Group protests Rocketship’s final bid for new Concord charter school

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Group protests Rocketship’s final bid for new Concord charter school

A group of local educators, parents and administrators organized a rally Thursday morning in Sacramento to protest Rocketship's controversial bid for a location in the neighborhood of Monument Corridor.

Redwood City-based Rocketship's plan for a new charter school was originally turned down by Mt. Diablo Unified School District in August last year. Later, the Contra Costa County Board of Education upheld the plan's rejection after the non-profit network of charter schools appealed the decision.

Mt. Diablo Education Association is now fighting Rocketship's final bid, which the non-profit presented to the California State Board of Education. The final appeal is based on a petition signed by nearly 1,100 area residents.

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Guy Moore, the president of Mt. Diablo Education Association that is affiliated with the California Teachers Association, argued that Rocketship used 'manipulative tactics' for the petition.

Criticizing Rocketship, Moore said, "They (make it seem) as if there's a groundswell of parental support for this school. But the community does not want this . They don't value people's culture."

Moore stressed that Rocketship's proposed charter school would steal resources that could otherwise be utilized for a public school.

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