Thursday, April 14, 2011
Edison Gets One More Chance --Charter Renewal Board Hearing April 26
I had earlier reported that the SFUSD Board had denied Edison's charter renewal and that the matter was now with state Department of Education authorities. Well, I was wrong. Edison has resubmitted its charter renewal petition giving the Board another chance to vote on it April 26, 2011. In its new proposal, Edison has sought to cure whatever deficiencies were in its earlier application. In my view, this gives the Board a chance to do the right thing and renew Edison's charter. Edison is a K through 8 situated on Dolores Street in Noe Valley. A little more than a year ago, a new group of managers, led by Adrienne Morrell, broke free from the for-profit Edison Charter school system and have been trying to turn Edison into a neighborhood charter school. I toured the school this past Fall looking for a smaller-grade middle school alternative for my special ed son Ben. And I found her and the staff to be welcoming of my son. Indeed, and I hope I'm not disclosing anything too personal, Ms. Morrell herself has had family members who had learning disabilities and thus educating all students -- regardless of learning disability -- is a personal passion for her. And it shows in Edison's test scores -- the school is now achieving a "10" in testing when comparing its demographics to other schools. That's notable. Honestly, we don't have many public schools in the city at that level. It also is a small-grade middle school, and the Gateway situation I described below shows that many public school parents want a small-grade middle school option like Edison. Furthermore, the school has expanded arts offering and is now offering Spanish-language instruction (starting this year at the K level) that will eventually expand throughout the school. Indeed, for K parents upset at their Round I lottery choice, this is an alternative that should not be missed. In short, in my view, this is a school that should be given another chance.