Allow Future Business Leaders of America to remain a club at Vista del Lago High School
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A petition of: Mai-Thanh Nguyen, Prisha Balaguru, Chiara Mckenna
Addressed to: The California Department of Education and the Folsom Cordova Unified School District
The Folsom Cordova Unified School District states in their very first vision statement that they are dedicated to provide students with “a broad range of rigorous educational opportunities” in order to allow “students to reach their full potential and successfully meet the demands and opportunities of a highly technological 21st Century.”
Yet, the district has forced the competitive organization of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) to cease, all due to an abrupt enforcement of a career and technical education/educator (CTE) certified teacher and business pathways qualification policy set down by the California Department of Education (CDE). FBLA has enabled students to expand both personal and career growth, enhancing their high school experience and preparing themselves for a myriad of professions. CDE and California school districts should be in place to encourage the enrichment of students, not hinder them from opportunities of educational growth. Many students are dependent on the amazing extracurriculars at Vista del Lago High School such as FBLA in order to network with others and discover interests. Shutting down FBLA in an attempt to require schools to have business certified teachers is unrealistic and exacerbating the already few opportunities available to students. CTE qualification requires a demanding amount of resources and money, making it extremely inconvenient for an organization like FBLA to exist. The FBLA organization has been active at Vista for nearly a decade and despite not having a CTE certified teacher or business pathways program, it has succeeded through student initiative, allowing us to develop both emotional intelligence and a growth mindset.
Our district aims to provide students with a range of “rigorous educational opportunities”, yet this policy is the antithesis of this mission. Furthermore, it is counterintuitive to the idea that schools exist to foster students “to excel in a global arena.” Students can only excel in this “global arena” if given the opportunity for independent learning, separate from a certified teacher.
We would appreciate if you would sign this petition if you feel that this CDE and district action will impede on personal growth for you, your classmates, future students, and your Vista child. Even if there is absolutely no way to allow FBLA to remain at vista without a CTE certified teacher, we should be given at least one year to adapt to this policy. We absolutely love our school, our district, and all of the educational opportunities we enjoy in the state of California. Let’s strive to make it even better!
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