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Charter school discussed in Jersey Shore

December 17, 2013

JERSEY SHORE — The Jersey Shore Area School Board held a special meeting Monday night to hear consideration for a charter school at the site of the former Nippenose Valley Elementary School, which......

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Dec-18-13 10:01 AM

buddy...not concerned with MY lack of class...more concerned with the valley that doesn't even know what that word means....I have values...that's all that matters!

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Dec-18-13 9:39 AM

@Andy33-just because someone doesn't not have a child in school does not mean they can't have a vested interest in education. They too are tax payers. To attack someone as you have with S Judson doesn't do anything but show a lack of class. Public Education is not what is used to be as a result of a myriad of factors. More and more people are looking for alternative educational opportunities as I believe it is ultimately the parents responsibility to make sure the education of their child is what they want. Unfortunately with all the bureaucracy the parent is oftentimes the furthest removed from the educational process. I'm not saying a charter school is the solution, but it could be if properly implemented. Those who want to complain about a charter school getting district funds must not realize how much school districts are already shelling out for students to attend Cyber charter schools. Constructive debate and conversation is needed to fix our education system.

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Dec-18-13 5:52 AM

S. Judson doesn't even have any young children...just another valley nit-wit whose claim to fame was marrying a Dr.

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Dec-17-13 2:00 PM

Waste of money have the parents pay 100% if cost and i would support it. Why do people think the masses need to pay for their kid? If you cant afford it than to bad. I want a high end sports car but I cant afford it so too bad. If these parents cant front 100% of cost too bad.

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Dec-17-13 11:14 AM

This charter will offer nothing that the district doesn't already provide for its students now...except the facility isn't located in the Nippenose Valley. ValleyDad987, these few people are wasting everyone's time. Their application is vague and the presentation I observed last night was worse. I certainly hope that the district will keep the taxpayers informed about what is going on. When "the few" are the only ones telling people, the message isn't the same.

Capricorn1, you are right about Charters getting a bad rap. The Charter in this area is used primarily as an alternative school for discipline purposes....inner city Charters are entirely different.

Laughin, the profiles can be viewed on the districts website.

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Dec-17-13 10:17 AM

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Dec-17-13 10:00 AM

Laughin, my comment was in regards to Charter Schools in general. My daughter and I have done extensive research on them because she is thinking about sending my granddaughter to one out of state. They get a bad rap by some when in many cases they are a very good alternative to conventional public schools. Especially for those living in the inner cities. Is this the answer for those in Bastress? I don't know. That is what some parents are trying to determine now.

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Dec-17-13 9:16 AM

Andy-What other side? I didn't attend the meeting but did something happen that isn't written in the paper?

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Dec-17-13 9:15 AM

This is a waste of time, money and resources. Nippenose is closed and everyone moved on except for a few. Enough already! IF you don't want your kids to attend JS Elem. then send them to Sugar Valley or one of the private schools. 99% of the parents whose children attended Nippenose are over this. This needs to be denied by the board asap.

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Dec-17-13 8:51 AM

Capricorn1- you sir might like to know that the Nippenose Valley Elementary was the only Elementary in the Jersey Shore District that was not Title 1 and performed the lowest. Check out PA performance profiles on Pennsylvania Department of Education online.

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Dec-17-13 7:17 AM

"Lorson gave the board an overview of charter schools and some of the advantages that they offer, such as smaller class sizes, increased one-on-one attention from teachers, more parent involvement and more flexibility and creativity with curriculum."

I was fortunate enough to attend a Catholic Junior/Senior High School for six years and I can personally attest to the fact that having less students in each class allows teachers to get to know each student more directly and what their strengths and weaknesses are. It also allows the teacher to have a closer relationship with the parents, and yes it does directly correlate to higher academic achievement. What is wrong with that approach? I believe we need to start thinking outside the box. Our kids deserve nothing less. Too much money is being spent on administrative costs in our public schools and judging by the increased popularity of Charter schools, especially among minorities, tax paying parents are now seeking alternativ

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Dec-17-13 7:01 AM

Why must a districts pay for a charter schools. If they or any one else wants their own school then they should fund it themselves. I pay for my kids to attend JSASD not some charter school.

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Dec-17-13 5:32 AM

Where is the other side of this story?

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