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Do not revoke the charter for New City School

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On August 21, 2012 the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) Board of Education will vote on whether to revoke the charter of New City School—the last independent charter school standing in Long Beach, and one of two bilingual education K-8 programs in the city.

We cannot allow this to happen.

We, the undersigned, express our support for New City School.  We urge the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education not to revoke New City’s charter and keep the school open.  New City School is too important to the well-being of our downtown Long Beach neighborhood.

New City School provides the only K-8 bilingual program on the westside of Long Beach.  New City School has done an outstanding job of educating our students, even with limited resources.  New City School is one of only two bilingual K-8 programs in the district and the only one on the westside of town, which has the largest Latino population.  New Cit y School excels in bringing English Learners to English language proficiency, far exceeding the rates of LBUSD overall, while continuing to develop their abilities, and those of all New City students, in Spanish language speaking, reading, and writing.

New City School serves as a model for innovation in education.  New City School offers an innovative curriculum, based on the best practices and research on how children learn.  This curriculum integrates logical reasoning, critical thinking, literacy, community participation in the service of  justice, cooperative problem-solving, historical perspective and creative expression in the visual arts and music.

New City School is a model of faculty diversity in educational hiring.  New City School has attracted and maintained a superior  teaching staff that carries out its mission.  In addition, New City School has developed a faculty which reflects the ethnic diversity of its neighborhood, as well as the student population of Long Beach, far better than the LBUSD faculty overall.

New City School provides a safe, intimate learning environment.  New City School offers a choice in education for many low-income families who cannot pay tuition but want an alternative with smaller classroom sizes, learning in English and Spanish, in a safe, beautiful space.

New City School is vital community institution in downtown Long Beach.  New City School has become a vital and beloved community institution, and is an anchor for efforts to improve the health and well-being of our entire community.  As par tof its experience-based learning program, New City built and operates the New City Farm, bringing the largest open green space and a healthy food source to this densely populated urban neighborhood.  The closure of New City School would severely impact the educational opportunity, quality of life, and economic well-being of downtown residents, community organizations, businesses, and their shared community-building efforts.  We urge the District to work in good faith with New City School to reach a fair agreement that satisfies the District’s needs and requirements, and allows New City School to continue operating as educational institution and vital community institution.

Therefore, we strongly urge the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education:  Do not revoke the charter for New City School.


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