This scathing FCMAT report from 2007 shows some pretty serious problems with BCS' special education program. This doesn't even come close to the baseline performance one sees in LASD traditional schools, let alone rise to the level of placing "special emphasis" on these students as required by 47601(b) of charter law.
Granted this report is from 2007, so 5 years have passed. Things might have improved, right? OK, so let's see the evidence. Rita asks some very good questions to SCCOE in her letter below:
- How did SCCOE follow up in subsequent years to ensure BCS fixed the problems?
- How is SCCOE regularly monitoring this area to ensure BCS remains compliant?
The evidence just keeps piling up. I don't understand how their supporters can continue to say that BCS care about educating special needs students with a straight face. They certainly want to believe it, and want everyone else to believe this fantasy with them. But it just isn't true. It's not even close to being true. It is the exact opposite of true.
The sad relatity is that BCS cares so little about special needs students that they misappropriate special needs funds for mainstream use, they mismanage educational programs of special needs kids in their care, and they put steady pressure on parents of special needs kids in the hopes of pushing them out of BCS and back into the LASD traditional school system.
Since SCCOE is BCS' chartering authority, they are as much (if not moreso) to blame for this impermissable situation. If SCCOE is supposed to be holding BCS accountable, who then is holding SCCOE accountable?
From: Rita Estrada Rosenfeld
To: Santa Clara County Board of Education, Superintendent, and Staff
Sent: Monday, April 2, 2012 4:37 PM
Subject: Bullis Charter School 2007 FCMAT Review
Dear SCCOE Board Members,
I have read the 2007 FCMAT report that showed some very serious misappropriation of special education funds at Bullis Charter School. The report also showed that Bullis Charter School was having difficulty with the most basic of IEP procedures.
I am currently exploring Bullis Charter School for my son with special needs and find this report very troubling. I would like to know how this matter was resolved. Can you please send me copies of any follow up reports that show how BCS corrected these deficiencies? Also, would you please indicate what the SCCOE is doing on an ongoing basis to monitor BCS' performance and ensure it remains compliant?
Thank you in advance for any information you can provide.
[Update: Dr. Charles Weis has gotten back to Rita saying that his office is investigating this issue. I'll post a follow-up entry if I hear anything of substance.]