On the pages in this web site menu – BCS vs. LASD – Lalahpolitco expects to collect facts about the Bullis Charter School “situation.” You may have read the parents and other community members commenting online on Los Altos Town Crier articles online and on Patch.com online articles. There are quite a few assertions, arguments ( some logical, some specious) and even some facts.
Leveraging the work of others, collating the good, I will post pages here that I believe illuminate the situation, especially for newcomer, or community members who just didn’t follow the developments over the past 12 plus years ( like me!). So I have been learning about the “situation.” I will attempt to distill the information, but still be comprehensive enough to not “lie by omission.”
The first page we post is one on the often heard theme of – “BCS is wealthier. ” It is about BCS’ diversity outreach for 2012-13. In the past, and still today you will hear BCS being criticized for being for a select and privledged few. Maybe upon it’s inception in 2003 there was less sensitivity to diversity – being focused on survival and a start-up’s learning curve – but the chartering authority SCCBOE has helped BCS improve its processes. Take a look at our page describing its enrollment outreach today 2012-2013. UPDATE: January 2016 – The latest BCS postcard mailer about enrolling for the 2016-2017 year had a second side in Spanish.
UPDATE: 2015 — BCS and LASD agreed to bury the hatchet and made a 5 year agreement for facilities; as part of that agreement BCS gave up the admission preference for the old Bullis Purissima attendance area.
ORIGINAL: It is true that in 2008 – when LASD reopened a K-6 school back on the Bullis-Purrisima campus (closed in 2003), BCS asked for and received permission to have an in-district geographic preference for 50% of its enrollment openings from the old Bullis Purissima attendance area. Normally, only a “conversion” charter gets that, but I guess SCCBOE thought BCS was a partial “conversion.” Is that a biggie deviation from diversity? We’ll soon post the statistics that say No, it’s not.
In the near future, I hope to gather the facts and where possible statistics about the lottery process, about the curriculum, about special ed, about low income students…and of course about finances. We expect to compare BCS to LASD and all to other nearby districts…just to get perspective on social justice among the providers of public education around us.