore that part
of the law.
Furthermore this means
the super and board have willfully violated the law numerous times.
I can’t imagine Vitti
or the school board can claim ignorance either as the following is taken
directly from the school board’s agenda item.
Expected Outcomes Charter schools are expected to: improve student
learning and academic achievement; increase learning opportunities for all
students, with special emphasis on low-performing students and reading; and
provide parents with sufficient information on whether the child gains at least
a year’s worth of learning for every year spent in the charter school.
The super and board feel they can just ignore special emphasis on low
performing students because hey, screw it, lets just make our friends rich and
outsource our kids futures to for profit companies and it doesn’t matter that
they arguably do a poor job when compared to the city’s public schools.
Charter Schools USA has been opening up schools in our affluent/middle
class neighborhoods for the last couple years and when they have set up in our poor
neighborhoods they have performed poorly, worse than the public schools in
those areas which leads me to believe that even if the schools in the middle
class neighborhoods are doing well they have to be doing worse than the public
schools there.
Why would the superintendent and board vote to break the law? Well Fischer
has taken thousands of dollars directly from charter schools USA so he has a financial
reason to do so. Smith-Juarez has very close ties to the charter school
industry too.
The superintendent during the meeting implied he is just going along
with the state board and department of education who routinely approved charter
schools despite what the law says but he too seems to have predilection for
charter schools as well.

I think the real reason though is there is a quorum on this board that
would privatize and destroy our public schools given the chance and the superintendent
is enabling them.

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