We, the undersigned residents of Highland Park and other concerned citizens,
* strongly support quality public education in our community and across the state;
* express alarm that the state has sent a bill to our School Board for $100,000 to be charged against our severely depleted school budget in order to pay for students projected to attend the proposed Tikun Olam Hebrew-language immersion charter school next year
* object to the lack of taxpayers' consent or consultation in the process of approving charters; and
* share concerns that this school will not serve a broad cross-section of our community and that its curriculum may breach the separation of church and state;
1) strongly oppose the chartering of the proposed Tikun Olam charter school; and
2) support the passage of the proposed two-part legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Diegnan that would provide for local control in granting charters, for transparency and accountability, and for student-body composition that reflects the demographics of home districts (including special needs and ESL students).