Action Alert: Ivy School

9:47 am

The Ivy Charter school has appealed their application, and the charter schools subcommittee has voted 2-to-1 to recommend ther approval. Board member Ruth Adkins was the lone no vote; Bobbie Regan and Trudy Sargent voted yes. This may be referred to the full board as soon as the February 11 meeting. Please write to the school board and superintendent right away to urge them to (once again) reject this application. Besides being too close to existing Northeast Portland neighborhood schools that are struggling with enrollment, it appears to be an attempt to convert an existing private school (which is illegal under Oregon law).

Here’s the letter I sent the board when they first considered this charter application, and the school board and superintendent’s e-mail addresses can be found here.

Swing votes on this appear to be Dan Ryan and Sonja Henning. The superintendent’s recommendation may carry weight with them, so please remember to write to her as well.

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Steve Rawley published PPS Equity from 2008 to 2010, when he moved his family out of the district.

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3 Responses

  1. Comment from Terry:

    I have a post up on the Ivy Charter School resuscitation in which I predict that Ruth Adkins, the only grassroots candidate elected to the the board in the last five years, will prevail in denying approval of the amended application.

    I say the board vote will be either 6-1 or 5-2 against Ivy.

    I also provide Bobbie Regan and Trudy Sargent the data they require to deny the application. If not hard data, good arguments. (Thank you Steve and Zarwen.)

  2. Comment from becky:

    I sent emails today. I’m not as eloquent as you but hopefully getting something in my own words will help.

  3. Comment from Zarwen:


    I predict the opposite vote, and here is my reasoning:

    Should the vote go against Ivy, they could appeal to the State and ultimately open under the auspices of the ODE, as Southwest Charter did. State-sponsored charter schools has virtually zero local control. So I am predicting that Ivy will pass in order to prevent a repeat of Southwest.

    Either way, we will know soon.