"Chris Bleak, president of the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools,
said the intent of the bill is not to foster elitism but to recognize the time
and effort volunteered to a school by its board members."That is
the funniest thing I have ever read. In other words - these kids don't get
preferential treatment, they only get preferential treatment.
I'm sorry. This is such a big problem that a portion of our 45-day session
needs to be spent to address it? Really?
Who's going to start thumbing through the Legislative roll, looking for a
legislator who's having trouble getting his grandson into a charter school?
Let's look at campaign contributors as well.
I tried to get my kids into a charter school in West Jordan a few years back.
The founders kept it's opening hush hush (Literally no advertising) and for
the first 3 rounds of lotteries literally everyone got in that tried allowing
all of their kids, grand kids, and neighbors to get in. The person who told me
about it said the person who told her said it was to be kept quiet.By the time I applied in round 4 people were getting rejected and we
didn't get in. I complained to the person over charter schools at the
state and I am not sure if anything was done or not. I think some charter
schools are more above board than others.
High time for this change. The principal at my childern's charter school
has a grandchild who will be kindergarten age this fall. It seems unfair that
his child has to go through the lottery process when her grandfather has spent
many years and countless hours making the school such an amazing place. If he
were the principal of a district school he would be allowed to enroll his
grandchild in his own school, no questions asked. Charter schools should have
the same leeway.