In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BrentwoodNews.
Last week's question:
The Contra Costa County Board of Education recently rejected a teachers-driven petition to convert Antioch's Dozier-Libbey Medical High School into an independent charter school.
Do you think the teachers should drop their effort and try to work out a compromise with the school district or take their appeal to the state? Please explain.
FOR THE BENEFIT of the students, the community and themselves, the teachers who are trying to convert the Dozier-Libbey Medical High School into an independent charter school should stop! First, the new special school belongs to the district and takes students from the whole district, allowing students to participate in sports at other district schools. Second, the teachers will lose all of their years of service with the district if they go charter. They should look to the Clayton Valley Charter School as an example of chaos, where staff are being fired and investigations are going on because of conflict between the executive director and staff. Work out a compromise -- everyone will be a lot happier, including the taxpayers who will not be spending education funds on lawyers.
YES, THE TEACHERS should continue on with an appeal to state. The charter proposal is good and as an independent school, the teachers can do so much more in enriching the curriculum and providing extra support to children who may need it. Removing district red tape and overhead from administration costs will leave more money for the students.
THE DISTRICT WON'T compromise. They are vindictive and ego-driven. They won't even address us parents about the issue. When the school was opened, it had a no D policy. Not only was it the school's greatest selling point, it was a policy the district not only approved of, they endorsed it. That was until a parent of a child who chose not to apply himself threatened to sue. And we all know what Antioch Unified does when any parent threatens to sue -- they hand them money, blame a third party, and change policies that were working.
April Smith Phillips
EXCEPT, THIS ALL stems from the fact that the teachers got rid of the "D." By doing this, it forced a lot of fails, causing them to have to transfer out in order to graduate on time. This puts many kids at a disadvantage. A large majority of the students that began there as freshmen do not graduate from there. And I'm pretty sure it was a select few who wanted this, leaving many classified, certificated, students, parents and administration out of the loop. It was like a top secret mission.
SOME PEOPLE OBVIOUSLY haven't met the teachers who proposed the charter. They are the most hard working and caring teachers I've ever met. A lot of the students at Dozier actually approved of the charter. In fact, all the district cares about is the money.
This week's question:
Antioch officials are exploring the possibility of building a desalination plant to treat Delta water. What do you think of this idea, and are there others that should be pursued to address water shortages stemming from the drought?
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