Monday, July 02, 2012

Extended Family Notes

Daily Camera, November 2009:

Several Boulder Valley parents of gifted students made passionate appeals to school board members Tuesday night to approve an application for a sixth charter school in the district.

The school board held the first of two public hearings on the proposed charter school, which would focus on addressing the needs of gifted students.

The board is scheduled to vote on the charter application Dec. 8. If it's approved, the Boulder Valley Academy for Gifted and Exceptionally Motivated Students could be open by next fall.

Carol Block said she moved her three school-aged children here from the East Coast to attend a good school, and their "gifted" needs still aren't being met.

"My son's self-esteem was so low when we moved out here because no one could teach him," Block said, with tears in her eyes. "We need this so badly."

One parent, Audrey Fishman-Franklin, spoke against the proposed charter school, calling its title and mission elitist, divisive and "embarrassing."

Audrey is a distant cousin of Jennifer we met at the reunion last weekend. Looking forward to talking more when we take a trip to Boulder this fall.

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