SCUSD Observer

Sacramento, California

Closing G.E.N.E.S.I.S. High School. Why?

Another school on SCUSD’s hit list for 2009-10 is G.E.N.E.S.I.S. Charter High School.

With a new principal, steady enrollment and dedicated staff, the District’s very own website describes the latest in programming at the school:

A career component developed for the 2008-09 school year will provide eligible high school students an opportunity to participate in job shadowing and internships with a variety of community and business partners. Upon graduation from GENESIS Charter School, students will have acquired a college pre-education and be prepared to enter the world of work.

The school, housed next to the Serna Center was completed in September 2004 and cost $16 million to build.

Aligned with the California National Guard’s Cadet Corps, the school is tailored for students who have not done well at traditional high schools.

Questions:

1. Why are other small E-21 schools immune to budget cuts and considered to be in the recruitment phase? What makes Genesis different?

2. If the criteria for this particular school’s closure revolves around the drop-out rate, why isn’t the new programming and new administration given a chance to prove itself before closure?

3. How is the District going to recapture a $16 million expenditure on a newly-built facility designed for high school students by “renting out” the space? Who is going to rent it?

4. Where will these cadets go? Do they give up on their education and go back to the streets? What high school replaces their program?

Listen to them plead their case in front of the school board last Thursday and judge for yourself whether they deserve to stay in the facility built for them or whether they deserve to be shut down.

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Written by scusdobserver

April 6, 2009 at 3:46 pm

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