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Crisis por the Charter

March 25, 2019 - por

East Palo Alto is a microcosm of multiple crises caused by charter school growth. “Over the past four years, Ravenswood has lost more than 1,000 students — nearly one-third of its enrollment—faced fiscal insolvency, discussed closing a school to make room for the growing Kipp and is without a permanent superintendent — all issues that are intertwined with, though not exclusively related to, charter-school growth in East Palo Alto. The district—whose enrollment in its neighborhood schools this year was 2,395 students—is also losing students to other schools, both private and public, including through the longtime Voluntary Transfer Program (VTP). Students also are moving out of the area when their families can no longer keep up with the cost of living in East Palo Alto.”