Discussions between district leaders and charter advocates are encouraging

The Santa Cruz Education Foundation is dedicated to promoting excellence in Santa Cruz City Schools. We are proud supporters of our schools and programs, including our many alternative programs that give our families a wide array of choices to best meet their young learners’ needs.

In addition to our advocacy, the Foundation also supports our district schools financially. Our membership on the district Budget Advisory Committee gives us perspective on the very real challenges our schools face as state and federal funds decline precipitously. That is why at this moment we cannot support creating a new school, and especially not when doing so requires cuts to existing schools.

Suz Howells, SCEF board president adds, “The proposed Montessori elementary charter school poses a very significant fiscal threat to Santa Cruz City Schools’ ability to continue delivery of academic excellence for students K-12. The controversy around the proposed charter provides a great opportunity to reintroduce the community to the wide variety of choice offered by Santa Cruz City Schools, including the Montessori-inspired Monarch Community School, Dos Alas dual-immersion language program, AFE home school program, Delta Charter High School and much more. To protect this variety of offerings and strong commitment to academics for ALL students in the district, our community has repeatedly taken a stand against fiscal threats from Sacramento to our local schools. While it is disappointing that there is a new local threat to our schools, the Santa Cruz Education Foundation is supportive of the school district’s continuing effort to engage with the Montessori charter’s organizers in pursuit of a solution that protects resources for the district’s 7,000 public school students.”

The Foundation will continue to monitor developments and post updates on The Eddy regularly.