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What I see is that BASIS Scottsdale has just under 700 students and around 40 teachers. The lower grades have 25-30 students in each class but 10-12th have smaller classes but as the school continues to grow, these classes will, too. Some of the kids are very smart but there are more "average" kids with a desire to learn. The people who run the school know that sometimes it takes until 8th grade for some kids to get organized and they are willing to work with any kids who desire to stay. I am sure that a good education is talked about in the home, which starts the desire in the children. I know parents with children at BASIS from all walks of life with the same intention - a good education without drug and bully issues. About the 3rd grade BASIS student, BASIS does not start until 5th grade and any presentation that I know of could be done on an overhead if the child didn't have access to a computer program. If a child could not afford the clear overhead papers, the school would give them to the child. BASIS will hold and have held children back if they do not pass their classes, and most of the children stay at the school because they know they are getting a great education.Dec 6, 2011
Craig Barrett has been working with one of the top charter school chains in the nation for many years. The honors college at ASU is named after him (he has also served on many boards at the college since before 2000), and he has three degrees from Stanford. He understands the good educational aspects not only of the United States but other countries as well. Morrill should let down his guard and listen to what Mr. Barrett suggests and, hopefully, companies will be drawn to Arizona not only for their beautiful weather, but also for their highly educated students. Bravo, Governor Brewer!! Dec 5, 2011