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LASD Unanimously Approves Preliminary Facilities Offer to Bullis

Emotions ran high, and the room was packed. In the end, Monday night, the Los Altos School Board voted to approve a preliminary facilities offer to Bullis Charter School that BCS leadership—and its principal, strongly dislike.

The Los Altos School Board voted 5-0 to approve a preliminary facilities offer to the Bullis Charter School Monday night.

This is a photo taken early in the evening, where more than 100 people filled Covington School's multipurpose room Monday night to hear the board discuss and vote on the district's preliminary offer of facilities. 

The crowd would swell to standing room only. With emotion running high, many also came to speak out in favor and against it.

Los Altos Patch will have full coverage from contributing writer Nicole Baldocchi Tuesday.

Joan J. Strong February 02, 2012 at 05:44 PM
This video, after two short weeks, is the #1 video for Bullis Charter School on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO3C17Uv1fc Yep, "competition" is GREAT. For the first time EVER this year, parents of our top-ranked public schools here are finally going to compete with BCS on level terms. Every prospective parent, if we do our job right, will know the FACTS before they apply. We'll see what happens to those application number THEN. Most parents in our community have no idea that, in order to save their local public school from imminent closure, they need to work hard and spend money to fight a roving gang of billionaires and their lawyers bent on closing local public schools. We're making great progress in educating them though.
BCS Parent February 02, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Only speaking for myself, not the greater BCS community: Question: BCS, as a public school, has no board member who represents the non-BCS public. Will it pursue one? Answer: Like most, I am a fan of transparency and I also want BCS to be considered more a part of the overall community as opposed to an island unto itself. I hope that the board is seriously considering this, and if they are not pursuing this as an option, I would like to hear why they feel it would be detrimental to the school.
Joan J. Strong February 02, 2012 at 05:51 PM
They legally can't share the parcel tax with BCS because it's chartered by the County and the voters gave the money to the District, which twice rejected the Charter. Why don't you ask the COUNTY to pass a parcel tax for YOUR school? But no matter, since BCS as an INFINITE LEGAL BUDGET, and supporters here have already promised to do so, I am SURE we're going to see a lawsuit against our District real soon now in order to overturn this bit of reality. That's what BCS does: they sue our school district. Always have. Always will.
BCS Parent February 02, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Only speaking for myself, not the greater BCS community: Question: I have heard the BCS community make demands. I have not heard an offer. Does BCS have a proposal that does not involve displacing families who have chosen neighborhood schools More succinctly: What is BCS's "long term solution"? Answer (Part 1): This is no easy answer here, and I’ll need some time to detail different scenarios. I would, however, like to start with this comment. I am a believer in school choice, and believe that a properly implemented and supported charter school will be a tremendous asset to Los Altos. A future that sees BCS situated on a proper campus and delivering its world -class education to a large number of district students is worth working towards. I want the students in our district to get an education that rivals the best private schools in the area, while still serving the needs of all students. LASD is not immune from some of the structural problems with education in California, and I will be happy to have an independent charter operating in our district that provides incentive for LASD to keep improving, and that can act as a hedge against some of the challenges faced by traditional schools. I mention all this because, in addition to working out some of the painful details, we need to hammer out a shared vision. If we can't agree on a common goal we are most certainly going to fail.
David CourtsRight February 03, 2012 at 06:41 AM
Back in the 1950s, opponents of desegregation believed busing would destroy neighborhood schools and community pride. It is now 2012, and I still believe that providing equal educational opportunities for all children is not constitutional. I want to live in my bubble and only think about me. Who cares about civil liberties? Screw the CA Supreme Court. Charter schools are probably here to stay, and I do believe that they will be one of the ways that the US educational system stands a fighting chance. The fact that we have one of the highest performing charter schools in the country is not lost on me. I realize that it does help property values around here. But I don't want to have to give up that free money we currently have from them! Why is that selfish?! History may look back to this unfortunate time and paint people like me the same way as supporters of Jim Crow laws are viewed today, but I don't care. A few years from now, I will probably have to explain to my future children why my insular and egocentric perspective hurt taxpayers and ultimately cost jobs and educational opportunities for our community, but I think I can still look at myself in the mirror. If not, I love spending time with my therapist so no biggie!

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