Hi! Ms. Sahoo here – but you can call me Maheen. I remember being in your shoes. A little over one year ago, I was a second-semester senior in college who had just accepted her Rocketship offer. In July, I found out I was going to be a founding teacher at Rocketship Spark Academy. My emotions ranged from excited to terrified to grateful.
When I first moved to the Bay to begin teaching, one of the first things I did was buy an IKEA bed frame. I had no idea, however, how challenging it would be to put together. As my housemates and I took out piece after piece of the soon-to-be frame from its box, I caught a glimpse of the instructions manual.
Summer is upon us, and with it comes the splash of waves at the pool, the glare of the sun at the boardwalk, open bottles of sunscreen and the summer slide. While we are all busy planning our summer activities, it’s easy to forget the educational ground that can be lost during students’ months-long vacation from school — also known as the summer slide.
On May 8, 2014 the Alum Rock Union School Board voted on Rocketship’s charter petition for Rocketship Alum Rock (also know as Rocketship Jackson). Over 150 Rocketship parents attended the meeting and spoke powerfully in favor of passing the charter and their right to school choice. Rocketship was hopeful that we could build a new partnership with Alum Rock in opening the school. Unfortunately, the Board denied our charter application by a 3 to 2 vote.
Rocketship is committed to opening this school for the 400 enrolled families who want a high-quality option for their kids in the fall. Our next step is to appeal Alum Rock’s decision by bringing our charter application to the Santa Clara County School Board. We are optimistic about building on our partnership with the County and working with them to open Rocketship Alum Rock. Stay tuned for the dates of the hearing and vote at the County in May and June.
“I wouldn’t worry about it until she actually qualifies for Special Education services.”
I was a new teacher and eager to get out in the field, roll up my sleeves, and support students who needed it most. I knew that Special Education law could be quite sticky, but I thought I was aware enough to be prepared for the pushback that I would face. I had no idea that the pushing would be coming from my own staff, my own district.