School District Makes Mistake in Canceling GATE Program
By Deb Finnegan
[On Monday] night, Washington Elementary School's Principal Christina Giguiere and Assitant Superintendent Dr. Raul Ramirez announced the GATE magnet program for third graders will be canceled next year.
They stated only 11 students wanted to enter the program with 7 of them being transfers from other schools. Normally the class is around 25 students with a line for attendance as the parents push for their students to take part in advanced learning and classes. Both of them stated they didn't know why there was a lack of interest this year.
Something doesn't add up. In the past, just a few years ago, there were so many students wanting to get in they had to do a lottery system. My grandkids were part of that system and it was a big deal for them to get in and we all noticed the positive benefits in their education.
Ramirez has not been shy about his goal to get rid of the GATE magnet program in the past. Last year he proposed replacing this class with a different "cluster model," meaning instead of a dedicated class those students would be placed with non-GATE students in a non-GATE program. Essentially, what's the point of being GATE at all? Most parents rejected this idea and the Board moved on.
They said the advertising and marketing of the program to parents has been the same for this coming year but I'm hesitant to believe that.
I'd like to hear from other parents to see if it really was just 11 students wanting to enter to program or if they possibly miscounted to achieve their own end goal.
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