Frances, so are you suggesting that RPC cherry-pick ESL students? I'm just wanting some clarity on this because there is a waiting list (and lottery system) to get into the school and I think it would be outrageously unfair to any anxious parent waiting for a slot to be passed-over in favor of an ESL family to fulfill a quota system. I'm assuming you're not suggesting that, so the only way you will see the percentages you are wanting to see will be when Hispanic families gain entrance into the school via their lottery: ie--growth of the ESL percentage of the RPC population over time by ESL presence on the waiting list and entrance by lottery. And I re-read that article from 2013 "Charter School Rift," which is the article I'm assuming you were referring to, and at no point did the school state "that their goal was to move toward equal percentages of English Language Learners and Hispanic students at their school as compared to the Fortuna Elementary School District" which makes sense since its student population is based on a waiting list/lottery system. As with all public schools in Humboldt, it is up to the parents to decide what actions to take or not to take when deciding on a school for their children.
Agree with fool me once shame on you...fool me twice shame on me with regards to the DOJ. No launching of fireworks on this. It's still federal law and we still have that Haag. Humboldt. Gray Area. It works....NOT.
"Also, we have a small out of the way population that isn’t attractive to most investors." Well, you're spot on there, but only in the sense that the population's attitude isn't attractive and has solidified the Redwood Curtain Principle. There is absolutely a cargo shipment need that could be serviced via Hum Bay and a connecting EW rail service, but the county's reputation for fierce opposition to...well, just fierce opposition, keeps investors away.
Why not finance the whole thing--beginning, middle, end--with seized drug money? Every day I turn on the news, there's always something like $250K in cash found at a drug bust. Seems like, at that rate, we could fund any study or any project.
This article brought to mind an ongoing issue from my old neck of the woods. Google "Children's Pool Beach" and read the wiki article on it.
Re equity refugees: I know more than a few equity refugees, not one of them moved here to live on a small mixed use urban parcel. If anything, they escaped that and want to have their acres and access to it. One of them said it best: "I used to know when my neighbor was cooking fish. Not anymore thank god."
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