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Parents of Cottonwood Students Demand Change

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We, the parents of Cottonwood Homestudy students, are asking for the immediate resignation of Dr. Lorenz for misappropriation of funds. A VERY disproportionate amount of home educated students funds have been used on less than 10 site-based students. In light of the coming year the site will likely not be used for a portion of the year and even with increased enrollment the homeschool students will still be footing the cost, including high rent for 7 students, plus a principal and 3-4 teachers/staff members. The ability to run a school on those margins exists only because the homestudy charter students are footing the bill. We want an equitable allocation of resources - not a richly-funded onsite school. We demand answers in light of SB 98. This site-based high school cannot continue to operate, based on the educational funds of less than 10 students, even though 30+ are expected to attend this year. The homeschool charter students simply should not be expected to carry the financial burden of the site based school, but instead the site-based school needs to be able to be financially independent.

We, the parents of Cottonwood Homestudy students, are upset about splitting away Cottonwood from its sister charters. We have come to love our relationships with our HST’s and we particularly need that stability for our children right now. We want the same services, HST’s and support from Inspire that we originally entrusted our children to. Please allow us to continue to have that relationship with our teachers and Inspire schools. The administration at the sister schools and our recently resigned principal have been working hard to prepare answers for the parents in light of recent budgetary challenges and prepare for another year of home education. It seems like your timing in trying to break away of Cottonwood School is a very poor and negligent decision. The education and services of 2,200+ kids depends on you.

We, the parents of Cottonwood Homestudy students, want representation appointed to the board. We need parents that have a good understanding of the homeschool lifestyle and the challenges and triumphs it represents.

We, the parents of Cottonwood Homestudy students, want an executive director hired that has extensive knowledge of homeschooling, relationships built within the homeschooling community, and one that is committed to and understands the relationship with the family of Inspire schools in addition to wonderful administrative qualities. The site-based school has a principal to represent the needs of the few…we 2,200+ need a representative that understands our unique needs.

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