*Slightly edited, here's the email I sent to all the LAUSD board members:
I'm a parent with a daughter attending a charter school, and I
am writing to strongly, vehemently oppose Zimmer's resolution regarding charter schools.
Mr. Zimmer, I take this assault on my
daughter's education quite personally and I am absolutely furious that
you are trying to take away my opportunity to provide my daughter with
the absolute best education that she can get.
I'm a single parent of two daughters. My daughters have attended
public schools in both LAUSD and Burbank Unified, as well as two charter
schools and an alternative high school.
My daughter's experience thus far at her charter school has been the absolute best by far. She finished 6th grade with
straight As, something she never had accomplished in public schools. She
is engaged in after-school activities, and she is absolutely thriving
On my income, I make too much to qualify for financial assistance
scholarships, but not nearly enough to afford two college educations. My
daughter has a much brighter future, thanks to her charter school.
teachers are amazing, the principal is fair, and the entire atmosphere
is one that encourages learning on the deepest level possible. I feel
supported as a parent; that I have a true partner in my daughter's
I understand that LAUSD, as well as other districts, as well as this
entire state is in deep financial trouble. I see no reason to drain
resources into this resolution. LAUSD has more than enough on its plate
as it is.
Charter schools will fail if parents and students are disappointed
in the results. I drive 3 hours a day to get my daughters to their
schools of our choice. There's no rationale for me doing so unless they
are working for my children.
I urge all of you to oppose this resolution. Mr. Zimmer, I strongly
encourage you to pull it entirely and focus on the schools already in
your control. I'm sure the parents and students there would appreciate
having your undivided attention.
The vote has postponed until next month. I hope I can post about a positive outcome then!