Category Archives: Charter Schools

More Hassle over Heritage Charter

by Margaret Liles It was item 301 “Conduct a public hearing on a request for a material revision to the Heritage K-8 Charter School petition…) on last Thursday’s EUHS Board meeting agenda that caught my attention.

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Las Escuelas Privadas Sirven para Formar una “Exclusividad” de las Familias Predominantemente Blancas y Cristianas

Por Rick Mercurio Las escuelas privadas de la zona pregonan que ofrecen “opciones” a las familias de Escondido y a todo North County. Es verdad, pero la mayoría de los padres que eligen escuelas privadas como Heritage K-8, Escondido Charter … Continue reading

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Charter Schools Cater to Parental “Choice” of Predominantly White, Christian Families

by Rick Mercurio Area charter schools tout that they provide a “choice” for families in Escondido and all of North County. That is true, but large numbers of the parents who choose charters like Heritage K-8, Escondido Charter High School … Continue reading

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Is the EUSD School Board Playing Partisan Politics?

Access to information and change in policy for choosing board’s President warrants closer look.

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A Phony Epiphany

by Margaret Liles EUSD School Board Members Donnellon, Harper, Gardner and Altenberg approve new charter for one of the lowest performing schools in State of CA despite objections of residents. Estimated $18 million will be diverted from higher performing district … Continue reading

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Are Charter School Directors Bending Pension Rules?

By Rick Mercurio Teachers and administrators in California’s public schools earn pensions based on several factors. For some, like Dennis Snyder, the founder of three charter schools in Escondido CA, it adds up to a healthy lifetime benefit, even though … Continue reading

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Religion Permeates Escondido’s Charter Schools

By Rick Mercurio    Escondido’s largest charter schools embrace—some would say promote–Christianity, despite their status as taxpayer-funded public schools. Reported practices at Classical Academy and Dennis Snyder’s charter schools run counter to the Bill of Rights, which is a sad … Continue reading

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The Capitalist Takeover of Higher Education

by Robert Abele The great under-reported crime against education by corporate America is not the buying and selling of schools by for-profit corporations; that this is a significant threat to education is indubitable and well-documented. But the little-discussed threat to … Continue reading

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Heritage Charters, Then and Now: Same Old Story

Following is a letter written to the Escondido Union School Board prior to the vote approving the charter for Heritage Digital Charter School. The school is now occupying space in a former branch library. Both the closure of the library … Continue reading

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Heritage Charter School: Back to its Old Ways

by Margaret Liles Pat Maio’s article about Thurday’s Escondido Union School District (EUSD) Board meeting would have met Sgt. Friday’s preference for “just the facts”, but he did not cover some of the more salient points.

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