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Op-Ed: An Open Letter to SISD -“Why Are They Mad at My School?”

Dear Socorro District,

As a proud graduate of Socorro High School and Native of Socorro, I have always had a soft spot in my heart for you. I’ve always rooted for the district when my beloved Bulldogs are not playing against them in football or baseball.

I have always bragged about being a graduate of the Socorro District, “The BEST District in not just El Paso, but the State!” From playing “Musical Principals” and sending over a less than worthy man to my high school in 2001, to corruption cases, I stayed true. Eventually that all weighs on a persons mind and they have to make a decision.

When I moved back to El Paso and looked for a school for my child, I looked at the Socorro District, hopeful that perhaps my child’s love for education would be nurtured in a way mine wasn’t. I understand times change, and I forgave the school for their transgressions against myself and my spouse, or our friends who were told by their teachers and councilors, the best they could do is community college or joining the work force out of high school. I set aside all that, hopeful the school had changed.

In my research I asked my friends, parents of students in the Socorro District, their thoughts on the schools (even those south of I-10) and got a mixed bag of reviews, very few were even partially flattering. One friend of mine even going as far as saying they pulled their kids out of a SISD school…they were a former teacher in the district.

This was alarming to me, then I was reminded of a Pre-K I had enrolled my son in, and their founder. She was a former teacher in SISD, one tired of teaching for a test. She taught my son a love of reading I have yet to see many kids in the district have.

My spouse told me about a new school being built, close to my alma mater, Socorro High School. The School was named “Idea”.

“What’s the Big Idea?” I jokingly asked.

She went on to tell me of the school’s benefits, their downsides, the whole school was torn down and built back up in our research, much like the district. However, WE decided that ultimately the new Idea Public School would give our son the best chance to further his education, especially living in the often forgotten and neglected city of Socorro.

Tuesday Morning’s actions by you and your representation did nothing but solidify our decision.

Photos courtesy Mike Tipton

As we drove by to drop our child off at school, a moment we’ve all come to enjoy, we had to answer the questions:

“Who are those people?” “Why are they screaming?” “Why are they mad at my school?” “Will they be there when I go to recess?”

All of these are questions that should never be asked by a child at 7am.

Photos courtesy Mike Tipton

We turned into the school parking lot to signs that said “Come Home!” “Come Back!” a group of cheerleaders standing around the entrance to the school (being exploited by the school they cheer for, simultaneously) highlighting the lack of sports and cheerleading at the Idea School.

Photos courtesy Mike Tipton

“Come Back!” “Come Home!”
“Come Back!” “Come Home!”

Socorro ISD, I must ask you. Why are you so mad? Why now is it a big deal? You were more than complacent in the past before the Idea School was built. Our children’s education seemed to not be as important in the past, now that there’s a school highlighting education and giving kids a better shot at furthering their educational targets, you’re upset?

SHAME ON YOU! Shame on you for being as complacent as you have been over the last few decades. Shame on you for hiring teachers who shouldn’t be hired, who care about nothing more than a steady check and summers and weekends off.

Shame on you for allowing a principal to tell a student who was transferring to the new school “They’re just trying to brainwash you to go to college…” As if more education is a bad thing.

Shame on you for sending truancy officers to the homes of previously enrolled student and harassing their parents because you didn’t do enough to convince the parents of the students that your district was the one for their child.

Socorro ISD, come to my spouse and I, tell us what you’ve done in the City of Socorro to be better.

If you want us back, if you truly want us to come back home, stop pushing us away with your cowardly actions, bad mouthing a school and acting less mature than the students who are going to that school.

You now have competition, SISD. It’s time to evolve and increase your 48% rating in 2017 by the Texas Education Agency. Prove to us you want our children back, prove to yourselves you’re worthy of having our children enroll in your schools.

Put away the signs and theatrics and get to work, you have a job to do, and you’re not doing it by yelling at children and their parents.

Signed,

A Hopeful Bulldog – Mike Tipton

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IDEA Public Schools Announces El Paso School Locations

IDEA Public Schools recently announced the locations of its schools in El Paso.

The campuses will add a grade level until they serve Pre-K through 12th grade in 2024. IDEA Edgemere Academy and College Prep will be located on Edgemere Boulevard, and IDEA Rio Vista Academy and College Prep will be located in Socorro off Rio Vista.

“We are excited about the development of our first IDEA schools in El Paso,” said Ernesto Cantu, the executive director of IDEA El Paso. “We look forward to serving and supporting students, families, and community members in El Paso. Our top priority is providing a quality education to El Paso students that will prepare them for college and life.”

Officials with the school say, ” In the first year, these schools will collectively serve more than 1,000 students in El Paso in grades Pre-K through 1st and 6th.”

“Based on the demand from parents for more high-performing public schools that prepare their children for college, IDEA is growing within Texas and beyond,” officials added.

For the past 17 years, IDEA has remained 100% committed to giving every student a college-ready public education. IDEA Public Schools was founded in the Rio Grande Valley in 2000; followed by schools in Austin and San Antonio.

 

Beginning in September, parents can visit www.ideapublicschools.org to submit an application for the 2018-19 school year or to learn more about upcoming information sessions in El Paso.

For more information on IDEA Public Schools, please contact Kisella Cardenas at kisella.cardenas@ideapublicschools.org or (956) 998-9120, or visit their website.

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