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Jody and Tom Cook offer a deeper look at what drives families to choose a charter school

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Posted: Saturday, February 4, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 8:22 am, Sat Feb 4, 2012.

Jody and Tom Cook put their son Luka Jovic's name into a charter school lottery seven years ago, eager to look into options other than a standard public school.

"Once we started looking outside the realm of our neighborhood school ... we felt [a charter school] was an obvious choice to give our children a better education," said Tom Cook.

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  • Mary Ragusa posted at 9:27 pm on Sat, Feb 4, 2012.

    lilragu Posts: 21

    LUSD schools do not give letter grades; how many of the "chosen" students at Aspire Schools are enrolled in Special Education (speech, learning disabled programs, adaptive PE, physically challenged, communicatively handicapped, etc...) How many of the "chosen" students arrive their first day of kindergarten speaking no English? How many of the "chosen" students have parents who are illiterate (in English and any other language)? How many of those "chosen" students' parents would invite the Sentinel to a small 1/2 bedroom apartment housing more than one family to conduct their interview about their child being at the Aspire Charter Schools?
    And yes, as a teacher in a "regular" public school, I do have all of the above type of students in my classroom at some point in my school year or all year long! They are a challenge, but my vast education at the University of California and beyond helps me to help those students each and every day...and I love teaching them...Come to my school...we fly college banners and wear college sweatshirts and talk college daily too! It's not all about Charter Schools...

  • Denise Schenone posted at 1:24 pm on Sat, Feb 4, 2012.

    DSShopper Posts: 3

    "Little Kate Cook can list off her classroom's college (Arizona State) and mascot (Wilbur the Wildcat), though she hasn't quite nailed the fight song."

    ASU's mascot is Sparky the Sun Devil - Wilbur the Wildcat is the mascot of their rival UofA.



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