Big Thanks To The Community!

Respect Orange accomplished their goal of bringing the topic of this charter school to the attention of the city council and our community.  While we recognized our City Council did not have jurisdiction over education matters such as in the case of this issue, our request for individual Orange city leaders to contact OCDE/OCBE about the negative impacts to the community was met with the community’s turnout at the council meeting.  Respect Orange thanks each of the dozens of community members who attended the city council meeting to express their concerns with this proposed project.

Another positive outcome of the public comment offered about the TLC proposed charter school was a statement by Ms. Dana Kinkaid, Sr. Pastor, of First Christian Church of Orange, the landlord of school facility that TLC has entered into a lease agreement with to operate the proposed charter school at.  Ms. Kinkaid, indicated to the community in her public remarks to the city council that First Christian Church is committed to being a good neighbor and ensuring that TLC abides by the Conditional Use Permit requirements that currently exist for the site.  Respect Orange intends to meet with the church leaders to open and maintain a dialogue so going forward, we can continue to share the community’s concerns directly with the property owners of the proposed charter school.

We were happy to hear the charter was only approved by the OCBE on a conditional basis that includes, but is not limited to provisions that requires TLC make changes to its proposed charter school’s finances, and develop and submit to the OCDE a MOU to be drafted which fully outlines the partnership between TLC and Chapman University and how that will relate to the establishment and ongoing operations of the proposed Charter School.

Our hope is that the community can come together with a greater understanding of the very real impacts this type of school has for our community, property values, infrastructure, and quality of life.  Respect Orange believes further communication between the school, church, city and the community will continue to benefit Orange as this issue continues to develop.

TLC’s Charter Petition (Business Plan)

Respect Orange has obtained and had the opportunity to review Tomorrow’s Leadership Collaborative’s (TLC) charter school business plan, which is commonly called a petition.  There are images of the petition at the bottom of this post, to show the massive size of the petition.  To be clear, Respect Orange is not against charter schools, but rather against this specific charter school and situation.

While Chapman University has come out publicly to state (click here) “the university is not a partner in the proposed TLC charter school” and that the letter on official Chapman University letterhead written by the dean of Attallah College of Educational Studies “does not serve as an official institutional endorsement from Chapman University” , documents in the TLC petition state otherwise.  The two entities are contradicting themselves, which is very confusing to the community.

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Click to read official CU statement

 

Click here to read the TLC Petition
Click here to read the TLC Petition

 

In fact, the TLC petitioner (applicant) had to affirm all of the information in the petition is true.  You can read the pages of the TLC petition that mention Chapman University as a partner, collaborator, and stakeholder (CLICK HERE).

The applicant’s affirmation and application contradicts the statement made by Chapman University.  If CU is not a partner, as is claimed, then the TLC petition is null and void because it is not truthful and relies too heavily on “partner”, “collaborator”, and “stakeholder” Chapman University.  If CU is a parter, collaborator, and stakeholder (as claimed in the TLC petition) then CU has been untruthful to the community.

Chapman University has made up a lot of positive ground in the community the past few years by supporting the party ordinance and committing to build additional dorms.  We would not want to see the good will built by CU destroyed over this matter.  Respect Orange encourages Chapman University to write an official letter directly to the Orange County Board of Education to set the record straight.  A letter, similar to this (CLICK HERE), would go a long way to reinforce Chapman’s commitment and, most importantly, RESPECT to the Orange community.

 

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50% of TLC’s Board of Directors Have Ties to Chapman University

Tomorrow’s Leadership Collaborative (TLC), the same entity that is operates out of a private residence in San Clemente, has released its list of Board of Directors.  50% (3 of 6) of the initial Board of Directors have direct ties to Chapman University.  Click here to see the names and resumes/information of the three directors with ties to Chapman University.  For higher education institution that claims “is not a partner in the proposed TLC charter school” there sure seems to be a lot of ambiguity.

Chapman University has made up a lot of positive ground in the community the past few years by supporting the party ordinance and committing to build additional dorms.  We would not want to see the good will built by CU destroyed over this matter.  Respect Orange encourages Chapman University to write an official letter directly to the Orange County Board of Education to set the record straight.  A letter, similar to this (CLICK HERE), would go a long way to reinforce Chapman’s commitment and, most importantly, RESPECT to the Orange community.

 

Click here to see TLC's Board of Directors with ties to Chapman University
Click here to see TLC’s Board of Directors with ties to Chapman University

 

 

TLC/CU Enrollment Plans and Potential Consequences

The TLC charter petition “plans to locate in the area immediately surrounding the Chapman University campus in the Old Town Orange area”.  While the petitioners are “planning our budgets and operations conservatively, the following are our enrollment projects for the term of this charter:

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While the charter petition is planning conservatively with 772 students, the site chosen, 1130 East Walnut Avenue, only has a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) in place for 150 students.  You can read the CUP by clicking here.  It doesn’t make much sense unless the idea is to “pursue additional potential facilities options in the community”, which is stated in the TLC petition.  Keep in mind TLC will not provide transportation to and from school, except as required by law.  This means that whatever the TLC population is in a given year, there will be that many morning car trips dropping kids off at school and that many car trips in the afternoon picking kids up from school.  This is in addition to additional infrastructure stressors caused by teachers and other school support staff that is needed to operate a facility.

You can read the pages on population, enrollment plan, and transportation by CLICKING HERE.

While there currently is no proposal to add 772 students to the 1130 East Walnut Avenue property, anything above the current 150 students  will need an amendment to the CUP, which has yet to be requested.  TLC has every intention of 772 students as stated in their charter petition.  While Respect Orange could not envision how the site could accommodate too many more students, the map below shows the student population if both TLC adds 772 students and Chapman University increases enrollment to 10,500 as they are expected to request.

 

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Help Save Orange Schools, Pack the City Council Meeting!

Friends, Neighbors, and Community Members:

 
I wanted to spend a few minutes this morning and give you some important information that could negatively impact our community and our school children.
 
Our community needs your help to ensure your tax dollars stay under local control, not given to a private entity, and our local schools continue to be award winning.  This Respect Orange informational packet will give you additional information on this very important issue.
 
WE NEED YOUR PRESENCE AT THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON TUESDAY, MARCH 13.  ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!  The address is 300 East Chapman Avenue.
 
Chapman University has partnered with Tomorrow’s Leadership Collaborative (CLICK HERE), a 5 month old entity based out of a private residence in San Clemente, wanting to bring a proposed 772 additional students to an area adjacent to Old Towne Orange.
 
The projected enrollment of 772 TK-8 grade students means pick-ups and drop-offs in our community requiring over 1000 car trips a day into our neighborhoods.  There is current no local infrastructure capable of handling a school of this size.  
 
More importantly, this proposed charter school is not managed or operated by OUSD.  This means that money ($6-8 million) has to be pulled out of OUSD and given to CU/TLC.  Our local schools need more money and educational opportunities, not less!  Our community recently passed bonds to fund school improvements and The $288 million Bond Measure S is meant to improve opportunities for our students.  The CU/TLC charter takes money and opportunities away from our students.
 
CU/TLC has already been denied by the OUSD School Board and the fate of this school now lies in the hands of the Orange County Board of Education. If they approve this Charter there will be no local control, or say, in how or where this school might operate. The opportunity to commingle public dollars meant to support our local students could readily help fund the expenses of Chapman University School of Education.  We don’t need CU/TLC taking $6-8 million dollars from OUSD and local tax payers.
 
Our City Council and staff is in a position to help, but they need to be made aware of the issue.  We need YOU AND YOUR NEIGHBORS TO ATTEND THE NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING TO SHOW YOU ARE AGAINST THIS PROPOSAL.  The meeting is one week from today; Tuesday March 13 at 6pm (300 East Chapman Ave).  We will be passing out Respect Orange Stickers to wear to visually show our city council the community is against this proposal and CU/TLC should respect the community and its tax dollars.  There will be a few speakers lined up and feel free to speak if you wish.  You can contact me directly if you need more information or would like to get further involved.
 
The Orange County Board of Education (OCBE) meeting and decision is taking place on Wednesday, March 14 at 10am.  If you are unable to make the OCBE, then call and email them to express your concerns.  Their phone number is 714-966-4012 and email is ocbe@ocde.usYou can use this document as an email template (email addresses are at the top of the document and the word document will download automatically).
 
You can make a difference!
 

Respectfully,

Adam Duberstein

Co-Founder, Respect Orange

Summer Event 2018

RESPECT ORANGE is in the planning stages for a fun 2018 Summer Event guaranteed to bring the community together, showcase our community’s assets, and put a smile on the faces of both young and old.

  • Do you like to have fun and laugh?
  • Are you wanting to showcase your creativity to the community?
  • Are you waiting for the perfect time to work with others or to meet others in the community?
  • Do you want the opportunity to work with community leaders and students?

If you answered “YES” to any of these questions email volunteer@RespectOrange.org to learn more!

 

WILL CU ANNOUNCE INCREASE ENROLLMENT AT STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY ADDRESS?

Daniele Struppa and Chapman University are preparing to roll out of their latest Specific Plan, the City of Orange document that dictates what development is allowed.  Will the roll out be at CU’s State of the University Address on February 23, 2018?

We believe the CU’s application for a 10 year specific plan will be formally submitted to the City March 2018 for a May 2019 vote at City Council.  We believe the Specific Plan may include, but not be limited to the following:

  • A MASSIVE 20.6% increase in the student cap on the Orange Campus.  This will take the population from 8,700 students to 10,500 students.
  • Only 50% of the student population living in University owned housing.
  • Removing the area East of Center Street from the Specific Plan.
  • Conduct a Full EIR with a “Quality of Life” section.

Remember the 1989 original Specific Plan which included regulations and guidelines that addressed not only the University’s current needs for facilities, but also the projected needs for the University’s ultimate buildout over 30 years?  The current Specific Plan or the anticipated Specific Plan sure  doesn’t appear to be what the City of Orange signed on for in 1989 (year 1989+30 = year 2019).

You can tune in live to CU’s State of the University Address from the comfort of your own home by clicking here to find out if the public announcement will be tomorrow,

 

 

 

CU PARTNERS TO ADD 772 STUDENTS WITHOUT COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Chapman University has partnered with Tomorrow’s Leadership Collaborative (TLC), a 4 month old entity, wanting to bring an estimated 772 additional students to an area adjacent to Old Towne Orange and roughly 1/2 mile from the CU campus (1130 E Walnut Ave, Orange, CA 92867).  Chapman “is committed to being an active partner” in this endeavor and this will create thousands of new car trips per day in an area that was not designed for such a purpose.  In typical  Chapman University fashion, CU has not informed the greater community nor asked for the community’s input.

The partnership, to form a charter school, has been planned in secret for the most part.  The Orange Unified School District (OUSD) DENIED the charter earlier this year, but now CU/TLC is going to the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) to bypass the local community and local decision makers.  Basically CU’s feelings were hurt they didn’t get their way.  If OCDE approves CU/TLC our local school district and community will have no say in this new school or its impacts.

Proposed Leadership:

The proposed leadership includes Dr. Megan Cosier, a professor at CU, and Don Thompson, whose family’s name is associated with The Thompson Policy Institute at Chapman University.  The proposed leadership has no experience leading a school.  The out of town CU/TLC leaders, based in San Clemente, claim to be local who understand our local community and local issues.  When was a 40 mile distance considered local?

SOLUTIONS AND WHAT CAN BE DONE:

RESPECT ORANGE supports education and supports Unity Middle College Charter School, which is run by OUSD and the local community. Respect Orange supports OUSD working with Unity to provide space on a district site that would support their work.  More importantly by supporting Unity Middle College Charter School, the money will stay with OUSD rather than CU/TLC having the discretion to use  public tax payer money for things not related to student education.

Attend the OC Department of Education March 14, 2018 Meeting at 10am (200 Kalmus Drive Costa Mesa) where the CU/TLC proposal will be decided.  Take three minutes to speak out against the CU backed plan to jam more students into Old Towne Orange.

Attend Orange City Council Meeting March 13, 2018 at 6pm at our City Hall.  Take three minute to share with our elected leaders that you support Unity Middle College Charter School and are AGAINST CU/TLC.

Email OC Board of Education at ocbe@ocde.us

Call OC Board of Education at 714-966-4012

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OHS FARM COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT DAY PHOTOS

A HUGE THANK YOU to the volunteers who came out to Orange High School Farm this weekend.  100% due to your donated time and energy, the OHS Farm received 800 feet of brand new fencing, clean animal pens, and weed-free raised garden beds.  This was a community effort we can all be very proud of and know that the OHS FFA students and animals will continue to thrive.  Community volunteers really make our community special.  A few photos of the event are below.

A special thank you to :

  1. The Pizza Press for rewarding volunteers with extra special discounts.
  2. Aramsco for donating safety supplies (gloves, masks, protective eye gear)
  3. Chapman University for donating breakfast, drinks (coffee, juice, and water), and safety supplies.
  4. Gordie Smith, who was the brains behind implementing the fencing improvements.  Gordie is a very skilled craftsman who has designed and implemented many brick, landscape, and outdoor projects in and around Orange.  If anyone is in need of this type of work, Gordie can be reached by dialing 714.930.5568.

OHS FFA FARM IMPROVEMENT COMMUNITY DAY (October 21, 2017 at 8am)

RESPECT ORANGE is pleased to announce OHS FARM IMPROVEMENT COMMUNITY DAY!  Through the incredible donations of individuals and local businesses, enough money has been raised to repair and upgrade the OHS Farm to keep the animals safe, students learning, and the community educated.

Please join your neighbors in lending a helping hand to improve our community , show your support for OHS FFA, and meet some of the animals.

Community volunteers will be needed for the following improvement projects (there will be a project lead directing each project):

  1. Removal and installation of roughly 800 ft of fencing,
  2. Power wash the animal pens to prepare them for the addition of new animals,
  3. Weed and clean out the raised garden beds,
  4. General tidying up and organization.

As the OHS Farm has limited tools, we are encouraging you to bring your own.  Helpful suggestions may include:

  • gloves and protective eye gear
  • sledge hammers
  • wire snips (for removal of old fence)
  • bolt cutters (for removal of old fence)
  • shovels
  • rakes
  • wheel barrow
  • power drills
  • sun screen
  • water
  • a good attitude!

Let us know you’re coming!  Send an email to volunteer@respectorange.org so we know how to best plan.

The OHS FFA Farm is located at the intersection of East Walnut Avenue and North Harwood Street with the Farm parking lot at the end of North Harwood (enter campus).  Respect Orange will provide free tee-shirts, window decals, and stickers while supplies last.

We look forward to seeing you there!