Bill would give enrollment preference to grandchildren of charter school founders

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  • ShellBelle Pleasant Grove, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 7:41 p.m.

    High time for this change. The principal at my childern's charter school has a grandchild who will be kindergarten age this fall. It seems unfair that his child has to go through the lottery process when her grandfather has spent many years and countless hours making the school such an amazing place. If he were the principal of a district school he would be allowed to enroll his grandchild in his own school, no questions asked. Charter schools should have the same leeway.

  • deep in thought Salt Lake, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 2:55 p.m.

    I tried to get my kids into a charter school in West Jordan a few years back. The founders kept it's opening hush hush (Literally no advertising) and for the first 3 rounds of lotteries literally everyone got in that tried allowing all of their kids, grand kids, and neighbors to get in. The person who told me about it said the person who told her said it was to be kept quiet.

    By the time I applied in round 4 people were getting rejected and we didn't get in. I complained to the person over charter schools at the state and I am not sure if anything was done or not. I think some charter schools are more above board than others.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Feb. 6, 2014 2:32 p.m.

    Who's going to start thumbing through the Legislative roll, looking for a legislator who's having trouble getting his grandson into a charter school? Let's look at campaign contributors as well.

    Feb. 6, 2014 2:30 p.m.

    I'm sorry. This is such a big problem that a portion of our 45-day session needs to be spent to address it? Really?

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Feb. 6, 2014 2:12 p.m.

    "Chris Bleak, president of the Utah Association of Public Charter Schools, said the intent of the bill is not to foster elitism but to recognize the time and effort volunteered to a school by its board members."

    That is the funniest thing I have ever read. In other words - these kids don't get preferential treatment, they only get preferential treatment.