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Posted: Saturday, February 4, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:39 am, Mon Feb 6, 2012.

This spring, hundreds of students' names will go into a bucket. They are from families seeking one of 66 spots available at Aspire's Vincent Shalvey Academy, housed in a former Sibbs grocery store in Morada.

At Shalvey, the competition for enrollment is keen, test scores are high, and parents are generally engaged and satisfied.

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  • Evan Stone posted at 12:19 pm on Mon, Feb 6, 2012.

    estone052060 Posts: 1

    I find it interesting that they cite River Oaks as an example of "open(ing) schools in lower-income neighborhoods." We live in Lodi, and two of my kids, who are white, go to APEX Academy in downtown Stockton, which is an Aspire school. They also have Rosa Parks Academy, which is south of Charter Way in Stockton. These are examples of opening schools in lower-income neighborhoods. Aspire is anything but elitist. The kids that attend APEX are mostly Hispanic and Black. My guess is that there are about 10% white kids at these schools.

    It's also disconcerting to hear representatives of Lodi Unified get so defensive about the charters. Maybe they should replicate some of the successful techniques that they are using. It sounds more like they're defending their budgets than it does defending the kids. It is, after all, about the kids, isn't it?

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 11:28 am on Mon, Feb 6, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    AB1172 is in Sacramento, wanting School Districts to deny or approve Charter Schools, if it will affect the money they get..gee, who do you think will win that battle, the charter school or the unions?? " This bill would include the finding that the charter school would have a negative fiscal impact on the school district, as specified, among those findings upon which a school district may base denial of a petition for
    the establishment of a charter school."
    Another bill to limit the number of Charter Schools in California has been pulled for now...



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