From: Bob Dunton <firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: February 22, 2014 at 9:16:20 AM PST
Subject: When is STEM really CASH?
If you have been following the story, you have heard that CSD proposed to create a new high school that they are calling a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) school. STEM is good, which is why it's available in most every large district. It's a crowd pleaser and takes attention away from low achievement.
But CSDs plan isn't just about STEM. It's about a CASH school. How does it work? Were Corbett School District simply to add our students to theirs at the high school level, their high school would become to large to keep receiving a well over a half million dollars each year in 'Small High School Funding' from the state. So they are proposing a second high school in order to keep Corbett High School small (and wealthy). If this sounds somewhat ethically suspect, well...
Not only does it look suspect, but this plan would create a new caste system of 'haves' and 'have nots' that would rival the differences between the Springdale Program and the current Corbett Elementary schools. You don't hear much about those differences because Springdale has its own building that is out of the line of sight of the Corbett School.
My heart is heavy for those children and families that I have known since Kindergarten. What kind of education can one expect as the result of planning everything around profit margins?
I have a different vision for Corbett, and it includes the full and healthy operation of Corbett Charter School well into the future. You can help to make that happen. Being aware of CSD's priorities, ethics and strategies is a great start.
We know that we are all invested in making this work for all of the children of Corbett School District. But aside from us, Who Cares? It's time for a Who Cares campaign.
I'm going to talk some about that in our next communication!
Bob Dunton, Director
Corbett Charter School