SCUSD Observer

Sacramento, California

Respectfully Disagreeing with the Bee

In today’s Sacramento Bee there are three items; one graphic chart, one opinion piece and a community forum to discuss thoughts about the proposed closing of five district schools.

It’s easy to expose the Bee’s objective of generating controversy and playing on emotion two nights before the board’s proposed action, but it’s also important to call out the Bee on some incorrect reporting.

For instance, the Bee states that the schools on the hit list are under-enrolled and that projected enrollment will decline in the coming years. That information is false.

The opinion states that the board must take action on Thursday night because time is running out. That is also patently false.

In its chart, the Bee outlines cost-savings given to them by the district’s staff on how much money will be saved by closing these schools. We would submit that those numbers are also false considering the flip side of the coin…what are the financial costs of transitioning these students to other schools? What is the cost in human capital of wrecking these school communities in the process?

If you’ve been reading this blog for the past two months, you understand the complicated issues surrounding school closure and consolidation and know that it doesn’t tie up in a nice, neat bow which will be voted on Thursday night.

If only it were that simple.

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Written by scusdobserver

April 15, 2009 at 2:13 pm

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