Vote Against the Proposed Charter School for Stamford, CT
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If you are a Stamford, CT Resident we ask you today to vote against the proposed Stamford Charter School for Excellence and vote yes to Stamford Public Schools.
Vote to EDUCATE ALL of our children, not just a select few.
This Wednesday, April 2nd, the State Board of Ed will hold a hearing to determine if they should approve this application. If you agree against having a Charter School in Stamford - Please Sign this petition TODAY!
Parent Teacher Council of Stamford, CT :: Talking Points Against Proposed Charter School
1. STATE FUNDING INEQUITIES:
CURRENT ECS FUNDING FOR SPS: Approx. $580 per student
CHARTER SCHOOL FUNDING: Approx. $11,000 per student
- SPS school district ALSO must pay for transportation, additional special education costs and other related services for students attending the proposed charter school.
- All of these costs will come out of our operating budget, so it will directly affect our SPS students.
- These funds should be awarded directly to SPS to support the education of ALL students in Stamford.
2. THE NEW CHARTER SCHOOL WILL NOT HELP SPS’s CURRENT OVERCROWDING ISSUE:
- Our district’s overcrowding crisis is now.
- Charter school is planned to open in 2015 and will only impact 112 seats (56 K and 56 first grade) in that first year.
- Charter school is directly competing for available classroom space against the City of Stamford.
3. STAMFORD ALREADY HAS PLENTY OF SCHOOL CHOICE:
- Stamford has 3 district elementary magnet schools, 1 district magnet middle school, 1 interdistrict magnet elementary/middle school, 1 interdistrict magnet high school, 1 state chartered middle school, 1 state chartered high school, 14 traditional public schools, and in Fall 2014, 1 technical high school
- Stamford is distinct in that many parents LOVE their neighborhood schools and choose to have their children attend these local schools-that is OUR choice as parents.
4. STAMFORD’S SCHOOLS ARE INTEGRATED
- Our student population represents the demographics in our city.
- We have a 10% rule for all of our schools, which is more inclusive than the state’s 25% rule.
- Our schools are representative of the city’s overall diversity. The administrators of Bronx Charter School do not have the experience teaching a heterogeneous population like WE DO.
- We are the model of integration.
- We do not do a “blind lottery” as SCSE is planning to do, which has been shown to increase segregation
- SCSE is also planning to specifically target our children of color and economically disadvantaged students for recruitment, which will all but ensure a segregated school
5. STAMFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE A PROVEN TRACK RECORD
- SPS has increased the graduation rate from 83% to 89%
- SPS has had a double digit decrease in the achievement gap on CMTs over the past 7 years in grades 3-8
- We ARE making progress
6. THE CHARTER SCHOOL PROCESS HAS BEEN FLAWED FROM THE START
- The CT Education Commissioner solicited charter school applications for Stamford and select other cities, without the Mayor or Superintendent’s knowledge or input
- SPS is an Alliance district and is actively engaged with the state to close our achievement gap
- This lack of transparency undermines local control of our schools
- BCSE did not seek input from the Superintendent, school officials, the mayor or parents groups and did not visit our schools.
- BCSE’s application contains many misrepresentations and several inaccuracies about our district achievements
Article: Charter school pitch not about helping community - StamfordAdvocate http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Lecker-Charter-school-pitch-not-about-helping-5338987.php
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