See this letter-to-the-editor in the Thursday, October 29, 2009, Examiner from Volita Russell, Math and Science GED Instructor at YouthBuild Public Charter School. See her profile here: http://www.ybpcs.org/aboutus.html .
Ms. Russell may very well be referring to the lively Monday, 10/05/2009, Bates Area Civic Associaton (BACA) meeting — at which the BACA members voted to oppose LAYC/YB coming to the JF Cook School on the unit block of P Street NW.
My observation is that Ms. Russell, in her letter below, only mentions the most fringe of stated concerns at the meeting.
Other concerns that were raised at that BACA meeting could be readily labeled as valid and not fringe.
Letters from Readers
October 29, 2009
Opposition to charter school doesn’t make sense
Ward 5 residents showed their true colors during a meeting with Mayor Adrian Fenty. The topic of opening a new YouthBuild Public Charter School in an old vacant school in Shaw/Dunbar was on the agenda. About 30 students and staff from YouthBuild, where I work as an instructor and college placement specialist, came out to show the community why the school would benefit them.
They didn’t really want to hear us because their minds were already made up. So we sat there quietly listening to many resident discuss why they did not want our new school in their neighborhood. I grew more disappointed, upset, angered and surprised at what I heard.
They didn’t really want to hear us because their minds were already made up. So we sat there quietly listening to many resident discuss why they did not want our new school in their neighborhood. I grew more disappointed, upset, angered and surprised at what I heard. I didn’t think the comments could get any more ignorant until I heard that they do not want more teens in the area because it would mean more trash, even though they do want to add retail development. Our students, only one of whom was able to speak during the chaotic meeting, were more respectful and mature than the adults. I just don’t understand why a community challenged with drugs, gangs, trash, and the homeless would not support a school whose mission and curriculum is designed to educate our urban youth to rise above such tribulations.