The BUSD oddly dumps “Options for Youth” as its only charter school. Why now?
If this were being done for some kind of ideological or anti-charter reason we could applaud it, but it’s not. The clearly remedial Options site is being penalized simply because it’s remedial:
Burbank school officials pointed to faults in the school’s academic and financial areas as reasons to deny its renewal.
In a data comparison, Burbank school officials compared Burbank Unified’s 93% graduation rate for the 2014-15 school year with Options for Youth’s 24% graduation rate for the same academic year.
That “93% graduation rate” btw is Burbank’s 12th-grade graduation rate. It’s based upon the number of seniors who finish the year. This distinction between the senior and overall graduation rate is often either forgotten or evaded.
We also have a difficult time believing that Options’ senior rate is as low as cited. Possibly — because the school is intended for kids with problems — but this would make its citation as a matter of culpability offensive. More likely what we’re getting here is an apples to oranges comparison.
And to what purpose? What’s going to happen to those Options kids anyway? Are they going to be imported into the regular Burbank system? Is this the real motive for the action?
Is Special Ed prepared for it? Or are many of these Options students outside kids who will now be thrown out of town?