Sacramento Current » Sacramento Current Podcast Feed
About This Show
The podcast for Sacramento locals who crave details and discussions about the current issues facing the region. A regular panel of notable muckrakers invite guests onto the show for an unscripted conversation about the topic de jour. Join us to www.sacramentocurrent.com for more updates and general snarkiness.
Most Recent Episode
Save our schools: Jonathan Tran and Mandy Carrillo
Feb 18 13
On Thursday the Sacramento City school board will likely vote to shut down 20 percent of the district’s elementary schools. It’s eleven schools in all, and all are in low income neighborhoods. The move will save about $2.5 million dollars, according to district estimates. It’s not very much money–considering the fact about 3600 students will be displaced. How many of those will get lost in the shuffle, and wind up at charter schools or in other districts? Five percent, ten percent? All taking their per pupil funding with them. It won’t take many defections for most of those $2.5 million in savings to be wiped out.
For the podcast this week, I interviewed two people who are trying hard to save their schools. The first is Jonathan Tran, he’s part of a group called Hmong Innovating Politics who have been organizing and putting pressure on the school board. Yes, it’s ok call them HIPsters. They have a Tumblr. I bet we’ll be hearing a lot more from HIP.
The second interview is with Mandy Carrillo, a former Fruit Ridge Elementary School student, and volunteer there. Mandy was also a student representative on the Sac City board of education, and she knows her stuff. The district says that school is severely under-enrolled. But Mandy knows the history of that school, and tells why the district’s numbers don’t tell the whole story. In a nutshell, an independent charter school, the Language Academy, was formed there. And when the charter moved its operations out of Fruit Ridge, it took half the neighborhood kids with it.
Last week, the leaders of the Sacramento City Teachers Association voted to oppose this plan. They join the in opposition–both groups in the past have supported some school closures, if done the right way. And there’s a big rally planned Wednesday, the day before the big vote. It starts at 4:30 pm, at the Boys and Girls Club, 5212 Lemon Hill Avenue. See the HIP site or Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education for more details.