Parents in Menlo Park, Calif. are starting to look at the charter process, after they were turned down by the school district when they asked for a program to be started. I was at the meeting, which was packed. The school board said they didn’t have the time or the energy to start such a project in the near term, which clearly didn’t’ sit well with parents who had 3- and 4-year-olds. The disconnect between what school districts need and want, and what parents need and want, is always difficult to negotiate. I can see how a charter may work well for the parents, but it’s a shame the district won’t get all those committed, engaged parents in its schools. Though I suppose in Menlo Park it’s not such a big issue than in some school districts.
Aug. 24: Info sessions on Mandarin immersion charter school
A meeting to provide information about the proposed Menlo Mandarin Immersion charter school will be held on Sunday, Aug. 24. A second session, from 1 to 3 p.m., has been added to the original 3 to 5 p.m. session.
Both are at the Parents Place, 200 Channing Ave. in Palo Alto. Child care and activities for children will be provided in the early session and for those already signed up for the second session. However, while some room for adults remains in the second session, no more spots for child care are available in the 3 to 5 p.m. session, according to organizers.
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