Vince Matthews

Ruling Could Leave Rocketship Charter School near Tamien in Limbo

This map shows where Rocketship charter schools are located within San Jose’s Washington/Tamien neighborhood. (Image courtesy of http://www.StopRocketship.com)

Rocketship Education, a private charter school chain, stands to lose a legal fight to open another campus on 3.5 acres by the Tamien light-rail station. A Santa Clara County last week issued a tentative ruling that nullifies a Santa Clara County Office of Education decision to grant a zoning exemption to build a third campus in the eight-block community around Washington Elementary School.

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Evergreen Can Learn from San Jose Unified Deal with Teachers

San Jose Unified School District was able to work out a deal with its teachers union.

Recalcitrant school boards and some teacher unions are at the core of a new education battle. A report in the Mercury News last week found that the Evergreen School District’s teachers have been “working to rule”—which means only doing what’s required according to contract, and nothing more—for several months. This type of posturing only hurts students. It also damages the perception of teachers, and will only encourage the continued growth of non-union charter schools. Courageous leaders on both sides have the power to prevent this type of action, or a threatened strike vote by teachers. In order to restore the trust, board members need to take action to form a settlement.

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The Leaders, Innovators of Local Education

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak revolutionized the way we look at technology by creating Apple. Now there are several local leaders in education who have paired up to leave a similar mark on their industry.

Much like the early partnership of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, which transformed the manner in which we use technology, three pairs of individuals are at the forefront of improving education for Silicon Valley’s students. These innovators and provocateurs work to challenge the status quo, and their goal is equitable, high quality education opportunities for all children.

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Making Politics Work for Public Education

Studies show that reaching kids at an early age pays big dividends in performance later in school. (Photo by j.sanna, via Flickr)

Someone asked me last week if there are underreported stories about public education in the Bay Area. Absolutely there are. People and ideas are converging in Silicon Valley, and they have the potential to alter the landscape of schools and learning.

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San Jose Unified School District Votes to Sue County Office of Education

This property located near the Tamien Caltrain station is the source of a lawsuit that San Jose Unified School District trustees unanimously voted to file against the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

San Jose’s largest school district will sue the Santa Clara County Office of Education over an allegedly illegal land-use exemption to pave the way for a private charter school. The San Jose Unified School District Board of Trustees last week unanimously voted to sue the county office because it granted a zoning exemption to build the eighth Rocketship charter in the region.

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