A collection of charter school moms have the collective
experience of more than 80 years in charter schools, broken down by
10 children, most of whom are now in or nearing high school at
Benjamin Holt College Preparatory Academy. Four women gathered at a
sprawling home outside a clutch of vineyards on Armstrong Road to
highlight the positive and negative aspects of charter schools. The
group met through combination classes at Vincent Shalvey Academy,
formerly University Public School. Their children have also
attended River Oaks Charter School and private schools in the
Tina Borra, mom of Dominic, 13, and Gabriella,
“You hardly ever see textbooks over there.” — On the use of
technology in the classroom.
“Interventions pop up wherever they see there’s a need. There’s no
excuse for not doing well.” — On the wealth of programs at Aspire
schools to bring students up to grade level.
“The kids are groomed for this.” — While explaining how her son is
not nervous about in-class presentations.
Erica Foose, mom of Abigail, 15, and Emily,
“I was nervous to have my 13-year-old on the same campus with
18-year-olds, but they are mindful that one is a junior high while
the other is a high school.” — On the Benjamin Holt campus, which
enrolls sixth- through 12th-grade students.
“It would be odd if you’re not involved. Charter schools are an
experience for the whole family.” — On the constant parade of
“With the current state of education, we’re pretty lucky our kids
are complaining about having too much opportunity.” — On heavy
Yvonne Knaggs, mom of Caleb, 16, Julia, 13, and Alicia,
“I liked the way it felt. I knew other parents who chose it.”
—After a first visit to Vincent Shalvey Academy.
“They see people paying for college mixed in with people who don’t
realize how lucky they are. It’s a living example of why they
should be taking advantage of it now.” — On taking Delta College
courses through Benjamin Holt.
Stacy Webb, mom of Brandon, 16, Brianna, 13, and Tyler,
“Teachers push the bar higher. They’re always making themselves
stronger professionals.” — On Aspire teachers.
“They’re attending Aspire School. The location is almost
incidental.” — On the seamless transitions from elementary to
— Sara Jane Pohlman