Friday, June 12, 2009

Bullis Charter School Threatens Suit... again...

Call me the Great Oracle. As predicted, BCS is threatening litigation... again. It's amazing how this happens so frequently. There appears to be very little give and take in this relationship.

I've read the BCS letter with their threat to litigate the assignment of their facilities. The letter cites five areas of disagreement (The Town Crier reported only three)

(1) facilities offered do not include seventh grade
(2) the offer letter (from LASD) apparetnly lacked a square footage description for each LASD school. (This would serve as a basis of comparing BCS facilities to LASD facilities)
(3) unsatisfied with the proposed shared use of the turf space with Egan
(4) a complaint about the inclusion of the BCS-provided multi in space calculations
(5) a complaint that the LASD offer sought a response by a May 1, 2009

I'm not going to disect every one of these arguments -- tit-for-tat isn't the purpose of my blog. I still believe what is at play is a move for a campus that is not co-located with Egan. Apparently the BCS has continued to request facilities for a seventh grade even though they have made statements to the effect that they won't be offering seventh grade this fall. The underlying purpose of a request may be to force comparison of the BCS campus to Egan, which does not have any portables for their students.

Really, folks... if we were all focused on quality education, do you think we could come to a long term agreement that takes into account the near-term economic realities? As someone who watches the district struggle to balance our expenditures with the current budget situation, I can't help but wonder wha the cost of the BCS litigation is, and what the impact is on kids within the district and at the Charter School. Wouldn't both groups of kids be better served by spending that money on education?

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