Extend MSA-SC school lease, don't throw out nearly 500 students!

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Extend MSA-SC school lease, don't throw out nearly 500 students!

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The Santa Clara Unified School District is forcing the closure of Magnolia Science Academy Santa Clara, one of the top 10 public charter schools in the Silicon Valley. MSA-Santa Clara is the only public charter middle and high school in the district, and its closure would displace 466 students.

We respectfully ask that the school district allow us to continue using our campus in the fall, so our administration can have time to secure a facility for the 2016-17 school year.

The school district claims that they want our campus back because they intend to renovate the school to open it up as a district school in the 2016-17. Yet, the district has admitted publicly that they will not be using the site for the 2015-16 school year and that all planned renovation of the school site can be completed over the summer break. The District is turning down $500,000 in rent payments by leaving the campus closed for the year.

The district wants to quash the choice we made to send our kids to MSA, Santa Clara. Charter schools are public schools, and their students deserve equal access to facilities. Although SCUSD is refusing to extend MSA-SC’s lease, they are continuing to lease three school sites to private schools, thus prioritizing private school students over public school students. Santa Clara Unified is denying its own students their legal right to classrooms.

Our children are getting a top-notch education and are getting prepared to attend and succeed at the best colleges in the nation. They have access to a rigorous STEM-focused academic program that introduces algebra, robotics, engineering and coding as early as the 6th grade. Students have won numerous prestigious awards in math, science, robotics, and engineering competitions.

Santa Clara Unified will be doing our kids a huge disservice if they refuse to provide us with a campus in the fall and effectively deny our kids access to the high-quality education they have been receiving. The students, staff and parents need your help. Please sign this petition so students are NOT evicted and teachers do NOT lose their jobs.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,

Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
― Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

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The Magnolia Science Academy Santa Clara PTO

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