I listened to the Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education public hearing on Ridgecrest Charter School’s petition for renewal.
As I listened, I thought about the school’s previous renewal requests.
In past years, the SSUSD board has always denied the charter school’s requests, and as a result, RCS had to appeal the California State Board of Education, which always approved the petitions.
I was impressed with charter school board chair Eric Bruen’s comments. He is right that Ridgecrest is growing and young families are moving in.
He said Ridgecrest Charter School provides another education option for parents.
“It is the parent’s right to choice,” he said. “It is competition in reverse. It is competition to get better. It is an opportunity for the community to come together.”
During my newspaper career, I covered the charter school before there was a charter school and since its beginning.
I remember when the school was on the brink of revocation, but the governing board and school staff got together and turned the school around, and RCS has been growing ever since.
The question now is will the Sierra Sands board approve the charter school’s renewal petition?
There is no reason why the relationship between the charter school and the school district should be adversarial.
Well, Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina. I encourage everyone to pray for the people who live there that they may be safe.
Last year, Hurricane Irma hit us, and Tropical Storm Colin and Hurricane Hermine hit us the year before.
Believe me, it was no fun.
I read a Business Insider story that stated Democrats plan to dramatically increase their oversight role if they take back the House majority in the midterm elections this November.
“The investigations into President Donald Trump’s administration, which could bring the White House’s policy agenda to a standstill, will cover a sizable amount of the executive branch,” the story stated.
At the risk of sounding cynical, it seems to me that no matter which party is in charge, I am not sure that I am better off under either Democratic or Republican majorities.
— John V. Ciani is a retired Daily Independent reporter and contributing columnist.
The views expressed are those of the columnist and do not necessarily represent the official stance of the Daily Independent.