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Filing error delays appeal hearing for charter school

CARLSBAD — Because staff misfiled its original charter appeal, OPA (Oxford Preparatory Academy) is restarting the process to appeal the Carlsbad Unified School District’s rejection of its petition to open a charter school in Carlsbad before the San Diego County Board of Education. 

“What we see in this petition, the appeal (to the county) did not contain the same information that was submitted to Carlsbad,” said Board of Education Chief Communications and Public Information Officer Music Watson.

OPA is required by California Education Code to submit the exact same charter petition to the board as was originally submitted to the Carlsbad School District in order for an appeal to be considered, said Watson.

OPA submitted additional API score and demographic data, while omitting other information that was initially in the petition, said Watson.

As a result, a public hearing that was scheduled for Feb. 13 before the board to receive OPA’s petition appeal was cancelled.

But OPA Executive Director Sue Roche claimed that only four pages of API score data from the charter’s appendix were missing from the board’s copies due to an accidental computer error while the charter was being copied.

“I don’t want it to be implied in any means that the entire charter was different. That is not true at all,” said Roche.

She said the page mix up was completely unintentional because the missing data further supports OPA’s position on a Carlsbad location.

“This material shows very clearly why we are needed and why we think we would be a great partner with Carlsbad,” said Roche, adding, “Absolutely we want that (material) to be seen.”

She said that OPA did add supplemental information about its schools and plans for Carlsbad in the appeal, separate from the charter petition copies, which is permitted in the charter appeal process.

OPA will be resubmitting its appeal to the board Feb. 19, which will allow for the public hearing to be rescheduled for March 13, according to Roche.

The CUSD denied OPA’s original petition on Dec. 5, stating that the petition did not meet half of the state Education Code’s requirements for charter schools.

OPA’s charter petition would establish a three-year charter school in Carlsbad for 800 to 1,000 students kindergarten through eighth grade starting in the fall for the 2013-14 school year.

The CUSD team that reviewed the charter petition stated that, contrary to OPA’s claims, the proposed charter school would have a disparate impact on underserved student populations. The team also brought up concerns about how OPA’s governing body would oversee a Carlsbad location.

OPA administrators have frequently claimed that the CUSD review team and board misrepresented its charter petition.

“I found it insulting,” said Roche about how CUSD representatives portrayed OPA’s petition at the Dec. 5 meeting. “I think that districts are afraid of what they do not know.”

She said that OPA is pursuing an appeal before the county because, “We (OPA staff and parents) want to have a chance to show some evidence instead why (the Board of Education) should be approving us.”

 

32 comments

YetAnotherCarlsbadParent February 14, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I read and article in the UT which suggested a bait and switch was happening, but they seem to have left out the other half of the story. This article gives a more balanced picture. I commented the other day that the State finds the program academically sound and also gives them high marks for diversity. The API scores the other two campuses are posting are impressive. I attended one of the parent info meetings Oxford held last week. They really do have solid data to back all their claims. I see no reason to deny local families access to this program within our school district. I hope they are approved.

rootingforopa February 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm

I am so happy to see the Executive Director speak out, it was horrible the way the CUSD treated them. The entire board meeting the district made them sit through was ridiculous the Carlsbad USD Superintendent Lovely, her “team”, and the Board should make a public apology to Oxford like the Capo School District did.

Looking forward to the County Board Hearing!

Shy Nalite February 14, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Carlsbad USD will strongly regret not approving OPA if they are approved at the county or state level. If that happens, CUSD loses all opportunity for control or oversight. I find it comical that districts decide to claim prejudice against charter school enrollment practices when the districts themselves have disparate diversity across all district schools. Moreover, OPA has held public lotteries, including one that was televised live on their website. I’m guessing no Carlsbad representative has ever witnessed an OPA lottery to see how prejudiced they are.

Capo Unified already tried accusing OPA of wrongdoing during their state testing, and that lie blew up in their face. It’s a matter of time before Carlsbad USD gets to wear the “egg on their face.”

cassie February 15, 2013 at 1:28 pm

CUSD’s opposition is unfounded. The only reason why they denied OPA is fear. CUSD fear’s OPA success and that the spotlight will shine on how poorly CUSD school, PacRim not included, are performing amongst similar schools ranking. As facts are emerging about OPA, Superintendent Lovely and her “team” is in panic mode. The fear of OPA’s success has caused CUSD to loose all of their credibility and integrity through lying to parents and giving false information during PTA meetings. Does CUSD hold a lottery for PacRim so everyone in Carlsbad have a chance to attend your best school even if we don’t live within the school boundaries??

giveparentsachoice February 15, 2013 at 3:13 pm

It’s just this sort of thing that wastes our tax dollars- we go round in round in circles for a technicality and in the end, our children suffer. The sooner we get OPA here, the better! Our kids deserve this school and we parents demand the choice!

henry32 February 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm

With all the research I have done one this school, it is beyond comprehension that Carlsbad District denied their petition. I do hope they, OPA, does prevail with county. A welcome choice to those of us who are sending our first child into kindergarten.

dawn February 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm

The tone of the article just shows how contentious these issues are. CUSD and other school districts need to start putting their constituents first… that would be students. Outstanding choices like OPA need to be embraced! Students of all backgrounds especially disadvantaged and disenfranchised families gain the most from innovative and effective Charters. OPA is at the top of their game and an undisputed leader in Charter School implementation and results; I welcome them to the Carlsbad Community!

kurlanfam February 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Good to hear that the director is speaking out about CUSD unjust denial. This school obviously is obviously strong, I am relieved to know that they have taken this petition to county. Looking forward to having them coming into Carlsbad.

carlsbad parent February 15, 2013 at 9:37 pm

CUSD’S denial was proper and just. They are not lying. Charters can be good programs. This one is not a bad one but IS NOT superior to district schools. API does not mean school does a poor job or amazing job of educating students. Pac Rim is not the only good school in Carlsbad as mentioned by someone in an earlier post. I know there are some parents who want this school, but there are that many more that don’t. Why does Sue Roche need to have a school in Carlsbad anyway? What is the benefit to those in charge of OPA? Why is expansion so important?

johnH February 16, 2013 at 9:23 am

1. If you consider lying and deceit proper and just. In the opinion of a large number of parents in Carlsbad, OPA is superior to district schools, yes even PacRim.

2. No, API score does not mean a school does a poor job of educating students. However, similar school ranking shows 8 out of 10 CUSD school below standards. Look it up on greatschools.com

3. Sue Roche does not need to have a school in Carlsbad, the students whose needs are not being met by CUSD schools need OPA. There is absolutely no benefit to those in charge of OPA, they are educators filling the needs, and demand of the Carlsbad parents. It might not be for you but there is a great need for OPA, regardless of your feelings.

4. Again, it’s not about expansion, it’s about filling a need of the community. This need is for OPA as an option. OPA would not and could not have gone this far without having a strong support base and demand from parents of Carlsbad.

5. CUSD is undeniably in panic mode as facts about OPA emerge. The tactics they used to denied the parents of a good option like OPA will be revealed and Superintendent Lovely knows this. CUSD was hoping that OPA would just go away and not appeal if they deny OPA based on emotions and not facts. Lovely and her “team” did not expect the demand for OPA to become greater and parents will be marching on to county along side with Sue Roche and the OPA team.

Shy Nalite February 16, 2013 at 5:13 pm

CUSD’s denial was another misstep by a district doing everything in their power to prevent school choice. When you know your product is inferior to a competitor, one very common tactic is to engage in a smear campaign. This happens in politics all the time, and rest assured, public education is a political smorgasbord.

An often-practiced tactic by districts attempting to smear the success of a charter is to criticize their student population, specifically, demographic makeup. What districts also do is spend quite a bit of resources telling their parent community about “all the bad things” the charter will bring to the community. These two tactics in combination are a very powerful force against charters because parents will typically believe their teachers because “Why would teachers lie?”

However, the most interesting result of these tactics is the partnership formed between teachers unions and districts to keep the charters out. Therefore, it is incumbent upon parents to seek the truth, to find data to support statements and not just “trust”, and to use common sense to understand motive. When you take into account the enormous operating budget of a school district, money and politics are ever-present.

The data shows that not a single CUSD school had a similar school ranking of higher than 9, 10 being best. In fact, 10 of 13 scored a 5 or less. OPA Chino Valley scored a 10 in its first year. This means that of 100 schools in the state that look just like OPA Chino, with the same challenges and demographic composition, OPA ranks in the top 10% of their group. Keep in mind their API last year was 972, while the OC school scored 993, the 2nd ranked K-8 in the entire state. If Carlsbad has such great schools, then why are 77% performing in the bottom half of their comparison school groups?

Parent4Oxford February 15, 2013 at 11:27 pm

CUSD denial was not just. Were they lying? Just not telling the truth, twisting or manipulation information to fit their agenda? Many of us believe the answer to all of those questions are, YES. It would have been “just” if they denied them on facts, we would accept a denial based on facts. We as parents who want them here know their program is better for OUR children. There is enough support in Carlsbad to justify their existence, that is one reason why they are here. Those in charge of Oxford for them personally what I have learned is they are dedicated to bring the best education to children, if you saw the work and dedication that they put in educating children and help us Carlsbad parents who want this option, you could do nothing but admire them. Taking API scores out of it they are able to educate special needs students and ESL students better and that is a fact, a good fact that helps children. They have a program that Mrs. Roche and the Oxford team has perfected over 30 years in education. We have a real problem in CUSD many students are leaving our schools, some schools API scores are going down, so instead of students leaving our schools and scores dropping let’s give parents an option. Bottom line is Mrs. Roche (Oxford) does not need a school here, we need a school here and we are thankful everyday they have promised to help us to the end. Please there are many many parents who want this option, please don’t try and block those of us who want it. I think we all want the best for our children and if you are happy at your school and their style of teaching and classroom management, programs they provide then that is wonderful. Education is not one size fits all most of us don’t fit the mold and our children are not thriving as they should be, despite how involved we are as parents. CUSD has problems and we need to address them let’s not stop those who may have a good solution to all of our problems big or small. Please to anyone who doubts that we need Oxford here go up and see one of their schools then make your decision. The atmosphere is calm, controlled, the children are respectful, have a sense of real pride being there, and there is more structure among the entire campus, the kids are really engaged and you can see it and feel it when you are there. My children need this and I am so thankful from the start Mrs. Roche listened to us Carlsbad parents and came to the same conclusion we did, there is a need for Oxford in the CUSD. Thanks to any parent who is getting involved, we may not all agree but we want the best for all children. Oxford is an option and this is a good option and can do no harm to anyone.

Pac ridge parent February 16, 2013 at 8:59 am

My child goes to Pacific Ridge, we pulled him out of AOM before he got completely lost in the shuffle. I must say it was almost too late. I would have loved to have had this opportunity for him 4 years ago, instead of spending so much money on schooling when it should be provided by the district. Thank God we found Pacific Ridge. He is engaged and has a sense of community. It is fostered by a positive outlook on education, and teachers who are rewarded for their skills; if they are complacent, they lose their jobs (just like in the real world)

Just this week at my friends kids school, a teacher graded all of the kids with the same grade (not an A) in a certain subject “because they had not studied it yet” …Laughable and lazy. I actually heard this same story twice from other moms in the neighborhood.
Carlsbad is a great city, and it should have a great school district. Hopefully, it will embrace this Oxford Charter and use it as an example of how to improve its current education system.

Jaime Lecole February 16, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Why didn’t OPA appeal the County for a spot in Oceanside where the support seems so much higher? Rent is cheaper there. Seems odd when they have the parental support and it’s such a short drive from Carlsbad.

rendeena February 16, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Who knows why OPA did not appeal with County when they were denied in Oceanside. I am just glad that they are going further this time around in Carlsbad. Maybe this is the question to ask at the next parent information meeting.

Don't you want a choice in life February 16, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Pro school choice. Don’t you want to choose a doctor, insurance and whatever you do in day to day life?
I do not think Oxford is taking anything away from anyone but yet adding to the community by giving us a choice. Choose to attend Oxford or not, it is your choice. But do not prevent someone who may want to attend Oxford.
I am for Oxford and those who want to attend.

Parent4Choice February 16, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Carlsbad parents do deserve a choice in education. And yes, I do believe there is a great need. I have one child that is getting lost in the shuffle along with 1/4 of his class. While CUSD now offers after school tutoring for a fee, I do not feel this is the answer. Many parents can’t even afford it. Oxford has a free after school tutoring program called Excellence Academy that they heavily encourage any of their struggling students to attend. Students at Oxford are tested on their knowledge of the material, and if they haven’t grasped the concepts, they continue to learn it both in class and in Excellence Academy. I hope that the County recognizes this need and understands how Oxford can reach those students that have previously struggled in traditional schools.

carlsbad-diva February 17, 2013 at 5:41 pm

CUSD needs Oxford Preparatory. OPA will bring new opportunities for growth, a new experiences, new options, new educational choice for Carlsbad. Change and progression is never easy, but by not pushing forward in educational choices we are only limiting our own children and our own community’s future.

Sharyn Watson February 17, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I have an incoming kindergarten student and I’m looking for a school that will meet his needs. As I have been researching public and private schools, I have been extremely interested in Oxford Preparatory Academy’s program. I was excited to see that this charter school teaches in a variety of ways and offers foreign languages, computers, science lab, and music. This is the type of school I want! If the Carlsbad school board isn’t brave enough to approve Oxford, I hope the county board is wiser and gives this choice to us. Don’t our children deserve the best education?

CarlbadMamaof3 February 17, 2013 at 6:42 pm

As a small business owner, I truly believe that competition drives innovation. New ideas and approaches often serve to raise the bar and soon, entire industries are challenged to keep up, or get out of the way. What better place to “raise the bar” than our public education system? I am excited by the concepts and approaches Oxford Preparatory Academy’s program intends to bring to our students. Like many parents, I believe my children can benefit greatly from something different, something new and innovative, and by someone who celebrates their individual learning styles. Charter schools across the nation are working WITH their parent bases for the benefit of students and I am very hopeful the San Diego County Board of Education will use their wisdom and power to effect positive change for children by approving the Oxford Preparatory Academy charter.

Parents for Choice February 18, 2013 at 8:56 am

We support the Charter school since may of the public schools are unable or unwilling to educate students. Why do schools show videos and have so many parties and field trips at the expense of teaching basic skills like handwriting? If they don’t want to do the hard stuff, they should not expect to have no competition.

Carlsbad Parent February 18, 2013 at 9:49 am

Oxford Preparatory Academy is amazing. Your world opens up to a whole other level.Oxford Prep Academy would be a huge asset to Carlsbad. Not only for the students it would serve but for the community. I encourage you to do your own research and tour one of the existing amazing schools. GO OXFORD PREPARATORY ACADEMY CHARTER!!!!!!!! GIVE US A CHOICE!!!!!!!!!

willardfamily February 19, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Oxford is such a great school to have in our community. Our family is so excited to know that we will have another choice in public education that is not part of CUSD schools. Carlsbad is rooting for you Oxford, please don’t let us down.

claudine4OPA February 21, 2013 at 2:18 pm

The district is afraid of OPA’s success. Opposition of Oxford has little to do with how great and successful a school is, CUSD want complete financial control of all students within Carlsbad. If students leave CUSD for OPA, the district will no longer have that money to squander with. The money will actually be educating students at OPA.

Carlsbad parent February 22, 2013 at 11:41 am

The district is not afraid! OPA will drain resources for a school that is not needed (in terms of population). ThEveryone is encouraged to sign the petition to not have OPA in Carlsbad. Many signatures already so far! The CUSD schools are extremely successful in educating their students.

Parent4Oxford February 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Do you know how many Carlsbad schools are failing? So much so schools that those that receive TItle on funds are being told to fix their schools or else they are in Program Improvement Phases. The schools below are already in Product Improvement by the State and we have more schools that if they do not improve also are headed toward having Program Improvement Implemented in their schools, So for those that are in Or else what you might ask…

So if you attend Poinsettia which starts phase one next year, Calaveria Elementary, Calaveria Middle, Jefferson, and Valley those school are in phase two. Unless they correct this now phase three includes, replace school staff, decrease management authority at the school. It gets worse! So our schools are not doing well and if you look into the FACTS you will see how our schools are every year getting worse. This is why we have open boundaries this year not because the district wants to be nice they HAVE to and they have to provide a bus for those students to go to other school since their neighborhood school is under performing, if their parents choose to move them. This is why CEF is offering free tutoring to those children who are under performing, they have to and if you want tutoring and your child is doing OK you pay for the tutoring, which Oxford has tutoring available to every child for FREE before and after school.

Who is telling people it will drain the school system of money? Iheart Carlsbad folks have said it will cost a hundreds of thousands of dollars, but you call the school district to ask where they get such a number the district says, we don’t know. Where is the proof of this, numbers and facts. No one can tell you how or why they just tell you it will, trust us.

There are petitions you can sign to say you don’t want the school and basically you are signing a petition that says, I have done no research on my schools, I will accept the mediocre education I have since I know nothing else, I blindly believe what my district tells me. The district KNOWS what a great school this is they have all the facts and they do not want you as parents to know, so by spreading misinformation you are basically being used as a pawn. They are afraid, the unions are afraid when people are scared they will do whatever and say whatever. For every one signature against Oxford I see people who don’t just sign their name but go out and work to improve our schools and are willing to fight for your children and ours.

BUT if you do like your school we have one that is doing very well Pacific Rim. Then please stay at your school we have parents who are happy, so you are lucky. But just know our district will be changing whether the state continues to tell our district you have to get better or we will do it for you.

Phase four in this whole process includes closing down the school and reopen as a charter school. Why wouldn’t the state just say close down and reopen as your traditional in district school? It specifically states the words reopen as a charter school. It is because there are charter schools and Oxford is one of them, they have a proven education that works and the results are very positive, and they run their programs with less money, are more financially responsible, has the opportunity to offer more programs, and that is fact based not just thrown out there and see if people will believe it. This is what our district has done, thrown out information hope you all believe it, get you fired up to sign petitions so that you will never get the chance to see or experience a great school and see what we should be getting not just blindly accept what they give us.

Thank you to all those parent who have inspired many of us with our heads buried in the sand to get educated on education and the shape CUSD is really in not the one they pretend to be in and for trying to bring Oxford to our community.

Carlsbad parent February 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm

I am a very well informed parent who also happens to be an educator in another district. I know all about Program Improvement. OPA would be in the exact same position if their population included a larger number of low economic students and uninvolved parents. i.e. Pac Rim is not a better school than Calavera or Poinsettia. It has the high testing population. All 3 schools are excellent in their own ways with mostly high quality teachers and administration.

Everyone has their own OPINION of what they believe are the FACTS.

Parent4Oxford February 22, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Thank you for your opinion. We all do count and should have a voice. But let me add this look at the demographics of the Chino campus, that takes the argument off the table of low socioeconomic group being a reason for low scores and declining schools off of the table. So if you want to make that point you are very uniformed, and when you don’t look up the facts you remain that way. Oxford has 20 hours of volunteer hours per year per family, you can have 5 children who attend Oxford and it is still 20 hours. If you can cut out a star from your couch you can volunteer. So there are going to be parents at OPA who are minimally involved. But low socioeconomic Oxford has proven is an excuse, parent involvement is important, so should my child be stuck in a school that is not doing well and the state is stepping in.

If you are an educator in another district that does not mean you are wiser then the rest of us, it means we have to agree to disagree. Since you won’t ever see that the Oxford has a good program I nor anyone could convince you of that, nor can they convince you that they run a fiscally responsible school, have more to offer, have a better track record teaching ESL and EIP students, plus the lower socioeconomic groups. You are union or are listening to the union and they will NEVER admit we are turning a corner in education everyone can see it. The union is loosing ground and it is a new day new era! Thank Goodness!

Also answer this, if Poinsettia is such a good school why are parents pulling their children from that school at an alarming rate? Why are parents driving their children to Pac Rim? Why is the district offering to bus children to other schools? Do you see the pattern here?

Educator, non educator, blue collar, white collar, poor or rich, we all need to know the facts and knowledge is power. He who has the knowledge holds the power. Parents are taking back power because we are getting informed with the truth not what the district wants us to believe.

Power to the Parents…and Kids! 🙂

Lynette Pinaco February 24, 2013 at 3:32 pm

You are an educator from another district who is NOT informed nor educated on this matter. You moved your kids to Carlsbad from to get away from the district you are teaching in. You must teach in OUSD, no wonder that district is performing so low with teachers like you and board members also uninformed, prideful and ignorant.

OPA will not be in the same position. Those kids who are in the failing schools in CUSD are smart. The district has failed them. What a racist statement to make, “low economic students”. Are you implying that those students are not capable of excelling academically? How do those “low-ecomonic” students at OPA excel beyond state level? I will tell you why, because OPA gives them a chance and allow them to achieve success, regardless of their background. OPA does not see them as dollar signs. OPA understands that ALL children, if given the change, will excel. CUSD, like you, believes these kids will perform poorly in school because of their background. They are not even given a chance. Right off the bat, their academic fate has been determined by people

This mentality is dangerous because it prevents the education of ALL children, not just those who CUSD, and you, think will be successful.

TeriandbradF February 24, 2013 at 3:37 pm

I am sure OPA will glad take on the challenge of having those “low-economics” kids at their school to educate them. OPA will show CUSD how it’s really done.

Carlsbad parent February 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I am a teacher in a high performing district. Very presumptuous… Many statements (above) are uninformed assertions.

CUSD and other districts do a lot of hard work to make sure ALL students receive the best education.

Not a racist, (race was not specified). Low economic encompasses a large mix of students. Statistics and data were used in my comments.

Unfortunately, $$$$ are needed to fund programs.

I am very well informed, thank you.

Truthbtold February 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Hi I think looking at the thread, an assumption is that teachers are Union. So it is a safe assumption, you are Union. I am going to assume you don’t get a pink slip at the end of every year and are one of the lucky ones with a false sense of security that you have with tenure. The Union is afraid of Oxford, so they are doing everything they can to keep Oxford out.

Looking at statistics and facts compare Oxford to CUSD and how they both are doing educating low socio economic students both have that sub group. So you can see the statics and compare, then look at all the sub groups and you can’t ignore the facts. Oxford hands down does a better job servicing their students. Not the just low socio economic students but all students in every group it is an equal education for all of the Oxford students regardless of social status. CUSD can not say that, we have children who are not getting the best education they deserve or that our tax dollars can buy.

The CUSD if they as a group really cared they would not have put on that put dog and pony show, waisted CUSD money. Their lawyer just dusted off his report that he gave to the Oceanside district. They did not allow the facts to be told to parents at the meeting, which that fact alone is very concerning. I along with many many parents are upset even more that our district paid a lot of money (our children’s money) to tell us as parents Oxford is no good and present a false report to the board. If they had denied it on facts then that is one thing but if they can do that with our children’s education money what else are they doing? If they can distort information, lie, how are they looking after our children?

There is a reason Charter Schools are growing in popularity Oxford is a good one and they after being approached by a large group of Carlsbad parents Oxford we hope our children get this chance along with many many other Carlsbad students. When looking at the statistics and facts how can you say you don’t want this school here? But before you answer that you have to look at the facts, data and statistics Oxford’s track record doesn’t lie but you have to be willing to look it up and research it, which many people just take information that they are told and don’t consider the source. The state seems to think Oxford is a great school, why wasn’t that talked about at the board meeting. If I recall the district lawyer said the charter was missing “elements” required by the state, but yet the state gave them a start up grant for our Carlsbad school. Interesting…..

That meeting was my first eye opening experience into our schools governing board, I had not even decided if Oxford was a good addition to our district but after that meeting and the injustice and disrespect toward Oxford, I had to learn more and then I jumped on board. I knew little facts before that meeting but could see how twisted and mangled they presented the facts. It was if a man (Oxford) was on trial for murder, but only the prosecuting attorney presented a case before the jury and the defense never spoke, never was able to defend their client, the jury voted and then they executed the man….later to find out he was innocent and not only that he was a good man who provided books and food for children who needed it most. Does that sound like how we as Americans think our governing bodies should be able to vote on issues that affect us and our children. It felt like it should have been illegal the whole process, and I think after this is said and done the next challenge will be to fix the “process” our district uses to make decisions for our children.

Look at the money from our taxes that are raised for the sake of the children. Look into why the teachers unions spent probably millions to get Prop 30 passed, and how did they do it they told us voters it would go to the children and the classroom. It had nothing to do with caring about educating our children the children will not benefit from Prop 30, but the pensions will remain in tack…whewwww. That is a whole other subject California needs to change over to another retirement system one that can maintain itself unlike the one we have now which is a pyramid scheme. Where are all of our new tax dollars going?? Now they tell us it won’t make it to the classroom like we as voters were told. They played the “it is for the kids card” and as a state we fell for it. Since if they said our pension system is broke and instead of finding possibly a better way to support our retired teachers and future retired teachers lets just get more money from you to hold us over for a few more years. Then if the teachers are happy they will be nice to our children and then that will happen in the classroom, so wait maybe they are right it did work its way into the classroom.

So is it that our district needs more $$$$ for programs or our districts need to stop wasting money so we can have more programs? This is another reason I approve of Oxford, they are not wasting money and they can prove it, try and get that from Lovely. Oxford operates in the black our district is so in the red, can they ever have enough money to recover? Oxford is held accountable for operating in the black if they go in the red they are shut down so it is very important they stay fiscally responsible. Oxford does not seem to mind being an open book on finances. Who is holding CUSD responsible for wasting our money? The money our district came up with to pay the lawyer, that money could have been possibly 3 years of an art program at one school for the amount they paid him to read that old report. Moral of this story is throwing money at our CUSD schools and seeing how they can waste it (lawyer bill) is sad.

But I can’t read this stuff anymore it is like beating a dead horse, if folks don’t want to look at the factual data and statistics for Oxford you can’t have a real conversation. The district would not even have a real conversation. Having free will to choose how and where are children are educated should be a reality not just a dream here in Carlsbad. In every other areas of our lives we choose where to go and who to see and where we spend our money. Since our children are not are our number one priority as parents, let us choose what we believe is best for them.

So lets look for other ways to give students a quality education that is not always in a state of chaos and bankruptcy. Oxford may be that chance and I hope it doesn’t get away without a good fair fight. A peaceful fight I should say. I have added my two cents, my very long winded two cents! And yes I seriously know no one can read this rant without falling asleep!

Peace to all and to all a good night!

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