Opinion: choices in Scottsdale education

Your article was basically run-of-the-mill pablum that entirely missed the raging battles that have been going on for years.

I’d suggest looking at the rise in SUSD resident youngsters now attending charters, private schools, and other public schools (mostly PVUSD) – my understanding is that this number is now at an all-time high. The number you cited doesn’t square with even the data that SUSD has.

“Students living within the SUSD Boundary who choose not to attend SUSD now exceed 12,000. With the Override, funding of $8,000 per student is lost. We are missing out on $100M per year” – written in response to one of my postings by those behind the Facebook site ‘Respect Our Scottsdale Students.’

SUSD losses are greatest at the lower grades. Why? Fewer charter, etc. alternatives at the upper grades, and SUSD has far superior sports programs and physical plants at the high-school level.

What are the main reasons parents elect charters etc.? Low academic expectations, limited access to gifted programs, and relatively weak discipline.

You also need to talk to Ms. Kirby, former SUSD Board President, if you want to get closer to reality.

Mr. Eskildson is a Paradise Valley resident.

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