Putnam Hildago asked where the kids go when they leave Basis, or are encouraged to seek another option. Back to the public schools, and most of them happily. This year, our public school, that lost students to Basis a year earlier, had some of the same students return. One ran up to me, arms opened for a hug, and said, "I'm so glad to be back." Others who left in grade 4, entering Basis at grade 5 so they could get into the Basis middle school program, are (don't gasp out loud) returning to TUSD for middle school. My own niece is a Basis high school student whose parents shared that she has no social life. All she does is homework. That might help her get into an Ivy League college, but will she have the life and social skills to survive the college experience? And is it worth it? Lots of public schools are doing a tremendous job with wonderful, rich programs for students under harsh conditions. Every dollar that ends up in a charter school or, thanks to the Arizona legislature, a private, even religious, school, is another slap against democracy.
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