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Insist that the California State Board of Education deny flawed charter school petition

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The California State Board of Education is poised to approve an application from Rocketship Charter Schools to start an elementary school in a socioeconomically disadvantaged area of Mt. Diablo Unified School District, an East Bay suburb in the San Francisco Bay area. Their flawed petition has been rejected by both the Mt. Diablo Unified School District Board and the County Board of Education. Rocketship's education model prescribes crippling amounts of homework, students spending 90 plus minutes a day in front of computers without a credentialed teacher present and uses student test scores in math and English to gauge students' success, severely limiting access to the broader grade level curriculum. Rocketship schools post students' test scores on classroom walls to humiliate those students who don't reach established goals and incorporate other emotionally punitive strategies which public schools abandoned in the 1960's. Instead of providing bi-lingual instruction to English language learners, Rocketship schools only provide English language instruction, limiting immigrant students' access to the curriculum and dismissing the rich cultural heritage from which these students come.



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