Outgoing governor calls it 'great honor'

WOODLAND HILLS (CBS) — A newly expanded charter school campus in Woodland Hills was named Monday in honor of outgoing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The CHIME charter school, a combination elementary and middle school, was named the CHIME Institute’s Schwarzenegger Community School.

Schwarzenegger called it “a great honor.”

“There is nothing more important than providing our students a first-class education and this school is a shining example of what is possible for all our schools,” he said.

The CHIME Charter Elementary School was named for Schwarzenegger in 2007, but the school recently combined its middle and elementary schools on the same campus.

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Comments (10)
  1. KeithS says:

    So a group of (probably) rich, white people in an exclusive enclave name a school after a rich, white guy who has gone out of his way to increase the gap between rich and poor (and, according to some, has never set foot in a public school unless it was a photo op). I have to say, this sounds like a perfect match.

    1. c mego says:

      bingo. look at the neighborhood.

    2. JenK says:

      Not true, the school has over 30 different zip codes in the student population. And being a charter, there is no tuition and entrance is determined by lottery so it is not based on the neighborhood. This school is unique in that children who develop typically, children with special needs and children who are gifted learn side-by-side in the same classroom. It truly does represent the greater community in which we all live in!! FYI: the Institute initially named its elementary school after the California governor in 2008 after being recognized by First Lady Maria Shriver for its accomplishments.

  2. Marilyn Henderson says:

    You have to be kidding me. Arnold does not care about our children and thier future. He has showed that within his 2 terms.

  3. jjj says:

    Are you kidding me a man who did nothing for this state other than nothing!!What a waist great leaders should be honored not this guy!

  4. mister s says:

    They should have at least named it “Arnies House of Learning” or something a bit less cluttered sounding.

  5. Not white says:

    I agree with the bad taste of naming the school after him but for those not familiar with Charter schools they are not rich schools they are smaller schools that get funding form LAUSD but more stricter that our poor junior highs and high schools out there. They are all over the San Fernando Valley. My son attends to one and trust me I might be white skin but not white nor rich defenitley not rich.

  6. Mom says:

    I have three kids at Schwarzenegger Community School. It’s not a rich school, but it’s rich in emotional intelligence. It’s easy to throw rocks at this seemingly small honor, but it is an honor. Today honored all the long nights these teachers and this administration has put into making school…simply a better place. They work with parents when your kid thrives, and even more, when your kid disrupts the class and gets into trouble. Most schools weed the troublemakers out first. I’m so happy to be able to trust teachers with the emotional development of my kids. They listen and teach and work with the parents. You can’t ask for more.

  7. Mom2 says:

    I have two children at Schwarzenegger Community School. My two kids couldn’t be more different as learners. One takes to things very easily while the other struggles much more. Both of their needs are uniquely met at this amazing school without attention being drawn to the fact that they are different learners. Beyond their academic successes the children learn that everyone has strengths and weaknesses and that we are all different and that is a good thing! Our kids are all friends whether they are rich or poor, whatever race, religion, or ability. The differences between the kids are not what they focus on instead they enjoy all the things they have in common. I think Schwarzenegger’s visit is an honor because it validates this model of educating our children.

  8. Nicole says:

    At least know what you are talking about before you post an ignorant and judgmental comment. You are the reason so many of us want our kids to go to a school that teaches tolerance and acceptance.


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