Parent committee endorses 3-into-1 plan - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Education

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Parent committee endorses 3-into-1 plan

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Thursday, August 2, 2007 11:00 pm

The parent committee set up to propose input on recent unification efforts affecting local school districts has reached a conclusion: it will support the three-into-one plan. In an e-mail to School District Redistricting Commission (SDRC) chairman Martin Schultz, committee founder and facilitator Dick Foreman shared his 12-page report on the committee's discussions, which first met at the beginning of June. "At the end of the day, significant educational drivers and concepts caused the three-to-one model to prevail," Foreman wrote in his report. The report cited declining enrollment in all three affected districts - the Kyrene Elementary, Tempe Elementary and Tempe Union High school districts - as being "one of the more persuasive factors" in the decision. "There is a concern with being too big, but existing studies on school district size are clearly ambiguous as relates to student achievement," the report reads, going on to declare that new schools will likely be built on the Gila River Indian Community and the city of Maricopa would get priority over new local schools. It added, "The build-out of the Ahwatukee Foothills community is also nearing while new, high-rise development in north Tempe does not anticipate adding large numbers of new students. Potentially, all three existing districts are heading for a slow but methodical and continuous decline in both funding and student count." The report also lauded the three-into-one plan's curriculum alignment, budgetary flexibility and inclusiveness. Some Ahwatukee Foothills residents, however, were less than impressed with the committee's conclusions. "One area of concern ... lies in the fact that less than a handful of (Ahwatukee) community members participated in the project, while the proposal put forth will directly affect close to half the students in KSD," wrote Patti Benster, a teacher at Ninos Elementary in the Kyrene School District. "Seems a little lopsided and certainly not representative of this same community." According to those in attendance, while the committee meetings started out with a good mix of participants from each of the three districts, by the end the meetings were stacked with parents who were intent on defeating any three-into-two proposal. The plan most intensely considered by the committee was a modified version of the SDRC's three-into-two plan, with the dividing line moved from Guadalupe Road to Warner Road. That plan was vehemently opposed, said some Foothills residents, by parents from the Corona del Sol High School area who worried that a three-into-two plan with a Warner Road division would shift them to nearby Marcos de Niza High School. In the end, the Foothills parents supported the three-into-one plan largely to see it defeated. "There were several reasons why people voted for the 3- 1 plan, other than because they support it, and one of those included believing it will be the easiest plan to beat in November '08," said Ahwatukee Foothills resident Jeri Goldstein. There is a good amount of logic behind predicting the three-into-one plan would be defeated if the SDRC decided to place it on the ballot. All three affected school boards oppose the plan, and have until Sept. 15 to formally do so. Likewise, efforts to unify the districts have been defeated numerous times in the past by a skeptical public. The SDRC's next meeting will be held in October, when the formal responses from districts across Arizona will be presented. A single unification plan will be sent to the governor by Dec. 31 and will appear on the November 2008 ballot. Jason Ludwig can be reached at (480) 898-7916 or jludwig@aztrib.com.

More about

More about

More about

  • Discuss

After covering Tahrir Square, an Egyptian's view of the RNC

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Jenny and I arrived in Cleveland on Wednesday with our camera and microphone, and headed downtown immediately. I’m an Egypti…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 9:31 am @ http://thegroundtruthproject.org/abdelfattah-rnc-i…

The Revolt of the Banana Republicans

Sitting with me in the van to the airport on my way to Cleveland was a German family. Our driver turned the radio on, and a top-of-the-hour ne…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 9:27 am @ http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/…

This Woman Has Hiked Thousands Of Miles. Here's What She Eats On The Trail

In 2005, Katherine Cook hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. In case you're not familiar with the PCT, it's 2,650 miles long and generally takes abo…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 8:55 am @ http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-25992/this-woman-ha…

One arrested, one critically injured after crash, fight on freeway

PHOENIX - Police in Phoenix are investigating after a crash and fight occurred on State Route 51 at Northern Avenue early Sunday morning.  Acc…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 8:52 am @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/cen…

Muslim “refugees” secretly flooding into these U.S. states

Source: Refugees secretly flooding into these states Despite more reports in recent weeks about Muslim “refugees” raping and attacking people …

Published: July 25, 2016 - 8:51 am @ https://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2016/07/23/re…

Phoenix police searching for suspects in hit-and-run involving bicyclist

PHOENIX - Police are looking for two people believed to have been inside an SUV when it hit a bicyclist Sunday. Phoenix police said a 17-year-…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 8:30 am @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/wes…

Shelf Awareness for Monday, July 25, 2016

In an unusual store ownership change, rather than see one of its original tenants move out--and leave the mall without a bookstore--Central Sq…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 8:00 am @ http://www.shelf-awareness.com/issue.html?issue=2802

16 Wild Research Experiments That Could Change Design

Whether it’s jaw-dropping UI, compelling use cases for 3D printing, or the most realistic computer-generated human faces you’ve ever seen, you…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 7:54 am @ http://www.fastcodesign.com/3062128/16-wild-resear…

Morning Digest: Former KKK leader David Duke launches Senate run in Louisiana

But one thing is certain: He's a massive headache for the GOP establishment. Both the NRSC's executive director and the chair of the Louisiana…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 7:52 am @ http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/7/25/1551417/-M…

InciWeb the Incident Information System: Point Fire

Evening Update July 24, 2016: North line established, no fire growthToday's weather was very cooperative as firefighters worked to establish a…

Published: July 25, 2016 - 7:51 am @ http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4882/

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Most Popular

Online poll

Loading…